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White Nile Explorer - Ride and Raft

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Meeting: Jinja
Airport:   Entebbe      
Transfer: Kampala    Distance: 100 miles

Pick-up/ drop-off is from Entebbe International Airport (EBB) or from hotels in Entebbe for 8:30am on Day 1. On the last day, clients are dropped off at the airport after 2:00pm.

Tack: English with saddlebag
Horses: Thoroughbred, Somali Ponies
Pace: All paces - lots of canters and gallops. 4 to 8 hrs per riding day. Rider must be able to control a horse at a canter.
| Walk | Trot | Canter | Gallop |
Level: Riding Level (Click for legend) (3 to 4 out of 5)    Good Intermediate
Weight: Max 200 lbs
Riders: Min 4 riders Max 8 riders
Riding helmets are mandatory for this ride.

Riding Experience
All clients must be able to do rising trot for long distances, as well as canter. We can help with less experienced clients by splitting the groups, and have many trails and guides for that purpose but you must be a minimum of strong intermediate riders. Thethe route and length of this ride is physically demanding. You need to be able to canter for extended periods and be competent riding in English saddles. We do ride for at least 4 hours a day (sometimes up to 6) so riding fitness is essential. Many people bring seat savers (bumnahs) and are happy they did!

Terrain & Environment
We ride a huge variety of trails, some winding tracks over steeper ground, hacking up hills to see the magnificent views. Then through dense jungle and over grassy tracks. Every day is different from the day before, the constant change of scenery is a photographers dream. Many people think a ride in Africa will have large wild animals, but in this area, we have an incredible variety of rarer and smaller species of animals, many of which are unique to this area.

We understand that our clients have different preferences on what they would choose for the pace of the safari. For this reason, we regularly split groups as we have 1 guide per 2 clients. Riders who wish to take it easy are able to ride at a leisurely pace, while those up for a faster paced ride, can also branch from the group at certain places on the rides to indulge in some fast canters and gallops. We also have a break in our rides at least every 3 hours, for either morning tea or lunch so horses and riders can have a drink and something to eat.

We have 20 beautiful horses, from 17hh down to 13.3hh. All our horses are well-schooled, responsive, very fit and we pride ourselves on having the right horse for everyone. Most of them are also eventers that compete regularly in Kenya. We own Irish Sports Horses, Thoroughbreds, American Saddlebred crosses and Ethiopian ponies.
We have a Canadian veterinarian, fully trained in horses, to assess the animal. In the case of lameness, a new horse is brought to the scene and the injured animal taken home for treatment.

This safari is led by Natalie who is assisted by Ugandan riders, grooms and other staff. Natalie is and an expert horsewoman from England. She has years of eventing, pony club, trekking, and stable experience and is a very able lady.
All our guides are trained to replace loose or lost shoes, and all horses are checked by the farrier prior to departure.

Riding helmets are mandatory and we suggest people bring their own helmets and chaps, although we can provide them free of charge if necessary.

Safety and Emergency Procedures
Uganda is one of the safest countries in the world.
We consider the safety of our riders and horses to be the top priority. All riders are briefed before we set off. All staff and guides are first aid trained, both for human and horses. A fully stocked first aid kits follows us on safari and we have 24-hour access to doctors and clinical facilities.
We have a very good mobile telephone network and have access to it at all times on the ride. All guides carry mobile phones, which have fully charged batteries and phone credit. In the event a rider or horse cannot be moved we immediately contact home base, who locate us from pre-determined GPS points enroute. A vehicle is sent to the scene of the accident, with a doctor if deemed necessary.

We do offer a simultaneous trip doing motorbike riding for non-riding clients. You can always contact us for further details on that.

Your hosts
Natalie arrived in Uganda in 2000 and fell in love with the beauty of the country and the wonderful people. She met TJ in 2004 and they then purchased a piece of land on the banks of the Nile and carved out home and stables from scratch. Along with daughter Kya, now 13, they breed, train, compete and instruct in dressage, show jumping and cross-country disciplines. Natalie also is an Equine Osteopath and as well as riding gets to judge competitions as well.

Passport and Visa Requirements: Passport valid for at least six months from date of entry to Uganda required by all nationals referred to in the chart.Passport NoteEntry may be refused to passengers not holding sufficient funds, ret. more
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White Nile Explorer - Ride and Raft
Tour Code: IT-UGRT01
8 days / 7 nights ~$4,000.00
Dates : Available all Year

Trip Rating :
Difficulty : Riding Level
Riding Level Explained
Beginner A rider who has limited experience, is unable to post the trot and does not canter.
Novice A rider who is capable of mounting and dismounting unassisted, capable of applying basic aids, comfortable and in control at the walk, moderate length posting trots, and short canters.
Intermediate A rider who has a firm seat, is confident and in control at all paces (including posting trots, two point canters and gallops), but does not ride regularly.
D Strong Intermediate
Strong Intermediate An intermediate rider who is currently riding regularly and is comfortable in the saddle for at least 6 hours per day.
All of the above, plus an independent seat, soft hands, and capable of handlinga spirited horse in open country.
Lodging: Standard
Lodging Level Explained
= Facilities in lodges, estancias, haciendas, resorts, etc.
Basic lodging - some with shared bathroom facilities, usually no AC or room service.
Regular standard room - usually with private bath.
 Accommodations with superior comforts.
 = Trips with nights in tent camps. Sometimes the first and last night are in hotels.
Basic tent camping - everyone helps out with camp chores.
Regular standard with some camp amenities and camp cook.
Camping facilities with superior comforts like camp shower, bathroom facility..
 = Trips that combine nights in hotels and camping.
Basic accommodation and basic camping facilities can be expected.
Regular standard with some nicer amenities.
Only assigned to hotel and camping facilities with superior comforts.

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Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
A 2021 09/26 - 10/03 8d / 7n 7 day trip, AP Lodge Safari 4 /8 Expired
A 2021 12/28 - 01/04 8d / 7n 7 day trip, AP Lodge Safari 4 /8 Reserve
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Tack: English with saddlebag
Horses: Thoroughbred, Somali Ponies
Pace: All paces - lots of canters and gallop...
Walk, Trot, Canter, Gallop,
Airport: Entebbe
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