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Horseback riding, in other words, is one of the activities that allows you to explore the Nile's banks, Jinja, and the hills overlooking the Nile river valley. PHOTO/Nile River Explorers

In addition to visiting chimps, bird watching, mountain gorilla trekking, and cultural encounters, horseback riding is one of the adventure activities available in Uganda.

Horseback riding is one of the adventure activities available in Uganda, along with visiting chimpanzees, bird-watchingmountain gorilla trekking, and cultural encounters. 

Horseback riding is frequently done in conjunction with other tourism activities as a means of relaxation and rejuvenation. 

You get to enjoy unique rides through indigenous villages, tea plantations, valleys, mountains, and national parks. 

This activity can be done by an individual traveller or by a group of travellers riding at the same pace. For first-time riders, they are taught how to move the horse, so there is no need to worry if you do not know how to. 

Travellers with prior horseback riding experience can ride in a group at a high rate of speed with plenty of cantering. 

Horses, on the other hand, are trained and thus know what to do and when. Always before the start of the activity, visitors receive a briefing that will assist them throughout the horse ride.

Best time to go horseback riding

Every day, horseback riding is operated in two shifts. The morning shift begins at 10:00 a.m. while the afternoon one at about 2:00 p.m. 

The purpose of the morning and evening rides is to assist travellers in experiencing the enchanted sundown and sunsets, respectively. 

The horse’s riding time is best determined by the traveller’s preferences in terms of time and budget. 

Riding can last a few minutes or up to three hours, depending on the client’s interest and riding ability.

Best place in Uganda to go horseback riding?

Are you wondering where in Uganda you can go horseback riding? Worry no more; we’ve compiled a list of different places and locations in Uganda where you can go horseback riding. 

Among these places are the following:

Lake Mburo National Park 

Horseback riding in Lake Mburo is the best way to discover and appreciate the park’s beauty and wildlife

It is one of the extraordinary experiences that no traveller should miss during any of his/her visits to Uganda, specifically Uganda safaris in Lake Mburo national park

In Lake Mburo National Park, travellers ride through the Savannah vegetation to explore the park’s various locations. During the horseback ride, visitors can see a variety of attractions, including Lake Mburo’s rivers, swamps, and indigenous communities. 

The 4-5 hour ride provides spectacular views of various wildlife grazing in fields, hunting, and browsing in the park. 

Each trip is limited to six people per shift, which provides an excellent opportunity for group travellers to enjoy the horse ride together as a group, friends, or family. 

Expect to see a variety of attractions and wild animals, including zebras, leopards, buffaloes, warthogs, Uganda Kobs, bush pigs, giraffes and hippos, while horseback riding through Lake Mburo.

Birders can look forward to seeing the shoebill, Tabora Cisticola, Great painted snipe, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African finfoot, Mosque swallow, yellow-winged swamp warbler, yellow-rumped tinker bird, papyrus gonolek, and among others.

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The horseback riding activity, for example, is one of the best ways to discover the Nile’s banks, Jinja, and hills overlooking the Nile valley. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Source of the Nile in Jinja

River Nile is the world’s longest river, and travellers can enjoy the Nile horseback safaris at an affordable rate. 

Nile Horseback Safaris, located on the west bank of the Nile directly opposite Explorers River Camp at Bujagali Falls, offers 1-1.5-hour, 2-hour, and 3-hour safaris, as well as overnight safaris at The Haven River Lodge. 

All horseback safaris are accompanied by two or more guides, and a variety of safe, calm, and well-trained horses are available to accommodate riders with varying levels of experience.

The ride begins at the source of the Nile and winds through local communities and tea plantations, providing an abundance of entertainment and an exceptional experience. 

In other words, horseback riding is one of the activities that will enable you to discover the Nile’s banks, Jinja, and hills overlooking the Nile river valley.

Flame Tree Stables in Kijjabijo

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The Flame Tree Stables in Kijjabijo, located off Gayaza road in Kampala, is the home to 40 of Uganda’s 240 horses. PHOTO/COURTESY

Away from the hustle and bustle of Kampala city, the Flame Tree Stables on Gayaza road in Kijjabijo is home to 40 of Uganda’s 240 horses.

The cost of horseback riding

Horseback riding at the Nile’s source costs $40 for an hour, $50 for an hour and a half, $60 for an hour and a half sunset safari, $60 for a two-hour riding safari, and $80 for a three-hour ride. 

The fee charged for the activity is justified by the experience, enjoyment, and satisfaction gained from horseback riding on the Nile.

Horse riding tips

Travellers participating in or interested in horseback safaris are advised to take the following tips seriously during the horse ride and safari planning.

  • Maintain an upright and relaxed posture. Avoid sprawling
  • Avoid holding the saddle horn.
  • Keep your eyes focused on your destination.
  • Take complete command of the horse
  • Properly dress for horseback riding
  • With the reins, be gentle and uninhibited.
  • Confidently mount the horse

Generally, people who go horseback riding have a unique experience that they will remember for the rest of their lives. 

Book a horseback safari to Uganda, and enjoy this unique experience at affordable rates tailored to each client’s interests and budget.

FAQs

Is it possible to combine a horse safari and gorilla trekking?

Yes! Uganda is ideal for those seeking an off-the-beaten-path experience – horseback riding and gorilla trekking provide just that.

You can have a horseback safari on your way for gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest

Can I swim in the Nile on horseback?

Swimming with your horse is one of the Nile River Horse Safari’s highlights. 

Begin your morning at the Haven Lodge with a horseback ride down to the sandy beach and barefoot swimming through the Nile River’s swirling waters – a bucket list experience!

How far in advance should I book my Uganda horse safari?

Booking horseback safaris at least six months to a year in advance is generally recommended.