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21 Days Guided Motorcycle Tour around East Africa

Red Chilli Rest Camp, Murchison, Uganda

Unique Motorcycle Tour East Africa

Come and join a unique adventure that will ​give you a chance to experience the wild beauty of the African bush, enjoying the freedom afforded riding top of the line motorcycles. Motorcycle Adventures Uganda offers you this all-inclusive motorcycle tour around the beautiful East Africa!

Key information

  • Terrain: tarmac and dirt road
  • Bike: rental bike (BMW 1200GSA,1150GS, 1100GS, and 650GS)
  • Mileage: 2,792 kilometers / 1734 miles
  • Daily rides: 120 - 430 kilometers / 75 - 267 miles
  • Riding gear: not included (there are some riding gear available and can be provided if they fit the rider for free of charge)
  • Meals: all breakfasts, lunch, and dinner

Highlights

  • Starts and ends in Kampala
  • Visit Masai Mara and Serengeti National Park
  • Game ride and boat trip to the bottom of the Murchison Falls
  • Ride through the small villages and experience local food and culture
  • Walk around town, do some shopping, and enjoy the Nairobi City life
  • Enjoy beautiful views of mountains, curvy roads, and sharp turns
  • Go on a white water rafting and enjoy the River Nile
  • 21 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


12 riding days
The maximum participants in the group is 5
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Accommodation

During this tour, you will be accommodated in various hotels, lodges, and camps. Your accommodation will be in double rooms with two single beds or two single rooms. Your accommodation are as follows:

  • Day 1: Red Chilli Murchinson
  • Day 2: Red Chilli Murchinson
  • Day 3: Miika Eco Resort
  • Day 4: Isunga Lodge
  • Day 5: Isunga Lodge
  • Day 6: Kasenyi Safari Camp
  • Day 7: Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Day 8: Virunga Hotel
  • Day 9: Virunga Hotel
  • Day 10: Ubumwe Grand Hotel
  • Day 11: Lenny Hotel Geita
  • Day 12: Mapito Lodge Serengeti
  • Day 13: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  • Day 14: Salinero Hotel Kilimanjaro
  • Day 15: Salinero Hotel Kilimanjaro
  • Day 16: Vila Rosa Kempinski
  • Day 17: Vila Rosa Kempinski
  • Day 18: Grand Swiss Hotel
  • Day 19: Nile River Explorer
  • Day 20: Nile River Explorer

Program

Day 1: Kampala - Murchison Falls National Park (310 kilometers / 193 miles)

  • Departure: 5:30 a.m.
  • Arrival: 2:00 p.m.
  • Terrain: tarmac, dirt road
  • Accommodation: Red Chilli Murchinson

Murchison Falls National Park is the biggest national park in Uganda and one of the biggest in Africa. You will have an option to track rhinos at Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. From Kampala to Murchison Falls, it is all paved till you reach the last small town of Masindi. From there the dirt road starts.

You will ride through some very small villages as you head to the park entrance, once arrived at the park gate, your guide will explain to you how to ride inside the park. Bring lots of water with you. From the park gate till the lodge it's a two-hour ride and gets very hot and humid if the sun is out. Ride responsibly on the curve dirt road inside the park.

Day 2: Murchison Falls National Park (170 kilometers / 106 miles)

  • Departure: 6:00 a.m.
  • Terrain: dirt road
  • Accommodation: Red Chilli Rest Camp
  • Highlight: Game ride and boat trip to the bottom of the Murchison Falls

Today you will start your day at 6:00 a.m. in the morning ride to the ferry crossing point at 6:45 a.m. Ferry departure is at 7:00 a.m. You will then cross the river and start your morning game ride. Expect to see lots of animals on your way and don’t ride fast, maximum speed is 40 kilometer per hour in the national park.

Your guide and ranger will try their best to find as many animals as possible for you and try their luck to see if they can track big cats for you as well. The game ride stops at 10:00 a.m. in the morning. You have to be back at the ferry crossing before 11:00 a.m. in the morning to catch the 11:00 a.m. ferry to cross the river.

Head back to your lodge, change, freshen up and eat lunch, at 1:00 p.m. you will head back to ferry crossing and take a boat ride to bottom of the Murchison Falls. Boat trip ends at 5:00 p.m. Head back to your lodge, eat dinner, and enjoy the evening.

Day 3: Murchison River Lodge - Hoima Town (150 kilometers / 92 miles)

  • Departure: 10:30 a.m.
  • Arrival: 1:00 p.m.
  • Terrain: dirt road
  • Accommodation: Miika Eco Resort
  • Highlights: Riding through the small villages, off-road riding, culture, views

Today you will ride to Hoima Town to spend a night there. It’s a small town near Lake Albert. You will spend rest of your day wondering around in the small town of Hoima, trying local beers, food, and exploring local markets.

Day 4: Hoima Town - Kibale Forest (230 kilometers / 143 miles)

  • Departure: 9:00 a.m.
  • Arrival: 4:00 p.m.
  • Terrain: tarmac, dirt road
  • Accommodation: Isunga Lodge
  • Highlights: Off-road, views, culture, local food

Enjoy one of the most beautiful views in Uganda along the Rwenzori Mountains. You will pass through some small villages and you will be riding on a dirt road whole day! You will see Lake Edward which borders to Congo and you will have lunch at Fort Portal town before arriving at your lodge around 4:00 p.m.

Day 5: Kibale Forest (a day for relaxing or do some other activities)

  • Accommodation: Isunga Lodge
  • Highlights: Culture, local food, chimps tracking (optional), hiking

Today everything depends on you. You can either go for chimps tracking in Kibale Forest or go for hiking in the mountains, walk around the local villages to see and meet local people, enjoy walking around the crater lakes or just sit back and relax, enjoy the view of mountains from the lodge.

Day 6: Kibale Forest - Queen Elizabeth National Park (143 kilometers / 89 miles)

  • Departure: 10:00 a.m.
  • Terrain: tarmac, dirt road
  • Accommodations: Kasenyi Safari Camp
  • Highlights: Potholes, Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda Equator, Evening game ride

Today you will cover the shortest distance but can take about four hours because of the road conditions. You will arrive at the lodge and settle in, have lunch and freshen up, and then head out for an evening game ride around 4:00 p.m.

Be back in the lodge around 6:30 p.m., enjoy the evening game ride and dinner. Do not walk around in this lodge by yourself after sunset. Always have an armed ranger escort you from the restaurant till your room. Wildlife is everywhere in this lodge.

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park (150 kilometers / 93 miles)

  • Departure: 6:30 a.m.
  • Terrain: dirt road
  • Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Lodge
  • Highlights: Morning game ride and boat trip

Today the morning game drive starts at 6:30 a.m. and you will arrive the park gate at 7:00 a.m. Enter the park ride around for three to four hours and try to find tree climbing lions which are very unique in Africa.

You will see some herds of elephants, lots of antelopes and if lucky you could spot a leopard. Head back to lodge, freshen up, and prepare yourself for the boat trip which starts at 2:00 p.m. at Kazinga Channel.

The boat trip ends around 5:00 p.m. and then you head back to the lodge for dinner. The boat trip to the lodge is around one hour.

Day 8: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Kisoro Town (280 kilometers / 174 miles)

  • Departure: 7:00 a.m.
  • Arrival: 2:00 p.m.
  • Terrain: Tarmac
  • Accommodation: Virunga Hotel
  • Highlights: Beautiful views of mountains, curvy roads, sharp turns, Lake Bunyonyi

Today you will head to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track gorilla, you will arrive in Kisoro Town and finish your day. Watch out for the sharp turns on this beautiful road. You will be riding through the mountains and altitude could get really high and get pretty cold in the night time and some time even in the day time too. You will also be you riding around the Lake Bunyonyi.

Day 9: Gorilla tracking - Kigali (border crossing Uganda / Rwanda) (129 kilometers / 80 miles)

  • Terrain: tarmac
  • Accommodation: Virunga Hotel
  • Highlights: Gorilla tracking, beautiful views of mountains, Rwanda, hills

Today you will be taken to the Gate of the Forest and your guide will introduce you to Uganda Wildlife Rangers who will then take you to track gorillas. If you manage to finish the gorilla tracking early before lunch then you will cross the border to Rwanda and head to Kigali which is the capital city of Rwanda.

On the way you will see lots of mountains that's why Rwanda is called "Land of Thousands Hills". Please do not over speed in Rwanda and always follow the speed signs as long as you are in Rwanda.

You will arrive in the hotel around 5:00 p.m. and enjoy rest of the evening at the hotel. If you can’t finish the gorilla tracking on time, you will have to sleep another night at Virunga Hotel.

Day 10: Kigali

  • Accommodations: Ubumwe Grand Hotel
  • Highlights: Kigali City tours, genocide memorials, and Kigali Museum

Today you will be walking or driving around Kigali City and visit some of the most famous sites in Rwanda. This includes many genocide memorials and the Kigali museum.

Day 11: Kigali - Geita (430 kilometers / 267 miles)

  • Departure: 7:00 a.m.
  • Arrival: 4:00 p.m.
  • Terrain: all tarmac, few potholes
  • Accommodation: Lenny hotel Geita
  • Highlights: Mountains, border crossing, desert crossing, long day riding.

Today you will ride to Geita Town of Tanzania. You will be on the tarmac road most of the time today. Border crossing here takes some time. You will have to do all the security checks, passing your luggage through machines and waiting in line, so do not panic.

Uganda Motorcycle Adventure will try to have a few minutes stop at the Rusumo Falls while crossing the border. The falls are located on the border line of Rwanda and Tanzania.

Day 12: Geita - Serengeti National Park (417 kilometers / 259 miles by van)

  • Departure: 6:00 a.m.
  • Arrival: 4:00 p.m.
  • Terrain: all off-road by van
  • Accommodation: Mapito Lodge Serengeti
  • Highlights: Masai Mara, wildlife, African Bush, Serengeti National Park

Today you will leave the bikes behind and pack your luggage in the car and head to Serengeti National Park. It's a long drive so it's better to leave early so you can get there before it gets dark. On the way you will witness so many small Masai Villages as you make your way to Serengeti National Park.

Your guide will help yoy take the bikes to Nairobi and wait for you in Nairobi with the bikes. Uganda Motorcycle Adventure will try to see if you can do evening game drive in Serengeti National park if you can arrive early enough on this day.

Day 13: Serengeti National Park (300 kilometers / 187 miles by van)

  • Departure: 6:00 a.m.
  • Terrain: all off-road by van
  • Accommodation: Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge
  • Highlights: Game drive, great migration, Masai people, Masai Mara, mountain view

Today, your early morning game drive starts in Serengeti National Park. Serengeti is arguably the best national park in the Africa and Uganda Motorcycle Adventure is very much sure you will see why. You will be seeing the African Big 5 on your game drive.

Surely you will be able to see lots and lots of wildlife in Serengeti. After the game drive in Serengeti, you will head to Ngorongoro Crater. You will still be driving within Serengeti National Park. Ngorongoro Crater is located further north of Serengeti and its one of the most beautiful places in African Continent.

Here you will arrive at the hotel around 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and settle in. Enjoy the sunset with a cold beer, hear the wildlife, and take it all in, It gets pretty cold in the night here so have a sweatshirt with you.

Day 14: Ngorongoro Crater - Mount Kilimanjaro (260 kilometers / 162 miles by van)

  • Departure: 11:00 a.m.
  • Arrival: 3:30 p.m.
  • Terrain: tarmac, off-road by van
  • Accommodations: Salinero Hotel Kilimanjaro
  • Highlights: Beautiful views, nice tarmac road, Masai Mara, Arusha town

Today after lunch you start the journey to Mount Kilimanjaro. You will still be in Masai Mara Region of Tanzania so expect to see lots of Masai people around you.

As you are driving to Kilimanjaro you will pass through a town called Arusha which is very famous for its culture and history. You will enjoy lots of mountains views as we drive to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Day 15: Mount Kilimanjaro (a day for relaxing or do some other activities)

  • Accommodation: Salinero Hotel Kilimanjaro
  • Highlights: Resting, swimming, walks in the local villages, meet locals, Masai culture

Today you have options to just sit back and rest or you can do many small local activities, like walk around the Masai villages, meet locals, learn how Masai people are living life in this region and learn the history of their culture.

It’s basically a day where you can choose to do nothing or just do some small walks in and out of the hotel. Enjoy the view of Mount Kilimanjaro from your hotel.

Day 16: Mount Kilimanjaro - Nairobi (border crossing Tanzania / Kenya) (350 kilometers / 218 miles by van)

  • Departure: 10:00 a.m.
  • Arrival: 4:00 p.m.
  • Terrain: all tarmac by van
  • Accommodation: Vila Rosa Kempinski
  • Highlights: Masai Mara Region, border crossing, Nairobi City

Today you will enjoy another border crossing as you head to Kenya's capital city Nairobi. You will be staying in the heart of Nairobi and spend two days wondering around the city. Expect everything which a busy African capital city has to offer - noise, busy life, traffic, and chaos.

You will also find your bikes which your left at Geita Town parked, washed, and waiting for you.

Day 17: Nairobi (a day for relaxing or do some other activities)

  • Accommodation: Vila Rosa Kempinski
  • Highlights: Nairobi City life, walk around town, shopping, food

Today you can wake up any time and get ready to explore the Nairobi City, by foot or by car it depends on you. Do some shopping, try local food, enjoy riding on Boda Boda in town or just simple walk around the city.

Day 18: Nairobi - Kisimu (230 kilometers / 143 miles)

  • Departure: 11:00 a.m.
  • Arrival: 4:00 p.m.
  • Terrain: all tarmac
  • Accommodation: Grand Swiss Hotel
  • Highlights: Nairobi traffic, Lake Naivasha, Great Rift Valley, Savannah

Head to Kisumu Town. Today you will riding through valleys and mountains before you cross Lake Naivasha town. Keep your heads up for some breathtaking views along the road and watch out for your speed limits. Traffic police will be standing alert on this road and waiting for you to make a small mistake.

Day 19: Kisimu - Jinja (border crossing Kenya / Uganda) (350 kilometers / 218 miles)

  • Departure: 10:00 a.m.
  • Arrival: 3:00 p.m.
  • Terrain: all tarmac
  • Accommodation: Nile River Explorer
  • Highlights: Border crossing, forest, Nile River, source of the Nile

Today you will ride from kisimu to Jinja town (Uganda). You will cross Kenya / Uganda border and head to Jinja. It's an all tarmac road and border crossing can be hectic but your guide will make sure all the process goes smooth and easy. Arrive in Jinja and enjoy the sunset on the Nile river.

Day 20: Jinja (a day for relaxing or do rafting)

  • Departure: 7:00 a.m.
  • Arrival: 4:00 p.m.
  • Accommodation: Nile River Explorer
  • Highlights: Rafting

Today you will spend the whole day on white water rafting and enjoying the River Nile.

Day 21: Jinja - Kampala (120 kilometers / 73 miles)

  • Departure: 11:00 a.m.
  • Arrival: 4:00 p.m.
  • Terrain: all tarmac
  • Accommodation: Speke Resor
  • Highlights: Mabira Forest, traffic

Today you will be heading back to Kampala, on your way you will pass by Mabira Forest and be very careful with the traffic on the road. Traffic jams are very common on this route so be ready for some stressful riding.

Bike rental deposit

Uganda Motorcycle Adventure requires a bike deposit depending on the motorcycle rental you choose. Please see below for the cost of the deposit as per bike rental:

  • BMW 1200GSA: 1000 USD
  • BMW 1150GS and BMW 1100GS: 800 USD
  • BMW 650GS: 600 USD

Van information

A van will be following you throughout your tour. Van specifications are below:

  • Make: Toyota Hiace with pop up roof (eight-seater)
  • Model: 2004
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Condition : Excellent
  • AC: Yes

Skill level

Intermediate:

  • can ride for 3-4 hours
  • average riding experience
  • little assistance required
  • comfortable with extreme curves and leans
  • average experience with unsurfaced roads
  • steep ascents and descents

Advanced:

  • can ride for 5-6 hours
  • extensive riding experience
  • assistance on demand (if required)
  • experienced with riding a variety of motorcycles
  • comfortable with any terrain and weather conditions

Location

Food

Three daily meals are included in your package.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • BMW Fleet
  • Fuel
  • Boat trips
  • Park entrance
  • Guide fee
  • Mechanic
  • 3 meals a day
  • 20 nights accommodations (double rooms with two single beds / two single rooms)
  • Ranger fees
  • Border crossing permits for motorcycles

What's not included

  • Drinks (juice, coffee, tea, alcohol)
  • Visas and airline tickets
  • Bike rental deposit
  • Riding gear (some riding gear are available and can be provided if they fit the rider for free of charge)
  • Airport transfer

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Entebbe International Airport (EBB). Transfer from and to the airport is not included in the price. Please contact Uganda Motorcycle Adventure for more information about the airport transfers.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.

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