Join us for a unique ride through rural Uganda and some stunning areas along the banks of the River Nile. On our overnight safari, and special advanced riding trips you can also experience the views from the hills overlooking the Nile valley, canter through the stunning plantation vistas and relax in the tranquillity of Mabira forest.
We can accommodate riding groups with mixed levels of experience by allowing the riding groups to temporarily separate at certain points on the safari allowing more competent riders to ride at a more advanced pace and those not so confident to stay within their comfort zone. For those experienced riders looking for a fast-paced safari with plenty of cantering, we do have specific safaris for advanced riders only.
We offer pony rides for kids as well as adults. To ensure these rides are as safe as possible, we have a guide walking and controlling the pony/horse and helping you or your child at all times. There are 30 minute or 1-hour options. These ponies are very safe, and parents are welcome to walk with their children and take photos.
Our 1 hr ride is aimed at novices, kids, aged riders and those that may be a little nervous. It is an introductory slow paced safari, (walk and trot), with most of the ride in the local village and about 1 km along the banks of the Nile. Really nervous riders can be led along on lead ropes if required. (Kids from 6 years).
Our 1.5 hr ride is a slightly more advanced version of our 1 hour ride. There are some opportunities for a short canter if you choose, but this ride is still a slower paced trip, more a sightseeing tour through the village and along the river bank rather than a hard core riding trip. Ideal trip for friends or family that don't want anything too intense.
This is a late afternoon ride of 1.5 hours during the cooler part of the day. More of a relaxed ride, great for all abilities and takes in the stunning light across the river and the relaxed mood of the village in the late afternoon. Also includes boat transport from NRE campsite or Nile River Camp and a few sundowner drinks.
This ride is for groups of friends/family with a range of abilities who want to ride together. The ride takes in mostly the rural areas and the section along the Nile. There are options for some short canters on this ride, but no-one is expected to go faster than they feel comfortable.
Our most popular serious riders trip. Plenty of opportunity for lots of cantering in the hills and plantations but also with the section in the village and along the Nile. If you are a rider and haven't been riding for a while this is the tour for you. We do not allow novices, and this ride is a private ride.
This is our riders safari, a hardcore fast-paced ride, with only yourself or other very experienced riders. You cover a lot of ground and unless you are riding regularly you will be exhausted after 3 hours. Long canters in the plantations, and also our standard sections in the village and along the riverbank.
A 9 to 10 hour ride over 2 days staying at The Haven river lodge. This is a journey taking in the Nile river, villages, Mabira forest, sugar and tea plantations for a peek into rural Uganda. An awesome experience for confident riders. We require a minimum of 2 riders, and there are various accommodation options available.
Our horses are our reputation, and we have a range of sizes and breeds to suit everyone from beginners to advanced skill levels. Our horses come to us from our partner in northern Kenya when they are aged between 1 year and 3 years. The horses are trained for about a year before the guides begin to ride them and at least a year and a half before clients ride them. We don't break our horses in (the old school way) we believe in building trust over time with horses, so they become willing partners with riders. We fly a vet in from South Africa twice yearly, a horse dentist from the UK annually and a master farrier from France to train our staff. Our horses are kept in immaculate condition and are trained in competition disciplines as well as being safari horses. They are well behaved, safe and bomb-proof, making them a pleasure to ride.
We have an outstanding safety record because of the training and care we give our horses. Our horses are well fed and immaculately kept so we have happy, safe and reliable safari horses. All trips are accompanied by two or more guides and helmets are supplied. We have strict 85kg rider weight limit for client safety and also for the wellbeing of our horses.
Due to the variety of abilities of our clients, we offer a range of different rides to suit all levels of experience. Our mixed group safaris are slower-paced rides, that accommodate friends or family with varying levels of experience who want to ride together. Our advanced rides cater for the serious riders and are generally private with just you and your guides.
We run short safaris (1 hour, 1 and a half hours, 2-hour & 3-hour rides) 7 days a week at 10 am in the morning and 2 pm in the afternoon. Bookings are essential as we have limited horses and guides. Our overnight horse riding safaris are run on demand with a minimum of 2 riders. Our sunset rides (90mins) run from 4-pm on demand with a minimum of 2 riders.
We ask that you wear closed shoes (boots or trainers), preferably with a heel. For your comfort, we recommend jeans or trousers that completely cover your legs to stop stirrup leather rubs. All our horses are equipped with saddlebags including a raincoat for each client. The other essentials to bring are a small bottle of water, sunscreen, and your camera.