Uganda is a destination for horse lovers offering Uganda Horseback safaris in different locations. Nonetheless, seeing wildlife on a horse is a beautiful opportunity in Uganda. The experience allows you to get up close and personal with wild animals, which you wouldn’t be able to do on a typical safari game drive. Furthermore, it involves riding through breathtaking scenery and appreciating nature. Here are some of the destinations where one can have a horseback safari in Uganda;
Horse riding in Lake Mburo National Park
Horseback riding in Lake Mburo National Park is the best way to explore and enjoy the beauty and wildlife of the park. Offered by Mihingo Lodge, horse riding is one of the exceptional experiences that every traveler should not miss during their visit to Uganda. Horseback safaris in Lake Mburo take riders through the Savannah vegetation of Lake Mburo to explore different areas of the park. Visitors can see various attractions such as Lake Mburo, rivers, wetlands, and local communities during the horseback ride. Riding lasts about 30 minutes to 4 hours and exposes travelers to remarkable views of various wildlife grazing in fields, hunting, and browsing the Park.
In Lake Mburo National Park, the maximum number of people allowed on each trip is 6 people per shift. Thus, providing an excellent opportunity for group travelers to enjoy the horse ride as a group, friends, or family. Animals to see include; Impalas, common eland, oribis, African buffalo, leopard, waterbucks, warthogs, giraffes etc.
Horse riding at the Source of the Nile in Jinja
Jinja Horseback safaris are enjoyed in two fascinating options: One can ride as part of a group or as an individual. The ride begins at the Nile’s source and proceeds through various tea plantations and communities. Riding a horse along the banks of the world’s longest river, the Nile is awe-inspiring. Horseback riding can last an hour, two, or three hours depending on the package you choose. Furthermore, the experience can be done both in the morning and afternoon. The other option is enjoying a horse safari by simply walking for about an hour with the horse. This is preferable to riding the horse because you get to explore more while on foot. You take time to relax and, if you have children, allow enough time to share this experience with them as you enjoy the Nile’s breeze and scenery.
Horseback Riding in Kampala and envrons
There are horseback tours done in and near Kampala. All of the horses are well-trained, healthy, well-maintained, patient, and gentle, especially with first-time riders.
They provide a variety of horse-riding packages, including pony rides for children, one-hour rides, and private, shared, and group lessons. Each of these packages is reasonably priced.
Tips for Horseback Riding
- Wear the horse-riding equipment correctly.
- Be confident when mounting the horse.
- Avoid sprawling. Relax and sit up straight.
- Make sure you’re not holding the saddle horn.
- Focus while riding the horse
- Keep your eyes on the road
- Always know that you are in command.
- Remember to keep the reins loose and gentle.
All in all, horse riding in Uganda does not require any skills or experience to participate in the activity. This is because the Horseback Safari teams first provide basic skill training before beginning the activity, particularly for first-time riders. This includes being given a few tips on how to control the horse according to its pace. The horses have been trained and they are always very sensitive to what you want them to do for a safe and calm ride experience.
For the more daring explorers, a horseback riding vacation in Uganda can be combined with gorilla trekking through the misty mountains in search of the iconic mountain gorillas. We can also arrange an overland tour to some of the finest National Parks for incredible wildlife experiences.