13 Adventure Activities You Must Not Miss in Uganda

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Uganda has a lot of adventure activities to offer to its different types of clients. With its spectacular wildlife watching adventures, delightful natural beauty, beautiful culture, delicious cuisines and exotic flavors, below are some adventure activities not to miss in Uganda

Uganda may be small in size, but it packs a punch in terms of its attractions. It hosts the source of the longest river in the world and the largest lake of the continent and also presents the Big Five in a new light.

1. Gorilla Trekking:

Uganda is known for its mountain gorillas and people come here to track mountain gorillas and its only in Uganda where you can be with mountain gorillas for four hours on a Gorilla Habituation Experience. A very limited group of visitors are allowed to participate in the Habituation Experience, Plan ahead if you like to be one of the few that will spend 4 hours with the Mountain Gorillas, definitely a Must Experience in Uganda. Even those interested in the gorilla safaris have to book for the gorilla permit well in advance to engage in the gorilla tracking activity.

 2. Chimpanzee Trekking:

When it comes to Chimpanzee Trekking in East Africa, there is no better country than Uganda. With almost 5000 chimpanzees Uganda has the largest chimpanzee population in East Africa.  It has more parks and places for Chimpanzee Tracking and it has the best primate park in East Africa which is Kibale Forest national park known for the best Chimpanzee tracking within Uganda.

You can also spend over 4 hours with the Chimpanzees in the forest .Here experienced guides guide you through the forest as you ask any questions about the chimps and Kibale forest. This is ideal for those clients intending to do research about chimps in Uganda.

3. Visit Kidepo Valley National park.

There are many Wildlife Parks found in East Africa, however there is no other park such as Kidepo Valley Park.

Kidepo Valley Park, named the 3 Wildlife Park by CNN has been also called “the Lost Eden.”

Less than 10 new visitors come here, you are experiencing the African Wild without the Crowds and while here visit the fierce Warrior- Nomads, the Karamajong People in one of their villages, called Manyatta. Hike up the Morungole Mountains and visit the most remote tribe in Uganda called the Ik people.

4. Tour around Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi translates to the ‘place of many little birds’ and that is as good a description as you can expect .Lake Bunyonyi is one of those top things to experience in Uganda, a place where you can just be and dip your toes into the clear Lake Bunyonyi one of the top places in Uganda to relax and chill out, take a dugout canoe ride to one of the 29 islands, swim in Bilhazia free water, hike, and bike, relax around the island. Lake Bunyonyi is not only famous for its beauty; it has become well-known as the best places in Africa for lovers of crayfish. Lake Bunyonyi is also a birdwatchers haven for bird watchers.

5. Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a home to as many as 7000 cape Buffaloes and more than 2500 African Elephants. Lions can sometimes be seen lazing around fig trees in the Ishasha sector. Apart from watching Elephants and lions, you can also choose from things like boat/Launch cruise along the Kazinga Channel and chimpanzee tracking.

6. Have a tour around Kampala.

Kampala is quite safe and presents a number of sights and attractions that are good enough to keep visitors occupied right through the acclimation period. The ideal way to explore Kampala is through a walking tour. These tours let you take a glimpse into the local lifestyle as you wander around those lively streets, marvel at the unique architecture and spend time in those busy markets. Some of the top attractions you’re likely to come across in your walking tours include Kampala Hindu/Bahai temple, Lubiri Palace, Uganda National Mosque, the craft markets and the Nakasero Market.

7. White-Water Rafting

White water rafting may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Uganda, a white-water rafting trip might just end up being one of the highlights of your journey. The experience is challenging, but there are a number of companies that offer the right safety equipment and instructors to ensure that you have an enjoyable and safe rafting experience.

8. Visit the Ssese Islands

Visitors wanting to escape the hustle bustle of Ugandan cities find Ssese Islands to offer some much-needed respite. The slow-paced lifestyle makes the island an ideal retreat for leading a relaxed lifestyle and those breathtaking white-sand beaches present outstanding sunbathing opportunities. The lack of permanent settlements means that the area is largely unspoiled. Most travellers restrict themselves to the Buggala Island, the most accessible Ssese Island, but those who dare to venture out to the Banda Island or Bukasa, can enjoy secluded surroundings and even better sights.

9. Visit the Ndere Centre

Ndere Centre tries to promote a sense efficacy and pride among the local tribes of Uganda and strives to put them on the world map as contributing members of the human community. It is one of the best places to learn more about the culture of Uganda and is particularly famous for its rich and elaborate music and dance shows and traditions. The barbecues are also worth becoming a part of.

10. Bujagali Falls

Bujagali Falls is located at a distance of 10 kms from central Jinja, is not a waterfall in the true sense, but is actually a series of rapids. The Bujagali Falls have always been famous as one of the most breathtaking natural attractions of Uganda, but their beauty might not last for long as the Bujagali Dam is expected to dramatically reduce the roar of these falls. So visit the Bujagali Falls while you still can. All it takes is a boda-boda ride from Jinja or if you are around Entebbe or Kampala, contact us to organise for you a tour to the Bujagali falls. This is also ideal for tourists who have limited time around Uganda and need to kill off stress.

11. Visit Mountain Elgon

If you’re an experienced trekker, head over to Mount Elgon to explore sky-hugging mountains and lush green forests. Elgon provides excellent treks and is a must-visit for trekkers. The hottest trails found here include the Central Circuit Trail, Karomoja and the Sasa River Trail. There are many walks outside of town that are surrounded by caves, craters and lakes as well.

12. Visit Murchison falls National Park.

Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda and one of the best destinations for those interested in the country’s wildlife. The park is home to the fascinating Murchison Falls, a spectacular sight to behold. There was a time when the national park was home to as many as 15000 elephants and a huge concentration of rhinos. Sadly, poachers wiped out most of its rich wildlife, but things are now recovering. Today, you can expect elephant, crocodile, giraffe, leopard, buffalo, hippo, antelope and waterbuck sightings. The park is also home to 460 species of birds, including the shoebill stork.

13. Visit the Equator

Let your imagination run wild as you stand on the middle of the equator. The place is nothing more than an excellent photo-op, but who wouldn’t want to place one foot in the northern hemisphere and the other foot in the southern hemisphere and the evidence to prove it!

You will take photos while standing at the Equator. The Equator is located at Masaka road enroute to other tourist destinations in the western Uganda so you can have a stopover at the Equator and continue to the destinations for your holiday.

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