Completing an African Wildlife Safari in 2 weeks
Updated: Dec 14, 2021
Completing an African wildlife Safari in less than 2 weeks would be considered a superhuman feat if it wasn’t for a country like Uganda.
Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” Winston Churchhill, a landlocked gem full of spectacular wildlife, towering mountains, volcanic craters, and colossal lake victoria the source of the Nile river. Uganda boasts a natural treasure trove of national parks.
Uganda offers you the unique opportunity of Gorilla Trekking coupled with the Big 5 that is The Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino, and Leopard. A standard itinerary for such a spectacle of nature should ideally take the longest time ever when it requires moving from one country to another. Here’s an overview of the sights in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park Uganda’s largest national park. It measures approximately 3,893 square kilometers (1,503 sq mi). The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile from east to west for a distance of about 115 kilometers (71 mi).
The park is the location of Murchison Falls, where the waters of the Nile flow through a narrow gorge only 7 meters (23 ft) wide before plunging 43 meters (141 ft). Also in the park, adjacent to the Masindi-Gulu Highway, are the Karuma Falls
The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes, and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for its wildlife, including African elephant, African buffalo, Ugandan kob, hippopotamus, topi, waterbuck, warthog, giant forest hog, Nile crocodile, leopard, and lion. It is home to 95 mammal species and over 500 bird species. The area around Ishasha in Rukungiri District is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes
The park is also famous for its volcanic features, including volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes, such as the Katwe craters, from which salt is extracted.
Additionally, there are various other places to visit and this will primarily depend on your Travel itinerary.
As well as being one of the most beautiful parts of Africa, Jinja in Uganda is a wonderful place to meet other solo travelers.
Known as the adventure capital of East Africa, Jinja is a hub for kayakers, white water rafters, backpackers, and other adventure enthusiasts. Even if you don’t enjoy extreme sports, you will be blown away by the stunning scenery and friendly locals.
Plus, there are plenty of more gentle things to do like cycling, stand-up paddleboarding, and sunset cruises in the Nile.
The hub of the backpacker/kayaker action revolves around the village of Bujagali (about 20 minutes from Jinja town), whilst Jinja town is more popular with the volunteer/NGO crowd, but there are backpackers there too.
Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda
Lake Bunyonyi is a great place to chill out pre or post-gorilla trek. It is popular for its green and lush terraced hills that are punctuated with a plethora of over 200 bird species. The place combines the art of water birds and some migratory birds. This makes it a perfect idea for many bird enthusiasts. A dive into the Nyombi swamp reveals a variety of assorted birds. Apart from birdwatching, the place also presents perfectly. These include sports like swimming as well as boat cruising and riding. The area is also underlined by various hikes and nature walks, all of which offer more than just nature and pleasure. A sense of traditional culture is also felt during the community walks since one can get stopovers at the Bakiga Cultural museum as well as the blacksmith sites. For more cultural adventures, one can visit the village of Bufuka for Batwa and Bakiga experiences.
This Marvel is also depicted in the Marvel cinematic universe as part of Wakanda.
Uganda would be the most ideal travel destination for anyone looking to have the best of Africa in the shortest period of time.