Today, Uganda welcomes visitors from all over the world who stirred by their imagination, come to explore this enchanting country with its shimmering lakes and lofty mountains, our mysterious forests and game parks teeming with birds and increasing concentrations of all kinds of wildlife.
In this article I am going to describe the 8 top activities to you can do in Uganda. Getting to Uganda is so easy.
Uganda is ideal for a voyage of discovery into the most enthralling Continents in the world. CNN, National Geographic Travel, Jovago and Lonely Planet and other online travel giants have all over the decade listed Uganda as among the top 20 destinations in the world. Our country presents a captivating combination of the wonders of nature, traditional customs and modern attractions. But above all other attractions is the welcome that comes from the heart of the Ugandan people.
Get up close and personal with mountain gorillas
Spend an hour with gorillas after a trek through thick rain forest
Along with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda is home to the last remaining population of mountain gorillas on Earth. Families are found in Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, in the country’s far southwest.
Bwindi is home to 14 habituated groups of gorillas, with a total population of 400 according to the last regional census in 2012. Groups of eight people, led by armed rangers and qualified trackers, can spend an hour with these beguiling primates, usually after an arduous trek through thick rain forest.
Spend time with the Batwa pygmies
The Batwa, once known as pygmies, are conservation refugees. Traditional hunter-gatherers, they were thrown out of Mgahinga and Bwindi when both became national parks in 1991.
Since then, they have been marginalised, forced to eke out a living working on others’ land and losing their traditional skills.
Through its Partnership Trust, tour operator Volcanoes Safaris purchased and gifted 10 acres of land near its Mount Gahinga lodge on the edge of the national park for local Batwa people in 2018, helping them build 18 homes and a community centre, with access to medical care.
Tribe elder Safari Monday holds special sessions for guests at the lodge, teaching them about traditional hunting and herbal medicine, with the chance to visit the village and learn more about their plight.
Cruise the Kazinga
Take your binoculars on the fishing boats of Lake George
At only 8m deep, the channel makes for the perfect resting place for these hulking mammals, which spend most of the day bathing in the shallows along its banks.
It’s also possible to see large groups of elephants, as well as African fish eagles and pied kingfishers. Be sure to pack binoculars and charter a smaller boat in order to get first-hand information from the pilots who are also naturalists.
Uganda Cultural encounter; Understand Uganda’s past in Kampala
Learn about the country’s brutal history in the capital (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Uganda’s capital offers the ideal window into the country’s past. The most chilling but essential stop off is Mengo Palace.
The former home of Kabaka Mutesa II, ousted as king in 1966 by prime minister Milton Obote and the then army chief Idi Amin, it’s perhaps more famous for its underground prison.
The prison was used by Amin when he took control of Uganda and is a stark reminder of the brutality of what people here had to suffer throughout the late 20th century.
Catch a glimpse of tree-climbing lions
Elephants by the roadside in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Found only in Tanzania’s Lake Manyara National Park and the Ishasha plains of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park, these rare big cats spend most of the day lounging in acacia trees, rather than sleeping on the ground like their regular cousins.
There’s a small population of around 50 such lions in this part of Uganda, meaning it pays to go with a qualified guide who can get intel from park rangers on their location.
Track endangered golden monkeys
Found only in the Virunga Volcanoes forests that stretch across the borders of Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo, golden monkeys number just 4,000.
Unlike mountain gorillas, however, they tend to stay put, meaning treks to find them within Mgahinga National Park’s swathes of bamboo are relatively straightforward, if somewhat strenuous on the thighs.
Murchison Falls National Park
Spreading North-East from Lake Albert, Murchison Falls National Park is another adventure for wildlife lovers.
As well as the largest population of Nile crocodiles in Uganda, there are also elephants and Rothschild’s giraffes.
It’s also possible to fish for Nile perch in the raging white waters of the world’s longest river as it crashes into a waterfall. With over 450 different birds, including the rare shoebill stork, it’s a paradise for birdwatchers too.
In conclusion, Uganda is known for its Gorilla trekking and a big number of people who visit this country do so to get close to these giant animals, yet a safari to Uganda can be a lot more memorable as i have discussed above.
If you happen to find yourself in Uganda, the activities I have mentioned will make your Ugandan safari memorable. However, I have only given 8 activities but Uganda has got a lot more to offer.
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