Top Attractions in Uganda
Top Attractions in Uganda are those significant features that travellers find so fascinating and they end up setting tours to these destinations. To every traveller before deciding to embark to a certain country to engage in its safari package, first ask himself why he or she should visit that country. The answer is that Uganda is a safe and secure destination to visit and people who live within are so welcoming and social to everyone. Visit Uganda a green country and that’s why is called the pearl of Africa and enjoy its beauty on your safari to Uganda. In fact, most of the travelogues or tour guide will take you through among different touristic destination list which will be worth the visit. The major highlights why you should visit Uganda as your next safari destination is because the country boosts with over 10 national parks plus other touristic places each located in a different direction of the country. The main highlight that can make you visit worth to Uganda tourism destination are the primates like the Unique mountain gorillas and chimpanzees which has made Uganda tourism hub popularity worldwide, encountering in wildlife viewing in Uganda’s national park, birding watching at Lake bunyonyi, visiting the source of the Nile and engage in very many spacious activities like kayaking, white water rafting, bungee jumping, sporting fishing many more, Cultural encounter at Ndere, visit coffee plantation followed by banana, cassava, orange, maize, pineapple garden, cacao, visit the local market ‘’Nakasero market, taste the local food among others.
You will receive a warm welcome when you visit Uganda. This is because Ugandans are good in welcoming visitors and the smile given to them is as warm as the sun and it has been said over and over again that Ugandans are the friendliest people in the region and are the people who go out of their way to make anyone feel welcome in an area.
Top Attractions to look out for in Uganda
Mountain Gorillas are among the top attractions in Uganda. What makes Uganda be among the top-visited destination are the mountain gorillas which has half of the population of mountain gorillas with over 480 individual gorillas to that of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world which is said to be a total of 1007 individuals. In Uganda, these great apes shelter on its natural forest of Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Despite the fact that gorilla trekking is the most remarkable and memorable experience you can engage in and not easily forgotten, is the reason why thousands of foreigner’s flock the country yearly to participate in this unforgettable experience of gorilla trekking. Gorillas in Uganda can trek in two tourism destination that is Bwindi impenetrable forest national park which is not only a home to mountain gorillas but also to other species like over 120 mammals,350 bird species plus other small primates like white and black monkeys, red monkeys, blue monkeys and Mgahinga gorilla national park is also a home to mammals, birds, primates like golden monkeys both are situated in south-western region of the country under the protection of Uganda wildlife Authority and they are on list of UNESCO heritage.
Gorilla trekking experience starts in the morning hours after visitor’s briefing at the park’s headquarter, then after briefing experienced ranger is the one to take you through in one of the gorilla family that belong to one sector in Bwindi since the park hosts four gorilla sectors ready for you to trek them. Once gorillas are found, visitors are given one hour to watch them while playing, grooming, feeding, swinging, displaying their nest high on tree branches in evening hours. The trek may take 2 to 8 hours depending on where gorillas were previously are allocated since they keep on moving from place to place. That’s why you’re given packed lunch to go with it in the wilderness because you never know you might be caught out of lunch time in the midst of the forest. There is a limited number of 8 people allowed to trek and children below 15 years of age are not allowed to engage in this activity. On your gorilla trekking activity, you can take photograph as many as possible that you feel like but flash disc cameras are not allowed take photos and this can be done in that one hour given to you.
Wildlife viewing and Wildlife Species
Among the Top Attractions in Uganda are the wildlife species it possesses. Uganda is a home of the Big 5 mammals. Uganda has a wide range of national parks that harbours with variety of mammals which are worth to see. The best spotting Uganda national park for wildlife viewing include Queen Elizabeth national park the best-visited park on Uganda safari tour located in south-western region of the country covering a total land of over 1978 square kilometres which is habitant to over 95 mammals, 500 bird species many more, Murchison falls national park is the largest of all, covering a total an area of 3348 square kilometres and boosts with over 76mammals species, 450 bird species, Kidepo valley national park this park is found in the North-Eastern part and is known of its uniqueness and is said to be a true African wilderness that host over 86 mammal species and 500 bird species. Other animals to view include cheetahs, bat-eared boxes, wild dogs, zebras are found in kidepo valley national park plus other wildlife species include, lion, elephants, cape buffaloes, warthogs, waterbuck, Uganda kobs, antelopes, giraffes and huge number of bird species like the rare shoe bill shoes which can be sighted in Murchison falls national park and along here you can explore the stunning waterfalls on Victoria Nile thus making your visit to Uganda quite awesome.
A visit to the source of the Nile
Source of the Nile is among the Top Attractions in Uganda. River Nile is famously known as the longest river in the world with its source starting right from Jinja –Uganda. At the source of the Nile, you can engage in every many exciting experiences which can force you even to come back for more experience such activities to encounter in along the Nile include white water rafting which is top done activity here with help of the experienced rafter, bungee jumping, sport fishing, boat cruise all these gorgeous activities can make your visit to Uganda memorable encounter.
Explore the bird paradise at Lake Bunyonyi
Lake Bunyonyi is known as a home for little birds and a Switzerland of Africa, located in the south-western part of Uganda. This lake is one of the best birding paradise destinations in Uganda where you can spot a wide range of birds on its beautiful islands which can be reached by canoeing with the help of the guide. Lake Bunyonyi sounds with 29 islands and haven for birders because it boosts with a variety of bird species above all, it is the second deepest freshwater lake in Africa and rewards with spectacular viewing of hills around it. On your visit to lake Bunyonyi, expect to sightsee unique bird species like Herons, egrets, African harrier hawk, grey crowned cranes, Cardinal woodpecker, Levillant cuckoo, slender-billed baglafectch, weavers, grey crowned cranes .white tailed blue Monard and many more. You can as well adventure in boat rides, sport fishing, culture walk to Batwa trails and nature walks. The deepest lake is also among the Top Attractions in Uganda.
Taste Uganda’s rich cuisine
Uganda’s food is delicious according to its culture since Uganda hosts a number of tribes and each tribe has its own food staple as a proper Ugandan meal which is celebrated in itself. Some prepare it with banana leaves like the ‘’Baganda tribe’’ and food prepared in banana leaves is sweeter and taste, most of the travellers prefer eating this meal. But the most notable eats are the Rolex while in Uganda’s the most popular street food to be eaten and sold at a cheaper price. The way it is prepared, it’s a chapatti with fried eggs mixed with tomatoes, onions rolled altogether after you enjoy the taste.
Explore the country’s gift of nature
Uganda is a mother land of Africa with an abundance natural gifts that rewards you with stunning viewing of the snow Rwenzori mountains which were named one of the best hikes in the world by the National Geographic, Mountain Elgon is known as the largest volcanic caldera in the world, Lake Victoria famously known as Africa’s largest lake, Source of the Nile River this is a mighty river and is the second-longest in the world whose largest source is in Lake Victoria.
You will enjoy the cultural diversity
Uganda is made of an ethnic group from the central and south and east and west and north. Each tribe with its own language, customs and norms. In Uganda, there are over 50 languages spoken and the official language spoken here is Luganda come along with other cultural diversity that offers to travellers with their exciting tradition dance, storytelling, songs and end up with enjoyable experience.
You can enjoy the African sun throughout the year
Uganda’s weather is favourable to everyone as the sun blazes yearly around, to most visitors prefer visiting the African continent because of the warm temperature. it can rain and within a few minutes the sun comes out.
Where to stay on your visit to Uganda
With no worry, Uganda has got beautiful and comfortable accommodation facilities in each of the touristic destinations whether in national parks or around the city. They range from Mid-range to luxury.
Best time to visit Uganda
Uganda is comprised of two seasons that is the dry and wet season, the best time to visit Uganda and enjoy its beauty is in dry seasons which starts from the month of December to February and June to September. The wet season occurs from March to May and September to November but this is the best time for birders because food and fruits can be enough in the forest. You can still visit Uganda throughout the year.