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From Kampala: Jinja & the Source of the River Nile Day Trip

1. From Kampala: Jinja & the Source of the River Nile Day Trip

Explore the Ugandan countryside and discover the town of Jinja on the shore of Lake Victoria with this full-day tour from Kampala. See a range of sights, including the source of the River Nile, Sezibwa Falls, Mabira Forest, Owen Falls Dam, and more. Get insights from your guide, and enjoy included lunch and hotel transfers. After pickup at your hotel in Kampala, drive for approximately 80 kilometers (around 50 miles) to Jinja. Visit the authentic, original source of the Nile site where the British explorer, John Hanning Speke, first discovered the River Nile (of course the Africans knew there was a river, but anyway). Stand where he stood, and take a picture with the monument. Next, go for a boat ride across the river and into Lake Victoria. See monkeys, monitor lizards, pythons, and maybe even an authentic African Witchdoctor. Admire a truly spectacular natural setting that is ideal for birdwatching and allows for nature walks. This tour is thoughtfully put together and the efficient itinerary also packs in Sezibwa Falls, a walk in the Mabira Forest, and Owen Falls Dam. All transportation and entrance fees are included.

Kampala: 3-Hour Walking Tour with Optional Gaddafi Mosque

2. Kampala: 3-Hour Walking Tour with Optional Gaddafi Mosque

Embark on a 3-hour walking tour of Kampala with a local guide. Discover both popular and lesser-known landmarks, and get a taste of local life in bustling markets. Opt to upgrade your experience to include a 1-hour visit to the Gaddafi National Mosque at the end of the walking tour. Meet up at the Craft Market on Buganda Road and receive a briefing from the guide. Then, visit historical monuments and noteworthy government installations like Constitutional Square, the World War Memorial Monument, Independence Monument, the King Muteesa II Monument, and the Main Post Office. Take a toilet/refreshment break at a popular local café. Next, cross to activity-filled downtown Kampala and experience the hubbub of Nakasero Market, the Old Taxi Park, and Owino Market. Taste street food, smell herbs and spices, and shop for local fabrics. Finish with an optional boda (local motorbike taxi) ride back to the Craft Market — or walk if you prefer — and round off your experience by shopping for souvenirs or sampling local coffee at the 1000 Cups cafe. If you select the option that includes the Gaddafi National Mosque, officially the Uganda National Mosque, you will ride a boda to the mosque and spend 1 hour touring it. Climb to the top of the minaret and get the best view of the city. See how the city expanded out from the spot where Fredrick Lugard established the old city of Kampala. Finally, conclude your tour by returning to the Craft Market by boda.

Lake Mburo National Park with Equator, Game Drive & Cruise

3. Lake Mburo National Park with Equator, Game Drive & Cruise

Start the tour with an early morning pick up from your hotel or accommodation in Kampala or Entebbe. Then, head to Kayabwe for your breakfast stop after which you will be taken to Lake Mburo National Park, located in Kiruhura District in the Western Region of Uganda (approximately 240 km west of Kampala). Once in the park, embark on a 3-hour game drive in search of the many species the park has to offer. The park has a variety of animals such as zebra, hippopotamus, impala, warthog, common eland, African buffalo, jackal, lion, African leopard, and over 300 bird species. You will have the option to leave the vehicle and go on a guided walk along the walking trail. After the game drive, enjoy the chance to relax in the shade while lunch is served. After lunch, head to the lakeshore to enjoy a 2-hour boat trip. During the cruise, spot hippos, hornbills, and papyrus gonaleks. Finally, head back to Kampala, stopping at the Equator to experience being in both hemispheres at the same time. Be sure to take some pictures here of this unforgettable experience. Once back in Kampala, get dropped off back at your accommodation to conclude the tour.

Kampala: Three-Hour Food Tour

4. Kampala: Three-Hour Food Tour

Meet up mid-morning at a popular, local cafe in a food-rich suburb of Kampala called Kawokya. Start with a visit to Ugaroll, a cafe that makes Kampala's best rolex. Continue on to Kamwokya market to taste a wide range of in-season fruit, including passion fruit, mango, pineapple, melons, and much more. The market also contains a variety of local street food stalls. Wander through the market and sample snacks like samosas, more rolex, and sesame cakes. Proceed then to a local grill and try Uganda's most popular roast meat. Take a 15-minute boda (motorbike taxi) ride to the final stop: a popular, local restaurant. Settle in for a generous spread of different local staples, including smoked tilapia, beef in peanut sauce, chicken steamed in banana leaves, and much more.

Kampala: Private Motorized City Tour with Lunch

5. Kampala: Private Motorized City Tour with Lunch

After a morning hotel pickup, visit Kabaka's Palace to find out about the history of the Buganda Kingdom and colonialism. The Baganda people are Uganda's largest tribe and the people from whom the country derives its name. Next, explore the striking Kampala Central Mosque, also known as the Gaddafi Mosque. Located at the center of the original old city of Kampala, the mosque sits on the site where colonial British rulers established governance. Stop for a quick lunch at a traditional restaurant in the bustling suburb of Mengo, then proceed to Kampala's only UNESCO World Heritage Site and the burial place of the Baganda royal family, the Kasubi Royal Tombs. Then, discover the Baha'i Temple, Africa's only Baha'i temple. Finally, visit the Namugongo Martyr's Museum in Namugongo before concluding the tour with drop-off at your hotel.

Kampala: Lake Victoria Island Cycling Tour

6. Kampala: Lake Victoria Island Cycling Tour

You will begin by gathering at the Ggaba Beach House Gardens at 8:00AM. From there a 30-minute boat ride will take you across Lake Victoria from where you will start riding. The ride will take about 2-3 hours depending on your skill and fitness level, and is approximately 20 kilometers long. Your guide knows the area very well, and can adjust the route according to your skill and fitness level. The area provides some of Uganda’s best mountain bike trails which will lead you through lovely villages and beautiful nature. There are some nice climbs, and the track will contain a mix of wide gravel roads and single trails. During the trip you will stop at a typical Ugandan trading center for some local snacks, where you will be able to buy water and other things if required. Towards the end of your trip you will settle down for drinks at one of Lake Victoria's beautiful white beaches. As you begin your return trip back you will have to pedal the final 2-kilometer-stretch, following which you will find your boat waiting to take you back to the tour starting point.

Queen Elizabeth National Park: 2-Day Safari with Boat Cruise

7. Queen Elizabeth National Park: 2-Day Safari with Boat Cruise

After pickup from your Kampala accommodation, enjoy a hearty breakfast to set you up for the adventure. Then, travel for 5-6 hours towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, stopping at the Kazinga Channel for a rest stop along the way.  Arrive at the park in the afternoon and head off on a scenic boat cruise. Look out for the array of wildlife, including buffalo, hippopotamus, elephants, and more. From the boat, admire the rolling grasslands, then pass by the plains of Kasenyi, where lions stalk their prey. After the cruise, enjoy dinner and a good night’s sleep at your Bush lodge or Engiri Game Lodge. Wake up on day two with a tasty breakfast, then embark on a morning game drive through Kasenyi. On the drive, encounter an array of big and small game. Later, check out of the lodge and enjoy an optional walk through the park in search of primates i.e Chimpanzees, (Please note there is a permit fee which can be arranged with your Driver currently $70) before beginning the return journey.  On your way back to Kampala, stop for lunch at the Mpambire Drum Center, where you can see drums being made by the locals and shop for souvenirs.

Uganda: 10-Day Comprehensive Safari Experience

8. Uganda: 10-Day Comprehensive Safari Experience

Day 1 Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, then be picked up and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. Enjoy a city walking tour if you arrive before 12:00 PM local time, with breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on your first day. Day 2 Depart for your first destination, the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Afterward, head to Murchison Falls National Park. Hike to the top of Murchison Falls followed by dinner and an overnight stay at a 3-star safari lodge. Day 3 After breakfast, embark on a morning game drive. Spot 4 of the Big Five game species, lion, water buffalo, leopard, and elephants. Enjoy an afternoon boat trip on the River Nile where you may spot hippos, Nile crocodiles, buffalo, and several bird species. Later, go on an evening predator game drive. Day 4 Enter Kibale Forest National Park for a 7-hour scenic drive through local villages and towns. In the evening, rest up at a forest camp. Day 5 Embark on a day of tracking chimpanzees and other primates. See species including Grey-cheeked mangabeys, Colobus monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, and L'hoest's monkeys. In the afternoon drive, through Queen Elizabeth National Park. Day 6 Head out on a morning game drive through the Kasenyi plains where you will spot elephants, buffalo, kobs, warthogs, waterbuck, and potentially some leopards and lions. After lunch take a leisurely cruise on the Kazinga channel. Day 7 Depart for Bwindi National Park with a game drive through the Ishasha sector (home of the tree-climbing lions). Arrive at the Bwindi Forest in the afternoon. Day 8 Hike through the dense Bwindi Forest with an experienced ranger in search of the resident gorilla family. Enjoy 1 hour of time watching the gorillas. Continue to Lake Bunyonyi with an evening-time motorized canoe ride on the lake. Day 9 On the penultimate day, travel to Lake Mburo National Park. Check-in at the Mburo Eagle's Nest hotel, before an evening game drive. Day 10 Embark on a short game walk before departing for Entebbe. Stop for lunch before being dropped off back at Entebbe International Airport to check-in for departure flight. An extra night's stay in Entebbe for next day's departure can be arranged on request.

Kampala/Enteebe: Kidepo Valley Park and Karamoja 7-Day Trip

9. Kampala/Enteebe: Kidepo Valley Park and Karamoja 7-Day Trip

Explore the Karamoja region on a 7-day trip with meals and accommodations from Kampala or Enteebe. Meet local people and visit Sipi Falls, Moroto, Karamajong village, and Mount Morungole. Look for animals like lions and buffalo on two game drives at the Kidepo Valley National Park. Day 1: Be picked up from Kampala or Enteebe in a comfortable and air-conditioned car and begin our journey to Sipi Falls. Have a tasty lunch and do the Sipi Falls walk in the afternoon. Stay for the night in the Sipi Falls lodge which has an amazing view of the falls. Day 2: Sit back and relax on the day to Moroto. Take in views of the countryside on the drive. Have time to unwind in your cozy cottage at the Mt Moroto hotel. Day 3:Visit a traditional Karamajong village, called a Manyatta and step back in time and learn about local culture with the exhibits at the Karamoja historic museum. In the afternoon, go to the edge of the Karamoja region, to the town of Kaabong and stay at the Kaabong Resort hotel. Day 4: Climb up Mount Morungole to meet the Ik people, one of the smallest ethnic groups of Uganda. Hear the Nilo-saharan language spoken listen to their story and learn more about their lifestyle. In the evening spend time with locals around the campfire or hike to the mount Murongole. Come back to the hotel in the evening and stay another night at the Kaabong resort hotel. Day 5:Hike down Mount Morungole and head to Kidepo to spend the rest of the day on a game drive. Spot local wildlife like elephants, giraffes, hyenas, and leopards. Spend the night at the Kidepo Savannah Lodge. Day 6: Drive thorugh the Kidepo Valley National Park on a second game drive which will give you the chance to see more wildlife. Return to your accommodation in the park at the Kidepo savannah lodge at the end of your tour. Day 7: Return to Kampala or Enteebe through Gulu, so that you can take in the sights on a different course than before.

Kampala: Private Cooking Class with a Local Host

10. Kampala: Private Cooking Class with a Local Host

Make the most of your time in Uganda and rediscover the simple pleasure of a home cooked meal. Meet your friendly host at the meeting point then head to the local market to purchase the ingredients to make your meal. Mingle with the locals as they go about their day whilst you wander around the market with your host and learn about regional produce. Once you’ve got the items, head back to your host’s home where your culinary adventure begins. Guided by your host, who has years of cooking experience and recipes passed through generations, learn how to cook an authentic Ugandan meal. When the food is ready, sit down together and enjoy the meal you’ve cooked. Over dinner, listen to your host share stories about local life, and share with them stories of your own. Afterwards, chill out, have a drink, and play a board game together before saying your goodbyes and heading back to your hotel.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 23 reviews

We had an amazing tour with Arthur and his trainee Ronald, they taught us so much about Uganda and it’s history, and we saw a variety of interesting buildings, monuments, markets and just the general bustle of Kampala! We even got to ride on a Boda Boda! They were exceptionally friendly and welcoming, answering any questions we had and also finding out about the differences between our countries. Would definitely recommend this tour it was so worth it and you will have a great day! Thank you Arthur!

Great trip over all - if you are unable to stay in Jinja for a night or two, this is the best way to get a wonderful taster and experience of Uganda beyond Kampala, and see the source of the longest river in the world with some breathtaking views. Might seem a bit pricey but with all that is included, it is well worth it. The driver and guide we very kind, and super fun to talk to. Very enriching experience. Highly recommend.

Our driver was very nice and knowledgeable which made the experience even better. It's a busy day and many hours by car, but it's worth it. The visit to Lake Mburo National Park was absolutely amazing. Something that can be a little better is information about what is included at breakfast and lunch because we had to make individual orders, it was a bit unclear. Overall a packed day with lots of great impressions.

It was fantastic! Andrew was really informative and full of great energy and I got to learn so much about the history of Uganda. Highly recommend.

Great experience, well organised and great communication from the organiser. Will be recommending.