Uganda’s Greatest Adventures

Uganda’s Greatest Adventures

Uganda’s Greatest Adventures Article by: Adventure Tourism Uganda Consortium & Charlotte Beauvoisin. Kalangala cycling Image by:  Alex Bongers

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Uganda is a country full of joy and adventure. Traditionally known for being a safari destination, over time white water rafting and kayaking on the Nile have helped promote Jinja as “the adventure capital of East Africa.”

But don’t stop there...

for there is so much more to Uganda as an adventure destination.


The Rwenzori Mountains have two main trekking routes: join Rwenzori Trekking Services for the 5-day Kilembe Trail, or hike with Rwenzori Mountaineering Services to complete the 6-day Central Circuit. Both routes offer detours to the many spectacular peaks including Uganda’s highest mountain Margherita Peak (5109m). Shorter treks are also possible. With 50 lakes, a series of waterfalls and funky vegetation that would not look out of place on a sci-fi film set, the Rwenzoris has plenty to offer adventurous hikers!

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The Kintu Trial is a 5-day stage race traversing the western edge of Uganda. It’s a tough challenge, cycling 475 km on unpaved roads and single-track trails with more than 9000 meters of vertical gain.


The route crosses several national parks, each with their own unique landscape and wildlife.


Jinja is the source of the world’s longest river – the Nile. Raft, kayak and tube the Nile’s rapids while enjoying the spectacular views.

River Rafting Ugandas greatest adventures


The Warrior Nomad Trail is “East-Africa’s cross-border wilderness destination” spanning Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia! Developed by regional tourism experts Kara-Tunga, the trail can be traversed by car, bicycle or on foot. Not only is this an authentic cultural experience and untamed outdoor adventure, the trail promotes peaceful coexistence among the neighbouring tribes. How cool is that?


Run Kapchorwa organises immersive high altitude running experiences including guided runs and group/track sessions for visitors.


Did you know that Mt. Elgon has the world’s largest caldera? There are several routes up the mountain, including the 4321 m high Wagagai summit. Trekking through the fields and villages of Kween District offers immersive cultural experiences; hikes through this fairytale landscape can be organised by Massif Montane Expedition.


The 1580 km Uganda Cycling Trail, developed by Red Dirt Uganda, starts in Kisoro in the southwest and crosses Uganda all the way up to Kidepo in the northeast. 85% of the route is unpaved and it includes a wealth of forests, mountains, savannas, lakes and villages. It’s easy to find quality accommodation along the way.


With its variety of landscapes, welcoming people and enormous network of dirt roads, Uganda is the perfect destination for adventurous mountain and gravel bike experiences.


Red Dirt Uganda specializes in mountain biking, touring and gravel biking. Join the ride of your life and experience the spectacular nature, encounter unique wildlife and share laughs with the wonderful local communities.

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Uganda has produced some of the world’s best runners: Stephen Kiprotich, Peruth Chemutai, Joshua Cheptegei… They all come from the slopes of Mount Elgon. Known as the ‘Land of Champions’, more and more international leisure and elite runners train at this high altitude location.


Run Kapchorwa is a social enterprise that lets you train with local athletes and improve as a runner, while supporting the local community. It was initiated by Home of Friends Guesthouse in Kapchorwa on the slopes of Elgon.


With adventurous roads, spectacular wildlife and amazing parks, Uganda truly is the perfect motorcycling destination.


UG-Motobike specializes in organizing and executing the most adventurous motorcycle trips in Uganda. Book that motorcycle trip you have only dreamed of!


Uganda has more than 50 recognized ethnic groups. From the royal institutions of the Bantu in central and western Uganda to the pastoralist heritage of the Nilotics in the North and East, each group has its own unique cultural heritage.


Kara-Tunga Arts & Tours is a social enterprise that offers authentic culture and adventure tours in the Karamoja region of northeastern Uganda.

Cultural tourism by Kara Tunga Tours
Cultural tourism by Kara Tunga Tours

MOUNTAINEERING offers hiking and mountaineering trips to the most spectacular destinations in Uganda and beyond, whether the spectacular snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains range, Mount Sabyinyo and the volcanoes on the border with Rwanda and DRC or Mount Elgon, bordering Kenya. All of them offer great hikes for adventure tourists.

Adventure Travel Guide Training       

A knowledgeable, experienced tour guide is key to an unforgettable travel experience. *Matoke Tours*, one of Uganda’s leading Destination Management Companies, has trained qualified tour guides to gain practical in-depth knowledge about Adventure Travel within Uganda. Within the program, a particular focus has been on involving Female Tour Guides, aiming to trigger sector-wide participation in achieving positive social change.

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Uganda’s greatest adventures map
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