BIKING TOURS IN UGANDA
Going on an African safari can be very exciting. It is important that you make the best memories while in Africa by doing unexpected, interesting and unconventional things.
When one thinks of an unforgettable safari to Uganda, all they think of are activities like mountain gorilla trekking, birding, game drives, boat cruises, mountain climbing among others and of course hiring a 4X4 pop-up vehicle. Some even opt for walks through the national parks and forests; all this is exciting because it gives you chance to explore the true African wilderness, but a biking tour around the communities, parks and in Kampala gives you a chance to see Uganda differently.
Why you should add a biking tour to your itinerary?
Exploring Uganda on a bicycle gives you chance to see and learn a lot about the Pearl of Africa; its trends, historical sites, culture, wildlife as you ride through the suburbs of Kampala city or the trails in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or riding through the savannah grasslands in Lake Mburo National park, it is an unforgettable experience.
Biking tours are usually all-inclusive, and you go for the tour as an individual or join a group.
Therefore if you are planning to go for safari to Uganda and you would want to try a biking tour, you can talk to your tour operator to add the tour to your itinerary and help you in making all arrangements. All the necessary equipment like helmets, bicycles, water are provided.
Below we have listed some of the places where you can enjoy bicycle safaris while in Uganda.
Biking tours in Lake Mburo National Park
Apart from game drives, nature walks and horseback rides, bicycle tours are another thrilling way to explore Lake Mburo and the neighboring areas. The bike rides through the park are well guided, and the time spent is from 1hour to as long as you want. The bike ride takes you among buffaloes, antelopes, zebras within the plains of the Park and its surroundings.
There is nothing amazing like enjoying the views and trails around the Lake on a bike. There are also other more challenging biking options to take part in like riding through the tough terrain around the park, the choice is yours.
The biking tour is rewarding, since you get chance to appreciate nature even when you are out of the vehicle. You are also advised to carry snacks and enough drinking water.
Biking tours in Jinja
Jinja is located in the Eastern part of Uganda at the North end of Lake Victoria. It’s a 2hours drive from Kampala city. Jinja is famously known for the source of the Nile, Bujagaali falls, Itanda falls, and whitewater rafting and bungee jumping among other things.
You can organize with your tour operator to have a biking tour to some attractions in Jinja. These tours can be organized accordingly and by bicycle you can visit a number of natural sites, historical sites, local breweries, industries, communities and markets.
While riding through Jinja you get to associate with the locals, also get to see how they live and earn a living. You can also visit a craft market where you can buy souvenirs to take home.
Biking tour in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi is home to half of the world’s remaining endangered Mountain Gorillas and most tourists visit to trek these magnificent creatures. It is possible for you to enjoy a mountain hike, a gorilla trek and also have a biking tour to a village, through the forest and other surrounding areas of the park.
Bicycle tours are mainly done in Buhoma sector, this allows visitors to enjoy various bike rides. All activities visitors participate in directly give support the communities including biking tours.
As the riders head out for either community rides or mountain biking, they are escorted by professional guides.
Some of the biking trails in Bwindi include;
The Forest trail; it is approximately a 3hours guided ride and the emphasis is on the forest and birding. Riders can go to River Ivy and along the way there is an opportunity to spot squirrels, monkeys, mountain gorillas and chimpanzees occasionally. Carry a snack a long and enough water.
The Village trail; it takes about 2 hours, this is the same trail followed while on a village walk, the difference will be you riding through to the village. During this ride, visitors have an opportunity to learn more am about the lifestyle of the Bakiga and the Batwa people. Visitors can watch the locals perform their traditional dances, also visit the craft center and the area’s traditional healer who gets medicine from the forest.
Biking tours in Karamoja
Discover the pristine region in the Northeastern part of Uganda on a bicycle. Karamoja is a very beautiful place with a unique culture and terrain. It can be accessed by road and air, this involves driving over old colonial roads surrounded with scenic views of undulating plains. Visitors can interact with the people in the Karamojong communities.
Spending a day riding a bicycle through the community and getting to know more about the culture and traditions of the people in this region is amazing. Visitors can also explore the grasslands on a bike.
There is also an opportunity of visitors spending a night in an authentic bush camp along with the Karamojong shepherds, also dinner is also served at the camp.