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Top things to do before or after a conference in Uganda

Top things to do before or after a conference in Uganda; Are you planning to visit Uganda for a conference, event or meeting, there are things or activities that you can engage I before or after your conference and this article will guide you on the top safari activities to engage in while on the safari in Uganda. Uganda which is also known as the Pearl of Africa is one of the best destinations to visit in that it has a lot to offer in terms of abundant wildlife, primates, rich culture, variety of bird species, welcoming people among others.

Top things to do before or after a conference in Uganda

Gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking is one of the top activities that you can engage in before or after a conference in Uganda. gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in two national parks that is Bwindi impenetrable national park which harbours the highest number of mountain gorillas and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in south western region. Gorilla trekking in Uganda starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations at the park headquarters. After the briefing, you will be subdivided into groups of 8 people and start trekking in the jungle with an experienced park guide which takes about 2 to 7 hours depending on where the mountain gorillas are located. Once they are found, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their natural environment.

Bwindi impenetrable national park also offers gorilla habituation experience which is only done in rushaga sector and it gives you an opportunity to spend four hours with the mountain gorillas. Tourists interesting in gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience are required to first purchase the trekking and habituation permits which can be acquired through a trusted tour operator like Achieve Global Safaris.

Chimpanzee trekking

Chimpanzee trekking is the second top activity to engage in before or after your conference in Uganda. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in different areas including Kibale forest national park, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Kalinzu forest and Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park. chimpanzee trekking starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the forest in search of chimpanzees which takes about 2 to 5 hours depending on where they are located because they like to move from one place to another in search of food. During trekking you will be able to view other primate species and once the chimpanzees are found, you will be able to spend one hour with them in their habitat which gives you an opportunity to learn more about their behaviours, habits, watch them carry out their daily activities like feeding, playing, hunting, breastfeeding, grooming young ones, resting, take photos and record videos.

Wildlife viewing/game drive

Wildlife viewing/ game drive is an interesting activity where you will be able to explore the national parks in a comfortable pop up safari vehicle with a professional driver guide. Wildlife viewing in Uganda is done in savannah national parks namely Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo valley national park and Lake Mburo national park. game drives in the national parks can either be done very early in the morning, in the afternoon or at night and during the game drives you will be able to view the big five mammals the lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, rhinos, waterbucks, giraffes, Uganda kobs, duikers, reedbucks, warthogs, oribi, zebras, impalas, elands, Jackson’s hartebeests, hyenas, cheetahs, topis among others.

Bird watching

Birding is another adventurous activity that you can engage in before or after a conference in Uganda. Uganda is one of the top birding destinations in Africa due to the fact that it’s a home of over 1,073 recorded bird species including Albertine rift endemics, water birds, savannah birds, migratory birds, forest birds among others.  There are various bird-watching destinations like Mabamba swamp, Budongo forest, Bigodi swamp, Lutembe Bay Wetland, Mabira forest, Mount Rwenzori National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Mburo national park, Semuliki national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park among others. During bird watching in Uganda, you will be accompanied by an experienced bird guide who will help you to spot different bird species including the Shoebill stork, African Green Broadbill, Black Bee-eater, Karamoja Apalis, Rwenzori Turaco, Nahan’s Francolin, Green Breasted Pitta, Brown-chested Lapwing, Kivu Ground Thrush, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Regal Sunbird, Mountain Masked Apalis, Strange Weaver, Archer’s Robin Chat, Shelley’s Crimson-wing among others.

Golden monkey trekking

Top things to do before or after a conference in Uganda
Golden Monkey Trekking

Golden monkey trekking is another interesting activity that you can do before or after a conference in Uganda. Golden monkey trekking in Uganda is only done in Mgahinga gorilla national park which is located in south western part of Uganda in Kisoro district. Golden monkey trekking starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules and regulations to follow during trekking. After the briefing, you will start trekking in the forest in search of the habituated golden monkeys following trails of leftover bamboo shoots and leaves. Trekking of golden monkeys takes about 2 to 5 hours depending on where they are located because they like to move from one place to another. Once they are located, you will be allowed to spend one hour with them in their habitat which gives you a chance to learn about their habits, watch them play, feed, jump up in tree branches, take photos among others.

There are other interesting activities in Uganda that you can engage in before or after a conference including sport fishing in Murchison falls or Lake Mburo national park, white water rafting, quad biking and bungee jumping in Jinja, boat cruise on Kazinga channel, River Nile and Lake Bunyonyi, cultural tours, guided nature walks, horseback riding in Jinja and Lake Mburo national park, cycling, mountain climbing in Mgahinga gorilla national park, mount Elgon or Mount Rwenzori among others.

Best time to go on a safari in Uganda

A safari in Uganda can be done all year round though the best time is during the dry season also known as the peak 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 vegetation will be short which gives you an opportunity to view different animals clearly. During the dry season access roads and trekking trails will be dry and passable which makes hiking and gorilla trekking easy compared to the rainy season when the trekking trails are muddy and slippery which makes gorilla and chimpanzee trekking difficult.

For more information about the top things to do before or after a conference in Uganda, you can contact us at Achieve Global Safaris or visit our website for affordable safari packages.

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