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Apart from its popularity with mountain gorillas, the Pearl of Africa is the best destination to experience mountain climbing adventure with various mountains and volcanoes located in different country corners. There are short and long hiking spots to meet your skill, fitness, and expectations situated in World Heritage Sites as Rwenzori National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and Mt Elgon National Park. The mountaineering spots reward hikers with spectacular views of nearby communities, wildlife, and other neighborhood attractions.
The Rwenzori mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the moon,” are found along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Rwenzori is the highest peak in Uganda and the third highest in the whole world. Mt. Stanley/ Margherita, the highest peak, stands at 5109m and is also one of the only three on the continent with permanently snowcapped peaks, which often melt into rivers flowing to the lowland river Nyamwamba and River Mubuku. At the base of the mountain is Mount Rwenzori National Park, which was gazette in 1991. The Rwenzori’s support an array of rare and endemic wildlife, tropical rainforests, stunning glaciers, beautiful waterfalls, rivers, and lakes.
Travellers follow different trail depending on their fitness level and the endpoint;
Central Circuit- Longest trail- 8 days to Margherita.
Muhoma Loop- easier trail- 3 days.
Chimpanzee Trail- 1 day.
Kilembe Trail- 1 day
With 6 snow-capped mountains, Margherita Peak is the highest.
Stanley/Margherita Peak – 5109m ASL the range stretching some 120 km north/south and 48 km east/west
Speak – 4889m ASL
Baker – 4843m ASL
Gess – 4797m ASL
Emin – 4791m ASL
Luigi de Savio – 4626m ASL
Rwenzori Mountaineering Services (RMS) is an indigenous, non-governmental organization entrusted with a concession won from The Uganda Wildlife Authority to provide trekking tourism services/support on the Central Circuit Trail within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. They operate six mountain camps for accommodation in the mountains, arrange guides and porters for visitors, administer a campsite/accommodation at the trekking head/base, coordinate transport to Kasese, may provide food, and provide climbing and equipment rental. The charges are inclusive of National Park entrance fees. The maximum weight permitted is 25kgs of his/her luggage as per the trip tariff. Any additional weight will require payment for an extra porter.
There are 8 Virunga mountain volcanoes shared between Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda shares 3 of the Volcanoes offering excellent day hikes with lots of unique and rare wildlife such as the Mountain Gorillas, Golden Monkeys, endemic birds, and mountain vegetation.
The third highest peak starts the chain of the Virungas, situated on the Rwanda – Uganda border. It is a long hike to the summit taking about 5 hours, making it tough, and coming down takes roughly the same. It has a small crater lake at the summit, which can easily be circumnavigated to get access to spectacular views of adjacent Karisimbi in Rwanda and Mikeno in DRC.
It is the smallest of the three located between Muhavura and Sabinyo, which is shorter and easier to hike. It has a larger crater lake though it is difficult to circumnavigate to gain better views.
This is the more challenging of the three to hike but the most interesting. It is located on the border of the three countries; Uganda, Rwanda, and DRC. Much as the three countries share it, Mount Sabinyo is best hiked from Uganda. The rugged terrain and the many crater lakes on Rwanda and Congo’s sides make it difficult to hike in these countries. The volcano has three peaks that look like three spaced teeth, hence the local name Sabinyo which translates “Old Man’s Teeth,” one in Uganda and the other two in Rwanda and DRC.
Mountain Elgon (4321m)
Mountain Elgon lies in eastern Uganda on the border with Kenya, with its highest peak Wagagai situated on the Ugandan side. It was once the highest peak, but soil erosion reduced it and is now the 8th highest peak in Africa and the 4th in East Africa. Apart from climbing Mt. Elgon, one can enjoy the fascinating wildlife along the slopes, varied vegetation, caves, water pools, falls, and incredible scenery.
There are two major trails that take 4 to 5 days to the peak are;
– Sasa trail or Budadiri trailhead- accessible from Mbale, is the more direct to the peaks and going through the bamboo forest.
– Piswa trail- it is easier to hike that Sasa trail.
The Sipi Falls
The Sipi Falls is arguably the most beautiful waterfall set of three stunning waterfalls (85m, 75m, and 100m) situated along Mountain Elgon’s foothills. The falls originate from the hot springs at the summit of Mount Elgon in the border of Uganda and Kenya.
You are required to pack sturdy hiking shoes, drinking water, energy snacks, a safe sleeping bag, warm jackets, and sweaters to deal with the cold nights. Please do not bring any valuables such as a camera, jewelry, or electronics in all other water activities because you might lose them. You can, however, carry a change of clothes, sunscreen, towel, and medication you may need.
White Water Rafting
East Africa's Adventure Capital is home to some of the world's finest grade 5 white water rafting and other adventure activities. Whether you are a first-timer, family or high adventure enthusiast, you'll find your perfect white water adventure here.
The Nile is considered one of the safest and yet wildest grade 5 whitewater rapids globally, perfect for adrenaline junkies and learners to face the mighty rapids. The trips include huge rapids and beautiful scenery, with time to relax and swim on calmer stretches and let you take a breath, ready for the next section of raging white-water action.
Grade 4 and 5 rapids are usually challenging, and the guide will explain to you about the planned route through, for you to choose if you would prefer to join the safety boat or, where possible, walk around and then rejoin the raft. Grade 3 rafting is milder than grade 5 rafting. Extreme rafting is wild, faster, greater rush, extra challenges, and is usually an exclusive trip with only you and an experienced river guide on a small inflatable raft. You will be provided necessary briefings and training on rafting.
Children are allowed to go rafting but under conditions. They must fit into an adult life jacket. They are aware that there is a compulsory walk around two rapids. They will make a Grade 3 trip, where they either run in the safety raft or on a paddle boat that will run the rapids but do conservative lines.
In the Nile River, Jinja, sports fishing (catch and release) can be explored by first-time or experienced anglers. They usually target species like Nile perch, tilapia, yellow fish, and catfish using the following techniques, trawling, spinning, and bait fishing. All fishing gear, camping equipment, safety gear, and drinking water are supplied. However, fly fishers will need to bring their gear. More serious fishers can look for big Nile Perch using GPS, fish-finder, the latest rods and reels, the latest lures, and an experienced and capable skipper.
In Murchison Falls, sports fishing is conducted along the River Nile rocky surfaces, the bottom of the falls at the Devil’s Cauldron, and at the banks of the Nile. The two fishing sites are at Murchison Falls and below Karuma Falls. Nile perch and some catfish provide exciting challenges to anglers using casting lures. Smaller fish like the tigerfish can be caught using the live bait or spinning method. Fishing spots can either be accessed by boat or by walking down from the top of the falls to the gorge, which can take 45 minutes.
Fishing in Murchison can be done at any time of the year through the best catches are seen early in the morning and late in the day. When the water level is low and clearer from Mid-January to early April, you can catch more when fish feed more when there is a dramatic variation of weather conditions. All anglers are advised to have rods that are between 8 ft and 11ft with a multiplier reel and a 7” spinning rod for smaller fish.
Be cautious of the Hippos and Nile crocodiles while fishing at the River banks.
Golf Safaris in Uganda
Golf safari has increasingly been a popular tourist attraction with a great climate to enjoy all year. You will enjoy a unique golfing experience while visiting this fascinating country. You will get courses that comprise a good range of 18 holes in ‘rolling parkland’ with beautiful greens, very few steepish slopes, broad tree-lined fairways, bunkers, a burn that meanders throughout, and professional cardies. Most of the holes are well-designed, with the burn coming into play quite appropriately, several thought-provoking doglegs, and some well-positioned bunkers. Some courses are right at Lake Victoria or near the National Park.
Some of the golf courses in Uganda are:
Entebbe Golf course
Jinja Golf Course in Jinja
Garuga Kihihi Golf Course
Toro Golf Course
Lugazi Golf Course
Uganda Golf Course in Kampala
Kinyara Golf club in Masindi
Tailor-made itineraries can be organized with the Green Fees and Pre-booked Tee-off times along with stays at some of Uganda’s most luxurious hotels and lodges.
Big Game Mini Golf at Bujagali Falls Big Game Mini Golf course is located at Bujagali Falls, Jinja, with an African safari-themed course with life sized statues of the Big-5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant) and other animals. Big Game mini-Golf is an adventure for the whole family, open from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm daily. Putt past the python, round the rhino, tee past the African tiger, hack from inside the hippo’s jaws, and bogey beside the buffalo.
Get photos with the Big-5 and many other animals.
An alternative to rafting is to go solo and kayak through the raging river or take a more leisurely paddle on flat water. You can challenge the Nile and use the double-sided paddle to explore the mighty river. A kayak school aims to ensure your experience is enjoyable, feel confident, and gain control of your kayak. You will learn forward paddling, capsize, control skills, backward paddling, rescue techniques, and rolling at the rolling clinic.
You can maximize your experience at:
Tandem Kayaking (grade 5)- full day/ half day
Sit-on-Top Kayak / Canoe Cruises
The all-inclusive safari package includes an experienced and knowledgeable guide, high-flotation life jackets, helmets, spray jackets, light snacks, and drinks.
Horseback riding is an exciting activity to explore the tranquility of nature, wildlife, and birds. This experience can be suitable for all ages, including children and aged persons. The activity caters to people of different skill levels, from beginners to advanced. You do not have to worry if you have no prior experience. The horses are well trained to react to your skill level, making it easier to enjoy the ride. The guides are professional and well-trained and will take you at a comfortable pace.
Horseback riding packages are short rides of 1 to 3 hours with packages such as pony rides, mixed group safaris, advanced rider safari, and overnight horse safari. For safety reasons, there is a weight limit of 90kgs. You can enjoy this experience either in the East at Jinja or in the West at Lake Mburo National Park.
Stand Up Paddle – SUP
The stand-up paddle expedition is an experience you will learn from a calm water introduction and then move forward to a river trip. You will start from the Owen Falls dam and cruise down to Bujagali. The flat water here provides the ideal environment for you to learn how to control the board and for your instructor to give you some tips along the way, such as basic strokes and rescue techniques. You will test your skills and tackle your first rapid with your guide leading the form at the first free-flowing section of the Nile that contains up to grade 3 rapids.
With this learning experience, you will benefit from various river features, thus building up a vast range of skills from running rapids to surfing and eddy lines. Nile is a safe place to learn SUP with experienced guides, safety equipment, no rocks to hit, warm water, and the deep rapids. You will enjoy achievement from a beginner to being able to control your kayak on the white water. The scenery is spectacular, with a variety of birdlife and plant life to enjoy.
Hot Air Balooning
Hot air ballooning can only be found at the Murchison Falls National Park and the Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda and is handled by the Dream Balloons. Hot air ballooning is a perfect activity for those on honeymoon safari, the adrenaline junkies, and those seeking a once-in-a-lifetime adventure. The scenes up there are spectacular, and the air fresh and soothing. The unique spectacular experience of flying in a hot air balloon occurs with one of the following options;
Sunrise/Post sunrise hot air balloon safari with/without bush breakfast. Sunset hot air balloon safari- This flight starts precisely at 4:00 pm. However, this one does not come with any special offers like bush meals after the ride. They are short rides for large groups and students.
However, for now, only eight passengers are permitted to fly up in the balloon. Children below the age of 6 and below are restricted. Your experience will include seeing the general scenic view of the park, the Lake Albert and Victoria Nile views, the Off-road animals hidden, the bush breakfast experience in the wild, the pickups from the different destinations, the participation certificates, crossings by ferry, and the ride on the hot air balloon. This ride lasts for one hour.
Bungee Jumping in Uganda
Challenge your fear of heights by touching the source of the Nile from free-falling from a tall structure 44m into the Nile is not for the faint of heart. It is an unforgettable thrilling activity that will get your adrenaline pumping.
3km upstream from Bujagali Falls, the Nile river and forest canopy views are amazing. You can either use the ankle tie or the full-body harness. Adrift specializes in tandem jumps, water touches, and full-moon jump at most times, including at night. The age limit is 13 years with a weight limit of 235kg, so you can choose to make this dive with a friend.
Floating Safari along the Victoria Nile
This is a relaxed and mellow ride for family or young children. It is an ideal trip for younger children to get a chance to float and swim down a peaceful stretch of the river. Drift down calm green pools in the sunset while getting up close to the remarkable birdlife along the Victoria Nile.
You can also take the houseboat safari with the capacity to accommodate 8 people and has 2 crew members who will also provide the meals. You will relax and enjoy fishing, scenery landscape, primates and birdlife.
Cycling and Mountain Biking in Uganda
Mountain biking and cycling are enjoyable to experience that both exercise your body and enjoy the scenery and beauty with a panoramic view of the lakes, forest, and birdlife.
You can go through different trails to marvel at the birdlife, trees, and cultures, such as the Bujagali ride, Bugembe Viewpoint, and Mabira Forest reserve ride in the East.
In the West, Lake Mburo National Park also provides cycling tours in the park, of which you can enjoy wildlife viewing and beautiful scenery.
Jet boat up the River Nile Rapids at breathtaking speeds and enjoy the wild 360 degree spins at the River Nile without being immersed in it except a bit of spray. It was an unforgettable, fantastic experience for the whole family from 5-85 years on a custom-made 12-seater jet boat. You don’t need any swimming experience, and a professional jet boat pilot will guide you. The trip package includes; high-flotation life jackets, helmets, spray jackets, light snacks, and drinks. You can also enjoy a threesome package that provides white water rafting, bungee jumping, and jet-boat.
Quad Biking in Jinja
Quad biking in Jinja city involves riding on a four-wheeled motorbike in some of the remotest parts of Jinja and along the Nile river.
The bikes will take you past the rural villages, forests, sugarcane plantations and along rarely seen sections of the Nile river.
The Quad biking experience is very adventurous and can be taken by almost anyone irrespective of whether they have experience with the bikes or not.
There are few gun activity centres in Uganda however this one will leave you satisfied if guns are your thing.
You will find a mixture of targets from hanging steel gongs, dueling trees, paper score cards, splatterburst body doubles and optional exploding fire bird discs. We run the session with shoot-out rounds against the clock, or head to head against your team mate if the instructors feel you are up to the challenge. (Please note that the targets will depend on your experience, time slot booked and group size).
Your entire shooting session will be with experienced staff on a one-to-one tuition basis. Even when you’re not shooting, you’ll be well in the mix as the range is in full view for spectators. Make sure you don’t forget the important photo opportunity either!
Remember this is not your everyday activity, this will be an experience you won’t be forgetting any time soon.
Hiking in Mount Elgon
Lucky hikers in Mt Elgon will enjoy being amongst the parks primates, birds and rare tree species. Trails lead past caves, viewpoints and waterfalls, with the option of camping overnight on the mountain slopes.
The 7km (four-hour) mountain bamboo trail to Kapkwai Cave passes through tropical and bamboo forest. Along the trail are many primates, birds and rare trees such as Elgon teak and Elgon olive. The 5km walk to the Chebonet Falls and 3km walk to the Kapkwai caves follow the ridge view trail. There is also an 11km hike to the Tutum Cave, with the option of camping overnight beside the cave.
In Wanale, a visit to Khauka Cave takes three to four hours. Alternatively you can go to the viewpoint through Nabuyoga loop where you can see Jackson’s Summit and Wagagai peak.
In Budadiri, short day hikes are available covering the Mudagi Cliffs, Sasa River Camp and Drigana lower falls. These are great for bird watching, nature walks and overnight camping.