The Great Gorilla Cycling Challenge

Uganda | Friday 27th August - Friday 3rd September 2021

An incredible cycling journey through the stunning rolling hills and rainforests of Uganda. The adventure offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to encounter the Great Mountain Gorillas of Uganda in their natural habitat. *Gorilla viewing optional extra subject to permit availability and additional cost of USD1,750.

FUNDRAISING: This charity challenge supports Kisoro Children's Foundation and SoftPower Education in Uganda to raise USD43,000 to support school renovations.

To achieve this goal, we advise each individual to fundraise USD1,375 so that together, we can succeed with this incredible educational project and support more than 875 children in need attending the schools. 

FITNESS LEVEL: This challenge is rated as demanding which requires a good level of health and fitness, comfort riding a bike off-road on varying terrain including steep inclines for up to several hours per day. Click here to read more about the challenge fitness ratings.

TRAINING: In the run up to the challenge Gulf for Good runs a variety of free, weekly training sessions that we encourage you to join. In addition, registering for this challenge grants you an unlimited membership to Gulf for Good's soulFIT fitness and hiking community. Click here to read more about soulFIT, our hiking community and view the upcoming schedule of activities.

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COST INCLUDES:

  • A challenge, adventure and charity experience of a lifetime!
  • An opportunity to visit the charity and experience the difference your fundraising will make
  • soulFIT training membership
  • Unlimited access to all Gulf for Good hikes, fitness and training activities in UAE
  • Fundraising approval and support with fundraising events
  • Pre-challenge briefing and get-togethers
  • Discount with Gulf for Good partner outdoor outfitters
  • Safety, medical and equipment advice
  • Internal flights and transfers
  • Accommodation, food and water
  • Experienced Outdoor First Aid certified Gulf for Good support team
  • In-country medical and vehicle back up
  • Ethical, global standards for in-country guides and porters

Either pay at once or opt for our easy instalment plan below.

PAYMENT DEADLINES:

Either pay at once or opt for our easy instalment plan below.

  • On registration AED1,000 (USD275) deposit toward the Challenge Expenses (non-refundable and non-transferable) paid to Gulf for Good to reserve your space on the challenge
  • Thursday 4th June 2021: AED3,300 (USD900), 50% remaining balance towards the Challenge Expenses paid to Gulf for Good
  • Thursday 16th July 2021: AED3,300 (USD900), 50% final balance towards the Challenge Expenses paid to Gulf for Good
  • Thursday 19th August 2021: AED5,000 (USD1,375) minimum Charity Donation paid to International Humanitarian City

(USD1 = AED3.67)

EXCLUDES:

  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Gorilla viewing permit (USD1750)
  • Tips and spending money
  • Vaccinations
  • Insurance
  • Kit items
  • Drinks (other than water)

This event is under process for approval by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.

Day1

Friday 27th August 2021 - Arrival in Entebbe

On arrival in Entebbe, we will be met by the guiding company and transferred to the guesthouse in Kampala. Time permitting, after a quick freshen up, we will be able to explore the city by foot.

Our welcome dinner will be followed by a challenge briefing.

Overnight in Red Chilli Guesthouse

Day2

Saturday 28th August 2021: Entebbe to – Mabira Forest: 55km cycle

We start after breakfast with bike fitting and our mechanics will be available to help you setup the bike properly. We then start cycle around 4km through town to Port Bell from where we will take a boat to cross part of Lake Victoria (30 minutes).

We will cycle through a beautiful green environment with small villages. Halfway on our trip we will pass the famous Ssezibwa Falls, a truly beautiful waterfall, which has a dark past in the history of the Buganda Kingdom.

After a picnic lunch at the waterfalls, there will be time to make the short hike to the top of the falls before we continue our tour and cycle into Mabira Forest, one of the few indigenous forests close to Kampala. The ride will take us through both sugar and tea plantation winding terrain through the jungle. We will sleep in tents at Griffin Fall Camp in the heart of the rainforest.

Dinner and a night under canvas.

Overnight in tents at Griffin Fall Camp

Day3

Sunday 29th August 2021: Mabira Forest to Jinja and the Nile: 75km cycle

The ride will be through tea plantations and sugar cane fields, with challenging short climbs, before reaching the source of the Nile in Jinja. A short boat trip will show us the official source after which we will be transported to the other bank of the mighty river where we will have lunch at Deli, the best sandwich lunchroom in town. After lunch we will cycle through Jinja, use the newly constructed bridge and cycle along the Nile towards our accommodation for the night.

We will camp overnight at Nile it! campsite.

Day4

Monday 30th August 2021: From Jinja to Father Joe’s Estate: 60 km cycle

A full day cycling along the mighty river. This relatively easy ride on the banks of the river will bring us to Father Joe’s estate.

Overnight in tents at Father Joes Estate

Day5

Tuesday 31st August 2021: Eastern Bank to Kamuli, 70km Cycle

After a hearty breakfast we will again cross the Nile so that we can spend the day cycling on the Eastern side of the river where the tracks are relatively flat. We will pass through many small villages until we will reach Kamuli.

Overnight in tents at Busoga High School, bush camping (only pit latrines available, but bush toilet and shower will be provided)

Day6

Wednesday 1st September 2021: Kamuli to Namaganga 43km Cycle

The day’s ride takes in some beautiful scenery, with undulations along the way.

Overnight camping in tents at in the grounds of one of the schools built/renovated by the charity.

Day7

Thursday 2nd September 2021: Namaganga to Bujagali Falls, 40km Cycle

We will cycle largely through sugar cane fields enjoying amazing views, to Bugembe viewpoint, where we will visit the King of Busoga palace at a high vantage point to enjoy great views of Lake Victoria, Jinja town and the surrounding areas. From here, it is a nice downhill ride cycling the final stretch through local villages. We will arrive at Explorers River camp after navigating through small roads among villages along the Nile, formally known as Bujagali Falls, which marks the end of our cycling and enjoy the stunning views of the Nile during our farewell diner.

Overnight in Safari tents

Day8

Friday 3rd September 2021: Bujagali - Entebbe

After breakfast we will travel back to Entebbe, you are free to visit the conservation center or the botanical garden before catching your international flight back.

Optional Gorilla Add-on USD1750

Days 8-10

Friday 4th - Sunday 6th September 2021: Bujagali to Entebbe: Gorilla Tracking

We travel to Entebbe at 4am to be able to make the 7am flight to Kisoro. In Kisoro we transfer to Mutanda Lake resort where we can spend the day relaxing and enjoying the view of the volcanoes that form the border with Rwanda. Or perhaps go for a refreshing dip in the lake (it’s safe: no parasites, hippos or crocodiles), take a boat trip to one of the islands or go out on a hike.

The following day you will have to get up early to drive to the gorilla tracking gathering point. A beautiful experience awaits you. After the tracking we transfer back to the lodge for overnight.

On the next day we fly back to Entebbe at 8:25am.

Note: This is an optional extension package with the following inclusions:

  • Roundtrip flights from Entebbe to Kisoro
  • 2 overnights at Lake Mutanda Resort with meals (B,L,D)
  • Transfers to/from Kisoro
  • Gorilla permits

Notes: This itinerary may change due to border regulation changes, unusual weather patterns, wildlife movements, group strength, etc. We will endeavour to keep to the planned itinerary but cannot be held responsible for last minute changes that might occur. In all such circumstances, the lead guide will have the final say.

Soft Power Education

This challenge will support two key projects in Uganda through two of our partner charities.

On behalf of Soft Power Education we are fundraising USD20,000 to completely renovate seven classrooms at Nkondo Primary School where 605 pupils attend school. This renovation will ensure that the children are learning in safe and inspiring classrooms.

For Kisoro Children’s Foundation we are aiming to raise USD23,000 to purchase a playground, playing field, football pitch and netball court, which will be used by the 267 students and by many more children in the local community.

 

About Soft Power Education: Soft Power Education (SPE) has a mission to “Improve the quality of life through education”. Since 1999 they have been working in the Jinja District of Uganda to work in three key areas: Alternative Education; School Infrastructure Development; and Livelihoods

Its core programmes include two pre-schools for 180 of the most disadvantaged children from the communities of Buwenda and Kyabirwa, a Special Needs Programme working with more than 130 children with disabilities, the Amagezi Education Centre through which it partner with more than 1,000 P6 pupils from 12 partner schools, and the Earth Power Project under which it focuses on protecting the environment in the Busedde and Buyengo sub counties. 

In 2015, Gulf for Good fundraised to renovate and paint nine classrooms at Namaganga Primary School under our School Infrastructure Development Programme.

www.softpowereducation.com

Fundraising goal: USD 20,000

Number of children impacted: 591

United Nation's Sustainable development goal: Quality Education

Charity registration number: 1098936

Kisoro Children's Foundation

About Kisoro Children’s Foundation: The Kisoro Children’s Foundation which supports the Ineza Children’s Center and Ineza Parents’ School. The Kisoro Children’s Foundation has provided funds for capital projects, scholarships, a library, and much needed quality education for children.

“When it comes to play, majority of children in Kisoro are left on their own to figure out what to play and often they end up playing with dangerous objects or in dangerous places like swimming in stagnant water,” says the school’s director. “Having a playground at Ineza will enable many children to experience playing in a safe and fun environment for the first time in their lives.’’

www.kisorochildren.org

Fundraising goal: USD23,000

Number of children impacted: 267 directly, 3,000 indirectly

United Nation's Sustainable development goal: Quality Education

Charity registration number: 060747

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