Top safari activities to do in Uganda 2023/2024; Uganda also known as the Pearl of Africa is located in East Africa and is the best destination to visit due to that fact that it has a lot to offer including the big five animals, primates, water bodies, bird species, beautiful scenery, mountains among others. Uganda is a home of 10 national park which offer interesting Uganda safari activities that travellers can engage in during the safari. The national parks include Murchison falls national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park, queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale forest national park, kidepo valley national park, Lake Mburo national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Mount Elgon national park Semuliki national park and Rwenzori national park.
Top safari activities to do in Uganda 2023/2024
Gorilla trekking is an adventurous and one of the major safari activities that attracts many tourists to visit Uganda. gorilla trekking involves travellers moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Uganda is famously known for harbouring the highest number of mountain gorillas in Africa and gorilla trekking is done in two national parks namely Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in south western part of Uganda.
Uganda also offers gorilla habituation experience where the wild mountain gorillas are trained to get used to human presence. Gorilla habituation experience is only done in Rushaga sector in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park and visitors who engage in the activity get an opportunity to spend four hours with the mountain gorillas.
Chimpanzee trekking is the second best activity in Uganda after gorilla trekking and it involves tourists moving into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated chimpanzees and once found spend one hour with them in their habitat. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in different destinations that is Kibale forest national park which harbours the highest number of chimpanzees, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Kalinzu forest, Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park and Semuliki wildlife reserve.
Uganda also offers chimpanzee habituation experience where the wild chimpanzees are trained to get used to human presence for trekking. Chimpanzee habituation experience is done in Kibale forest national park and Budongo forest during the low season.
Wildlife viewing/ Game drives
Game drive is an exciting activity in Uganda which is done in a comfortable pop up safari vehicle with a professional driver guide. Game drives in Uganda are only done in Savannah national parks that is Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, lake Mburo national park and Kidepo valley national park. Game drives can either be done very early in the morning when animals are more active, in the afternoon and at night when the nocturnal animals are more active. During the game drives, you will be able to view different animals including the big five mammals which include lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes and rhinos, other animals like zebras, giraffes, warthogs, waterbucks, hyenas, cheetahs, Uganda kobs, giant forest hogs, Jackson’s hartebeest, topi, impalas, oribi among others.
Golden monkey trekking
Golden monkey trekking is another interesting activity in Uganda where travellers move into the tropical rainforest following trails of left over bamboo leaves, shoots in search of the golden monkeys and once found spend one hour with them in their habitat. Golden monkey trekking in Uganda is only done in Mgahinga gorilla national park which is the smallest national park located in south western part of Uganda.
Mgahinga gorilla national park also offers the adventurous golden monkey habituation experience where you will be able to spend four hours with the golden monkeys, watch them feed, jump up in tree branches, take photos and record videos.
Boat cruise is an amazing activity in Uganda where travellers will be able to cruise on different water bodies. Boat cruise in Uganda is done in different areas including boat cruise on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park, boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and Nile delta boat cruise in Murchison falls national park, boat cruise on lake Mburo, bot cruise on Lake Victoria, Lake Bunyonyi among others. During the boat cruise, you will be able to view hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view animals drinking water along the shores, enjoy views of the beautiful scenery, view different water birds like cormorants, hornbills, bee-eaters, kingfishers among others.
Cultural tour is an exceptional activity in Uganda where tourists will get an opportunity to interact with the local people for example the batwa people who used to live in Bwindi and Mgahinga forests, Karamajong people, Bakiga among others. During the cultural tour, you will be able to learn about the local people’s culture, tradition, way of living, visit their homesteads, schools, farmlands, taste their local dishes, beer, enjoy their traditional entertainments, buy souvenirs and art pieces among others.
Mountain hiking is an adventurous activity in Uganda which is done in different destinations including hiking mount Rwenzori which is the third highest mountain range in Africa with the highest peak that is 5109meters above the sea level, hiking Mount Elgon which has the largest caldera in the world, hiking the three Virunga volcanoes that is Mount Muhavura, Mount Sabinyo and Mount Gahinga
Uganda has other top safari activities like bird watching, adventure activities like white water rafting, quad biking, sport fishing, bungee jumping, horseback riding, kayaking, tubing among others.
Best time to visit Uganda
Uganda can be visited all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period there is less rainfall in the national parks therefore access roads, gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trekking trails are muddy and slippery which makes trekking difficult.
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