Uganda at times called the Pearl Of Africa is the complete Africa Safari Destination where you enjoy game, all primates, hikes, birding, incredible sceneries without crossing borders. You just need enough holiday time and a well arranged itinerary to soot your needs and enjoy it all.
Some Of Uganda’s Special Attractions You Need To Select For Your Africa Holiday
Uganda hosts the biggest number of mountain gorillas in the world living in Bwindi Forest National park and Mgahinga National park. Gorilla tracking is the main activity that is done in these forests. One needs to have booked a gorilla permit to be allowed to be part of this lifetime experience.
On the day of gorilla tracking, you have to wear your gorilla tracking gear and carry your packed lunch as the time of returning to the lodge is unknown. Gorillas keep moving in the forest searching for food supply as they feed on foliage for survival.
The mountain gorillas first came into scene when the film called “Gorillas in the Mist” was aired currently children watch the gorillas in cartoons like “lion Guard”, “Mickey Mouse” and so many others. The reality of Mountain gorillas can only be meet while on a gorilla tracking safari in Uganda.
You also have the chance of combining other African safaris like chimpanzee trekking, wild game safaris, mountaineering all in one country. Only your time allows you to have fun as variety of attractions are distributed with in the country.
Uganda is gifted by nature not seen anywhere in Africa. The game parks in Uganda are endowed with numerous animals including the big five that is to say herds of elephants, Buffaloes, lions, leopards, Rhinos are being rehabilitated in Ziiwa Rhino sanctuary after they were wiped out by civil wars of 1980s.
This park is bisected by River Nile that is the main water supply to this area. Lots of animals live in this park like the lions, herds of elephants, herds of cape buffaloes, Rothschild giraffes, oribi, water bucks, bush bucks, warthogs, hartebeest, hippos, crocodiles, otters, chimpanzees, olive baboons, leopards, lots of vipers, rich avian life to mention but a few.
The strongest falls in the world are at the 7 meters wide gorge of Murchison falls where the mighty River Nile Water squeezes through a narrow gorge. The water bursts out vigorously to make a thunderous sound and cloudy appearance. The water later flow down about 40 meters high cliff to join the rest of the course till Egypt.
When at the top of the falls, you can clearly witness this powerful moment plus when you area on the launch cruise.
The birds of this park are uncountable finding some nesting on the deep cliff at the banks of the White Nile. Some of the possible birds to find include the shoe bill, yellow-footed flycatcher, ituri batis, white thighed hornbill, king fisher to mention but a few. Check More details
Queen Elizabeth National Park is rich with incredible wildlife like the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, leopards, elephants, cape buffaloes, Uganda Kobs, warthogs, mongoose, pangolin, water bucks, bush bucks, topis, the rich bird life that congregates along the Kazinga channel including the foreign migrants that fly from as far as Europe, to mention but a few.
The view of both wet and dry crater lakes is unmatched as this is a volcanic area with the backdrop of Mountain Rwenzori ranges. The Rwenzori was named the mountains of the moon by Explorer Henry Mutton Stanley and on a clear day, you enjoy the view of the Snowcapped Magheritah peak
During the launch cruise you get the best view of Africa wildlife as you watch several animals quenching thirst from ashore while bird congestion fills the banks as they look for a meal especially the water birds.
Kidepo valley National Park
Amongst all African wildlife parks, Kidepo Valley National park holds the highest position in hosting some of the renowned predators like the lions, leopards, cheetahs, spotted hyenas, wild dogs, fox, aardwolf, caracal, strong vipers to mention but a few.
Less common ungulates like greater and lesser kudu, chandlers, mountain reedbuck, klipspringer, guenther’s dikdik,elephats, cape buffaloes, zebras, defassa water bucks, hartebeests, oribi, bush pigs, Bohor reed bucks to mention but a few.
Birds like the ostrich, red-throated bee eater, Abyssinian ground horn bill, Abyssinian roller and Abyssinian scimitarbill, yellow-billed and jackson’s horn bills, Karamoja apalis and so many others. Check for more details
Lake Mburo National Park
Being the closet national Park top Uganda’s city Kampala, this is the closest park one can visit in a two day holiday in Uganda. The road trip here is about 3 hours away but to enjoy the fantasy of its habitats it is better to overnight and have an early morning game drive.
Some of the animals you may get to see are the zebras, impalas, water bucks, bush bucks, elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, leopards, warthogs, statungas, giraffes, and several birds that linger in the park. In this park, humans co-exist with animals as cattle raring is the main activity.
The boat ride on Lake Mburo gives you the actual feeling of the wild calls of African jungle.
Kibale National Park
This forested natural tropical park is the biggest home of habituated chimpanzees in the wilderness of Africa. During chimpanzee tracking, you may get to see other chimpanzee relatives like the black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys, grey tailed mangabey, red tailed monkeys, lHoest, bush babies the list is endless.
Bigodi swamp is rich with variety of birds and here you may have the chance of seeing the rare shoe bill. Plenty of butterflies, primates Check for More Details
Other area where you can trek the chimpanzees in Uganda include
Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semliki National Park, Kaniyo pabidi area in Murchison Falls National Park, Kalinzu Forest reserve closer to Queen Elizabeth National park and a few live in Bwindi Forest National park with the mountain gorillas though not habituated for human viewing.
Mountain Rwenzori Hiking
For those interested in checking your fitness, hiking the mountains in Uganda is one of those interesting expeditions you can do while on an African safari. Different itineraries can be tailored for you to choose from.
The Rwenzori Mountain ranges provide a great experience of Mountaineering. The different levels of the mountain provide different vegetation cover that is rare to see while at the bottom.
Several trails have been constructed by the usual hikers and you have particular overnight points where you spent your nights.
Mountain Elgon Hiking
The Elgon mountain is another volcanic mountain you can climb. You have the chance of seeing the wonderful Siipi falls on your way. Enjoy numerous wild animals that were conserved within the Elgon National park
Mountain Muhavura Rangers
After gorilla tracking, you may have the chance to check your fitness with a hike to one of the ranges of Muhavura. Enjoy the view of Lake Bunyonyi the deepest rift valley lake in Uganda.
River Nile being the longest River in Africa and the second Longest in the world is commonly known in Egypt but its roots come from as far as Uganda. At Jinja, the Victoria Nile dramatically separates from Lake Victoria water.
Several other activities can also be done while in Jinja like Bugee jumping, Kayaking, snorkeling, white water rafting, swimming, boat ride, quad biking, birding to mention but a few.