Positioned in East Africa, Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is a politically independent country characterized by mild weather, magnificent landscapes, flora and fauna. Uganda is one of the most visited Africa safari destinations by tourists from the world over. Choosing to take a Uganda safari with friends or family is the best travel decision as it will reward you will you crave to have a look at including Uganda wildlife safaris done in the various Uganda National Parks, birding safaris in Uganda, chimpanzee and gorilla safaris in Uganda as well as other Uganda adventure safaris that include fishing, cycling, nature walks, sightseeing, zip-lining, horse riding, quad biking among the many.
After choosing the Uganda safari activities you’re interested in, it is wise to choose a Uganda tour operator like Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd; an expert in Africa safaris. How much do you know about Uganda? If you are travelling to Uganda for the first time, you may be hard-pressed to decide which places are best to explore. To settle your dilemma, here is a Uganda tour guide for you. You’ll learn about 26 of the most beautiful and most interesting attractions you can enjoy during your tour in Uganda. Uganda is characterized by breathtaking scenery, natural wonders, interesting wildlife and fascinating culture.
Have you been pondering about doing an African safari trip? Well, come with this African odyssey journey to the pearl of Africa- Uganda. Here are the reasons you just have to undertake this Uganda safari tour.
Enjoy a magical moment with the Mountain Gorillas.
Have you ever met the mountain gorillas before? Now a Uganda Safari gives you a moment of a lifetime as you in a prime position to do a wild Uganda gorilla trekking safari. A visit to Bwindi impenetrable national park Uganda is a wild Uganda gorilla safari adventure as Bwindi is home to 16 gorilla families. These are found in the four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which are Ruhija with 3 families which are; Orozogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro. In the Buhoma sector, there are 4 families which are Habibanja, Rushegura, Mubare and Katwe. Rushaga sector has 6 families which are Nshongi, Bweza, Kahugye, Busigye, Mishaya and Bikiyingi. In the Nkuringo sector, there are 3 families which are Nkuringo family, Bishaho family and Christmas family.
Although there is only one family of gorillas; Nyakagezi; living in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, this Uganda safari destination offers great Uganda gorilla trekking tours for you to experience striking vistas of the Virunga Mountains, bamboo forests, volcanoes, and the endangered golden monkeys.
Murchison Falls – “The World’s Most Powerful Waterfall”
A tour Uganda visit to Murchison Falls National Park puts you on a collision course with the dramatic and powerful water of the world Murchison falls. Murchison falls draws its power from the point where the river Nile wrestles through a space of only 7m or 2ft before tumbling 43m or 141ft. Still within the Murchison falls national park enjoy a wild safari to Uganda game drive and get in position to sight African mammals like the majestic and tall Rothchild’s giraffes, spotted hyenas, and the leopards are always night stalking all over the park. For any birder Murchison falls should be a top of your must to be at destinations as it comes with over 400 bird species including the rare shoebill stork.
During your Visit Uganda, you shouldn’t miss a trip to Murchison Falls National Park situated on the northwestern side of Kampala Uganda. During your Uganda trip to this wonderful breathtaking park, take a Uganda wildlife tour game drive in the Murchison Falls Conservative Area to spot some of Africa’s icons such as African lions, elephants, leopards, giraffes, buffalo and more.
After a game drive, you can take a boat cruise for about 2 hours along the Victoria Nile to the bottom of the falls. On your way there, you will sight wildlife drinking water along the river banks like elephants, giraffes, warthogs, several bird species and more. This is a chance for you to see animals you missed during your Uganda wildlife safaris game drive or have more of those you saw during your game drive. In the water you will enjoy sighting hippos, and crocodiles with their mouth wide open. Once you arrive at the bottom of the falls, you will witness enormous waters bursting through a narrow gorge roaring to form the world’s most powerful waterfalls.
Kibale National Park – “The Primate Capital of The World”?!!
Come and do either a short Uganda tour or long Uganda safari and pass by the Kibale National Park the remarkable primate capital of the world for the ultimate Uganda chimpanzee trekking safari and get close to a population of 5000 chimpanzee community which is the highest for one place in the entire world. Besides a truly remarkable Uganda chimpanzee trekking tour also immerse yourself a unique Uganda birding safari as Kibale National Park Uganda is home to close 300 bird species including endemic species like the green breasted pitta and the African pitta.
Did you know Lake Victoria is the heart of Uganda? The story begins here! Not only is it Africa’s largest freshwater lake and the world’s largest tropical lake, it is also the birthplace of the world’s longest river; River Nile. This lake boasts many of the world’s ecosystems. When you enter Uganda through the Entebbe International Airport for your Uganda trip, you will sight it as soon as you land at the airport and just a few meters after exiting the airport. If you are so adventurous, you can enjoy a spot fishing safari in Uganda, visit the beaches and relax, or take a boat cruise along the lake to enjoy the natural beauty ranging from scenic mountain views to islands, beaches, fishing boats, and various bird and animal species along the river banks.
Little do travellers know that this is one of the best hideouts in Uganda! Ssese Islands are the most visited of all islands in Lake Victoria. The Ssese Islands are a group of about 84 islands dotted along the northwestern shores of Lake Victoria. Each island differs in size, shape, and exotic flora and fauna. The islands are suitable for travellers interested in a holiday in Uganda, and those on honeymoon. While there, you can relax amid beautiful scenery, enjoy a mini bird watching safari in Uganda, enjoy primates like monkeys, walk-on white-sand beaches, enjoy horseback riding and windsurfing, as well as interact with the community people learn about their culture.
Jinja; source of the world’s longest river
Have you read about the longest river in the world? Yes, the longest river on the planet river Nile embarks on its 6,650km tremendous journey to the Mediterranean Sea from Uganda. So, when you do a 1-day jinja tour expect a visit to the source of river Nile and this is none other than Lake Victoria which is the biggest inland freshwater lake on the African continent and second largest in the world only behind Lake Superior in North America. The river starts its rather interesting African odyssey journey from the northern shores of Lake Victoria. Engage in a multitude of activities on your Jinja day excursion tour such as white water rafting Jinja source of the Nile at Itanda falls, an sunset boat cruise to the Jinja source of the Nile, horseback riding safaris in Jinja source of the Nile, Uganda cycling safaris in Jinja source of the Nile, quad biking safaris Jinja source of the Nile, Uganda birding safaris, or just a Jinja city tour.
Named after the wild banana plant that grows nearby, Sipi Falls is a popular site located in eastern Uganda on the border of Mount Elgon National Park. This series of three waterfalls offers spectacular views no matter how you look at them, whether you hike to the top or the bottom. Nearby, you can also check out the coffee farms, explore caves or enjoy a nature walk.
Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park – “The Medley of Wonders”
A Uganda tour to Queen Elizabeth National Park “The Medley Of Wonders”, is a visit to the paradise on earth as you get to encounter some of Africa’s finest wild mammals like the rare tree-climbing lions found only in queen Elizabeth Ishasha sector as well as Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania on the entire African savanna. Some of the highlight of your safari Uganda here is a sight of the biggest land mammals the African bush elephants in their herds, meet the cape buffaloes as well as numerous species. Take a wild boat cruise on the tranquil waters of the kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda On your safari to Uganda, this boat cruise draws you close with the dwellers of these murky waters like the gigantic hippos and the out of the ancient world Nile crocodiles and some of the 600 bird species that roam the skies above the waters of the Kazinga channel.
- Lake Katwe Explosion Crater Drive
If already in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you should consider reserving space on your itinerary for one of Uganda’s most scenic drives, the Explosion Crater Drive. It takes about 2 ½ hours, but it is well worth the time. Not only will you have the chance to see wildlife like buffalo and elephants, but also magnificent views of natural landmarks like Mountains of the Moon, Crater Lake, the Blue Mountains of the Congo and Lake Edward.
- Kazinga Channel
Taking a boat cruise on the scenic Kazinga Channel is another way to see amazing wildlife and gorgeous scenery if you are in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park.
“The Mystical Challenge” -Rwenzori Mountains
With an altitude of 5109m above sea level, Rwenzori mountain is Africa’s third-highest mountain only exceeded by mt Kenya and Kilimanjaro in Kenya and Tanzania respectively. Rwenzori is also home to Africa’s fourth and fifth highest peaks. On MT Stanley block, is peak Margherita which is the highest peak standing proud at an impressive height of 5109m above sea level, and is snowcapped throughout the year. Margherita peak was named by Duke Abruzzi after the Queen Margherita of Italy after his expedition to this splendid peak in 1906. Rwenzori mountain also has many glacial features such as lakes like Lac du Speke, lake bujuku and the kitandara lakes as you climb towards its peaks. These are formed as a result of glaciation and also the existence of massive valleys up in the mountain. On a clear day, these peaks can be spotted from as far as Kabarole giving you a one of kind and memorable view.
Visit Kampala city
Uganda not only has a rich biodiversity in its wildlife but also a rich cultural diversity as this pearl of Africa has over 56 tribes and Kampala city being the capital city is a conglomerate of all these people hence being a true reflection of Uganda’s cultural diversity. A Kampala city tour gives you an insight into the diverse attractions Kampala city has to offer to you. On 1-day Kampala city tour experience the Uganda public transport which is an adventure of its own with a visit to the old taxi park and witnesses the quite nervous wrecking public transport.
You can tour beautiful temples, cathedrals, art galleries and museums that include the popular Uganda National Museum. You can also browse various markets for clothing, foods, and crafts. Kampala also offers a good range of restaurants and bars.
Old taxi park: For those of you who come from countries where you have cabs as taxis used as means of public transport and its only one individual or a pair of friends moving to a particular place that hail it to take them to their destination… well, you need to come to Uganda and a 1 day Kampala city excursion and see our version of taxis! trust me, it will be worth your time. For starters let me try to shed light on what we Ugandans call a taxi. This is a fourteen-seater van which is used by the general public to commute from one place to another. These taxis are managed by two people i.e. a driver and a taxi tout who we normally call the conductor. The principle job of this conductor is to call for people going to a particular destination to board his taxi, he also solicits for the transport fares from the onboard passengers before they get to their destinations. While using Ugandan taxis, there are no fixed fares as the fares are determined by the demand and availability of passengers and travel hours…. You can easily board a taxi for 1000ugx as transport fare from one point to another and after just an hour the same taxi demands 2500ugx to take you still to the same destination. Now that’s where the old taxi park comes in, now imagine a swarm of these vans parked in one place with their conductors shouting all names of places within and outside the city, that’s the old taxi park right there… I tell you it’s an absolute frenzy and chaos when you come here, but don’t feel sorry for us cause that’s the way we like it! This taxi park is located in the valley between Nakasero and Old Kampala hill.
A visit to Uganda offers you the unique opportunity to stand on the equator and be in two hemispheres at once. Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where the equator crosses through it. The best equator landmark in Uganda is found on the Kampala-Masaka Road, where you will find a few restaurants and craft/souvenir shops as well. Other equator markers in Uganda are found in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Victoria in Entebbe.
The locals call it “place of many birds,” but many tourists call it paradise. With its 29 islands, terraced hillsides, charming shore towns, and attractive resorts, it is no wonder that Lake Bunyonyi allures people from all over the world. Many safari tourists choose Lake Bunyonyi as a base because the lovely setting is relaxing and peaceful. Additionally, the lake offers water sports and birdwatching while the nearby towns provide colourful markets and cultural experiences with the local villagers.
Grab and bite a Rolex!!….
While on a Uganda trip, you will understand why Ugandans have never won a Rolex but rather can eat one. On your Uganda day excursions, if you are not a fussy feeder take a moment and enjoy Uganda’s biggest fast-food delight which is a nicely crafted Rolex. A Rolex is made of an omellete with fried onions, green pepper and cabbage and raw tomato slices rolled together with a freshly pan baked chapati. Trust me when I say that this roadside stall food delight gives KFC a run for its money in Uganda but you don’t have to take my word for it, you’ve just got to taste it to believe it.
With all this and more expect nothing else but a truly exciting and remarkable Uganda tour adventure as you get the see the best of Uganda.
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