Top tourist activities in Uganda

The top 10 tourist activities in Uganda

The top 10 tourist activities in Uganda

Uganda, a landlocked country in East Africa’s middle belt, is a joy for African travelers. Well known as a pearl of Africa is gifted by nature. You safari in Uganda is a life time experience from the time you jet in Entebbe international airport; you will be warmly welcomed by ever happy hospitality people.  Uganda boasts with great incredible wildlife in abundance, scenic lush green landscapes with warm tropical climatic conditions. If you have been in other parts of Africa, Uganda is unique and different from many of the African countries.

Oh, and if you want to go on a fantastic trip of Uganda, visiting all of the must-see sights, including the gorillas, Peaks of the mountain of the moon, cultural sites, wildlife viewing and many. Book your trip with a well-established local safari company with experienced guides that will make you enjoy every step of your trip.

On this article we give you The top 10 tourist activities in Uganda

  1. Gorilla tracking

Only three nations in the world provide this wonderful wildlife experience and Uganda is among them others include Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Among all the Countries that hosts the rare mountain Gorillas, Uganda is the cheapest.  So it goes without saying that I was a huge fan! However, this is still an exorbitantly priced trip, but it is once in a lifetime.  Even the trek alone through the clouds and deep rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an adventure of itself.

Gorilla tracking is done in two national parks in Uganda those are: Bwindi Impenetarble national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park. Gorilla trekking is the highlight of Uganda safari and Ugandan safari without tracking Gorillas in considered incomplete. The tracking begins with briefing by the park rangers before guests are subdivided in to groups of 8 people and allocated one Gorilla family.  Trackers travel ahead of each small group, ensuring that gorilla sightings are nearly assured. Although you only spend an hour with these close relatives, it’s nice to see that the creatures are treated with respect despite the tourist money.

In Uganda one can do either Gorilla tracking or gorilla habituation. The difference between the two is that the guest spends 4 hours with the gorilla if doing gorilla habituation while in gorilla tracking the guest spends only one hour with gorillas. The other difference is that for Gorilla habituation the guests are only four in a group while in tracking the guests are 8 in a group.

  1. Chimpanzee trekking

Chimpanzee tracking is one of the most popular activities in Uganda. There are two alternatives for this: an hour with them (chimpanzee tracking) or a whole day with them(chimpanzee habituation).


Both options are fantastic, but if you have the time to spend the entire day with the chimps. You will get a lot more out of it because the chimps are wild (though habituated to humans) and often up in the trees, so if you spend the entire day with them.  You will be much more likely to see them on the ground, which usually results in a better experience (and photos).

Uganda is one of the few countries in East Africa that hosts a wide number of primate species. In fact it has over 14 species of primates including the rare mountain Gorillas, Golden monkey, Chimpanzees and others. Chimpanzee trekking is done in four tourist destinations of Uganda those are Kibale Forest national park, Budongo forest found in Murchison falls National park conservation area, Kyambura gorge and Kalunzu in Queen Elizabeth national park and finally in Semuliki national game reserve. One can also visit the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary where chimpanzees are taken care off.

Chimpanzee tracking is the second popular activity in Uganda that should not be missed during your safari in Uganda. The good news is that Chimpanzee trekking points are distributed across the major key tourism protected areas hence making it easy to kill two birds using one stone.

  1. Game viewing and birding

Take a wildlife drive in one of Uganda Wildlife Authority’s ten national parks. Savannah drives, boat excursions, woodland hikes, and animal studies are just a few of the activities available in the parks. Spot a tree-climbing lion in in Queen Elizabeth National park, enjoy the marvelous hike to the top powerful water falls in Africa at Murchison Falls National Park.  Visit Kidepo National Park, which CNN rated the third greatest national park in Africa. Do not forget the open savannahs of Lake Mburo National park.

Get close to nature with our open roof safari cars with experienced driver guides. You will catch live actions especially with morning game drives. See the hunters (predators) look for the meal of the day. The shy leopards expanding with seek and hide hunting skills that makes it easy to time the Antelopes. The parks of Uganda can be visited any time of the year, hosting a large population of animals which are permanent residents. Donot forget over 1000 bird species found across Uganda. That is why Uganda is regarded as a birding paradise with rare species like Shoe bill stork, The Fox weaver bird and others.

  1. Enjoy cultural tours

Uganda is one of the most hospitable countries in the world, it has been ranked several times as the most friendly country in Africa. The countries diversified cultures has attributed to the great diversified cultural experience to the guests. From the central at the capital of Uganda you will be in the land of the Kabaka that is Buganda. They are the largest cultural tribe in Uganda, the city tours in mostly dominated by Baganda cultural sites. Go to the far North Eastern Uganda you visit the unique IKE land. The only tribe which still moves naked in Uganda, unchanged culture amidst the wave of modernization. Other tribes include the Batwa foun in Bwindi Impentrable forest areas, Iteso in the East, Bagisu also from the East and many others.

  1. Visit Ziwa

Visit to Ziwa is the only way to make your dream of African big 5 come true. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is the only place in Uganda where one can do Rhino tracking in the wilderness. From the time poaching made Rhinos extinct in Uganda, there is no national park hosting these animals again. Thanks to Rhino Fund Uganda which managed to reintroduce Rhinos to Uganda.

  1. Get Adventurous in Jinja

Jinja is a city of adventure, the host of the world’s longest River that is River Nile. Jinja is one of the places noted to be unmissable if one like water adventure. It hosts a lrge number of water activities in different grades. Some of the done activities include: White water rafting done in different grades, Bungee jumping, Quad biking, Horse riding, boat cruise with both sunset and sun rise boat rides.

  1. Visit the source of River Nile

Visit the Source of the Nile is one among Jinja’s many wonderful experiences. So, it’s the beginning of the White Nile, which flows into Sudan’s Khartoum, where it meets the Blue Nile, which starts in Ethiopia. Regardless, going to visit this global wonder is a wonderful thing to do, not least for the boat trip. Taking a sunset boat cruise to the source of the Nile while partying  in the middle of water. Enjoy bites and drinks accompanied by music and fun.

  1. Have Kampala city tour

Kampala, Uganda’s capital, is recognized for being one of Africa’s most vibrant party capitals. Ugandans know how to party, and the city attracts a sizable contingent of expats who are eager to join in. But, in addition to hitting the clubs, you can immerse yourself in Ugandan culture by visiting some incredible restaurants, museums, art galleries, and shopping malls, where you can stock up on everything you require. Are you interested in Culture, religion or African free style fresh markets? Kampala city tours makes you enjoy all with one day or two days city tours. Visit key religious destinations like Namugongo martyrs, Bahia Temple, Hindu temples, Gadaffi Mosques, Namirembe Cathedral and many others

  1. Hike Rwenzori Mountains ( the mountain of the moon)

The Rwenzori Mountains, often known as the ‘Mountains of the Moon,’ are located on Uganda’s border with Congo and are home to Uganda’s tallest summit, Mount Stanley. At 5,109 meters, the snow-capped peak is Africa’s third highest.

Hiking to the summit of this mountain is not an ordinary experience. Its one of the greatest challenge most hikers have ever experienced. Try you hiking skills with this mountain and enjoy.

  1. Boat cruises

The least but not last is the Boat cruse done in Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth national park and at the bottom of Murchison falls in Murchison falls national park. The ride to the bottom of the thunderous falls is one of the thought experience. Get close to the hundreds of water birds in Kazinga Channel, large schools of hippos and many other water animals.

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