distance: 350km

4,300m climbing

85% off-road

6 days of cycling


BIKEPACKING THROUGH WEST UGANDA

The trekking or bikepacking trip through West-Uganda is a unique and awesome adventure through beautiful nature and with high chances to encounter wildlife. You will cycle past breath-taking lakes and through the jungle of one of world’s only habitats of mountain gorilla’s, followed by a thrilling safari ride through one of Uganda’s national parks to see lions, buffalo’s, elephants and much more. Kids will run after you to cheer you while cruising through beautiful African villages and meeting friendly inhabitants. Are you ready for this heart pounding, soul-shaking, once in a lifetime adventure in one of the most beautiful countries of Africa?

 

You will cycle the trip using GPS tracks and you will have to organize your own lunch during the trip (but we will give you good pointers of where to best get it). For this tour we have composed two packages. One for the sheer adventurer and one for the cyclist who likes a bit more comfort. Wanna turn it up a notch? Then go for our extra services such as local guides, support vehicle or single room accommodation.

Route Overview
Route Overview

Detailed itinerary

Day 1: Airport pick-up and transport to your guesthouse in Entebbe

Welcome to Uganda! Our experienced drivers are waiting for you at the airport in order to transfer you, your bike and other luggage in a safe way to your place in Entebbe. If you arrive early you can explore the wonderful surroundings of this peaceful city in Uganda. Visit the botanical gardens, Lake Victoria or go souvenir hunting at local markets. Watch out for motor taxis also called bodabodas.

 

Day 2: Transport & Crater lake area

We will leave in the morning for a transfer by car (4-5 hours) to Fort Portal area. You can have lunch at the starting point near Fort Portal. After lunch we will cycle 39km in the crater lake area. If it’s clear weather you will see the snowy peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains in the far distance. We will sleep on the escarpment of one of those beautiful lakes.

 

Toughness Distance 39km
Technicality Altimeters +578 / -809m

 

Day 3: To the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park

A 77km trip will lead us from the crater lake area towards the edges of Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will pass through typical small Ugandan villages where kids will cheer you. Wide dirt roads will be interchanged for some single tracks during the first half of the ride. The second half will be on tarmac road. You can have lunch at Kasese (Kasese also has an ATM) before continuing to your lodge which has a superb view over the savannah.

 

Toughness Distance 77km
Technicality Altimeters +432 / -673 m

 

Day 4: Straight through Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today you will cycle straight through the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Expect to see elephants, buffaloes and lots of gazelle’s, kobs and bocks. The trip will be relatively long (91km) but very flat. Alternatively, you could go for a boat safari and/or drive safari in the park. The lodge manager can help you organize this. We advise you to organize lunch at the lodge where you leave from so you can bring it for a picknick in the park.

 

Toughness Distance 91km
Technicality Altimeters +245 / -313 m

 

Day 5: Climbing to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Challenging route to the border of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Buhoma. Buhoma lies at 1400 metres above sea level. Today will be a preparation for what’s to come on tomorrow. BE aware that the last stretch to gorilla conservation camp is a very steep one. You might have to walk a few 100 metres. But it’s worth the climb, because the view is superb. And you will also support gorilla research work, because all profits of this camp will go into a research fund. You can ask your lodge to prepare your lunch or visit a local restaurant with local dishes in Butogato.

 

Toughness Distance 59km
Technicality Altimeters +990 / -366 m

 

Day 6: Restday in Bwindi Impenetrable Park

Enjoy a day of rest right next to the National Park. If you want to visit the mountain gorillas, this is your moment. It’s an awesome experience and a bucket list item for many. If you are not in for a meeting with the black furred animals, then just sit back and relax, or do some souvenir shopping in the many shops in town. Alternatively, you could make a hike to the waterfalls in the park. Ask your lodge to pack you some lunch for the gorilla trekking. Or go to Bwindi bar in Buhoma where they serve delicious Rolexes, if you stay in Buhoma for the day.

 

Day 7: Riding along the border of the jungle

Today’s goal is to reach Ruhija. It will be tough since a lot of elevation metres need to covered. We’ll cycle along the border of BINP. There’s a good chance to spot monkeys on the road while cruising through the jungle. Ask your lodge to prepare lunch so you can have a picnic in the park.

 

 

Toughness Distance 45km
Technicality Altimeters +1420 / -680 m

 

Day 8: From the jungle to Bunyonyi

Most of today’s ride will be downhill, but expect an occasional nasty climb. We’ll penetrate the impenetrable park and hopefully see some monkeys and if we are really really really lucky, we might encounter the mountain Gorilla since we cycling through its natural habitat. The trip will end at the most beautiful lake of Uganda: Bunyonyi, where you can do some swimming. Heritage serves great lunches and has a wonderful view over the lake. Can’t get enough of cycling? Then follow the scenic, but challenging 20km route along the lake after lunch. Else a nice boat ride will bring you to an island on the lake where you will sleep in special geodomes, half open huts.

 

Toughness Distance 39km
Technicality Altimeters +641 / -999 m

 

Day 9: Transfer back to Entebbe

Early rise and shine! Prepare for a long drive back to Entebbe. We will have lunch at Igongo Cultural Centre. For the second time we will cross the equator where we shall make a short stop.

 

Day 10: Catch your plane

Our drivers will drive you to Entebbe international airport. If you still have time enjoy Entebbe for some good shopping or take a quick taxi to and from Kampala to see what the capital of Uganda has to offer.

What is included

This cycling adventure includes:

Service Package 01 Adventurer Package 02 Luxury
Transport to and from airport
Transport to starting point and pick up from endpoint
Basic lodging accommodation
Camping facilities (bring your own tent)
Breakfast & Dinner
Boat crossing Lake Bunyonyi
AMREF Emergency evacuation insurance

 

This cycling adventure does not include:

Service Package 01 Adventurer Package 02 Luxury
Lunch
Tips for staff
Personal health/third party/travel insurance
Drinks during and after meals
Costs for optional activities
Park fees (not required for the regular cycling route)
Rental of bike, helmet or GPS unite
Flight tickets, visa, vaccinations
Bicycle guide
Support vehicle
Bicycle cleaning and maintenance

Accommodation

Day 01 & 09: Cozy guesthouse

Your first night in Uganda will be at a very cozy guesthouse with a spacious terrace overviewing a beautiful green garden. An ideal location to pitch your tent. The rooms are basic, but self contained. A perfect location to slowly get into the Ugandan vibe and prepare for a great adventure.

 

Day 02: Breathtaking view over crater lake

It’s worth the climb, we promise you. This lodge is located on the rim of a beautiful crater lake. Sit back in one of the lazy chairs and enjoy your drink while watching the lake change color from deep dark blue to jungle green.

 

Day 03: A room with a savannah view

Today’s safari camp is nestled atop a hill overlooking Lake Kikorongo on the edge of Uganda’s most popular Queen Elizabeth National Park, with panoramic views across the park’s extensive savannah plains teeming with wildlife as well as Lakes George and the famed Kazinga Channel.

 

Day 04: Romantic bandas on the river bank

Accommodation is situated in a beautiful setting along a small pond. Although it’s situated just outside the official borders of Queen Elizabeth National Park you are still surrounded by wildlife such as birds, antelopes, monkeys and an occasional elephant. Excellent location for camping. The bamboo huts and safari tents are very comfortable and the dining and bar area offer a great view of the environment.

 

Day 05 & 06: Panoramic view over Bwindi

Lovely rustic and comfortable accommodation. Awesome to know that the profits go towards supporting gorilla conservation research. But man, the view, the view!! You can almost see the whole of Bwindi impenetrable forest and the camp (if you are very lucky) provides a first row seat for viewing mountain gorillas that come to forage outside of the forest.

 

Day 07: tents on the jungle border

We will spend the night at a camp which consists out of basic permanent tents. However its unique selling point is the magnificent view over the tropical rain forest. You will sleep with the sound of tropical birds and gorilla roaring at the background. Because of the high location of the lodge it might get chilly at night, so don’t forget to bring a sweater. The local population of red tailed monkeys will come to say goodbye the next morning after breakfast.

 

Day 08: Unique geodomes with splendid lakeview

If you are planning to propose, our overnight place in the middle of Lake Bunyonyi is the perfect place for it. The geodomes are thatched huts that are semi-open and offer a view of Lake Bunyonyi that is hard to beat. Even if you’re not planning to ask your partner for eternal commitment, this place has much to offer. Relax at the lakeside or dive into this bilharzia-free lake to wash away the red dirt. Don’t forget to taste their mouthwatering crayfish salad or chocolate rum balls.

Optional activities & services
Optional activities:

Activity
Price pp

Gorilla trekking

USD 725,-

Boat safari Queen Elizabeth National Park

USD 40,-

Half day drive safari Queen Elizabeth National Park**

USD 100,-

 

Optional services:

Activity
Price pp

Early check-in (before 2pm) - Camping

USD 10,-

Early check-in (before 2pm) - Room

USD 40,-

Extra day Entebbe - camping

USD 10,-

Extra day Entebbe - room

USD 40,-

Single room upgrade

USD 200,-

Bike & helmet rent

USD 150,-

English speaking bicycle guide*

USD 405,-

Luxury upgrade (support vehicle, bike washing, all lunches included, english speaking driver, water & snacks during the ride**

USD 325,-
* Price per guide ** Price is for minimum group size of 3x pax. Price differs for smaller groups


Tour dates 2020

Nov 5th - 14th

Tour dates 2021

Feb 11th - 20th Nov 11th - 20th

Group Tour Price PP

Package 01: USD 1039,- Package 02: USD 1439,-

Private Tour Price PP

Package 01: Groupsize = 1pax USD 2085,- Groupsize = 2 pax 1149,- Groupsize is 3 pax or more USD 1039,- Package 02: Groupsize = 1pax USD 2585,- Groupsize = 2 pax 1489,- Groupsize is 3 pax or more USD 1439,-

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