Trips to Dubai or Seychelles are always special, but there are times when they fail to offer you the kind of diversity and longing to get up close to Mother Nature, but soon realize that those remote idyllic beaches are only good enough for a trip or two.
Well, if your craving for that adrenaline rush and those jaw-dropping sights and this is where Uganda and its game parks come into the picture. From dining with locals to checking out the beautiful Ugandan cultures, from enjoying a wildlife safari to sighting the Kampala city, Uganda’s capital and trekking the famous mountain gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. We examined the Top 5 Awesome Things to do in Uganda. Enjoy!
1. Go on a Uganda Safari
A safari is something that must be experienced when you visit the country and Uganda is one of the best places in the world to spot the big five game animals such as the lion, leopard, African elephant, Cape buffalo and Rhinoceros. Other animals include giraffes, zebras, warthogs, hyenas, and several antelope species. The country has 4 savanna national parks that offer game viewing with fewer crowds and these include Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo and Kidepo valley national parks. Besides game drives, other things to do in these savannah parks include nature forest walks, fantastic boat cruise and many more. Birdlife is prolific with over 1000 species.
Uganda is also gifted with 13 primate species such as Chimpanzees, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, mangabeys, Galagoes, Vervets, Red-tailed and blue monkeys among others. This makes Uganda, the ultimate eco-tourism destination for traditional African safaris.
2. Go Gorilla Trekking
Experiencing the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda up close and personal in the wild is a must for Uganda travellers. Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Jungle will reward you the ultimate feel of a gorilla tracking experience and way more. You can also enjoy this experience only in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo and Uganda offer the cheapest trekking packages of all although you only get to spend one hour with the gorillas in groups of 8 people per group, it a lifetime experience and even the hike alone through the clouds and dense jungle of Bwindi Impenetrable forest is an experience in itself. Remember to pay attention to your ranger’s instructions and prepare physically for a considerable time of walking.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park currently has the largest number of habituated gorilla groups ranging up to 20 groups including those of gorilla habituation experience! Another habituated gorilla group of mountain gorillas is in Mgahinga national park, known as “Nyakagezi”.
Besides gorilla trekking, the 2 gorilla destinations in Uganda have other tourists activities such as Batwa Trail in Mgahinga or Batwa Experience in Bwindi, forest walk, community tours, birding, golden monkey tracking in Mgahinga and climbing mount Muhabura, Sabyinyo and Gahinga.
3. Experience Traditional Culture of Uganda Tribes at Ndere Centre
For lovers of traditional dance and music, Ndere Troupe at Ndere Centre and headquarters of Uganda Development Theatre Association which was opened in 2003 to be the home of Uganda’s best cultural dance groups, built on 9 acres of well-maintained green, beautifully flowered walkways and shaded by very mature fruit and other African trees. The Centre is tranquillity at its best – enabling you to enjoy Traditional dance, music and drama with modern arts using traditional instruments. It also showcases dances from many of Uganda’s tribal groups with high-energy shows taking place in a 700-seat amphitheatre. Dinner is mediocre and optional.
4. Tour Uganda’s Capital, Kampala
Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. In this downtown area, the Uganda Museum explores the country’s tribal heritage through an extensive collection of artefacts.
On nearby Mengo Hill is Lubiri Palace, the former seat of the Buganda Kingdom, Rubaga Cathedral, the Uganda Martyrs Shrine in Namugongo, the Bahai Temple, Namirembe Cathedral, the Hindu temple and the independence monument, Kasubi tombs and many more. You will also get a chance of sampling the capital’s nightlife which is among East Africa’s best and its infamous crazy traffic jam.
Whether you choose the Boda-boda tour (Motorbike), vehicle ride or a walking tour, exploring Uganda without touring her capital Kampala would be an injustice to your Uganda safari. Therefore if you are interested in something a bit different from wildlife viewing, then hitting up the country’s capital, Kampala, is definitely one of the best things to do in Uganda too. Remember to eat a Rolex (chapati and eggs) as well while on your Kampala tour, it seals the deal.
5. Explore the Nile
The mighty river Nile is the longest river in the world; therefore Uganda has the bragging rights of the adventure capital Jinja where the source of the Nile is found.
Adrenaline junkies already know that the country is home to the world’s most thrilling activities such as mountain biking, bungee jumping, swimming, kayaking, horse riding, boat cruise on the Nile and white water rafting which is the best in the world among its many attractions that’ll get the ultimate dare-devils blood pumping and heart pounding. The adrenaline stirring waves of the River Nile make White water rafting a bucket list activity while on your Uganda safari.