Why Uganda is the Best Post-COVID-19 Lockdown Safari Destination in Africa?
Updated: Dec 10, 2021
Uganda is one of Africa’s best destinations for a safari holiday. With travel in most parts of the world still under restriction, a move put in place to reduce the wide-spread of covid-19 pandemic, majority of the travelers on the other hand have been left frustrated as they live in uncertainty when travel will get back to normal to realize their travel dreams. But most importantly, travel never stops and post covid-19, everyone desires a magical destination to get refreshed, a destination that blows away someone’s mind and for this case, travel in Africa never goes without a mention of Uganda the pearl of Africa. There are countless reasons Why Uganda is the best post covid-19 lockdown safari destination in Africa.
A number of safety measures have been put in place that tourists can observe while on Uganda safari holiday in the national parks, other tourist sites, accommodation facilities and other premises. Currently, the covid-19 task force has also proposed to government of Uganda to re-open other places that are still under lockdown and most importantly, Entebbe International Airport is due to re-open early October, 2020.
Uganda is a magical East African landlocked country hosting diversity of wildlife especially the big game, mountain gorillas, huge volumes of birdlife accounting for over 1080 bird species, the source of the Nile and warm welcoming people. Some of the reasons why Uganda is the best post covid-19 lockdown safari destination in Africa include among others;
Gorilla Trekking / Gorilla Habituation Experience
Gorilla trekking or mountain gorilla habituation experience is undoubtedly one of the most amazing reasons why Uganda is the best post covid-19 lockdown safari destination in Africa. Uganda protects nearly half of all the 1063 mountain gorillas in the world and these are all distributed in the country’s 2 spectacular parks; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This makes Uganda an extra-ordinary gorilla trekking safari destination in Africa not only as a haven to highest population of mountain gorillas but also as a country with 2 magical gorilla safari destinations. These apes only exist in 3 African states; Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Gorilla treks in Uganda are carried out in Bwindi’s 20 habituated gorilla families and 1 gorilla family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. To participate in this life changing primate experience, you must have a valid gorilla permit, each costing Uganda safari visitors $700 (for foreign non-residents), $600 (foreign residents) and Uganda shillings 250000 (East Africa community citizens).
Amazingly, Uganda is also the only gorilla safari destination in the world where gorilla habituation experience is offered. Habituation experience permits cost $1500 (for non-foreign residents), $1000 (foreign residents) and shs. 750000 (East Africa community citizens).
Chimpanzee tracking/chimpanzee habituation experience
Tracking chimpanzees is by far one of the most captivating experience worth taking part on Uganda safari. Over 5050 chimpanzees are widely distributed to different parts of the country especially in Kibale Forest National Park with 1500 chimps, Budongo Forest Reserve with about 800 individuals, Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Forest and others.
Chimpanzee habituation experience is perfectly conducted in Kibale Forest National Park and Budongo Forest which is part of Murchison Falls National Park. Chimpanzees share 98 percent of their DNA with human beings which makes them our closest relatives and an hour with them is such a magical encounter.
Golden monkey tracking/golden monkey habituation experience
When it comes to primate adventures, Uganda never leaves you out of choice. It is an exceptional primate safari destination where you can also engage in golden monkey tracking/habituation experience only in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Remarkably, it is possible to incorporate this thrilling primate experience with gorilla trekking or game viewing in other Uganda safari parks. Golden monkey tracking permits in Uganda are obtainable at US Dollars 100 per person.
Wildlife/game/big game viewing is another reason why Uganda is the best post covid-19 lockdown safari destination in Africa. This landlocked country is a haven to magnificent savanna safari parks, each hosting huge volumes of big game, birdlife and other mammal species which can be spotted on game viewing while on Uganda safari either during a day game drive or night game drive.
Most of the game viewing safari destinations in Uganda shelter huge volumes of buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, Rothschild giraffes, lions (including the rare tree climbing lions that can be spotted at Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park), zebras, cheetahs, rhinos, leopards and others. For excellent game viewing experience on Uganda safari holiday, the best savanna safari parks to visit include Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.
Uganda shelters an estimate of 1080 bird species, making it the best post covid-19 lockdown safari destination in Africa to visit for bird watching. The country’s huge profusion of bird species can be identified in the 10 national parks, wildlife reserves, water bodies, forests and other sites. While on Uganda birding tour, never get back without spotting the elusive shoebill stork, Rwenzori turacos, African green breasted pitta, African green broadbill, pelicans, flamingos, ostriches, Great Blue turaco, dusky crimson wing, yellow eyed black flycatchers, nightjars, Rwenzori batis, short tailed warblers to mention but a few.
Visit the source of the Nile
The source of the River Nile one of the longest rivers on earth exists only in Uganda and there are many ways to explore and experience this natural wonder on Uganda safari holiday. The thrilling adrenaline adventure experiences to enjoy at the source of the white-water rafting, boat cruise, bungee jumping, kayaking, jet boating and a lot more.
If mountaineering/hiking/mountain climbing is your thing then Uganda should be your destination to visit post covid-19 pandemic. Excellent mountaineering experiences in Uganda are offered in Rwenzori Mountain range offering challenging hikes to its peaks but most importantly the Margherita peak at 5109m. Other mountains worth climbing include Mount Elgon, Sabyinyo Volcano, Gahinga Volcano and Muhabura.
Uganda is a country with diversity of cultures and tribes. From east to west or from North to south, each cultural/tribal group has a unique culture for you to experience and something unusual to learn. While on Uganda cultural safari, some of the amazing places to visit post covid-19 include Batwa community especially on gorilla safari holiday in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park/Mgahinga Gorilla National Park; IK and Karamojong in Northeastern Uganda, Kasubi tomb site, Bagisu especially for Imbalu cultural ceremony or enjoy the amazing dances, music performances, learn more about the different traditions among others.