The riding experience in Uganda allows riders to immerse themselves in the African landscapes and the traditional way of life of the local people. Riding near the official source of the River Nile, you move to a variety of well-appointed accommodations along the river and in the rain forest. The well designed itinerary and close attention to detail allow guests a full experience of the best that the area offers.
The horses are well trained trail horses, with a mix of 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.
Helmets are required. There are some helmets and chaps available to borrow.
Irish Sport, Thoroughbreds, American Saddlebred crosses, Ethiopian ponies.
Moderate to fast.
English saddles are used, and all the horses go in snaffle bridles
Riding: Approximately 4.5 hours ride through various plantations and villages, over some hills with stunning vistas of the country side. Picnic lunch. Fabulous views and open terrain, rural villages and sugar and tea plantations. Long canters are possible for those who want to indulge.
Riding: Approximately 5-6 hours riding. The horses are transferred to the start point while guests visit the local school. Feel free to bring any primary age books you can spare to donate to the library! You will then ride around an enormous peninsula that lies in Lake Victoria with lunch overlooking the lake. You pass by views of the source of the Nile and Jinja town. Then travel by vehicle to the lodge, where the horses also stay.
Riding: Approximately 4-5 hours exploring Mabira forest and surrounds – looking for rare forest primates: a subspecies of Grey Cheeked Mangabeys that are only found here. There is also lots of spectacular birdlife. Then you have the afternoon to yourself to relax, swim or wander.
Riding: Another couple of hours in and out of the forest and through rural Ugandan villages before we reach Wild Waters Lodge. Located on an island in the middle of the Nile with massive white water all around, you will be simply amazed. Enjoy the pool in the afternoon that is one of the most spectacular places to view the Nile.
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 a birding trip on the river.
Today you gear up and move to meet the horses downriver – the views will
leave you speechless – and then we will swim the horses in the Nile. A beautiful bay with a sandy bottom, no hippos or crocs, then a picnic lunch overlooking the Nile while you all dry out. (Please note sometimes you are unable to safely swim the horses due to the hydropower dams flooding too much water into the area). Afterwards ride back to Wild Waters, we say a final goodbye to our horses and cross back to the island.
This is itinerary is flexible and may be modified at the guide's discretion depending on weather conditions and other unforeseeable circumstances.
Trip Dates & Pricing
Other dates possible for groups of 4, however January to March is hot, April and May are mild wet season, most of July and August is unavailable, and October and November & December make up the main wet season.
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I have been on many riding trips around the world and the Nile Safari was special. The hosts and crew made every effort to make this trip memorable and pleasurable. From the moment we arrived, we felt cared for and cared about in such a way that other outfitters pale by comparison.This trip was faster than we expected with longer hours in the saddle. This was a big plus for us, and the performance of the horses was excellent.
In conjunction with your horseback riding safari in Uganda, Tanzania or Kenya, continue the adventure with an extension to Uganda or Rwanda for a once-in-a-lifetime experience viewing gorilla families in their natural habitat. Start and end your trip in either Kigali, Rwanda, to visit Volcanoes National Park, or Kihihi Uganda, to go on into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National... Read more