Uganda Safaris and Tours – Safari in Uganda, Uganda Safari
Brief About Safari Uganda
Uganda Safaris offer a unique travel experience because of the several safari activities and parks in Uganda. Also known as “the Pearl of Africa”, Uganda is endowed with several wildlife including the endangered mountain gorillas which can be trekked in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park, you can also see the African Big five (Lions, Leopards, Buffaloes, Elephants and Rhino’s), The chimpanzees can also be trekked in several locations in Uganda, Uganda is blessed with several birds, and mountains. All these combined mean that you can only expect a unique Uganda safari experience when you visit the pearl of Africa as there are several activities you can choose from.
The Uganda Safari Parks: all the national Parks.
Uganda has 10 national parks and several other game reserves, here are the top parks and reserves to visit for a Uganda Safari.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national Park
Bwindi is one of the top destinations to visit for mountain Gorilla Trekking. The Bwindi Impenetrable forest national Park is home to half of the mountain Gorilla population in the world and thus is the number one destination to track these endangered species. While in Bwindi, there are several other things you can see including the birds, chimpanzees, Forest Elephants. There are also several nature trails and walks that you can visit. If interested in a cultural encounter, you can opt to visit the Batwa Pygmies, a group of indigenous people who lived in the forests of Bwindi hunting and gathering before it was gazzeted into a national park.
Murchison Falls National Park
Are you interested in a wildlife safari/ Big five Safari? At the moment Murchison Falls National Park is the best park to visit to see wildlife in Uganda. Its home to four of the big five (The Elephants, Buffaloes, Lions, leopards), with The Rhino’s available to be tracked in the Ziwa Rhino santyuary located in Nakasongola enroute to Murchison falls national park. The Murchison falls national park also previously known as Kabalega falls are also popular for having one of the strongest falls in the world, the Murchison Falls, located at a point in the park where the Nile forces its way through a gorge only 8 meters wide.
Kibale Forest National Park
The Kibale Forest national Park is known as the primate capital of the world, its home to 13 primate species including the Chimpanzees, L’hoest monkeys, White and Red colubus monkeys, Patas Monkeys, and several others. This is the number one Chimpanzee trekking destination in Uganda, and its there recommended for individuals looking for an experience with our closest counsins in the Primate world, sharing about 99% of their DNA with humans. While at Kibale forest national Park, one of the added activities you can do is visiting the Bigodi wetlands for a nature walk, rewarding with sighting of more monkeys, Birds, butterflies.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Your Uganda Safari cannot be complete without a visit to Queen Elizabeth national park, one of the most popular parks in Uganda. While at Queen Elizabeth national Park, the top things to do include Game drives in Kasenyi, and in the Ishasha sector to see the tree climbing lions, visiting the crater lakes and salt licks, a Boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura or the Kalinzu forests, visiting Maramagambo and the bat caves, Community walks and visiting schools.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo is one of the closest safari parks to access from Kampala. The Park is home to Zebras, Eland, Buffaloes, Impala, Kobs, Giraafes, and several other antelope species. You can also see the Leopards especially if you do the night safari. Lake Mburo is also one of the parks in Uganda where you can do the walking safari.
Mountain Rwenzori National Park
The Rwenzori mountains national Park is popular for Mountain trekking, with many travelers coming to Uganda to hike this marvelous mountain popular for having a snow capped peak known as margherita peak on mount Stanley at an Elevation of 5,109 m above sea level.
Kidepo Valley National Park
The Kidepo Valley national Park is by far Uganda’s top wildlife safari Destination. Located in the unchartered northen region of the country also known as Karamoja, the Kidepo valley never ceases to amaze those interested in a unique safari experience, and cultural extravaganza.
The other national parks in Uganda are the Semuliki National Park and the Mount Elgon national park, both unique and amazing in equal measure as the above parks.
Other destinations for Uganda Safaris
Jinja, Uganda’ s Adventure Capital.
Are you interested in Adventure sports such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, horseback riding, cycling, zip lining, Kayaking etc. Jinja a town in Eastern Uganda is popular for adventure sports and is therefore known as Uganda’s Adventure capital.
After visiting the Gorilla’s, a visit to Lake bunyonyi before ending your safari is worthwhile. This small lake is the deepest in Uganda and most beautifull, dotted with several islands. A boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi is very rewarding as you will be able to visit several islands, take photos. One of the popular islands is the punishment islands where people from neigbouring communities could banish young girls who go pregnant before marriage. The locals used to take you by boat to the Punishment island and you are abandoned there with no way of returning to the shores.
The Mabamba Bay wetlands
The Mabamba wetlands are a popular destination where one can go for a Uganda Birding Safari, especially to see the Shoebill stork, a large prehistoric looking bird.
The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Located in Nakasongola district, The Ziwa Rhino Sanctaury was setup to conserve Rhinos and will later be reintroduced in areas which once had them, before they were poached to zero. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is always a good addition to Safaris to Murchison Falls national Park.
Top Activities to do on Uganda Safaris
Gorilla Trekking and chimpanzee trekking
Uganda is one of three destinations in the world where you can see gorillas in their natural habitat. You can visit Uganda to track the Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable national park and the Mgahinga national parks. Uganda is home to more half of the mountain Gorilla Population in the world. The chimpanzees can also be tracked in Several destinations in Uganda including the Kibale forest national park and several others such as the Kyambura Gorge, the Budongo forest, the Kalinzu forest etc.
Wildlife / Game viewing Safaris
The Uganda national parks offer an opportunity for one to do game drives in search of the resident wildlife. Members of the African big five can be spotted in most of the national parks in Uganda and therefore a game drive in parks such as Murchison falls, lake mburo, Kidepo, Queen Elizabeth is very rewarding.
Boat cruises / Launch cruises
Uganda has several water bodies, where you can enjoy a launch cruise. Some of the national parks offer unique boat rides where you can see lots of wildlife along the shores. For example a boat cruise on the Kazinga channel of queen Elizabeth national park is very rewarding as you will see several birds and animals along the shores. In Murchison falls national park you can do either Nile boat cruise to the bottom of the victoria nile and see the Murchison falls, or do a boat ride to the delta area popular for birders and spotting of the shoe bill. Other parks where you can enjoy a boat ride are the Lake Mburo national park, and at the Lake bunyonyi after or before visiting the Bwindi impenetrable National Park.
Adventure Sports in Uganda
You can visit Jinja, Uganda’s Adventure capital where you will be able to do adventure sports such as bungee jumping, horseback riding, quad biking, white water rafting, cylcling and several others
Cultural encounters / Social visits
Uganda has several cultures and communities, while on your Uganda safari tours, you can visit come of the communities near the parks and attractions you are visiting. For example you can visit the Batwa community near the Bwindi, Mgahinga and Bunyonyi, While in Kidepo you can visit the Karamojong, while in Mbale you can visit the Bagisu. All these and several other cultures are unique and will make you appreciate your Safari in Uganda.