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From Gorillas to Gear Shifts: Our Final Uganda-Rwanda Tour of 2023!

Updated: Oct 24, 2023

"Day 1: Chillin' by Lake Victoria, Waiting for the Fun to Begin"

Hey there, adventure seekers! Our epic motorcycle tour of Uganda and Rwanda is officially underway, and Day 1 was all about easing into the journey. Picture this: we landed in Kampala, buzzing with excitement, and now we're kicking back by the stunning Lake Victoria, waiting for our awesome guests to arrive.

Lake Victoria, the second-largest freshwater lake in the world, is an absolute gem. It's got this laid-back charm that's almost infectious. With the sun kissing the water's surface and the gentle breeze playing with our hair, it's the perfect place to kick off our incredible adventure.

We've got the bikes prepped and ready to roll, and the team is giddy with anticipation. The smell of adventure is in the air, and we're eager to share the thrill with our guests. The only thing missing right now is the Guests

"Day 2: Vrooming to Murchison Falls and Gearing Up for Safari Thrills"

Day 2 of our epic Uganda and Rwanda motorcycle tour was nothing short of incredible. We strapped on our helmets, revved our engines, and hit the road from Kampala to the mesmerizing Murchison Falls.

The ride was a total blast. The wind in our hair, the lush landscapes whizzing by, and the thrill of the open road – it's hard not to feel alive on two wheels. We crossed winding roads, passed through charming villages, and witnessed the raw beauty of Uganda's countryside.

As we approached Murchison Falls National Park, the anticipation was palpable. We could practically taste the adventure waiting for us. But, first, we fueled up on local eats and chatted with our fellow riders, sharing tales from the day's journey.

In the afternoon, it was time for a different kind of adventure: our safari in the wilds of Murchison Falls. As we piled into safari vehicles, the excitement was electrifying. The park is a treasure trove of wildlife, and we were on a mission to spot the Big Five.

From majestic elephants to graceful giraffes, and even a few elusive big cats, we felt like we'd stepped into the pages of a National Geographic magazine. The highlight of the day was witnessing the powerful Murchison Falls themselves, a breathtaking sight to behold.

Now, we're relaxing in our camp, sharing stories by the campfire, and relishing in the day's epic experiences. Tomorrow promises more wild encounters as we explore the African savannah on our trusty motorcycles.

"Day 3: A Wild Ride at Murchison Falls – Elephants, Giraffes, and the Quest for Leopards"

Day 3 brought us an exhilarating blend of relaxation and more wild encounters in the enchanting Murchison Falls National Park.

We started our day at a leisurely pace, taking in the serene beauty of the camp in the heart of the park. The cool breeze rustled the leaves in the trees, and the air was filled with the sweet anticipation of what lay ahead.

Our first adventure was a boat safari to the legendary Murchison Falls. As we cruised along the mighty Nile River, we marvelled at the stunning variety of wildlife that gathered along its banks. Elephants, ever so graceful giraffes, and even a handful of hippos put on quite a show for us.

The real showstopper, of course, was the thundering Murchison Falls. The sheer force of the water crashing through the narrow gorge was awe-inspiring, and we couldn't help but snap a few jaw-dropping photos.

After the boat safari, it was back on our bikes for a daytime game drive. The open savannah of Murchison Falls never ceases to amaze, and today was no exception. Lions lounging lazily, antelopes grazing peacefully, and countless other creatures graced us with their presence.

But, the elusive leopard remained... well, elusive. We're determined to spot this enigmatic creature before our adventure is over.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, we embarked on a night game drive. Armed with spotlights, we scoured the park in search of the elusive leopard and other nocturnal creatures. While we didn't spot the elusive leopard this time, we did encounter a variety of fascinating creatures that thrive under the cover of darkness.

Back at camp, under the twinkling African night sky, we swapped stories of the day's sightings and, of course, recounted our leopard quest. Tomorrow is another day, and we remain optimistic about our chances.

Day 4: A Day of Choices – Chimps or Culture in Kibale Forest

Day 4 of our Uganda and Rwanda motorcycle tour brought us to the enchanting Kibale Forest. Today was all about choices – some of our guests ventured into the forest for a thrilling chimpanzee trekking experience, while others explored the vibrant local villages on foot.

For those who chose to meet our closest relatives in the wild, the chimpanzee trekking experience was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. The forest, with its dense foliage and lush greenery, was a haven for these incredible creatures. The thrill of spotting a chimpanzee in its natural habitat is simply indescribable. Each rustling leaf, each distant hoot, filled us with anticipation. And when we finally encountered a chimpanzee troop, it was pure magic.

Meanwhile, those who opted to explore the local villages got a taste of Ugandan culture at its finest. The villages were a bustling hub of activity, with friendly locals eager to share their traditions and way of life. From dancing to trying out delicious local dishes, it was an enriching experience that deepened our connection to this incredible region.

As for our trusty bikes, they patiently awaited our return, ready for the next leg of our adventure. Kibale Forest has so much more in store, and we're eager to continue exploring its secrets.

The evening brought us all back together at our camp, where we shared stories of our day's adventures. It's moments like these when we truly appreciate the diversity of experiences that this incredible motorcycle tour offers.

Day 5: Hunting for the Big Five in Queen Elizabeth National Park – The Leopard Revealed!

Day 5 of our Uganda and Rwanda motorcycle tour took us to the awe-inspiring Queen Elizabeth National Park, and what a day it has been! Our mission: to track the legendary Big Five and, finally, the elusive leopard.

The ride to Queen Elizabeth National Park was a thrilling adventure in itself. The open roads, scenic landscapes, and the freedom of riding our bikes through this picturesque region made for an unforgettable journey.

Our excitement skyrocketed when we entered the park, and the real adventure began. The Big Five were on our radar. Each curve of the trail held the promise of a thrilling encounter.

First, the park revealed its majesty through a parade of elephants. These gentle giants roamed freely, and we couldn't help but be in awe of their size and grace.

As we continued our ride, we were treated to breathtaking views of the African savannah and the Queen Elizabeth Game Reserve. The buffalo soon made their grand entrance, grazing peacefully and filling our lenses with incredible photographs.

The lion pride wasn't far behind, and we marveled at their regal presence. It's always a special moment to spot these apex predators in the wild.

Our determination to spot the elusive leopard had grown stronger by the minute. And then, in a thrilling twist of fate, we received a tip from a fellow adventurer about a possible leopard sighting nearby.

We raced to the location, our hearts pounding with anticipation. And there, in a tree, our wish was granted – a magnificent leopard resting in all its glory. It was a moment of pure joy, and we celebrated our incredible luck.

As we head back to our camp, the adrenaline of the day still courses through our veins. Today was a reminder of the wonders and surprises that this remarkable motorcycle tour has in store.

Day 6: High Roads to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Anticipation Builds for Gorilla Trekking"

Day 6 of our Uganda and Rwanda motorcycle tour was a day of breathtaking highs as we rode to the mystical Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Our journey through mountainous terrain and high-altitude roads left us both exhilarated and breathless, and we can't wait to share the thrilling ride with you.

Our day began with an early start, the engines of our trusty bikes roaring to life as we set out from Queen Elizabeth National Park. The scenic route took us through winding mountain roads, as we climbed to higher altitudes, where the air grew cooler and crisper.

The journey itself was a feast for the senses. The lush green mountains seemed to stretch on forever, and the vistas were simply out of this world. We rode along with a sense of awe and gratitude, the road twisting and turning beneath our wheels.

Late in the afternoon, we arrived at our lodge in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where we'll be calling home for the next few days. The lodge is a rustic, comfortable retreat surrounded by the sounds of the forest, providing us with the perfect setting for our upcoming gorilla trekking adventure.

As the sun dipped below the horizon, we settled into our cozy accommodations, anticipating the once-in-a-lifetime experience that awaits us tomorrow. The anticipation is palpable, and we're all early to bed, eager to rest up for the incredible journey that lies ahead.

Day 7, 8,9 : Gorilla Trekking - A Dream Come True, and Onward to Kigali"

Day 7- 9 of our Uganda and Rwanda motorcycle tour was a day of dreams coming true as we embarked on a gorilla trekking adventure in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The anticipation had been building, and it did not disappoint.

Our day began well before the sun painted the sky in hues of orange and pink. We were up and ready to venture into the depths of the forest, where our mission was to find and observe a family of mountain gorillas.

The trek was a mix of excitement and reverence. We hiked through dense vegetation, crossed babbling streams, and ascended steep hills. Every step brought us closer to the magical encounter we had all been yearning for.

And then, the moment arrived. We found ourselves face to face with a gentle giant of the forest – a magnificent silverback gorilla. It was an experience that words cannot truly capture. These majestic creatures, so similar to us in many ways, went about their business, unperturbed by our presence.

We spent a precious hour with these remarkable beings, observing their interactions, witnessing the intricate social structure of their family, and simply soaking in the profound connection we share with them.

After this awe-inspiring experience, we reluctantly left the gorillas and made our way back to our lodge. It was a day we would remember for the rest of our lives.

In the afternoon, we geared up and rode our bikes to Kigali, the vibrant capital of Rwanda. Kigali has a special charm of its own, with its welcoming atmosphere and a unique blend of modernity and tradition.

We're looking forward to spending the next two days exploring the city's rich culture and history before we continue our adventure. Lake Kivu awaits, and we're ready for the next chapter of our incredible journey.

Day 10: From Lake Kivu to Lake Mburo – A Day of Border Hiccups and Anticipation"

Day 10 of our incredible Uganda and Rwanda motorcycle tour had its fair share of surprises as we journeyed from the tranquil shores of Lake Kivu to the enchanting Lake Mburo. It was a day that tested our patience and mechanical prowess but ended with the excitement of our final day in this extraordinary region.

Our morning began with the stunning views of Lake Kivu as a backdrop, and we were all set to hit the road once more. The route was nothing short of spectacular, with the lush greenery and winding roads offering us the perfect terrain for our motorcycles.

But, as the saying goes, sometimes adventure throws a curveball. One of our bikes decided to take an unscheduled break, developing some minor technical issues. Thankfully, we had our trusty mechanic on hand, and after a quick roadside pit stop, we were back on the road in no time.

The road wasn't the only obstacle on our path. As we approached the border between Rwanda and Uganda, we encountered a long queue. Patience was the name of the game as we navigated the process of getting our bikes stamped out of Rwanda and back into Uganda. It's all part of the adventure, right?

By the time we arrived at Lake Mburo, the sun was gently setting on the horizon. We might have been a bit behind schedule, but our spirits were high. The anticipation of our last day here was palpable.

We settled into our accommodations, sharing stories and laughter about the day's adventures. Tomorrow promises to be a day to remember as we explore Lake Mburo and make the most of our time in this unique and beautiful national park.

Day 11: A Grand Finale in Lake Mburo and Reflecting on Our Epic Adventure

Day 11 marked the grand finale of our unforgettable Uganda and Rwanda motorcycle tour. We set out on our bikes through Lake Mburo National Park, had some breathtaking wildlife encounters, and finally returned to Kampala, where we stayed the night at our cozy guest house. With the journey coming to an end, it was a day of reminiscing about the incredible adventure we've had.

Our day began with the promise of thrilling wildlife sightings as we explored the natural beauty of Lake Mburo National Park. Riding through the park, we couldn't believe our luck when we spotted a group of giraffes gracefully moving among the trees. Their towering presence against the African landscape was a sight to behold.

But the excitement didn't stop there. As we continued our journey, we encountered majestic elephants – these gentle giants of the savannah. Watching them go about their business in the wild was a perfect way to wrap up our wildlife encounters.

After a day filled with awe-inspiring wildlife, it was time to head back to Kampala, the place where our adventure first began. Riding through familiar roads, we were reminded of the countless memories we'd created over the past eleven days. Each twist and turn seemed to whisper stories of our journey.

Arriving in Kampala, we checked into our guest house, a place that felt like a second home to us by now. As we shared stories, laughter, and perhaps a few bittersweet tears, the camaraderie of our group became even more apparent.

Our guests fly home tomorrow, but the memories we've made and the bonds we've formed will last a lifetime. What an adventure it has been – a journey through the heart of Africa, filled with wildlife encounters, breath taking landscapes, and a spirit of adventure that bound us all together.

Thank you for joining us on this incredible ride. It's been a pleasure to share this journey with you, and we hope these memories stay with you as a reminder of the extraordinary places our two-wheeled companions can take us.

As we bid farewell to this adventure, we can't help but feel a sense of gratitude for the road that has brought us here. Until our next adventure – wherever that may be – keep the spirit of exploration alive

as we write this blog our Last tour of 2023 is well underway in southern Africa! This years Grand Tour departed Cape Town on the 5th of October and if you've been following our Social Media accounts you'll know they've had one hell of a time! we will be posting that tours blog as soon as we have decent Wifi but for now ride safe and always #RIDETHEWILD

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