ride across lake victoria

10 days cycling tour in Western Uganda

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HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TRIP

Seeing the Rwenzori mountains

Cycle through wildlife and amazing nature

riding through Queen Elizabeth national park

enjoy the peace outside of town

Visit and cross the equator

Close encounter with the wildlife

Distance = 220 – 400km

Elevation = 3000 – 5000m


Terrain = 95% off-road

Days = 7 days of riding

 

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All about the 10 days cycling tour in Western Uganda.

The trip through West-Uganda will be the most unique and beautiful nature and wildlife mountain bike trip you will ever make. We’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 Ruwenzori. Too much to mention!

 

But be aware, you’ll have to work for it! We’ll cycle from Fort Portal to Kisoro and then through Lake Mburo and will cover between 200 and 400km with quite some elevation meters. This is not for the faint-hearted, but very much do-able if you have a 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.

 

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Transport to/from airport

Support vehicle

Accommodation

Other transportation that is not optional

Breakfast, lunch and dinner during the trip

Bicycle cleaning and maintenance

English speaking guide and driver

Snacks and water during the trip

What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.

Tips for staff

Personal health/third party/travel insurance

Drinks during and after meals

Costs for optional activities

Early check-in (before 10am) on day 1

Rental of bike, helmet and/or GPS device

Flight tickets

Costs for optional activities

Upgraded accommodation (single or self-contained)

  1. DAY 1 WELCOME TO UGANDA

    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 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.

  2. DAY 2 TRANSPORT & 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 we 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.

     

    Toughness             Altitude 600hm
    Technicality        Distance   50km

     

  3. DAY 3 PASSING MAGNIFICENT CRATER LAKES

    A 35 or 62km trip along 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 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.

    Toughness              Altitude 600hm
    Technicality        Distance   62km

     

  4. DAY 4 RIDING THROUGH QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

    An exciting day as we cycle 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. 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 concentrations of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles.



    Toughness           Altitude 200hm
    Technicality       Distance   76km

     

  5. DAY 5 RIDING FROM SAVANNA 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 less than 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.


    Toughness     
          Altitude 1100hm
    Technicality       Distance   60km

  6. DAY 6 MONKEY TRAIL

    Another challenging day of climbing, ranging from single track through rural areas to wide dirt roads 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 cottages will be basic tonight, but with a superb view over the forest.

    Toughness         Altitude 2000hm
    Technicality      Distance   56km

     

  7. DAY 7 THE LAKE OF THE 1,000 SMALL BIRDS

    We will cycle 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 still have some major hills to tackle today. Once out of the forest we will see some impressive terraced fields where the locals grow a variety of crops. Be sure to look out for island-dotted Lake Bunyonyi 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.

     

    Toughness         Altitude 1600hm
    Technicality     Distance   40km

     

  8. DAY 8 CROSSING THE EQUATOR

    We will leave after breakfast in order to digest some few good kilometers 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 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.

  9. DAY 9 RIDING NEAR LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

    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 basecamp to graze. After breakfast we 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 we will cross the equator where we shall make a short stop.

     

    Toughness             Altitude 200hm
    Technicality        Distance   35km

  10. 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