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  • Evelyn Nakazi

Uganda Safari: 10 amazing things to see and do

The best of Uganda safaris will leave you yearning and bewitched for more adventures.

Uganda is referred to as the pearl of Africa for quite numerous reasons. But one outshines them all; the best safari in Africa is a tour through Uganda. Blessed with a multitude of amazing landscapes, dazzling water bodies and captivating wildlife like during gorilla safaris, Uganda will capture your heart.

Most tourist attractions are found in the wild, away from the dense people population yet people still extend that far. However, you’ll be surprised by some historical settings and ways of life of Ugandans.

Hiring a Uganda safari company would make all the difference when it comes to Uganda safari costs and maximizing your experience. But you can still tour solo and enjoy the adventure as it comes.

There are plenty of things to see and do on Uganda safaris but best of all, expect your mind to be blown by the biodiversity and fascinating natural and man-made scenery.

The best time to go on a safari in Uganda will highly depend on your planned tour activities. However, both wet and dry seasons provide different safari experiences which you’ll love.

Uganda mountain gorilla safari

Calm Bwindi Mountain Gorilla

A glimpse at the endangered mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park is one of the best Uganda safari tours you’ll ever experience. Make it a point to see the leaders of the families, Silverback gorillas.

There is just something magical and captivating about seeing mighty mountain gorillas with your own eyes. The feeling is awesome.

You can also find Uganda safari gorillas at Mgahinga National park, although Bwindi forest is the natural habitat to half of them. Gorilla trekking in the forest and the wild expectation of what lies ahead is absolutely a thrilling experience on your Uganda safari.

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Murchison falls National Park

Murchison Falls

Launch Cruise

Murchison falls National Park is the oldest home of wildlife, a tour there is totally worth it. Besides having to see the beautifully cascading falls that crawl across the rift valley into Lake Albert, the green scenery and natural landscapes will leave you fantasizing.

Take a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and see crocodiles and hippos along the bank of the River Nile. Make this experience more exciting by hiking to the top of the falls to enjoy a fabulous aerial view.

Additionally, enjoy seeing several birds, flora and fauna that consists of 76 animal species like the Rothschild giraffe, antelope, lions, spotted hyena, hartebeest, leopards and warthogs.

Chimpanzee trekking

Ugandan Chimpanzee Kibale National Park

Don’t forget to include chimpanzee trekking on your bucket list. Many tourists enjoy gorilla trekking and miss out on the chimpanzee trekking vibe. These animals will surely fascinate you from the way they walk, eat, and do everything.

Kibale National park is the natural habitat of the chimpanzees and while here you can go chimpanzee trekking. You can also visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary that provides a home to 49 orphaned chimps.

Feel the cool breeze of Lake Victoria as you take an exciting boat ride to see and support these chimps in their sanctuary.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Climbing Lion Queen Elizabeth National Park

The best of Uganda safaris revolves around the 619 bird species and 95 mammal species at Queen Elizabeth National Park. A boat cruise west towards Lake Edward along the Kazinga channel unravels the beautiful scenery. Several hippos rest along the banks and birds can be seen almost everywhere.

Queen Elizabeth is famous for its tree-climbing lions which for some reason are only found there and also in Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania. You will see plenty of animals like rhinos, hippos, buffaloes, elephants, and zebras roaming around the park.

Most animal species including the Uganda National emblem, the kob can be found here.

Queen Elizabeth Safari

Hiking Mountain Rwenzori

Rwenzori Mountains

Hiking Mountain Rwenzori is a challenge and an adventure at the same time. Nonetheless, one of the best Uganda safari activities you should try out. The fascinating snow-capped mountain in the middle of the equator has a unique way of inviting you to climb it.

Get to see a scenic view of rivers, the beauty of the valley of nine lakes and, snow-capped mountain peaks like Margherita.

The hike is mostly through the thick vegetation along River Mubuku to the different points on Mountain Rwenzori. Before you get to Margherita peak, you first reach several peaks along the way. It’s surely a unique and exciting experience as it gives anyone who engages in it a feeling of accomplishment.

Gaddafi National Mosque

Gaddafi Mosque Kampala

Whether a Muslim or non-Muslim, you may want to visit the largest and newest skyscraper mosque on your tour. This mosque can hold over 20,000 worshippers and it’s strategically located to overlook Old Kampala.

As part of touring Kampala the capital city of Uganda, ensure to visit Gaddafi National mosque. And when there, climb all the 272 stairs up the minaret to have a breathtaking aerial view of Kampala city. It is worth the climb.

Kidepo Valley National park

leopard in kidepo

Your number one stop in the Savannah on a Uganda safari tour should be at Kidepo Valley National park. With over 475 bird species and 77 mammals, Kidepo oozes game drives through the savannah to have these once in a lifetime sightings.

Located in North-eastern Uganda, you get to see the interesting culture of the Karamajongs who have preserved their traditional way of life. Besides a man wrestling a woman he wants to marry as a rite of passage into manhood, these nomadic pastoralists have a lot to offer you.

Go for a bird and animal watching experience and get to have an elegant view of the Kidepo and Narus rivers. Uganda safari animals like cheetah, eland, elephants and lions use the savannah grasslands as their habitat. They can be seen roaming around making the highlight of your safari.

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi

The deepest lake in Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi is known to be the best place for bird watching as the meaning of its name interprets.

Lake Bunyonyi consists of 29 Islands, each with interesting legendary stories that you’ll need to see and hear while taking a canoe ride.

You can also hike up a hill to have a better view of the lake and its islands. You get to see the terrains and interlocking hills with vast farming lands used by the locals to grow several foods like potatoes.

Lake Mburo National Park

Mburo Zebras

In Southwestern Uganda, a visit to the home of zebras and the now present giraffes in the Savanna should be on your bucket list. Lake Mburo National Park is surrounded by several plantations and beautiful landscapes.

It is the smallest National park in Uganda and while here, you get to see and learn about the ancient rocks from 500 million years ago.

Over 350 different bird species can be seen as you take a canoe ride on Lake Mburo. A game drive will give you a wonderful view of these zebras and giraffes as well as other animals like the impala, buffalo, Defassa waterbuck, reedbuck, eland, hippos, topis, leopards and hyenas.

Uganda’s Equator landmark

Uganda Equator

As you drive through Kampala on one of your Uganda safaris, endeavour to stop by the famous Equator line in Kayabwe town, Mpigi district.

If you haven’t taken pictures at the Equator landmark where you can put one leg in the Southern and another in the Northern hemisphere, you need another trip to Uganda.

Don’t forget to buy souvenirs from the craft shops in the various African cultural markets.

Enjoy beautiful views as you relax in Uganda luxury safari lodges near the National parks and tourist attractions.

During your free time, go downtown or walk around and get to interact with the locals. English is Uganda’s official language, therefore, you are most likely to find fewer problems with communication. Get to appreciate the lifestyle of Ugandans and taste some of the Uganda foods like Katogo, Rolex, and roasted maize.

You can also decide to participate in several other activities during your safari. For example; kayaking, white water rafting on River Nile, bungee jumping, zip-lining in Mabira forest, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, and cycling all await you.

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