However there is a new trail Uganda is now finally coming into its own, ‘Kampala Adventure Cycling 2015’ may still launch an annual competitive cycling calendar and a first step was taken by the Uganda Cycling Association.
Uganda Cycling Association has fully dedicated itself ‘Kampala Adventure Cycling 2015’ event which is due to be held on the 16th of August, just a month from now and details about it can be accessed via Uganda Trek news. Notably has the Uganda Tourism Board also joined the key sponsor team, alongside the Kampala Capital City Authority, to show how far cycling has come in Uganda and how popular a sport it is today
That Uganda is a major African adventure destination is beyond doubt. Be it rafting on the upper Nile, hiking up Mt. Elgon, climbing the Rwenzoris, aka Mountains of the Moon, tracking gorillas or chimps, there is plenty going on across the country both inside and outside the national parks and game reserves. At the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary one can approach rhinos on foot in the company of guides and rangers, from the Mihingo Lodge outside Lake Mburo National Park a safari on horseback can be arranged and across the South West of Uganda have hiking trails opened up with guided tours, some extending over several days, offered by specialized operators like Uganda Trek or Jackie Musisi, details and contacts of both available via Google.
Mabira Forest, located along the Kampala to Jinja highway, offers several hiking and cycling trails and the RainForest Lodge is an ideal base to experience some active vacation.Mabira, has 312 shrubs and tree species, 287 types of butterflies, 316 species of birds, many of them endemic, 23 species of reptiles, 97 species of moths and in contrast to other listed inventories some 51 mammal species. Of course will not all be seen, or heard, when cycling across one of the four mapped out trails but chances are that a fair number of bird sighting, and even mammals, can be recorded while during stops enroute it is trees, shrubs, orchids and insects which can be inspected close up and personal. Mabira Forest even offers Uganda’s first zip-lining option which, located near the Griffin Falls, can be accessed by bike on one of the trails, or via the town of Lugazi by car. Meanwhile Lugazi, has a golf course which is open to the public should any of the golf addicted visitors passing through and having time to spare, wish to play a round. Equipment can be hired from the Pro-Shop at the Club House.
Both Uganda Trekking holidays and Jackie Musisi have indicated that trips by mountain bike can be organized across the trails they normally hike but visitors need to bring their own bikes with them as there are none available for hire. Guides from the company are available to take individuals and groups across South Western Uganda for a cycling adventure, perhaps combined with a day of gorilla tracking, a visit to the Batwa people, a hike up Mt. Mgahinga or some relaxing canoeing on Lake Mutanda or Lake Bunyonyi.