Uganda Gravel Adventure

Scheduled

8 nights

Advanced

362 km

3650 m

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Summary

Experience Uganda’s most unique and beautiful nature and wildlife by bike. Cycle past breathtaking lakes and ride through tropical rainforests full of monkeys. Visit mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and take on a thrilling cycling safari through one of Uganda’s most beautiful national parks to see lions, buffaloes, elephants and much more. Experience local culture and meet Uganda’s friendly locals on your trail while slaloming between magical crater lakes with a backdrop of the Rwenzoris mountain range.

Our 9 day gravel adventure is rolling out in 2024 and you’re invited! Climb from the savannah to the jungle, boat & bike your way through the national park, stay in local lodges, guestshouses and safari camps and experience the joy, life and vibracy of Uganda and its people.

DURATION

9 days / 8 nights

DISTANCE

362 km

HOTELS
★★★★★ ★★★★★ ★★★★★
REGION

Uganda

Terrain

Gravel

LEVEL

Advanced

Average Distance X DAY

60 km

Average Time X DAY

4 h 0 min

PRICE PER PERSON FROM€ 4.799

TOUR highlights

Ride through three National Parks and see wildlife up close

Sleep at unique hand-picked locations with fantastic views

Share laughs with the beautiful, heart-warming local community

Visit the mountain gorillas

Ride through a huge varitey of incredible landscapes - from dry savannah to lush tea plantations to rainforest trails and mountainous climbs

IS THIS TOUR FOR ME?

Advanced

Rated 3 out of 4 our Advanced tours are designed for people who ride regularly and want back to back challenging days on the bike. Riders should be confident riding in a small group, comfortable on extended climbs (at your own pace) and have good bike handling skills on corners and descents. E-bikes are available on all of our tours.

ITINERARY

Day 1

Welcome to Uganda!

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! We'll meet you at Entebbe airport and drive to our first guesthouse in Entebbe. Sit back, relax and acclimitise to the African vibe!

EAT

Enjoy a relaxed meal at the Via Via Guesthouse

SLEEP

Via Via Guesthouse

CYCLE

Aaaand relax... the cycling starts tomorrow!

Day 1

The majestic Rwenzori Mountains

The morning is spent driving west from Entebbe to a small farm just past Fort Portal on the edge of Kibale Forest. After lunch at the farm we'll enjoy our first ride! Cycle south in a beautiful lush green environment with a backdrop of snow-capped peaks of Uganda’s most extensive mountain range: the majestic Rwenzori Mountains. Our 39 km ride takes us through small villages over wide gravel roads and some short single tracks that are not technical. The ride finishes with a climb to our lodge. Be rewarded with an incredible place to stay - the lodge is situated on the edge of a crater lake and offers a breathtaking view.

EAT

Breakfast, lunch at the farm, evening meal at the lodge

SLEEP

Lodge Bella Vista

CYCLE

Rwenzori Mountain ride, 39 km, 578 m

Day 1

Crater Lakes Ride & Safari Camp Night

Today we continue south with a point to point ride. Start the day with a descent to what becomes a nice flat route to the Northern entrance of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The first half will occur on wide dirt roads and minor fire roads. The last stretch will be on the tarmac, where you will have an excellent chance to spot wildlife next to the road. Our lodge is in the Southern Hemisphere, as we will cross the equator just before arriving. 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.

EAT

Breakfast, picnic lunch en route, evening meal under the stars

SLEEP

Simba Safari Camp

CYCLE

Crater Lakes, 95 km, 486 m

Day 1

Boat & Bike Safari through the National Park

Start today’s adventure with a boat safari on Kazinga Channel. The early departure increases the chance of spotting a lot of wildlife drinking water on the river banks. You might even spot hippos returning from their nocturnal grazing sessions on land. The channel holds the world’s largest concentration of these marvellous animals. On top of that, it also attracts a varied range of birds and is home to numerous Nile crocodiles. After two hours, it is time to change the means of transport from boat to bike. Today’s exciting cycling route takes us directly through the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species. Ride on a flat, wide gravel road through the savanna and look out for 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! Tonight stay at a lodge on the border of the park, near the Ntungwe River.

EAT

Breakfast, picnic lunch, evenng meal at the lodge

SLEEP

Enjojo Lodge

CYCLE

Safari ride, 76 km, 354 m

Day 1

From Savannah to the Jungle

Enjoy a marvellous change of scenery today as we leave the flat savanna behind and climb up to the rainforest via some lovely tea plantations. Halfway we will stop for a local lunch at a typical Ugandan restaurant. Expect a challenging ride with just under 1,000 meters of ascending in order to reach Buhoma, the world’s capital of gorilla tracking. We will stay the night at a guesthouse, of which the proceeds go to keep the local hospital running. (The guesthouse manager is a cycling aficionado and organises annual cycling races!)

EAT

Breakfast, lunch in a local restaurant, evening meal at the guesthouse

SLEEP

Bwindi Guesthouse

CYCLE

Savannah to the Jungle, 58 km, 967 m

Day 1

Gorilla Trek

Today we switch the bikes for a hike into the jungle to track and observe wild mountain gorillas. The trek can last up to 4 hours (depending on where the gorilla's are). This is a highly memorable and often life-changing experience that is not to be missed. After the trek we transfer to Ruhija, to spend the night in cozy huts overlooking the rainforest.

EAT

Breakfast, lunch, evening meal

SLEEP

Gorilla Mist Camp

CYCLE

Gorilla Trek - up to a 4 hour hike

Day 1

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Today we cycle straight through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in order to reach civilisation. Today brings some significant climbs and more varied landscapes. Once out of the forest, ride past impressive terraced fields where the locals grow various 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. At the end of the ride we'll lunhc on the shore of the lake, time time to freshen up and then drive to the Lake Mburo National Park, where we will sleep at the park border to sounds of wildlife that we'll see tomorrow!

EAT

Breakfast, lunch at the lake, evening meal at the lodge

SLEEP

Rwakobo Rock

CYCLE

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, 40 km, 707 m

Day 1

Safari Cycle at the Lake Mburo National Park

Wake up early and enjoy breakfast with a view of the park. In the early morning, there is a high chance that animals might have approached the camp to graze. Today's ride hugs the borders of the park. Expect to encounter zebra, antelopes, and buffaloes on the road! In the afternoon will leave for a 4-hour drive back to Entebbe and return to the Via Via guesthouse for a last night together.

EAT

Breakfast, lunch at the camp, evening meal at the guesthouse

SLEEP

Via Via Guesthouse

CYCLE

Safari Cycle, 54 km, 549 m

Day 1

Goodbye Uganda!

Depending on when your flight leaves, you can do some sightseeing in Entebbe. Walk on the beaches of Lake Victoria or visit the zoo or botanical garden in one of Uganda's greenest and most peaceful cities. We'll help you pack up your bike and arrange transfers to Entebbe Airport.

EAT

Breakfast

SLEEP

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CYCLE

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THE TOUR
IN DETAIL

RIDE SUPPORT

Full Support

Enjoy full ride support from our professional guide team & support vehicle.

The ride support vehicle is stocked with natural ride nutrition, and water, as well as a full set of tools to resolve any mechanicals. On selected days the support crew will serve a delicious picnic lunch in a scenic location en route. Enjoy local foods chosen to keep you feeling energized and healthy.

Eat Sleep Cycle guides are experienced riders from all walks of life united by a love of cycling who’ll help to keep the group safe, motivated and savouring the trip of a lifetime.

All guests will receive access to our digital Road Book and routes, giving everyone the flexibility to ride at their own pace.

HOTELS

Hotels shown are examples and are subject to change

BIKE HIRE

Cannondale Supersix Evo CX

Gravel Race

An evolved race bike ready for the rough and tumble of grass crits, mud ruts or open gravel tracks. Enojy a Lightweight, durable carbon frameset with ample tire clearance and a SRAM Force 1 11-speed groupset.

Wilier Rave SLR

Gravel Race

The Rave is perfect for all-road, perfect for gravel and is desgined for speed. Enjoy a lightweight carbon frame with racey geometry and an electronic SRAM Rival XPLR groupset for full gear range and precision shifting.

Giant Revolt E-Bike

All Road Electric

A versitle drop bar e-bike for road, gravel and mixed terrain adventures. A lightweight aluminium frame, smooth-riding tubeless tyres and a comfortable D-Fuse seatpost give you the ability to ride any road, any route. The 500 W battery delivers long-distance pedalling support and is seamlessly integrated into the frame. The bike is simple to activate - press the on/off button and you're ready to go!

Electric

THE GUIDES

Laura

Laura is a guide, professional cycling coach and endurance cyclist who has completed some of the coolest ultradistance gravel events (which she absolutely loved!). Laura loves guiding as she really enjoys empowering people to ride their bikes and discover new places, help their cycling adventures come true, and share unforgettable moments together.

Josep

Josep is from a small city in Catalunya called Reus. He loves cycling and has a passion for sharing cycling experiences with others. He's a guide for Eat Sleep Cycle all over Europe & leads our Morocco tours.

Details

LOGISTICS AND TRANSPORTATION

HOW TO GET HERE

Travel to Entebbe Airport

MEETING POINT

Entebbe Airport

TIME

Arrive anytime during Day 1 & we'll transfer you to the guesthouse

DEPARTURE

Plan your owward travel from Entebbe Airport

WHAT THE TOUR INCLUDES

CYCLING

Full Support

ACCOMMODATION

Guest houses, Lodges & Safari camps

FOOD

Inlcuded as per the itinerary above

TRANSFERS

Included to & from Entebbe Airport

BIKE RENTAL

Optional extra

EAT SLEEP CYCLE LOCATION

ESC Uganda

Uganda is the ‘Pearl of Africa’. Full of wildlife, varied landscapes and with a warm, friendly population, Uganda is an incredible destination to discover by bike. The best months to ride are during the dry seasons – June to August and December to February.

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RESERVATION
& PAYMENT

If you have any questions about our tours, dates, or anything else, contact us here
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DEPOSIT

A deposit of €500 will secure your place on the tour.

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SECOND PAYMENT

50% is due 6 months before the departure of the tour.

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FINAL BALANCE

The final balance is due 2 months before the tour departure.

Single Occupancy:  PLUS €699
Tuesday

17 juny 2024

Wednesday

25 juny 2024

€4.799Book now
Thursday

26 agost 2024

Thursday

3 setembre 2024

€4.799Book now
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FAQs

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What happens if I need to cancel the trip?

We have a flexible cancelation policy – please take a look at our cancellation policy at the time of booking. If you have any doubts please reach out and we’re happy to help.

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Is the tour the right level for me?

We rate our tours from Level 1 (Leisure) to Level 4 (Epic). Each tour contains a description of the level, expected daily ride time, distance and elevation. If you have any doubts we’re more that happy to speak to you on the phone and help to find you the perfect trip!

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What about bikes? Can I hire one or should I bring my own?

We recommend that you hire a bike for your tour and will work with you after you book to help you to choose the best size and model for your ride style. If you prefer to bring your bike, it’s no problem. Please be aware that on some of our epic trips we charge a supplement to transport your bike box to our finishing location. If you have any doubts, please ask!

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Is insurance included?

Insurance is not included in our tour packages. We highly recommend contracting travel insurance at the time of reservation with a company from where you are from.

Health insurance which covers you for illness or injury whilst cycling in your chosen destination is mandatory, we’ll ask you for details of your insurance providor before you travel.

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