Jinja city which is just 1hr drive away from Mukono is the ultimate destination for extreme adventures’ travelers and adrenaline seekers. If you’re looking to do something out of the ordinary, Ssamba Safaris got you covered from our list of Extreme Adventures!
We offer guided day trips to Jinja and you will find fantastic, exhilarating extreme adventure activities in Jinja, popularly known as the East-African Adventure Capital. The water adventure switches in mere moments from lazy relaxation to crashing through grade five rapids. Adrenalin junkies can challenge the legendary rapids at any time of the year because Uganda is favored by the warm tropical climate all year long.
Many tour activities are suitable for the whole family. Some activities may have age or weight restrictions. Whether you prefer wild whitewater rafting exploration, fun family voyage, gentle scenic float trips, abseiling, or ziplining, Ssamba Safaris has got you covered.
- Bungee Jumping
- White Water Rafting
- Horse Back Riding
- Quad Biking
- River Boarding or Surfing
- Jet Boating
- Ninja Warrior experience
- High ropes
Bungee Jumping in Uganda
Challenge your fear of heights by touching the source of the Nile from a 44m-free falling structure into the Nile. It is an unforgettable thrilling activity that will get your adrenaline pumping. You can either use the ankle tie or the full-body harness. Ssamba Safaris partners with a professional, experienced company that specializes in tandem jumps, water touches, and full-moon jump at most times, including at night. The age limit is 13 years with a weight limit of 235kg, so you can choose to make this dive with a friend.
Whitewater Rafting in Uganda
The Nile is considered one of the safest and yet wildest grade 5 whitewater rapids globally, perfect for adrenaline junkies and learners to face the mighty rapids. The trips include huge rapids and beautiful scenery, with time to relax and swim on calmer stretches and let you take a breath, ready for the next section of raging white-water action.
Grade 4 and 5 rapids are usually challenging, and the guide will explain to you about the planned route through, for you to choose if you would prefer to join the safety boat or, where possible, walk around and then rejoin the raft. Grade 3 rafting is milder than grade 5 rafting. Extreme rafting is wild, faster, greater rush, extra challenges, and is usually an exclusive trip with only you and an experienced river guide on a small inflatable raft. You will be provided necessary briefings and training on rafting.
Children are allowed to go rafting but under conditions. They must fit into an adult life jacket. They are aware that there is a compulsory walk around two rapids. They will make a Grade 3 trip, where they either run in the safety raft or on a paddle boat that will run the rapids but do conservative lines.
The activity usually starts at 9 am, and the age limit is eight years. You will receive safety briefings, life jackets, helmets, spray jackets, custom-made rafting equipment, plenty of water, breakfast, and lunch midstream. Every trip includes a professional guide, safety rafts, kayakers, and a professional photographer who will capture every memorable moment. You must carry loose clothing, shorts & t-shirt, hat, sunscreen, towel and a change of clothes.
Horseback Riding in Uganda
Horseback riding is an exciting activity to explore the tranquility of nature, communities and birds. This experience can be suitable for all ages, including children and aged persons. The activity caters to people of different skill levels, from beginners to advanced. You do not have to worry if you have no prior experience. The horses are well trained to react to your skill level, making it easier to enjoy the ride. The guides are professional and well-trained and will take you at a comfortable pace.
Horseback riding packages are short rides of 1 to 3 hours with packages such as pony rides, mixed group tours, advanced rider tour, and overnight horse trip. For safety reasons, there is a weight limit of 90kgs. You can enjoy this experience either in Jinja for a day.
Kayaking in Uganda
An alternative to rafting is to go solo and kayak through the raging river or take a more leisurely paddle on flat water. You can challenge the Nile and use the double-sided paddle to explore the mighty river. A kayak school aims to ensure your experience is enjoyable, feel confident, and gain control of your kayak. You will learn forward paddling, capsize, control skills, backward paddling, rescue techniques, and rolling at the rolling clinic.
You can maximize your experience at:
- Tandem Kayaking (grade 5)- full day/ half day
- Extreme Rafting
- Sit-on-Top Kayak / Canoe Cruises
- Stand-Up-Paddle boarding (SUP)
The all-inclusive day excursion package includes an experienced and knowledgeable guide, high-flotation life jackets, helmets, spray jackets, light snacks, and drinks.
Jet Boating in Uganda
Jet boat up the River Nile Rapids at breathtaking speeds and enjoy the wild 360 degree spins at the River Nile without being immersed in it except a bit of spray. You don’t need any swimming experience, and a professional jet boat pilot will guide you. The trip package includes; high-flotation life jackets, helmets, spray jackets, light snacks, and drinks. You can also enjoy a threesome package that provides white water rafting, bungee jumping, and jet-boat.
River Boarding or River Surfing in Uganda
River-boarding is a memorable experience for serious whitewater enthusiasts. The Nile has eight major rapids for which you will experience different skill challenges depending on the water levels. The trip entails rafting and river boarding. You can relax during flat sections and safely raft the fewer rapids that are considered unsafe for riverboarding.
Some rapids form waves that you can try surfing. Every trip includes a safety raft, kayakers, and professional photographers to capture those memorable moments. You will engage in extensive safety briefings and practice drills. You’ll be equipped with your river board, flippers, helmet, life jacket, and you’ll follow the experienced guide into the heart of the rapids. The minimum age for this challenging activity is 14 years. The package includes boarding equipment, experienced guides, food and drinks, and free photographs.
Sport fishing in Uganda
Uganda is one of the best sport fishing destinations in Africa and she can never betray her visitors this is because of having numerous fishing spots such as Rivers, Lakes and Swamps and many species of fish such as Nile perch, Tilapia, Cat fish etc. In the Nile River and Lake Victoria sports fishing (catch and release) can be explored by first-time or experienced anglers. They usually target species like Nile perch, tilapia, yellow fish, and catfish using the following techniques, trawling, spinning, and bait fishing. All fishing gear, camping equipment, safety gear, and drinking water are supplied. However, fly fishers will need to bring their gear. More serious fishers can look for big Nile Perch using GPS, fish-finder, the latest rods and reels, the latest lures, and an experienced and capable skipper.
Fishing spots can either be accessed by boat or by walking down the river. Sport Fishing in Uganda can be done at any time of the year through the best catches are seen early in the morning and late in the day. All anglers are advised to have rods that are between 8 ft and 11ft with a multiplier reel and a 7” spinning rod for smaller fish. Be cautious of the Hippos and Nile crocodiles while fishing at the River banks.
Zip-lining in Uganda
The Mabira Forest Canopy Super Skyway was started in 2014. It is located at Mabira Forest, 30 minutes from Mukono on the highway to Jinja. The zipline system is a canopy tour of the Mabira forest, where you will soar between the ancient tall trees. While up there, you will experience a unique perspective of Mabira Forest, primates like grey-cheeked mangabeys and red-tailed monkeys, a variety of bird species, and the roaring Griffin falls. There are six platforms in the treetops in a network of 5 zip lines stretching 250 meters across River Musamya. For safety reasons, the weight capacity is restricted to 250kg. The activity has two sessions; Morning- 8 am to 1 pm, and afternoon- 2 pm to 6 pm, daily.
Quad Biking in Uganda
All-Terrain Vehicle Quad Biking is an exhilarating “all ages, all levels, all adventure” muddy adventure to be experienced by the whole family. The packages are tailor-made to suit different abilities, from easy, scenic rides to tricky, challenging sections. The package includes a professional guide, protective clothing, and refreshments. Even without experience, you will be trained and can enjoy the scenic sights of the River Nile. There are also multi-day packages for game-viewing and adventure safaris at Lake Mburo National Park.
Abseiling at Sipi Falls
The Sipi Falls is arguably the most beautiful waterfall set of three stunning waterfalls (85m, 75m, and 100m) situated along Mountain Elgon’s foothills. The falls originate from the hot springs at the summit of Mount Elgon in the border of Uganda and Kenya.
The Sipi Falls are arguably the best place for abseiling. Chebonet Falls is the perfect area for abseiling and rock climbing. Well trained guides arranges for abseiling on a certain section of the main Sipi Falls. You need to have the right equipment for rock climbing and Abseiling before embarking on this adventure.
You are required to pack sturdy hiking shoes, drinking water, energy snacks, a safe sleeping bag, warm jackets, and sweaters to deal with the cold nights. Please do not bring any valuables such as a camera, jewelry, or electronics in all other water activities because you might lose them. You can, however, carry a change of clothes, sunscreen, towel, and medication you may need.
Are these activities safe?
All our partners operating these activities aim to provide you with the best experience, safe and fun. They have professional guides and crew who undergo continuous training to ensure safety procedures and standards are maintained. The periodical maintenance checks to ensure equipment is in good working condition and is assigned an appropriate working lifespan. All visitors are briefed before every activity, and every trip includes a safety raft and kayakers.
In conclusion, Jinja definitely is the Capital for Extreme Adventures, adrenaline filling, and thrilling activities. Whether you are a first-time thrill seeker getting out of your comfort zone, all you need to experience these challenges is just a good sense of adventure and the ability to hold your breath.