Uganda

Uganda, the jewel of East Africa – A land filled with vibrant, green, rolling hills, rich cultures, huge national parks and wild rivers. Home to the iconic mountain gorilla, tree-climbing lion and our closest cousin, the chimpanzee, Uganda Safaris offer a vibrant experience filled with wildlife and wilderness adventures.

Winston Churchill named Uganda as the Pearl of Africa due to the fact that the country has incredible and outstanding tourist attraction.  Tourism in Uganda is managed and operated by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) the government agency which merged national parks and game reserves.

Such national parks include

  • Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Mount Rwenzori National Park
  • Kibale Forest National Park
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Lake Mburo National Park
  • Semuliki National Park
  • Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
  • Mount Elgon National Park

Other touristic attractions include the Mountain Rwenzori, Lake Victoria, the Source of the Nile, the Equator, Hot Springs of Semuliki and Kitagata, a collection of different bird species that cannot be found anywhere else in Uganda. Tourism board is entrusted by minister for tourism and antiquities Lilly Ajarova who is the chief executive officer.

Uganda Country Facts

Area: 236,040km²
Population: 32,369,550
Official Languages:  Swahili, English

Major Wildlife Areas/Areas of Interest

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Reserve, Lake Victoria, Lake Mburo National Park.

Wonderful for: Photographic Safaris, Hiking & Climbing, African Adventurers, Pure Wildlife Safaris, Gorilla Safaris.

Uganda has so much more to offer than gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Get off the beaten track and explore other Ugandan parks too.

Things to Do in Uganda

There are exciting things to do in Uganda. Below is a list of numerous things that you can do and see while in your safaris in Uganda.

Gorilla trekking

Uganda is a unique tourism destination. Most of its attractions are nature based and is one of the leading destinations for primate safaris. The country inhabits the endangered apes including the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

Gorillas are one of the prime attractions in Uganda.

Uganda gorilla safaris have taken the world by storm and today this is the leading destination for gorilla watching. These apes are known to be in two national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which lie in southwestern part of Uganda in the highlands of that are also known as the Switzerland of Africa.

Mountain Gorillas are 98% human just like chimpanzees and can be spotted in four sectors i.e Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Rushaga in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and one gorilla family lives in Mgahinga National Park.

The country hosts over 460 mountain gorillas and there are about 20 gorilla families that have been habituated for tourism. A gorilla permit costs US$600 per permit making it cheaper than permits in Rwanda which charges US$1500.

Gorilla habituation costs US$1500 because trackers are given a 4 hour experience with the great apes. it’s advisable to book your permits in in advance at least 6 months before the travel dates so that you can avoid the embarrassment.

Uganda is one of the smallest landlocked countries in East Africa. This incredible country is popular in entire world as a home to gigantic Lake Victoria in Southern region. Remarkable as it is, Sir Winston Churchill described it as the “Pearl of Africa.” It comes with the most spectacular wildlife terrain in the world. Uganda’s most popular tourist areas include Ajai wildlife reserve, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park and the stunning Ssese Islands and others.

White Water Rafting:

Deeping yourself in the waters of mighty Nile is some thing not to be missed while in a safari in Uganda. The River Nile is famously the longest River in the world and it straddles just in Uganda. There are numerous opportunities for you to experience the tremendous white water rafting adventures that start from morning to afternoon and you spend nearly three days. Nearly 50000 people have rafted in this might River and it is your chance also to experience the true source of the Nile in Jinja. The grading of the rapids rafted on this mighty River stretch from 1 to 5. At higher graded, tourists are offered a choice whether to go through a hard way raft or the easy way that takes you around the edge.

Wildlife viewing

When it comes to authentic African safaris, Uganda is incredibly one of the excellent safari destinations that you should consider for wildlife spotting. It offers visitors opportunity to spot most of its big five game in the wilderness. Uganda’s big game include the African elephants, Cape Buffaloes, Leopards, African Lions as well as the rare tree climbing lions at Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Other wildlife species for you get a glimpse at while on vacation in the pearl of Africa are the antelope families that make up about 29 distinct species for you to spot, warthogs, mongoose, side striped jackal, hyenas and many more. The best safari destinations for you to spot the big game plus other incredible savanna wildlife species in Uganda include Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.

Birding

For unforgettable birding experiences in Africa consider Uganda one of the destinations that you should pay a visit. It is credited with about 1070 different bird species translating into 11% of the world’s bird species and 60% in Africa and they are all confined in various habitats that range from forests, savanna grassland and woodland to water bodies (salt and fresh water). With diversity of birding areas that are widely spread in Uganda,  the notable birds for you to sight include the rare shoebill stork, green breasted pitta, African pitta, African broadbill, Great blue Turaco, Shelley’s Crimson wing, Standard winged nightjar, Short tailed warbler, Bar tailed Trogon, Black breasted barbet, Doherty’s Bush shrike, Ostriches, Black bee eaters, Red throated bee eater, White fronted bee eater and many bee eaters, Kingfishers, Nightjars, Great white pelicans and many more.