Short Trips

SGSR offers both short and long tours either starting from Kabale or Kigali or from Kampala depending on the traveler’s budget.

Short trips starting from  Kabale(South western Uganda)

Uganda was ranked by lonely planet the world’s no.1 tourist destination for the year 2012 and many of the attractions are in South Western Uganda like Bwindi a world heritage site and a home of more than a half of world’s mountain Gorillas,Virunga ranges in Kisoro and Trees climbing lions of Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park.  For these trips budget travelers board a bus from Kampala or Kigali to Kabale and are picked from the bus.

Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi

Tree Climbing Lions Queen Elizabeth N.P

Cannoe Trekking on Lake Bunyonyi/Lake Mutanda

Hiking Safaris

Bird Watching

 

  1. 1 or 2 day gorilla tracking.  You can go and track gorillas in one day and come back to kabale or travel a day before gorilla tracking stay next to the National Park and come back to Kabale after tracking.
  2. Cannoe Trekking and Mountain Hiking.  We arrange from 5 hour to 3 days canoe trekking on Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda the volcanic lakes which are bilhazia free I dug out canoes.  This involves canoeing,visiting historical Islands, visiting of the communities around the lakes,pygimies and hiking of the hills around the volcanic lakes for specula  views. We also make arrange climbing of volcanoes like Mt. Muhabura,Mt Mgahinga, Mt. Sabyinyo,Mt Rwenzori,Mt Elgon and many other mountains within the Kigezi Highlands.
  3. Bird watching. We organize 1 to 4 days bird watching in Echuya Swamp,Nyamuriro Swamp,Lake Bunyonyi,Ruhija,Bwindi National Park and Mgahiginga National Park
  4. 1 or 2 or 3 Day visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park. First day visit Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park for Tree climbing Lions,Elephants,Hippos,Kobs; second day Kazinga channel Boat ride, Crater fields and equator and third day for Chimpanze Tracking and kasenyi game drives for more lions.
  5. Nature walks & Water falls. Nature walks in Bwindi impenetrable forests and visit the water falls
  6. Visit the Hot springs.
  7. Visit the pigmies or batwa villages
  8. Community Tourism and Volunteering.  We provide home stays and volunteering opportunities from 1 day to 6 months volunteering opportunities in ICT,education,

health,Agriculture in areas around Bwndi Impenetrable National Park.

SHORT TRIPS WHILE IN KAMPALA

There are variety of activities that can be done around Kampala before or after your safari.

1) KAMPALA CITY TOUR

Kampala is built on seven hills and that is where it derives its name “The city of seven hills”.

There are many interesting places to visit and our Excursions will take you to many of these beautiful interesting places with alot of History attached to most of them. You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel then visit these interesting places with an English speaking and knowledgeable guide.

– The Uganda Museum

– Uganda Martys Shrine Namugongo

– Bahai Temple

– Kasubi Tombs

– Art and Crafts Galleries

– Owino and Nakasero Markets and other places of interest.

2) JINJA CITY TOUR

Jinja was once the capital city of Uganda. The mighty River Nile starts its long journey of 4000 miles to the Mediterenean sea from Jinja. The Owen Falls Dam that provides the whole Uganda with Hydro Electricity is located down stream from the source of the Nile in Jinja.

Source of the Mighty Nile

The source of the Nile, alluded to hazily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy, stood as one of the great geographical mysteries o the Victorian age.

The desire to uncover this geographic Holy Grail inspired the epic journey of exploration undertaken by Livingstone, Stanley, Burton and Speke. And it was the latter John Hannington Speke, on pioneering 1862 – 3 expedition  around Lake Victoria , who first controversially suggested that a small waterfall flowing north ward out of the Lake might be the legendary spring – theory whose accuracy was confirmed  more than ten years later by Stanley.

Flanked today by the city of Jinja, the waterfall described by Speke now lies submerged beneath the Owen Falls Dam, Uganda’s main source of hydro –electric power .Still, a visit to the source of the Nile remains a moving and wondrous experience, no less so to those who have seen the same river as it flows past the ancient Egyptian temples of Luxor some 6,000 Km down stream.

 

Closer to home, the Nile down river from Jinja offers some superb white water rafting and game fishing .It is crowning glory, however, is Murchison falls where the world’s longest river funnels through a narrow fissure in the rift Escarpment to erupt out of the other side in a crashing 43 metres plume of white water .The river below the falls is no less spectacular in its own way, with its profuse birdlife, thousands of hippos, and outsized, gape mouthed crocodiles.

You will be picked up in the morning from your hotel and drive about two hours East of Uganda where Jinja lies. Along the way, there are many Tea and Sugarcane plantations, Mabira forest which has different primates and birds. You will also visit the Bujagali Falls the converging point for many water Rapids.

WHITE WATER RAFTING

Anyone above the age of 15 years can enjoy this wild adventure of White Water Rafting along the Mighty River Nile. No experience is required. You can be trained before and all the equipments required are provided.

While in Jinja you can opt for other activities such as:

a) Bungee Jumping. The Nile high Bungee jumping is one of the interesting activities one can do before or after an overnight safari. Safety and environmental sustainability are highly considered and the site meets international standards

b) Kayaking the Nile

c) Quad Riding. You can do quad riding for up to 6 hours along the banks of River Nile and into the warm heat of rural Africa. Training, protective clothing and refreshments are all inclusive in the package fee.

You will be picked in the morning from your respective hotel and return in the evening.

3) NGAMBA ISLAND EXCURSIONS , UGANDA

Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 by the Born Free Foundation (UK), International Fund for Animal Welfare (USA), the Jane Goodall Institute (Germany and Uganda), The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust (UWECT) and the Zoological Board of New South Wales (Australia) and it provides these orphaned chimpanzees with a secure home to live out their lives, since a return to their natural habitat is not possible, while educating visitors and local communities about their remarkable species and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat.

Ngamba Island consists of approximately 100 acres, 98 of which are forested and separated from the visitors area by an electric fence. Ngamba Island was officially opened to visitors in October 1999 and is currently home to 40 orphaned chimpanzees.

 

Have a Close – Up Chimpanzee Encounter – And Make A Difference in the Lives of Chimpanzees!

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary offers chimpanzee encounters including:

One day trip either on a speed boat or traditional boat.

 

You will view either a morning or afternoon feeding, of the chimpanzees from the visitors platform area along the edge of the sanctuary fence, hear an informative talk by sanctuary staff, enjoy lunch (optional extra on full day trips), swimming on the equator, viewing a neighbouring fishing village, bird watching, other wildlife encounters, or just sunbathe and relax.

Journey times approximately 50 minutes by speedboat or 90 minutes each way by traditional motorised boat.

Speedboat Departure Times

Morning viewing 9.00am

Afternoon viewing 12.45pm

Speedboat 1 – capacity of up to 5 passengers. An 18 foot sea going ski boat with single foam filled hull, powered by a Yamaha 140HP outboard engine, sun canopy and life jackets on board.

Speedboat 2 – capacity of up to 10 passengers. A 25 foot speed boat, powered by 2 X Yamaha 140HP outboard engines, sun canopy and life jackets on board.

Speedboat 3 – capacity of up to 14 passengers. A 36 foot boat powered by 2 X Yamaha 140HP outboard engines with sun & rain canopy and life jackets on board.

Traditional Motorised Boat – Full day trips

Morning viewing 08.00am

Afternoon viewing 10.30am

A Traditional Motorised boat – modified for tourist traveling on Lake Victoria with a capacity of up to 20 passengers. Life jackets and rain suites are provided for all on board our boats.

Boat transfer by Speedboat – Approximately 50 minutes, weather dependant

Includes: Informative tour and chimpanzee viewing, entrance fees for the Island Sanctuary and the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

Boat transfer by Traditional boat – Approximately 90 minutes, weather dependant

Includes: Informative tour and chimpanzee viewing, entrance fees for the Island Sanctuary.

Children under 3 years – FREE OF CHARGE.