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As an alternative to rafting, you can kayak down the rushing river or take a more leisurely paddle on flat water. PHOTO/NALUBALE RAFTING

If you are the type of person who enjoys activities that make you come alive, or perhaps ones that provide you with an adrenaline rush, then here are a few activities that tourists can enjoy in Uganda.

Here are some of the activities tourists can participate in while in Uganda, depending on what type of person you are. Do you like to engage in an activity that can make you come to life, or perhaps one that can provide you with that much-needed adrenaline rush?

If your answer is yes, then you must visit the adventure capital of East Africa, Jinja. This is a perfect tourist destination if you’re looking for exciting safari activities to do in Uganda.

The likes of Murchison Falls and Lake Mburo are great too but have only a few things to offer visitors.

In Jinja, adrenaline junkies get served exactly what they want with a taste of exhilarating crashing Class V-II rapids. There is no bad time of year to go whitewater rafting in Uganda, thanks to its year-round warm tropical climate.

Numerous activities can be enjoyed by almost anyone from friends, couples and even the entire family.

For most of the activities, age and weight limits may apply. 

Whether you like a few days of exhilarating scenery and multi-sport adventure, or a few days of wild whitewater rafting exploration, fun family journey, tranquil scenic float tours, golfing, or a few days of exhilarating scenery and multi-sport adventure, there is something for everyone. 

You’ll be able to find something that meets your preferences and requirements by visiting.

Tourists can participate in the following activities

A bungee jump in Uganda

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It’s not for the faint of heart, but free-falling 44 meters into the Nile to touch its source is an experience that’ll have your heart racing.

Free-falling from a lofty structure 44 metres into the Nile to touch the Nile’s source is not for the faint of heart. It’s an unforgettable thrilling activity that’ll have your heart racing.

The Nile river and forest canopy views are spectacular 3 kilometres upstream from Bujagali Falls. The ankle tie or the full-body harness can be used. At most times, even at night, Adrift specialises in tandem leaps, water touches, and full-moon jumps. 

The minimum age is 13 years old, and the maximum weight is 235 kilogrammes, therefore you can do this dive with a friend.

Hot Air Ballooning

Dream Balloons is the only company that offers hot air ballooning in Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park

Those on a honeymoon safari, adrenaline addicts, and those looking for a once-in-a-lifetime event will love hot air ballooning.

The views are breathtaking, and the air is crisp and refreshing.

Horseback Riding

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Nature’s calm, wildlife, and birds can be experienced through horseback riding. PHOTO/NILE RIVER EXPLORERS

Horseback riding is an amazing way to experience nature’s calm, wildlife, and birds. 

This activity is suited for people of all ages, including youngsters and the elderly. The exercise is suitable for people of all skill levels, from beginners to experts. 

If you have no prior experience, don’t be concerned. 

The horses are well-trained to respond to your ability level, making the experience more enjoyable. 

The guides are knowledgeable and well-trained, and they will conduct you at a relaxed pace.

White water rafting

The Nile is regarded as one of the safest and yet most dangerous grade 5 whitewater rapids in the world, making it ideal for thrill-seekers and novices alike. 

The trips involve massive rapids and breathtaking scenery, as well as the opportunity to rest and swim in calmer sections, allowing you to catch your breath before the next section of wild white-water action.

The guide will explain the intended route through grade 4 and 5 rapids so you can decide if you want to join the safety boat or walk around and rejoin the raft. 

Rafting on a grade 3 river is less strenuous than rafting on a grade 5. 

Extreme rafting is more adventurous, faster, and offers more adrenaline rushes, as well as additional challenges. 

It is usually reserved for a select group of people.

River Boarding or River Surfing

For genuine whitewater aficionados, riverboarding is a once-in-a-lifetime event. 

The Nile contains eight major rapids, each with a varied level of difficulty depending on the water level. Rafting and river boarding is included in the excursion. 

During the flat stretches, you can rest while rafting the few rapids that are considered unsafe for riverboarding.

Some rapids produce waves that you can ride. A safety raft, kayaks, and expert photographers are included on every trip to record those unforgettable moments.

Kayaking

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It is also possible to kayak down a rushing river or to take a leisurely paddle on flat water as alternatives to rafting. PHOTO/NALUBALE RAFTING

Going by yourself and kayaking down the rushing river or taking a more leisurely paddle on flat water are also alternatives to rafting. 

You may take on the Nile and explore it with the double-sided paddle. A kayak school’s goal is to make sure you have a good time, feel confident, and learn control of your kayak. 

The rolling clinic will teach you forward paddling, capsize, control skills, reverse paddling, rescue procedures, and rolling.

Zip-lining in Mabira Forest

With a zip line, you’ll glide through the Mabira forest, soaring over old trees. 

As you soar above Mabira Forest, you’ll see rare primates including grey-cheeked mangabeys and red-tailed monkeys, as well as numerous bird species and the thundering Griffin Falls.

 A 250-meter-long zipline network crosses the Musamya River at five stations in the treetops. The weight limit is set at 250 kilogrammes for safety reasons.

A boat cruise

You can take a two-hour riverboat tour on the Nile River, which is the world’s longest river, from a new lake between the Owens Falls Dam and Bujagali Dam. 

The location is at Jinja, at the source of the Nile. Beautiful scenery, wildlife, and birding can all be found here. 

With the help of Nile River Camp, Noah’s Ark and Nile River Explorers, you may take in the sights of the sunset on a river cruise.

Final thoughts

For thrill-seeking and adrenaline-pumping activities, Jinja is the place to be. 

To take on these challenges, all you need is a healthy dose of adventure and the capacity to hold your breath, whether you’re a seasoned adrenaline junkie or a first-timer.

If you are looking for a complete Uganda travel experience, we also recommend checking out our guide to Mount MuhaburaMount GahingaKidepo Valley National ParkKibale National ParkLake Mburo National Park and Semuliki National Park.