Are you planning to enjoy an African safari but wondering where to go Uganda safari is one of the best places to be. Uganda has almost all game safaris, all primate tours, rich Africa birdlife, mountaineering, panoramic views and that others you would wish to see in Africa.
Tourists who travel to Uganda for only gorilla trekking find themselves craving for other Uganda safari activities previously not included in the itinerary. Even those who travel for business end up attending two or three activities in Uganda before departure.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda
Gorilla trekking in Uganda tops the must do activities worth adding to your travel itinerary. Uganda is one of the lucky countries to host the Mountain gorillas whose plight of extinction was brought to world map by D.R Dian Fossey. She was an American Philanthropist who dedicated her life to saving the mountain gorillas from the rim of extinction. She was brutally killed by unknown assassinate in 1985 at her home
In Uganda two gorilla trekking packs host mountain gorillas that is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park all in the south western region.
You need to book a gorilla trekking permit to confirm participating in gorilla trekking. The cost of Uganda gorilla permit currently is $700 per person per trek for foreign nonresident tourists, $600 for foreign residents and 250000shs for East African residents.
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Before heading for gorilla trekking you need special gorilla trekking gears because the field is rough you need personal protection with help of tracking boots, insect repellents, garden gloves and more.
Game Drives In Uganda Safari Parks
Uganda is endowed with wildlife parks that harbor a number of wild game worth adding to your itinerary. Although most wild animals are common in all parks there some unique wild animal that unique to particular parks too. Some of the wild game parks in Uganda include
Murchison Falls National park which is place in the center of Uganda and River Nile is its lifeblood. The Northern Banks of this park are home to most of the wild life and an early morning or evening game drive may give you chance to see plenty of game. Some of the animals in Murchison Falls National park include lions, leopards, water bucks, okapi, Rothschild giraffes, cape buffaloes, elephants, Uganda Kobs, rich avian life and so much more.
A launch trip to the Murchison Falls give you chance to enjoy riverine visitor animals that comedown to quench thirst or take a bath to cool off the day’s heat.
Indeed Murchison falls is the Kew garden and zoo on unlimited scale as baptized by William Churchill. Indeed his words still hold the truth about Murchison Fall National Park.
Kidepo Valley National Park is the carnivore King destination you can include on your Uganda safari. During the morning or evening game drive you may have the chance to see wild animals like lions, cheetahs, side-striped jackals, spotted hyenas, bat eared fox, aardwolf, caracal, mountain reedbuck, elephants, Burchell’s zebras, ostriches to mention but a few.
Enjoy a community visit to the Karamojong Manyatta which are homesteads where herds of cattle are there protected too.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most scenic and diverse parks enjoying a fabulous location on the Albertine rift valley floor. The park offers spectacular crater lake views with some outstanding lakes like blue lake, Lake Nyamunuka with a putrid smell, Katwe salt lake and so much more.
Queen Elizabeth National Park has great game viewing spots especially east of Kasenyi grassland where lion to Kob drama may be witnessed, the Ishasha sector south of the park is famous for tree climbing lions, topis, herds of elephants, cape buffaloes and so much more
The super launch trip on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park is a moment to relax and enjoy the beauties dotted on the rift valley floor and beyond. This two hour enduring activity commences from Mweya Peninsular along Kazinga Channel to Lake Edward. The shoreline is home to schools of hippos, huge Nile crocodiles, plethora of birds, numerous animals grace the shore and so much more.
Chimpanzees are human cousins living in the wild with a DNA of about 98% of that of human. In Uganda chimpanzee trekking is best done in Kibale national Park, Kyambura Gorge, Kaniyo Pabidi Forest, Kalinzu game reserve, Ngamba Chimpanzee Rescue Island.
You need to book a chimpanzee permit otherwise you may not be allowed to see the chimpanzees. In Uganda Kibale National Park chimpanzee trekking permits cost $200 per person per trek. These fund are used to contribute to continuous chimpanzee conservation and support the close by community too.
Chimpanzee trekking has two shifts that is the morning and afternoon shift and each shift starts with briefing at Kanyanchu Visitor center in Kibale National Park. The ranger guides escorts you in groups of 6 clients to trek the chimpanzees
Like gorilla trekking, when you meet the chimpanzees, you are allowed only one hour with them then let the chimpanzee go about there daily activities. Chimpanzee search is worth all the effort you go through in the wilderness to locate them.
Much as several birding sites have been destroyed by encroachers in Africa, Uganda still holds incredible birding sites. A number of RAMZA sites are preserved in Uganda. No other area in Africa can match Uganda’s amazing diversity of habitants and richness is reflected in the burgeoning bird list.
Uganda has over 1000 bird species including those on the IUCN red list. Some of the birds in Uganda also include about 24 of 26 Albertine Endemic. A good Uganda birding itinerary takes you to the most popular birding destinations in the country.
Some of the renowned birding Uganda destinations include Bwindi Impenetrable National park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kaniyo Pabidi forest in Murchison Falls National park, Lutembe Beach, Botanical garden, Mabamba Swamp to mention but a few.
Some of the birds you may get to spot include shoe bill, Rwenzori Turaco, fox Weaver, Great Blue and Ross’s Turacos, Diederik cuckoos, Black-headed Gonolek, Chestnut crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Scarce Grey-headed olive-back, Green-backed Twin spot and so much more.
White water Rafting on River Nile During Uganda Safari
Whether you are familiar with white water rafting or not, guided are ready to take you through. You can choose to sail the simple tides or the heavier tides. There Itanda Falls have different levels. Other activities include Kayaking, tubing but all these are under the supervision of professional guides.
Nature Walks on Uganda Safari
Uganda is gifted by nature and taking off part of your day to experience nature is refreshing. Bwindi Forest offer some nature walks, Ssezibwa Falls offers those walks, Mabira Forest, Botanical gardens, Kibale National Park and so much more.
You get to see lots of primates like black and white colobus, vervet monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, a number of birds, butterflies, plants and so much more.
Home Stay Adventures on Uganda Safari
Experiencing the true African life on a home stay adventure to one of the local homes. Take part in cooking, preparing food, basket weaving, pottery as per your request. It may be a half day Africa local community life experience or whole day.
Understanding African life without kingdoms is missing a big part of the past Africa. Buganda Kingdom in Uganda is one of the ancient kingdom with both cultural and political history of Buganda and Uganda as a country.
The Buganda Kingdom has contributed a great part to building of Uganda and from its name Uganda got a name. The cultural setups of Buganda are similar to the traditional set ups of the royal family of United Kingdom. Tour Bulange in Mengo which is the kingdom’s political center. Enjoy the history of the kingdom and the way Kabaka Mutesa II met his defeat from H.E. Idi Amin one of the fallen presidents of Uganda.
Take time off in Twekobe one of the palaces close to the kingdom and tour the toucher chambers where thousands of locals were brutally murdered by H.E. Idi Amin. Move on to the Kabaka’s Lake which was hand excavated by the subjects of the Kabaka. The lake speaks history even by mere looking at it.
Spot Fishing In Uganda on Uganda safari
Uganda is one of the lucky African countries with fresh water lakes. You can try your luck with sport fishing on one of the prominent lakes or Rivers while on holiday in Uganda.
Lake Victoria, River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park are some of the common sport fishing destinations in Uganda. You need to hire a boat but carry your own fishing lures.
Expect to catch fish like Nile Perch, cut fish, tilapia, Lung fish and so much more. It may be a whole day or half day activity.
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Sleeveless tops with Khaki shorts to wear during the game drives especially the dry season when there is scotching sun. The months of June to September and December are drier even the entire country experiences high temperature too.
A pair of sun glasses to protect your eyes from sun rays in the game parks.
Mask to wear during gorilla trekking or Chimpanzee trekking because these primates are susceptible to human infections. Even during game drives, you need to protect your nose from dust on the dusty road in the parks.
Insect repellant during game drives and gorilla trekking or Chimpanzee trekking as the wilderness has a lot of stinging insects.
Garden gloves for those heading to gorilla trekking because you need to hold a tighter grip on the close by creepers along the tails.
Sun screen to protect your skin from sunrays.
Water bottle to carry water in order to quench thirst while in the park.
A light water proof bag to put together all your belongings that you will need in the field.
Camera to take photos of wild animals and scenery to store as memories of your Africa Safari experience.
Toiletries in most accommodations in Uganda are provided but having your own is more comfortable.
Some hard cash to change into local currency in case you are to do any local transaction like buying some drinks, purchasing souvenirs and so much more.