Instead of showing us only the highlights of Uganda, Pim showed us the real Uganda by meeting local people, eating local food and the outdoor adventure of riding a bike offroad through Africa. Bush camping between wild animals makes it complete! This is what real adventure is all about. ? It was a 9 days trip, but felt like a journey of weeks! Thanks Pim for being a great guide. Keep up the good work ??
First of all: Uganda is a beautiful country. the green heart of Africa. I was on of the first riders to join Pim on one of his rides. And what can I say. This man knows to people and the country. With some proper bikes, camping and travel gear it was easy to get on the road. And even offroad off course. With Pim on your side you feel more then welcome and safe. With his experience as a special force and nursing skill you will be safe.
Uganda is truly Africa, with long lasting road a head with small villages on the side its lovely to cruise. Mother nature is as pure as it can be. Especially the National Park ride was amazing. imagine to ride on a dirt road between elephants, hippo’s and Giraffes and many more. Meet up with a Ranger of the park that will guide you to your campsite for that night. make a campfire to prepare some food on. End up in bed and listen to the lions, monkey and other wild life sounds. The ranger will make sure you are safe.
As I said before we did a lot of camping with and without Rangers. the gear Pim has set up for you is prefect for a trip like this. As food we had a lot of things. From goat, rolled eggs (rolex) till a chicken, was no time I had hungry.
An adventure it is. and also adventures have some padlock sometimes. In this case some flat tires. But local are always willing to help out. with the right preparations (extra tubes) we where always good to go. This is what adventure is all about. Go with the flow and enjoy of every minute of it. Enjoy talking about every thing you see or listen to your favorite music while riding. The helmet intercom makes it all possible.
If you are a enthusiast motorcyclist, this is the adventure to get on!!!
so get your ass to Uganda and go for a ride!
If you ever have questions, hit me up!
After a stressful period in where I accepted a new job overseas and quit my current one I was really looking forward to get out of ordinary life and go on motorcycle ride in a remote place. After the UG-moto website caught my eye I contacted Pim to get some information. From the first email it seemed that he was a really nice fellow and I was impressed by his plans for giving camping/riding tours across Uganda. Although it is not a self guided tour, this seemed to be the adventure I was looking for and agreed to be part of this first tour together with a fellow motorcycle fanatic. And man an adventure it was..
Right after landing in Entebbe (Kampala) one can notice that you are in an entirely different world with different (traffic) rules. I got excited about driving myself right away!
On the first night we stayed in the ICU guesthouse (great relaxed friendly environment) we made our plan to drive the north route including bush camping in Murchison falls. The next day we packed our tents and saddled our bikes to ride through the suburbs of Kampala into the countryside. Traffic in Kampala can be quite a struggle, but after couple minutes of adjustment it is actually fun to ride. Speed is low and people respect your space, although in the first minute that didn’t seem that way haha.
During the trip we stayed at many different locations, from camping grounds after a ‘high-way’ restaurants, bush camping in Murchison falls to a high-end lodge. All locations were an experience apart and different from each other. It was really fun to discover all the different locations. People in Uganda and also at the camping places were all great. They are friendly, welcoming and speak English. One of the nights we stayed at a guest family which hosted many orphanage kids from the surrounding area’s. This family was so great and welcoming and it was so much fun to play soccer with the kids and go out with the older ones. It seems that everywhere we went Pim already made some local friends, not based on providing gifts, but on mutual respect. This made it fun to hang out with locals and brought a more genuine local (nonguided) experience. Regarding safety I did not have a single moment that I didn’t fell unsafe during this trip. Although people around me asked me about safety concerns before the trip, I believe safety is not an issue. Offcourse going out on your own at night in Kampala might be a bit risky in some neighborhoods, but that is in most capitol cities I guess.
The trip was mainly offroad except for the first and last day. Offroad conditions were doable and fun. We were not in a hurry so we had plenty of time to practice around, have fun with the bikes but also take safety into account when things got really dirty. It is recommendable to have at least a bit of riding experience before registering, but one can also take a bit more time to practice in the beginning to make sure you are prepared. I actually didn’t have any offroad experience, but do have a bike back home and all went well and had loads of fun. Pim is self quite a good offroad rider and can definitely teach you the everything if needed.
Riding through the countryside is an unique experience. The landscape is just spectacular and people are not so used to seeing tourists on motorcycles, which gives a fun experience if you enter a town. Everyday gives so many high lights, from playing soccer with random kids along the route to spotting a wide variety of wildlife. It is hard to describe the sensation I felt when
entering the national park on a motorcycle and crossing paths with all sorts of wildlife like deers, elephants giraffes etc. Although we havent spotted lions, knowing they are around and hearing them at night while sleeping in a tent in the park, is a pretty crazy awesome experience. Finally, although I apparently I had some mutual friends with Pim I didn’t knew him upfront. However from day 1 it felt as I knew him for quite a while. He is a relaxed person and has a perfect understanding of people. I really appreciated the campfire stories and conversations we had!
So if you are up for an adventure, not looking for 5 star comfort, don’t like others to carry your luggage if you are walking next to them and like to ride bikes, this trip is your thing and will definitely stick into your memory
probably the rest of your life!
Samen met Pim en 3 vrienden heel de oostkust van Uganda ontdekt op de motor. Echt een super vette ervaring! Sowieso heel relaxed om met Pim op pad te gaan. Hij kent het land goed en is onwijs goed voorbereid. Mocht je dit overwegen, zeker doen!
Een 2-weekse motorsafari gedaan door Oeganda met Pim als gids. Zo ontzettend gave ervaring!!
Fantastisch om dit prachtige land op de motor te verkennen.
Bij Pim voel je je snel op je gemak en hij weet echt wat hij doet. Heel relaxt.
Kan iedereen dit avontuur aanraden!
Hij begon een motorreis in januari 2020 met Pim UG-Motobike. We hadden de Muchinsen Madness-tour gekozen met drie vrienden. We hebben motorvakanties van ons leven gehad, autorijden en slapen in een wild park, kamperen op de Patiko-rots, chimpansees bezoeken in hun natuurlijke habitat en nog veel meer.
Er is een nauwe band met Pim, waar we elkaar in de toekomst zeker zullen ontmoeten.
Een knuffel uit Marbella
Buenas tardes Pim,
Comenzó un viaje en motocicleta en enero de 2020 con Pim UG-Motobike. Habíamos elegido la gira Muchinsen Madness con tres amigos. Hemos tenido las vacaciones en moto de nuestras vidas, conduciendo y durmiendo en un parque salvaje, acampando en la roca Patiko, visitando chimpancés en su hábitat natural y mucho más.
Hay un vínculo estrecho con Pim donde ciertamente nos encontraremos en el futuro.
Un abrazo de Marbella
I rented a motorbike and camping gear for a solo trip around the country. The bikes are in perfect condition and the Kibo 250 is perfect for the beautiful roads of Uganda. Got the necessary tools, spare inner tubes and lots of information from the very knowledgeable Pim. The dirt roads and size of the country makes a motorbike the best way to discover the country, and encountering elephants and lions on two wheels is something you will never forget
(Vertaald door Google)
Ik huurde een motor en kampeeruitrusting voor een solo-reis door het land. De fietsen zijn in perfecte staat en de Kibo 250 is perfect voor de prachtige wegen van Oeganda. Heb de benodigde gereedschappen, reserve binnenbanden en veel informatie van de zeer kundige Pim. De onverharde wegen en de grootte van het land maken een motorfiets de beste manier om het land te ontdekken, en olifanten en leeuwen op twee wielen tegenkomen is iets dat je nooit zult vergeten
Ben je opzoek naar een avontuurlijke motortrip in Afrika is Oeganda met “UG-motobike” het ideale land. Ik heb deze trip alleen gedaan zonder vrienden ze vonden Oeganda te gevaarlijk. Ik heb me geen seconde onveilig gevoeld iedereen is vriendelijk en behulpzaam.
12 dagen met Pim opstap is van dag 1 fun je leert het echte Oeganda kennen niet de toeristische tour achter in een 4×4 maar op “Kibo” motoren ideaal voor Afrika. Wij deden de “Bwindi Beauty” trip dit is een perfecte mix van onroad & offroad je eet streetfood overdag, s’avonds een dineer en overnachting op bijzondere locaties bij plaatselijke ondernemers. De sensatie die je voelt als je in de nationale parken op de motor een kudde olifanten, zebra’s, waterbuffels of apen tegen komt is onbeschrijfelijk. De ervaringen die Pim heeft helpen je als het moet, ik had een ongeval met een Boda-Boda rijder als werd regelde zoals het moet zodat ik ook verder kon rijden zonder me zorgen te maken. Ja, het kan zijn dat er geen warm water of elektriciteit is maar dat maakt het alleen avontuurlijker en onvergetelijker. Ze zeggen Afrika “You love it or hate it” I LOVE IT!
Bedankt Pim en de rest van de groep
PS: Pim wij zien elkaar nog.
My trip to the Bwindi Beauty
After arriving from Amsterdam, we were picked up by the friendly driver who brought us to our hostel. The ICU Guesthouse, where Ug-motobike is stationed, is a lovely hostel who is run by a very nice and helpful Dutch couple. Because we spend an extra night at the hostel we were able to familiarize ourselves with our mode of transportation, the KIBO 250. After packing the motor, we were waved goodbye and our journey started. The busy streets of Kampala were a nice start to test our driving skills. The main roads through Uganda are well maintained and easy to drive. But the off-road is where we were looking forward to. With no off-road experience Pim guided me through the basics of driving on the sand. He knows the routes very well and is able to choose the road which compliments your skill. The camping’s we stayed at all had their own beauty but shared one common highlight: the view! Each camping had their own spectacular sight of Ugandan nature which made it look like we were in different areas altogether. The easygoing camp owners made our stay as comfortable as possible. Our route also included two wildlife parks which were a blast to drive trough. It was very rewarding to see the animals while we were on our bikes, it felt as I was closer to the animals than when I would sit in a car. Pim also has an eye for special spots along the route and is not shy to show them. We saw Uganda in a very unique way which is not your typical tourist highlights. He has contacted many local people along the way which help you experience the Uganda culture. In conclusion I would like to say I have had a great time on the Ugandan roads. Pim was an excellent and helpful guide what helped me with my motorbike experience.
I cannot thank Pim de Pooter and UG-Motobike enough for supporting me with the adventure of a lifetime. Words cannot adequately express, but I’ll try … Before I left for my trip, I researched many motorbike rental companies throughout Africa, not just Uganda. Of all with whom I spoke, Pim impressed me the most with his professionalism, his responsiveness, his knowledge, and the quality bikes he supplied. As a solo female traveler, I felt safest with him. Throughout my trip, Pim continued to provide me with support from afar – I was traveling alone but never felt truly alone – I knew I had help if I needed it. Sure enough, a few times, even though I was hours or days away from him, Pim helped me through a few tough spots by tapping his network of connections throughout East Africa. He didn’t have to do this for me – he just did because that’s who he is, a super great guy. I also took Pim’s recommendations on a few places to stay and was always very happy with his advice! He knows the area, the fun places to stay, and the creative, awesomely adventurous, off-the-beaten track things to do. Side note – Pim also happens to be really cool, laid back and super fun! If I could have done it, I would have happily joined one of his tours during my trip as an added bonus to an already amazing time. I suspect he’s a lot of fun to travel with. Final note – the Kibo bikes supplied by UG-Motobike are perfect for Africa. I put the one I rented through the paces – sand, volcanic rock, mud, and the full slew of other terrains – the Kibo always rose to the challenge. This is yet another reason, of many, that I am so grateful I found UG-Motobike and Pim!
Rented Kibos for the weekend and made a trip to Lake Mburo. Recommended to go there and do some off road while watching out or zebras and giraffes. Service provided by UG-Motorbike good, gave us some spare tires to take (you never know when riding in a national park with Acacia trees of course), informed us well about routes and everything was organised quickly. Will definitely come back to rent another Kibo for a trip!
I just had the time of my life..I´m not going to say much because it would be a spoiler. Trust and enjoy..Many thanks Pim. Unforgettable life changer. ?
Ik had net de tijd van mijn leven … ik ga niet veel zeggen omdat het een spoiler zou zijn. Vertrouw en geniet … Heel erg bedankt Pim. Onvergetelijke levenwisselaar.?
Acabo de pasar el mejor momento de mi vida … No voy a decir mucho porque sería un spoiler. Confía y disfruta … Muchas gracias Pim. Un cambio de vida inolvidable. ?
From Pearl of the South to the Pearl of Africa
*telephone rings* *telephone rings*
“Hey Mats, we are almost leaving. Where are you?” – Wouter asked.
“ON MY WAY”! – I replied.
For some reason my alarm didn’t go off which I had set in the evening before, so I had to hurry like crazy to still catch our departing train. After 5 light speed minutes – on my bicycle with 2 way too big bags – I arrived just in time at the train station. Let the fun begin! ?
After a pleasant flight we were picked up by our local driver at Entebbe International Airport (EIA). One hour later we had our first ‘Tusker’-beer in the guest house with our guide – and beloved friend – Pim.
Our crew consisted of people with a various range of motorcycle skills, from beginner to advanced. Despite these differences we were all super excited to start our memorable journey through the West of Uganda. Together with 5 other friends – and one bad ass lady(!) – we prepared our bikes for our upcoming trip: Bwindi Beauty. Let’s go!
As told before we were heading West, away from the busy city of Kampala to the borders of The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our days were spend with driving and enjoying the sights in this beautiful country. Wow, what a diversity Uganda has to offer; urban areas, savanna, large lakes, rainforest and everything in between, beautiful!
Our daily routine had a nice balance in having breakfast at our camp site which was provided by our lodge where we were staying, driving around in National Parks to see the beautiful wildlife and ending the day again at a lodge to witness the beautiful Ugandan sunset shared with some lovely food (and a few local beers as well off course).
To make it even better, we also stayed one night at a hill top in a National Park (with our local guard to keep us safe). What a unique experience! The morning sunrise – with many thanks to some fresh coffee – was breathtaking. What an adventure.
After 9 days, 12 elephants, 3 flat tires, multiple huge lakes, 1400 kilometers and unlimited laughs and pleasures we safely returned to our guest house in Kampala. All of us had a unique and wild experience in this mesmerising country of Africa thanks to the superb expertise of UG-Motobike.
Pim, “big-up!” and many thanks of this once-in-a-lifetime experience. You’re a unique and skilled guide which made me feel relaxed at all times. You know this isn’t going to be my last trip with you so…
See you soon!
Greetings from an other Pearl.
With love, Mats