Top things to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda, Gorilla trekking is an adventurous and one of the major activities that attract big numbers of people in Uganda and it involves moving deep into the tropical rainforest in search of the mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two national parks that is Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in southwestern region. Mgahinga gorilla national park is a home of one habituated gorilla family and Bwindi impenetrable national park is a home of about 22 habituated gorilla families which are found in four sectors Ruhija, Nkuringo, Buhoma and Rushaga.
Top things to do after gorilla trekking
Game drives/ Wildlife viewing
Game drives is one of the top things to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda. Game drive is an interesting activity in Uganda which gives tourists an opportunity to explore the savannah national parks in a comfortable pop up safari vehicle with a professional driver guide who is well conversant with different game tracks. Game drives in Uganda is done different national parks like Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park among others. After gorilla trekking, you can engage in game drives in any of the destinations where you will be able to view different animals like buffaloes, elephants, Uganda kobs, lions, leopards, rhinos, waterbucks, bushbucks, giraffes, zebras, Jackson’s hartebeest, cheetahs, warthogs, oribi, impalas, elands, topi among others.
Boat cruise is another interesting activity that you can engage in after gorilla trekking in Uganda. Uganda is gifted with many waterbodies which offer the amazing boat cruise for example boat cruise on lake Victoria which is the largest lake in Africa, boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi which is the deepest lake in Uganda, boat cruise on Kazinga channel a water channel that connects Lake Edward and Lake George, Nile delta boat cruise and boat cruise to the bottom of the falls in Murchison falls national park, boat cruise in Lake Mburo national park among others. During the boat cruise, you will be able to view different animals like hippos, Nile crocodiles in water, view elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, warthogs, giraffes among others drinking water along the shores, view water birds like cormorants, hornbills, kingfishers, fish eagles, bee-eaters among others.
After gorilla trekking in Uganda, you can engage in an exciting cultural tour where you will be able to interact with the Batwa/ pygmies who used to live in Bwindi and Mgahinga forest before they were gazetted into national parks. During the cultural tour, you will be able to learn about their culture, tradition, learn how the Batwa used to live in the forest, visit their home traditional homestead, learn about their hunting and gathering skills, visit the medicine man, listen to their ancient stories, enjoy their traditional entertainments among others.
Nature walk/ hiking
Nature walk/ hiking is another interesting activity that tourists can engage in after gorilla trekking in Uganda. During hiking/ nature walks you will be accompanied by an experienced park guide who is well conversant with different walking trails where you will be able to spot different animals at a close range, view colorful butterflies, listen to sweet sounds of bird species, enjoy the cool breeze, take beautiful pictures among others.
Chimpanzee trekking is an exciting and one of the activities that tourists can engage in after gorilla trekking in Uganda. Chimpanzee trekking involves moving into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated chimpanzee families and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in different areas including Kibale forest national park, Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Kalinzu forest and Toro Semuliki wildlife reserve. Chimpanzee trekking in any of the destinations takes about 30 minutes to 4 hours depending on where the chimpanzees are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During chimpanzee trekking, you will be able to view different wildlife species and once the chimpanzees are located, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn more about their behaviors, watch them feed, breastfeed, hunt, rest, take photos and record videos to show people back home after the safari.
Birding is one of the amazing activities that you can engage in after gorilla trekking in Uganda. There are a number of birding areas in Uganda including Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Mabamba swamp, Queen Elizabeth national, Lake Mburo national park, Murchison falls national park, Kidepo valley national park among others. During bird watching, you will be able to view different bird species like the elusive shoebill stork, fox’s weaver bird, handsome francolin, purple breasted sunbird, dusky crimsonwing, regal sunbird, blue headed sunbird, Rwenzori turaco among others.
Golden monkey trekking
After gorilla trekking in Uganda you can engage in an active and fascinating golden monkey trekking activity which involves moving into the tropical rainforest in search of the golden monkeys and once found spend one hour with them in their natural environment. Golden monkey trekking in Uganda is only done in Mgahinga gorilla national park and other destinations like Volcanoes national park in Rwanda. Golden monkeys are active primates that live in groups of around 30 members and trekking takes about 30 minutes to 3 hours depending on their location. During golden monkey trekking, you will follow trails of leftover bamboo shoots, leaves, fruits and once the golden monkeys are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their habitat where you will be able to watch them jump up in tree branches, watch them feed, rest, take photos and record the incredible moments.