Uganda is one of the best destinations in Africa with plenty of awe-inspirational things for tourists to enjoy. It shelters diversity of amazing African wildlife, most of which can be sighted on Uganda safari. They range from the big game, primates and a bird record of 1080 bird species. Uganda protects over half of all the 1063 mountain gorillas still surviving in the world, over 5050 chimpanzees as well as lions, cheetahs, elephants, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes. Here are some of the best things to do in Uganda.
Gorilla trekking is one of the most enjoyed wildlife experiences by tourists on Uganda safari. Over half of the 1063 mountain gorillas that live on earth today are in Uganda and about 21 habituated groups are open for gorilla trekking. Tourists on gorilla safari in Uganda track these impressive creatures in either Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. It is a must to have a gorilla permit if you are to participate in tracking mountain gorillas in anyone of these 2 gorilla safari parks. Each of the gorilla permits is issued at US Dollars 700.
There is no other place to participate in gorilla habituation experience than Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is an extra-ordinary adventure provided in Rushaga region of Bwindi, Southwestern Uganda. It is done by only 4 visitors and unlike gorilla trekking, habituation experience allows you to enjoy 4 hours of magical encounter with mountain gorillas. Gorilla permits for gorilla habituation experience are issued at US Dollars 1500.
Uganda is a true birder’s haven! It protects 1080 bird species and there exist diversity of birding sites ranging from 10 parks, forests to wetlands. The popular and the most sought-after bird species to identify on Uganda birding safari include shoebills storks, the Great blue turacos, papyrus gonoleks, Rwenzori Turaco, flamingos, African green broadbill, Kingfishers, nightjars, pelicans, African green breasted pitta. Other birds include the red throated bee-eaters, martial eagles, African harrier hawk, Karamoja apalis, lilac breasted roller, African pied hornbill.
Uganda is incredibly one of the best destinations to embark on a game drive. Uganda wildlife safari rewards with excellent sight of buffaloes, elephants, lions, giraffes, cheetahs, antelopes, leopards, bird species. The top destinations to go for a game drive in Uganda include Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semuliki National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park.
Uganda isn’t only a leading destination for game drives but also for tourists to engage in exceptional primate adventures like chimpanzee tracking. Uganda refuges over 5050 chimpanzees but the best chimpanzee safari destinations worth visiting include Kibale forest National Park, Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park. Other chimpanzee tracking sites include Kyambura Gorge and Kalizu Forest at Queen Elizabeth National Park. There is also a chance to capture views of other primates like red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons, red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys plus some amazing birds.
Boat cruise offers yet another exciting and better opportunity to explore Uganda. This is one of the best water sports you need not to miss to engage in on safari in Uganda. Some of the best places to consider visiting to enjoy this thrilling water sports include the Source of River Nile, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park on Kazinga Channel and Lake Mburo National Park. It exposes visitors to aquatic life such as hippos, crocodiles, water birds and others.
Being a primate paradise, Uganda offers more than thrilling gorilla safari experiences! There is also opportunity to get up close to golden monkeys which are tracked in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This is Uganda’s smallest park, occupying an area of 33.7sq.kms and remarkably, Uganda’s only park where both mountain gorillas and golden monkeys share the same habitat.
White Water Rafting
Uganda is one amazing destination that never leaves adrenaline adventure seekers out of choice. The best white-water rafting experience in Africa or in the world is offered here in Uganda on source of the Nile. This takes visitors through the challenging water rapids and grades as they have a fun-filled water sport experience. Still on the source of the Nile, there is opportunity to engage in bungee jumping, kayaking, boat cruise, jet boating.
Uganda is a complete African safari destination. Aside from game viewing, there is possibility to participate in community/cultural safaris. In most cases, tourists on Uganda safari combine both cultural tours and wildlife safaris making a Uganda safari a memorable one. Over 50 tribal groups all exist within this landlocked country but most importantly, you have the best cultural encounter in the Batwa community, Karamojong/IK community, Ndere cultural center, Kasubi tomb site and others.
When it comes to adventure experiences in Uganda, the check-list is endless. If you enjoy mountaineering then there is no better destination to consider visiting than Uganda. Engaging in mountain climbing in Uganda rewards climbers with an experience of a lifetime experience. The best places to visit to enjoy and have memorable mountaineering experiences in Uganda include Mount Muhabura, Rwenzori Mountain range, Mount Elgon, Mount Gahinga and others.