Top 5 Activities To Do On Uganda Safari
Uganda ; the Pearl of Africa is arguably one of the most popular tourist destinations in Africa visited by all types of travelers including adventure seekers, researchers and travelers on business or leisure holiday. The enormous water bodies, rain forests, Savannah plains, highlands and valleys are home to over 100 mammal species, up to 600 bird species and a variety of local tribes each with a distinct way of life and traditional customs.
There are variety of things to do while on safari in Uganda but the top 5 tourist activities mentioned below will give you the ultimate wildlife and cultural experience in Africa.
There’s no better way to encounter the park wildlife & birds or explore the park than on game drive through the game tracks. You can get up-close views of the wildlife in the comfort of a safari car under guidance of a well trained guide or on a self drive trip. Game drives are possible in 6 national parks with Murchison Falls park, Kidepo valley and Queen Elizabeth leading the pack as the best destination for game viewing in Uganda. Expect to see huge herds of elephants, buffalos, giraffes, antelope species, lions, leopards,
Another exciting activity you can afford to miss out when on a Uganda safari is launch trip also called boat cruise on the Nile or any other water body. You will get chance to spot a variety of land and water animals including the Nile crocodiles and hippos plus it offers the perfect relaxation ride when on safari. A boat cruise along Kazinga Channel and Victoria Nile in Murchison falls will give the best boat experience.
Make a tour to Jinja town; East Africa’s adventure capital and home ot the source of the Nile . The river nile presents opportunities for a various water sports that will get your adrenaline pumping and if you are traveling as a group, this is the perfect time to do some team building. White water rafting is by far the most popular sports but others include Kayaking, Bungge jumping, river boarding, Jet boating to mention but a few plus you will get chance to see the exact spot where the river nile is believed to originate from.
A Uganda safari is never complete without a visit to a primate park , Uganda is home to 14 primate species including the infamous mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. A trekking adventure through Bwindi impenetrable forest in search of gorillas is regarded as one of the best wildlife encounters in Africa and Uganda is home to over half the population so dont miss out on chance of a life time. You can also visit Kibale forest which is home to over 1490 chimpanzees and other 12 primates like the olive baboon, L’hoest monkeys, Vervet monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, Black & white colobus monkeys among others.
Tour the city
Another interesting tourist activity you have to do before even driving to the national parks is a guided tour around Kampala city, Uganda’s capital and largest urban center. There are various cultural and religious sites that will give you an insight of the rich traditional, political and religious history of Uganda. Kampala is located in the central region so most of the traditional sites belong to Buganda Kingdom including the Kabaka’s palace, kabaka’s lake, Kasubi tombs among others. Other sites to visit in the city include Ndere troupe center, Namirembe cathedral, Gaddaffi mosque, Rubaga cathedral, Uganda museum, Namugongo martyrs shrine, local markets, slums among other fascinating places.
Planning a safari in Uganda this season and still haven’t decided what activities, the above five tourist activities are guaranteed to give you the most memorable safari experience in Uganda.