The pearl of Africa: Biking to the Highlights of Uganda | 14 Days

  • Tour Overview

    Tour Highlights:

    • Boat cruise to Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria
    • Game drive by bicycle in Lake Mburo National Park
    • Ride through the fertile midlands of Uganda and see the longhorn cattle
    • Experience various primate species like red colobus monkey, baboon, black & white colobus monkey, grey cheeked mangabey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey, and L´Hoest monkey in the Magombe swamp
    • Chimpanzee – trekking in Kibale National Park
    • Cycle through the Kasenga crater lake area
    • Bike tour through Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • Boat cruise on the Kazinga channel with plentiful of game and bird life
    • See the “Tree Lions” in the Ishasha Wilderness area
    • Ride through the rain forest of the Bwindi National Park
    • Gorilla – trekking in Bwindi National Park
    • Enjoy the long downhill too Kabale
  • Itinerary

    Group Size: 8-10 participants

    km = kilometer & am = altitude meter

     

    Day 1              Arrival and overnight stay in Entebbe

    Daytime flight from Europe to Entebbe. Arrival in Entebbe/Uganda on Lake Victoria in the evening. Short transfer and overnight stay in a guest house in Entebbe. (-)

    Lake Victoria View Guesthouse / Papyrus Guesthouse Entebbe

    Distance by bus 10 km, duration 0.25 h

     

    Day 2              Bike tour on the peninsula of Lake Victoria

    After a short introduction you cycle through Entebbe where you have a chance to exchange some money. You take your bikes on the ferry to the Ssese Island on Lake Victoria (approx. 3-4 h). A short cycle ride along the beach brings you to the island resort. (B,L,D)

    Brovad Sands Lodge

    Distance by bike 10 km, 100 am, tar

    Distance by bus 0 km, duration 0 h

     

    Day 3              Bike tour on Ssese Island

    On dirt roads you cycle through fishing villages up to the ‘islands capital’ Kalangala and further to the other site of the island. There you visit a sacred cave where weather and fishing gods are worshiped by the locals. In the afternoon there is time to relax at the pool or to explore the island further on your bike. (B,L,D)

    Brovad Sands Lodge

    Distance by bike 15-20 km, 150 am, tracks

    Distance by bus 20 km, duration 0.5 h

     

    Day 4              Bike tour to Bugoma

    On this green island you cycle along the hilly streets to Bugoma and take a ferry back to the mainland. The tour vehicle is waiting for you and after a picnic you drive in your safari bus to the entrance of Lake Mburo National Park (approx. 4 h). With some luck you can see the first zebras and impalas on the bike route to your beautiful lodge situated on a granite outcrop where you stay for two nights. (B,L,D)

    Rwakobo Rock Lodge

    Distance by bike 28 km, 250 am, tracks + 9 km, 100 am, tracks

    Distance by bus 130 km, duration 2.5 h

     

    Day 5              Game walk and bike safari in Lake Mburo National Park

    After a scrumptious breakfast at the lodge you explore the national park on a game drive on your bikes and cycle to the edge of Lake Mburo where you have a picnic lunch. Due to wild animals like buffalo it is important that you remain cycling in a group and are accompanied by the safari bus and a game ranger. (B,L,D)

    Rwakobo Rock Lodge

    Distance by bike 55 km, 250 am, tracks

    Distance by bus 0 km, duration 0 h

     

    Day 6              Bike tour through central Uganda

    Leaving Lake Mburo National Park after breakfast, a transfer takes you to Rushere. Here you enjoy a beautiful bike tour through hilly fertile farmlands passing banana plantations, long horn cattle farms and villages. You drive further to Western Uganda (3 h). Your guest lodge is situated in the tea growing area of Uganda, 1700 m high above the sea and on the brink of the Kibale National Park. (B,L,D)

    Chimpanzee View Guesthouse

    Distance by bike 45 km, 650 am, tar

    Distance by bus 150 km, duration 3 h

     

    Day 7              Primate & Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

    In the morning you walk on a well-constructed loop trail through the Magombe swamp. Primates such as black and white guereza, green guenon, redtail monkey, red colobus monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey call this home and can be spotted pretty well. In the afternoon, the 3-hour Chimpanzee trekking in the Kibale Forest National Park is highly recommended. (not included, depending on availability) (B,L,D)

    Chimpanzee View Guesthouse

    Distance by bus 30 km, duration 0.5 h

     

    Day 8              Bike tour through the Kasenga Crater Region and boat cruise in the Queen Elizabeth National Park

    After breakfast you cycle through the wonderful Kasenga Crater Lakes area to Rwimi, you pass numerous lakes and ride through incredible fertile farmland. A 1-hour drive takes you to the equator at Queen Elizabeth National Park. After a picnic you do a short game drive through the National Park to the Mweya Peninsula. There you undertake a safari by boat on the Kazinga Canal and observe hippo, crocodile, pelican, kingfisher, spoonbill, marabou and yellow billed stork from the water at close range. In the late afternoon you arrive at your beautiful located lodge high above the Great African Rift Valley. (B,L,D)

    Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba

    Distance by bike 28 km, 400 am, tracks

    Distance by bus 100 km, duration 2 h

     

    Day 9              Cycle tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Cycling in a group again through open savannah you might encounter elephant, buffalo and waterbuck. First you cycle down a tarred road, before you change onto a gravel path along Lake Edward to the Southern Ishasha Sector of the nature reserve. If the temperatures get to hot, you can stop cycling and change into the safari bus. Later you reach your beautiful positioned lodge close to a waterhole. Elephants and antelopes might be seen here during their evening visit. Depending on your time of arrival, there might be a possibility of going on a safari drive through the Ishasha sector which is famous for its tree-climbing lions. (B,L,D)

    Enjojo Lodge

    Distance by bike 81 km, 310 am, tar/tracks

    Distance by bus 30 km, duration 0.5 h

     

    Day 10             Game drive to the tree-climbing lions in the Queen Elizabeth National Park and bike tour to the Ishasha River

    A morning game drive in the Queen Elizabeth National Park gives you a chance of spotting mammals like buffalo, antelope, leopard and elephant. Your main focus of course is to spot the tree-climbing lions who like to rest on the big branches of fig trees. After having a refreshing lunch at the lodge, you embark on a light, yet hilly bike tour through farms and bushland to the Ishasha River. After your bike ride you continue to your next accommodation. Your lodge for two nights is located on a hill of 2300 m altitude with amazing views of the Bwindi National Park and Virunga Volcano. (B,L,D)

    Gorilla Mist Camp

    Distance by bike 40 km, 450 am, tracks

    Distance by bus 40 km, duration 1 h

     

    Day 11             Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park

    Together with a park ranger, you go on a gorilla trek in search of a family of gorilla. (not included, depending on availability) Depending on the current location of the family the trek can last between 2 and 4 hours. In the afternoon you can relax at the lodge or take a walk through the village or the rainforest. (B,L,D)

    Gorilla Mist Camp

    Distance by bus 20 km, duration 0.5 h

     

    Day 12             Bike ride through the Bwindi National Park

    After the exciting experience of the previous day, you cycle on a hilly dirt road through the mountain rain forest today. You watch out for monkeys and birds as well as the shy forest duiker. Leaving the National Park, you cycle mostly downhill through diversified mountain landscape. On tarmac again you pass fertile farmlands on your way to the lively city of Kabale. Here plenty of local cyclists use the roads. After lunch you have the choice to take the steep ascension to your Lodge by bike or by bus. The gorgeous view from your lodge 2000 m above sea level over Lake Bunyonyi rewards for the effort. (B,L,D)

    Arcadia Cottages

    Distance by bike 50 km, 600 am, tar/tracks + 12 km, 400 am, tracks

    Distance by bus 0 km, duration 0 h

     

    Day 13             Bike tour along Lake Bunyonyi

    Along terraced farmland you cycle down to the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. The scenic gravel road along the shores is only used by a few pedestrians. On the Western side of the lake a boat fetches you and you can enjoy the great views from the water too. The afternoon is for relaxing and packing. (B,L,D)

    Arcadia Cottages

    Distance by bike 22 km, 400 am, tracks

    Distance by bus 10 km, duration 0.25 h

     

    Day 14             Return flight home

    A long daytime drive (8-10 h) takes you back to Entebbe for an evening departure. (B,L)

    Distance by bus 430 km, duration 8-10 h

     

    Accommodation subject to availability

  • Rates & Dates

    Dates Price Status Available Spots
    09.10.2021 - 22.10.2021$3,795.00fully booked0 spotsselect
    23.10.2021 - 05.11.2021$3,795.00open for bookings10 spotsselect
    13.02.2022 - 26.03.2022$3,795.00open for bookings10 spotsselect
    09.10.2022 - 22.10.2022$3,795.00open for bookings10 spotsselect

     

    Zusatzleistungen:

    Single Room Surcharge $420.00

    Gorilla Trekking Permit $700.00 (depending on availability, payable directly after booking, not refundable)

    Chimpanzee Trekking Permit $200.00 (depending on availability, payable directly after booking, not refundable)

  • Services


    Included:

    • Transfer in a Safari bus
    • English speaking tour guide
    • 13x nights in hotels, guesthouses lodges and safari tents with private bathroom
    • 13x breakfast, 13x lunch, also as picnic, 12x dinner
    • Constant vehicle backup as well as transport for bikes
    • All entrance fees for sightseeing program except Gorilla and Chimpanzee Permit
    • Boat safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
    • 1 guided game drive in Lake Mburo National Park
    • Boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi
    • Several game drives in our vehicle and by bike


    Not Included:

    • Flights to and from Uganda
    • Tips
    • Meals not mentioned above
    • MTB hire bike
    • Visa fees (approx. USD 50.00 on arrival in Uganda)
    • Gorilla Trekking
    • Chimpanzee Trekking
  • Rental Bikes



    MTB Hardtail 27/30 Speed
    Price: $290.00


    Bottle holder included
  • Travel Hints

    Although all travelling is done 1000 m above sea level, there is still a risk of Malaria. Please ask your doctor for further advice. An average to medium level of fitness is enough to cycle the tracks on this holiday. When on game drives by bike a national park ranger is with you at all times.

     

3% early bird discount (for bookings until 6 months prior to tour start) – 5% loyalty discount (for customers who have previously travelled with us) 


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