Uganda

The pearl of Africa: Biking to the Highlights of Uganda

Cycle tour into the national parks of Uganda, boat trip on Lake Victoria and with rangers to the endangered mountain gorilla... – Individual and group travel

Tropical equatorial rainforest, varying yet rarely visited national parks, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, tree lions, elephants, giraffes and gazelles, comfortable lodges, with the addition of friendly Ugandans – all of this characterizes this bike tour to the highlights of this varying country. Tour highlights are a boat trip on the Lake Victoria, a safari by bike in Lake Mburo National Park, Chimpanzee trekking on foot through the Kibale Forest National Park, a bike trip through the Kasenga Crater Lakes, the experience of crossing the equator in Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as safaris by bike, 4×4 and boat on the Kazinga Canal, biking in Bwindi National Park and along the Buyonyi Lake and finally the Gorilla trekking with a ranger. We will stay for two nights at each accommodation so that we can discover all the miracles of nature in a relaxed way.

Tour itinerary 2019:

mi = miles, hg = total height gain

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 guesthouse in Entebbe. (-)

Day 2 Bike tour on the peninsula of Lake Victoria

After a short introduction we cycle through Entebbe where you will have a chance to exchange some money. We take our bikes on the ferry to the Ssese Island on Lake Victoria (approx. 3-4 hrs.). A short cycle ride along the beach brings us to the island resort. (9 mi., hg. +300 ft., tar) (B,L,D)

Day 3 Bike tour on Ssese Island

On dirt roads we cycle through fishing villages up to the ‘islands capital’ Kalangala and further to the other site of the island. There we visit a sacred cave where weather and fishing gods are worshiped by the locals. (12-15 mi., hg. +450 ft., tracks) In the afternoon there will be time to relax at the pool or to explore the island further on your bike. (B,L,D)

Day 4 Bike tour to Bugoma

On this green island we will cycle along the hilly streets to Bugoma (18 mi., hg. +750 ft., tracks) and take a ferry back to the mainland. Our vehicle will be waiting for us and after a picnic we will drive in our safari bus to the entrance of Lake Mburo National Park (approx. 4 hrs.). With some luck we can see the first zebras and impalas on the bike route to our beautiful lodge situated on a granite outcrop where we stay for two nights. (6 mi., hg. +300 ft., tracks) (B,L,D)

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

Before sunrise we head off on a game walk with a ranger. After a scrumptious breakfast at the lodge we explore the national park on a game drive on our bikes and cycle to the edge of Lake Mburo where we will have a picnic lunch. Due to wild animals like buffalo it is important that we remain cycling in a group and are accompanied by our safari bus and a game ranger. (34 mi., hg. +750 ft., tracks) (B,L,D)

Day 6 Bike tour through central Uganda

Leaving Lake Mburo National Park after breakfast, a transfer takes us to Rushere. Here we will enjoy a beautiful bike tour through hilly fertile farmlands passing banana plantations, long horn cattle farms and villages. (28 mi., hg. +1950 ft., tar). We drive further to Western Uganda (3 h). Our Guest Lodge is situated in the tea growing area of Uganda, 5100 ft. high above the sea and on the brink of the Kibale National Park. (B,L,D)

Day 7 Primate & Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park

In the morning we 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 3h Chimpanzee trekking in the Kibale Forest National Park is highly recommended. (not included, depending on availability) (B,L,D)

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

After breakfast we cycle through the wonderful Kasenga Crater Lakes area to Rwimi, we pass numerous lakes and ride through incredible fertile farmland. (17 mi., hg. +1200 ft., tracks) A 1-hour drive takes us to the equator at Queen Elizabeth National Park. After a picnic we do a short game drive through the National Park to the Mweya Peninsula. There we 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 we arrive at our beautiful located lodge high above the Great African Rift Valley. (18 mi., 750 ft., tar) (B,L,D)

Day 9 Cycle tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Cycling in a group again through open savannah we might encounter elephant, buffalo and waterbuck. (50 mi., 1000 ft., tar/tracks). First we cycle down a tarred road, before we change onto a gravel path along Lake Edward to the Southern Ishasha Sector of the nature reserve. If the temperatures get to hot, we can stop cycling and change into our safari bus. Later we will reach our beautiful positioned lodge close to a waterhole. Elephants and antelopes might be seen here during their evening visit. Depending on our 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.

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 us a chance of spotting mammals like buffalo, antelope, leopard and elephant. Our main focus will of course be 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, we will embark on a light, yet hilly bike tour through farms and bushland to the Ishasha River. (25 mi, hg. 1480 ft, tracks) After our bike ride we will continue to our next accommodation. Our lodge for two nights is located on a hill of 7000 ft. altitude with amazing views of the Bwindi National Park and Virunga Volcano. (B,L,D)

Day 11 Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park

Together with a park ranger, we will 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 we can relax at the lodge or take a walk through the village or the rainforest. (B,L,D)

Day 12 Bike ride through the Bwindi National Park

After the exciting experience of the previous day, we cycle on a hilly dirt road through the mountain rain forest today. We watch out for monkeys and birds as well as the shy forest duiker. Leaving the National Park we cycle mostly downhill through diversified mountain landscape. On tarmac again we pass fertile farmlands on our way to the lively city of Kabale. Here plenty of local cyclists use the roads. (35 mi., hg. +1800 ft, tar/tracks) After lunch you have the choice to take the steep ascension to our Lodge by bike or by bus. (9 mi., hg. +1200 ft., tar/tracks) The gorgeous view from our lodge 6000 ft. above sea level over Lake Bunyonyi rewards for the effort. (B,L,D)

Day 13 Bike tour along Lake Bunyonyi

Along terraced farmland we cycle down to the beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. The scenic gravel road along the shores is only used by a few pedestrians. (14 mi., hg. +1200 ft., tracks) On the Western side of the lake a boat fetches us and we can enjoy the great views from the water too. The afternoon is for relaxing and packing. (B,L,D)

Day 14 Return flight home

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

Accommodation subject to availability

For those who would like to spend more time in east Africa, we can recommend our 8 day Kilimanjaro round-trip by bike, or a swimming holiday on the spice islands of Zanzibar or Mafia Island.

For this tour we offer hard tail MTB for hire.

Picture Gallery September 2014: The Pearl of Africa – Cycling tour to the highlights of Uganda

Services

Included in price:

  • Transfer in a 4WD Safari bus with fridge and air-conditioning
  • English speaking tour guide
  • 13 nights in hotels, guesthouses lodges and safari tents with private bathroom
  • 13 x breakfast, 13 x lunch, also as picnic, 12 x 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
  • 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. 50 USD on arrival in Uganda)
  • Gorilla Trekking: 600 USD per Person (depending on availability)
  • Chimpanzee Trekking: 150 USD per person (depending on availability)

Hints

Travel Information:
Although all travelling is done 3000 ft 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 us at all times.

This tour is also available as a private tour, with minimum two participants

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Categorization
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Group size

8 - 10 Participants
Terms & Conditions
Dates and rates
Booking code: RHU
19.04.19 - 02.05.19 USD 3395 book
28.07.19 - 10.08.19 USD 3395 book
11.08.19 - 24.08.19 USD 3395 book
05.10.19 - 18.10.19 USD 3395 book

Discount

  • 3% discount on bookings made 6 months prior to departure subject to minimum group size
  • 5% discount on all land packages for returning guests subject to minimum group size
Extra services
Single room surcharge USD 400
Gorilla Trekking USD 600
Bike hire MTB Hardtail 27/30 speed USD 300
Chimpanzee Trekking USD 150

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