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Uganda Horse Riding Adventure; Incredible Views on A Horseback.

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Uganda Horse Riding Adventure; Incredible Views on A Horseback.

Into the heart of East Africa, nestled amidst lush green landscapes lies a Natural Sancturary for adventure enthusiasts seeking an extraordinary and breathtaking experience – Uganda the Pearl of Africa, often celebrated for its awe-inspiring wildlife and stunning landscapes, offers a remarkable opportunity to explore its untamed beauty while on a horseback.

Delightful and immersive, these safaris allow visitors to form a profound connection with nature while hastening across the vast plains and encountering incredible wildlife along the way.

This “Pearl of Africa” boasts a diverse range of habitats, from reclined savannahs to dense forests and also sparkling lakes. These varied terrains provide the perfect backdrop for horse riding adventures, allowing adventurers to witness the country’s rich biodiversity up close from numerous mammal and primate species to unique bird and aquatic species.

As the rhythmic sound of horse hooves echoes through the air, riders partake on an extraordinary trek, surpassing mere observation and rather becoming part of the natural design that makes Uganda a captivating wonderland.

Where to do a horseback safari?

Horse Riding safaris is one of the incredibly unforgettable experiences that Uganda has to offer within her borders and there are two major destinations where horse riding activities are widely offered, they include.

Lake Mburo National Park

In the midst of the stunning landscapes of Uganda, lies the Lake Mburo National Park which is a natural sanctuary that captivates you with an unforgettable wildlife experience.

This park is located in the Western region of Uganda spanning an area of about 370 square kilometres and encompasses a diverse array of ecosystems including lush grasslands, rolling hills, forests, and lakes.

The Park was named after its centrepiece natural wonder known as Lake Mburo. This lake is an expansive freshwater lake that sparkles like a sapphire jewel with its calm waters reflecting the sky.

On the shores of Lake Mburo, you get an opportunity to encounter a variety of bird species including the African fish eagle, the pied kingfisher, malachite kingfisher.

The Lake Mburo National Park is also the closest to Kampala and Entebbe, and it is well known for its diverse ecosystems such as the savanna grasslands, woodlands, and wetlands. The Park also spans an area within the districts of Kiruhura, Ibanda, and Mbarara

Horseback riding in Lake Mburo National Park is the one of the best ways to explore and witness the extraordinary beauty and wildlife of the National Park. The horse-riding activity in Lake Mburo is majorly offered by Mihingo Lodge.

wildlife sighting on a horseback

Horse riding in Lake Mburo National Park

Horse riding is one of the exceptional experiences that you have to partake in during your safari visit to Uganda. Horseback riding safaris in Lake Mburo National Park carry adventure enthusiasts through the Savannah vegetation of park while exploring various attractions such as the Lake Mburo, rivers, wetlands, wildlife and local communities.

Riding takes about 30 min – 4 hours and the Park permits a maximum number of 6 people per shift which offers an excellent opportunity for group travellers to enjoy the horse ride as a group, friends, or family.

While exposing you to remarkably stunning views of various wildlife such as zebras, antelopes, Impalas, common eland, oribis, African buffalos, leopard, waterbucks, warthogs, giraffes and hippos among others.

Source of the Nile in Jinja

Horseback riding safaris in Jinja are offered in two different options that is you can ride either as an individual or as a group. The horse-riding activity starts at the source of the Nile proceeding through numerous tea plantations and communities.

A horse ride along the banks of the world’s longest river – the Nile is an incredibly extraordinary experience that holds deep to your soul. A Horseback riding safari can last for 1 – 3 hours while offering stunning landscape views and lifetime encounters with the locals as you explore their culture.

Moreso, the activity can be enjoyed both in the morning and afternoon while another unique option is enjoying a horse safari by simply walking with the horse for about an hour on foot as you take time to relax, also witness the cool breeze and awe-inspiring scenery of the Nile River.

Located on the along banks of the River Nile, the Nile horseback safaris company is one of the leading operators dealing in horse riding trips in Jinja and this company offers the most stunning source of the Nile horse trips.

The horse ride in Jinja is offered in shifts of 1 – 3 hours of extraordinary scenic encounters while on a horseback as you transverse through the nearby villages in Jinja.

Horse Riding safari along the Nile River

Horse Riding safari along the Nile River

During a horse ride safari, you are accompanied by two guides one in the front and another behind, this is a strategy done to avoid accidents or other incidents like riding off the permitted horse trails.

With very calm and trained horses, you have nothing to worry about and there are different horses suitable for different classes of riders as well.

You can also partake in a mixed horse safari ride which is prepared for a group of friends, family or workmates. Mixed horse riding simply involves different people with different experiences that is, if you have less experience you ride along with the experts in one group.

What are the Tips for horseback riding?

While preparing yourself to partake in a horse-riding safari, you are advised to follow these safety precautions, and these include.

  • Avoid sprawling but simply relax while sitting up straight on the horseback.
  • Wear all the basic horse-riding safety gears like the helmet correctly.
  • Don’t forget to keep the reins loose and gentle.
  • Certainly, understand that you are in command.
  • Keep your eyes on the way or riding trails.
  • Be confident when mounting the horse.
  • Be focused while riding the horse.
  • Don’t hold the saddle horn.


When to do a horse-riding safari

It’s better to note that horse riding safaris in Uganda are offered all year long in the two major destinations which include Lake Mburo national park and at the source of the Nile in Jinja.

Horse riding is generally offered in two shifts per day, and the starting time for all horse-riding activities is 10am for the morning shift and 2 pm for the afternoon shift. The unique reason for the morning and evening shifts is to help you enjoy the magical sundowner and sunsets on the breezing Nile River.

The riding time for the horse depends on your choice, time and budget however riding can be done for a short time but can also extend for over 30 min – 3hours depending on your personal interest and ability to ride.

In conclusion, Uganda’s horse-riding safaris offer a unique and extraordinary way to explore the country’s natural wonders as well as its array of wildlife.

As you partake in the vibrant natural surroundings while riding a magnificent horse, you get to encounter an extraordinary adventure that exceeds the boundaries of any traditional safari experience offering unforgettable memories. Consider a horse-riding safari in Uganda with Friendly Gorillas Safaris today.


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