Our action packed Uganda Active Safari will see you rafting, hiking, tracking, riding and canoeing your way across Uganda, without stinting on comfort. You will enjoy the pick of Uganda's adventure activities, and the cream of its lodges, across some of its most beautiful wilderness areas including the River Nile at Jinja, Lake Mburo, Mgahinga and Bwindi.
On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport we will meet you for a welcome drink and a briefing at your hotel.
After breakfast, we will be met by our guide for our drive to Jinja. We will arrive in time for lunch at the lodge – the beautifully constructed Wildwaters Lodge, built on a forested island in the middle of a set of rapids on the Nile itself. Later this afternoon, we will go for quad biking.
Today we enjoy the adrenalin rush of white water rafting on the mighty Nile, an experience you will never forget.
After an early breakfast, we drive to Lake Mburo National Park enjoying game viewing on our way to the park. We will have lunch at the lodge and later this afternoon, we enjoy a game drive in the park.
In the morning we go for a guided nature walk and in the afternoon we will enjoy a horseback safari in Lake Mburo National Park, riding out amongst the wildlife found there, including zebra, buffalo, eland, topi and impala. The horse riding takes approximately 4 hours, giving us a great amount of time to get acquainted with the horses and take in the scenery.
We will have dinner in the bush and sleep out under the stars at a fly-camp.
Whilst out in the bush on the morning of day 6, we have the luxury of being served breakfast in the wilderness, after which we return to our lodge. In the afternoon we can enjoy a boat cruise on Lake Mburo.
On day 8, after an early breakfast, we will have our last game drive as we move out of the park. We enjoy a scenic 8 hour drive to our lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. After the journey we can have a relaxing evening at the lodge.
Today we track wild mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. The tracking can take anything from 1 to 8 hours to complete – so be prepared for a long day hiking through ancient rainforest in search of these amazing creatures.
We will have the opportunity of a second gorilla tracking in the forest. The gorillas we are allowed to track belong to either one of six habituated family groups. For up to five years each, these groups have undergone a delicate process that has gradually brought them to tolerate the presence of humans for a brief period every day.
Once the gorillas are located our group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them.
We will drive to Kisoro for a shared flight to Entebbe. Upon arrival at Entebbe Airport you will check in for your onward flights.
Located on a ‘kopje’ (rocky outcrop) to the east of Lake Mburo National Park, Mihingo Lodge is one of Uganda’s premier accommodations and one that boasts over ten different things to do in and around the park.
Visitors staying at the lodge have the choice of experiencing the park’s wildlife on a horseback safari, a walking safari, a boat trip, or a day or night game drive.
For those looking for a slower pace, a relaxing massage or a game of tennis are possible from the lodge. The many decks offer rewarding game viewing without guests having to travel anywhere at all.
The individually designed cottages are strung out across the kopje and offer different views over the nearby waterhole and the plains of the national park. This, combined with the fine dining, infinity pool and personal service make Mihingo Lodge a must-stay location on your Uganda safari.
Rumoured to have had creative input during its construction from British actress Joanna Lumley, Wildwaters Lodge is one of the more luxurious places to stay along the River Nile in Jinja. Boasting some of the largest hotel rooms in Uganda, the lodge also spoils its guests with full spa facilities, a yoga deck, a coffee house and a fresh juice bar.
Located on a granite outcrop between two rapids of the Nile, the lodge also has a natural rock pool that has been worn through the ages by the force of the water. Each room is located in riverine forest and affords complete privacy, with stunning views of the river below. Elevated wooden walkways criss-cross the entire island, leading to secluded areas along the banks and linking up the rooms with the main lodge.
The lodge is at the heart of the Wildwaters Reserve, a group of mid-stream islands on the Nile. The area is a sanctuary for otters, Nile monitor lizards and a dazzling array of bird species. It’s also an ideal base from which to enjoy the wilder and woollier activities that this part of Uganda is famous for – white water rafting, bungee, horseback safaris and all terrain vehicle safaris.
This lodge truly lives up to its name in terms of exclusivity, furnishings and fittings, its spa, rooms, service and food. Perched on the Nteko Ridge, which is part of the Kigezi Highlands in south western Uganda, the lodge is in the southern part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Each of the beautifully appointed stone cottages has its own verandah and a fireplace for the frequently chilly nights you will encounter here, and the main lounge offers plush furnishing and individually commissioned works of art by Ugandan artists. The dining room and lounge offer an attractive setting in which to unwind and discuss the day’s activities with fellow travellers.
From Clouds, clients can track the Nkuringo, Nshongi or Mishaya gorilla families, and for days when a more relaxed pace is preferred, walks to the local villages are available. Bwindi is part of the Albertine Rift, one of the most biologically diverse parts of Africa, and this is reflected in the birding available here, with 23 bird species endemic to the area in which the lodge is located.
A comfortable, intimate little hotel, the Boma Guesthouse is conveniently located 5 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, and is a great place to stop over at the beginning or end of your Uganda tour.
The 16 rooms are simply, but elegantly furnished, and the extensive gardens, created by renowned Kampala landscape architect Roger Wood, are home to an incredible variety of birdlife. The gardens offer hidden nooks and crannies for guests wanting to curl up with a good book away from the main buildings, or to enjoy a spot of private dining away from other guests.
The service is typically Ugandan in its smiling and efficient delivery, and the kitchen produces hearty and well prepared meals. The pool area offers the best respite from an overnight flight or a dusty safari, depending on which way you’re travelling, and the easy pace of the guesthouse will make you feel right at home.