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10 Days Nature, Wildlife, and Adventure Cycling Tour in Uganda
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Kampala, Uganda

West Uganda Cycling Tour

The trip through West-Uganda will be the most unique and beautiful nature and wildlife mountain bike trip you will ever make. You’ll 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 on your iron horse through one of Uganda’s national parks to see lions, buffalo’s, elephants and much more. Experience local culture by riding through beautiful African villages and meeting its friendly inhabitants, while slaloming between magical crates lakes with a backdrop of Uganda’s massive mountains: the Rwenzoris. Too much to mention!

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point to Point
  • Terrain: Hilly with some climbs
  • Starts in: Kampala
  • Ends in: Entebbe
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime, 31-45 miles per day)
  • Total Distance: 249 - 137 miles / 400 - 220 kilometers

Highlights

  • Cycle through three national parks
  • Ride through traditional African villages
  • Cycle through the national habitat of the mountain gorilla
  • Enjoy beautiful backdrops like the Rwenzori Mountains and Lake Bunyonyi
  • Meals, snacks, and water throughout the trip
  • Transport to and from the airport included
  • Bicycle cleaning and maintenance
  • 9 nights' accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate

Styles


8 days with instruction
Group size: Maximum of 12 participants
Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport
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Accommodation

Day 1: Cozy Guesthouse

You will stay at a small and quite AirBnB in Kampala. This is an excellent place to slowly get used to the Ugandan vibe. It’s run by Red Dirt so technical support and feedback are within a hand’s reach.

Day 2: 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 3: 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. You will sleep peacefully with the sound of hippos on the background.

Day 4: Romantic Bandas on the River Bank

Accommodation is situated in a beautiful setting along a river. 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 wooden bandas are very comfortable and the dining and bar area offer a great view of the environment. If you’re hot and dusty, try the mini-pool to refresh.

Day 5: 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 6: Tents on the jungle border

You 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 7: Unique Geodomes with splendid lake view

If you are planning to propose, your 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.

Day 8: Safari tents in the park

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 9: Great guesthouse near Lake Victoria

Your last 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 relax and brag about your adventure at the campfire.

Program

In this tour, you will cycle from Fort Portal to Kisoro and then through Lake Mburo and will cover between 200 and 400 km with quite some elevation meters. This is not for the faint-hearted, but very much do-able if you have an adequate fitness level. If this is a bit too much for you or you just feel a bit tired during the trip, don’t worry! Every day there is the option to choose to cycle a long or a short route.

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Welcome to Uganda! Your experienced drivers are waiting for you at the airport in order to transfer you, your bike, and other luggage in a safe way to Kampala. If you arrive early you can explore the wonderful capital of Uganda. Visit the national museum, one of the many historical sites or go souvenir hunting at local markets.

Day 2: Transport and Rwenzori Views

A morning transfer takes you to Fort Portal and to the edge of Uganda’s rainforest. 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 you will test the bikes with a 50 km ride through small villages and the countryside. The day will end with a sundowner at one of the most beautiful crater lakes in the area.

Day 3: Passing magnificent crater lakes

A 35 or 62 km trip along Uganda’s central location of crater lakes. These magnificent sceneries will steal your heart. You will have a picnic lunch at one of the crater lakes and if it’s a hot day you can go for a swim. After lunch you will continue your way until you reach the main road. While you will experience a typical Ugandan bar and have some end-of-the-day drinks, the bikes will be loaded on the van.

A 2-hour car transfer will bring us to the border of Queen Elizabeth National Park. On the way you will cross the equator where you will stop for a photo. You overnight safari-style, sleeping in tents, with animals roaming in and out of the camp and the sounds of hippos and hyenas accompanying your star-lit dinner.

Day 4: Straight through Queen Elizabeth National Park

An exciting day as you cycle directly through the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species. You 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, your vehicles will be driving right behind you, and you don’t need to worry about being lunch for any animals.

You will sleep at the border of the park, near the Ntungwe River. Want to do more than cycling only: an optional boat safari on Kazinga Channel in the morning will give you a good chance of viewing elephants, buffalo and several antelopes that come to drink water. The Channel also attracts a varied range of birds and holds one of the world’s largest concentration of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles.

Day 5: From Savanna to Jungle

A marvelous change of scenery today as you leave the flat savanna behind and climb up to the rainforest. On the way you 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, your destination Buhoma lies at 1,500 meters above sea level. In the afternoon you can go for a short hike along the river and through the village to visit some local projects.

Day 6: Monkey Trail

Another challenging day of climbing, ranging from single track through rural areas to wide dirt roads straight through the rainforest. You 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 you will be high you have some stunning views to take in. It is very likely that you will encounter a monkey or two, and if you are really, really lucky a family of mountain gorillas. You will start your day at 1,500 m and end it at 2,300 m, so expect a chilly evening when the sun goes down. Your cottages will be basic tonight, but with a superb view over the forest.

Day 7: The Lake of the 1,000 Small Birds

You will cycle straight through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in order to reach civilization again. Though you descend more overall than you climb, it doesn’t mean you won’t still have some major hills to tackle today. Once out of the forest you will see some impressive terraced fields where the locals grow 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. You will have lunch on the shore of the lake and afterwards take a 45-minute boat ride to the tranquil island where you will stay the night.

Day 8: Crossing the Equator

You will leave after breakfast in order to digest some few good kilometers in order to reach Lake Mburo National Park. You 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 you will approach Lake Mburo, where you will stay at a bush camp 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.

Day 9: Lake Mburo Tracks

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 bush camp to graze. After breakfast you will do a short cycling trip along the borders of the park. Expect to encounter zebra’s, antelopes, and buffaloes on the road! In the afternoon will leave for a 4-hour ride back to Entebbe. For the second time you will cross the equator where you shall make a short stop.

Day 10: 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.

Intermediate:

  • can cycle for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Location

Starting off Kampala and ending at Entebbe, this tour will take you through Fort Portal, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Buhoma, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Bunyoni, Lake Mburo National Park, and Lake Mburo.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Transport to/from airport
  • Support vehicle
  • 9 nights' accommodation
  • Other transportation that is not optional
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner during the trip
  • Bicycle cleaning and maintenance
  • English speaking guide and driver
  • AMREF emergency evacuation insurance
  • Snacks and water during the trip

What's not included

  • Tips for staff
  • Personal health/third party/travel insurance
  • Drinks during and after meals
  • Costs for optional activities
  • Early check-in (before 10 am) on day 1
  • Rental of bike, helmet, and/or GPS device
  • Flight tickets
  • Upgraded accommodation (single or self-contained)

How to get there

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Airport: Entebbe International Airport Airport transfer included: Entebbe International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 20% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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