Katonga Wildlife Reserve

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Katonga wildlife reserve is located at the banks of Katonga River in south western part of Uganda in Ibanda and Kamwengye districts. It’s named after Katonga River, which flows from Lake Victoria to Lake George. Its 211square kms in size, it’s a home to about 150 bird species and 40 mammals which live in the wetlands mixed savannah, papyrus swamp and rain forest with acacia woodlands.

Bird species:
Rare shoebill, Stone Partridge, Black-headed Plover, White-bellied Go-away Bird, Jackson’s Hornbill, Hemp Rich’s Hornbill, handsome Silver bird, Grey-headed ,Pygmy Batises, Bristle-crowned , Superb Starlings, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird, White-headed Buffalo , Weaver, Purple Grenadier , Straw-tailed Whydah, African Grey-Fly-catcher, Yellow-necked Spur fowl and Crested Bustard

Animal species:
Elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, colobus monkeys, river otter, sitatunga, Uganda kob, olive baboons, Warthog and Bushbuck

Activities:
Day hikes,
Overnight hikes
Canoe trips
Bird watching
Game viewing
Guided walks through Kisharara, kyeibale trail and the Sitatunga trail

Access:
Katonga game reserve is 200kms 3 hours drive from Kampala, branching off from the Fort Portal Road. Buses connect Kampala to Kabagole, a short canoe ride and walk from the entrance gate.

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3 Days Mgahinga gorilla safari

Gorilla Tracking in  Mgahinga Park- One of the smallest gorilla parks in Africa home to only one gorilla group known as Nyakagezi. Look through gorilla tour itinerary and book yourself a trip to Mgahinga gorilla park

Day 1: Kampala to Kisoro
After breakfast our company representative from 1st Challenger Tours And Travel Ltd will pick you from the hotel in Kampala and drive you to Kajansi airstrip for your chareter flight to Kisoro or drive you to southwestern part of Uganda to Kisoro town which is about 520kms drive about 8-9 hours. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

Day 2: Gorilla trekking
After breakfast the driver guide will pick you from the lodge with packed lunch and drive you to UWA park headquarters for briefing. After briefing you will go for trekking which takes about 1 to 8 hours. You will have one hour only with the gorillas. During the trekking you may spot animals like black fronted duikers, South African porcupines, golden monkey, giant forest hog, bushbuck, buffalo, giant forest hogs, bush pigs, buffaloes, elephants, and side striped jackals, for kin birders you may see birds like White-naped Raven, Black Kite, Rwenzori Turaco, Blue-headed Coucal, Paradise Fly-catcher, Rwenzori Batis, Double-collared Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar, Ibis, Pin-tailed Whydah, Speckled Mousebird, Stone Chat, Grey-capped Warbler, Wax Bills and Yellow-vented Bulbul. After trekking you may visit the batwa communities. Dinner and overnight at the lodge

 

Day 3: Transfer from Mgahinga National Park to Kampala
After breakfast the Challenger Tours driver will pick you from the lodge after checking out and drive you will back to Kampala. You may stop at the Igongo cultural centre for lunch and visiting the museum, make another stopover at the equator in Kayabwe for photography. Or you can transfer to Kisoro airstrip get a charter flight back to Kajansi airstrip in Kampala.

END OF MGAHINGA  GORILLA TOUR

5 days Kampala City, Jinja Town Tour

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Day 1, Transfer to Jinja

After breakfast at your hotel, you will be met by our company driver guide who will transfer you to Jinja a place for your rafting adventure that will start at the Adrift Camp near the source of the Nile and raft for 31km. Enjoy the awesome buffet lunch on a private mid river island and complimentary drinks after the first day of trip stay for overnight at Jinja Nile Resort/Gately on the Nile/Hairy lemon.

Day 2, white water rafting for a Full day

After breakfast, go rafting and spend a day on the river and raft for 48km Malalu point. Have lunch at this point and return for overnight at the Jinja Nile Resort/Gately on the Nile/Hairy lemon

Day 3, Bungee Jumping

Today after breakfast, you will go Bungee jumping near the Adrift Camp site and later in the afternoon; do some Quads which after drive back to Kampala City. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel in Kampala

Day 4, Kampala City Tour

After breakfast at the lodge, you will go for the city tour visiting places like the Kasubi Tombs which is a special burial place for the Buganda Kings, the Namugongo Shrines where the Uganda Christian martyr’s where burnt live, Bahai Temple the only one of its kind in Africa and African Craft Village which is the best place to buy African art, carvings and other handcrafts. Overnight at The lodge/Cassia lodge

Day 5, Departure

Depending on the time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

Uganda Murchison falls wildlife Holiday

2 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari in Murchison fall National Park.

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Day1- Kampala /Murchison falls crocodile safari Tour
Uganda Wildlife Safari starts with early breakfast and depart by road for your trip to  Murchison Falls National Park. Lunch on the way then a nature at the top of the falls is rewarding. You will trail around the top of the falls go right up to the water’s edge. You have the opportunity to hike to the top of the falls from where you will be able see how the calm Nile forces itself through a narrow gorge through which it explodes into the falls. . In the afternoon, another experience of Uganda Safari by taking a boat ride to the base of the falls. This will allow you to get close with the animals. Among them, you will see the hippos in addition to some enormous Nile crocodiles. The bird life safari is surprising with colored kingfishers and bee-eaters flitting along the riverbanks. an experience of Uganda Safari. After you will proceed to your lodge for dinner and overnight at After you will proceed to your lodge for dinner and overnight at

Budget Accommodation: Red Chilli Camp or Global Village Guest House
Moderate Accommodation: Sambiya River lodge
Luxury Accommodation: Paraa safari Lodge or Nile safari Lodge
Super Luxury Accommodation: Chobe safari lodge

Day 2-The Uganda Wildlife Safari starts with a Game Drive and River Nile Boat Cruise
After breakfast, take off for Uganda Safari by going on 2 hours game tour to northern part of the Murchison falls vacation for a game drive. You may see animals like Buffaloes, Elephants, Lions, Bushbucks, Leopards, Oribs, Jackson heartbeats and a variety of bird species. Another experience of Uganda Safari,The bird life safari is surprising with colored kingfishers and bee-eaters flitting along the the way as you drive back to Kampala. This is an experience of Uganda Safari that you will never regret.

End of you Uganda Safari.

We still have other Uganda Safari option like 3 days Gorilla Trekking/ tracking, chimpanzee trekking tour, bird watching tour, Fishing Safari, Uganda culture tour, Mountain hiking safari.

Things to do and see on River Nile in Uganda

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A rafting trip on the Nile River near Jinja – the East-African Adventure Capital switches in mere moments from lazy relaxation on one of the world's most iconic rivers to crashing through class five rapids. We partner with Adrift, an excellent rafting company, providing good training, equipment and refreshments.

The Rafting Trip-starting out with a safety orientation and then off down the river for the most exciting ride of your life. Lunch on an Island on the river and after the rafting trip- free drinks and transportation back to Kampala. Transportation is included if you're living in Kampala. It’s one great experience and if you miss it then you miss the reason for being in Uganda. The rafting guides are great people full of knowledge of the area and help to make the whole experience a memorable one. The video of the trip is worth purchasing if only to understand a bit better just what you survived.

A day or two White Water Rafting if you so choose on and in the ancient River Nile, we can add this to any of the safari tour packages we offer.  An overnight safari with Jinja sightseeing is most recommended to make your day even more special and the next day you can raft once again or do one of the many activities offered here along the River Nile in Jinja.

Below are some of the frequent things/questions that customers ask and we have provided answers to help have a better understanding of the entire white water rafting and bungee jump trips on the Nile River;

Who can go rafting?
We have a large variety and selection of trips suitable for ages 2 – 72 years. There is an adventure for everyone.

When can we raft?
Rafting is done every day, year-round based on a minimum of 6 people. Many people join on their own

What should we wear?
Remember that you will probably be in the sun most of the day. Bring a T-shirt, swim suit, board shorts and waterproof sunscreen for wear on the river (you will not need shoes or sandals). The water temperature is 27°C (49°F) all year round! For the end of the day, pack a towel, change of clothes and warm top.

What about the Bujagali Dam, won’t this be the end of rafting?
No. The Bujagali Dam was constructed and finished in 2010. However, many of the best rapids on the Nile remained unaffected and rafting trips now start further downstream.

Things you should leave at home…
Valuables, jewellery, cameras and anything you don’t want to lose!

How can we book and pay?
You can book with Uganda’s best hotels, Challenger tours and travel ltd . We take US dollars, Uganda Shillings, and Visa and Master card.
http://payments.pesapal.com/challengersafari

What about photographs and a video?
Our professional photographer takes a series of magnificent still photos of each whitewater rafting trip. You can purchase this unique memento of your experience. $US10 for each quality ‘Sub-dye’ (6?x8?) photograph or $US50 for a magnificent set of six in beautiful photo folder.

Whitewater Rafting Rates

  • Full Day Rafting – $ 125
  • Half Day Rafting - $ 115
  • Extreme Rafting -  $145
  • 2-Day Rafting /River Surfing - $ 250

Nile High Bungee

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Leap over the source of the Nile from one of the most spectacular bungee jumping sites in the world. We specialize in tandem jumps, water touches and full-moon jumps
Frequency: Jumps can be organized at most times (including in the dark)

Your jump includes:

Award-winning river crew, by far the most experienced on the continent
Purpose-built bungee jump constructed and operated to the highest New Zealand standards
FREE vehicle shuttles from Kampala and Jinja

Nile High Bungee Prices

  • Bungee Jump  -  $ 115
  • Raft / Bungee Combo:
  • $ 195 – Full day rafting – can only be done over 2 days !
  • $ 185 – Half day rafting
  • Min age 13-years

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Nile High Bungee Details

Nile High Bungee is one of the most spectacular sights you can imagine. The views from the bungee tower are sensational and when the tower is not in use for jumping a troop of Vervet monkeys stand guard against the Nile.

The views over the source of the world’s longest river lead you to dozens of heavily forested islands with flocks of long-tailed cormorants swimming in the swirling currents below and crowds of onlookers cheering from the nearby bar. Nile High is 44m above the inviting waters of the Victorian Source of the Nile and this gives jumpers the opportunity to water touch – a single splash in the river on the first bounce; and you can do it with a friend!

The tower can jump 235kgs at once so you can choose a big friend, a bicycle, chair, kayak or just about anything you can imagine. By far the most popular way to jump is using the ankle tie but there is the option of a full-body harness as well. This means you can somersault from the edge or choose any form of freestyle that will give you the best bragging rights in the photographs

Is it safe?

For over 25-years, we have been offering safe, fun and rewarding adventure experiences throughout the world and we pride ourselves on this. As you will appreciate, safety considerations are fundamental to every aspect of our operations.

We feel strongly that the key to providing the best experience is to effectively combine perceived risk with integral safety and we achieve this by making sure we have the best crew, training, equipment and procedures in place to ensure the experience is as safe and fun as possible.

The company has in place a number of checks and balances, including very thorough and comprehensive task analysis and inspection routes which ensure we are operating at or above the very high standards that have been set elsewhere in the world.

Nile High Bungee tower operates to the most exacting standards set by law in Australia/New Zealand Standard™ Code of Practise for bungee jumping. Commercial bungee jumping originated in New Zealand and advice was sought from the construction, adventure tourism and alpine industries. The standard is reviewed bi-annually and is altered or updated as new innovations or situations arise.

Every item of operational equipment gets extensively tested and then assigned an appropriate working life span; calculated as the expected length of time, or amount of use, the equipment can with stand before its performance is likely to be degraded to the point where it is only three times stronger than the expected working safety load.

The equipment in use is recorded by staff as it takes place and then compared to recommended times and instances.

Our adherence to this code is entirely voluntary. The company self-governs its policies and procedures and provides an avenue where any staff member can take safety issues to the right people and ensure that the situation is solved to the satisfaction of all concerned.

What is the cord made of?

The Nile High Bungee cords are made of pure white latex rubber which is of the highest quality and used by the best underwear manufacturers in the world. When you really need support, be it for your underwear or while dangling over the Nile, this is the best material available. During each jump the cords stretches to approximately four times it’s resting length and gently slows the jumper down at the bottom of the trajectory.

Do I have to touch the water?

It is an option to touch the source of the Nile and you can choose whether you would like to stop short of this or take the plunge. Imagine being able to say that you jumped for 44 metres for your first touch of the world’s longest river.


* conditions apply

The trip includes:

  • Award-winning river crew, by far the most experienced on the continent
  • Safety rafts and kayakers, photographer and video-kayaker
  • High-flotation life jackets, helmets, spray jackets; custom-made rafting equipment and New Zealand manufactured jet boat.
  • Famous’ lunch on our private mid-river island, complimentary beer/sodas after the trip Complimentary ‘Threesome’ T-shirt

No rafting or swimming experience is required
(min age 16 years)