Uganda has great natural scenery and a rich variety of tribes and cultures. Travelling through Uganda you will be fascinated by its beauty, weighed down by the sociability of its people and intrigued by all that Uganda has to offer.
Uganda lies across the Equator in Eastern Africa between longitudes 29 ½° East and 35° East and between latitudes 4 ½° North and ½° South, at a middling altitude of 1,100 meters above sea- level. The total area is 236,580sq.Km.
Its neighbors include the Republic of South Sudan to the North, the Republic of Kenya to the East, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West, and the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Rwanda to the South.
Ecologically, The East African savannah meets the West African jungle in Uganda. Where else but in this exclusively flourishing destination can one observe lions raiding the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rainforest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate tropical channels crowded with hippos and crocodiles before setting off into the foggy mountains to visit the majestic mountain gorillas? Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as striking as its selection of plain antelopes. Besides the wide biodiversity, Uganda is also blessed with a huge bird population of more than 1,000 species.
In the late 1960s, Uganda had a thriving tourist industry with 100,000 guests each year. Tourism was the country’s fourth largest earner of foreign exchange. The tourist industry ended in the early 1970s because of political instability. By the late 1980s, Uganda’s political climate had stabilized and surroundings were suitable for reinvestment in Uganda’s tourist industry. However, the loss of attractive wildlife in previously popular safari parks such as Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park prevented these parks from competing with similar tourist attractions in neighboring Kenya and Tanzania Uganda’s tourist industry instead promoted its tropical forests The keystone of the new industry became Bwindi Impenetrable National Park With more than 300 Mountain Gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has approximately half of the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas.
Presently, the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and inheritance and the Uganda Tourism Board maintain information along with data pertaining to tourism for the country. There has been increased investment in tourism, particularly in travel lodging and related facilities; this has enhanced tourists’ experience in the country. Adventure tourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism are being developed. About three-quarters of Uganda’s tourists are from other African countries. Kenya, which borders Uganda, is the biggest source of tourists to Uganda, making up almost half of all arrivals into the country. The number of visitors from Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Sudan is quite low. As Uganda is a landlocked country, it is very dependent on connections through Kenya for most of its transport. International tourists sometimes prefer to fly into Nairobi before connecting to Uganda’s capital Kampala as this is often cheaper.
The main tourist attractions in Uganda include;
Bird viewing and Game drives.
In Uganda, Game viewing is the most common economic activity. Some of the wild animals in Uganda’s ten national parks include, Lions, Leopards, buffaloes, elephants among others. Uganda is one of only three countries where it is possible to visit the rare mountain gorillas. The others are Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to the tree climbing lions. Lions do not normally climb trees, except when chased by another lion group or wild buffalo. However the tree climbing lions found in Queen Elizabeth-national park intentionally climb trees and rest on them in the afternoon, when the sun is high. This is a truly unique experience. There have only been rare similar sightings of this in Lake Manyara National Park of Tanzania.
Mountain Gorilla Trekking
Mountain gorilla tracking in Uganda is the major tourist attraction. The majority of the gorillas are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a few others in Mgahinga National Park both in southwestern Uganda. In Bwindi, visitors have been allowed to view the mountain gorillas since April 1993. The growth of gorilla tourism and the habituation of gorillas to humans is proceeding very carefully because of the dangers to gorillas, such as contracting human diseases.
Boat cruises and Sports
The location of Uganda in the great lakes region enables it have a variety of water bodies that are popular spots for tourism. White water rafting in Jinja is a trendy activity on River Nile. It is managed by Adrift Uganda and afew other operators. Boat cruises which are commonly done on Lake Victoria, Lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi, Kazinga Channel, and River Nile avail a perfect way of exploring the buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of bird species that inhabit the banks of these water bodies. Sport fishing is another favorite tourist activity. Fish like the Nile perch, and tilapia can be caught in chosen areas of Lake Mburo and the banks of the Nile. Canoeing can also be done at Lake Bunyonyi.
Uganda has many chances for mountain climbing, hiking and nature walks. The Rwenzori Mountains, which are found at the border with the DRC, boast the snowcapped Margherita Peak (5109 m), the highest Mountain Range in Africa and also one of the highest peaks. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also boasts three peaks, Mount Mgahinga, Mount Sabinyo co, and Mount Muhavura, the highest peak in the national park. Mount Elgon, located in Eastern Uganda, offers tourists another great opportunity for hiking, climbing, and also has one of the largest calderas in the world.
The quality and the sheer number of holiday activities available to travelers enjoying Uganda Safaris is almost as diverse as the landscape of the country. You should be able to find enough interesting activities to keep any member of your family or group entertained, regardless of your destination. Your destination, of course, will determine the type of activities that are locally available. From gorilla safaris to Bwindi Forest, game viewing, mountain trekking, sight seeing to beach holidays that offer entirely a leisure experience in tranquil nature, Uganda has everything to keep you entertained.
The activities listed below do not take into account what many travelers consider to be activities.
There are lots of things to do while touring Uganda, the Pearl of Africa. From hard adventure activities to leisurely soft adventures, there are lots of things to do that you have to choose from to include in your tour itinerary.