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Explore Uganda – The Cheapest Safari Destination of Africa


Being an African nation, travellers expect many things during their trip to Uganda. And in some cases, Uganda meets their expectations also in terms of its wildlife safaris, Gorilla trekking, natural landscapes and rich history. The civil wars that happened in the past years, after that Uganda has come up with many things and its tourism also boosted. This African country has been reflecting from many attractions and is now becoming a thriving nation.

Let’s know more about Uganda –

The Pearl of Africa – Uganda, in a Glance

Uganda is another landlocked African nation known for its huge mountains, crater lakes ten national parks, its pristine forest landscape hot springs and cheap safari tours. It brings to the attention of many trekkers and safari lovers with its diverse culture, exotic wildlife and lush ecosystems.

Ugandan Wildlife
Ugandan Wildlife / Image Credit:

As you have read in our previous blog Rwanda about Gorilla trekking, Uganda also provides its visitors with this unusual adventure.

Also, here voyagers can behold a plethora of big animals and discover the iconic African savannah in Uganda. However, you can admire stunning waterfalls, breathtaking volcanoes and explore the prehistoric villages along the shores of Lake Victoria which is Africa’s largest lake.

Uganda Locals Prompting Tourism
Uganda Locals Prompting Tourism / Image Credit:

Later, enjoy a leisurely cruise and meet locals and understand the culture of this African Nation. Go west to the Congo border, where the charming pygmy people of Fort Portal welcomes you.

Also Read: Places to Explore in The Democratic Republic of the Congo, Africa

Top Things to see and do in Uganda

So, there is a lot more to witness here in this beautiful country of Africa, check out the list of top things to do in Uganda.

Appreciate the UNESCO listed Kasubi Tombs

The Kasubi Tombs, which were first constructed in 1881 on Kasubi Hill in Kampala, are a burial ground for four kabakas. They represent the era of the Buganda Kingdom and their lifestyle. The tombs were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2001 but were unfortunately destroyed.

The Tombs of Kasubi
The Tombs of Kasubi / Image Credit:

These tombs are a symbol of spiritual, political and social ethics and represent the beliefs of Ugandan people. The Malibu Azaala Mpanga, the main structure, which is circular and topped by a dome, now houses four royal tombs. It is a notable example of an organic architectural epitome, primarily made of wood, thatch, reed, wattle and daub. History buffs must visit this heritage structure in Uganda.

Hike the Rwenzori Mountains

Uganda is blessed with beautiful mountain ranges. The snow-capped Rwenzori mountains in the southwest, Elgon in the east, Mt. Moroto, Napak and Kadam in the north are all worth visiting. Out of all, Rwenzori is revered as one of the most dramatic as portrays a stunning snow-capped range of mountains.

Trekking Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda
Trekking Rwenzori Mountains, Uganda / Image Credit:

Its unique flora gives travellers an appearance of a fairy tale hiking scene. This African mountain range stretches nearly 120 km along the Congolese border, is renowned for its fantastic hiking and climbing options. It’s also a habitat for endangered Angola colobus monkey.

Track Gorillas at Bwindi National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to over 400 mountain gorillas, the highest population in the world. And tracking mountain Gorillas in Bwindi is probably the most exceptional wildlife experience on earth for any wildlife lover. It is one of the top things to do on the Uganda bucket list. This beautiful national park houses a plethora of plants, birds and animal species.

Track Gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Track Gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park / Image Credit:

Gorilla trekking is subject to strict rules and visitors to Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park must first obtain a trekking permit before embarking on a guided tour into the jungle.

Also Read: Ultimate Backpacking Guide to Rwanda for Gorilla Trekking

Explore the Exquisite Kampala City

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda which is also renowned as the nightlife capital of East Africa. This charming city of Uganda fascinates all the travellers and plays an important role in staying after hectic trekking national parks and adventure scenes. This city offers many tourist attractions, such as Kabaka’s Palace defining the power and glory of the Buganda Kingdom.

Kampala City Uganda
Kampala City Uganda / Image Credit:

This cosmopolitan city is a blend of cultures, with some being very traditional and some being very urban. Kampala offers a diverse range of cultural experiences thanks to its diverse population. It is the cultural heart of Uganda, with universities, architectural landmarks, theatres and the National Museum. You will get a totally different view of Uganda here.

Track Chimpanzees at Kibale National Park

Kibale rainforest in Kibale National Park in southern Uganda is the best place in East Africa to watch chimps swinging from one tree to tree. This magnificent park is home to 325 bird species and at least 60 mammal species, including 13 ape species. Kibale National Park’s flora is equally impressive. So visiting this national park is also on the to-do list if you for nature & wildlife lovers.

Watch Lions Climbing at Queen Elizabeth National Park

On a relaxing boat safari in Queen Elizabeth, experience the excitement of Africa’s most challenging white water rafting on the Nile River. Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to four of the Big Five and a flock of colourful flamingos and unusual wildlife. Don’t miss to visit the remote Ishasha Plains which is famous for getting the rare chance to see the tree-climbing lions and tigers.

Watch Lions climbing trees at ishasha plains
Watch Lions climbing trees at Ishasha plains / Image Credit:

There are over 90 mammal species in total, as well as over 500 bird species, in the park. It has almost unusual biodiversity encompassing a diverse range of landscapes and ecosystems.

Enjoy Murchison Falls Safari

Appreciate the Nile River by taking a morning or afternoon boat safari to Murchison Falls, where you will be able to see the spectacular waterfall up close. The Nile River erupts through a narrow 7m gorge and flows down giving a tranquil view.

Murchison Falls Uganda / Image Credit:

On game drives, boat safaris and walks along the river bank to the top of the falls, discover the beauty of Uganda’s largest protected area, Murchison National Park. Even along the banks of the river, which is brimming with hippo, crocodile, elephant, dense birdlife and wildlife. Walk along the thundering Murchison Falls and explore the natural forest of Mt Elgon.

Watch Sunset at the Ssese Islands

Ssese island is renowned for beholding panoramic views during sunset. It is an 84-island archipelago spread along Lake Victoria’s northwest shore is known for its stunning white sandy beaches.

Ssese Island Uganda
Ssese Island Uganda / Image Credit:

Buggala is the most accessible beach, while Banda is more of a traditional backpackers’ paradise. So travellers it is the perfect place to unwind yourself while enjoying a few drinks and a meal along the shore.

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Experience Adrenaline Rush at Jinja

No visit to Uganda is complete without visiting the beautiful town of Jinja. This town acts as the departure point for a host of adventure activities on and around the river Nile. It is known as the thrilling capital of East Africa. It is the source of the mighty Nile River and a must-see destination for those seeking adrenaline rushes by white-water rafting and kayaking. Jinja is home to some of the best waterfalls in Africa.

Enjoy River Rafting at Jinja, Uganda
Enjoy River Rafting at Jinja, Uganda/ Image Credit:

If water isn’t your thing, bungee jumping is a great way to get your adrenaline fix. Quad biking and horseback riding are also available in the villages along the Nile at Jinja.

Apart from them, you can see other attractions which include –

  • Baha’i Temple: It is Africa’s only temple, also known as the Mashri’qul-Adhkar and the Mother Temple of Africa has attracted the Baha’i community and nonbelievers from all over the world.
  • Gaddafi Mosque: It is the biggest mosque in Uganda which is situated in Kampala, you can get a full 360° panoramic view of Uganda from the skyscraper tower of the Mosque.
  • Lake Victoria: It is the largest lake in Uganda and the second-largest freshwater lake in the world. This lake provides a perfect place for those who are looking for serenity, boat cruises and fishing excursions and want to catch the sunset.

Lake Victoria, Uganda
Lake Victoria, Uganda / Image Credit:

When To Visit Uganda:

Visit between March and May or October and November to get even better deals. Since these are the wettest months, the treks are more difficult and slick, but the trekking packages and permits are often much cheaper. Don’t risk your life, be cautious before choosing any holiday package of Uganda.

Also Read: Travel Zimbabwe – Paradise For Wildlife, Safari and Nature Lovers

Let your vacation in Uganda be as adventurous as you. Make most out of the trip to Uganda and get amazing safari experiences of the African continent on a limited budget.

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