3 Days Uganda Adventure – Hiking and Abseiling Sipi Falls, Rafting, Source of the Nile, Mabira Rainforest

For travelers looking for adventure and sightseeing, eastern Uganda is by far the best place. This region has come to be known as the adventure capital of Uganda, if not east Africa, and rightfully so. There you find the Sipi which are the most beautiful waterfalls in Uganda, and are situated in the foothills of Mt. Elgon, Uganda’s second highest mountain in Uganda. It is home to the source of River Nile, world class whitewater rafting and plenty of thrilling adventures along the Nile.

Highlights:

  • A nature walk with tracking the Grey-cheeked Mangabeys in Mabira rainforest
  • Boat ride at the source of the Nile
  • Quad biking in Bujagali
  • Hiking and abseiling/rappelling at Sipi Falls
  • Full day rafting in Jinja

Day 1: Kampala – tracking Grey-cheeked Mangabey in Mabira – Source of the Nile – lunch – Quad biking

Pick-up from the hotel is at 7.00am prompt, drive out of the city heading eastwards along the Kampala – Jinja highway. After close to an hour you will arrive in Mabira, transfer to the reception center to meet the site guide and set out for a walk into the forest. There is a neat network of trails that gives good views into the forest to observe plenty of wildlife while enjoying the serenity and the special feeling of being one with nature. There is a fairly big group of Grey-cheeked Mangabeys that has habituated and which you shall attempt to track and you could see, but that is if they did not travel so deep into the forest. Mabira is the largest rainforest in central Uganda, and harbors an impressive diversity of wildlife. At glance, the forest has 312 species of trees and shrubs, 316 species of birds, 219 butterfly, 97 moths and 35 species of small mammals. Expect to see red-tailed monkeys and squirrels. Other small mammals like duikers, and bushbucks are very shy and elusive, or maybe you could encounter the local hunters on the search for them in the forest. After close to two hours inside the forest, return and drive to Jinja, going past large green cover of tea and sugar plantations and a beautiful lush countryside.

source-of-the-nile-jinja-ugandaArrive in Jinja and transfer to the source of the Nile, do a boat ride to the actual spot where the water visibly bubbles from under and this is where the Nile actually starts. Though other places (rivers) have been said to be the source, it should be known that 30% of all the Nile comes from this spot in Jinja which is the highest contribution to the Nile. This is therefore the most significant source of the Nile. After plenty of pictures here, enjoy a brief ride into Lake Victoria, thereafter return and transfer to Jinja town for a lunch break.

Transfer to Bujagali for a thrilling adventure along the Nile which is the quad biking experience! The easy-to-use quad bikes offer an exciting way to explore the beautiful countryside along the Nile. Dirt tracks and circuits run beside the Nile, and go through local communities, farmlands and the verdant countryside. The adventure will take from 2 – 3 hours, after which you will transfer to your accommodation in Jinja for dinner and overnight.

Journey time: Kampala – Jinja: 2 hours

Meal plan: Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:

Luxury: Wildwaters Lodge (super luxury!)

Mid-range: 2 Friends Guest House

 

Budget: Source of the Smile Guest House

Day 2: Jinja – Sipi – Hiking – lunch – Abseiling/Rappelling – Jinja

sipi falls your ugandaAfter early breakfast, travel to Sipi, located further to the east in the foothills of Mountain Elgon in Kapchorwa District near the border with Kenya. Meet the local site guide and set out to hike the Sipi Falls trail. The Sipi Falls consists of a set of three beautiful waterfalls at different spots where the Sipi River flows over big cliffs towards the base of the Mountain Elgon. They measure 85m, 65m and 100m long. The hiking trail goes through local communities, tea plantations and farmlands. As you hike along you will be treated to panoramic views of green mountain slopes and the distant flat plains of Karamoja. You shall hike up to start with the topmost waterfall (85m), and then follow the trail down to visit the second waterfall (65m). After these first two waterfalls, you shall break off for lunch at a nearby lodge and refresh a little. After that you shall descend to the last waterfall of 100m, which is also the main waterfall. It forms a big whirlpool, a natural swimming pool, as is commonly referred to since you can dive in for a swim in the cold water. The climax of the Sipi adventure is Abseiling down this high cliff, 5 meters close to the roaring waterfall. It is such an adrenaline adventure! The abseiling equipment is in place and a professional guide is available to guide you through this thrilling experience which is not available anywhere else in Uganda except Sipi!

You will return from Sipi Falls and travel back to Jinja for dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Journey time (Jinja – Sipi): 3 hours

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Full Day rafting at Itanda – Kampala

white-water-rafting-ugandaThe best is saved for the last and so today is dedicated to conquering the raging rapids of the Nile. After breakfast, you shall checkout and transfer to Itanda, the destination for whitewater rafting in Uganda. Itanda has up to 9 rapids along a stretch of over 20km, and moreover 4 of those rapids are grade 5! You get to have lunch in between and at the end of the adventure, drive back to Kampala, arriving in the evening.

Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch

Tour includes:

  • Transport in 4WD tour vehicle
  • English speaking guide
  • Accommodation and meals as indicated in the tour description
  • Bottled water
  • All activities included in the itinerary

Tour excludes:

  • Visa fees
  • Air fairs
  • Luxury drinks such as alcohol
  • Travel insurance
  • Tips and porterage
  • Laundry and other personal expenditures

 

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