Activities in Kamapala
See below for some options for activities in Kampala. Please let us know if you would like us to book any of these activities for you.
Depending on the time available (full or half day), and your particular interest, the Kampala City Tour may comprise a combination of any of the following (Tours do not operate after dark):
1. Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine - (8kms east of Kampala). Commemorating the martyrdom of 22 Christian converts who were burnt alive in 1885 and 1887.
2. Uganda Museum - (north east Kampala) Displays on Uganda’s history, anthropology and geography, including a unique collection of traditional musical instruments.
3. Bahai Temple - (6kms north of Kampala). This is the “mother temple” of Africa – the only temple of this religious sect found in Africa with a panoramic view of Kampala. Built in approx. 1957.
4. Craft Market(s) - Two markets available, located behind the National Theatre, and also along Buganda Road. Local and imported crafts including wooden carvings, baskets, beaded sandals, soapstone, pictures, gifts, greeting cards etc. etc.
5. Local Market(s) - Visit Nakasero market for an amazing varied display of fresh fruits and vegetables grown in Uganda, or the large, bustling Owino market - the largest market in Kampala selling not only fruit & vegetables and dry foodstuffs but a huge array of second hand clothing, footwear, household goods… anything and everything from a bolt of cloth to a tube of toothpaste! (NB: Beware of pickpockets!)
White water rafting in Jinja
Half-day, full-day and overnight white water rafting excursions are available from Jinja.
The white water rafting is done in paddle-rafts, each person joins as a
member of a team and a professional guide captains the team. Paddlers are instructed comprehensively on how best to enjoy themselves on the water and on all aspects of safety including the use of safety kayaks, which accompany every raft trip on the water. The highly trained safety kayakers are world class paddlers who adeptly pilot their kayaks through the rapid ahead of the raft.
When the rafts flip upside down or people are washed overboard, they are nearby to provide assistance in getting people back to their boats.
The trip on the water begins slowly and the first few kilometers give the raft guides an opportunity to train everyone on all aspects of Nile rafting. The river becomes much more adventures at Bujagali Falls and one major rapid follows swiftly after another for most of the morning. Once the rafts enter Wildwaters Reserve (protects the unique flora and fauna of the mid-stream islands of the Nile), there is more time between the rough water but the rapids become larger and more spectacular. At Itanda (The Bad Place) the Nile is too powerful for the rafts and so the rafts are taken around the top by land.
The grading of the rapids rafted on this stretch of the Nile range from 1 – 5. At each of the larger (higher graded) rapids you are given the option of whether you want to go the hard way (through the middle) or the easy way (around the edge). The choice is voted on, however, it might not always turn out the way you expected because you (everyone in the raft) if do not paddle in the right direction you may not take the route you wanted.
Kampala to Jinja Transit Time: Approximately 2 hours, 84kms
Uganda wildlife education centre in Entebbe
Provides a 3 hours lifetime behind thescenes experience. Now imagine an encounter with these fascinating animals on a 1 day tour in one place and stroll between each other. These include The Lions, Leopard, Buffalo, Rhino, Baby Elephant (African Big Five), Chimpanzees, the rare Shoebill Stork, monkeys, Did you know that you can smell them, see them up-close and touch some of them? To experience that locked away excitement, let us take you to their home at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC Entebbe Zoo).Meet the big cats, Lions, Servile and Leopards up close enough to wake those hairs on your skin. The Hyenas, Impalas, African Buffaloes, hogs and Bushbucks roam around the short grass easy to be spotted. The African big 5 members, giraffes, elephants and White Rhinos, gracefully recognize your presence before they deep theirs heads back into enjoying their vegetarianmeal. Snake in the glass, seals, crocodiles and turtles in the water to tickle the excitement out of you.Entebbe to the zoo Transit Time: Approximately 10 min, 10kmsKampala to Zoo Transit Time: Approximately 1 hour 30 min, 45kms
Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary in Entebbe
HALF/FULL DAY VISITS TO NGAMBA ISLAND CHIMP SANCTUARY
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is situated off the shore of Entebbe on Lake Victoria. The 100-acre island is tropical-like and is the home to approximately 29-orphaned chimpanzees, which are free to roam the forest being run by the Jane Goodall Foundation. Fast speed boat transfer, and entrance fees for chimp viewing from a feeding platform, is included. (Do not enter enclosure or touch chimps).
Entebbe to the pier Transit Time: Approximately 10 min, 10kms
Kampala to pier Transit Time: Approximately 1 hour 30 min, 45kms
A day trip is recommended for birders from your hotel takes you to the Mabamba wetlands where prolific birdlife exists. Your day includes a boat trip in the papyrus swamps and picnic lunch. Return transfer to your hotel in the afternoon (trip lasts a minimum of six hours). * This is the best excursion to see shoebill storks *
Entebbe to Mabamba Swamp Transit Time: Approximately 45 min, 20kms
Kampala to Mabamba Transit Time: Approximately 1hour 30min, 45kms
Prices for activities in Kampala
Kampala City Tour
Price per person: $126 (2), $80 (4), $66 (6), $58 (8)
Half day rafting
Price per person: $240 (2), $194 (4), $180 (6), $172 (8)
Full day rafting
Price per person: $258 (2), $212 (4), $198 (6), $190 (8)
Behind the scenes at Uganda Wild life Education Centre
Price per person: $174 (2), $128 (4), $114 (6), $106 (8)
Price per person: $292 (2), $150 (4), $136 (6), $127 (8)
Price per person: $114 (2), $68 (4), $54 (6), $46 (8)