Things to do in Uganda: 'The Pearl of Africa’ all in one
Uganda is a little piece of paradise on earth, a rare find. Authentic Africa with all its beauty, vastness and raw wilderness in one single country.
Wilderness Safari in Savannah
Kidepo Valley National park is the rising star of remote and untouched safari destinations in Africa. located in the far northeast corner of the Karamoja region, is Uganda’s most magnificent wilderness. You will also discover Africa’s most scenic safari and award-winning national park. Herds of elephants, buffalo, zebra and giraffes, and countless antelope roam the savannah against the mountains of Kenya in the back. Hyenas, lions, cheetahs, and leopards roam this remote. Experience the traditional life of Karimajong warriors in a Karimojong village. You could opt to learn to dance with the warriors.
The Spectacular Murchison falls on River Nile:
Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest is dominated by the mighty Victoria Nile, which bisects the park via a seven-meter-wide rocky cleft before dropping 43 meters over the Western edge of the Albertine Rift. Offering river cruises, game viewing drives and guided walks, it ranks as one of the most exciting wildlife experiences Africa has to offer and is the place to see hippos and crocodiles.
Experience Primates in abundance
If you are passionate about primates, you will just love Uganda. There are 12 different species of monkeys here from the Colobus to Golden Monkeys. The Grey Cheeked Mangabey. Uganda is also one of the top places in the world to see chimpanzees in the wild. Trekking to find them on foot through forest and jungle or spotting them from your safari car is a lifetime privilege of their company within their natural habitats. Primates are abundant in Bigodi swamp sanctuary at the edge of Kibale National Forest, Kalinzu forest, Bwindi Impenetrable, and Mgahinga National park are some of our favorite forested spots for this walking adventure.
Trek to see Mountain Gorillas in the forest – Uganda’s natural wonder
This is one of those lifetime wildlife encounters of all times. As you trek through the jungle the level of anticipation builds. Meeting these gentle giants up close, you nearly forget to breathe. This is a privilege everyone should trek to experience. Of the few thousand mountain gorillas that remain on earth, over half of them live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks; and so precious are they that many people book their gorilla viewing permit years in advance, which makes the shy and gentle Mountain Gorillas, earth’s largest living primate and Uganda’s most famous tourist highlight.
Safari by boat
Uganda has countless water safari wonders to explore. For bird watchers, a canoe trip to see Shoebill in Mabamba Bay on Lake Victoria. An early morning boat ride on River Nile downstream to Lake Albert allows for an intimate river safari experience, sunset viewing of crocs, hippos, and birdlife on the Nile river, or sundown cheese and wine on the Nile. A slow safari journey by boat on the Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the most amazing animal-birdlife encounters you’ll wish to experience in your life. This possibly compares to the river cruises on the Chobe river.
With almost 1080 bird species, Uganda is a dream location for watchers of these beautiful creatures. The behaviors, flight patterns, calls, and interactions of Uganda’s birds are completely fascinating from the bee-eaters that make their homes in the lime cliffs by the Nile at Murchison to the pre-historic rare shoebill found among the swamps, the giant, scavenging Maribu storks, and tiny yellow weaver birds to the twinkling blues of a host of starlings the birds alone are worth coming to Uganda for. A tribute not only to her fertility but also to the diversity of her landscape.
Rich Cultural Tapestry
Human presence in Uganda goes back over 500,000 years and her cultural history is rich in song, dance, music, theaters, and art. Her cuisine is as eclectic as her many ethnic groups and handcraft ‘finds’ include traditional backcloth, painted gourds, basketwork, pottery, carvings, spears, and traditional drums. Heritage aside, the capital city Kampala - i known for its vibrant night life.
Uganda is dominated by the expanse of Lake Victoria, the world’s second-largest freshwater lake.
Uganda, “The Pearl of Africa”, straddles the equator and embraces the shores of the world’s largest inland lake, the mighty Lake Victoria. The source of the Nile at Jinja.
One of the most delightful weather in the world:
Blessed with one of the most delightful climates in the world, landlocked Uganda occupies a serene green plateau, which lies between the Eastern and western branches of the Great Rift Valley.
“Lastly I can’t tell you how wonderful I have found the people of Uganda, happy and smiling all the time” Arshely Boone.
Need to Know:
- Name: Republic of Uganda
- Location: Eastern Africa
- Capital: Kampala
- Area: 236,580 sq km
- Borders: Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania
- Climate: Uganda’s temperatures are moderate ranging from 18 - 25°C
- Language: English (official), KiSwahili
- Currency: Uganda Shilling