Rafting & Sipi Falls- Uganda

Uganda’s healthy climate makes it possible to get on with life with a minimum of fuss. You have to take precaution against malaria by taking anti-malarial two weeks before arrival. All kinds of anti-malaria is available in drug shops and there are doctors who have been in the country for many years who will treat malaria successfully.
Nearly all-African doctors are good at treating most tropical diseases. Some malaria strains now are resistant to treatments like malaria-quine or quinine, so its is better to always take precautions such as using mosquito repellents, creams or sleeping under treated bed-nets. You could also put on long sleeved shirts, socks and occasionally use sprays in your room. You are meanwhile advised to drink bottled mineral water, although tap water in most places can be drunk without problems.

Immunisation
Some visitors to Uganda find a problem coping with fresh vegetables or fruit salads served in hotels, but the problem is usually not that of parasite infection but a change in climate for visitors. You should be able to drink most fresh juices and salads served in most decent hotels. Otherwise washing vegetables or fruits in a tincture of vinegar or salt is recommended. You might want to swim in most of the lakes or rivers, but a precaution should be taken against Schistomiasis (bilharzias).

immunisation

Compulsory vaccinations:
There was an outbreak of Yellow Fever in northern Uganda in December 2010. You should ensure that your vaccination is up to date before arriving in Uganda. You should also take a valid Yellow Fever vaccination certificate with you, as you may be asked to produce this when travelling onward from Uganda to other countries.

Recommended immunizations:
Very urgently recommended are vaccination against hepatitis A and typhoid fever. From October to May is recommended vaccination against meningococcal meningitis. In case of a longer stay, is recommended vaccination against hepatitis B and against cholera. For those travelers who will not stay mainly in the towns, is recommended vaccination against rabies. People over 30 years should be re-vaccinated against diphtheria and polio. Before travelling you should check, if you are vaccinated against tetanus and measles.

  • Sezibwa falls: you will visit this wonderful Buganda kingdom water fall
  • Mabira forest walk to see different species of monkeys and Birding
  • Source of the Nile; you will take a boat ride to go and see the source of the Nile.
  • Rafting on the Nile
  • Jinja city tour and shopping
  • Sipi falls hike: this one kind of hiking to the 3 water falls
  • mount Elgon coffee tour, roasting, grinding, boiling and drinking original organic coffee

Route

  • Day 1: Travel to Jinja
  • Day 2: Rafting on the Nile
  • Day 3: Travel to Sipi Falls
  • Day 4: Exploring the Sipi waterfalls/Coffee tour
  • Day 5: Travel back to Kampala

Map showing the travel routes

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Day 1: Kampala to Jinja
This morning you will have your breakfast, and later head to visit Sezibwa falls known for its birth by humans, the place is known for its Gods that the people from Buganda Kingdom used to go there and worship. Later you will drive and have a nature walk through one of the biggest forest in Uganda called Mabira forest.

After this quiet rewarding walk through the forest, you will the head to Jinja town which is the home to the source of the Nile and known for its white water rafting on the might Nile.
Accommodation: Source of smiles lodge.

Meal plan: lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 45 minutes.

Activity: Sezibwa falls walk & Mabira walk

 

 

Day 2: Rafting (optional) activity or Source of the Nile
Today you will have morning breakfast, you will have to choose either to go for white water rafting or go city tour Jinja, and also visit the source of the Nile by boat.. For those opting to go rafting on the Nile will be driven to the starting point where the legendary White Nile offers some of the best White Water rafting in the world. The Nile has up to seven times the volume of the Zambezi. The raft explodes through huge walls of white water and drifts through warm pools in the equatorial sunshine. You do not need any previous rafting experience, your raft guide will teach you all the practice on all aspects of safety and prepare them for an unforgettable experience.

Rafting the Nile has 100% safety records. You will enjoy the rafting knowing that you are in the safest hands.
Accommodation: Source of smile lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 45 minutes.

Activity: rafting full day

 

 

Day 3: Jinja – Sipi Falls
After Breakfast you drive through the eastern part of Uganda through Iganga town and Mbale town where the Bagisu people live, then up you up to highlands where temperatures are below 24 degrees and beautiful scenery thus over looking to flat vast of the Karamanjong lands. Then you will have reached the beautiful Sipi Falls, on a plateau 1800m above sea level. The Sipi River flows over the foothills of Mount Elgon, forming a spectacular series of waterfalls (some nearly 100m high), surrounded by village walking trails and lush

green coffee-producing hills. You will stay in a wonderful lodge. From your lodge you have beautiful views over one of the waterfalls.

Accommodation: Sipi River lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 6 Hours.

Activity: Road trip

 

 

Day 4: Sipi Falls
This morning at 8:30am prepare yourself for a beautiful day in paradise full of adventure hiking that begins with hiking to the three waterfalls that will take you 3-hour s hiking through the region. A local Sipi guide will take you on your hike to explain flora, fauna and culture. After lunch the local guide will take you to a coffee plantation tour starting with the coffee gardens, learning how coffee is grown and later the guide will take you through process of how coffee is dried, roasted and how it ends up as powder, the process is locally made and the lastly you will have a cup of hot coffee..

Accommodation: Sipi River lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Travel time: 3 Hours, 3hours.

Activity: Visiting the falls and coffee tour respectively

 

 

 

Day 5: Transfer to Kampala or Entebbe
On this day, as the sun comes out of hiding, you will have breakfast as you look at the Karamoja plains thus giving you

a moment of you seeing far as your eyes can see, after breakfast your guide will drive you to Kampala driving through, villages, towns like Mbale town which is Uganda’s oldest town. Having lunch on the Nile in Jinja.

Accommodation: No accommodation.

Meal plan: Breakfast, lunch.

Travel time: 5 Hours.

Activity: Road trip

 

 

END OF TRIP

From Entebbe or Kampala city to Jinja and Sipi falls,

Safari price:

 Type of Safari: Mid-range Safari
 1 Traveler pays:  US $ 1,776
 2 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 1,147
 3 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 993
 4 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 873
 5 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $834
  6 people traveling together: each person pays: US $806
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 80

 

Safari conclusion

Guide/ driver  1
Duration  5 Days, 4 Nights
Type of Vehicle Mini van bus/Land cruiser
Accommodation type Mid range lodge
Meals  4 Breakfast,  5 Lunches, 4 Dinners
Country Uganda

 

NOTE:

 

Single supplement:

  • This is when some people on this trip would like to travel with others and share everything but when it comes to Accommodation they would like not share the room with other people, each prefers to have a single room. That’s why they have to pay extra fee on top of the safari price we call it  “single supplement”

Lodges and Hotels:

  • The bookings with the lodges and hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.
  • In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best to book a lodge in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).

 

 Uganda  5 Days safari (What you are paying for)

 

SAFARI COST INCLUDES: SAFARI COST EXCLUDES:
Ground fuel International air fares;
 4×4 vehicle Entry visa Uganda
All three meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Alcohol drinks, All soft drinks
English speaking driver/guide Activities optional activities
Ssezibwa falls hike All expenses of a personal nature
Sipi falls hike Personal (medical/travel) insurance
All Accommodation as in program Tips and gratuities to rangers and driver/guide
Coffee tour laundry and souvenirs
Rafting on the Nile
Nature walk in a rain forest
1 Boat ride

 

Tipping

Clients are advised to give a fair, reasonable tip to the local guides, cleaners, drivers, hotel staff, etc. We advise you to only give tips when you are truly happy with the service provided.

Tipping suggestions:

Your driver/guide:  $10 dollars per person/per day
Porters:  $5 dollars per half day (3 – 4 hours)
Hotel porters:  $2 dollar per bag.
Rangers/ local guides:  $15 dollars per activity (in total)
Restaurants:  5 – 10%
Hotel staff $1 – $2 dollars per person/per night

This 4 day takes  you to Mabira forest for a nature walk, Ssezibwa falls for a natural nature walk, Jinja rafting on the Nile, Sipi falls water hike and coffee tour.

2nd January 2017- 5th January 2017    4th January 2018 –  7th January   2018
1st February 2017 – 4th February 2017    1st February 2018 – 4th February 2018
4th March 2017  –  7th March 2017    3rd March 2018  –    6th  March     2018
1st June 2017  –      4th June 2017    4th June 2018     –     7th    June       2018
4th July 2017 –       7th July 2017    3rd July 2018      –     6th     July        2018
1st August 2017-   4th August 2017    4th August 2018  –    7th     August    2018
1st November 2017 – 4th November 2017    3rd November 2018 –  6th November 2018

Note: For those who have their own departure dates please contact us for your departure dates.