Top 10 Tourist Attractions in Uganda

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Uganda is situated in East Africa and it is best described as the pearl of Africa for many reasons. It is in Uganda that you can find all that Africa has in offer to the world. Below are some of the unique attractions to explore in Uganda

Mountain gorilla trekking

Uganda is a home to a section of mountain gorillas that today remain not more than 1004 in the world and only thrive in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). This makes Uganda one of the best destinations for you to embark on a trek to view mountain gorillas in the wild. In Uganda, gorilla treks are conducted in only Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park. To trek to view mountain gorillas in Uganda, you need $600 to help you obtain gorilla permit that will allow you track only one habituated family.

Big game and other wildlife

Uganda is a home to diverse wildlife including the big game for instance African elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards, lions plus tree climbing lions, giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles, over 1080 bird species and others. To catch a glimpse at these diverse wildlife species, you can embark on a game drive, hot air balloon or boat ride to see mostly water species.

Mountains

If you are interested in hiking/mountaineering, Uganda has you covered. The incredible mountains to hike through while on Uganda safari include Gahinga, Sabyinyo and Muhabura volcanoes in Mgahinga National Park; the Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Elgon in Mount Elgon National Park and many others. You can book a Rwenzori Trekking Tour with one of the tour operators listed here.

National parks

Uganda is a home to ten national parks each of which inhabits distinct or offer unique experiences making them a few most exceptional tourist sites. They include Murchison Falls National Park is set in northwestern Uganda and remarkably the largest of all the ten national parks in this magical country. It spans up to 3840 square kilometers and inhabits variety of wildlife including leopards, lions, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, over 451 bird species, chimpanzees, crocodiles, giraffes, warthogs, hippos and others; Queen Elizabeth National Park a home to African elephants, lions plus the rare tree climbing lions, leopards, several antelopes, over 620 bird species. Other parks include Kidepo National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Semuliki National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Kibale National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park.

Lake Bunyonyi

Best described as the place of many little birds, Lake Bunyonyi is undoubtedly that one most magical tourist site Uganda in offer for the world. It is one of the deepest lakes in Africa with about 29 magical islands widely distributed.

River Nile

The River Nile is one of the magical places to visit in Uganda. A visit to Nile River in Uganda allows you to take part in numerous activities including sport fishing, boat tours, kayaking, bungee jumping, white water rafting-one of the most lovely water sports offered at the source of the Nile and others. River Nile is one of the longest rivers in the world with length of about 6695km. It flows through several African countries including DR Congo, Sudan, Tanzania, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Egypt and Rwanda.

Waterfalls

Uganda features a number of magical waterfalls that you need to explore while on African safari. The notable waterfalls to visit in Uganda include Murchison Falls which is found in Murchison Falls National Park-it is remarkably one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world; Ssezibwa Falls in Mukono which about 30kms drive on Jinja highway.

Other tourist attractions include historical and cultural sites such as the Kampala Hindu Temple, Lubiri Palace, Kasubi tomb site, Ndere cultural center, Uganda museum, monuments, Uganda martyrs shrine and many others.

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