From the “Switzerland of Africa” to the “Pearl of Africa” (W. Churchill), from the “Land of a Thousand Hills” to the source of the Nile, from the heights of the African rift to the lowlands of the Great Lakes region – the extreme variation of landscapes offered by the lakes and mountains of the Great Rift Valley provide ideal conditions for a challenging mountain bike tour.

Three active, energetic biking days take us over the “Congo Nile Trail”, along the banks of Lake Kivu and through the Gishwati Forest to the last remaining mountain gorillas in the Volcanoe National Park. There you can experience the most awe-inspiring highlight of our trip, an eye-to-eye encounter with the last “gentle giants” on our planet.

The Volcanoe Panorama Trail takes us past the Virunga Volcanoes (4,500 metres) and through the “impenetrable” Bwindi Forest to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here, on the Kazinga Channel between Lake Edward and Lake George, you can encounter elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, buffalos and hyenas. Two days later, in the Lake Mburo National Park, you can marvel at the relaxed ease with which zebras, eland antelopes and impalas let themselves be photographed from the saddle of your bike from a distance of around just 10 metres. Our mountain bike tour finishes in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria. After 450 kilometres in the saddle what could be more refreshing than a dip in the cooling waters of the palm-lined sandy beach and enjoying a few hours of tranquillity, comfort and water. The abundance of daily highlights along our specially selected bike route, far away from all the usual road traffic, make this Uganda-Rwanda mountain bike tour an absolute hit for ardent nature lovers and sporty mountain bike fans who enjoy a challenge.

Mountain bikes enable fit and active cyclists to experience the pristine, untouched nature of Rwanda and Uganda. Dirt trails over rough terrain, through river beds, marshland and over stony mountain ridges demand experience in handling balance, steering and braking, combined with a good physical condition.

Please note the differences in characteristics between the Trekking Bike Safari and the Mountain Bike Safari. Our Trekking Bike Safari is intended as an easygoing trip for those who prefer a more leisurely pace and is not too physically demanding. The Mountain Bike Safari, on the other hand, offers a sporting challenge created by the ever-changing terrain of the Rift Valley.

Starting in Kigali/Rwanda and finishing in Entebbe/Uganda, the trip through eastern African covers a distance of around 1,200 kilometres over 14 days. During the two weeks 9 days are spent in the saddle and an average of 60 kilometres are cycled each day. An escort vehicle is never more than 2-3 kilometres away from the group of bikers and can be radioed on request at any time to come and collect you and your bike. Special roof racks with a safety frame and locking mechanism ensure that your bike can be transported without any risk of damage and a separate aluminium box is used to keep your bike box dry and safe during the transport to and from the airport.

Mountain bikers generally arrive with their own bikes. Should you encounter any problems with your bike, our bike tour guides will assist you in repairing it or the escort vehicle will come and provide you with a high-quality UGANDA TRAILS replacement bike in order to enable you to continue the day’s trip without any long delays. The help and assistance offered by our dedicated team is second to none!

Under these conditions, Rwanda and Uganda offer ideal destinations for mountain biking enthusiasts. Despite the fact that both countries are situated in Africa’s tropical, equatorial region, temperatures seldom exceed 30°C. And air humidity of max. 80% is, likewise, not too excessive. The reason behind these pleasant climatic conditions lies in the fact that 85% of Ugandan state territory is located at an altitude of over 1,000 metres above sea level. The lowest point in Rwanda is 950 metres, and the highest, Mount Karisimbi, over 4,500 metres! These high altitudes guarantee a pleasant all-year-round climate in both countries, similar to the continental European summer.

The predominantly rural communities in Rwanda and Uganda are connected by a network of trails located far away from any major roads. In Rwanda serpentine trails lead through a breathtaking labyrinth of high mountains and deep valleys, secluded rivers and picturesque lakes. Uganda, on the other hand, is characterised by the rich diversity of produce that flourishes there (coffee, tea, bananas, pineapples, maize, sugarcane), the plantations of which can be accessed from both paved roads and “hidden trails”. UGANDA TRAILS is constantly looking for and exploring new paths, trails and tracks for its biking guests. After all, our name, Uganda Trails, is one we have to live up to!