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Top 10 Uganda Activities

What To Do In Uganda?
Sometimes called the ‘Pearl of Africa,’ Uganda radiates natural beauty with exquisite greenery, deep tranquil lakes, soaring mountains, and perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all — half of the world's last remaining mountain gorilla population.

Here’s our list of ten wonderful experiences that you might consider having whilst you are in Uganda:
  • Trekking Through Gorilla Territory
  • A Gorilla Habituation Experience
  • Glorious Murchison Falls
  • The Chimps of Kibale
  • Rwenzori Hiking
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Escape the Crowds in Kidepo Valley
  • A Birder’s Paradise
  • The Source of the Nile
  • Safari with a Private Guide
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1. Trekking Through Gorilla Territory
Resting on the edge of the Rift Valley in south-western Uganda is one of the country’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests – the dense, misty slopes of Bwindi ‘impenetrable forest’ National Park. This is the natural environment of the roaming forest elephant, of rare giant forest hogs, and of many primate species, including troops of chimpanzees, monkeys, and baboons.

All those things, however, are a sideshow to the magnificent and endangered mountain gorilla. Trekking through the rainforest to spend an hour with these great apes is one of the world’s most exceptional wildlife encounters.
Gorilla Ss By Brina L Bunt
2. A Gorilla Habituation Experience
For the ultimate experience of connecting with our primate relatives, four people per day are permitted to be in close proximity to the gorillas of Rushaga, the southern area of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The trek to their habitat is an arduous all-day affair, as you join conservationists and researchers habituating a family of gorillas to the presence of humans within their midst.

During this incredible encounter you will learn all about the habits and natures of these awesome creatures as you follow them through their forest home.
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3. Glorious Murchison Falls
The Murchison Falls National Park is one of Uganda’s greatest highlights. The largest national park in Uganda, this land of dramatic waterfalls is home not only to 76 species of mammals but also 450 species of birds. Your eyes will continually be pulled from one sighting to the next - first a crocodile, then a shoe billed stork, then an East African lion!

Other popular activities here include taking a three hour launch ride along the river to the base of the falls, hiking along the forest trails, and even tracking chimpanzees at Kaniyo Pabidi.
Chimpanzee Baby
4. The Chimps of Kibale
In the Kibale National Park in southwestern Uganda, 13 different species of primate. Setting off with Kibale’s researchers, you can follow troops of chimpanzees through their rainforest their home, swinging about as they do in the towering green canopy of the tropical rainforest. Hikes last 2-3 hours, and you can expect to see the animals nesting, playing, and feeding right in front of you.

The chimpanzee density here is higher than anywhere else in Africa, so you are almost guaranteed to see multiple families. Understandably, permits to trek into Kibale National Park are limited, but they’ll be arranged as part of your stay in places such as Kyaninga Lodge or Ndali Lodge.
Lake Kyaninga Kyaninga Lodge Kibale National Park
5. Rwenzori Hiking
From the luxurious setting of Kyaninga Lodge, you can take guided hikes through the beautiful majesty of the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Rwenzori Mountains, a range that includes the third highest peak in Africa. You will have a first-hand experience of the altitudinal zones as you trek upwards through dripping rainforest to afro-alpine moorland, to glaciers and the snow-covered peaks.

Such African mountains are like islands peaking out of their lowland surroundings, and consequently they have curious and often gigantic plants such as the magnificent Giant Lobelia. Sometimes called the Mountains of the Moon, the Rwenzori range is certainly other-worldly.
Kyambura Gorge
6. Queen Elizabeth National Park
Sitting on the equator, Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s primary safari location. Against a backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains, this spectacular park flows between sprawling savannah, dense forest, wetlands and crater lakes. Given the diversity of habitats, it is no surprise that the park is home to an impressive 95 species of mammals and over 600 bird species.

There are also a superb variety of ways to explore the park, from trekking chimpanzees to fascinating day and evening game drives, and boat trips on the Kazinga Channel. There is also the opportunity to spend some time at the Kyambura Womens Coffee Co-operative at its coffee processing station.
Scenery Ss By Radek Borovka
7. Escape the Crowds in Kidepo Valley
The wild semi-desert frontier region of Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park. Being largely unknown, it’s a real gem, and you can visit to see the 75 species of mammals and 470 species of birds whilst feeling that you are on a journey of discovery rather than being a cosseted tourist.

You’ll get superb views of the savannah grasslands from Apoka Safari Lodge, and be able to walk amongst the scenic Borassus palm trees from which Kidepo (meaning “to pick from under”) takes its name: the fruit of the tree is a delicacy to humans and elephants.
Great Blue Turaco
8. A Birder’s Paradise
With more than 1,000 different species of birds, Uganda is heaven for bird watchers. The best times to visit are June and July, and December to February, as then you will see both endemic and migratory species. The Queen Elizabeth National Park alone boasts 600 bird species. You can view shoebill storks, crowned cranes and herons fishing in the Ishasha River, terns and cuckoos in the Maramagambo Forest, and sand martins and vultures swooping across the savanna.

Ishasha Camp in particular attracts multiple rare bird species, including the black bee-eater and the narina trogon. From the camp it is possible to cruise along the serene Kazinga Channel, visiting the nesting and feeding sites of some of Uganda’s aquatic avian species.
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9. The Source of the Nile
John Hanning Speke was the first European to lay eyes on the outlet from Lake Victoria which is the source of the mighty River Nile. About 25km downstream beyond the town of Jinja sits Wildwaters Lodge, perched on granite boulders in the six hectares of Kalagala Island. In the midst of crashing rapids, the lodge is only accessible by boat and provides its guests with elevated spacious suites connected by raised wooden walkways to its various luxury facilities, always accompanied by the roar of the Nile.

The river provides numerous wildlife opportunities including sightings of giant otters and monitor lizards. Adventurous activities, including world-class whitewater rafting, are easily accessed through the hub of Jinja.
Chimpanzee Primate Lodge Kibale Kibale National Park
10. Safari with a Private Guide
Africa can be overwhelming. There’s such a diversity of sights and sounds, and an immense range of possibilities, but also a significant quantity of the unknown. Let Journeysmiths take the strain of planning from you by introducing you to the best that local knowledge and expertise can offer.

One of the most exciting ways to discover Uganda is on a privately guided safari where expert guides will show you a balance of wildlife, landscapes and culture. You will be able to relax, take the experience in properly and return home invigorated holding armfuls of memories.
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