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Cycling Uganda

What is this safari about?

Uganda is a country with beauty & diversity second to none and the best way to experience the REAL Uganda is to ride it with a bike, on the ground and amongst its people. There are several cycling trips on offer in Uganda, from a 10-day trip of Western Uganda for the serious MTB fanatic, to a 2- or 3-day easy ride around Mburo National Park. Also on offer is a 9-day Set Departure ride covering many of the iconic spots in Uganda.

The 10-day trip through West-Uganda will be the most unique and beautiful nature and wildlife mountain bike trip you will ever make. You’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 crater lakes with a backdrop of Uganda’s massive mountains: the Rwenzori’s. Too much to mention!

The shorter 2- or 3-day ride around Lake Mburo NP is ideal for travellers that are keen to cycle amongst zebra and antelopes, an amazing experience! Lake Mburo is a small but very beautiful national park a 4-hour drive from Kampala. The Park hosts many species of wildlife like hippo’s, buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, etc. The tour includes some wonderful rides on the park border where there is plenty of wildlife to be found. Accommodation is in safari tents on a hill with a beautiful view of the area.

The 9-day Set Departure tour have you ride as part of a small group in most of the iconic locations of Uganda and staying in basic but comfortable lodge accommodation along the way. 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.

Who can go?

The 10-day West Uganda trip is for the serious MTB fanatic, so be aware, you’ll have to work for it! You’ll cycle from Fort Portal to Kisoro and then through Lake Mburo and will cover between 200km and 400km with quite some elevation meters. This is not for the faint-hearted, but very much do-able if you have an adequate fitness level.

The 2-and-3-day ride in Mburo NP and the 9-day set departure ride is much easier and anybody with a reasonable fitness level can participate. There are also e-bikes available on request making it a breeze….

The minimum age for all trips is 12 years old.

Why is this special?

  • Biking is the BEST way to experience the REAL Uganda.
  • Rides available for all levels, from the MTB fanatic to e-bikers….
  • Rides go all over Uganda to ALL the famous locations.
  • Opportunity to go chimp and gorilla trekking and ride amongst wildlife.
  • Real cultural experiences and opportunity to spend time with the locals.
  • Range of accommodation options from camping to basic lodge stays and even more upmarket options.

Where is this?

Think Lake Victoria, the crater lakes at the Rwenzori mountains, savannah of Queen Elizabeth NP, the forests and gorillas & chimps of Bwindi and Kibale, the list goes on too much to mention!

Depending on which trip you do the itinerary might include:

  • Lake Victoria.
  • Crater lakes around the Rwenzori mountains.
  • Kibale Forest National Park.
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park.
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
  • Mburo National Park.

You could literally be covering the whole of Uganda!

What should I expect to pay?

The 2-day and 3-day trips are around USD 400 and USD 600 per person for 2 cyclists.

The 10-day West Uganda trip is USD 2450 per person for 2 cyclists and USD 2100 pp for 3 or more cyclists.

The 9-day set departure trip is USD 2570 per person.

What Extensions do you recommend?

Well seeing that you are in Uganda and likely close to Bwindi, trekking the mountain gorillas is a MUST do.

If you want to extend the stay in Uganda a visit to Murchison Falls National Park is a great option too and the white water rafting on offer there is a great adventure!

Close by Tanzania and Kenya offer some great safari extensions and depending on the time of year you might be able to experience the great migration.

If you are looking for some R&R after the ride the beaches of Kenya and Zanzibar or Mafia Island are great options too.

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