Itinerary in Brief
Day 1: WELCOME IN UGANDA
Day 2: LAKE VICTORIA
Day 3: CRATER LAKES
Day 4: THE RIFT VALLEY
Day 5: FARMING AND CHIMPS
Day 6: COFFEE AND MORE
Day 7: TO MBURO
Day 8: MTB SAFARI MBURO
Day 9: TO ENTEBBE
The 9-Day Uganda Cycling Safari is an awesome way to experience the real Uganda on the ground and amongst its people!
Cycle as part of a small group too and in all the iconic locations of Uganda and stay in basic but comfortable lodge accommodation along the way. The option is also there to upgrade the accommodation.
The tour takes you from Kampala to Fort Portal, Kibale, Mburo National Park and back to Entebbe. Along the way there are many cultural and wildlife experiences including trekking for chimps at Kibale, cycling around the lakes, an Agro tour, as well as local food and coffee experiences.
Cycling distances and difficulty are adjusted to suit the group.
Also good to know:
- We have a team of multiple (cycling) guides per trip so we can split the group if needed.
- One female guide is purely for non-related cycling activities so bring your partner along. We have a parallel program.
- We have different routes per cycling region adjusted to the fitness and wishes of the client.
- We have bikes for rental (hardtail 29 – Rockshox suspension) but you can also bring your own bike.
- Our lodges provide mid-range accommodation – a good place to relax after a ride.
map and overview
Day 1: Welcome to Uganda
The journey starts here. The team on site will be waiting for you at the airport in Entebbe. After a transfer to Kampala (45 minutes to 1 hour) we arrive at our lodge. Time for check in and a toast to the start of our Ugandan adventure.
TRANSFER TO LODGE
Day 2: Lake Victoria
We cycle from our lodge to the shores of Lake Victoria After a very local boat trip, we immediately fly in and enjoy a combination of remote villages and unique paths along forests, jungle, fields and plantations. We stop for a local lunch in the village and make our way to higher ground. Distant views of Lake Victoria await us, as does a fresh beer and buffet upon arrival in Kampala.
BIKE RIDE / DISTANCE: FROM 35KM (450HM) TO 75KM (1050HM)
Day 3: Crater Lakes
We get up early to avoid traffic and aim our arrows at the next lodge: one on the edge of an imposing crater lake, in the shadows of the Mountains of the Moon. Once we arrive (early afternoon) we settle in and go for a walk around the crater lake (5km). We will enjoy the gorgeous region of Fort Portal for three days.
TRANSFER TO FORT PORTAL (6h)
Day 4: The Rift Valley
A shorter but steeper stage takes us to the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley.
We start around the crater lake and get lost in the banana plantations after which we cycle towards the valley. Magical views of the valley and the Rwenzori Mountains await us. We combine the cycling activity with a local food experience. Simon + Anette and family receive us with open arms for a local buffet – the taste of Uganda!
BIKE RIDE / DISTANCE: FROM 35km (700m) TO 45km (1300m)
LOCAL FOOD EXPERIENCE
Day 5: Farming and chimps
We start the day with an Agro tour (2.5 hours), a guided tour during which we learn more about local agriculture. We harvest and eat sugar cane, look for pineapples and learn about banana varieties and other crops. Did you know that some farmers make use of – and produce biogas?
The afternoon brings us to the edge of the Kibale rainforest. The perfect place to spot the chimpanzees in Uganda – or other monkeys – as no less than 13 different species of primates live in the forest. We follow a ranger through the forest and get close to the chimpanzees.
Day 6: Coffee and more
We jump on our bikes and cycle along the edge of the forest to a local coffee farm where we learn about the coffee process from bean to cup. The second destination of the day is a crater lake surrounded by monkeys where we have to option to swim and enjoy a BBQ!
Day 7: To Mburo
Our journey continues as we head more to the south-west of Uganda.
Lake Mburo National will be our next destination – a safari park where we enjoy cycling between giraffe’s, zebra’s, hippo’s and more. We cycle trough the dry savanna in the afternoon and climb a rock that gives a magical view over the park.
BIKE RIRDE / DISTANCE: FROM 25km (250m) TO 35km (350m)
Day 8: MTB Safari Mburo
A unique end of the cycling journey: a safari experience on the mountain bike.
We start our ride quietly and make our way to Lake Mburo. On the way we try to spot a lot of wildlife on the bike (moose, giraffes, buffalo, waterbucks, …).
Once out of the park we have an option to do some extra loops, or we can just rest and enjoy the lodge.
BIKE RIDE / DISTANCE: FROM 30km (300m) to 70km (700m)
Day 9: To Entebbe via Masaka
We make our way back to Entebbe and have a stopover at a very interesting project. The Masaka Cyclin brings together and supports local cyclists and cycling talent in the southwestern region.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home after an incredible experience!
SOUVENIR SHOPPING ENTEBBE
6-8 cyclists: USD 2570 pp sharing
9-11 cyclists: USD 2470 pp sharing
12 – 14 cyclists: USD 2300 pp sharing
6-8 cyclists: USD 2760 pp sharing
9-11 cyclists: USD 2650 pp sharing
12 – 14 cyclists: USD 2535 pp sharing
Note: Minimum 6 cyclists required to confirm the tour.
INCLUDED (9 DAYS/8 NIGHTS – Friday to Sunday)
- All nights in lodges (basic or mid-range with western standards)
- Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner (main course, some 3-course)
- Trail food + drinks during the bike rides
- Guidance by Belgian lead and team of several Ugandan guides
- Access to safari park
- Extra activities: Agrotour in Fort Portal, local food experience, coffee tour
- All transport on site; minibus, ferries, public transport, luggage transport, …
- Technical assistance during the rides
- Flight ticket
- Bike rental (USD 200) or transfer own bike (we leave at collect bike box at first lodge)
- Drinks with meals (and especially extra drinks at the bar)
- Own insurance, passport and visa, vaccinations (yellow fever required)
- Local tips, laundry and bicycle wash, souvenirs and extra activities …
Keen to experience the real Uganda by bike? Talk to us!
Contact SAFARI FRANK to get started on your safari of a lifetime!