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5 Things to Do on a Safari in Uganda

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Uganda is one of the top destinations in Africa that you can choose for your safari, it can be adventurous while you have a plan of the things to do on your safari including;

  1. Gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the major activities that attract a number of travelers from different countries. Mountain gorillas are unique species of gorillas which is only found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo in the whole world.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is carried out in Bwindi impenetrable National park and Mgahinga National park in south western Uganda.

Currently, Uganda has 19 habituated gorilla families, 18 gorilla families found in Bwindi impenetrable National park within 4 sectors Buhoma sector in the north, Ruhija sector in the east, Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors in the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable National park and 1 gorilla family in Mgahinga National park.

Exploring the forests of Bwindi impenetrable National park, in search for the mountain gorillas guided by the ranger guides in their natural habitats is an experience that is worthy every time of yours while on your safari.

Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done at a cost of 600 US dollars currently for foreign nonresidents, 500 US dollars for foreign residents and 250,000 Uganda shillings for East African residents, however the cost will increase to 700 US dollars starting from 1st July 2020.

  1. Chimpanzee trekking

Uganda is the leading destination for primates with over 13 different species, and chimpanzees are one of them with over 5000 chimpanzees.

Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is carried out from several destinations with variety of chimpanzees in their natural habitats.

Kibale National park. Kibale forest National Park is the most popular destination for chimpanzees in Uganda with over 1500 chimpanzees including the habituated chimpanzees for trekking. Kibale National park allows chimpanzee trekking for 1 hour in the presence of the chimpanzees and whole day chimpanzee habituation.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National park costs 150 US dollars currently and will increase to 200 US dollars starting 1st July and habituation costs 200 dollars.

Budongo forest reserve. It is also a known destination for chimpanzee trekking and habituation located in north western Uganda near Murchison Falls National park along Masindi road.

Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest costs US$80 per person.

Kyambura game reserve. There is chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura game reserve located in Queen Elizabeth National park. Chimpanzee trekking here costs 50 US dollars.

Toro Semuliki game reserve. This is also another chimpanzee trekking destination located in western Uganda near Semuliki National park. Chimp trekking costs 50 US dollars.

Kalinzu forest reserve. Situated in western Uganda in Bushenyi district close to Queen Elizabeth National park, chimpanzee trekking here costs 30 US dollars.

Chimpanzees are also seen in Ngamba island chimpanzee sanctuary on Lake Victoria which can be reached within 45 minutes on a speed boat from water Front Beach-Entebbe. Chimpanzees in Ngamba Island are only seen not trekked because they are under captivity. You can also visit the chimpanzees in Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC).

For your chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda you can visit any of the destinations which offer breathing taking and memorable experiences.

  1. Game viewing drives

Uganda is home to the big five wild animals including Lions, Leopards, Rhinos, Buffaloes and Elephants among other mammal species which are seen in several places including National parks where game drive are done, game reserves, sanctuaries, zoo among others. Game drives in Uganda are done in the following areas;

Queen Elizabeth National park. It is Located in western Uganda along Mpongwe road in Rubirizi district. Queen Elizabeth National park being the second biggest National park has a high concentration of the big five wild animals and other wild animals including elephants, lions, buffaloes, antelopes, Elands, warthogs, bush pigs, leopards, Uganda kobs among others and the tree climbing lions which are only found in Queen Elizabeth National park in Uganda. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National park are done from Kasenyi area, Mweya peninsular, Ishasha sector, Katwe Explosion which shelter variety of wild life.

Queen Elizabeth National park allows day game drives and night game drives but night game drives are only done in Mweya peninsular because Kasenyi area hosts a lot of visitors during the day. Varieties of wild animals seen during night game drive include leopards, lions, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, bush babies, civet among others.

Murchison Falls National park. It is located in north western Uganda off Gulu Masindi highway. Murchison Falls is the biggest National park in Uganda covering an area of 3840 square kilometers. it shelters several wild animals species including elephants, lions, leopards, antelopes, giraffes, bush bucks, Topis, Oribis, warthogs, bush pigs among others which are viewed during a game drive in the park. Murchison Falls National park also allows night game drives guided by ranger guides with the help of spot lights.

Lake Mburo National park situated in western Uganda, it is the smallest savannah park in Uganda where game drive is the major activity for game viewing. Lake Mburo National park was first gazette as a hunting area graduated in a game reserve where also the cattle keepers were grazing their animals too and then it was gazetted into a National park in 1983. The park has variety of animals including Zebras, giraffes, Hippopotamus, impala, warthogs, Elands, sitatungas, Topis, African buffalo, jackals among others which are viewed during morning and afternoon game drives and night game drives usually guided by the park ranger with torches for clear views of the animals.

Game drives in Uganda are also done in Kidepo valley National park located in northern Uganda in the Karamoja region which shelters many wild animals including elephants, lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, Antelopes and so on. They are also done in Semuliki National park in western Uganda Bundibugyo district and Pian Upe game reserve in north eastern Uganda in Nakapiripirit district north of Mount Elgon National park.

  1. Mountain climbing/Mountaineering.

There are 2 main mountains in Uganda where visitors can do mountain climbing on their Uganda safari, mountain Rwenzori the highest block mountain in western Uganda covering Kasese, Bundibugyo and Kabarole districts on the border with Democratic Republic of Congo. It has the highest mountain range known as Mount Stanley and third highest mountain in Africa which is 5,109 meters above sea level with highest peak margherita.

Mountain Rwenzori is also home to several mammal species, birds, reptiles like the 3 horned chameleons which is only found in here due to the high altitudes in mountain Rwenzori.

There is also mountain Elgon the highest volcanic mountain in Uganda in Eastern Uganda in Mbale district. It is also possible to climb the three mountains of Mgahinga including mount Muhabura, mount Sabinyo and mount Gahinga and experience the beautiful views of Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

  1. Cultural visitor

Uganda is very rich in culture with a lot of diversity of cultures in the different regions including the north, east, west and southern parts of Uganda. The cultural tours in Uganda boost the experience of the travelers on the safari especially if they need if they need to relax or enjoy the warm welcome to the different regions.

Cultural tours in Uganda involve moving to the local communities where you discover unique and interesting cultural experiences like the bagisu communities, Acholi communities, bakiga communities, sabiny communities but the most visited in Uganda are the Batwa communities found in the deep forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga in south western Uganda, the karamojong in northern Uganda among others. The batwa are also referred to the people of the forest who were the first in habitats of the forest. Enjoy the traditional dances, life styles of the different communities in Uganda.

There are many more things to do on your safari to Uganda including Jinja source of the Nile, crater lakes, birding, boat trips, white water rafting, crater lakes tours, water fall tours and many more that offer memorable safaris while in Uganda thus the pearl of Africa.

 

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