Top Most Uganda Safari Activities Done By Tourists In Uganda

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Uganda safaris are a top Africa tour option by most travellers because of the uniqueness in this country filled with diversity that saw it gain the slogan “the Pearl of Africa”. Indeed it is though travellers on safaris Uganda wonder exactly what they will do or see during their tour Uganda. Uganda, though small, has a collection of various attractions including wildlife, birds, lakes, rivers, waterfalls, not forgetting its beautiful landscape. Still asking what exactly you would see on a Uganda safari? Ok, Uganda has about 11 conservation reserves, 13 wildlife sanctuaries famous of which are; the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Ngamba Island Sanctuary and over 10 national parks that are open for wildlife safaris in Uganda. These parks are well distributed in the country in allmost all its regions ie. in the east, west and south and these include; Kibale National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park,Kidepo Valley National Park, Semuliki National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Rwenzori Mountain National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park Uganda.

Looking out for the best things to do during your Uganda tour, here are the top Uganda safari activities and attractions in Uganda that will guide you on how to best enjoy your safari in Uganda.

Uganda gorilla tours

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Although expensive, Uganda gorilla safaris or gorilla trekking tours in Uganda is the number one activity done in Uganda by different travellers during their tour in Uganda. Uganda is a proud home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and it hosts them in two of its national parks including; Bwindi Forest National Park Uganda and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda. Bwindi National Park is home to over 32 gorilla families however; only 18 are habituated and open to tourists for Uganda gorilla tours.

The treks can be exhausting and the activity itself calls for about 2-8 hours. However, most people say it’s more than worth it to spend a few hours, sharing a small space with these amazing creatures. Gorilla trekking tours in Uganda require a minimum of 3 days- 4 days. We have 4 Days Uganda gorilla safari packages and 3 days Uganda gorilla safari packages. Accommodation around the area ranges from high-end luxury to bare basic hostels. So even if you’re pinching pennies for that gorilla permit, you can still save a few depending on where you will rest your head.

Kidepo Valley National Park Uganda wildlife safari tour

Birds in Pian Upe wildlife reserve

Birds in Pian Upe wildlife reserve

This is one of the top-rated parks in the entire continent, so that is saying quite a bit. Although the drive to Kidepo is insanely long, you can fly in. Or if you fly nearby (to say, Arua or Gulu) it usually doesn’t cost more than 200 dollars. The park is expansive, beautiful and teeming with wildlife. Because of the distance, it is likely that you’ll be one of the few visitors in the park.

Kidepo Valley National Park covers 1,442sqkm (557sqmi) described as Africa’s hidden gem by CNN, is a true African Wilderness. The park has wildlife endemics including the fastest land animal-the cheetah, Bat-eared fox, carcal and klipspringer. This is the best place to see Uganda’s endemic wildlife and bird species including the Karamoja Apalis. There are high-end lodges here for those who want to swim in an infinity pool while watching zebras play, there are also inexpensive UWA bandas, and camping available. For those who camp, and the armed guard is required for the night, and don’t be surprised if lions or hyenas make their way past your tents at night.

Murchison Falls National Park Wildlife Safari in Uganda

A favourite with tourists because of its proximity to Kampala, Murchison Falls is a great weekend trip in Uganda. Not only will you be ensconced into a land full of hippos, lions, elephants and warthogs, but you’ll also have a chance to view the wildlife as never before. Murchison Falls National Park is 3,840sqkm (1,503sqmi) bisected by the world’s longest river-River Nile. The river squeezes through an 8m gorge cascading 45 meters over the rift valley wall creating the world’s most powerful cascading waterfall. A 7-meter gorge makes the water squeeze in space so small for water flowing from the Nile River-the world’s longest river as it meanders its way to the north. The pressure it releases is what causes the thunderous sound due to the speed the water comes with. The fall forms a thunderous sound that can be heard meters away by those around the falls or tourists on Uganda wildlife safari tours.

Lodging here ranges considerably from Red Chili’s camp where hippos match takes a walk through the campsite every night to the very posh Chobe Lodge where anything your heart desires is supplied. For the fearless, you can also go camping with a guide on the Nile River Delta, with nothing but tents and the canopy of the Ugandan sky above you. An added benefit to this, for the first hour after you wake up, you’ll be the only group driving around this area of the park.

The Source of the Nile Jinja

One of the things that make the Pearl of Africa special is the source of the Nile Jinja. River Nile is the world’s longest river. We have the source of the Nile, which kind of makes us amazing. Have you gone rafting before, well the world’s longest river gives you the chance to. This white water rafting really blows visitors away. If they dare, take you on raging Grade 5 rapids it will get you well acquainted with the depths of the river. If you have younger siblings or parents visiting and they for some reason don’t want to grade 5, there are family trips that only take Grade 3 rapids; this is where you won’t flip, probably.

Uganda chimpanzee trekking safaris

Kyambura Game Reserve Chimpanzee trekking

Chimpanzee trekking safaris Uganda are incredibly popular in Uganda and is a great way to get up close and personal with a creature that could literally make you laugh your ribs out…but won’t. Early in the morning, head out with Uganda tour experts in Kibale National Park, the primate capital of the world, to trek chimps in this most popular venue for Chimp treks. Here the animals are fairly used to human presence and often carry about their daily business without giving onlookers a second thought. For those going to other parts of Uganda, chimp treks are available at several other parks, such as Murchison Falls’s Budongo forest and the Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth Park.

Birding safaris in Uganda

Birding or bird watching is one of the trending Africa safari activities in search of the savannah grasslands, forest and waterbird species throughout the continent. Many passionate birders wonder why they should opt to go birding in Uganda out of all the continent countries. With about 1,061 bird species Uganda is a prime birding destination. It is a country where you can’t miss to see a bird in every Kilometer of your safari. The beautiful birds are savanna, forest, water, intra-Afro migrant and Euro-Asian migrant(Palearctic) species forming almost 50% of Africa’s bird species and 11% of the bird species in the world. With these numbers with coverable square kilometres in a single safari, why not take a Uganda birding safari.

On a birding safari in Uganda expect to see several bird species inclusive of which are Ostriches, Pelicans, Cormorants, Darters, Turacos, Cuckoos, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Hoopoes, Hornbills, Herons, Storks, Shoebill and many more.

Uganda was also ranked to have the best birding spot and this was Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park offers the best 350 montane-forest (mountain forest) bird species seen on Uganda birding tours and still home to the globally threatened bird species such as the African Green Broadbill and the Shelley’s Crimson-wing.  The park also hosts 23 out of the 24 Albertine rift endemics (90% of all Albertine rift endemics) and these are; the Handsome Francolin, Dwarf Honeyguide, Archer’s Robin-chat, Dusky Crimson-wing, Rwenzori Batis, Regal Sunbird, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Strange Weaver, Blue-headed Sunbird, Purple-breasted sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Collared Apalis, Rwenzori Turaco, Montane Masked Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Stripe-breasted Tit, Shelley’s Crimson-wing, African Green Broadbill, Chapin’s flycatcher, Rwenzori Nightjar and Short-tailed Warbler.

The sought-after bird species by tourists on birding safari trips in Uganda include the elusive shoebill stork that is best sighted at Mabamba bay wetland at the edge of Lake Victoria-the world’s largest continental lake. The other bird species include the country’s endemic (it’s found only in Uganda) known as Fox’s weaver that can be sighted in Eastern Uganda wetland marshes in the vicinity of Lake Opeta and Lake Bisina.

Uganda wildlife safari Packages

August 7th, 2019|Safari News|
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