Uganda is a land of lakes, wetlands and rivers. It’s no wonder that water sports are so popular here!
The Country has long been seen as the adventure capital of East Africa, with its stunning wildlife safaris, mountain gorilla trekking adventures and cultural tour experiences.
But these days the country is becoming increasingly recognized for its amazing range of water sports too. In this article we bring you 10 top-rated water-sport adventures. Read on.
Kayaking on the mighty Nile River (Water sports)
Water sports are one of the best ways to spend time on the Nile. It is so much fun.
You can do it with friends or family or even by yourself. Water sports are actually more than just swimming, but kayaking too.
Kayaking is a good sport for everyone; young and old, beginner and expert alike. It is not difficult to learn how to kayak, you can probably do it within an hour or two after you start.
The first day I tried it I was able to paddle around in circles without tipping over (with help from my guide).
This activity offers travelers an opportunity to not only experience the fantastic Nile River, but the surrounding towns, the locals, farmlands and birds too.
We recommend the Grade 5 Tandem Kayaking as the best activity for adventure lovers as it allows you (with little or no experience of kayaking prior to) to tackle a few of the biggest and finest rapids in a single day.
Participants learn the flow of the river, back and forward paddling, basic strokes, rescue and tipping over skills.
Touring Lake Victoria by boat
Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the world’s second largest freshwater lake by area (after Lake Superior). It is divided among three countries: Uganda, Tanzania, and Kenya.
It has a maximum depth of over 200 metres (660 ft) and an estimated volume of 8,850 cubic kilometres. In terms of surface area, Lake Victoria is nearly as large as North America’s Lake Huron.
In the 20th century, Lake Victoria was a large source of British power because of its enormous size and proximity to the major industrial regions of Western Europe.
Unlike Lake Tanganyika, Lake Victoria is not deep. Its shallow waters are warm throughout the year and ideal for swimming, sailing and other water sports.
White-water rafting on the Nile River (water sports)
Rafting is a water sport in which a person is pulled along a river or other body of fast-moving water in a rubber boat, a raft or a kayak.
The activity can also be done as a sport with competitive races against other competitors.
The Nile River is the world’s second longest river and flows north through eastern Africa from Lake Victoria into the Mediterranean Sea.
In certain sections, the river runs almost completely free, but in others it is divided into channels by islands and rocks. This makes for some exciting rafting as you pass through rapids.
White water rafting
Carried out in Jinja – East Africa’s adventure capital, White water rafting is arguably the most fascinating water adventure activity in Uganda.
It is performed with plethora paddles as each member of the team fully takes part in the task.
Travelers raft through the smooth and rough rapids of the nile, as they join up in teams headed by a guide.
Find high rapids at wild waters reserve and at Itanda falls, where most of the rough throwing and turnings take place.
Nevertheless, White-Water Rafting isn’t only about navigating rapid.
Stops are made at several of the Islands with an impressive collection of environment-friendly plant life, birds as well as primates like Vervet Monkeys.
Ask us – the memory of floating down the rapids of the longest river on earth will certainly stay with you forever.
Dugout canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi
Dugout canoeing is one of the most unique water sports in Uganda. Dugout canoes are handmade out of wood; usually decorated with intricate carving, geometric designs and sometimes painting.
Canoeing on the scenic Lake Bunyonyi, island hopping where you get to visit and discover some of the 29 islands that dot Lake Bunyonyi is such a unique water sport adventure. Doing it in a dugout canoe is epic.
The most effective alternative for a Lake Bunyonyi safari is to paddle around in a dugout canoe.
As much as Lake Bunyonyi has a little bit of a resort ambiance, local life right here is still increasingly conventional.
Majority of individuals who live around the lake still use dugout canoes as an important kind of transportation.
So there’s not much better method to begin your exploration of the best Lake Bunyonyi activities than by taking a ride in one!
You are given an opportunity to try out the paddling; it was a great experience for us.
To get your feet damp, employ a canoe captain to take you around a few of the lake’s 29 islands.
You’ll discover a lot about the lake from your boat guide.
Abseiling on Sipi Falls – epic water sports adventure
This is one of the most extreme water sports adventures in Uganda, where you will experience true adrenaline rush with your friends.
Sipi Falls is one of the most dramatic waterfalls in Africa. It is a series of three waterfalls where you could invest much of the day climbing down to the base of one, only to climb to see the other two.
A steep descent leads into the gorge where the crystal clear waters plunge into a deep pool. An adrenaline-filled abseil (rappel) on a specially designed platform offers a real challenge for the more adventurous visitors.
But don’t worry, you’ll be harnessed to a safety rope and secured by a guide throughout the whole activity. Plan to pay about $50 USD for this epic experience.
Bungee jumping on the Nile (water sports)
Bungee jumping is one of the most thrilling water sports experiences and activities done in Jinja city at the Nile River, where the memory lasts a lifetime.
Generally the person jumping is connected to a cable that extends as the individual declines from the top, to the bottom, touching the surface area of river Nile.
This worthwhile and brave adventure in Jinja takes place on the popular Uganda tower.
It might be typical all over the world but doing it on the world’s second longest river is exceptionally off the beaten track. This is where the shock and excitement comes in.
Open to all interested tourists throughout the year, the Bungee jumping experience takes about 2 minutes at most; however the awesome fall leads to a lifetime experience.
You will certainly leap over the source of the Nile from one of the most amazing bungee jumping sites in the world.
Purpose-built bungee jump constructed and operated to the greatest New Zealand requirements, according to the operator.
Boat Cruises – fun and water sports activity
Boat Cruises are the most popular tourist attraction in Uganda. Tourists visit Uganda to witness the world’s largest freshwater lake, which is shared with Tanzania, on a boat cruise.
The lake boasts of over 1000 islands on its expanse, which are home to over 250 bird species.
Cruises in Uganda are a great way to combine water sports and relaxation.
There are many boat companies that offer cruises along the Nile River, Lake Victoria and other bodies of water in this beautiful country.
These cruises offer lots of fun and water sports activities, such as fishing, boating, snorkeling and kayaking.
They are also excellent opportunities to see wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, elephants and monkeys.
Tourists can also learn about the local culture by taking part in dances performed by local tribesmen.
The boat cruises in Uganda are available for almost all types of passengers including individuals, groups, corporate business travelers, VIPs, tourists, backpackers and honeymooners.
All this is possible because Uganda is a heaven to a variety of water-bodies and adventurous safaris.
Ziplining Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi is a popular destination in Uganda. Many tourists visit for Island boat tours, bird watching, cultural trips, fishing and more.
But did you know that there are also ziplines in Bunyonyi? Ziplining Lake Bunyonyi is an amazing new sport that offers fun, thrills and spectacular views of Africa’s second deepest lake.
Ziplining Lake Bunyonyi is one of the best things to do in Uganda. Ziplining over the scenic lake Bunyonyi, Uganda’s most popular zipline adventure activity is a must-do for adventure lovers.
It takes only minutes to reach speeds of 100 kmph and feel the adrenaline pumping through your veins. The route is a thrilling 4km long and takes you over a jungle canopy that offers breath-taking views of the surrounding countryside.
Upon arrival at the starting point, you will be fitted with a harness and helmet before being hooked onto a zip line and propelled into the air.
Swim in the 2nd deepest lake in Africa
Lake Bunyonyi is a natural wonderland surrounded by rolling hills and trees. It is located in the southwestern corner of Uganda, between Kisoro and Kabale, very close to the border with Rwanda.
The lake itself is about 900 meters deep at its deepest location, but the average depth is around 39 meters.
It is one of the clearest lakes we have ever seen. Because it is so deep, the water is completely still. No waves break against shore, and in most parts, there are no boats or shoreline activity to create waves.
It is amazingly quiet and peaceful, which adds to the sense of serenity that comes out of this wonder of Uganda.
The waters of Lake Bunyonyi are free from risks of bilharzia, risks of crocodiles, hippos and other harmful animals, giving an excellent experience of swimming on a deep lake.
However being among the deepest lakes on the planet, site visitors ought to be skilled or experienced swimmers.
Sport fishing and safaris
The majority of the fishing grounds are along the shores of Lake Victoria. There are four distinct seasons that offer different species of fish, but some are common to more than one season.
Lake Victoria also has many tributaries including the Nile River, which is the second longest river in Africa. This area is an excellent location for fishing and bird watching.
Lake Mburo National Park is located in western Uganda on the shores of Lake Edward. Over 200 bird species have been identified here.
It also provides good fishing opportunities for both fly-fishermen and spin fishermen.
Sport fishing in Uganda is one of the most exciting sports activities to do. Fishing in Uganda is actually very easy since there are many fish varieties you can fish for.
There are different fishing spots around the country which are suitable for both novice and experienced anglers.
There are various ways to enjoy your fishing experience, including fishing on a boat, fishing from the banks or even from kayaks, which is actually quite popular these days.
The Nile River offers many opportunities for anglers to catch some fish along its shores, though it’s not advisable to go too far away from the shore.
Conclusion: So there you have it – the 10 most popular water sports activities in Uganda. There are many more to explore but these are the best ones, based on our experience as a leading adventure travel website in this country. We hope you found this helpful!