RIVER NILE HORSE SAFARI IN UGANDA

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A fabulous horse safari experience along the Nile in Uganda, easily combined with visiting the world-famous gorillas.

This unique horse safari in Uganda, offers fabulous riding around the source of the world’s longest river, the River Nile.

Explore lush green rain forests, feeling like jungle explorers in search of rare birds and monkeys, cross swamps and climb hills boasting beautiful vistas. Spend a day riding along the edge of the magic Lake Victoria before following the edge of the River Nile at its source in Jinja, Uganda.

Experience rural Africa, as you pass through traditional Ugandan villages, wonderful sugar cane and tea plantations and vast open farmland. Stunning and diverse vistas, teamed with Africa’s world-famous sun rises and sunsets, ensures a feast for your eyes throughout the week. Stay in some memorable and beautiful lodges, such as on an island in the middle of the Nile, and enjoy the other activities and facilities they have to offer – white water rafting, swimming pools and great sunbathing decks. Fabulous sights of Uganda, pristine rain forest, a multitude of bird species, monkeys galore, and iconic rivers and lakes, makes this a riding holiday to remember.

This adventure can easily be teamed with a trip to the world-famous gorillas.

QUICK FACTS
Jinja, Uganda
Entebbe International Airport
Past Tour
Up to 8 nights
Group Size: Max. 8
Minimum of 2 
Intermediate and Above
THE DESTINATION

This is a very varied ride across some of rural Uganda’s most beautiful scenery. You will experience traditional Ugandan culture as you pass through local villages that dot the landscapes and pass through farm lands growing crops and stunning sugar cane and tea plantations.

Pass areas of wild pristine Uganda, traversing exciting jungle and rainforest terrain, and riding along the banks of the River Nile at its source in Jinja Uganda.

The River Nile

The iconic River Nile is a lifeline for huge swathes of north-eastern Africa and is generally regarded as the longest river in the world.  The Nile is considered 6,853km long and labeled an ‘international’ river as its resources are shared by eleven countries: Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Congo-Kinshasa, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa, filled primarily by the Nile’s waters. The lake lies mainly within Tanzania and Uganda but has a border with Kenya. The vast area is 69,484 square km of fresh water, a total that is only exceeded by Lake Superior in North America. This stunning area is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna and is one of Africa’s greatest treasures.

DATES & RATES

From USD4000pp for a minimum group of 4 people. There is a USD500 single supplement for those who do not wish to share.

Set-departures throughout the year
Please enquire for dates

Includes

  • Accommodation throughout the trip
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • All riding
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guiding

Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Beverages
YOUR 8-DAY ITINERARY

** Please note that this is a sample itinerary, and may change due to weather etc. All changes will always be with your best interests at heart

Day 1

Fly into Entebbe where you will be met and transferred to Jinja if you have a morning flight, otherwise overnight in Entebbe and transfer the following morning.

Arrive at Holland Park in Jinja and be welcomed by a cold drink, lunch aboard the River Nile boat cruise and a team waiting to brief you on your next exciting week.

After meeting the horses and your guides, mount up for a 1 and a half hour ride to get to know your horse. Riding in that beautiful afternoon light, as the sun starts to sink, you will explore the local village and the banks of the River Nile.  Spend the night at Holland Park.

Day 2

After waking up to a glorious African morning and delicious breakfast, set off for 4 hour ride through the sugar plantations and traditional villages. Riding up the hills to your lunchtime picnic spot; there are some stunning vistas of the countryside below. You will have the opportunity for some long canters, reveling in the freedom and wide open landscapes. Spend the night at Holland Park.

Day 3

After a delicious breakfast, set off for a ride beside the iconic Lake Victoria. The horses will be transported to your start point and you have the opportunity to visit a local school before you mount up. Then set off for a wonderful 5-6 hour ride around the enormous peninsula that lies in Lake Victoria. Stop for lunch en route, nestled in the hills overlooking the lake and Jinja town. The ride boasts stunning views of the lake, surrounding sugar plantations, and traditional villages. After your ride, the horses are transported to the lodge. Spend the night at Rain Forest Lodge.

Day 4

After breakfast, mount up and spend 3 and a half hours winding your way through the endearing Mabira forest, searching for rare forest primates (Grey cheeked Mangabeys) and other local monkey species that are only found in this jungle. Find a lovely lunch and birdwatching spot en route, in the shade of the beautiful forest canopy.

Return to Rain Forest Lodge in the afternoon for an afternoon siesta, a chill session by the pool or even indulge in a massage. Spend the night at Rain Forest Lodge.

Day 5

Today you will be have the fun of swapping your horse for a fresh steed and enjoying 5 hours of riding through tea plantations, lookout points and jungled terrain. Arrive at your next destination – the Haven – in time for a late lunch.

Spend the afternoon by the pool or even take a dip in the river as you enjoy views that overlook the impressive white water rapids. Spend the night at  The Haven.

Day 6

Spend the day thrill seeking with some of the most spectacular white water rafting in the world with warm water and excellent rapids – an unforgettable experience. If rafting isn’t your thing you may wish to go quad biking, bungee jumping, mountain biking, kayaking or a birding trip up the river.

On returning from rafting, your morning activity or a nice chill session at the hotel, spend an hour or so taking your horses for a swim in the Nile. Enjoying the water with these magnificent creatures is brilliant fun and they love it too. Spend the night at The Haven.

Day 7

Rising on your last morning of the trip, enjoy an early swim in a beautiful bay with a sandy bottom, no hippos or crocs, followed by a scrumptios breakfast. Your final ride will give you a lookout for a birdseye view of the Nile and then a fast paced ride to Kalagala Falls. After saying goodbye to your horse, you will board a boat to Wild Waters Lodge – a breathtaking lodge situated on an island in the middle of the Nile and surrounded by massive white water rapids.

Arriving in time for an afternoon swim, you will love the pool, which is actually part of the Nile itself. Enjoy a last meal, reminiscing over the week’s adventures, and taking in the wonderful and surreal setting. Spend the night at Wild Waters Lodge.

Day 8

After breakfast and lunch, plans will be made for your departure back to Entebbe for your flight onwards or home. Remember that you can easily add on a trip to see the Gorillas either before or after your riding safari.

THE ACCOMMODATION

Holland Park

This little gem of a lodge, is located in a beautiful spot at the top of a hill and boasts wonderful views of the Nile. The lodge is surrounded by lush vegetation and a large variety of birds and monkeys.

The Rain Forest Lodge

The lodge is situated in the peaceful and magical Mabira forest. Each room is secluded and has its own private balcony overlooking the rain forest.

The Haven

A peaceful and relaxed River Lodge, which is rated as one of the best accommodation choices in Jinja region. The Lodge boasts breathtaking views over the starting point of rafting at the first waterfall of the river Nile.  This tranquil setting allows you to relax and gaze into the gently flowing water of the longest river in the world.

You can watch the fish eagle, fish otters, monitor lizards, monkeys and numerous species of birds from the spacious terrasse and enjoy the delicious food of the restaurant and bar.

Wildwaters Lodge

Staying at Wildwaters is a unique and spectacular experience; the Lodge is situated on its own private island, surrounded by luxuriant rain forest, out in the middle of the flowing Nile River. This breathtaking property has 10 rooms, all with private decks offering views of the river and equipped with elegant free-standing baths and wash basins carved from the local pink granite. Walk through the heart of the forest on the wooden walkways which gracefully link the rooms to the restaurant and bar area. Relax in this surreal setting or escape the heat of the day and dive into the natural swimming pool, carved by the river over millennia from pink granite.

QUICK FACTS
Jinja, Uganda
Entebbe International Airport
Set departures. Please enquire.
Up to 8 nights
Group Size: Max. 8
Minimum of 2 
Intermediate and Above
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SUITABLE RIDING LEVELS
Beginner
Novice
Intermediate
Intermediate Plus
Advanced
WHAT RIDING LEVEL AM I?
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
  • Riding alongside the majestic River Nile and enchanting Lake Victoria
  • Feeling like a jungle explorer as you ride through the lush green rainforest in search of monkeys and birds
  • Enjoying a multitude of activities such as a sunset boat cruise, white water rafting and swimming with your horse in the Nile
  • Fabulous views of Ugandan countryside and an insight into rural Africa at its best
  • Add-on a visit to the world-famous gorillas
DATES & RATES

From USD4 000pp for a minimum group of 4 people. There is a USD500 single supplement for those who do not wish to share.

Set-departures throughout the year
Please enquire for dates

Includes

  • Accommodation throughout the trip
  • Transfers to and from airport
  • All meals mentioned in the itinerary
  • All riding
  • Activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Guiding

Excludes

  • Gratuities
  • International flights
  • Visas
  • Beverages
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

It was a great, amazing, cool, top experience to ride the Tuliblock in Botswana. 8 day's on a back of a horse and view a lot of game. The guides and staff were great. So I will come back!

Nicole PlasTuli Safari, Botswana
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How we care for our horses

Our horseback adventures are hand-picked for their quality and care of their horses. Here’s how the horses at Nile Horseback Safari are kept in tip-top shape for your safaris. Our horses are on top of the hierarchy and receive very special care:
  • Horses undergo a morning medical including checking temperatures, physical exam for any cuts, bruises or lameness.
  • Horses are washed down each morning or taken for a swim in the Nile
  • Dentist, vet and farrier are flown in regularly for checkups
  • Horses spend the morning in stables when not ridden, and afternoons and nights in large paddocks in a natural herd environment.

Please let us know if you have any more questions around this.

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