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 02: Cycling with the Rwenzoris in the background

You’ll depart from Entebbe early in the morning to arrive in Fort Portal around lunchtime. After lunch, you’ll embark on a relatively short ride of about 39 kilometers through an area dotted with crater lakes. The beautiful scenery will steal your heart. The route takes you along wide gravel roads with many small climbs, and a few sections of singletrack that are not overly technical. If it’s a clear day, you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori mountain range in the distance. The route ends at a beautiful lodge located on the edge of a crater lake, offering stunning views of the surroundings. There are also other accommodations available nearby.

 

Toughness Distance 39km
Technicality Altimeters +578/809 m

 

Day 3: From crater lake to Safari Park

Today’s ride begins with a mostly downhill stretch, followed by a flat route to the northern entrance of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The first part of the route includes some small single tracks but mostly takes place on wide unpaved roads, passing through various villages. The second half of the route follows a paved road, with a high chance of spotting some wild animals along the way.

 

Toughness Distance 95km
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: Monkey Trail

The goal for today is to reach the mountain village of Ruhija, which is no small feat as the route is short but includes quite a few uphill stretches. You’ll climb to an altitude of about 2300 meters. Since you’ll be cycling along the border of Bwindi Impenetrable Park, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter some monkeys. The park’s name comes from the dense growth of bamboo, ferns, and vines that make it almost impossible to enter the forest. As the route ends at a high altitude, it will be cool in the evening. Most accommodations offer stunning views of the rainforest.

 

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

 

Day 7: Lake of 1000 birds

In the morning, you will descend through Bwindi Impenetrable Park. If you are very, very lucky, you might come face to face with the famous mountain gorilla, as you will be riding through its natural habitat. Tip: Have lunch in Muko at the breathtaking and deepest lake in Africa: Lake Bunyonyi. The name means “place of little birds,” a true paradise for birdwatchers. After Muko, you will ride along the lake, where you will face a few steep climbs. There are many different lodges and guesthouses to choose from, but the most fun is to stay in a guesthouse on one of the islands in the lake.

 

Toughness Distance 66km
Technicality Altimeters +1379 / -1724 m

 

Day 8: Passing the equator

Today is a rest and travel day. After breakfast, you will hop in the car and head to Lake Mburo National Park. On the way, you can have lunch at the Igongo Cultural Center, a place dedicated to promoting the Ankole tribe. If you’re interested, you can visit the small museum in about half an hour. Not long after lunch, we’ll arrive at Lake Mburo where you can sleep in one of the camps or lodges near the park entrance. These accommodations are regularly visited by wildlife and are also an ideal starting point for a safari.

 

Day 9: Cycling between the zebras

Wake up and have breakfast while overlooking the park. There’s a good chance you’ll see some wild animals grazing nearby the camp. After breakfast, you’ll cycle along the park border with a local guide. You can expect to encounter zebras, antelopes, and water buffaloes. The route is always a surprise because it follows some wild trails that are constantly changing. In the afternoon, we’ll drive back to Entebbe, passing the equator for the second time.

 

Toughness Distance 33km
Technicality Altimeters +340 m / -344 m

 

Day 10: Catch your plane

Depending on the departure time of the plane, there may still be a chance to visit Entebbe or Kampala. The Uganda mosque, Idi Amin’s torture chambers, Owino market, and the Banange brewery are definitely worth a visit. If you prefer some more relaxation, then the beach of Lake Victoria or a visit to the botanical garden in Entebbe is an option. Whatever your activities may be, we will make sure that you arrive at the airport in plenty of time.

What is included

This cycling adventure includes:

Service Package 01 Basic Package 02 Luxury
Transport to and from airport
Transport to starting point and pick up from endpoint
9x nights accommodation in a twin room.
2x nights accommodation in a twin room (arrival- and departure day)
9x Breakfast & 8x dinner
2x Breakfast
AMREF Emergency evacuation insurance
English & Dutch speaking contact person available 24/7
Cycling guide during Cycling Safari in Lake Mburo National Park
GPS files and cycling booklet

 

This cycling adventure does not include:

Service Package 01 Basic Package 02 Luxury
Lunch
Tips for staff
Visa costs
Personal health/third party/travel insurance
Costs for optional activities
Park fees (not required for the regular cycling route)
Rental of bike, helmet or GPS unite
Flight tickets
Bicycle guide
Support vehicle
Bicycle cleaning and maintenance
All drinks during the trip
Guide during game drive (if doing optional game drive)
Vaccinations

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 80,-

Half day drive safari Queen Elizabeth National Park**

USD 100,-

Chimpanzee trekking

USD 140,-

Lake Victoria day ride

USD 50,-

Night Safari in vehicle

USD 100,-

Kampala city tour

USD 55,-

 

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


dates & prices

Group tour dates

18-27 January, 2024

18-27 July, 2024

group tour price pp

USD 1630,

Private tour price pp

Groupsize organized tour

USD 3.360,00,-

USD 1.875,00,-

USD 1.770,00,-


Groupsize self organized

USD 2.325,00,-

USD 1.225,00,-

USD 1.115,00,-

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