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This adventure starts in Jinja and heads north from Lake Victoria exploring, from horseback, the banks of the Nile and rural Uganda.
Experience views from the hills overlooking the Nile valley with canters through the plantations and surrounding Mabira rainforest. The forests are home to a number of species of primates including the rare Grey cheeked Mangabeys, although these aren’t very easy to see.
During the trail you stay overnight at very comfortable lodges and finish with one night at the fantastic Wild Waters Lodge which is located on an island in the middle of the Nile surrounded by white water.
The horses are a mixture of thoroughbreds, Irish sports horses and local breeds. They are well trained and fit for their job. They range in height from 14hh to 17hh. During the week you may ride two horses as the horses are switched in and out from the safari. The horses are ridden in English saddles. At certain times of the year the horses use grazing muzzles to minimize damage to crops.
You should be a confident rider comfortable at all paces and able to control your horse at walk trot and canter in open countryside. Much of the ride is at a walk but there are also many opportunities for trots and canters on sandy tracks (and depending on ground conditions occasional gallops for those who are capable and wish to).
It is possible for the group to temporarily separate at certain points so that those who wish to go faster may do so. It is also normally possible to join the group mid-way through the morning or leave early if you wish to do less riding on a particular day.
Hard hats are mandatory on this ride.
The accommodation on the trip is a highlight and you stay in some beautiful lodges in stunning settings. Please note that if you are booked to have a twin room then it is possible that this might be one double bed and one single bed. There is no single supplement if you are willing to share and we find you a sharer.
During the trail you normally stay two nights at each of three comfortable lodges and end with one night at the beautiful Wild Waters Lodge located on a island in the middle of the Nile and surrounded by white water. Occasionally local conditions may mean that we have to substitute different accommodation.
Holland Park is a few miles north of Jinja and is within walking distance of the horse's stables. The spacious guest cottages are set in gardens on the west bank of the Nile and overlooking the river. The hotel has a small swimming pool. There is abundant birdlife as well as vervet monkeys in the surrounding trees.
This interesting lodge is set on a hill in the Mabira Forest Reserve. There are twelve individual en-suite cabins well spaced through the forest and connected by walkways. There is a bar and central dining lodge as well as a swimming pool.
The Haven is on a beautiful spot on the banks of the Nile. The spacious bungalows have private terrraces overlooking the rapids and there is a central restaurant and swimming pool.
Wild Waters Lodge
Of all the lodges you stay at on this ride, Wild Waters has the most impressive location - on an island in the middle of the Nile. There are ten en-suite canvas and thatch rooms each with their own private view of the Nile. The rooms are linked by wooden walkways to the central dining area.
Additional dates may be scheduled for groups of four or more, or by paying a small group supplement if you are two people.
|Holiday||Experience LevelExp Lvl||Arrive - DepartArr - Dep||Price||Itinerary||Availability|
|Nile Explorer||23 May 2021 - 30 May 2021||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Book|
|Nile Explorer||13 Jun 2021 - 20 Jun 2021||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Full|
|Nile Explorer||4 Jul 2021 - 11 Jul 2021||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Book|
|Nile Explorer||5 Sep 2021 - 12 Sep 2021||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Book|
|Nile Explorer||26 Sep 2021 - 3 Oct 2021||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Full|
|Nile Explorer||6 Feb 2022 - 13 Feb 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Book|
|Nile Explorer||15 May 2022 - 22 May 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Book|
|Nile Explorer||12 Jun 2022 - 19 Jun 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Book|
|Nile Explorer||10 Jul 2022 - 17 Jul 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Book|
|Nile Explorer||14 Aug 2022 - 21 Aug 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Book|
|Nile Explorer||11 Sep 2022 - 18 Sep 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Book|
|Nile Explorer||9 Oct 2022 - 16 Oct 2022||7 nights 7 ngts||$4,000.00||Book|
NILE EXPLORER INCLUDES Accommodation; all meals (except not in Entebbe); drinks with meals during the ride; riding; guides; concession fees and road transfers from and back to Entebbe.
SMALL GROUP SUPPLEMENT of $889.00 per person applies if there are less than 3 people confirmed onto a ride.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT of $500.00 if you are in a single room on the 7 night riding safari. If you are willing to share and we find you a sharer then there is no single supplement.
PAYABLE LOCALLY Lunch or dinner in Entebbe; bar bills; non-riding activities such as white water rafting; tips to guides; laundry; other personal expenses.
NEAREST AIRPORT Entebbe.
TRANSFERS included at set times from Entebbe.
The transfer from Entebbe to the start of the ride is normally at 09.00.
We recommend the Emirates flight from Dubai arriving Entebbe in the afternoon the day before. It offers a range of options since there are many flights to Dubai from several airports in the UK and worldwide. Delta/KLM (via Amsterdam) arrives in the late evening and offers good connections for those flying from the USA or Europe. With both options, you will require a night in Entebbe before the start of the ride. This is the recommended option so that you are fresh for your first day and don't run the risk of flight delays spoiling your first day.
There are many accommodation options very near to Entebbe airport and you would be collected from your accommodation on the morning of day one.
It is possible to arrive on the morning of day one with Kenya Airways (via Nairobi) arriving Entebbe at 08:15. You would be met on arrival but please note that if this flight is delayed you might need to pay for a private transfer to Jinja.
Your homeward flight should depart Entebbe after 15:00.
Located in the eastern region of Uganda.
Uganda is renowned for its temperate weather. Temperatures range between 16°C (at night) to 26°C (during the day) for the majority of the year (April to November). During the hotter months (December - March) temperatures can reach in excess of 30°C.
There are two rainy seasons, with the short rains from late October to December, and the long rains from March to June. It still rains in the dry season and can be heavy, it just is not as regular as in the wet season. The horses are acclimatised to damp conditions, and to riders wearing all encompassing rain ponchos, so safaris are rarely postponed due to rain.
Amazing countryside and long gallops through the sugar plantations. Gorilla tracking ticked my 30 year wish list.
Pippa, HampshireOverall rating: 5/5
This trip is a wonderful experience of riding through real Africa.
Use your spare baggage limit and fill your bags with children's books (second hand is fine). They are almost impossible to get locally and so you will be leaving something which will be of immense value to the hundreds of school children you see during the ride.