Are you a first time Uganda safari traveler but wondering what to do apart from gorilla trekking, we have you covered. Wildlife, scenic viewing, birding Uganda, boat rides, home stay excursions and so much more. You need a well-planned itinerary to visit most of these attractions to avoid back tracking.
The number of days you are on a Uganda safari in Africa is vital to a successful stay on vacation. Some places require you to spend at least three quarters of the day on the road while others are closer to the city center so this depends on how much you want to see and time on safari.
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC)
Just a drive away from the airport you get to Uganda wildlife Education Center the former Entebbe Zoo. Wild animals here are kept in exhibits with an environment similar to the wild.
This is the summary of all the animals found in the national parks. Some of the animals include elephants, water bucks, zebras, lions, cheetahs, tigers, rare birds, vipers, chimpanzees, leopards and so much more.
Although the center has overnight facilities, Entebbe town has a variety of hotels with a walkable distance to UWEC. Even a drive from any Kampala city hotel or guest house is enough for an excursion to Uganda Wildlife Education Center.
Hire an Uber Airport transfer vehicles, a motor cycle (boda boda) or a private vehicle to the take you to Uganda wildlife Education Center at an affordable price.
Ngamba chimpanzee Rescue Island
Located on one of the remarkable Islands in Fresh water Lake Victoria is Ngamba Chimpanzee Rescue Island. This is a rescue home to orphaned, abandoned, abducted, chimpanzees that cannot be reunited with there communities.
Each morning and afternoon, there is a boat trip to the island leaves the pia but this requires you to book a boat seat. It’s best to make an inquiry so that a reservation is secured for you.
Every morning visitors take part in feeding the chimpanzees from the visitor platform, enjoy an insight into the day life of chimpanzees. Take a walk on the island to feel the cool breeze from the lake. Return to the land and if you are not tired take a guided tour to Uganda Wildlife Education Center too (UWEC) Entebbe Zoo.
The Source Of River Nile In Jinja
Why leave Uganda without visiting the Source of River Nile the world’s longest river. Everyone who has an opportunity to visit Uganda has this historical moment to fulfil. Others just study about River Nile in geography but have never had the chance to find where it starts its course. This one chance may never return grab it to create personal history.
A boat trip to the source of River Nile is awesome as lots of birds linger a shore and lots of monkeys too.
If you hope to take an African safari to the Egyptian pyramids, expect to see the wonders of River Nile which is the heart of Egypt perform. Make your Africa safari an exceptional story with a fine start from the source of River Nile and happy ending of River Nile Delta in Egypt.
Game drives in Uganda National Parks
An early rise for a game drive in any of the famous Uganda national parks is absolutely a superb moment. Uganda game drives include Kidepo National park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison falls National Park, Lake Mburo National park.
Although these parks have some wild animals in common each park also has unique wild animals too. Zebras are commonly found in Lake Mburo National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park, giraffes commonly found in Murchison Falls National Park, Tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park and so much more.
Some animals you may have a chance to see while on Uganda game safari include herds of elephants, oribi, lions, leopards, herds of buffaloes, water bucks, bush bucks, numerous monkeys types, flocks of birds to mention but a few.
Boat Ride during Uganda safari in Uganda National park
The boat ride to Murchison falls on River Nile is the most dramatic as you get to see the amazing action of River Nile as it squeezes through a 6 meters wide gorge. It burst out to create a cloudy appearance which is at times followed by a rainbow on a clear day.
Along the way, you have chance to see wild animals quenching thirst and numerous water birds. The vegetation along the Nile banks is mazing to look at and with the close-by plateau that act as nesting grounds for numerous birds.
A boat ride on Queen Elizabeth National Park along Kazinga channel is gives incredible as you have a chance to see flock of birds on the shore including foreign migrants, numerous animals cooling off during the hot day and so much more.
Sailing on Lake Victoria for a sunset cruise is absolutely amazing. Get to visit different island with incredible stories and so much more.
Sempaya Hot Springs and Mabere Ga Nyinamwiru stalactites to see on a Uganda safari
The Ssempaya hot springs have the female spring and the male springs with hot water oozing out with temperatures able to boil eggs. The incredible environment close to the springs is lovely to see.
Uganda stalactites and stalagmites called Mabere ga Nyinamwiru have an incredible historical tale worth listening too. To get to them, you need to hike and walk through untouched vegetation with lovely views.
Chimpanzee are the closest relatives of man in the animal kingdom but meeting them requires you to have a chimpanzee trekking permit. Kibale National Park is the main home for the largest chimpanzee trekking troupes in Africa. Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park is exceptional too, Kaniyo Pabidi is another incredible home of the chimpanzee in Uganda.
The highlight of any Uganda safari is gorilla trekking. Uganda has the largest number of the mountain gorillas in the entire world and the other half is shared by Rwanda and D.R.Congo
Everyone needs a gorilla trekking permit to participate in searching for the mountain gorillas. The number of gorilla permits issued per day is only 8 permit per day per gorilla family. This calls for a tight competition to secure the permits which are issued on first come first served basis.