TOP THINGS TO DO DURING YOUR VISIT TO UGANDA.
Top things To do during your visit to Uganda : Uganda, like many African countries, is a tropical country and hence receives a relative amount of rainfall all year round.
Nicknamed as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ by British explorer Sir Winston Churchill, Uganda has a lot to offer its visitors from different kinds of wildlife, primates, plant and tree species to a variety of beautiful lakes that you can explore like Lake Victoria, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda and the mighty Nile River.
Uganda has 10 national parks which are managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority which is a government organization with its headquarters based in Kampala. Among the top visited national parks in Uganda include; Murchison falls national park which is located in Northwestern Uganda in Masindi, Bwindi Impenetrable national park located in Kanungu district in the Southwestern Uganda, Kibale national park and Queen Elizabeth national park which are both situated in the western part of Uganda.
Other national parks to explore in Uganda include Semuliki national park, Lake Mburo national park, Rwenzori Mountains national park, Mount Elgon national park, Mgahinga Gorilla national park and Kidepo Valley national park which is the most isolated and least visited national park in Uganda.
Top Things to do during your visit to Uganda.
There are so many things for visitors to do during your visit to Uganda such as;
Gorilla trekking and habituation
Gorilla trekking and habituation in Uganda is one of the most done activities in the country. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done from Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park. Gorilla habituation is only done in Bwindi Impenetrable national park. While gorilla trekking takes about 4 to 8 hours with an hour to spend with the gorillas, visitors doing gorilla habituation in Bwindi impenetrable national park get to spend 4 hours with the gorillas once they have been located.
A gorilla trekking permit in Uganda costs $700 per person for foreign non- residents and $ 600 per person for foreign residents. A gorilla habituation permit in Bwindi Impenetrable national park costs $1500 per person.
The most fascinating thing with gorilla trekking is that the park is less congested and some trekker end up trekkers a particular gorilla family independently making it more rewarding.
Chimpanzee trekking and Habituation
Uganda also offers visitors chimpanzee trekking and habituation experience. Chimpanzee trekking and Habituation experience in Uganda is quite interesting as the parks are less congested and some accommodations reduce their rates making it cheap to enjoy your adventure on a budget cost. Chimpanzee trekking and habituation in Uganda is conducted in Kibale national park which is the top destination for chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda. Other places to visit for Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda include Budongo forest, Kalinzu Forest, Kyambura Gorge and Toro Semliki Wildlife Reserve.
Uganda is one of the top birding destinations in the world. The country hosts over 1567 different bird species which can be viewed from different places in the country. Some of the most sought after bird species in Uganda include; the rare Shoebill Stork, Grey crowned crested crane, Rwenzori Blue Turaco, Papyrus Gonolek, White Winged Warbler, Northern Brown Throated Weaver, Golden-Backed and the Orange Weaver to name but a few. Top birding destinations in Uganda include; Mabamba Swamp, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Semuliki national park among others.
Bird watching safaris in Uganda can be combined with other activities such as a boat cruise, game drive, guided nature walk, hiking, and a community cultural tour.
Wildlife viewing in Uganda is best done in Murchison falls national park and Kidepo Valley national. These two national parks are blessed with a wide variety of wildlife animals and in large numbers. However, visitors can always view wildlife in the national parks and wildlife reserves in the country. Among some of the commonly viewed wildlife animals in Uganda include lions, cape buffaloes, impala, topi, Sitatunga, waterbucks, reedbucks, dik-dik, hippos, crocodiles, hyenas, warthogs, zebras, elephants, giraffes, cheetah, leopards, and gazelles to mention but a few. Visitors are highly recommended to use a 4×4 safari vehicle during a wildlife viewing safari in Uganda since the vehicles can easily navigate in slippery and muddy tracks.
Conclusion; Uganda is truly gifted by nature. It is a country worth exploring and not forgetting that the locals are very friendly and welcoming. Book your next trip to Uganda through Explore Rwanda Tours and get the best offers to any destination in the country.