Posted on Friday, May 19th, 2017
Based on the enthusiastic recommendation from friends of Equitours, we are eager to check out for ourselves the riding and gorilla trekking in Uganda. We have scheduled an exploratory Nile riding safari with Mel Fox February 11-18, 2018, which will be followed by gorilla treks in the Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest National Park, February 18-21, before continuing on to Tanzania for the Serengeti Safari February 21-March 1. Spaces are limited, but we still have room to fill for all or part of what is sure to be a wonderful African experience!
Price for the ride in Uganda is $4,000 per person, and the meeting point is Entebbe, where you will be picked up from you accommodations on February 11. Please see further details below.
Price for the gorilla treks will be approximately $3,870 per person, subject to change based on airfare to Kihihi and total number of participants. Accommodation will be at the Silverback Lodge at the park, and includes two days of gorilla trekking. Now is an excellent time to visit Ugandan gorillas, as the cost for visitation permits here is likely to rise after this year, as it has recently done for Rwanda, from $750 per permit to $1,500. The permits included in the Ugandan trip price is $600 per trek, and so currently remains a great savings.
The Nile Safari
The ride is based out of Jinja, a few kilometers from the official source of the River Nile in Uganda. It gives you a wonderful opportunity to immerse yourself in the African landscapes and the traditional way of life of the Ugandan people. The country is one of stunning beauty, and the area around the Nile an exceptionally fertile place. The people are some of the most friendly, easy going people in Africa, and Uganda is one of the safest countries in the world. Foreigners are treated with great respect and violent crime against tourists is almost nonexistent.
Experienced riders must be competent in English tack. There are options for a steady pace or one that is more adventurous. A fit and proficient rider is of big advantage out on safari. The horses are well trained trail horses, with a mix of local breeds. All horses are given lots of love, care and attention, resulting in good characters. English saddles are used, and all the horses go in snaffle bridles. Also each rider will carry a small saddlebag with essentials.
Day 1: 9am pick up from accommodation in Entebbe Uganda, then transfer to Jinja. Enjoy a late lunch overlooking the Nile before an approximately 1.5 hour short ride to warm up and try out horses around the local village and along the banks of the River Nile. Tonight you lodge at Holland Park, Jinja.
Day 2: Horses and riders are transferred to the starting point of the trip. Today’s trek will be approximately 4.5 hours riding around an enormous peninsula that lies in Lake Victoria, with a drinks stop and then lunch in the hills overlooking the lake, the source of the Nile and Jinja town. Fabulous views and open terrain, rural villages and sugar plantations. Long canters are possible for those who want to indulge. Overnight again at Holland Park.
Day 3: After breakfast, depart the lodge for a 2.5 hours ride through various plantations and villages, over some hills with stunning vistas of the country side. Stop to visit the local school and chat with the kids and teachers. Morning tea overlooking the sugar plantations and Mabira forest. Another couple of hours riding to the Rainforest Lodge before a late lunch. You can have an afternoon swim in the pool in the forest or a guided walk or just relax in the tranquility of the lodge.
Day 4: Today’s ride consists of 3 hours exploring Mabira forest with a morning tea stop on the way in the thick jungle. You will be looking for rare forest primates: a new subspecies of Grey cheeked Mangabeys that are only found in Mabira forest. In the late afternoon a short ride on sunset up into the hills overlooking the plantations and rainforest. Overnight again at Rainforest Lodge.
Day 5: Ride today for approximately 2 hours through the Mabira forest and then into the tea plantations for a stop for morning tea. Another couple of hours in and out of the forest until you arrive at the Haven lodge for a late lunch. The lodge is a great spot for a swim in the river or at the swimming pool while overlooking some stunning white water rapids.
Day 6: Today you can head out to experience some of the most beautiful white water rafting in the world (warm water thrills and spills). Please note rafting is optional; you may prefer to rest or do some of the other adventure activities in the area. Quad Biking, Bungee Jumping, Kayak school, Mountain biking or birding trip on the river.
Day 7: Optional early morning for swimming your horse in the Nile. Your swimming hole is a beautiful bay with a sandy bottom, no hippos or crocs, then back for breakfast at the Haven. For your final ride we will be riding up to a lookout for a birds eye view of the Nile before stopping for morning tea at another stunning vista overlooking the Nile. A fast paced ride to finish at Kalagala falls. Say goodbye to your horse and board a boat to the breathtaking Wild Waters Lodge. Located on an island in the middle of the Nile with massive white water all around the lodge. Enjoy the pool in the afternoon that is actually a part of the Nile.
Day 8: Departure today from Entebbe. Transfer back after breakfast at Wild Waters Lodge.
**This itinerary is flexible. Daily schedule is subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, in order to find ideal riding conditions each day.**