Uganda is amongst the prime destinations not to miss while on an ultimate African Safari vacation. She is placed in the Eastern part of the African continent – bordered by Kenya in the East, Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, South Sudan in the north, Rwanda in the South west and Tanzania in the south.
On top of being secure, the country’s locals are welcoming, local cuisine is worth to taste, fantastic services offered and its conditions are favorable to all travelers.
There is always a lot to keep your days occupied and entertained while Uganda Safari Tour. Also referred to as ‘The Pearl of Africa’, Uganda is not only renowned most for Wildlife encounters, but also other fascinating pursuits to uncover on your first or second time in Uganda.
Therefore, here are some of the top amazing things to do on your trip to Uganda.
Of all exciting things to do while in Uganda, Gorilla trekking is unrivalled. Even if you are poor or rich, this is an adventure to remember for the rest of your life. This experience awards opportunities to meet face to face with the Gorillas in the Jungles – in Uganda, its only Mountain Gorillas.
Usually Gorilla trekking starts with briefing at the Park offices conducted to highlight travelers about the all excursion – what to do and avoid. After briefing, the Journey to the Jungle starts in a group including tourists and park ranger guides. You will trek into the Jungle via trails that wind through steep terrains and valleys until you discover presence of these apes. After locating them, one hour is allowed while in their presence, see them while feeding, laughing, playing and later descend back.
Time taken and distance moved depends on where these apes spent their last night. In Uganda, you can do the Gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The experience requires a permit which costs $700 USD per person.
There is nothing more exceptional than taking in Uganda’s spectacular sceneries than from waters.
This pearl of Africa is ranked among the top destinations to go for breathtaking cruises – it features different localities for these on-water expeditions.
While in Uganda, you can do the cruise along the Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls or in Jinja along the waters of River Nile.
These are the most popular but there are other places where you can get the same experience. Cruising exposes to various aquatic species such as crocodiles, hippopotamus, and water birds.
This pursuit is found in most travelers’ itineraries particularly for those who are after Wildlife encounters. It is mainly operated in National Parks – not all of them but some.
It involves driving around in a 4×4 Safari vehicle with a popup roof – it is meant to sight different Wildlife species like Wild animals, primates, birds and reptiles. Game driving also rewards amazeballs views of sunset/rise and the Wilderness.
Some animals like kobs can be reached on foot but seeing them from a vehicle is recommended because parks are inhabited by animals that are dangerous to human life like big cats (lions and leopards), elephants, buffalos and more.
While in Uganda, you can game drive in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo and Kidepo Valley National Park.
Primates are rarely seen but Uganda is at least a destination you can visit to behold some of them. It has a lot of different primate species. Amongst them, Chimpanzees are the most prominent. If you intend to have close encounters with these creatures that are ranked to be the closest to human being features, then you should arrange for a chimpanzee trek.
On this excursion, you are granted some time while in their presence – they spend most of their swinging on the tree branches though when they discover presence of human beings, are most likely to slope down. You can do this activity in Kibale Forest National Park (home of primates), Kyambura gorge – Queen Elizabeth National Park, Budongo Forest and Kalinzu Forest reserve.
On the other hand, other primate species that draws and delights most travelers are the Golden Monkeys. You can easily soak up these primates – behaviors and way of lifestyle by being part of a tracking session. This starts with a briefing session at the starting point or park offices – after, the trekking journey to Jungle starts in search of these species of the old world monkey family. These primates are mostly found in Mountainous bamboo forested areas, therefore any participant must be physically fit. While in Uganda, you can do Golden monkey tracking in only Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
From Wildlife, Uganda is also good at adventure. It receives thousands of travelers from different parts of the World who hunger for rafting adventures. White Rafting in Uganda is offered in Jinja along the waters of River Nile.
Travelers are impressed by the half day white water rafting package which starts from Kangulumira – it starts in the morning and ends in the afternoon.
This is the best way to get up-close to nature. Uganda is endowed with different locales that feature various breathtaking trails where guided nature walks are operated.
On these expeditions you will get exposed to multiple Wildlife species in Uganda’s rich biodiversity. Travelers are usually awed by sights of wild animals, primates, reptiles, insects and bird species.
Nature walks in Uganda are offered in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Semliki and Lake Mburo National Park
Uganda is one of the most pristine destinations in Africa that are ranked best for bird watching excursions. It is recorded with a thousand bird species including forest birds, Savannah and Water bird species.
Some of Uganda’s top birding hotspots that excites birders are Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Budongo forest, Semliki National Park, Mabamba swamp, Kidepo Valley National Park to name but a few.