Gorilla trekking honestly is the star of any African safari activity you may think of but as you await your flight what else can you do. Uganda is a country gifted by nature and most of the places to visit involve wildlife or natural scenery.
Ngamba Chimpanzee Rescue Island
Placed on one of the Islands in the largest fresh water lakes in Africa is Ngamba Chimpanzee Rescue Island. A number of Chimpanzees have been given a second chance after being abandoned by there communities.
Some of these chimpanzees are rescued as they are being trafficked, snared, or kept in circus. After being left out of the group, it’s hard to return and be accepted by the actual family. This may lead to rejection and deny the chimpanzee access to food causing it to die out of starvation.
Early in the morning, you head to the pier for briefing and sail to Ngamba Island. The ride is about half an hour. Take part in feeding the chimpanzees from the feeding platform. Watch the chimps fight each other for a meal as survival for the fittest is the law of the jungle.
Enjoy the beach scenery surrounding the island and return to the land to catch up with your flight back home. You may book a day room at your lodge on request.
After landing from Ngamba Chimpanzee Island it’s about 15 minutes to 30 minutes drive from any accommodation within Entebbe area.
Note: Your departure flight must be booked late evening to enjoy a visit to Ngamba Chimpanzee Island on departure day after gorilla trekking.
You must also have a free day time the day after returning from the wilderness.
Visit Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) After Gorilla Trekking
The summary of Uganda’s game life lives in Uganda Wildlife Education Center. This is the former Entebbe Zoo but currently wild animals are kept in exhibits. A life close to the one they live in in the world has been set up for them.
The center has incredible vegetation cover ranging from forest, grass land, swamp and semi-arid making it a comfortable place to keep the animals. Even the tough vipers have a comfortable habitat to live in with regular care givers.
Some of the animals present include lions, leopards, cheetahs, Rhinos, Ostriches, elephant, tortoises, zebras, water bucks, buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, crocodiles, chimpanzees, monkeys, baboons, parrots, shoebill, huge vipers and so much more
Guided walk through the center gives you a clearer picture of the behavior of the animals and how they are taken care of.
Other activities to do in the center include care giving, keeper for the day,
Source Of River Nile Visit after Gorilla Trekking
Having studied about the longest river in Africa as River Nile, what an opportunity to get to see the actual origin of its waters. The River Nile floors through Uganda, South Sudan, The Sudan and Egypt the land of the Pharos
After gorilla trekking you can take an excursion to the source of River Nile in case your flight is scheduled for late evening the day after Returning from Bwindi Forest.
On a jam clear day, drive early in the morning for about two hours and arrive the source of the Nile. Enjoy a boat ride up to the point where River Nile separates from Lake Victoria Water,
This point has mesmerizing drama where water emerges from the ground. A clear line can evidently be seen separating Calm Lake Victoria water and Vigorous River Nile water as it starts off its journey.
If you are not afraid of tides white water rafting would be a great plan to take up your day as you wait for your late evening flight. In case you spent your night in Kampala or Entebbe, you have to drive early morning to Itanda fall in Buikwe.
White water rafting doesn’t require you to have any experience because the guides are readily available to take you through a simple training.
Get into the tube boats and start beating the tides.
Kayaking after Gorilla trekking
On Lake Victoria, you may request for some Kayaks and enjoy the view of the largest fresh water lake of Africa.
In Jinja, you may also take part in Kayaking on the River Nile or even the tube sailing experience.
Bungee Jumping after Gorilla trekking
Stimulate some adrenaline as you drop down a high cliff to touch the River Nile Surface in Jinja. A rescue boat is usually in close range to help you get off the rope tied to your feet. A board walk is also present close to the River Nile to offer you more experience of river banks.
While you enjoy the River Nile course, you can also do quad biking through the villages but close to River Nile. It’s a very interesting experience as you enjoy the cool breeze and fresh air.
An excursion To Ssezibwa Falls after Gorilla Trekking
If you want a super wild photo booth Ssezibwa falls has a natural setting for you. Ssezibwa falls are locally believed to have been born by a human.
For this reasons lots of local rituals are performed at these falls so you may find some pots, spears, backcloth and so much more. Enjoy listening to the history of the falls and a walk through the surrounding forest.
Green vegetation cover makes up the environment plus soothing hymns from thousands of birds.
Vigorous water falls flow down the high cliff top touching the rest of the river whose course pours into River Nile making it one of the strong tributaries of River Nile.
Stop In Mabira Forest For a Natural Walk after Gorilla Trekking
Mabira is one of the largest natural forests in Africa and a walk through the forest is un resistible. Enjoy the numerous primates that linger the forest like vervet monkyes, black and white colobus, olive baboons, grey cheeked mangabey and so much more.
For birders, this is another opportunity for you to spot a number of birds that reside in Mabira forest. Botanists have a great chance to spot some rare tree species that the forest hosts.
Gorilla trekking may be the ultimate activity for you visit to Uganda in Africa but if you have time you can explore other places before boarding your departure flight.