Enjoy a Spectacular 14 Day Cycling Tour through Uganda and Rwanda.

There’s no better way to see the ‘other’ world than from the seat of a bike! The pearl of Africa Trails tour starts from and ends either in Kampala or Kigali depending on clients’ schedule. The pearl of Africa Trails tour is a mountain biking trip that takes 14 days taking you through Mburo National parks, Kibale National park commonly known for chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth National Park (the home of tree climbing lions), Crater Lakes, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (the home of half of the world remaining gorillas, Valleys, Cross border rides and of course the magnificent Congo-Nile trail in Rwanda. This is a guided group tour that includes accommodation in hotels/lodges, meals, transportation, gorilla tracking (optional) and others.

Uganda and Rwanda are countries that are full of splendid highlights and discovering this cultural land by bike is an invigorating and enriching experience. This tour is a true mountain bike experience with routes and trails to challenge the determination and the legs of those that love riding dirt.

The daily rewards for your efforts are majestic: views that stop the breath and remain as visual reminders of Uganda and Rwanda’s sublime beauty, other worldly mountain villages, beautiful nature preserved from a time past, an array of flora and fauna.

14 days of cycling, covering 577km, with some serious climbs and technical single rugged trails, preparation is needed both mentally and physically as we will have to endure some challenging bits. However, this does not have to worry you, as we will be having a van following us always. If you feel like you want to leave the bike and jump into the car, that’s totally ok!!!.

DAY 1. GUESTS ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT.

Arrival in Entebbe and transfer to our nearby guesthouse. Visit to an ATM at airport if need be. Depending on the time, guests may require dinner. And after dinner there will be briefing. Welcome to pearl of Africa!

DAY 2: LAKE MBURO NP.

Our first ride is in Mburo national park where a van transfers us to the starting point, which is the entrance of the National Park. We then hit single-track trails and a quiet road through the park down to the lake edge so keep an eye for game herds of impala, Burch ell’s zebra, giraffe, white rhino and eland along the way. Riding in Mburo gives an excellent way to view the park and get up close and personal with the animals. We may also be able to see some birds including African fin foot, black headed weaver birds, a variety of kingfishers and the African fish eagle and then we will ride back to the lodge.


DAY 3: KIBALE NATIONAL PARK.

Surfaces: Tarmac and Dirt roads ride.

Today’s ride takes us through the National park, tea plantations and along the crater lakes. In the morning, we shall have a transfer for (4hrs) to Fortpotal, where we will start our ride through Uganda’s rain forest; Kibale forest which is commonly known for Chimpanzees. On our ride we may also see Primates like black and white guereza and red colobus monkey on our way.

                         

DAY 4: RWENZORI MOUTAINS.

Surfaces: Dirt roads.

We’re now warmed up for a new challenge as we cycle through stunning Rwenzori Mountains, the third highest in Africa. For the single track lovers’ this is your favorite day as we will have plenty of single trails along the great Rwenzori. The views of the lake Kyaninga lodge will make you appreciate the beauty of nature and forget the long tiring day that you hard. At night you will be able to hang out in the starlit night sky around a bonfire as you listen to tales of the mountains of the moon.

Accommodation: Kyaninga lodge

DAY 5:  DAY OFF IN MWEYA.

This is a completely a free day for those feeling like not doing anything. After breakfast, we shall jump into our van for a transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park. For those who would love to do an extra activity they can head out in the evening for a boat cruse in Kazinga Channel, to see animals and birds, in one of the world’s largest habits of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles.

DAY 6:  MWEYA – ISHASHA.

Surfaces: Dirt roads.

After a day of rest, we get back on our saddle, tackling the flat marrum road through Queen Elizabeth national park as we gaze upon beautiful animal pastures, bright floral life and wildlife. As our muscles are at work pedaling and our eyes enjoying the views, we will have a stopover for lunch (call it picnic lunch) to keep us energized.  On our way, we might see buffalos, waterbucks, elephants as we head to our lodge.

Accommodation. Enjojo lodge

DAY 7:  ISHASHA QENP – BUHOMA.

Surfaces: Dirt roads.

In the morning, we cycle out of the park’s savannah grasslands, acacia woodland s and tropical rain forest. Embrace the stillness, silence and isolation, and never venture too far without your camera so you can capture the beautiful meadows full of wildflowers, a roaming lion, tea plantations and the bustle and hustle of the village life. After few km out of the park, we shall have a stopover for a buffet lunch in one of the nearby towns overlooking park.

DAY 8: GORRILLA TRECKING                                                                                       

DAY 9: BUHOMA-BWINDI NP.

Surfaces: Dirt roads.

In the morning, we shall get a van transfer for about 20km. Our ride will begin in the middle of Bwindi forest. There is nowhere else in the world where you can ride through Gorilla habitat. Riding though Bwindi Impenetrable Forest a home to half the world’s population of the highly endangered mountain gorillas and different tree species like bamboo, vines, ferns and plants makes your ride undoubtedly memorable. This place is also common with monkeys like velvet, white and black tailed monkeys, so expect to spot some. As we get out of the forest, we will be welcomed by stunning views of the terraced rolling hills and valleys of Kabale. Then we will join a boat that will take us to our accommodation on the islands of Lake Bunyonyi.

DAY 10: FROM BUNYONYI-LAKE MUTANDA.

Surfaces: Dirt roads.

In the morning after break first, we shall get back on our bikes heading to Lake Mutanda. Bwindi Impenetrable forest is considered the hidden treasure of the Uganda National Park system, and you have a full day to explore. It’s a photographer’s dream with several stunning views which showcase the stunning hills, lakes and rivers. Expect to have amazing view of Mutanda Lake with 15 islands.

Accomodation: Lake Mutanda Resort.

DAY 11: Uganda -Rwanda.

Surfaces: Dirt roads.

We begin our ride with a beautiful view of the lake and Muhavura volcanic ranges. As we ride along Lake Mutanda through surrounding villages, local farm steads and Matooke (banana) fields, giving you a chance to interact with the village people.  After crossing to Rwanda, we will definitely have a feeling of being in ‘’a country of a thousand hills’’ by riding on the right side of the road, seeing many cyclists on local bicycles carrying lots of heavy stuff and surprisingly overtaking us on sports bikes. Later, we shall join an off road to ride along the two scenic lakes usually referred to as the twin lakes; Lake Burera and Lake Ruhondo in Musanze.

Accommodation. Garden house.

DAY 12: MUSANZE -GISENYI

Surfaces: Dirt and tarmac

After break first, we will have a transfer (of about 16km) from Musanze to Kinigi close to the volcanic ranges (near the former home of Dian Fossey, an American primatologist and conservationist). Our ride begins on the gravel smooth road with moderate uphill’s but with stunning views and descend towards the tarmac road for a bout 30kms. We will have views of Pfunda Tea Estate, before one last climb and off-road descent to Lake Kivu.

Accommodation. Lake Kivu view hotel

DAY 13: GISENYI-KINUNU.

41 km – Hilly and challenging.

The Congo Nile Trail is a rare adventure travel gem clearly proving why Rwanda is called the ‘land of a thousand hills’. As we begin our ride, we pass by a brewery, then turn right onto a dirt road; the Congo Nile Trail! The 227 trail pulls away from the lake and ascends into the crisp air that surrounds the enchanting emerald tea plantations, where pickers shear an endless wave of black tea. As we pedal, on your right, you will see a peninsulas of terraced hillsides that create the amorphous coastline of Lake Kivu and countless islets dot its sparking waters. There are banana trees, coffee plantations, small fishing communities, and colorfully dressed women carrying impossibly large bundles of firewood, bananas, and avocados to market. Our accommodation will be at the beautiful beach of Lake Kivu.

Accommodation. Kivu beach Hotel

 

DAY 14: KINUNU-KIBUYE

 50 km and takes about 5 to 8 hours.

Day 2 starts with a mandatory backtrack up the steep hills that spread out on this trail and traverses a scenic stitch work of dirt roads, lakeside single track, – preferably the most taxing day. Enjoy a stretch of primitive rugged dirt roads and single trails winding through verdant jungle and farmland, exuberant children cheering and chasing as you pedal. The most of the ride today will be through villages, alongside farmland, and down roads used by the locals as they go about their daily business. After long day on our saddle, we will head to the lodge for swimming to feel more refreshed.

Bethany Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Ride 40km +995m, -830m

TRANSFER TO KIGALI AIRPORT.

Breakfast at hotel

Transfer back to Kigali

We can also book rooms for those who are still staying for a couple of nights or if one needs to change or shower before heading to the airport. Guests on later flights may require dinner which we can also organize on requests.