In the heart of Africa, Uganda is one of the best destination countries that host large mammals such as Elephants, Rhinoceros, Buffaloes, Lions and Leopards. On your safari to Uganda, greater opportunities are available and possible to view all of the “Big Five” that leave super and every memories of Uganda’s game after your safari in the pearl of Africa.
Note that African elephants and Cape buffaloes are regularly spotted in great numbers during game drives and launch trips - there are estimated to be around 2500 elephants and some 7000 buffalo in Queen Elizabeth National Park alone.
Lions can sometimes be seen lounging in the fig trees of Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth or prowling across the rocks of Kidepo Valley, eyeing up unsuspecting herds of Uganda Kob. You’ll have to be lucky to glimpse a well-camouflaged leopard - though the challenge of spotting this beautiful feline makes a rare sighting even more rewarding.
Rhinos have been hunted to extinction in the wild Uganda - but Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary gives visitors the chance to walk up close to these huge, armoured creatures in the savannah - making Uganda one of the few destinations where you really can see the Big Five in their natural habitat.
Uganda is a world birding destination boasting of over 1000 recorded bird species compared to the whole of Europe having about 700 bird species. Over half of all bird species in Africa can be found here, making it one of the richest birding destinations on the continent. Crammed into this diminutive country is an astonishingly rich diversity of habitats, from the scenic shores of Uganda's many great lakes to the lush forests of the Albertine Rift and the banks of the mighty Nile River.
Though Uganda has only one endemic bird (Fox's Weaver), 23 Albertine endemics occur here which are rarely observed elsewhere. These include the Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer's Robin-Chat, Grauer's Rush Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer's Warbler, Collared Apalis, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, and Shelley's Crimsonwing among others.
The record for the number of species recorded in a three-week period is 665... pack your binoculars, some sturdy shoes and your checklist, and challenge yourself to spot even more
Long Entebbe Botanical Gardens, watch out for the Golden backed weaver, Yellow backed weaver, Grey headed gull, Long tailed cormorant, Common squacco heron, Yellow billed duck, Pied kingfisher, Giant kingfisher, Swamp flycatcher, Broad billed roller, Black and white casqued hornbill, Splendid glossy starling, Black headed gonolek, Orange weaver, Red chested sunbird, Slender billed weaver, Ross’s turaco, Pied hornbill, Crowned hornbill, Open billed stork, Great red warbler, Sedge warbler, Grey caped warbler and many other species. We have Swamp flycatcher, African purple swamp hen, African water rail, Common moorhen, lesser jacana, African jacana, African pygym Goose, White-faced whistling duck, Squacco heron, Blue reasted Bee-eater, Winding cisticola, Goliath Heron and black crake. Other Special birds include White-winged warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-backed weaver, Northern brown throated weaver, Blue headed coucal and other swamp dwellers
Visiting chimpanzee habitants is one of the greatest experience one keeps with for all his life time. The way the chimpanzee fees, climb responds to human presence, mate care for their young ones, is so amazing. A visit in the morning or in the evening allows you to see how they make and unmake their beds. Leaving their nests is announced by drumming of tree buttresses, hoots and screams. Tracking these primates is largely by following their sounds. Chimps are by far the noisiest of all Africans primates though they do have some silent times.
Uganda has many extinct volcanoes known as explosion craters that do the landscape in the west. The craters are concentrated in three areas, the katwe explosion craters with in Queen Elizabeth, the bunyaruguru crater filed located near the kichwamba escarpment and the Ndali – kasenda crater field located near Kibale National park. Many of the craters are home to fresh waters and in the katwe area a couple of craters have saline lakes. The explosion craters are very scenic and offers great views for the rain formation in the region.
For mountain lovers, Uganda provides the snowcapped Rwenzori mountain ranges with its highest peak margarita standing at 5109meter a.s.l on mount Stanley and Mount Elgon (432m) and many equally rewarding mountain sites. To one of these mountains is a lifetime, exhilarating and rewarding adventure
In most of the conservation areas, network trails have been developed from nature walks. Experience the quietness of the wildness with sweet natural songs from birds and gentle winds in the leaves from tropical forest as you encounter some wildlife, variety of birds and a rich expensive flora
Besides the mountain gorillas, Mgahinga national park also provides the opportunities for tourists to meet and greet the indigenous Batwa pygmies who live near mount Mgahinga.
As one of Uganda’s traditionally forested dwelling people, the Batwa regards the forest as a pharmacy, garden, hardware store, place of worship, etc. – and they are not the least shy about sharing their profound knowledge of the forest and its bounty.
Once there, they will begin demonstrating their ancient practices such as hunting skills, building huts, harvesting honey, traditional music dance and drama for which they are famed of performing since their ancient life. This is the most community you will find with a unique ancient life.
This is an all-terrain adventure suitable for people of all ages. You don’t have to know how to ride because free training sessions are carried out prior to the safaris. The packages includes 1 hour short, 2 hours explorer, 3 hours overland, twilight and a full day trip
Really get off the braten track and take other visitors see of the area surrounding the source of Nile in Uganda by hitting the mud and dirt on quad bikes. These rough and ready vehicles must make it possible for groups, families and individual to safari along the banks of the Nile through forests, farmsteads and small villaged, all against a backdrop of roaring white water rapids. Most trips begin at Bujagali falls, a few miles downstream of jinja, the adventure capital of the East Africa, and then plunge into the lives of locals. One stop could be a twilight banquet by a local family in kyabirwa village. Some of the trip payment is put to village community projects
Located in Semuliki national park, the sempaya hot springs are some of the famous attractions of western Uganda. Hot springs bubble up from the depths of sempaya to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.
The outer spring is dominated by a boiling geyser (103 degrees C) which spurts up to two meters high from a white, iced cake like base of precipitated
A visit to jinja through the Mabira tropical rain forest, Lugazi sugar plantations allows you a stop at Ssezibwa falls to see the spiritual healing waters. Crossing own falls dam and drive to the source of river Nile. River Nile the longest river in the world, Visit Bujagali falls or have the unforgettable adventure of white water rafting, bungee jumping and quad biking
Though fishing is widely developed, sport fishing is relatively anew tourist product that has taken the fancy of many visitors to Uganda each year. Uganda can give you some of the best fishing experience due to its various fishing grounds along its various water bodies. Nile perch is not only exhilarating, but it also takes you to some of the wildest fishing locations you can imagine.
The best time to fish for Nile perch is when the river level are low, as there is less hyacinth coming down the river and fish is more concentrated in the pools. Water levels are lower by March and around august high water levels also leave you with less bank space from which to fish so low water levels are most preferably good for fishing
84 beautiful and mainly uninhabited islands make up Ssese Island on the north western section of Lake Victoria. A 45- minute’s ferry trip from Bukakata takes you to this beautiful place. Relax on the white sand beaches as you enjoy a Lake breeze watching countless African birds. A quit forest walk will leave you with good memories of the islands. A boat ride enables you to see hippos and crocodiles in the water
Its just plain unambitious for one to visit Uganda and fail to reach the equator crossing line – the middle of the earth. Uganda lies astraddle the equator, and it doesn’t take much imagination to guess that the cheesiest photo opportunity is to take a picture with a foot in both hemispheres. This imaginary line gives you a great feeling and the scenery of the picturesque drive to the equator is breath taking.
Queen Elizabeth national park is a home of the legendary tree climbing lions of Ishasha. The resident lions here have taken a curious habitant, climbing into giant fig trees and acacia trees.
It is not fully understood why they do this but it’s clear they enjoy hanging around in the trees which makes for a rare treat for safari goers.
By promoting the cultural harmony, peace and international understanding of African culture, get to know and learn Uganda people; their traditions, customs and ways of life of each ethnic group. These customs are kept alive by many colorful ceremonies making specific historical events or celebrating the seasons of the year. Spontaneous dancing and music are atypical way of life in Uganda. Visit the Bagisu during the circumcision festivals, the Buganda kingdom, nomadic Karamojong and cultural sites like kasubi tombs, Sezibwe falls, Nyero rock paintings, Naggalabi coronation sites among other sites
Being named the pearl of Africa, it encampuses more than natural environments, wildlife but also very different interesting cultural practices in the region. Located at the geographical point/ heart of the African continent, Uganda has long been a cultural melting pot, as evidenced by the existence of 30-plus indigenous languages belonging to five distinct linguistic groups, and an equally diverse cultural mosaic of music, art and crafts.
The country's most ancient inhabitants are the Batwa and Bambuti Pygmies, relics of the hunter-gatherer cultures that once occupied much of East Africa. To the north-east, the vast, arid plains are reigned over by the Karamojong, a fierce, semi-nomadic cattle-herding tribe, believed to have migrated south from Ethiopia several centuries ago. At the cultural core of modern-day Uganda lie the Bantu-speaking kingdoms of Buganda, Bunyoro, Ankole and Toro, whose traditional monarchs still serve as important cultural figureheads.
Thanks to their distinct languages and kingdoms, as well as the vast geographical and climatic differences between the regions, Uganda's communities still retain many fascinating cultural distinctions. These are commonly displayed through their music, dance, cuisine, crafts, folklore, and traditional healing rituals; and with the emergence of community tourism, visitors are now invited to discover this wonderful cultural mix for themselves.
When in Uganda, a visit to the warm white water of the River Nile is a must to tour. Uganda is endowed with numerous rapids and waterfalls, river Nile which is the main destination of water rafting. There are plenty of opportunities to swim, relax and observe an amazing array of wildlife, including red tailed monkeys and bird species like fish eagles, otters and thousands of cormorants. The river Nile thunders between heavily forested Islands and then leaps widely into series of spectacular drops