Uganda is endowed with a variety of tourist attractions and activities spread throughout the country. Each day, thousands of travelers flock toward the Pearl of Africa to taste and enjoy the beautiful scenery in this special nation.
Tourism is presently a major source of revenue and employment opportunities for Ugandans.
Below are a few major tourism activities on your Uganda safari.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks is Uganda’s number one activity. The pearl of Africa is a home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas; 480 animals, hence the best place to see these magnificent creatures. Also Uganda safaris are relatively cheap excursions costing 600 usd for a permit compared to 1500 usd in neighboring Rwanda.
In addition to gorilla trekking, the country rewards travelers with gorilla habituation experience which allow them to spend 4 hours with gorillas. Currently, two gorilla families – Bikyingi and Bushaho – are undergoing the habituation process in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi.
A Uganda safari without game driving is incomplete. Do not miss game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park, Gueen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Lake Mburo National Park for eye-popping scnery.
Game driving is the best way to encounter a variety of wildlife such as elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffes, and zebras among others. Game viewing is best done during early morning and evening hours to catch up with animals grazing in the open grasses and predators hunting down their prey.
With over 1050 species of bird living in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is perhaps the ultimate spot for bird watching. The fitting climate favors the habitation and breeding of both domestic and migratory bird species. Bird watching is the perfect activity for boat rides and forest walks in the country. Uganda’s popular birding spots include the Mabamba Bay Wetland at Lake Victoria, Kazinga
Channel in QENP, Kibale Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Semliki Valley National Park, Budongo Forest, Rwenzori National Park and Lake Mburo National Park among others. Common species spotted include the long eared owl, bearded vultures, lagden’s, African fish eagle, black-billed barbet, rare African finfoot, brown parrot, crested falcon, pied kingfisher, white–starred robin and African dwarf kingfishers. Bring your binoculars for optimal viewing experience.
White Water Rafting
Done at the source of river Nile in Jnja, white water rafting is a must do activity in eastern Uganda. Adventurous and thrilling, you need to add it to your Ugandan safari.
This activity involves travelers cruising over the big rapids on the Nile River. White water rafting is best done in groups but it’s not for the faint hearted.
Not only is Uganda blessed with animals and birds but also with mountains for hiking tours. Mount Rwenzori is the highest peak in the country with Margherita rising to 5,109m above sea level. The other mountains are Mt Elgon & Sipi Falls in the Mbale District.
Don’t forget the three volcanic mountains namely Mt Muhabura, Mt Gahinga and Mt Sabinyo found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. A hike to the summit of any volcano reward travelers with spectacular views of neighboring communities, a fun workout and a rich taste of what Uganda has to offer.
Latest posts by Ryan Biddulph (see all)
- Why Blogging About Whatever Comes to Mind Is a Bad Idea - February 19, 2019
- Why The Customer Is Always Right Is Terrible Advice - February 19, 2019
- Another Hike through the Balkan Valley Turkey - February 19, 2019