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8 Ways Enjoy A Uganda Safari

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Why travel to Uganda? Well lets begin with the safaris, they are amazing and adrenaline kicking ! Travel to south western Uganda and adventure into the misty Jungles of Bwindi forest  in search of the last surviving Mountain gorillas. Are you interested wildlife game drives , Uganda national parks boast of an extensive list wildlife species including the popular Big Five (Leopard, Hippo, Elephant, Lion & Buffalo ) with  a record of up to 1050 bird species will make any ardent birder marvel. And that’s not all, adventure junkies will surely enjoy  white water rafting on the grade 5 Nile river rapids, Kayaking, Bungee jumping plus a hike the legendary Rwenzori mountains, a famous World Heritage site whose highest peak Magherita is ranked 4th in Africa. Are a cultural enthusiast, then get ready to be blown away by the diverse heterogeneous tribes with unique ways of living, marriage, cultural backgrounds, beliefs and so much more and if that’s not enough Uganda declared the “Pearl Of Africa” has beautiful and breathtaking landscapes, rivers (Nile) , lakes (Victoria & Bunyonyi) , falls (Murchison & Sipi) all significant and unique in their own way. Add all that to the friendly people and safe political climate and you will definitely have to Journey to Uganda.

8 WAYS TO ENJOY YOUR SAFARI 

  • Choose an Activity or Adventure  you like

When you think of Uganda, what activity first crosses your mind ?  Is it white water rafting on Africa’s longest river  , Gorilla trekking in the jungles of Bwindi,  Wildlife game drives in the savannah plains,  hop on a plane and fly to the remote kidepo park,  bungee jumping, Launch cruise on Kazinga channel, Hiking mountain Rwenzori or Elgon or a cultural trip around Kampala city. It’s always advisable to first make a decision about what you want even before contacting a travel agent.

  • Sample Ugandan Life

There’s no better way to do this than by having a one day tour around Kampala city. Here you will get chance to meet and greet locals, go shopping in malls and markets, visit top cultural sites like the Kasubi tombs, cultural village, Kings palace plus so many more places and by the time your done with this tour, you will get used to people, weather and conditions.

  • Visit a Traditional Ceremony

Uganda is blessed with over 15 tribes, each with unique traditional cultures, norms  and ways of living hence different traditional ceremonies. It could be a circumcision, wedding, baptism or Kings annual anniversary;   There is always  a party going on almost every week in Uganda and so you will have to alert your tour guide about this, You will be amused by the colorful African decorations, dressing and items  and more so by the local music selection and  artful way of dancing of energetic performers.

  • Take early morning  Safari Drives

Early morning game drives present perfect opportunities to watch early risers like lions and leopards and also get chance to see nocturnal species searching for a quite place to hibernate plus it’s much cooler in the morning and so animals are very active, don’t be surprised if you watch a morning fight for dominance.

  • Good Quality Cameras & Binoculars

Bring along good quality cameras and binoculars, Chances of spotting a predator stalking and attacking its prey or fighting  each other are always high and so it’s advisable to be ready with your binoculars, cameras with back up batteries and film  so as not to miss this once in a life time opportunity. Company guides and UWA guides normally carry around a pair in-case you don’t have binoculars .

  • Choose the Dry season-

The dry seasons from June – September and December to February are considered the best time to travel to Uganda for those interested in game viewing. It normally rains in Bwindi and so those who want to track gorillas should always be prepared for a little rain while in the Jungles

  • Wear Insect Repellents & Long Clothes at Night

Always remember to wear an insect repellent at night, Put on long sleeved shirts or coat and long trousers to avoid mosquito bites and also keep yourself warm from the ever blowing camp cool wind. Its also advisable to carry along some of your own medication in case of an emergency  , You will definitely enjoy your safari better without any interruption from an illness.

  • Be Patient

Watching rare and common wildlife species requires your patience and attention, Don’t  get anxious and excited, relax and be on the look out with your binoculars and camera ready.  Enjoy your safari conveniently without many expectation but just patience.

Top 5 Nature Based Tourism Attractions in Uganda

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Known as “The Pearl of Africa”, Uganda is a place to find all kinds of wonderful attractions in the world. The mountain gorillas are one of the most popular tourist attractions of the country along with chimpanzees, wildlife, lakes, mountains, Birds, Rivers and the warm friendly people. However some of Uganda’s best secrets are in natural conserved locations regardless of the many attractions in the country.

Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary

The most famous chimpanzee viewing and feeding spots on Lake Victoria islands. Ngamba Island Sanctuary is home to orphanage chimpanzees and is a charming location for primate lovers especially those who want to view chimpanzees as well as participate in process chimpanzee monitoring and feeding. The island can be accessed by boat that sets off every day from Entebbe in the morning and return back to the very point in evening to drop off day visitors.

Source of the Nile

Find this natural unique attraction in Jinja a famous adventure capital of Uganda and a home to not only the longest river in the world but also various waterfalls –Itanda falls, Kalagala falls, Kyabirwa falls and  Bujagali falls. Given the wide range of lakes and rivers it’s very difficult to leave Jinja without enjoying the great water spots –white water rafting, boat cruise, bungee jumping, kayaking. The length of the Nile and the rare water nature at its source is something that amazes every traveler to Uganda.

Stunning Murchison Falls

The top ranked mighty fall of the Nile that produce a relaxing roaring sound all day, fighting waters and the most scenic amazing views of the Nile and its amazing habitants. Murchison falls consist variety of wildlife, birds, primates and it’s one of the great wildlife safari parks in Africa. Other attractions of the park include the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, top of the falls, chimpanzees, nature walks and the well-built safari lodges that cater for all budgets.

Untamed Bwindi Forest

Located in south western Uganda, Bwindi Forest National Park a known gorilla safari park due to its wonderful gorilla trekking experience. The Park is most famous for its highest number of mountain gorillas. Once a major hunting ground for the forest peoples also known as the Batwa, it is now a well conserved home for the endangered species. There is a lot to do enjoy in Bwindi forest including gorilla trekking, bird watching, nature walks, cycling, riding a bicycle for women, hiking, waterfall walks, community excursions, forest trail walks among others. However, if your interest is to track mountain gorillas and golden monkeys or hike volcanoes, Mghainga National Park is another gorilla trekking park in Uganda.

Kidepo Valley

Kidepo Valley National Park was chosen one of the top wildlife game reserves in Africa. It’s also known as Uganda’s most loved wildlife safari attraction and the land where ancient traditions still reign. The Big five, other wildlife plus the Karamojong culture is something that visitors enjoy in this park. Every morning visitors keep themselves busy viewing early risers and game viewing is the main tourist activity in the park.

Uganda Named Among Top 20 World’s Beautiful Countries

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Uganda, the Pearl of Africa was listed the thirteenth most beautiful country in the world by BuzzFeed, one of the popular social media today. Uganda’s beauty beats many interesting countries including Australia, Norway, Brazil, India and more.

Though Uganda is a small country in East Africa, it has many interesting things to see including having the Source of the world’s longest river, the River Nile, a mystery that adventurers from Europe had quest to find till 1852 when John Speke from the Royal Geographic Society reached Jinja and found it with assistance from the local Basoga and Baganda Tribes who share boundaries with this amazing river.

The country is also home to Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest lake. The lake is shared by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

Uganda is one of the best wildlife viewing destinations on earth thanks to a large part to the stunning Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park .

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