distance: 419km

6,000-9000m climbing

95% off-road

10 days of riding


15 DAY CYCLING ADVENTURE THROUGH UGANDA

The 15-day trip through Uganda includes the most unique and beautiful nature and wildlife that you will ever experience on a bicycle. You will cycle past breath-taking lakes and through the rainforest that is one of the few places that hosts the endangered mountain gorillas. A thrilling cycling safari near both Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National Park will mke you stand eye-to-eye with extraordinary wildlife such as buffaloes, elephants, zebras, warthogs and much more. Experience local culture by riding through beautiful African villages and meet its friendly inhabitants, while slaloming between magical crates lakes with a backdrop of Uganda’s massive mountains: the Rwenzoris. Are you ready for the cycling adventure of your life?

 

Tour highlights

• Cycle through amazing nature
• See extraordinary wildlife on a cycling safari
• Ride singletracks in three National Parks
• Meet heartwarming community
• Greet the endangered mountain gorilla
• Breathtaking panoramic views
• Optional safari drive and boat cruise

Route Overview
Route Overview

Detailed itinerary

Day 01: Airport Pick-up

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 from Entebbe to Kampala. Explore the wonderful capital of Uganda: Visit the national museum, one of the many historical sites or go souvenir hunting at local markets. In the afternoon/early evening you will have a meet and greet with guide and driver, briefing and bicycle set-up. [no meals included]

 

Day 02: Transport & Rwenzori Views

A morning transfer of 4-5 hours takes you to Fort Portal. Though there is no longer a fort, the town is known as the heartland of the nearby tea-growing area and sits under the majestic Rwenzori Mountains. After lunch we will test the bikes on a 25km ride through small villages and the countryside. We will have a break at one of Uganda’s most beautiful crater lake. [breakfast, lunch and diner included]

 

Toughness Distance 25km
Technicality Altimeters +319 / -244 m

 

Day 03: Crater Lakes

A 62km (possible shorter route of 35km) trip in Uganda’s central location of crater lakes. These magnificent sceneries will steal your heart. We will have a picnic lunch at one of the crater lakes and if it’s a hot day we can go for a swim. After lunch we will continue our way until we reach the main road. While we will experience a typical Ugandan bar and have some end-of-the-day drinks, the bikes will be loaded on the van. A 1.5 or 2-hour car transfer will bring us to the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park. On the way we will cross the equator where we will stop for a photo. We overnight safari-style, sleeping in tents, with animals roaming in and out of the camp and the sounds of hippos and hyenas accompanying our star-lit dinner. [breakfast, lunch and diner included]

 

Toughness Distance 62km
Technicality Elevation +905 / –1315 m

 

Day 04: Safari Queen Elizabeth National Park

A perfect location for a rest day in an amazing environment full of magnificent wildlife. Enjoy one of the optional activities to explore wildlife in and around the park. A game drive in the morning will give you a good chance of viewing elephants, buffalo, antelopes, track down a pride of lions, or maybe even the odd leopard. Or go on a boat safari on Kazinga Channel, which attracts a varied range of animals and birds, with one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles. Also know that Kyambura Gorge where Chimpanzees and other monkeys can be seen, is just around the corner.

 

Day 05: Ride through Queen Elizabeth National Park

An exciting day as we cycle 78km (shorter route is 45km with car drive) directly through the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species. We ride on a flat, wide gravel road through the savanna and have the chance to see wild animals such as buffaloes, elephants, several types of bocks and maybe even the famous tree-climbing lions whose males sport black manes. Don’t worry, our vehicles will be driving right behind you and you don’t need to worry about being lunch for any animals. We will sleep at the border of the park, near the Ntungwe river.

 

Toughness Distance 45-78km
Technicality Elevation +204 / -220 m

 

Day 06: From savannah to jungle

A marvelous change of scenery today as we leave the flat savanna behind and climb up to the rainforest. On the way we will pass by a lovely tea plantation that can be visited. Expect a challenging ride with just under 1,000 m of ascending ahead of us. Considered the world’s capital of gorilla tracking, our destination Buhoma lies at 1,500 metres above sea level. In the afternoon we can go for a short hike along the river and through the village to visit some local projects. [breakfast, lunch and diner included]

 

Toughness Distance 60km
Technicality Elevation +931 / -395 m

 

Day 07: Amazing Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Today could be a relaxing restday….. Or you could do something that you will remember for the rest of your life: tracking the wild mountain gorillas in their natural environment. Due to the nature of tracking wild gorillas, who move throughout the forest in small family groups, tracking is tricky and is conducted based on where rangers believe the groups are and will go that day. To minimize impact of human tourists on the gorillas, tracking group size is kept to a minimum. The rangers are expert trackers, but in some cases it can take some time to find the gorillas. The hike through dense vegetation can take up to 4 hours. Once they have been located, trackers are allowed to observe for a maximum of 1 hour. [breakfast, lunch and diner included]

 

Day 08: Monkey trail

Another challenging day 60km (shorter route 45km) climbing, ranging from singletrack through rural areas to wide dirtroads straight through the rainforest. We will be on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, thusly named for the thick stands of bamboo and ground cover of ferns, vines, and other plants that severely hinder direct access on foot. This is also home to half the world’s population of the highly endangered mountain gorillas. As we will be high we have some stunning views to take in. It is very likely that we will encounter a monkey or two, and if we are really, really lucky a family of mountain gorillas. We will start our day at 1,500 m and end it at 2,300 m, so expect a chilly evening when the sun goes down. Our safari tents will have a superb view over the forest. [breakfast, lunch and diner included]

 

Toughness Distance 45-56km
Technicality Elevation +1535 / -735 m

 

Day 09: The lake of the 1,000 small birds

We will cycle 35km straight through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in order to reach civilization again. Though we descend more overall than we climb, it doesn’t mean we won’t have some hills to tackle today. Once out of the forest we will see some impressive terraced fields where the community grows a variety of crops. Be sure to look out for island-dotted Lake Bunyoni in the distance. Meaning “the place of little birds” the lake is believed to be Africa’s second deepest and has 29 islands of all shapes and sizes. We will have lunch on the shore of the lake and afterwards take a 45-minute boat ride to the tranquil island where we will stay the night. [breakfast, lunch and diner included]

 

Toughness Distance 35km
Technicality Elevation +692 / -1056 m

 

Day 10: Wonderful ride along the shore of Lake Bunyonyi

With its breathtaking panoramic views Lake Bunyonyi is arguable Uganda’s most beautiful lake. Cycling partly around it is a treat. But don’t let beauty fool you for an easy ride. The short and steep hills bordering the lake of the 1000 small birds will make the 55-kilometer ride a challenging one. [breakfast, lunch and diner included]

 

Toughness Distance 49km
Technicality Elevation +1134 / -1159 m

 

Day 11: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

We will leave after breakfast in order to digest some few good kilometres in order to reach Lake Mburo National Park. We will have lunch at Igongo Cultural Center, which promotes the cultural heritage of south-west Uganda, particularly the Ankole, through artefacts, a cultural village replica and a heap of info. Soon afterwards we will approach Lake Mburo, where we will stay at a bushcamp on a stones’ throw from the park entrance. Have dinner and sleep with the sounds of roaring wildlife on the background. If you are in for an optional night safari drive, this is your opportunity. [breakfast, lunch and diner included]

 

Day 12: Riding with the zebras

Wake up and have your breakfast when looking out over the park. In the early morning there is a high chance that animals might have approached the bushcamp to graze. After breakfast we will do a ride between 25-50km along the borders of the park. The exact distance is hard to predict as nature and wildlife keep changing the trails. Expect to encounter zebras, antelopes and buffaloes on the road! In the afternoon will leave for a 3-hour transfer to Mabamba swamp. For the second time we will cross the equator where we shall make a short stop. [breakfast, lunch and dinner included]

 

Toughness Distance 33km
Technicality Elevation +340 / -340 m

 

Day 13: Visit the home of the shoebill

Mabamba swamp is the most popular birding site in Uganda to observe the rare Shoebill stork, which is the most sought-after bird in Uganda. The 25 square kilometre large and extensive  wetland is located along the northern shores of Lake Victoria, near Entebbe town. The marsh stretches through a narrow and long bay that is fringed with papyrus towards the main body of Lake Victoria. After exploring mamba swamp per boat as an optional activity and a well-deserved lunch it’s time to cycle back to Entebbe. During this 20 kilometer ride we will cross world’s second largest lake: Lake Victoria. [breakfast, lunch and dinner included]

 

Toughness Distance 30km
Technicality Elevation +260 / -340 m

 

Day 14: Visiting Kampala

A short drive of 1.5 hours to the capital will be the start of a day full of sighseeing and/or souvenir hunting. Visit Owina market, National Museum, the great Mosque and Idi Amin’s dungeon and enjoy one of the many great restaurants. See, feel, smell and taste the capital of Uganda. Optional corona testing is possible in the morning. Return to Entebbe in the evening [breakfast included]

 

Day 15: Departure from Entebbe

Depending on when your flight leaves you can do some sightseeing in Entebbe. Walk on the beaches of Lake Victoria or visit the zoo or botanical garden in one of the greenest and most peaceful cities of Uganda. [breakfast included]

 

What is included

This cycling adventure includes:

Transport to/from airport

Support vehicle

Accommodation

Other transportation that is not optional

Meals as indicated in itinerary

Bicycle cleaning and maintenance

English speaking guide and driver

AMREF emergency evacuation insurance

Snacks and water during the trip

 

This cycling adventure doesn’t include:

Tips for staff (optional)

Personal health/third party/travel insurance

Drinks during and after meals

Costs for optional activities

Corona test (find more info here)

Rental of bike, helmet and/or GPS device

Flight tickets

Visa costs

Upgraded accommodation (single or self-contained)

Accommodation

Day 01: Cozy guesthouse

Your first night in Uganda will be at a very cozy guesthouse with a spacious terrace overviewing a beautiful green garden.  The rooms are basic, but self contained. An ideal location to unwind and get used to all new impressions.

 

Day 02: Homely feel guesthouse

You will stay at a lovely guesthouse which was the very first guesthouse that opened its doors in Fort Portal. The guesthouse will make you feel at home, not in the least because supper is served at 7pm at one large table for all the guests. The hearth-warming hostess loves to mingle with her guests and will make you feel at ease.

 

Day 03 and 04: Adventurous safari tent

You will spend the night at a luxurious tented camp. Located on the border of the national park it offers superb possibilities to view wildlife. The twin safari tents are equipped with comfortable beds and charging sockets. Bathroom is shared with other guests. You will sleep peacefully with the sound of hippos on the background.

 

Day 05: Cozy huts on the park border

Accommodation is situated in a beautiful setting next to a small pond that is frequented by wildlife in the morning. 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. The huts are comfortable and the dining and bar area offer a great view of the environment.

 

Day 06 and 07: Beautiful view over Bwindi National Forest

This night you will sleep in a superb guesthouse located at the border of Bwindi Impenetrable NP. Its balcony offers a magnificent view of the park and (if you are very lucky) provides a first row seat for viewing mountain gorillas that come to forage outside of the forest.

 

Day 08: 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. 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 09 and 10: Unique geodomes with splendid lakeview

Geodomes are thatched huts that are semi-open and offer a view of Lake Bunyonyi that is hard to beat. Relax at the lakeside or dive into the fresh water to wash away the red dirt. Don’t forget to taste their mouthwatering crayfish salad or chocolate rum balls.

 

Day 11: Safari tents on the park border

Located at 5 minutes from the Lake Mburo park entrance, this campsite offers you a genuine safari experience. You will do some glamping and hear the roaring sounds of wildlife on the background. You might even spot some antelopes walking up the campsite during breakfast.

 

Day 12: Wonderful cottage overlooking Mabamba Wetlands

This place is a small haven of wilderness that is perfect peaceful escape to an area of great natural beauty. You will sleep in wonderful cottages that are located in a patch of indigenous forest on a hill overlooking the Mabamba Wetlands.

 

Day 13 and 14: Cozy guesthouse

Spend your last nights in Uganda at the same very cozy guesthouse as you did during your first night. The rooms are basic, have a private bathroom and are overviewing a beautiful green garden. An ideal location to unwind and relax before you travel back.

 

Optional activities & services

Optional activities:

Activity
Price
When

Boat safari Kazinga Channel

USD 40,-
Day 04 or 05

Chimpanzee tracking Kyambura Gorge

USD 125,-
Day 04

Half day game drive QENP

USD 100,-
Day 04

Gorilla tracking

USD 725,-
Day 07

Boattrip Lake Bunyonyi

USD 40,-
Day 10

Night game drive Lake Mburo

USD 100,-
Day 11

Shoebill Boat Safari

USD 40,-
Day 13
Additional services

Service
Price

Bike and helmet rental

USD 225,-

Accommodation upgrade to single room

USD 275,-

Backpack or Camelbak rent

USD 75,-

GPS device rent (Garmen Extrex 20)

USD 75,-

Early check-in day 01

USD 60,-

Dinner on day 01 or day 14

USD 20,-

Lunch on day 01 or day 14

USD 15,-

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dates & prices

Group Tour dates 2021

June 6th-20th (confirmed)

August 1st-15th

December 5th-19th

Group Tour dates 2022

March 5th-20th

June 5th-19th

August 7th-21th

December 4th-18th

Group Tour Price PP

USD 2950,-

Private Tour Price PP

Groupsize

USD 5325,-

USD 3315,-

USD 2950,

Category
Mountainbike / XC, Tours, Uganda
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