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Gravel Uganda Deluxe

In Brief

With its beautiful nature and wildlife, the trip through Western Uganda will be one of the most unique gravel bike trips you ever make.

Highlights:
- Most unique gravel bike tour in the world
- Gravel, Wildlife and Gorilla tracking in 1 trip
- Stay in luxury boutique and 5+ star lodges
- Special trip with varied program including boat safari, bike safari, gorilla tracking and visit to most beautiful national parks
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December 08, 2022 / December 17, 2022
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€9.999,00 - €18.995,00

10 days
400 km
Incl. lodging

Additional options

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10 DAY LUXURY GRAVEL ADVENTURE WEST UGANDA

With its beautiful nature and wildlife, the trip through Western Uganda will be one of the most unique gravel bike trips you ever make.

We cycle past breathtakingly beautiful lakes, through the jungle where the mountain gorillas reside and also right through one of Uganda's most beautiful national parks where you can see lions, buffalo, elephants and many more animals.

Experience the local culture and discover how Ugandans really live in the authentic villages we drive through. Slalom between the magical crater lakes with in the background the magnificent view of Africa's highest mountain range: the Rwenzori's. Too much to mention.

But beware, you will have to work for it. The trip goes from Fort Portal to Lake Bunyonyi and then there is a nice ride in Lake Mbuto. That's about 400 kilometers with a lot of climbing. The distances are very doable if you are fit and have some cycling experience. If you have less experience or want to use an e-gravel bike it is possible.

ITINERARY

DAY 01 WELCOME TO UGANDA

Welcome to the pearl of Africa, as Uganda is affectionately known. Our experienced driver will meet you at the international airport in Entebbe and transport you and your luggage safely to the hotel. After that, you can relax and get used to the African vibe. [no meals included]

Accommodation:

No 5 Boutique Hotel: www.hotelnumber5.com


Optional activity (upon early arrival):
Bicycle tour through Entebbe (15-25km)

 

DAY 02 CYCLING WITH THE RWENZORIS IN THE BACKGROUND

We will depart early in the morning by our luxury safari vehicle from Entebbe to arrive in Fort Portal around lunchtime (travel time about 5 hours). After lunch at Kyaninga Lodge, which is beautifully ago on one of Uganda's most beautiful crater lakes, we will drive a trip of about 40 kilometers along the foothills of the Rwenzori mountain range with beautiful views. On the hilly route we will pass several more crater lakes [breakfast, lunch and dinner included].

Heaviness: *** Distance: 40km

Technique: *** Altimeters: +584 / -774 m


Accommodation:

Ndali Lodge: https://ndali-lodge.business.site/?utm_source=gmb&utm_medium=referral

DAY 03 SLALOM BETWEEN THE CRATER LAKES

A hefty trek through Uganda's center of crater lakes. The beautiful surroundings will steal your heart. Along the way we will stop for a quick lunch. Through a nice, fairly flat, route with some single tracks we will eventually arrive at Kasese. From there we ride on asphalt and pass the equator, before arriving at the gateway to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here we dive into the park by car. There are many hippos, buffaloes and gazelles to spot. We spend the night in a beautiful lodge in the park with the sounds of hyenas and hippos in the background. [Breakfast, lunch and dinner included]

Severity: **** Distance: 95km

Technique: *** Altimeters: +472 / -937 m


Accommodation:

Mweya Safari Lodge: https://mweyalodge.com/ 

DAY 04 ACROSS THE SAFARI PARK

We start with a morning stunner: a fantastic boat safari on Kazinga Channel!

With cycling clothes and bike, we jump on the boat for a 1.5 hour morning boat safari. We will be dropped off on the other side of the water, from where a beautiful ride right through the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park will begin. The park is home to 95 species of mammals and over 500 birds. So there is a very good chance that our paths will cross with those of elephants, water buffalo, kobs, bucks and even felines. The follow car will therefore drive right behind us. The route is along a wide straight dirt road without many hills. The last part we dive a little deeper into the Ishasha sector of the park. An official park ranger will guide us to a beautiful lodge situated next to a river. The route is not technically difficult but the distance and heat can make it challenging. [breakfast, lunch and dinner are included]

Severity: *** Distance: 80km

Technique: ** Altimeters: +398 / -417 m


Accommodation:

Ishasha Wilderness Camp https://www.ugandaexclusivecamps.com/

DAY 05 CLIMBING FROM THE STEPPE TO THE JUNGLE

Today a challenging route to the border of Bwindi Impenetrable Park. Here lies Buhoma, Uganda's central spot for visiting the rare mountain gorilla. We climb from 950 meters to 1400 meters, tapping 1450 meters along the way. Beautiful route where you see both the environment and the climate change. We cross some tea plantations, before approaching the tropical rainforest. The high altitude is ideal for the growth of this crop. [breakfast, lunch and dinner included]

Severity: *** Distance: 69km

Technique: **** Altimeters: +1115 / -574 m


Accommodation:

Buhoma Lodge: https://buhoma.ugandaexclusivecamps.com/ 

DAY 06 MONKEY TRAIL

Today will be a day you won't forget for the rest of your life. Visiting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for a real encounter in the wild with the rare mountain gorillas. In small groups you will walk into the forest together with a trained ranger to find one of the gorilla families. The rangers know the animals, know where they are and try to visit the family as quickly and effortlessly as possible. However, they are still wild animals and the animals may not be as easy to reach. The trek through the dense forest, over steep slopes and muddy paths can sometimes take up to 4 hours. When the gorillas are found, you may only stay there for a maximum of 1 hour. This is to ensure that the influence of humans remains as limited as possible. You leave with lunch in your backpack. Upon return from the hike, we jump in the car for a 2-hour transfer to Ruhija. [breakfast, lunch and dinner included]

Accommodation:

Kiho Lodge: https://kiholodge.com/

DAY 07 THE LAKE OF THE 1000 BIRDS

In the morning we will descend right through Bwindi Impenetrable Park. If we are very, very, very lucky, we might come face to face with the famous mountain gorilla as we drive through his natural habitat. Lunch will be at Africa's eye-popping and deepest lake: Lake Bunyonyi. The name means, "place of the little birds", a true paradise for the birdwatcher. After the simple lunch we will drive along the lake, where we will have to face some steep climbs. We will spend the night in a hotel with a beautiful view of the lake. [breakfast, lunch and dinner included]

Gravity: **** Distance: 60km

Technique: **** Altimeters: +1217 / -1650 m


Accommodation:

Birdnest Resort: https://www.birdnestatbunyonyi.com/

DAY 08 CROSSING THE EQUATOR

Today a rest and travel day. After breakfast we jump in the car on our way to Lake Mburo National Park. On the way we will have lunch at Igongo Cultural Center, a place dedicated to promoting the Ankole tribe. If you feel like it, you can visit the small museum in half an hour. Not long after lunch we will arrive at Lake Mburo where we sleep in hotel close to the entrance of the park. The camp is regularly visited by wildlife and is also an ideal starting point for an optional night safari. [breakfast, lunch and dinner included]

Accommodation:

Mihongo Lodge: https://mihingo-lodge.com/


Optional Activity:
Night safari in Lake Mburo National Park

DAY 09 LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK TRAILS

Wake up and have breakfast while looking out over the park. Chances are you will still see some wild animals grazing near the hotel. After breakfast we cycle a nice round in the park. You can expect to see zebras, antelopes and water buffalo. The route is always a surprise, because part of it follows game trails, which can change through the season. In the afternoon we will make our way back to Entebbe, crossing the equator for the second time. [breakfast, lunch and dinner included]

Gravity: ** Distance: 44km

Technique: *** Altimeter: +381 m / -381 m


Accommodation:

No 5 Boutiqye Hotel: www.hotelnumber5.com

DAY 10 DEPARTURE FROM ENTEBBE

Depending on the departure time of the plane, there may still be a chance to visit Entebbe or Kampala. The mosque of Uganda, torture chambers of Idi Amin, Owino mark and the Banange brewery are well worth a visit. If you prefer more peace and quiet, the beach at Lake Victoria or a visit to the botanical garden in Entebbe are options. Whatever your activities will be, we will make sure you arrive at the airport well in advance. [Breakfast included]

Optional Activity:
Kampala city tour by car
Shoebill boat safari in Mabamba Swamp

TRAVEL DATUMS:
These are on request should you wish to book with us outside of our already established dates.

WHAT IS INCLUDED?

The gravel bike adventure includes:

  • Pick up and drop off to Entebbe airport
  • Transportation in luxury car with English speaking driver
  • Boat crossing Lake Bunyonyi
  • 9 x nights accommodation in luxury double bedrooms with private bathrooms
  • Meals as described above
  • Cleaning of bicycles and basic maintenance
  • Dutch language personal bike guide
  • AMREF emergency transport insurance (flying doctors)
  • Snacks and water during cycling
  • Boat safari and half-day drive safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impentrable National Park
  • Bicycle safari in Lake Mburo National Park

 

The gravel bike adventure is exclusive:

  • Tipping for staff
  • Visa costs
  • Personal travel/health/liability insurance
  • Meals not listed
  • Drinks during and after meals
  • Rental of GPS devices
  • Optional Activities
  • Vaccinations
  • Flights to
  • All corona related tests

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES AND SERVICES?

Activity Price pp Day
Entebbe bike tour €40,- Day 01 or 10
Night safari by car €125,- Day 08
Shoebill boat safari in Mabamba Swamp €60,- Day 10
Kampala city tour by car €50,- Day 10

 

Service Price pp
Bike rental carbon from the Netherlands (excluding flight transport a EUR 200) €290,-
Bicycle rental alu in Uganda €240,-
Accommodation upgrade to single room €1.000,-
Early check-in (before 2 pm) / extra night single room €300,-
Early check-in (before 2 pm) / extra night double room €330,-

 

ACCOMMODATION

Day 01: Boutique hotel in green surroundings

Attention to detail and an attentive guest experience are synonymous with this hotel, making it the perfect choice for a restful stay in Entebbe

Day 02: Family run lodge with stunning views

This family-run lodge is one of Uganda's most acclaimed exclusive retreats. It has a stunning location high on the edge of Lake Nyinambuga and offers panoramic views across Lake Rukwanzi and steep slopes of banana and tea plantations to the Rwenzori peaks.

Day 03: Lodge located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Located on a peninsula in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park, this lodge is surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains aptly described as the 'Mountains of the Moon'.

Day 04: Wildlife and luxury camp

A luxury, eco-friendly camp in Ishasha - famous for its tree-climbing lions. It is an idyllic retreat for those who truly enjoy the wilderness.

Day 05: Intimate lodge in Bwindi

This lodge is an intimate and charming accommodation with spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the rare and elusive mountain gorilla. It is one of the few lodges actually located in the park.

Day 06: Luxury in natural surroundings

This lodge is built with natural, handcrafted furniture for the discerning traveler who values class, serenity and relaxation in a "pristine" natural setting.

Day 07: Great resort with views over Lake Bunyonyi

This beautiful rsort offers individually decorated, luxurious rooms, each with a private balcony with breathtaking views of Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 08: Luxury lodge built on ancient boulders

You will stay in a family-owned luxury lodge in a magical setting adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park. Perched on a rocky kopje, whose pre-Cambrian granite boulders were formed over 500 million years ago, it offers spectacular views over a vast savanna landscape.

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Explanation sports level

MTB:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km



Road bike:

1star: beginner 50km2star
: above beginner 60km3star
: average 70km4star
: advanced 100km5star
: pro 160km



Level 1: Starter-Beginner;
You are just starting out in this sport, have no experience nor background as an athlete

Level 2: Beginner-Medium;
You are just starting with this sport, however you already have experience with other sports so you start with a good basic condition. You cycle 1 or 2 times a week.

Level 3: Average;
You are a sporty person, don't shy away from a challenge, exercise at least 2 to 4 per week, you can also already make some altitude gains and ride at higher averages.

Level 4: Advanced;
You are a trained athlete, you are looking for a challenge in sports, you are active at least 3 to 5 times a week, altitude meters and a higher average are not a problem

Level 5: Advanced/Performance oriented;
You train towards goals, challenges and also leave something for it you do not mind, you are driven and several times longer sport per week are no exception, you are performance oriented

Level 6: Advanced Plus;
As a highly trained person, you want to really test yourself to your limits, you seek challenges and are also willing to live for them, exercising is a part of your daily life.

Explanation luxury level

Level 0-1.5: Tour without overnight stay.

Level 2-2.5: Cycle Travel provides an overnight stay in a 2-star accommodation.

Level 3-3.5: Tour with overnight stays in the better bed and breakfast or 3-star hotel, hostel accommodations. Overnight stays on a half-board basis are a 3.5 rating.

Level 4-4.5: Cycle Travel provides a 4-star accommodation or boutique bed & breakfast. Optional full board booking (upgrade to level 4,5 appreciation).

Level 5-5.5: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 4-star or 5-star accommodation or boutique hotel. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 5.5.

Level 6: Cycle Travel will provide a more luxurious 5-star accommodation, boutique hotel or luxury pop-up location. We can upgrade the level of lunch, on-road catering or dinner to 6+ level if required.

Explanation guidance level

Our team of passionate guides is always there for you. For any type of trip, event or clinic, Cycle Travel will provide the right accompaniment. We have an excellent network of professionals.

With the ranking from 1 to 6, we indicate to what extent the guidance is provided on a trip. Interested in an upgrade? Please let us know! Then we will gladly look for a suitable solution.

Level 0-1: a self-guided tour without guidance. Cycle Travel provides the routes on GPX.

Level 2-2.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has a goody bag or contact person at the locations visited that you will receive as a traveler.

Level 3-3.5: a self-guided tour without guidance including routes on GPX and tips for the road. Cycle Travel has accommodation on the basis of a 3-star hotel or bed & breakfast. There is someone on site who is familiar with our clients and is personally available for you (level 3,5)

Level 4-4.5: a guided tour including routes on GPX and tour guide on the bike or in a follow car.Cycle Travel has accommodation based on a 4-star hotel, hostel or bed & breakfast. During a guided tour it is optionally possible to book a mechanic and masseur. (The valuation then amounts to 4.5)

Level 5-5.5: A fully catered vacation with a complete support team consisting of tour guide, mechanic and masseur. A follow car is provided including care on the road during the rides. Accommodation will be in luxury chalets, hotels or boutique bed & breakfasts.

Level 6: The ultimate luxury cycling vacation with top locations and carefully selected accommodations. Only the very best counts for us and you as our client! Get carried away on a next level cycling vacation.

Explanation gravity level

We roughly determine the heaviness of a trip based on a variety of circumstances. Severity can be determined by distances or by the altitude meters in distances. In addition, you experience a ride on a gravel or mountain bike already 'heavier' than a road bike ride.

Per category this is approximately what you can think of. Always discuss with us alternatives or modified routes which also influence the heaviness.

Road Bikes - Race bikesDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 170 km700-1100
Level 280 km1100-1500
Level 3100 km1500-2200
Level 4120 km2200-2800
Level 5150 km2800-3800
Hors Category175+ km3800-5500
Mountain Bike - MTBDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500
GravelDistance max - Distance MaxAltitude indication
Level 130-50 km700-1000
Level 240-60 km1000-1300
Level 350-75 km1300-1800
Level 455-90 km1800-2400
Level 560-100 km2400-3300
Hors Category150+ km3800-5500