2 Day Jinja Tour Bujagali Falls River Nile Mabira Forest

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Mabira Central Forest Reserve Uganda

Starting and ending in Kampala Uganda, this short 2-day safari is ideal for travelers with a limited time and offers an active adventure holiday for guests looking for fun and interesting places to visit not too far from Kampala – Uganda.

First, we explore the Ssezibwa Falls – an important cultural site in the Buganda Kingdom believed to be of spiritual significance to the local people. The powerful falls offer great sightings and the stories told about these mysterious falls are worth listening to. The falls are located in Namataba along Kampala-Jinja Highway.

Next, we drive into the Mabira Forest, a large tropical forest (semi-deciduous forest) famous for activities such as ziplining, bird watching, Mangabey monkey trekking, Nature walks, and cycling. Mabira Rainforest has 200 kinds of species of trees and is home to more than 300 species of mostly forest birds. 

Mabira Forest animals include bush pigs, blue duikers, red-tailed monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabeys (a smaller species of mangabeys has been discovered here). There is also the occasional leopard you will most likely not see here.  Thereafter we will visit Jinja town which is well endowed with historical resources which include the Source of the Nile, the Bujagali Falls, and old Styled Indian buildings among others.

On day two we enjoy a full day of white water rafting on the Nile River – a real adrenalin adventure. We meet up with the rafting team and attend a briefing session then drive to the starting point for a brief exercise to familiarize ourselves with the rafting experience.

Make your choice between grade 3 or grade 5 rapids and begin your adventure. Rafting on the Nile river lasts between 1 to 4 hours and it is always celebrated with a cold bottle of Nile special beer at the end.  Other options include quad biking, kayaking, horse riding, mountain biking, and volunteering at a local community project.

In the afternoon after lunch, we return to Kampala bringing our journey to a close late in the evening.

Safari Itinerary in Summary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Ssezibwa Falls – Mabira Forest – Jinja (visit the Source of the Nile)
Day 2: White Water Rafting – Drive to Kampala

2 Day Jinja Tour Bujagali Falls River Nile Mabira Forest Itinerary

Day 1: Kampala – Drive to Ssezibwa Falls – Mabira Forest – Jinja Uganda

0730 Hours: After your breakfast at your hotel, depart by road driving east along the Jinja – Kampala road. The scenic drive takes you through banana, sugar, and tea plantations, roadside markets, trading centres, and local villages. Our day’s adventure includes a brief stop at the Ssezibwa Falls – a Buganda Kingdom cultural site.

The spectacular falls originate from two rivers that flow from the Mabira forest. A local guide at the site offers insight into the Buganda culture. Thereafter, continue with our journey to Jinja making a second stop at Mabira Forest. The main activities in the Mabira forest are bird watching and nature walks.

We take a walk in the forest. The natural Habitat forest boasts more than 312 species of trees. It is also home to 315 species of birds. Other unique features to see in the forest reserve include 218 butterfly species, 97 moths species, 23 small mammal species especially primate species of monkey clan and the spectacular Griffin falls.

1300 Hours: Lunch break in Jinja town. Jinja is Uganda’s second biggest town after Kampala. It is where we find the source of the mighty Nile River, Bujagali falls, and many industries. Jinja is located on the Northern shore of Lake Victoria above Ripon falls near Owen falls dam.

1400 Hours: After lunch, proceed to the source of the River Nile for a boat ride and to see where the Nile starts its approximately 6000 km journey to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt. We also visit the Speke Monument where John Speke stood and declared the discovery of the Source of the Nile River.

1800 Hours: After a full day of activity we transfer to our accommodations in Jinja.

Accommodation Options
Luxury Accommodation
: Jinja Nile Resort, Nile Village Hotel & Spa, Nile Village Hotel & Spa

Mid-range Accommodation: Arise Africa Christian Guesthouse, Victoria Panorama Hotel, Forever Resort
Budget Accommodation: Gately On The Nile 2 Friends Guesthouse, Bilkon Hotel

Meal Plan {Lunch & Dinner}

Day 2: White Water Rafting – Drive to Kampala

After breakfast, go for a full-day adventure of white water rafting. Enjoy the most thrilling white water rafting at different grade stages in the morning. The white water rafting begins with a comprehensive briefing and the fitting of life jackets and helmets. The rafting is done on an 18-kilometre stretch of the Nile River.

The first few rapids are low-grade (1, 2) and give you a sense of confidence. As the river meanders through beautiful scenery, the rafts are guided into the mighty challenges of the best “grade 5” rapids on the Nile. Eight major rapids are rafted plus lower-graded runs to maximize the adrenaline rush of this adventure.

In the afternoon after lunch, we return to Kampala reaching in the evening in time for dinner. Other optional activities include bungee jumping, horse riding, and much more.

Meal Plan {Breakfast & Lunch}

2 Day Jinja Tour Bujagali Falls River Nile Mabira Forest Prices

2 Day Jinja Tour Bujagali Falls River Nile Mabira Forest Includes:

 Pre-tour briefing + Jinja town tour + Full Day White water rafting + Boat ride at the source of the Nile + Meals as specified in the itinerary + Visit the source of the Nile and Owen Fall Dam + Expert, English-speaking local driver/ guide + Round trip ground transportation from/ to Kampala + Overnight accommodation in Jinja while on tour & Entrance fees and visit Sezibwa Falls and Mabira Forest Walk

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2-Day Jinja Tour Bujagali Falls River Nile Mabira Forest Excludes:

* Visas
* Laundry
* Travel insurance
* International flight
* Drinks, tips, and gratuities
* Visa and personal insurance
* Any item or activity not mentioned in the tour package
* Personal expenses (laundry, souvenirs, Tips for your guides, etc.)

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