There are things to do in Uganda. From the rare mountain gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi and Mgahinga to leisurely stays along the Lake Bunyonyi, there are several holiday activities to do in Uganda. Here are the most exciting things to do in Uganda that you can incorporate in your next safari in Uganda.
Mountain Gorilla Trekking:
What makes Uganda a distinct destination from the rest of the world except Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is basically the remarkable mountain gorillas. A safari in Uganda is incomplete without gorilla trekking. Uganda is undoubtedly the perfect destination for you to visit as it offers nearly half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas making it a home to largest habituated gorilla groups for tourists to enjoy gorilla trekking experiences.
With over 480 mountain gorillas that live in dense jungles of Uganda, tourists have wide range of options to choose their best gorilla group from all the 12 habituated gorilla groups of which 11 are in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Southwestern side of the country. You only need US$700 to obtain your gorilla permit in Uganda and for those who wish to improve on their experiences, there is also gorilla habituation experience which costs US$1500 per permit and you will enjoy 4 hours of face to face encounter with these remarkable creatures in the wild.
Mostly called chimp tracking, Uganda is said to host a big portion of chimp population in Africa, chimp tracking is mainly done in 3 major ancient rainforest and that is: Kibale Forest national Park which is believed to have the highest population of primate species in Africa, including Olive baboons, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Varvet Monkeys, Red tailed Monkeys. Budongo forest in Murchison falls National Park and Kyambura gorge in queen Elizabeth National Park, are other chimp tracking spots. While in Kibale you can choose to do chimp habituation experience which is a full day activity. The other areas where to find chimps include Uganda wildlife education centre in Entebbe and Ngamba island in the middle of lake Victoria, while on the island you will have more time to spend with the chimpanzees see them interact, feed them and walk around this little chimp island.
White Water Rafting:
Deeping yourself in the waters of mighty Nile is some thing not to be missed while in a safari in Uganda. The River Nile is famously the longest River in the world and it straddles just in Uganda. There are numerous opportunities for you to experience the tremendous white water rafting adventures that start from morning to afternoon and you spend nearly three days. Nearly 50000 people have rafted in this might River and it is your chance also to experience the true source of the Nile in Jinja. The grading of the rapids rafted on this mighty River stretch from 1 to 5. At higher graded, tourists are offered a choice whether to go through a hard way raft or the easy way that takes you around the edge.
When it comes to authentic African safaris, Uganda is incredibly one of the excellent safari destinations that you should consider for wildlife spotting. It offers visitors opportunity to spot most of its big five game in the wilderness. Uganda’s big game include the African elephants, Cape Buffaloes, Leopards, African Lions as well as the rare tree climbing lions at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Other wildlife species for you get a glimpse at while on vacation in the pearl of Africa are the antelope families that make up about 29 distinct species for you to spot, warthogs, mongoose, side striped jackal, hyenas and many more. The best safari destinations for you to spot the big game plus other incredible savanna wildlife species in Uganda include Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.
For unforgettable birding experiences in Africa consider Uganda one of the destinations that you should pay a visit. It is credited with about 1070 different bird species translating into 11% of the world’s bird species and 60% in Africa and they are all confined in various habitats that range from forests, savanna grassland and woodland to water bodies (salt and fresh water). With diversity of birding areas that are widely spread in Uganda, the notable birds for you to sight include the rare shoebill stork, green breasted pitta, African pitta, African broadbill, Great blue Turaco, Shelley’s Crimson wing, Standard winged nightjar, Short tailed warbler, Bar tailed Trogon, Black breasted barbet, Doherty’s Bush shrike, Ostriches, Black bee eaters, Red throated bee eater, White fronted bee eater and many bee eaters, Kingfishers, Nightjars, Great white pelicans and many more.
In addition to Uganda lying on the equator line, This richly endowed East African nation fascinates a number of climbers in the whole world, because of the snowcapped high ranges of the Rwenzori with Margarita its highest point at 5109 meters above sea level and Muhabura Mountain in the west, alongside the wonderful experience in rugged rocks of Mt. Elgon and Mt. Moroto in the East.
While on the stunning trek of the Rwenzori mountain ranges, expect views of the green tropical rainforests under the equator submerge into the sky as heath forests, while alpine plants like lobelia and everlasting flower appear – a lifetime experience for adventurers with no acrophobia.
Both Mt. Elgon and Mt. Rwenzori are popular destinations for nature lovers providing an exclusive fascination for backpackers trailing the numerous bird species and the rich variety of vegetation zones and wildlife.
Boat cruise also called boat trips, launch cruise, is another captivating and enjoyable adventure activity while on a Uganda adventure safari. The activity is done by the boat sailing on water with a helmsman inside plus the tourists on Uganda safari are carried out on the lakes like, Lake Victoria, lake George and so many others. It is also enjoyed in the National Parks such as Murchison falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Lake Bunyonyi National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and so many others give tourists the best of this activity therefore having fun on their Uganda safaris.
Tourists that carryout the boat cruises are always exposed to the water animals like the crocodiles, hippos, birds and so many others. The activity also extends you to different wildlife attractions as you sail round the lake or River banks. This is so interesting that all tourists on Uganda safaris should not miss out.
Ballooning safaris are usually done in two different national parks of Uganda; Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park and they are run by two companies (Dream Balloons & Balloon Tours Uganda Ltd), all licensed by Uganda civil aviation authority to operate balloon rides in Uganda. Hot Air Ballooning in Uganda is a very awesome adventure but many get freaked out by the $380 and $180 fee for adults and children respectively. It can definitely be the best way to view wildlife in both these national parks if you are willing to spare those extra dollars for it.
All the Uganda balloon safari packages above have optional hot air ballooning activities and you should request for it while inquiring with us. Not so many companies will offer you this activity at discounted rates! This activity will sure give you memories and when you are out there, just enjoy every minute of the amazing moment and take as much photographs as you can. Book any of the packages above to get started.