A little phrase “The Pearl of Africa” is enough to explain how remarkable Uganda is, an unmissable destination for your unrivalled wildlife safari in the Eastern part of Africa.
The credit goes to Sir Winston Churchill who expressed it in his book “My African Journey” after a visit to Uganda in 1907. Churchill’s appreciation is not by exaggeration but honestly based on the profuse unmatched natural wonders, palatable cuisine and authentic culture.
This phrasing has given a go ahead for a trip to Uganda to a number of travelers from different parts of the World including those who had a doubt about Africa.
If you are among those who doubt Africa with its hotspots, Uganda should be your next destination to witness the secrets in Africa, you will live to tell unending stories to the ones you left home.
Uganda has plenty to awe that keep positioning it among resplendent localities hard to compare around the globe.
Of its highlights, Wildlife is exceptional. On a Uganda Wildlife Safari you cannot stop admiring the rarely seen species of Mountain Gorillas in the Western region, African big fives, Chimpanzee primates, species of the Old world monkey family (Golden monkeys), uncommon bird species and more to wonder at.
Wildlife is not the end, other draws, varying from stunning sceneries such as mountains of the moon, towering volcanoes, stretching forests, and streaming rivers to welcoming locals delights.
Several adventurers including first timers have achieved their dreams or impressed their relatives, partners in this exquisite destination, why not you to add on the list? Favorable destinations with a handful of intriguing attractions and rewarding adventures like Uganda are rare to find.
All activities offered are awe-inspiring starting from Gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee and Golden monkey tracking, different water sports, game drives to jaw dropping mountain hiking adventures.
Planning a once in a life time Safari to Eastern part of Africa without Uganda is really a big miss on some of the highlights to turn your trip unforgettable for the rest of your life. If it’s Uganda, let it not be a hustle about top hotspots not to miss, below is the list.
National Parks. A trip to Uganda seems boring without a visit at least to one of its ten national parks that are scattered in different regions of the country. This highlight of top parks can be of importance to any person who is hoping for a safari in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
For those who are interested in hard to compare Gorilla trekking adventures, Uganda is unbeatable. Remaining gorillas are totaling to about 1000 inhabiting the three countries Uganda, DR Congo and Rwanda.
Of the world total numbers, Uganda dominates with the highest population approximating to 480 species of Gorillas. Gorillas in Uganda inhabit two parks including Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with the most gorilla species in its Jungles.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is placed in the South western part of Uganda. Most of travelers pack for it mainly for the Gorillas though there are other additions to be part after an amazing Gorilla trek.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Similarly Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is tucked away in the south western part of Uganda. Stands the smallest among Uganda ten Parks but rewards all what to turn your trip to south western Uganda an incredible one.
Over 80 mountain gorilla species call it home and one Gorilla family is habituated for trekking “Nyakagezi Gorilla family”. A visit to Mgahinga is not only about Mountain Gorilla encounters, numerous options exist to occupy your days in the Park.
Meet the rare species of Golden monkeys, explore the three Virunga Volcanoes or immerse the ancient life of the Batwa people. With all this, Mgahinga is precisely a true delight for all travelers of different interests.
Kibale Forest National Park
Undeniably Kibale National Park, a home to thirteen Primate Species is the capital of Primates in East Africa.
Out of the 5000 chimpanzee primates in the World, Kibale is recorded with over 1500 chimpanzee individuals in addition to diverse forest primates, mammals, butterflies and bird species.
While in this park dominated by tropical rainforests, chimpanzee tracking and Chimpanzee habituation are the main activities to let you get exposed to these human-close primates.
On top of that, birders meet their dreams while on the walk through the Bigodi wetland, a home to various unique bird species including the shoebill storks.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Not rumors, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of Uganda’s mostly visited Parks. It hides its self in the south western Uganda. Travelers visit for many reasons.
Starting from diverse range of Wildlife, ease of accessibility, stunning scenery to possibilities of connecting to other parks after great encounters in this spot where Wildlife speaks.
There is nothing more exceptional than spending days in a locality where you can sight different Wildlife species, admire sunrise/set, track chimpanzees and embark on a breathtaking cruise.
If you haven’t arrived at that, Queen should be your first layover while in Uganda. The two must be part activities in Queen (game drive & boat cruise along Kazinga channel) offer different experiences.
While on game drives expect sights of the big games and cats including leopards, buffaloes, elephants and more. Then the cruise can’t leave you unexposed to numerous aquatic species such as hippos, crocodiles to mention but a few.
Kidepo Valley National Park
This Park is the only to go in Uganda for an authentic African Wilderness. It’s isolated far in the North eastern part of Uganda recorded with almost every species in Uganda including the unique ones such as cheetah and ostrich.
A safari to Kidepo rewards with remarkable sceneries, diverse biodiversity as well as an adventure just free of crowds.
Murchison Falls National Park
Situated in the north western Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda.
This park is liked both for its huge biodiversity along with an ideal location besides the river Nile where you find the great Murchison falls.
Its lush savanna vegetation provide habitat to variety of species that are sightable including the rare Rothschild giraffes, African big fives, incredible birds and more. On your way to this Park, you can stopover for a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for the rare species of Rhinoceros.
Other than the above top listed National Parks, you can visit the River Nile, one of the seven natural wonders of Africa, Lake Bunyonyi; Africa’s second deepest lake, several towering mountains like Mountain Elgon and Ruwenzori particularly for adventure seekers, along with different historical sites such as the Kasubi tombs, Uganda museum and more.