Eastern Echo

Eastern Echo

Eastern Echo makes its way through the East of Uganda and is a route with a few light upward slopes. We cross the Nile River at Jinja, a town known as a paradise for adventure sports, think for example Kayaking, Rafting or Mountain biking. In total, the route takes a total of 10 days to complete, and we drive between 100 and 190km per day. Due to the many altimeters and the rugged terrain, this route can be quite challenging. After Jinja, we drive towards Sipi falls at the foot of Mountain Elgon, an old volcanic mountain range on the border with Kenya. After this mountain tour we drive north, towards the unique Karamoja. From there it seems like you are entering a different world, characterized by vast mountain plateaus, and a people or tribes with old, traditional and special customs.

Eastern echo is designed to incorporate a β€œflexi-day” following Jinja, meaning it is arranged so that we can, for example, choose to have a completely restorative resting day at a campsite, or embark on a day of adventurous (water) sport in Jinja, or to go on a cultural walk in Karamoja.

 

For some particulars, we ride about 1,600 kilometers in total, of which of around 30% is riding on paved roads and 70% on off-road and gravel paths. For this reason, as off-road riding is slightly different, it helps if one already has some experience on the motorbike. And as you might expect, the off-road detours can be much more fun than riding on an asphalted highway.

 

Don’t have off-road experience yet? No problem, because you are not immediately thrown in at the deep end. The route is quite manageable in terms of the difficulty of off-road riding.

 

The starting price for this route covers your basic ‘camping & biking’ needs. This means that we camp using our own camping equipment at beautiful campsites or in the wilderness. We remain completely self-sufficient, which makes the adventure extra challenging and freeing. At each of the campsites, we are provided with local or international meals, always freshly prepared under clean conditions. Usually, we will have lunch on the way. At bush camping sites, we have so-called camping food packages.

 

Of course it is possible to adjust the trip according to your preferences. Maybe you want to travel longer, or a little more luxuriously. It is easily doable, for example, to trade-in camping for accommodation in more luxurious safari tents or lodges. Perhaps you would prefer to have a car drive alongside us, so that you can load all your stuff there instead of carrying it on the back of the bike? No at problem! Hear it now: you have plenty of options! I would love to hear what your wishes are, so that together we can create a nice and memorable journey together.

 

The base/stated price includes; third party insurance, accommodation, motorbike rental, camping equipment rental, park entrance fee, guide fee, fuel, three meals per day, and three liters of water per day.

10 days

+/- 1600 Kilometer

Min. 2 riders Max. 6 riders

Intensity route: medium to heavy.

Pictures of the route

Eastern Echo

Itinerary per day.

 

  1. Kampala ICU guesthouse – Jinja (80km). On this day, we mainly drive on the highway and get out of traffic in Kampala. It gives you the opportunity to become familiar with your bike and traffic conditions. Depending on your wishes, we can end the day with a short off-road introduction of approximately one hour.
  2. Jinja – Sipi Falls 195 km. On this day, we drive about 70% on paved, and the rest is on unpaved roads with a number of altimeters. On arrival, we can take a nice walk or light hike up to the waterfalls of Sipi at the foot of Mount Elgon, and we will camp around this beautiful Sipi waterfalls area for the night.
  3. Sipi Falls – Moroto (175km). This day consists mainly of off-road driving. We drive over beautiful mountain plateaus with vast landscapes and pass by some authentic tribes.
  4. Moroto – Moroto. On this rest day, we can choose to have some restorative and relaxation time at the campsite, or venture out for activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and walks through the local communities.
  5. Moroto – Kotido (85 km). Consisting of a nice off-road route with challenging roads, this day is one for true off-road enthusiasts.
  6. Kotido – Apoka Kidepo Valley National Park (95 km). On this day, we will enter the National Park and enjoy the beautiful nature and wildlife. We camp with a park ranger who will watchnover us at night and keep a fire going for enjoyment and protection against wild animals.
  7. Kidepo National Park game drive – Kitgum (110 km). We will go on a nice game drive to view the wild animals native to the area of Kidepo.
  8. Kitgum – Gulu (100 km). Following travel on mainly gravel roads, we will camp at an area known for being a former Arab slave market that was eventually abolished by Samual Backer. There presents an interesting, historical monument.
  9. Gulu – Kafu (200km). Primarily on the highway, this day is best described as a long, calming drive. Luckily, we will afterwards relax into the evening with a beer by the campfire.
  10. Kafu – Kampala ICU Guesthouse (195 km). It is the last day, and we head towards Kampala. There will be lots of freeway, and when we arrive in Kampala, we will toast to our trip and take the time to share our photos and videos.

The Eastern Echo Route

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