Adrenaline Activities in Uganda
Get wet. Scare yourself. Have an immense amount of fun. The rapids of the Nile river as it surges north from Lake Victoria have become one of Africa’s premier white water rafting destinations. Even the construction of hydro-electric dams can’t change this.
White-water Rafting can be done in Jinja, a small town on the shores of Lake Victoria where the river Nile flows upland.
It's typically included at the start or end of a south-western circuit, or to break up the transition from a safari in the south-west to continued adventure north towards Mount Elgon and the Kidepo Valley.
Kayaking and Canoeing
The waters of the Nile at Jinja don't have to be experienced in the turbulence of a rafting excursion, it is also possible to kayak the white waters (experienced kayakers only please) or explore the calmer waters by canoe.
The lakes Mutanda and Bunyonyi are another perfect place for kayaking and canoeing.
The lakes are a popular spot for R&R after a gorilla trek in the nearby Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and this area of a place of almost unimaginable beauty.
Lake Mutanda's still waters are great for canoeing.
Mountain and Quad Biking
After a few hours cooped up in a vehicle on the road, there is little better than getting on your mountain bike as the sun is just starting to drop and heading off with your guide to explore the savannah on two wheels.
Mountain biking is available in the lands bordering Lake Mburo National Park and is a wonderful way to get close to plains wildlife like zebra and antelope without concerning them. You also work up an appetite for dinner!
Jinja isn't all about the water - you can also explore the riverside on half day quad bike excursions as part of your pre or post safari activities.
In 2012, the Uganda Wildlife Authority opened mountain biking trails.
Bungee Jumping & Hot Air Ballooning
At the lakeside town of Jinja, thrill seekers can also throw themselves from a height, confident that the bungee elastic will jerk them back to safety. This is not right for everyone, but it is certainly exciting.
A relatively new development in Uganda, hot air balloon flights are now available from the Paraa sector of Murchison Falls National Park.
Take off at dawn to rise above the savannah, the waters of the Nile and Lake Albert glistening below. Sound good?
Hot air balloons let you witness QENP from the skies.
Lake Mburo National Park may only have one solitary lion, but it does have an excellent stable and beautiful horses based at Mihingo Lodge.
This is the only place in Uganda that you can ride horses and it provides a lovely way to experience the surrounding woodlands and grasslands.
A horse-back safari is a unique experience. In most cases it allows you to get closer to the animals than if you were on foot or in a vehicle, as the wildlife is less intimidated.
Amazing close: a dazzle of zebra in Lake Mburo
Popular Trips to Uganda
The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
If you had the chance to trek through lush forests; to stand metres away from a family of Mountain Gorillas - deep in the heart of Central Africa - would you take it? This 4-day adventure works great as a…
- 4 Days
Board a Cessna light aircraft and head into the southwestern pocket of Uganda. Trek through the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of the mountain gorillas. Retreat to luxury lodges for sundowners and delicious food. Hard days, soft…
- 4 Days
Open top road trips looping through Uganda's epic southwestern pocket; this is the safari adventure of your imagination. Track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, go in search of gorillas in Bwindi, cruise the savannah plains of Queens, and look out for…
- 14 Days
Discover the exceptional bio-diversity of Uganda by combining the beautiful savannah grasslands of Murchison Falls National Park with chimpanzee trekking in the forests of Kibale National Park. Connect the dots with epic road trips looping through northwestern Uganda.…
- 7 Days
Spend 4 hours in the company of a gorilla family by joining the habituation trek. Combined with a luxury safari at Queen Elizabeth National Park, this trip offers truly once-in-a-lifetime wildlife…
- 7 Days
The full western circuit complete with luxury lodges, gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, and the best safaris Uganda has to offer. Close out your adventure with kayaking and canoeing on the rapids of the river Nile.…
- 16 Days
Travel to the farthest corners of Uganda where towering volcanoes mark the border between the thick jungles of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the untamed vastness of central Africa. After trekking the gorillas in Mgahinga, head inland for a couple…
- 6 Days
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- 7 Days
Mt. Stanley's Margherita Peak, at 5,109 metres, is the highest point in Uganda and the third-highest point in Africa after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. This 10-day trip includes 8 days on the mountain, summiting Margherita Peak on day 6.…
- 8 Days
Combine gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with beautiful lakeside retreats at Lake Mutanda. Tough treks and primate encounters paired with idyllic, calming lakes and oases make for an unforgettable experience in this remote pocket of Uganda.…
- 6 Days
Light adventuring and charming safaris in Lake Mburo National Park coupled with lakeside retreats and days of reflection and exploration around Lake Mutanda. Close out the trip with a few days canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and more in Jinja, Uganda's…
- 12 Days
Combine safaris in Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park with a 4 day gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Top and tail with overnights in the bustling capital of Kampala.…
- 12 Days
The quintessence of Ugandan exploration. Start your adventure in the wild Kidepo Valley in the northern tip of Uganda before weaving down to meet the gorillas in southwestern jungles. Epic landscapes, incredible safaris, and luxury lodges; this is a proper…
- 20 Days
Trek the Rwenzori Mountains where forests morph into ice-clad mountain peaks, cut through jungle thickets to hang out with mountain gorillas, and finish your trip relaxing lakeside amongst the staggering beauty of Lake Mutanda. This is Uganda.…
- 15 Days
Beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a undercurrent of the wild vastness of central Africa that lies just beyond the borders, the north of Uganda beckons adventurers who dream of exploring the frontiers. It's proper adventuring, but luxury lodges mean you…
- 9 Days
The forested slopes, clouded valleys, and snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains call out for exploration. Combine this perfect introductory trek with other destinations in the southwest to create a magical Ugandan…
- 5 Days
Two visits to the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, moving through the forest along the most awesome trekking routes, and staying the night at the best lodges and exclusive camps in the park. This is Uganda gorilla trekking at…
- 6 Days
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