5 Epic Experiences to Have in Uganda

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Uganda is one of Africa’s premier safari destinations hosting almost everything that the continent has to offer. This little known country is an awe-inspiring destination located in East Africa. Emerging as a top destination in East and Central Africa, there are lots of things that await an adventurous visitor who would like to enjoy an African safari. This relatively small landlocked country holds a lot that await you to explore. The country is home to one of Africa’s tallest mountain ranges; the Rwenzori Mountains as well as the Source of the River Nile, the world’s longest river. The country beams with unique and diverse African wildlife making it a worth visiting destination while on an African safari holiday. It inhabits almost half of the entire remaining 1063 mountain gorillas left in planet earth, over 1080 bird species, 5050 chimpanzees and a multitude of golden monkeys plus several other primates. In this article, we bring to you the five epic experiences to have in Uganda.

Gorilla trekking

Mountain gorilla trekking is a top bucket-list experience for most travelers who go on a Uganda safari. You can participate in this amazing experience that is rewarding with an upclose and personal encounter with a family of mountain gorillas.

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With over half of all the world’s 1063 mountain gorillas, Uganda also boasts to shelter the largest number of habituated gorilla families that can be visited by tourists. Currently there are 19 gorilla families that have been habituated for tourist visits. Each family can be visited by a maximum of 8 tourists per day.

Additionally, Uganda has two of the only four national parks that protect the mountain gorillas. These two destinations guarantee you opportunity to participate in a trek to see the massive mountain gorillas in the wild. Uganda’s gorilla safari destinations include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Are you traveling on a shoestring budget? Uganda is generally an affordable safari destination with gorilla permits sold at $700 for non-foreign residents, $600 for foreign residents and shs. 250000 East African Community citizens. However, for visitors who are planning to go a gorilla trek between December 2020 and 31st March 2021, there is a great opportunity to explore these world’s magical apes using discounted gorilla permits. The discounted gorilla permits can be obtained at US$400 for foreign non-residents, US$300 for foreign residents and UGX.150000 for East African citizens.

Chimpanzee tracking

Uganda is the best destination where tourists can see the great chimpanzees in their natural home. A trek to see chimpanzees in the wild is magical and shouldn’t be missed on your next safari! Jaunt through the jungle and get to meet man’s closest cousins on a primate safari in Uganda.

The country protects an estimated population of about 5050 chimpanzees making it an amazing country to explore chimpanzees while in their natural habitats.

Uganda has varied protected areas where chimpanzee tracking can be done by tourists. If you would like to see chimpanzees in the wild, don’t forget to include the following olaces within your safari; Kibale Forest National Park, home to over 1500 chimpanzees that make up the 13 different primate species in its magnificent rain-forest, Kyambura Gorge and Kalinzu Forest Reserve in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve in Murchison Falls National Park among others.

Golden monkey tracking

When it comes to exclusive primate adventures, Uganda never leaves you without a choice! It is also possible for you to embark on a trek with the bamboo forests to see the rare golden monkeys while in their natural habitat.

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In addition to viewing mountain gorillas or chimpanzees, this is another unique experience that you can only have in South waetern Uganda. The golden monkeys are rare primates that they live in only the Virunga Region of Africa. You can enjoy this epic experience on your next trip through the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park of Southwestern Uganda.

Adrenaline adventures

If you are interested in adrenaline adventures then there is better destination to have them than Uganda! The Eastern part of Uganda is home the Source of the Nile, the mighty river that has blessed the country with an intoxicating blend of adrenaline adventures and superb scenery. You can marvel at the source of the River Nile in Jinja and participate in white water rafting adventures along the powerful rapids of the river. Expect plenty of thrills and spills during your rafting trip through the raging waters of the Nile.

On your next safari in Uganda, you can engage in diversity of adrenaline adventure experiences including boat cruise, bungee jumping, jet boating, Kayaking and others.

Game viewing

Uganda is home to a big African game sought after by tourists looking for traditional safaris. There are several national parks and game reserves that have made Uganda, one of the best wildlife safari destinations in East Africa.

Uganda is known to harbor a number of animals that include cheetahs, elephants, various tribes of antelopes, hippos, crocodiles, African bush elephants, cheetahs, leopards, lions, Rothschild giraffes, buffaloes, zebras, warthogs among others. The top places to embark on game viewing experience while in Uganda include Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Semuliki National Park. Amazingly most of these animals can be seen on a wildlife safari including the famous tree climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector.

The country also has amazing bird checklist that is fast approaching 1060 birds. These include “specials” such as the shoebill stork, ostriches, koris, etc. There are also endemics that cannot be seen elsewhere in the world.

All in all, Uganda is the ultimate gateway to Africa. A safari through the Pearl of Africa is such a rewarding lifetime adventure that will never fade off your memories. Apart from the above experiences, there are more exceptional adventures that are worth engaging in while on Uganda safari. Some other experiences to check out include mountaineering, rock climbing, cultural encounter, horseback riding, zip-lining, mangabey tracking, nature walks, launch trip, bird watching, city tours, etc.

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