In case you that kind of adventurous person who is eager and love always to explore new things and traveling to new destinations to add to your traveled destination list? Or you this type of person who always does the same old thing on your vacation without trying to do something new and interesting?
If you the type of person who craves new and adventurous things, that person who wants to discover exotic destinations, and who likes to break free from the dull drum of day to day living. Then traveling to Uganda for a wildlife safari and mountain gorilla trekking safari is the perfect choice for you. Uganda has much more to offer in terms of wildlife, cultures, and scenery.
Uganda is among the few countries in the world where you can see the Big Five and the critically endangered mountain gorillas on just one trip. Among the Big Five animals include Elephants, Leopard, Lions, and Buffalo in Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park, as well as Rhinos in the Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. The other interesting fact about Uganda it’s that a real self-drive safari is possible, when we talk about self-drive safari we mean that type of safari where you don’t need a tour guide or a driver you just hire a safari vehicle from any car rental company and drive your own adventure across the country.
Only consider how enjoyable it is to see African wildlife up close and personal, to bask in their organic and national beauty. And just consider all the great memories and beautiful photographs you will take with you to share with all your household, friends back home, and social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, histogram, Google plus, and blogs. A Uganda safari adventure would have been a really adventurous holiday that will certainly please your wild side.
Uganda is a landlocked country in the eastern part of Africa, is bordered by some of the most known tourist destinations in Africa like on the eastern border, there is Kenya which is known for wildlife safaris, in the south there is Tanzania also well know tourist destination in Africa, in the southwest there is Rwanda also mainly know for as one of the three destinations in Africa where you can visit mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, DRC which is also a mountain gorilla destination is also bordering Uganda in the southwest and then in the north, there is South Sudan.
This is an added advantage to tourists who would love to explore several countries starting from Uganda, whereby, you can organize a safari to explore Lake Victoria, Visit the 3 countries which are home mountain gorillas, take an east Africa overland safari to explore all the countries in the East African region just with the starting point being Uganda.
The country is found in the African Great Lakes Region and the southern part of Uganda include a large part of Lake Victoria which is shared by three East African countries are Tanzania which has the largest share of the lake, followed by Uganda and Kenya which has the smallest.
What you should not miss when you visit Uganda
A visit to Uganda will never be boring due to the availability of different attractions you will enjoy while on a safari. Among the attractions, you should not miss include the rare and endangered mountain gorillas, different national parks, amazing African culture, mountains, forest among others. Below are some of the things you should not miss to put on your itinerary when you planning a safari to Uganda.
In Uganda mountain gorillas are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This put Uganda in a position of being the country with the highest population of mountain gorillas with more than half of the total population of these rare and endangered primates.
Mountain gorillas in the world are only found in three countries that is Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Trekking mountain gorillas in all the free countries, a tourist need to have a gorilla permit and in Uganda gorilla permits are sold at Uganda Wildlife Authority offices at 700$ per permit, for Rwanda it 1500$ per permit and in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the gorilla permit is sold at 450$ per day.
Even if you planning a 3 day or 15-day tour to Uganda, it’s recommended that you add gorilla trekking to your itinerary in either Mgahinga Gorilla National park or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest because a Uganda safari is never complete without a gorilla trekking experience.
Beautiful National Parks
Uganda has 10 national parks and over 11 wildlife reserves each of these ones has different and unique attractions and tourist activities you can do for example in case you a primate lover, Visit Kibale Forest National Park the home to over 13 different species of primates including chimpanzees and others. Still, if you are a primate lover you can’t leave out Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park where you can visit the rare and endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. And when you travel far southwestern at DRC and Rwanda border you will find Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where you spot the golden monkeys and still mountain gorillas.
In case you’re on your honeymoon when you would love to spend some time on a boat cruise and enjoy the African wilderness, spotting different African wild animals Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls national park, and Lake Mburo National Park are the perfect destinations for you because in all these three parks you can enjoy a boat cruise and also go game drive to spot different animals in the park.
And in case you want to escape from civilization and go deep to remote areas, then traveling far northeast near the South Sudan border to Kidepo Valley National Park will be a perfect place where you have no phone reception and you will be experiencing true African wilderness.
For bird lovers, you don’t have to spot any park because in Uganda and in all national parks you can spot many different bird species.
Don’t miss Jinja City the Uganda’s Adventure Capital
For many years Jinja has been among the most searched adventure destinations in Africa, the Jinja town which was recently turned into a city is found in the eastern part of the country only 85km away from Kampala the capital and largest city of Uganda. Jinja being located along River Nile, there are a lot of adventure activities a tourist can enjoy here, starting with a boat ride up to the source of the Nile, even before that you also take a day trip to Mabira Forest where you can spot different birds species, monkeys and also enjoy a nature walk in the jungle. After all that you can try the most adventurous activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting.
It’s not that those are the only interesting things to enjoy when you travel to Uganda, there are a variety of activities and destination which are not mentioned above like, Ssese Islands where you can relax and enjoy different beach activities if you think of mountains, mountain Rwenzori in the western part of the country is a perfect destination for you, and still it’s not being fair to get a chance and at least learn of the Ugandan culture and their way of life.