Uganda Safaris /Wildlife Safari in Uganda/ Uganda Destination Tours/Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris
Uganda Safaris are quite incredible safaris because the country offers a biodiversity of wildlife species, beautiful landscapes, diverse plants, a variety of birdlife, and unique culture. Well, that is the reason why Uganda was described as the ‘’Pearl of Africa’’ by Winston Churchill. More so, what makes a Uganda Safari impressive is that its conducive climate supports the ecosystem as a result of its location being near the equator. Besides the climate, a Uganda Wildlife Safari also includes cultural encounters.
Culture in Uganda; Uganda’s culture stuns with over 50 tribes who are friendly and welcoming to visitors. Despite the fact that Uganda’s tourism industry has been through tough times since its independence. Most commonly northern Uganda where the rebels attacked the region and it was led by Joseph Kony Kony’s attack led to a decline in the number of tourists visiting certain parts of the country on a safari. Today as we speak, peace has been restored in the country, especially in the northern part of the country which was attacked and the tourism industry is now safe and attracts more visitors opting to do a safari in Uganda.
Although, Uganda is a landlocked country but is blessed with many national parks, mountains, lakes, and rivers which contain numerous species of birds, animals, and plants. More so, Uganda has the highest concentration of the endangered Mountain Gorillas in the world which makes her among the best travel destinations. Still, the country hosts the highest population of chimpanzees in East Africa and visitors can easily spot the ‘’BIGFIVE’’; Leopards, hippopotamus, lions, buffaloes, and elephants. More fact, Uganda is a perfect location to adventure the unique tree-climbing lions while on a wildlife safari.
The Highlight Activities Done While on A Safari in Uganda Are:
Gorilla trekking tours Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park and Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park, Semuliki, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Kalunzi Forest near Queen Elizabeth.
Kampala City Tour full package involves a visit to the Uganda National Museum, Kasubi tombs, Uganda monuments, Uganda Martyrs shrine Namugongo, Rubaga church, Namirembe Church, Visit Ndere Centre for cultural encounters, Visit Nakasero market among others. The Kampala city tour can be done in a 1 or 2-day Kampala tour package.
Guided nature walks and landscape viewing
Adventure the big five -elephants, rhinoceros, leopards, lions, and buffaloes.
Sport fishing in the great Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Lake Edward, Lake Mburo, Lake Kyoga, Lake Kwania, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Bisina, and the River Nile In Jinja. Most caught fish species are Nile perch, Tilapia, mud, and lungfish among others.
Bird watching ‘’Uganda is harbors with over 1,100 species pf birds’’.
Mountain climbing -hiking; Rwenzori Mountain and Mountain Elgon.
Bungee jumping over the Nile River
Cultural and heritage tours
Wildlife Safari in Uganda – Places to Visit While on A Uganda Safari Tours
Murchison Falls National Park; The park is situated in northwestern Uganda bordered by several districts Masindi is the nearest. However, Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest conservation area that covers over 3893 square kilometers and the park got its name from its outstanding top attractions- ‘’The Murchison Falls’’. The fact about, Murchison Falls is formed at a point where the river Nile passes through a narrow gorge before going down about 42 meters in a mighty river. More so, the park is home to a wide range of wildlife over 76 mammals,450 birds, and, chimpanzees among others. Travelers on a Uganda Wildlife Tour should expect to have an impressive boat cruise along Victoria River -cruise down the river where you can be able to see elephants, lions, giraffes, Nile crocodiles’ hippos, buffaloes, antelopes, and various birds feeding on the river bank. Visit the Budongo forest or chimpanzee trekking. You can cruise near Devil’s Cauldron, enjoy picture taking or visit Karuma Falls for white water rafting, and do a game drive among others. The park can be accessed from Kampala 4 to 5 hours’ drive.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park; The park is the second largest national park in Uganda covering an area of about 1,978 Square kilometers and is located near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. However, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the top-visited destination on Uganda safaris this is because is home to famous tree-climbing lions in Ishasha and the Uganda Kobs. More then, home to a diversity of animals of over 95 mammals and 600 bird species which are habitant of open savanna grassland, swamps, lakes as well as woodlands. The park harbors animal species like buffaloes, hippos, baboons, elephants, elephants, waterbuck, antelopes, and Nile crocodile which can be spotted in Lake Edward and Lake George, and birding and game viewing at the Kazinga Channel. Those planning a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park are during the dry season, which tends to happen from June to September and December to February.
Kidepo Valley National Park:
Kidepo Valley National Park: Kidepo Valley National Park is a truly unmatched wilderness though less visited. It has been described by CNN Travel as among the top three parks in Africa. The park is home to over 86 mammal species and about 500 bird species; wild dogs, lions, cheetahs, leopards, oryx, buffalo, giraffes, and hippopotami and home bush babies, elephants, Ostriches, and baboons among others. Other attractions in and around the park are the Karamojong and the IK people living high up the Morungole Mountain.
The park is located in the northeastern region of Uganda and covers an area of about 1,440 square kilometers.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; Bwindi is the world’s famous home to see the critically endangered mountain gorillas, located in the southwestern corner of Uganda and neighbors the Democratic Republic of Congo- Virunga National Park. More, the park is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of its stunning landscape and biological diversity. The rest of the world’s mountain gorillas can only be found in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Well, mountain gorillas are considered among the top three activities worth done on Uganda Safari. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park is once a lifetime experience and cannot be compared to anything else. Besides Gorilla tours, Bwindi is also a birder’s haven. Some of the birds to see include chap – ins flycatchers, black-billed turaco, bee-eaters, and African green broadbills among others. The best time for birding while on Uganda Safaris is during the wet season when all residents and migratory bird species gather in the forest because there can be plenty of fruits and insects.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; This is also home to mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, found in the southwestern region of Uganda. It is also home to woodland elephants, buffalo, Jackals, leopards, and a few antelopes. Visitors on a visit here can-do hiking on one of the three Volcanoes ‘’Mount Sabinyo, Mount Muhavura, and Mount Gahinga’’ found in the park, visit the Batwa trail and cave exploration.
Kibale Forest National Park; The park is home to the capital of primates especially the chimpanzee of which half the population can be seen in Kibale Forest over 1,500 individuals. Kibale Forest is home to 14 primate species which includes, Chimpanzees, red colobus, L’hoest, grey-cheeked mangabeys, other species to see giant forest hogs, antelopes, and around 100 butterfly species in the park.
Lake Mburo National Park; Lake Mburo is home to various antelopes and over 300 species pf birds. However, the park is Uganda’s smallest park and the most accessible park from Kampala which is 3 to 4 hours.
Mount Elgon National Park; Is located in the Mbale district in the Eastern part of the country and is positioned on the border between Uganda and Kenya. The mountain is an extinct volcano with a caldera covering about 42 square kilometers. The park stuns with Wagagai Peak where visitors usually attempt their hiking experience from. Meanwhile, the mountain slopes are littered with green natural forests, bushes, waterfalls, caves, gorges, and canyons.
Mount Elgon National Park is also home to various bird species and primates like Colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys many more.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary; This is the only home in Uganda to see Rhinos which can be spotted on Rhino tracking experience.
Besides doing rhino tracking, rangers can help one spot antelopes, monkeys, crocodiles, and hippos. Well, the sanctuary is a thrilling place for relaxing, nature walks, and canoeing while spotting -bird species.
Other places to visit on Uganda tours; Visit the Lake Bunyonyi, the Source of the Nile, the Ssese Islands, the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Visit Rwenzori Mountain, and Sipi Falls.
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