Uganda is one of the smallest landlocked countries in East Africa. This incredible country is popular in entire world as a home to gigantic Lake Victoria in Southern region. Remarkable as it is, Sir Winston Churchill described it as the “Pearl of Africa.” It comes with the most spectacular wildlife terrain in the world. Uganda’s most popular tourist areas include Ajai wildlife reserve, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park and the stunning Ssese Islands and others.
There are lots of things to do in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. From popular gorilla trekking expeditions to chimpanzee tracking, there are several adventure activities that you should not miss while on a holiday in Uganda.
Discover the best things to do in Uganda’s national parks and game reserves. From the rare experiences such as gorilla trekking in Western Uganda to climbing the glacier peaks of the Rwenzoris, there are lots of adventures awaiting you on your next visit.
Top Things to Do in Uganda
Mountain gorilla trekking:
What makes Uganda a distinct destination from the rest of the world except Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is basically the remarkable mountain gorillas. A safari in Uganda is incomplete without gorilla trekking. Uganda is undoubtedly the perfect destination for you to visit as it offers nearly half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas making it a home to largest habituated gorilla groups for tourists to enjoy gorilla trekking experiences. With over 480 mountain gorillas that live in dense jungles of Uganda, tourists have wide range of options to choose their best gorilla group from all the 12 habituated gorilla groups of which 11 are in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Southwestern side of the country. You only need US$700 to obtain your gorilla permit in Uganda and for those who wish to improve on their experiences, there is also gorilla habituation experience which costs $1500 per permit and you will enjoy 4 hours of face to face encounter with these remarkable creatures in the wild.
White Water Rafting:
Deeping yourself in the waters of mighty Nile is some thing not to be missed while in a safari in Uganda. The River Nile is famously the longest River in the world and it straddles just in Uganda. There are numerous opportunities for you to experience the tremendous white water rafting adventures that start from morning to afternoon and you spend nearly three days. Nearly 50000 people have rafted in this might River and it is your chance also to experience the true source of the Nile in Jinja. The grading of the rapids rafted on this mighty River stretch from 1 to 5. At higher graded, tourists are offered a choice whether to go through a hard way raft or the easy way that takes you around the edge.
To really experience the natural wonders of Uganda, a hiking tour is highly recommended. For hiking enthusiasts the country offers a number of great hiking destinations. The Rwenzori Mountains is a great place for hiking and it takes about 10 days to reach its highest point at Margherita. The Mgahinga National Park with its three extinct volcanoes offers exciting hiking.
White-water rafting is fast gaining popularity in Uganda and there are some great rafting locations in Uganda. Jinja, source of the Nile River, is a particularly good place for rafting.
Guided Tours in Uganda
Every visit to Uganda is sure to bring forth something new. About 463 species of birds have been reportedly sighted in Uganda, with more being added to the list every year. The large number includes both indigenous and migratory birds that are attracted by the wide variety of habitats available in the country. One of the world’s most important migratory routes includes the Great Rift Valley.
The abundant food supplies and warmer climes offered by the valley attract a large number of European birds. Shore and water birds can both be easily spotted around the wetlands that surround Uganda’s lakes.
The Rift Valley swamps and the Lake George wetlands, which are protected under the Ramsar Convention, find special favour among these birds. The best place to spot the magnificent eagles and other birds of prey is the alpine and highland regions.
Taking a Uganda tour to these regions is one of the easiest ways to reach them. Swarms of beautiful butterflies and a large variety of woodland birds can be spotted in the forest areas while vultures and the little sunbirds crowd the broad grasslands. Join a bird watching tour in Uganda to get a glimpse of some of the rarest and most magnificent members of the avian family.
Visitors must however remember that safety is of utmost importance at all times. Uganda is a safe destination though ample safety measures are taken, a trip to Uganda can be a delightful experience.