Uganda is a country that is gifted by nature and the best places where one seeking exclusive wildlife safaris can visit. Popularly known as the pearl of Africa, Uganda has a lot to offer and this is one of the reasons why many tourists on safaris visit the country. Uganda is a very safe and secure country and above all the people are very hospitable and very easy to interact with. While on a Uganda safari, there are some tourism destinations and activities one should not miss because of their uniqueness and they include the following
Mountain Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks
Mountain gorillas are wild animals adventurous tourists should not miss while in Uganda. They are among the most endangered primate species that are only remaining in three countries in the world (in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo). In Uganda mountain gorillas live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which has half of the mountain gorilla population remaining on the planet with 12 habituated mountain gorilla families, and in Mgahinga gorilla national park which has one habituated mountain gorilla family.
Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park is very adventurous and exciting as the tourists hike through the forests covered by mist looking for the allocated mountain gorilla family. The hike can take about 5 hours and sometimes more. This hike is usually characterized by sightings of a number of wildlife species in the forests and a real feel of the jungle. Mountain gorilla trekking permits are sold at only $600 during the peak tourist season and at $350 during the low tourists season. They cab be trekked at anytime of the year however the trek can be best enjoyed during the dry season when there are less chances for rainfall that usually disrupts the hiking process.
White Water Rafting
This is a very thrilling tourist activity carried out along the great river Nile in Jinja. White water rafting involves tourists having a boat ride along the rapids along river Nile where they are some times thrown out of their rafting boats by the strong forces of the rapids. This is an adventurous activity that does not require experience but rather determination. Its not an activity for the faint hearted but its very exciting and rewarding and all those seeking for great adventure should not miss it out while in the pearl of Africa.
A Visit To Murchison Falls
These are the greatest waterfalls in Uganda along river Nile located in Murchison falls national park. The water here pours down the rocky valley with a lot of energy making an enormous sound, forming a mist a few meters in the air, splashing waters around and surprisingly forming a permanent rain ball that is clearly seen. The falls can be best viewed both from the top or the bottom depending on ones preference. Those interested in viewing them from the top drive some 10 kilometers to the viewing point while those interested in viewing them from the bottom head for boat cruises to the falls can even hike to the top to clearly see the rain ball. While in Uganda, the Murchison falls should definitely be on your must visit places.
Horseback Riding In Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park is one of the savanna national park located in western Uganda in Kiruhura district. The park has an ecosystem comprising of different savanna vegetation types (grassland, woodlands) that are homes to a number of wildlife species, which include zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, a number of antelopes and so many birds.
Today wildlife safaris in this national park are experienced using horses that take tourists in the wild as they view the major wildlife around. The horses are well trained and managed by well experienced horse guides who escort the tourists as they explain to them the wildlife species they view as they ride. Horse back riding in Lake Mburo National Park does not require any horse riding experience and even the first timers can therefore do it after proper guidance by the horse guides.
Horseback riding is a very adventurous activity that gives tourists a chance to get close to the real wild and it’s among the activities one must not miss while in Uganda.