Horseback Riding Tours – Jinja City

Horseback Riding Tours in Jinja city are among one of the interesting activities that tourists can do while visiting Jinja. Other interesting activities that you can do while in Jinja include a boat cruise on River Nile which is the longest river in the whole world, visit tea and sugar plantations, guided nature walks and bird watching among others. 

Horseback riding tours in Jinja are run by Nile Horseback Safaris a company which is owned by an Australian expatriate. The company has healthy, trained, experienced and schooled horses where each horse has a mounting block, saddle bag, rain jacket and also know what is required to do so as to give you a safe and calm ride depending on your level of experience and also has ponies for kids of 4 to 10 years.

Who is eligible for horseback riding tours in Jinja?

Horseback riding in Jinja city can be done by riders who do not exceed 90kgs to participate in order to ensure the safety of the riders and the health of the horses. 

When are horseback riding tours conducted in Jinja City.

The activity is conducted in four sessions starting from 10am in the morning, at 2pm in the afternoons, 4pm in the evening and the overnight session for the experienced riders. Each session allows a maximum of 6 people per sessions. Both the morning and the afternoon sessions start with a briefing where the inexperienced riders are given training on how to control a horse therefore the beginners and inexperienced riders should not worry about horse riding safari in Jinja. Each horseback riding session in Jinja is given two guides; one who leads the horse riding activity and another one who follows from behind to ensure that no one gets any difficult while riding. 

During horseback riding tours in Jinja city you will be able to take tours to the neighboring communities, have beautiful views of River Nile, the hills, farmlands, tea plantations, sugar plantations, bird species, antelopes among others, mongoose and monkeys which can be seen on a lucky day. Kids who want to participate in horse riding activity in Jinja, Nile horseback safaris arranges ponies for them for short rides of 30 minutes and the long rides of one hour for the experienced kid riders. When kids are riding the ponies there are guides who will be monitoring them so as to ensure their safety.

Riders who want to participate in overnight or multiday horse riding safari, the activity only requires a minimum of two people therefore in order for the overnight or multiday horse riding activity to take place the rider have to be two and it also requires the experienced riders because riding goes through the strenuous and challenging trails.

Cost of horseback riding tours in Jinja.

The cost of horseback riding tours in Jinja vary depending on the time spent while riding on the horse back for example 

  • 1 hour horse riding costs USD 40 per person
  • 1.5 hours horse riding costs USD 50 per person
  • 2 hours horse riding costs USD 60 per person
  • 3hours horse riding costs USD 90 per person
  • 90minutes overnight horse ride costs USD 60 per person 
  • 30minutes kids pony ride costs UGX 70,000 per kid
  • 1 hour kid pony ride costs UGX 120,000 per kid

The overnight horseback riding tour in Jinja allows a minimum of two people and comes with a package which includes boat transportation from the campsite, beer, juice, sodas and local spirits. 

How to book for a horse riding permit in Jinja 

Horse riding permit in Jinja can either be booked directly by contacting Nile horseback safaris on email or telephone calls or you can book through a trusted tour operator like Explore Rwanda Tours. When contacting us, please endeavor to inform us of the date, month, age, number of people who want to participate in horse riding, length of the ride, weight and session for horse riding. We will then check availability of the permit and ask you to make a deposit. After the deposit has been made we will acquire a horse riding permit for you. 

However horseback riding permit in Jinja should be booked in advance so as to avoid disappointments because there are limited horses and guides in Nile horseback safaris.

Horseback Riding Tours - Jinja City
Horse Back Riding in Jinja

What to pack for your horseback riding tour in Jinja.

For your horseback riding tour in Jinja city, you will need the following; Long sleeved shirt and trousers, comfortable closed shoes, a camera, water bottle and sunscreen cream.

Other activities that you can do while in Jinja City.

Jinja is one of the most visited cities in Uganda after Kampala and Entebbe cities. Jinja city offers tourists a variety of activities such as;

White water rafting

White water rafting in Jinja is an interesting activity that is conducted on River Nile. Visitors ride in a small raft filled with air with an experienced guide on River Nile. White water rafting gives you an opportunity to experience the beautiful scenery, warm water, sunshine, water rapids, and River channels, islands among others which give you fascinating and lifetime memories on your safari in Uganda.

Bungee jumping

Bungee jumping is an activity where your body or ankle is tied with your face looking down and then jump from a raised structure down to the river. Bungee jumping is an adventurous and new activity that has been introduced at River Nile which makes Jinja one of the destinations that carry out bungee jumping in Africa. Bungee jumping on the Nile River can only be carried out by individuals who are 13 years and above and allows a minimum weight of 35kgs and 260kgs.


Kayaking in Jinja city is one of the activities done by tourists visiting Jinja city. Visitors ride in a slow kayak boat as they explore the source of the Nile, surrounding communities, farmlands, islands among others.

Quad biking

Quad biking is an activity at the source of the Nile where visitors explore the destination while riding a bike. Quad biking begins with a briefing and training lessons about how you will ride, managing it while on the road, changing the gears, remaining on the tracks among others. During quad biking safaris in Jinja city will give you the opportunity to explore the forests, tea and sugar plantations, river banks where you will be able to see kids swimming, tour the local villages, view bird species, some animals among others.

Sport fishing

Jinja city is one of the destinations in Uganda that allows visitors to participate in sport fishing. There are sessions for sport fishing activity for example the morning, afternoon and full day sport fishing therefore visitors who want to participate in sport fishing are advised to book in advance for the activity. Sport fishing gears are provided while at the site and you are also allowed to bring your own equipment’s in case you want. During sport fishing you will be able to catch different fish species such as Nile perch, cat fish, tilapia, and tiger fish among others.

Jet boating

Jet boating in Jinja city is an exceptional activity where you can cruise on River Nile with a motorized high speed boat and a trained guide. Jet boating is an adventurous activity on River Nile where you will enjoy hitting of the rapids, jumps, turns, spins among others.


Swimming in Jinja city is mainly done in River Nile. It has no records of bilharzia, free from dangerous water animals like the hippos and crocodiles, and other infectious diseases which makes it safe and great for swimming.

How to get to Jinja City.

Jinja City is located in the southeastern part of Uganda, east of Kampala city. When travelling to Jinja city from Kampala, you will drive on Jinja highway through Mabira forest and then to Jinja town which takes about 2 hours’ drive if there is no jam in Kampala but if there is jam time taken will be more than 2 hours.

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