Are you planning a guide tour of self drive Uganda Safari? Uganda is undoubtedly one of a few most endowed African states with variety of adventure and wilderness experiences. It boasts of its diverse lifetime experiences that offer you a wide range options for you to make a choice on which one suits your travel needs and budget.
There are many rare things you can see and do while on Uganda safari and despite the fact that this pearl of Africa is known by many as a gorilla destination; it is generally a unique tourist destination on its own way in the Eastern part of Africa.
It is endowed with all types of wildlife and the fact that it is the pearl of Africa; it means you have all that you need to see in African continent here in Uganda. For your lifetime experiences, below are some of the unique things you need to see and do while on safari in Uganda;
Mountain gorilla trekking
Gorilla trekking always comes second after big game viewing in most of the visitors’ travel plans hence one of the most sought after adventures in the world. While on gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, you get a chance to meet the magnificent and the critically endangered mountain gorillas while they are in their natural habitat.
About half the total population of these rare creatures lives in Uganda and only in the jungles on Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park-southwestern part of Uganda. To trek these apes, you are assigned only one habituated gorilla group of which today, there are about 17 of them that have been habituated for tourism and research purposes.
To be part of this life changing experience, you need $600 for you to secure your permit and you can book one through a ground tour operator and for this case, we are a few most trusted local tour companies that can take you through your primate adventure or do it through reservationist at Uganda Wildlife Authority but usually, most visitors prefer dealing with tour operators as the process is made simpler.
Uganda is a true primate paradise and while on your safari, do not miss to encounter chimpanzees which are distributed in various parts of the country. You can spot out these beautiful creatures while on chimpanzee safari in Kibale National Park which is a home to 13 distinct primate species including more than 1500 chimpanzees, Budongo forest in Murchison Falls National Park in the northwestern side of Uganda, Kyambura gorge, Kalinzu forest reserve in Queen Elizabeth National Park. To see these stunning primate species, you can engage in chimpanzee trekking or chimpanzee habituation experience.
Game drives are a few most exciting wilderness experiences one needs not to miss out while on Uganda safari this coming season. On game viewing, you get opportunity to see the big game-the African elephants, lions, cape buffaloes, leopards as well as many savanna grassland wildlife species. To be part of this amazing wilderness adventure, you can pay a visit to Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and others.
Perhaps you are interested in aquatic dwellers and the best way to see them is by embarking on the thrilling boat/launch cruise in Uganda. While on boat cruise, you get rewarded with incredible views of hippos, crocodiles; elephants, buffaloes and others that roam around the river banks as well as many water bird species including kingfishers, fish eagles a mention but a few. You can embark on a boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.
This lake lies suitably in the southwestern side of Uganda and it is undoubtedly one of Uganda’s most scenic tourist sites. It features over 29 spectacular islands that are distributed through the lake and comes with breathtaking views. It is ideal for relaxation, chilling, swimming, boat ride as well as birding and there are also better accommodation options for your overnight stay. For those of you who are planning to visit Bwindi National Park for gorilla trekking, Lake Bunyonyi is that one stunning tourist site you need not to miss to explore.
This Lake lies between Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park, southwest of Uganda. It is one of the most scenic water bodies in the pearl of Africa with off the beaten views of the Virunga Massifs. While in this Lake, you can embark on hikes through the beautiful hills or paddle, boat ride and others.
White water rafting
If you are interested in adrenaline adventures then heading to Jinja should be a must for you. While here, white water rafting is that one thrilling experience you need not to miss to be part. It is one of the few best adventures that allow you to indulge into the waters of the mighty source of the mighty Nile.
Besides, there are also other most thrilling experiences that allow you to explore this incredible source of the Nile and they include boat cruise, jet boating, river surfing, bungee jumping, quad biking, birding, horseback riding a mention but a few.
For bird lovers, Uganda is a true birder’s paradise boasting of over 1080 distinct bird species that are distributed in varied habitats. Among the many birds for you to sight at while on birding safari in this magical country include the rare shoebill stork, green breasted pitta, green broad bill, African pied hornbill, white spotted fluff tail, nightjars, yellow spotted barbets, black and white casqued hornbill, grey parrots, great blue Turaco a mention but a few.
In order for you to have a complete list of the big five game while on Uganda safari, you need to include rhino tracking on your bucket list. Rhinos in Uganda are only found at the Ziwa rhino sanctuary and for those of you who are heading to Murchison Falls National Park for a vacation; this is a main stopover spot you don’t miss.
Conclusively, Uganda features variety of amazing safari activities that you can enjoy while on safari in Africa and most of them take you through its stunning national park. With the above listed activities, you will have the most enjoyable experience in this country that will leave a lasting memory in you.