There are a number of views or things to see while on a safari in Uganda. Uganda is blessed with a number of physical features as it is known as the pearl of Africa. Every region to visit in Uganda is different, that is to say, one will see and do different things which makes it even more fun. Some of the places to see and things to do while on Uganda safari include the following;
The source of Nile, the river Nile is the longest river in Africa with Lake Victoria as its source. The Nile is a major flowing river in northeastern Africa. The source of the Nile is the most adventurous place to be in Uganda. With the beautiful flowing waters happens the most breath taking activities such boat cruises, kayaking, bungee jumping, white water rafting and many more activities. There are many companies at the source of the Nile that cater for these activities such as Nalubale rafting, Adrift, Nile Explorers, and Raft Uganda among others.
Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Mountain gorillas are another major tourist attraction in Uganda. Over the years mountain gorillas have become pretty famous reason being Uganda is one of the few countries in the world left that are harboring the gorillas. There are two major parks in Uganda with mountain gorillas which are Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Mountain gorillas lie in the planet of apes and they are the bulkiest of the primate family. An adult gorilla may grow up to 1.8m high and weigh up to 210kgs. Bwindi is the place with the biggest number of the few mountain gorillas that are left in the world.
Experience Of Gorilla Trekking In Uganda
Before gorilla trek, tourists are briefed by the guide at the park headquarters. You can be shown photos to be introduced to the different gorilla families that are going to be encountered. The hike to find the mountain gorillas vary because sometimes the gorillas can be seen on the grounds of the lodges and around.
However, sometimes you can move for even about 5hours and not find any gorillas. The park rangers are always of help to help you slide down very steep slopes and also to traverse streams and rivers. Sometimes you can be curious of how the gorillas would react after they have seen you but your answers can come to life after the big encounter.
In dense sections of the forest, while you hike through the thick jungle you can end up finding a family of the habituated gorillas sleeping and feeding. Every gorilla trek is different on different occasions you can see the silver back.
It’s rare for the gorilla to be at all perturbed by the visits from the humans as you walk through the forest the gorillas continue minding their own business you can mothers suckling gorilla babies and young adults grooming each other all just a few meters from your site. Sometimes the baby gorillas can be playing up in the trees over your heads while the parents rest. Coming face to face with the mountain gorillas is the most memorable wildlife encounter in Africa.
Wild Game Viewing
Uganda is blessed with a total number of 10 national parks where some of them keep the tree African wilderness for example Kidepo valley national park, lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth national park and Murchison falls national park. These parks have a number of wild animals that are kept in their vicinity such as tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth national park, elephants, buffaloes, giraffe, Uganda Kob, leopards and so many more. Game drives are the main tourist activities carried out in these parks, conducted in 4×4 safari vehicles with Pop-up roof, and these include Toyota Prado, Land cruiser Vx, V8 and Nissan Patrol among others. All these are available at 4×4 Uganda Ltd, the leading car rental agency in Uganda.
Chimps and other primates Tracking
Uganda is famous for the highest concentration of primates in Africa with 13 species recorded and among these include Chimpanzees, golden Monekys, Blue Monekys, Vervets, Red-tailed monkeys, Galagoes, Grey-cheeked mangabeys and olive baboons among others. Uganda is mainly famous for Chimpanzee tracking and habituation experience in Kibale National Park, Karinzu forest reserve, Budongo Forest reserve, and Kyambura Gorge. There is also Golden Monkey tracking in Mgahinga National Park.
Uganda is one of the best birding destination in Africa with over 1000 species recorded. The variety of different natural habitats enable diiferent bird species to exist in large numbers. Uganda has water birds found along water showers, forest birds and savannah bird species. The popular birding destinations in Uganda include Mabamba swamp, Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth N.P, Bwindi Impenetrable Jungle, Semulik national Park, Bigodi Swamp and Kibale National Park.
Uganda has the 3rd highest point in Africa in Rwenzori mountains. This is Magheritah peak at 5109m. The hike to Magheritah peak takes 6-8 days depending on your hiking speed and fitness. More hiking experience takes place in Mount Elgon National Park and Mgahinga National Park.
Lakes and Rivers
Uganda is diversed by a number of lakes and rivers for example Lake Victoria which is one of the African great lakes and also Africa’s largest great water lake. There are a few activities carried out on the lake such as sport fishing, boat cruises among others.