This is an adventure of high adrenaline. Raft some of the greatest rapids in the world—right here on the Nile River in Jinja. Do everything to Grade 5 rapids, which makes this one of the wildest and wettest whitewater rafting experiences you will find anywhere in the world. You could choose kayaking and still have a great time.
Then take off south to the last domain of the endangered mountain gorillas. Over 50% of these gorillas call Uganda home. You are in good company in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Wind down by taking it easy canoeing or ziplining over Lake Bunyonyi before driving back to Kampala.
– Source of the Nile
– Whitewater rafting
– Tracking mountain gorillas
– Enjoying the beauty of Lake Bunyonyi
– Cultural experience
Day 1 – Whitewater Rafting in Jinja.
Day 2 – Off to the gorilla highlands.
Day 3 – Tracking the Mountain Gorillas.
Day 4 – Chill out at Lake Bunyonyi.
Day 5 – Back to Kampala.
Your guide will pick you up early from your accommodation and set off east into the sunrise. Kampala is waking up and most of the traffic will be into the city as you go out. Your journey will take you through the expansive rainforest, the Mabira. This rainforest is a major catchment area for Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water body. Lake Victoria is the source of the world longest river, the Nile. Your journey will also take you through rolling hills of tea and sugarcane plantations.
In about 2hrs you will be in Jinja, the adrenaline capital of East Africa! Today’s activity is whitewater rafting—a great adventure on the Nile River which is one of the safest rivers to raft because of its deep waters. Head out to the river and spend the day with some of the finest rafting guides on the Nile. Nowhere on the Nile will you get such great whitewaters for rafting so enjoy your adventure. Crown the day with a visit to the source of this mighty river and thereafter return to Kampala for dinner and overnight.
You will set out early leaving the Kampala and the Lake Victoria basin to drive up into the highlands to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The journey is long but there is a lot to keep you engaged as you cross from the northern hemisphere into the southern. The equator is 80km (50miles) south of Kampala. The scenery is predominantly green rolling hills dotted with shambas (small farms)—many of which supply food to Kampala and other urban centres.
At about the half way point, in Mbarara City, you will stop for lunch. Mbarara is found in cattle country so look out for the Ankole long horn. From here we begin the much noticeable climb into the highlands. You may even feel pressure in the ears. You will get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park just in time for the sunset and the crescendo of forest life.
This is the day that only one who has experienced it can describe. Today you get intimate and close with a family of the endangered mountain gorillas of Uganda. The tracking begins with an orientation by the Uganda Wildlife Authority rangers. It is about the history of this ancient forest, the forest residents, tracking and interacting with the mountain gorilla family and everything else that makes this park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Your one hour encounter will allow you see mothers nurse, baby gorillas play and move around as the family feeds. This magical hour is like a handful of minutes and you will soon be on your way back to your hotel with memories of this wonderful new world. You are officially now one of few in the whole world to have this intimate relationship with the mountain gorillas of Uganda. Spend the evening in the listening to the sounds of one of earth’s oldest rain forests.
It has been a fast hike from park to park over the last five days. There is nothing more rewarding than chilling out in one of Africa’s most beautiful highlands and lake region. Welcome to Lake Bunyonyi in the Kigezi highlands. In the Rukiga language of the locals, “Bunyonyi” means “small birds” and this place has plenty of them. Take a canoe to explore the amazing beauty of Lake Bunyonyi and its 29 islands. Or take a swim in the cool and safe waters. Later in the evening enjoy a dish of crayfish under the beautiful starlight heavens (weather permitting).
After an early breakfast, set off early for the 8-9 hour drive from the gorilla highlands to Kampala. Enjoy the ride through rural communities waking up to a new day. Lunch in Mbarara, cross over from the southern to norther hemisphere and hit Kampala streets in the evening
There are several options for accommodation offering different levels of comfort and pricing. These range from budget accommodation to mid-range and high end options. Sometimes, the choice of accommodation is influenced by the activities you are interested in taking. Contact us and we will work with you to choose your ideal safari accommodations within your needs and budget.