Things to do and see at The Haven
There are so many things to do at The Haven, you’ll definitely want to come back!
Why not start with a massage? (Please book your time in advance).
Relax in the comfortable grounds of our eco river lodge or take part in some of the many activities that we provide here or outside The Haven. We pride ourselves on being a family-friendly lodge and we guarantee your children will have a stay to remember (and be pestering you for a return visit!)
The River Nile is excellent fishing for Tilapia, Yellowfish and Nile Perch. Rent some fishing tackle for a small fee and try your luck down at the rapids. For the keen, enjoy a few hours on the river on a private fishing cruise. Boat rental (for maximum five people) includes fishing equipment and guide.
Go bird watching
Why not spend a day watching the birds and wildlife around the lodge and the islands? See if you can spot the white head of the Fish Eagle. Sightings of Red-tailed and Vervet Monkeys, otters and Monitor Lizards are common. Hire a boat for a cruise to see a wide variety of river birds.
Take a canoe onto the river
Explore the beautiful islands of the River Nile in one of our imported 2-seated Canadian canoes.
Explore the local area by mountain bike
Hire one of our well-maintained mountain bikes and take a ride through the village and the forest. Admire a variety of tree species. Set off on your own or hire a local guide who can point out the local crops and give you an insight into village life.
Explore the local villages on a guided village walk
Witness the villagers' traditional and simple lifestyle, which has changed very little over the past century. Spot the fish traps, watch fishermen at the rapids and see how the local people work the fields.
Enjoy a sunset cruise or birding boat cruise
Relax with a drink as you take in the natural environment. Witness the dramatic colour change of the sky on our river sunset cruise.
Take advantage of our solar-powered electric boat (the only one in Uganda), which can seat up to three passengers. The virtually silent electric boat allows you to get close to the birds, a real thrill for birders and photographers.
Drift away at our campfire
Reflect on the day's events in front of the campfire - our "African TV".
Take a dip in our swimming pool or relax on one of our sun loungers or the hammock in the trees next to our restaurant overlooking the River Nile. The lodge is busy at the weekends (and solely for the use of overnight guests). Please note that we do not employ a lifeguard so you and your family swim at your own risk.
Enjoy free WiFi access at The Haven. Our choice of two internet providers ensures we always have a good connection.
Pool and billiards
Our free-to-use pool table is in a covered area outside next to the bar.
In-house facilities free to use
Lodge guests are free to use our TV, DVD player, DSTV and play volleyball, football, badminton, table tennis and frisbee.
Activities for children
The Haven Eco River Lodge is home to Jinja's best-equipped children's play area. The sandpit, swings, and trampoline are just some of our excellent recreational facilities for children. Our price list of adventure activities in Jinja includes rates for children.
External activities that start from The Haven
The following tours start from the riverbank at The Haven on a peaceful section of the River Nile and are provided by an external company, Kayak the Nile and NileSUP. Your expert local guide will point out the birds and wildlife that live along the riverbank while you enjoy a relaxing kayak or SUP tour.
The sit-on-top kayak tour is suitable for all ages, abilities and adventure levels.
Stand Up Paddle boarding (SUP) tours
See the Nile in an unusual way from a Stand-Up Paddleboards. The SUP tour is suitable for all ages, abilities and adventure levels.
Whitewater kayaking and whitewater Stand Up Paddle boarding
Spend the morning learning some new skills on the calm water below The Haven before putting your skills to the test on an exciting stretch of the River Nile. It is a safe but thrilling one- or half day experience.
Enjoy the warm water, sunshine and tropical islands of the Nile on while Whitewater Stand Up Paddle boarding.
External activities that can be arranged by The Haven
Jinja is known as ‘the adrenalin capital of East Africa.’ There is a full range of adventure activities that we can arrange for you while you are staying at The Haven. These include grade 5 white water rafting, kayaking and family float on the River Nile (which is a sedate - yet still exciting - version of rafting).
If you’re looking for a thrill (without too much exertion) take a speedboat ride up the River Nile from The Haven.
Source of the Nile kayak and stand up paddleboard (SUP) tours
Enjoy a kayak or Stand Up Paddleboard tour through the famed Source of the Nile in Jinja. This tour also features a wide range of birds and beautiful scenery with our expert guide telling stories along the way.
Grade 5 tandem kayaking
Experience huge waves and hydraulics under the expert guidance of one of the Nile's most experienced instructors. No previous kayaking experience necessary - if you flip upside down all you need to do is hold tight and your guide will roll you back up again. This is an awesome experience for thrill seekers wanting to tackle the Mighty Nile!
Take a boat across the river, or drive, to Uganda’s only bungee jumping spot. Leap 44 metres over the source of the Nile from one of the world’s most spectacular bungee jumping sites. Jinja’s bungee jump has been constructed and operates to the highest U.S and Canadian standards. There is no minimum age limit for bungee jumping but there is a minimum weight of 35 kg.
Horse riding (adults and children)
Whether you’re an amateur or an experienced rider, there is a horse ride suitable for you. Rides are a minimum of one hour (the kids’ pony ride lasts 30 minutes). The sunset horseback ride lasts one and a half hours and ends with sundowner drinks overlooking the River Nile. If you’re looking for an adventure on horseback, The Haven is one of the overnight stops on a multi-day horseback safari.
Quad biking is suitable for all the family (and great for groups too). After putting on your protective overalls, goggles and helmet, the quad bike safari practice session starts. Drive through countryside trails and explore the local villages and the banks of the River Nile on four wheels.
Grade 5 tandem kayaking
Do you want to go kayaking but prefer to have an experienced kayaker to guide you? Tandem kayaking is the best of both worlds: you get a front seat descending the grade 5 rapids while your guide safely navigates your course.
Jinja truly is ‘the adrenalin capital of East Africa’ – now you can understand why!
Let one of the staff at The Haven Eco River Lodge know if you’d like to book any of these activities. We’re happy to book them for you.
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