The Sundowner Safari Experience – A time honored Safari Tradition in Uganda

Posted by on September 20, 2019

A Time-Honored Ritual The Sundowner Safari Experience

It’s Time for Sundowners on Safari! Africa’s Happy Hour in the Ugandan Wilderness


 The Sundowner Safari Experience is a time-honored tradition that began during Africa’s Colonial Period with the British. The sundowner experience when you watch the sun dip below the horizon with a gin and tonic in hand is a classic safari tradition. 

What most do not realize is that the Sundowner Safari Experience came about because of the British Colonialists and British Soldiers used quinine power to combat malaria. First in India and then in parts of Africa. The quinine was too bitter to swallow by itself. Soda water was used to blend it with, Gin soon followed, and Gin and Tonic Drink were born.

Winston Churchill, who popularized “Uganda, the Pearl of Africa”  also said, “…The gin and tonic have saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.” Originally the Sundowner Tradition was partially rooted in preventing Malaria. Today the Sundowner is a part of the rhythm of daily Safari Life. The Sundowner is that time of transition from the warmth of the equatorial Sun in Uganda and the refreshing African night.


 The Sundowner Safari Experience in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa has developed into a Tradition all of its own. Uganda is home to Uganda Waragi. 

Uganda Waragi Gin has been called “The Spirit of Uganda” and its do-it-yourself Culture. The taste for gin in Uganda was birthed by the British during the time Uganda was a British Protectorate. Uganda Waragi is a statement by Uganda that not only did Uganda become independent from British Rule but also British Spirits.

The word Waragi comes from War Gin. The British used to give to Ugandan Soldiers for courage before going into battle  Uganda Waragi is Africa best known Gin. In Uganda, Waragi is a tradition; it is part of the local culture, whether as a brand or as locally produced moonshine that might be called Waragi, Enguli, Kasese, or Lira Lira.

It is a Tourist attraction in that Africans from all over the continent flock to Kampala, the city that never sleeps fueled by Uganda Waragi.

No Ugandan Safari Sundowner is complete with a taste of Uganda, Uganda Waragi, best had with Krest Bitter Lemon which has that Lemon Tonic flavor to it.


 The Sundowners Safari Experience -Uganda’s Happy Hour in the Wilderness

The Sundowner Safari experience in Uganda does not have the prominence that it has in other African Safari Destinations such as Kenya or Tanzania.

There are some lodges such as Ishasha Wilderness Camp that offer it to their guests. We, however, easily can include a Sundowner for you either at a lodge or in scenic Wilderness Setting.

The ingredients are simple, a comfortable Chair, stunning scenery. A breathtaking African Sunset, the drinks, some tasty snacks such as Samosas. Add to that delightful conservation about the day’s activities such as incredible Gorilla Encounter, the Volcano Climb, the game drives or Hike in the wilderness.

With Kabiza Wilderness Safaris the Sundowner Experience continues as in the days of old., and it’s little wonder why.  It is part of the Safari experience. Gin and Tonic might not be your choice, but most Safari-Goers love the Sundowner Experience, and a wide variety of other Beverages are available.

The Sundowner is a time at the end of the day when we seize to be Human Doings and transition into Human Beings relaxing, unwinding, sharing experiences after a tough Gorilla Trek.

In Uganda, we can even arrange sundowner cruises on the Nile, Lake Victoria, Lake Edward, and Lake Mutanda.

If you like to experience the Safari Sundowner on Safari in Uganda, let us know, and we will make the arrangements for you.

The Sundowner Safari Experience, let us know if it sounds the right thing for you.