My 10 Best activities to include on your visit to Uganda

Uganda is the Pearl of Africa. The features and activities of interest are numerous. If you only have one time to visit this country, choose to at least one of these activities depending on your interests. They are not in any particular order.

  1. Gorilla tracking – Mountain_Gorilla-44Mountain gorillas found only in Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo in the whole world. They are endangered species, which have received protection from several conservation agencies. Uganda hosts half of the entire world population. Tracking the gorillas will lead you into the dense Bwindi Impenetrable forest where you will have an opportunity to watch a gorilla family go about the daily life as they feed and groom each other.
  1. Wildlife Safaris
Tree Climbing Lion on
Tree Climbing Lion on

Uganda is home to 10 national parks and numerous game and forest reserves. The national parks are mountainous, forested, and savannah. Four national parks are savannah therefore providing opportunities of game drives – Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, and Lake Mburo National Park. A game drive allows you watch the animals in a comfortable open roof vehicle in their natural habitat – such a breathtaking experience. This provides numerous opportunities of water sports and other activities. It is only in Uganda where you enjoy a safari on the boat. Cruise along the Kazinga Channel, River Nile and Lake Mburo and enjoy the beautiful scenery, animals on the banks and the in water plus numerous bird life.

  1. River Nile IMG_8931                                         Take a visit to the source of longest river in the world, river Nile on Lake Victoria – Jinja, Uganda. There are various activities that take place on this river which include; boat ride to the source, white water rafting, bungee jump and kiss the Nile, kayaking, jet boating
  2. Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi - Southwestern Uganda.
Lake Bunyonyi – Southwestern Uganda.

This beautiful lake is nestled in the southwestern corner of Uganda. It has a rich history and traditions of the Bakiga people. The breathtaking scenery of the interlocking hills and 29 islands scattered on the lake is unmatched. Visit the Batwa people are believed to be the original inhabitants of the forested areas in this region.

  1. Kampala City tour

DSCF1718Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and a cultural melting pot. All the national and international cultures meet in this tropical city with an all year perfect weather. It is also home to one of the remaining Kingdoms, Buganda Kingdom – visit the Palace and Parliament of the Kingdom. Enjoy the various cuisine and night life of Kampala – the city that never goes to sleep.

  1. Take a ferry to Ssese Islands

IMG_8977Ssese Islands located on Lake Victoria will invoke your best memories with their virgin romantic space. The boat ride on Africa’s largest lake is a memorable one. While on Ssese the activities include; forest hikes, biking, squad bikes, fishing, kayaking and beach sports.

  1. Ngamba Island
chimp Feeding time @Ngamba Island
chimp Feeding time @Ngamba Island

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary is located 23km offshore from Entebbe, in Lake Victoria Uganda. It is nearly 100 acres in size and hosts over 50 different types of vegetation that chimps use: the chimps are free to roam at their will, exploring their environment and foraging for food. On arrival, you will receive an orientation talk from a staff of the sanctuary. Thereafter you move to the viewing platform to observe the Chimps during their supplementary feeding times. After the feeding program, you are free to explore the visitor’s area and enjoy the facilities.

  1. Sipi Falls
Sipi Falls
Sipi Falls

These were named as the most romantic waterfalls by Lonely planet. Nestled in Eastern Uganda on the slopes of Mt Elgon, Sipi falls offer the ultimate hiking and scenery experience. In addition, you will an experience of the Sebei culture and a coffee tour.

9. Birding

Malachite_Kingfisher-1Uganda is home to over 1050 bird species, which is 50% of the bird species found in Africa. You are able to find the central African species not found anywhere else in East African. It is host to many migrant birds from Africa and Europe. The small size of the country implies that one can have a record of over 700 bird sightings when they take a trip of 2-3 weeks across the country.

  1. Engage with local community and Cuisine
Buganda traditional Dance
Buganda traditional Dance

A visit to Uganda is not complete without time with the locals. Ugandans are the friendliest people on earth. Uganda has the freshest and most organic foods and fruits that are available all year round; this is due to fertile soils and tropical weather. Because the different regions have rains at different times it ensures that, there is food supply all year round.

For diversity and great scenery – Uganda will serve you a balanced diet. Welcome to Uganda where the East African savannah meets the West African juggle offering the best of both worlds.

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miriamtravels

I am a struggling blogger, tourist guide and owner of Kagera Safaris Ltd (www.kagerasafaris.com) a company based in Kampala – Uganda, offering 'African Memorable Expressions'. I am passionate about people development, photography and travel. When I travel, I enjoy interacting with the locals in the area where I has traveled. I love learning.

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