Looking to traveling Uganda and wondering about the best adventures to undertake? We have it all and we would like to share these “must do” things if you are looking to a trip if a lifetime!
Uganda is undeniably the pearl of African for many reasons. This stunning country offers wide range of adventures, areas for chilling, cultures, sceneries and many more. There are also ten magnificent national parks that come with amazing attractions that thrill visitors while on Uganda safaris. For the most enjoyable and rewarding safari in Uganda, below are some of the exciting activities that you should consider par taking while on your African safari.
Uganda is famous as one of the perfect safari destinations with wide range of safari activities. Visitors can spend more than three days in Uganda depending on someone’s budget. The prominent safaris include mountain gorilla trekking adventures in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park in southwestern Uganda. About 480 individuals of mountain gorillas thrive within Uganda making it a home to the largest population of these rare apes.
There are four main tracking areas where gorilla trekking is conducted with the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. They include Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga area and each of them come with distinct habituated families for visitors to track. Permits for this lifetime adventure costs $600 per person and only one group will be assigned to you to track in a group of eight visitors.
You will also have a chance to go for game drives in most of the savanna grassland protected areas where you will spot most of big game including the lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos, leopards and many wildlife species. And the notable destinations to catch a glimpse at these unique creatures include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and others.
Besides mountain gorilla trekking, there is also chimpanzee trekking which rewards visitors with magical encounters of the chimpanzees while they are in their natural habitat. There are over 5000 chimpanzees that thrive in various parts of Uganda and more than 1500 of them are found in Kibale Forest National Park. Each destination has its own price for this lifetime adventure and in Kibale National Park the permits cost $150 per visitor and for visitors who may wish to extend their stay in Uganda they can engage in chimpanzee habituation experience which takes visitors the whole day following the semi habituated chimpanzees in the wild and the permits for this experience are sold at $220.
For breathtaking adventures, bungee jumping shouldn’t miss out in your travel plan. This is mainly conducted at the source of the mighty Nile-Jinja and offers visitors a chance to kiss the waters of the mighty River Nile. A side from bungee jumping, you may also engage in white water rafting, quad biking, kayaking, Boat cruise, horseback riding and many more.
For a complete safari in Uganda, make sure that cultural experiences do not miss out in your travel itinerary. For authentic African cultural encounters, consider visiting Ndere Cultural Center a must to visit while you are on safari in Uganda. While at this center, you come across different tribal groups which display various cultural dances and performances. If you are interested in gorilla trekking, you can also visit the Batwa pygmies in their community and you will have a lifetime experiences. The Batwa are known to have stayed peacefully with the forest for over 500000 years but due to conservation reasons, they were evicted and now they are marginalized group around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park.
Sport fishing adventures
For anglers, Uganda should be one of the best destinations for you to challenge yourself with breathtaking sport fishing. This adventure allows you to catch the Nile perch and it is conducted in Lake Victoria, Murchison Falls National Park, the source of the Nile at Jinja and many others.
In conclusion, Uganda is undeniably the pearl of Africa. There are a lot of amazing attractions that are worth exploring by travelers while on safari in Africa. If you are interested in authentic African experiences, this is the right spot for you to catch a glimpse at most of the big game, chimpanzees, mountain gorillas, the rare golden monkeys, birds as well as get thrilled by most of its cultural experiences.