Uganda is famously called the “Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, because of its beautiful national parks and nature. It is home to one of the most diverse and concentrated ranges of African fauna including the mountain gorilla and the common chimpanzee.
Uganda is one of our favorite countries in Africa and we recommend and adventure travel in this country.
Uganda is a country situated in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by Congo-Kinshasa, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania.
The climate in Uganda is equatorial and the altitude modifies it. Southern Uganda is wetter with rain generally spread throughout the year. Further to the north a dry season gradually emerges; at Gulu about 120 km from the South Sudanese border, November to February is much drier than the rest of the year. The northeastern region has the driest climate and is prone to droughts in some years. Rwenzori in the southwest on the border with Congo-Kinshasa receives heavy rain all year round. The south of the country is heavily influenced by one of the world’s biggest lakes, Lake Victoria, which contains many islands. It prevents temperatures from varying significantly and increases cloudiness and rainfall.
Why visiting Uganda ?
Uganda is among the best adventure countries in East Africa. It’s also is known to be a country full of adventure not experienced elsewhere in East Africa. Adventure tourists can raft on River Nile, ascend the Volcanoes, hike the Rainforest Jungles, roll in a dugout canoe, walk the foothills of the highest Mountain Range –Rwenzori Mountains also known as the Mountain of the Moon all in Uganda. Adventure in Uganda means mountain climbing, ATV Quad biking, hiking, horseback-riding safaris, mountain biking, white-water rafting, fishing in the freshwaters of the largest African freshwater lake for Nile Perch.
Most adventure travelers come for the gorilla Safari, but other major draws are the chimpanzees, ornithology, trekking the Rwenzori and visiting the source of the Nile River. Uganda has a variety of landscapes which most adventure tourists find interesting. The North is relatively flat and dry savanna while the East is mountainous and lush and the center of Uganda hosts large forests.
Uganda is among the friendliest countries in the whole of Africa and once adventure travelers visit this country, they will certainly agree to this. Uganda is greatly culturally diverse as well as different. Ugandans are very welcoming and each time adventure travelers visit the “Pearl of Africa” Ugandans will greet them in all corners they go. What occasionally is very welcome is the Western Culture is considered as tradition or even cultural by Ugandans. during any safari in Uganda, adventure travelers should enjoy the amazing cultures and traditions of the Ugandan people.
Uganda’s National Parks
- Ajai Game Reserve
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- Kidepo Valley National Park
- Murchison Falls National Park
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Kibale Forest National Park
- Rwenzori National Park
Main attractions in Uganda
Kidepo Valley Park which is the most distant and less visited in East Africa is turning out more and even more famous. The most visited game park in Uganda is Murchison Falls National Park where adventure tourists will have an added advantage of seeing the powerful waterfall and Rhinos in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on foot. The Ishasha area in Queen Elizabeth Park of East Africa is finest place to see the Tree Climbing Lions. In Uganda touristss will be able to see the different wildlife most the internationally renowned Mountain Gorillas, Mangabey Monkeys, Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This National park lies in the South western of Uganda. It harbors a various number of Mountain Gorillas roughly half of the world’s remaining population. It has other species like the Chimpanzees, baboons, elephants and antelopes. Birders still encounter at least 350 bird species. Concerning cultures in Bwindi there is an opportunity to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa pygmy cultures through performances and village walks an amazing experience.
Mountain Gorillas can be tracked in various sectors in the park which include; Buhoma, Rushaga,Nkuringo, and Ruhija and to track in these areas it’s based on accommodation like Buhoma community camp, Chameleon hill lodge, etc.
Queen Elizabeth National Park: This park is located in the south western part of Uganda approximately 400 km from Kampala; it is separated by the Kazinga channel which connects Lakes George and Albert, it derived its name from the Queen of England, “Elizabeth”. It is endowed with various numbers of wildlife and the beautiful landscape, while in this park a various number of activities can be done such as Game drives giving you opportunity to see animals like elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, warthogs, leopards, and different bird species, crocodiles, hippos, especially while on a boat cruise on the kazinga channel.
There is an added experience for the adventurous travelers who can also opt for mountain climbing on the Rwenzori Mountain. This is Uganda’s tallest mountain and its snow capped, it’s found in the West on the border of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. As you climb this mountain there is a variety of vegetation, mammals, and bird species to see such as the Rwenzori Turaco. It takes around a week to climb to the top of the mountain, and those who are not skilled hikers can opt for cultural encounters such as cultural performances, villages and home stead visits, in the Bakonjo villages.
Kibale Forest National Park: This park is located in the heart of Tooro kingdom near Fortportal and contains one of the loveliest tropical forest in Uganda, it harbors the 13 primate species such as the L’Hoest’s, red colobus monkeys, its major attraction is the Chimpanzees, the delightful apes, most closest to human beings than any other living creature, these can be seen swinging in the tree branches as one treks through the forest tails, there is also an opportunity to see over 300 bird species like white-winged warbler, papyrus canopy and other animals like the Forest elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and the forest hogs. Other activities that can be done in the park are Chimpanzee habituation which is an all day experience seeing chimpanzees, feed, rest, hunt, build new nests etc, day hikes/nature walks, cultural encounters to meet local people.
Jinja District is located in the East of Uganda, one can participate in various activities such as Quad biking, bungee jumping, boat cruise on the Nile to see the source of the Nile, white water rafting, kayaking, on the way to Jinja one can have a stopover around Mabira forest, which is a rainforest located in Buikwe District. Activities in Mabira include: bird watching, zip-lining, nature walks, camping, and also it’s a very good place for researchers and students.
These falls are a series of three waterfalls, found in Kapchorwa in Eastern Uganda approximately 194 km from Jinja; Activities to do while here include hiking which is done around the falls offering a stunning view of the Karamoja plains, Lake Kyoga, and the slopes of Mt. Elgon, Coffee tours can also be done which are organized through guides with knowledge of coffee farming, processing and roasting.
Entebbe is a town on a peninsula in Lake Victoria, in Central Uganda. A number of attractions are there and one can take part in different interesting activities.
Uganda is the finest country in Africa for birding. You may see more than 1060 bird species in Uganda and this is the ideal destination to see the most sought-after bird species in Africa; the Shoebill Stork.