Hot-air ballooning Trip in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Peaceful and serene, hot-air ballooning is a wonderful adventure in Uganda. From the thrill of watching the balloon inflate, and the imperceptible lift-off, to the gentle descents with the pilot skimming the treetops one moment then sending you soaring heavenwards the next. And the sensational views are unforgettable!

Recently introduced Hot-air balloon rides in Queen Elizabeth national park offer safe adventures. Commercial hot-air ballooning in Uganda is controlled by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority, and each operator must be registered as a non-scheduled airline, have a valid pilot’s license, operating certificate and public liability insurance and is held to regular airworthiness checks. As a passenger, you need to be fit enough to stand for the duration of the flight (at least 50 minutes), climb in and out of the basket and be at least 1.2m (4 ft) tall so you can see over the rim. Air temperature and stability dictate that almost all balloon flights start before sunrise, and the flight path of every excursion depends on the direction of the wind and the weather.

In Queen Elizabeth National park, take a flight over the crater lakes, or over Kazinga channel, with views of the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. In the park, a mix of savannah grassland and woodland offer a rare and exquisite sight. In the Katwe crater region, drift over the salt pans and spectacular landscapes—spot the game from air.

Bungee jump on World’s longest River Nile

The Nile river bungee jumping adds a whole new dimension to sightseeing on this famous river. Bridging the gap between adventure and sightseeing tourism, it allows visitors to enjoy one of its most famous landmarks like never before. River Nile bungee jumping will have you falling heads over heels for this river in no time. 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

The Nile bungee jump is one of several adventure activities now on offer and is one of the most exciting ways to see world’s biggest river. Based on River Nile cliff and a major Jinja attraction – the new activities are fast changing the way visitors experience the River. For a start, you now have the most awesome view of the Nile from the top of the cliff. Other Nile adventure experience includes the white water rafting, Kayaking and jetting.

Travel tips & planning info

Who to contact

ADRIFT Adventure Co.
Plot 14, York Terrace,
Kololo, Kampala-Uganda

E-mail:     raft [at] adrift [dot] ug
Telephone:     +256-(0) 312 237 438
Mobile:     +256 (0) 772 237 438

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 7681
Kampala

How to get here

If you’re driving, from Kampala take the Jinja highway to Jinja town that is approximately 80km from Uganda’s capital city-Kampala.

Tours to do

Evening source of the River Nile tours

What will it cost?

  • Bungee Jump  –  $ 115
  • Raft / Bungee Combo
    • $ 195 – Full day rafting – can only be done over 2 days!
    • $ 185 – Half day rafting

 

Length of stay

Half-day to full day

What to pack

Plenty of sunscreen, a hat and lots of courage!

Where to stay

For something a little different, try and book in to one of the many charming Bed and Breakfast in the area.

What to eat

Try traditional African cuisine at venues across Jinja town or international cuisine from up market restaurants.

 

Gorilla Trekking Code of Conduct

About Gorilla Trekking

Mountain gorilla trekking is ranked amongst the world’s top adventurous activities, only done in East and Central Africa. This is the only place in the world where one can travel to and see the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Gorilla Census report of 2011 showed that, there are only 880 mountain gorillas left in the whole world, found in the Virunga volcanic mountain ranges shared among Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. Out of 880, Uganda has about 440, which is almost half of it. This means that, like cross river gorillas (250 – 300 remaining), mountain gorillas are also critically endangered. And the number of visitors par day is limited to 8 people visiting each gorilla group. The limit aims at protecting these gentle giants through conserving their environment. You need a gorilla permit that acts as permission to participate in a guided forest to search for gorillas. A gorilla trekking permit in Rwanda costs US dollars 750 each, US dollars 600 in Uganda and US dollars 500 in DR Congo. Gorilla trekking in Rwanda takes place in Volcanoes National Park with currently over 10 gorilla groups, and in Uganda, gorilla tracking takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with currently 12 gorilla groups and 1 gorilla group in Mgahnga National Park. Gorilla Trekking in DR Congo’s Virunga National Park is not well developed due to some political unrests in the region but its one of the perfect destinations to see gorillas in the wild with big gorilla groups and silverbacks and babies.

How to behave on the way to trek Gorillas:

Always follow the instructions from the ranger guides while on the way to search for mountain Gorillas. Rangers may instruct you to follow a certain route, keeping quiet, keep close and so on, and please obey.

If you have any transmitted or contiguous disease like cold, dysentery, skin disease, cough and so on. Please remain behind and wait for you’re refunded according to the Uganda Wildlife Authority refund regulations or you can decide to reschedule the tracking date to meet gorillas after recovery.

Only 8 visitors or trackers are allowed to visit each gorilla group since a large group can stress the gorillas. In a Small group, the gorillas are comfortable and relaxed with there visitors’ presence.

It is advisable to wash your hands with detergent so that you do not carry any germs to the field which may spread diseases to the gorillas. They are highly susceptible to human diseases.

Avoid dumping any rubbish on the way because the gorillas can easily pick it and eat it. This also spoils the environment.

Since gorillas are mobile in their nature environment, you are expected to endure the difficulties in trying to meet them. The ranger guide will guide you following the trails to the area they were last seen the previous day. In case they moved, you are requested to be patient as you search since these are free animals in there natural habitat.

Set your cameras in advance – avoid flash cameras to avoid stressing the Gorillas. You need to be patient and wait to take out your cameras until advised to do so. He has to first observe there mood before you can take any action.

Don’t forget extra batteries and insect repellent while going on a gorilla trek in Africa.

Kampala Serena Hotel

Kampala Serena Hotel is the Hotel on World standards – it is a 5 star Hotel situated in the heart of Kampala amidst 7.2 acres of landscaped grounds and water gardens. An oasis of cool and green, encircled by the seven hills of Kampala, this 152-room world-class hotel is the focal point of national, regional, business, political and social life. It is one of the perfect places to stay while in Uganda (Kampala) for a holiday with your family, or on a business trip.

Kampala Serena Hotel provides an international conference center, a garden auditorium, a roof-top terrace, a rock-sculptured pool terrace, three restaurants, two bars and the Moorish palace of the ‘Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa.

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Location of Kampala Serena Hotel: The Hotel is found on Kintu Road, on Nakasero Hill, one of the most exclusive, upscale neighborhoods in Kampala. Kampala serena Hotel is found 40 km from Entebbe International Airport.

High end rooms with AC, satellite TV, Wi-Fi and voice-mail.

Services offered at Kampala Serena Hotel include:

Bambara Residents’ Lounge with Bedouin Terrace, The Lakes, all-day brasserie, The Mist, cocktail bar,   The Explorer, Italian bistro, The Pearl of Africa, fine-dining experience, The Sesse Pool Terrace bar and café, Panoramic roof terrace for private cocktails and social events, Garden auditorium, Extensive swimming pool area with rock-built waterfall, The Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa, Running track in the grounds and golf course (nearby), Hair and beauty salon, International Conference Centre to seat 1,500, VIP entrance, helipad, dedicated car park, full security, Wide range of incentives options, Business Centre, travel desk, taxi and limousine service, Wedding planning service, Gift Shop, news-stand and travel requisites kiosk.

In Uganda, we also have another 5 Star Lake Victoria Serena Hotel located in Kigo along Entebbe Road in a very quiet environment, also good for relaxation at very affordable prices.