3rd  to  10th July 2020 | Uganda

Uganda: The Great Gorilla Cycling Challenge

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THE GREAT GORILLA CYCLING CHALLENGE

Friday 3rd July - Friday 10th July 2020

Cycling – 8 days (5 working days)

An incredible journey cycling through the stunning rolling hills and rainforests of Uganda. The adventure offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to encounter the Great Mountain Gorillas of Uganda in their natural habitat. *Gorilla viewing optional extra subject to permit availability and additional cost. 

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CHALLENGE ITINERARY


Day 1 – Friday 3rd July 2020: Arrival in Entebbe  

On arrival in Entebbe (exact flights for those travelling from Dubai to be confirmed), we will be met by the guiding company and transferred to the guesthouse.  Time permitting, after a quick freshen up, we will be able to explore the city, even walk along the beaches of Lake Victoria, perhaps even visit the botanical gardens.

Our welcome dinner will be followed by a challenge briefing.

Overnight in tents at Viavia Guest House

 

Day 2 – Saturday 4th July 2020: Entebbe to – Lake Mburo National Park: 35 km cycle

After breakfast we drive approximately 4-5 hours to reach lake Mburo National Park. As we move from the Northern Hemisphere to the Southern Hemisphere we cross the Equator. This deserves a special stop and photo opportunity.

After lunch, we will do bike fittings and start our first cycle on single tracks and wide dirt roads. Technically we will be cycling outside the park borders but we can expect to see zebras, buffaloes, antelopes and much more.

Dinner and a night under canvas with the sounds of roaring wildlife in the background.

Overnight in tents at Leopard Camp

  

Day 3 – Sunday 5th July 2020: To the Lake of the Thousand Small Birds: 30 km cycle

Wake up and enjoy overlooking the National Park. In the early morning there is a high change that animals might have approached the bush camp to graze.

After breakfast we will do a 30 km ride along the borders of the National Park, again taking in the different wildlife.

After lunch we will drive to Lake Bunyonyi (approximately 5-6 hours) and then take a short boat ride (20 minutes) to a beautiful remote island where we will camp at Byoona Amagara, meaning the place of little birds.

The lake is believed to be Africa’s second deepest and has 29 islands of different shapes and sizes.

Overnight in tents at Byoona Amagara camp

 

Day 4 – Monday 6th July 2020: From Lake to Lake: 40 km cycle

After breakfast, and possibly an early morning swim for those that wish, we take a boat back to the mainland. We continue on our bikes and follow the beautiful shore of the lake.

The wide track is rocky and some parts with gravel. It includes some challenging hills. It will lead us to the outlet of the lake where we will have lunch on the banks of the lake. 

After lunch we will drive approximately 2 hours to Lake Mutanda where we will stay at the very basic Mutanda Eco Campsite.

Enjoy the view of the Virunga Volcanoes, that tower around Lake Mutanda. Six of the volcanoes are dormant, but two erupted as recently as 2010.

Overnight in tents at Virunga Hotel and Campsite


Day 5 – Tuesday 7th July 2020: Kisoro Primary School Charity Visit 

After breakfast we head towards the charity in Kisoro.

We will have lunch at a restaurant called Coffee Pot which also sells interesting local artifacts.

After lunch we will visit a Kisoro Primary school, our charity project in Kisoro and later we will transfer near to the gorilla park. Approximate 2-hour drive.

Overnight in tents at Nshongi Community Guest House

  

Day 6 – Wednesday 8th July 2020: Gorilla experience 

An experience of a lifetime! Encounter the wild gorillas in their natural environment.

Due to the nature of tracking wild gorillas, who move throughout the forest in small family groups, tracking is tricky and conducted based on where the rangers believe the groups are and will go that day. To minimize the impact of human tourists on the gorillas tracking group size is kept to a minimum.

The rangers are expert trackers, but it can take time to locate the gorillas. The hike starts at 7am through dense vegetation can take up to half a day. Once the gorillas have been sighted, trackers are allowed to watch for up to 1 hour.

After this, we start our transfer back to Kampala, breaking the long journey with an overnight stay. Approximate, 2.5 hour drive.

Overnight in tents at Great Lakes Museum Camping Ground

 

Day 7 – Thursday 9th July 2020: Transfer back to Kampala

Today we complete our drive back to Kampala (approximately 6-7 hours) with the rest of the day free.

Overnight in tents at Red Chili Hideout

  

Day 8 – Friday 10th July 2020: Explore Kampala and onward journey home

Today is our last day in Uganda. Time permitting you will have chance to explore the capital with optional tours as follows:

Bodaboda (motorcycle) city tour: visit the national museum, one of the many historical sites or go souvenier hunting at the local markets.

Lake Victoria bike ride along the shores of Lake Victoria at your own pace.

Finally, we will return you to the airport (approximately 1.5 hours) for your onward journey home – exact timing to be confirmed. For Dubai based challengers, this could be a late night flight reaching Dubai early morning the following day (Saturday).

 

Notes: This itinerary may change due to border regulation changes, unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, group strength, etc. We will endeavour to keep to the planned itinerary, but cannot be held responsible for last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the lead guide will have the final say.

Kisoro Children's Foundation supports the education, health and welfare of over 600 children in Uganda through projects such as providing clean water, providing permanent walkways on school grounds and scholarships for vulnerable girls of secondary school age.

https://www.kisorochildren.org/

If you have what it takes then download the booking form, print it off and send the signed and completed form with a cheque or draft for the required deposit to:

Gulf for Good

P.O. Box 506006
Dubai
United Arab Emirates.

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