Uganda & Rwanda Gorilla Safari

Pure, wild, earthly, heavenly and pristine: a motorcycle trip through Uganda and Rwanda is not much less than a revelation, which in a condensed form lets experience all that the African continent has to offer. Exciting experiences are the program.

Pricing

Price
Rider €3,990.00 $4,438.71 ?
Pillion €3,350.00 $3,726.73 ?
Single room supplement €485.00 $539.54 ?

Features

Features
Scheduled flight Frankfurt - Entebbe and back, other departure airports on request, surcharge may apply
Transfers Airport Entebbe - Hotel Kampala and back
All hotel accommodation mostly with breakfast
Rental motorcycle Honda CRF250 ccm
Motorcycle liability insurance
Multilingual travel companion on the motorcycle
Escort vehicle and luggage transport
mechanic
chimpanzee tracking
travel security note
travel guide
Not included features
Everything that is not specified under Benefits
Visa Uganda, Rwanda & Burundi
gas
Gorilla tracking - optional
entrance fees
Optional excursions
food and drink
Foreign health and accident insurance incl. return transport
travel cancellation insurance

More details

More details
Motorcycles: During this trip we ride on Honda CRF250 ccm motorcycles.
Gorilla Tracking: The highlight of the trip is a visit to the mountain gorillas in the green volcanic highlands of Rwanda: here the encounter with the imposing mountain gorillas is so close and simply great. Led by experienced gamekeepers, we move quietly through dense mountain rainforest until suddenly a gorilla family appears in the thicket just a few metres away! We can stay with this family for an hour. The duration of the hike depends on the location of the gorillas in the rainforest. Due to the high costs we offer this excursion optionally. The price for this excursion is adjusted annually by the Wildlife Authority. The current price is 750 USD per person. During the gorilla track we visit a gorilla family in a small group of up to 12 people. First you have to tell us if you want to participate in this excursion. A decision on the spot is not possible.
Tour character: During this trip through Uganda and Rwanda we don't ride to any heights worth mentioning. The very bad roads in the mountains around Ruhengeri can make the journey considerably more difficult. In this area, however, we are only two days.
Off Road: There are only a few paved roads leading from Kampala in all directions. Almost all other roads are not asphalted. Due to the poor infrastructure we do not have a large choice of roads. That's why we take turns following the asphalted main roads and narrow unpaved side roads.
Overnight stays: With a few exceptions, we stay in comfortable hotels or lodges during this trip. In Nyagatare we will stay in a simple hotel and in Ngozi we will stay in a monastery.
Climate. Uganda has two rainy seasons: In spring, from March to May inclusive and in autumn, from October to November. As Uganda lies exactly on the equator, the average temperature throughout the year is almost 30 degrees. The average altitude of the country is 1000 meters. This fact reduces the heat in many places. Especially in the evening it can cool down a lot. In Rwanda there are four seasons, the great dry season is from June to September.
Clothing: A helmet, motorcycle protective clothing, good gloves and boots or other sturdy, high footwear are mandatory. Sunglasses are also useful. A helmet with visor or good glasses that protect against dust on dirt roads can also be useful.
Visa: Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of entry. For German citizens there is a visa requirement for Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Visas should be applied for in advance. The visa application for Burundi must be accompanied by proof of yellow fever vaccination. Costs visa Uganda (about 50 US$), Rwanda (about 30 US$) and Burundi 65 €.
Maximum number of participants 10
Maximum number of passengers 2
Camping: One night in camp. The tent is a permanent tent.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

The development of tourism in Uganda and Rwanda is still in its infancy, so it is just the right time to take an adventurous motorcycle trip through this magnificent country.

The highlight of the trip, apart from the challenges on the roads, is of course our visit to the mountain gorillas in the border region of Rwanda. This is a fantastic experience that you will remember for a long time to come.

Day 1 - Departure

Day 2 - Arrival - Kampala - Uganda

Entebbe and Kampala together form the so-called twin cities, the airport is in the first town we reach but the more beautiful part of the city and our hotel are in the centre of Kampala.

Day 3 Kampala - Mbarara

The whole day we ride on the main road to Masaka. Riding out of town is an experience. Many kilometres are planned for this day. As soon as we have left the city we reach the countryside, on our way we cross the equator.

The trip from Kampala will be an experience you won't soon forget and here we should not lose sight of each other. It will be a long, sometimes monotonous ride from the capital. We don't have time to experiment with dirt roads.

Day 4 Mbarara - Nyagatare - Rwanda

From Mbarara we take a southern dirt road along the border with Tanzania, which leads us to the Dreilänereck and to the very little used and almost always open border to Rwanda, Kakitumba. In Rwanda the way leads us along National Park Akagera. Nyagatare is the capital of the province. The accommodation is quite simple.

Day 5 Nyagatare - Kigali

We ride on an unpaved road and climb from the plain slowly up into the hills. From Nyagatare the road widens but is still unpaved. Depending on whether we still have time we can still ride on the border with Gasabo on the main road but otherwise the way leads us further on unpaved roads to reach Kigali.

Day 6 Kigali - Stay

Today you have the opportunity to explore the quiet capital all day long. A visit to the Genocide Museum and the Hotel Milles Collines (from the film of the same name, Hotel Rwanda) is a must.

Day 7 Kigali - Ngozi - Burundi

We make a beautiful tour south on dirt roads and then come to the border with Burundi, Kasenyi. On this side of the border, a completely different country begins. While Rwanda has received much international aid after the genocide and is doing well today, Burundi seems to be the forgotten country, the population is even poorer if possible. We spend the night in the small village Ngozi in a nunnery.

Day 8 Ngozi - Cyangugu Rwanda

We cross a beautiful mountain range and ride a great route through a nature park. We also pass a very small border post to Rwanda. Here we ride on a path through the big Nyungwe Park. Along the way you will regularly see monkeys and other animals. Outside the park we take the road towards Lake Kivu and spend the night in the coastal town of Cyangugu.

Day 9 Cyangugu - Ruhengeri

The whole day we follow the coast of Lake Kivu, this is a mountainous area and therefore you often have beautiful views. In Ruhengeri the road is very bad from time to time. At the highest point on the lake we turn off and ride along the many volcanoes of the Volcanoes National Park of the same name. From here there are often spectacular views.

Day 10 Ruhengeri - Rest day, Gorilla Tracking Tour

We will spend the whole day visiting the gorillas (optional). The necessary permits were already organized by us before the trip. Only eight people per day may be followed to each of the three gorilla families. We can only stay with one family for a maximum of one hour. A gorilla family sleeps every night in a different place. Early in the morning, so-called "trackers" are sent out to locate the family. A group of eight visitors under the guidance of a guide and some rangers are then guided through the dense jungle to the gorillas with the help of GPS coordinates. How long we have to walk to get to the gorillas depends on where the gorillas are at the moment. But this fascinating hour with the gorillas is certainly worth a longer walking distance.

Day 11 Ruhengeri - Lake Mutande - Uganda

On a winding path between two lakes we arrive at the border to Uganda. In Uganda we ride to Kisoro and ride on a path of lava stone into the mountains and then finally reach the wonderfully situated resort at Lake Mutanda.

Day 12 Lake Mutanda - Ishasha

Today we ride into the high mountains of Uganda, that includes very bad roads. Therefore prepare yourself for a very nice but exhausting day. Wonderful mountain ranges wrapped in fog become visible and alternate with tea plantations. Groups of women carrying loads on their heads and dressed in colourful clothes walk through the fields. It's a beautiful part of Uganda. Ruhija is a small village where we will stop for lunch. The dirt roads lead us over the mountain ranges to the hilly landscape along Lake Edward, where the Queen Elisabeth National Park begins. Across the park there is a long dirt road. We ride on this road and will see wild animals on the way. Uganda is the only country in Africa where you can still ride to the national parks by motorbike. In the southern part of the park, which is also called Ishasa Park, we will spend the night in a safari camp on the banks of a river. Elephants and hippos often run along and through the river.

Day 13 Ishasha - Kibale Forest

Ishasha Park is also known for its tree climbing lions. With the escort vehicle and a safari jeep rented on site, we will continue our search for these lions in the park.

After this safari we continue to the north where we pass the equator again. On the west side of the road lies the Ruwenzuri Mountains with Mount Baker 4843 metres high. On the east side lies Kibale Forest National Park where we will spend the night in a jungle lodge.

Day 14 Kibale Forest - Chimpanzee Trekking - Kampala

In the early morning we move with a ranger into the dense jungle. This part of the forest is inhabited by chimpanzees. You'll be able to hear them from afar. In large numbers they are high in the trees to eat. As we approach them, they will first show that they are the rulers of the forest. They will run past us with noise and screaming and approach us from all sides. If it is clear that they are the "boss", they leave us alone and we can observe the chimpanzees from very close. We can't stay more than one hour near the chimpanzees. After this impressive walk we get on our motorcycles and ride the long way back to Kampala.

Day 15 Kampala - Entebbe - Departure

Day 16 Arrival - Germany.