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10-Day Mountain bike Adventure in Western Uganda

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10-Day Mountain bike Adventure in Western Uganda

This 10-Day Mountain bike Adventure in Western Uganda tour 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, and go on a thrilling safari ride through two National Parks to see lions, buffalo’s, elephants. You will go places no other tourist come and will be able to experience local culture and wildlife up close

Water rafting in Jinja.

Rafting in Jinja is an exhilarating and adrenaline-pumping adventure activity that takes place on the mighty Nile River, near the town of Jinja in eastern Uganda. It is one of the most popular and thrilling water-based activities in the country, attracting adventure enthusiasts and thrill-seekers from all around the world.

The scenic Sipi Falls.

Sipi Falls is a series of stunning waterfalls located in eastern Uganda, near the town of Sipi in Kapchorwa district. It is a hidden gem and a popular destination for nature lovers, adventure seekers, and travelers looking to experience the beauty of Uganda’s landscapes. The falls are situated on the slopes of Mount Elgon, the eighth-highest mountain in Africa, which adds to their charm and scenic appeal.

Kidepo Valley National Park.

Located  in the far north for the untouched wilderness and an experience with the Karamojong people.Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Uganda’s most remote and spectacular national parks, located in the northeastern part of the country. It is often referred to as the “Hidden Gem” or the “True African Wilderness” due to its untouched beauty and abundant wildlife. The park’s isolation has preserved its natural splendor, making it a unique and less-visited destination for safari enthusiasts. The park is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including African elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, cheetahs, buffaloes, zebras, and various antelope species such as elands, oribis, and Jackson’s hartebeests. Kidepo is also an excellent destination for birdwatching, boasting over 475 bird species, making it a paradise for bird enthusiasts.

Murchison falls National Park.

The journey southwards will then take you to Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls National Park commonly known as the nature wonders of Uganda. This is the starting point of the safari, and it promises exciting wildlife encounters. The combination of a game drive and a boat cruise on the Nile River offers an opportunity to see a wide variety of animals. Such as the iconic African Big Five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, leopards, and rhinoceros).  Meanwhile, the Murchison Falls is where the Nile River squeezes through a narrow gorge and plummets into the Devil’s Cauldron, is a stunning natural spectacle.

 Queen Elizabeth National Park.

This park offers a game drive and a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, where visitors can spot a wide array of wildlife and bird species. The diverse landscape for instance crater lakes and the Rwenzori Mountains, adds to the allure of this park.

Lake Bunyonyi

The last part of the 14-days Uganda safari will take you for relaxation by beautiful Lake Bunyonyi.Lake Bunyonyi is a mesmerizing and tranquil lake located in southwestern Uganda, near the town of Kabale. It is often regarded as one of the most beautiful lakes in Africa, attracting travelers with its stunning scenery, serene waters, and a myriad of islands scattered throughout its expanse. The name “Bunyonyi” means “place of many little birds” in the local Rukiga language, a fitting description for the abundance of birdlife found around the lake.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lastly  our trip ends with Lake Mburo National Park. is a compact and captivating national park located in western Uganda. Despite being the smallest national park in the country, it offers a rich diversity of wildlife, beautiful landscapes, and unique experiences for visitors. The park is named after Lake Mburo, a scenic lake that forms part of its boundaries and provides a picturesque backdrop for wildlife viewing. Lake Mburo National Park is home to a variety of wildlife, including zebras, impalas, elands, topis, buffaloes, warthogs, hippos, and crocodiles. It is also one of the best places in Uganda to spot wild zebras.

Highlights:

Welcome to Uganda

Transport to Fort Portal and short ride with backdrop of the Rwenzori

passing magnificent crater lakes

From Savanna to Jungle

The monkey trail

Cycling to the lake of 1000 small birds

Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

Cycling safari through Lake Mburo National Park

Departure from Entebbe

Detailed itinerary

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 your guesthouse in Entebbe. On this 10-Day Mountain bike Adventure in Western Uganda, If you arrive early you can explore the wonderful green city of Entebbe. Highlights include the botanical garden, several souvenir shops, lunch or dinner at Lake Victoria, reptile village, etc

Optional activities for an extra cost: Entebbe City Cycling Tour, Entebbe City Tour by Car, Lake Victoria Cycling Tour.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation Option:
 Luxury: Serena Hotel.
Mid-range: via via guest house
Budget: via via guest house
Meals plan: Break first, lunch & Dinner
Water and fruits throughout

Day 2: Transport to Fort Portal and short ride with backdrop of the Rwenzori

A morning transfer by car 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 20 km (300m climbing) ride through small villages and the countryside. On your way you will pass by one of the most beautiful crater lakes in the area, where you can have a drink.

Main Destination:
Fort Portal (Town)
Accommodation:
Rwenzori View Guest House

  • Budget guest house located in or near Fort Portal
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 3: Cycling tour passing magnificent crater lakes

A 62km (900m climbing) 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.

Main Destination:
Ndali Kasenda Crater Lakes (Highlight)
Accommodation:
The Bush Lodge (Banda)

  • Mid-range banda located just outside Queen Elizabeth NP
Meals & Drinks:
  • All meals included
  • Drinking water (Other drinks not included)

Day 4: Cycling straight through Queen Elizabeth National Park

An exciting day as we cycle 78km (300m climbing) 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 other animals 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.

Optional activities for an extra cost: Game Drive, Chimpanzee trekking, Boat safari.

Main Destination:
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Best Time To VisitJanuary to February and June to July (Dry seasons)
High SeasonJune to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best WeatherJune to July and January to February (Less rainfall)
Main Destination: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Accommodation option;
Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge / Katara lodge
Mid-Range: Irungu Forest Lodge/ Elephant hub Lodge
Budget: Bush lodge / Pumba safari cottagesMeals plan:Break first, lunch & DinnerWater & fruits throughout

Day 5: Cycling 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 of 60km with just under 1,000 m of ascending ahead of us. Considered the world’s capital of gorilla tracking, our destination Buhoma lies at 1,500 meters above sea level. In the afternoon we can go for an optional short hike along the river and through the village to visit some local projects.

Optional activities for an extra cost: River and village walk, Visit local hospital and other projects.

Main Destination:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (Gorillas)
Best Time To VisitJune to August and December to February
High SeasonJune to September (Gorilla permits are scarce)
Best WeatherJune to July and December to February (Less rainfall)
Main Destination- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation Option:
Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge /Buhoma lodge.
Mid-Range: Silverback lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp.
Budget: Buhoma Community Rest camp
Meals plan: Break first, lunch & DinnerWater & fruits throughout

Day 6: Cycling the monkey trail

Another challenging day of with 56km and 1530m 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 tents will be basic tonight, but with a superb view over the forest. Rather go gorilla trekking today? No worries we can organize this as an optional activity for an extra cost.

Optional activities for an extra cost: Gorilla Trekking.

Main Destination- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Accommodation Option:
Luxury: Gorilla Safari Lodge /Buhoma lodge.
Mid-Range: Silverback lodge / Gorilla Mist Camp.
Budget: Buhoma Community Rest camp
Meals plan:Break first, lunch & Dinner
Water & fruits throughout

Day 7: Cycling to the lake of 1000 small birds

We will cycle 35km (692m climbing) 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.

Optional activities for an extra cost: Island boat tour.

Main Destination- Lake BunyonyiAccommodation option:Luxury: Mihingo Lodge.
Mid-Range: Mburo Safari Lodge.
Budget: Rwakobo Rock.Meals plan:Break first, lunch & DinnerWater & fruits throughout

Day 8: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

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 bushcamp 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.

Optional activities for an extra cost: Night game drive, Walking safari, Igongo Museum Visit.

Main Destination:
Lake Mburo National Park
Best Time To Visit: June to August and December to February
High Season: June to September (Peak time for Uganda)
Best Weather; June, July and January to February (Little rainfall)
Main Destination- Lake Mburo National Park
Accommodation Option:
Luxury: Mihingo Lodge.
Mid-Range: Mburo Safari Lodge.
Budget: Rwakobo Rock.
Meals plan:Break first, lunch & DinnerWater & fruits throughout

Day 9: Cycling safari through 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 bush camp to graze. After breakfast we will do a short cycling trip of 33km (340m climbing) along the borders of the park. Expect to encounter zebra’s, antelopes and buffaloes on the road! In the afternoon we 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 for pictures.

Optional activities for an extra cost: Game drive, Boat safari, Walking safari, Cycling safari inside the park.

Main Destination: Entebbe International Airport
Accommodation Option:
 Luxury: Serena Hotel.
Mid-range: via via guest house
Budget: via via guest house
Meals plan: Break first, lunch & Dinner
Water and fruits throughout

Day 10: Departure from Entebbe

Depending on when your flight leaves you can do some sightseeing in Entebbe. Alternatively a city tour in Kampala is also possible. Thus the end of 10-Day Mountain bike Adventure in Western Uganda.

Optional activities for an extra cost: Entebbe cycling tour, Kampala city tour by car, Mabamba Swamp Shoebill boat tour, Kampala city boda boda tour.

Main Destination:
Entebbe International Airport (Entebbe)
Accommodation:
No accommodation (End of tour)
Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

End of tour (See Getting There for more details)

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for an extra cost.
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport.

Price Includes:

Transportation in a 4×4 WD safari Land Cruiser

Accommodation and meals as per the itinerary

Park entrance fees.

Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda

Game drive

Ranger guide

Services on an English speaking guide

Community walk Bwindi

Enroot lunches

Price Excludes:

International flights

Hire / purchase of Hiking Gear

Personal Travel insurance

Visa Fees, Drinks, Cigarettes

Tips, Souvenirs

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