There’s something about walking. The cool breeze and fresh air in the forests, the lush green trees, the feeling of being outdoors and not trapped in the four walls and the feeling of being one with nature just fits well with one’s soul.
Uganda has amazing, thrilling and memorable activities that are best experienced on foot. If you are the type of person who’s just curious about the Pearl of Africa, then walking is perfect for you to explore and discover.
But maybe you think walking is a bit boring? Well, think again because the reward at the end of that hike, climb, nature walk, forest walk or trek is definitely worth every step.
Experience the wild side of Uganda on Foot.
In every walk with Nature, one receives far more than he seeks (John Muir). Below, I list for you some of the interesting tourist activities you can do on foot. Let’s get started:
Gorilla trekking is a wonderful activity that allows you to get close to the Mountain Gorillas in there nature habitant. These gentle giants can be tracked down in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park located in South Western Uganda.
You can see these gentle giants all year round. Interestingly, the best time to take on this activity is ultimately up to you. Well, the activity takes approximately 8 hours (note that the time varies depending on the current conditions within the forest). On the brighter side, when you finally track the mountain gorillas down, you get to spend a full hour with them.
Chimpanzees are man’s closest relatives sharing about 98% of their DNA with humans. You can spend an hour with the chimpanzees in their natural habitat by visiting one of the areas where the trekking happens in Uganda.
These include: Kibale forest (with over 1,000 chimps) in Kibale National Park, Kalizu forest, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park and Budongo forest at the Kaniyo Pabidi section in Murchison falls national park. All these destinations present to you other activities that will boost your chimpanzee trekking/tracking experience.
There are currently 22 Rhinos (Southern White Rhinos) in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary that you will be able to see on your Rhino tracking experience in Uganda. You can take part in this activity as a solo safari experience or combine it with a safari to Murchison Falls National Park.
Enter the territory of the Southern White Rhinos on foot and get see and learn about the most successful conservation story of these endangered species.
Golden monkey tracking:
The Golden Monkey is an Albertine Rift Endemic and can be tracked from Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda. This activity is rewarding in all its sense as you can also combine it with gorilla trekking in Mgahinga.
The Golden monkey gets its name from its striking coloring. The tail of the Golden monkey is bright, vibrant, golden orange, as are its cheeks, and patches of its back and torso. This poses a sharp contrast to its jet-black legs and head for a visually stunning effect. They are a beautiful sight to see.
Mountain Climbing / Hiking:
Uganda offers you the best mountain climbing/hiking opportunity on the renowned Rwenzori Mountains (mountains of the moon) found within Rwenzori Mountains National Park in Kasese district in Western Uganda. Nevertheless, Mount Elgon is also another interesting mountain to climb/hike. This massive solitary volcanic mountain has one of the world’s largest intact calderas. It is the main attraction in Mt. Elgon National Park in Eastern Uganda.
Reaching the highest peaks (Margherita peak and Wagagai Peak respectively) of these amazing mountains is not only rewarding but a thrilling memory. The slopes of these 2 mountains also have a lot to offer to boost your hike to the top.
Nature walks / Forest walks:
Uganda is endowed with beautiful forests where activities such as nature/forest walks can take place. These forests include Mabira forest, Budongo forest, Kibale forest, Bwindi impenetrable forest, Maramagambo forest and many more forest reserves that offer thrilling and memorable forest walk experiences.
Hikes, climbing, walks, and treks. It could be a couple of miles or it could be thousands of miles.
But, coming to your finish point, to the summit/peak, meeting the gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, birds, walking under the tree shades or back to where you started, is a glorious feeling of accomplishment. Nothing could beat that.
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If you have not had any of these experiences, your Ultimate Jungle Experience awaits.