Uganda: An Adrenalin Seeker’s Dream
When you think of Uganda, what comes to mind? Beautiful beaches in Entebbe, amazing wildlife at Queen Elizabeth National Park and crater-lake camping at Fort Portal. As much as all these depict the travelers’ image of Uganda, there is a wilder side to the pearl of Africa that many don’t know about.
1. Paragliding in Mbale
Fly Mami Afrika is the first and only paragliding operator in Uganda. Free flight via paragliding is very similar to flying like a bird. The tandem flights start from Mbale town which is 200km East of Kampala and a 2 hour drive from Jinja. The launch-site is located at an elevation of 1630m, a 510m elevation difference from the landing sites. Flights last between 15 minutes and 1 hour, depending on wind conditions,and near the Wanale cliffs you can enjoy views of waterfalls. On most days, it is possible to gain between 50 and 200 meters of elevation during the flight. Paragliding is a weather based activity, this is the reason for the variance in flight duration.
2. Zip lining in Lugazi
Mabira Forest Canopy Super Skyway is definitely the most innovative way to enjoy the terrain of Lugazi, if hiking isn’t adventurous enough for you. A complex skyway with five zip lines that cover the entire park and even crossing the River Musamya. From high up in the canopy, one can enjoy the animal population of the park that includes African fish eagles, palm nut vultures and red-tailed monkeys. You will also get to behold the breathtaking Griffin Falls.
3. Bungee Jumping on the Nile
Located right at the source of the Nile, Adrift Adventures Africa offers a 44-metre jump right over the water. This is the best way to get the adrenalin going, and for an extra fee, you can get footage of your fall from a GoCam and as well as HD pictures to take the memory home with you. There is a backpacker’s lodge attached to the jump site which is a great place to stay, meet and mingle with fellow travelers from all over the world and exchange war stories from your adventures conquering Jinja.
4. Grade 5 white-water Rafting in Jinja
The Nile boasts of the best grade 5 white-water rafting in the region. There are a number of establishments that offer rafting guides and instructors so that even first time rafters can enjoy the restless river. A day-long rafting excursion will cost US$125 for an adult and US$75 for children up to 14.
Stay: When it comes to accommodation, you have no reason to worry. Jovago.com has a large range of hotels fit for every traveler in even the most remote places. All you need to do is go online, search the place you want to visit and peruse the photos and reviews of the different establishments to make your choice.
The Splendid Longonot – Mt Longonot National Park
A rewarding view of the Great Rift Valley and Lake Naivasha meets you at the top as is a virgin forest of small trees covering the crater, with steam vents spaced around the walls. Longonot is home to Buffaloes, Gazelles, the Impala and giraffes with rare sighting of leopards.
Funny Encounters at Tsavo East National Park
Tsavo East has got to be one of those Parks I walk into and; baboons & warthogs look at me like we’ve met before.