Uganda is one of the top African countries a must visit for any tourist who is looking for an incredible experience on an African continent, this ‘’pearl of Africa’’ as its sometimes referred to is blessed with numerous natural resources and incredible tourist attractions some of which can’t be seen elsewhere in the world and all of them offering unique experiences to adventurous tourists. It may take you a lot of time to decide where to start your Uganda safari and where to end it from since all the attractions in the country are very unique.
In the northeastern part of Uganda, there comes the Murchison falls national park, the park is a home to various species of wildlife species and this is only place in Uganda where you can view the all the big five mammals including the buffaloes, lion, Elephant leopard, while the Rhinos can be spotted in Ziwa rhino sanctuary on your way to the park. Other species of animals expected to see while at the park include various species of antelopes such as water buck, giant forest hogs, topi, olibs among many others, others species include warthogs, giraffe, and many species of birds. While at the park you will have a chance to explore the mighty Nile where the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the Devil’s Cauldron’’, creating trademark rainbow, it’s a fantastic view while at the park. Game drives to view various species of games in a tourist vehicle can’t leave you the same and a marvelous launch cruise in Murchison falls can never be a regrettable idea as one will not miss viewing a number of savanna wild animals in the park the boat cruise is a 2-3 hours activity and it will take down up to the falls with sight to various species of animals.
In the northern part of Uganda are the Kidepo valley national park a place with typical African wilderness and a home to one of the groups of Karamojongs. Kidepo valley national park is a true place to go; it’s a home to a diversity of various species of wildlife some of which can’t be seen elsewhere. To mention some of the species of wildlife the park inhabit include the buffaloes, lions, elephant, Common Zebra, , Bohor Reedbuck, Waterbuck and Kongoni are frequently seen at the park. The park is also home to almost 500 bird species including the White-crested Turaco, White-bellied Go-away bird, White-faced Scoops Owl, Long-tailed and Standard-winged Nightjars, Little Green Bee-eater the list is endlesa number of bird species. Below Kidepo valley national park is M.t Elgon national park a home to the volcanic mountain with the largest mountain base in the world. The major attractions here include a number of wildlife species, Sipi falls and the unique Imbalu traditions of the Bagishu people. What about the source of the Nile where Rating and bungee jump is the common activities here.
The equator snow- capped Rwenzori Block Mountain in the western part of Uganda is a breathtaking sight. Hiking the Rwenzori Mountain is a memorable experience and the mountain is considered as the third tallest mountain in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. The Rwenzori area is also blessed with many wildlife species including the rare three-horned Johnston chameleon, antelope species like forest elephant, and bird species including the endemic to the Albertine region, many of these species can be seen during the hike to the top of the snow- capped mountain.
The western part of Uganda still, you can enjoy incredible species of wild animals in Queen Elizabeth national park one of the most bio-diversified Uganda parks for housing many species of wildlife some of which are rarely seen elsewhere. The park has four of the big five mammals including elephants, leopards, buffaloes and lions, the park also houses the highest hippo and crocodile population in east Africa, and these can be seen along the Kazinga channel that connects lakes George and Edward and these can be seen during a boat cruise on the Kazinga. Other species of animals that are a must see during a game drive in the Kasenyi area of the park include impalas, Uganda kobs, giraffes, warthogs, hyena, and many species of birds and trees. You can still enjoy a game hot air balloon safari. In Queen Elizabeth national park still, you can spot the rare tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector an extension of Queen Elizabeth national park, they fabulous fun to watch when sited in fig trees or tree blanches. Still track the chimpanzee in the Kyambura George.
The south western part of Uganda is a home to the endangered mountain gorillas which are hosted in the Bwindi national park and Mgahinga gorilla forest national park. Bwindi and Mgahinga are a home to almost half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. with 13 habituated gorilla families which are ready to receive visitors on a daily basis, 12 of these endangered gorilla families live in Bwindi national park while Mgahinga Gorilla Forest National Park hosts only one gorilla group. Having a chance to track the apes in their natural habitat deep in to the forest is a great experience. Gorilla Tracking is the major highlight for any safari activity done in Uganda. Only eight members with a gorilla permit are allowed to visit the gorillas per gorilla family. A gorilla permit costs USD600 per person in the high season (dry season) and USD450 in the low season. In the process of mountain gorilla tracking, still, you can have a chance to meet many other primate and wildlife species including monkeys, bird species, plants and trees. Still also, you can visit to the unique Batwa community who usually teach and tell stories to the tourists about their unique cultures.
While in the south western part of Uganda still you can’t forget to visit the Kibale forest national park a home to over 13 species of primates. The park is known for housing the highest percentage of chimpanzee in Africa over 5000 chimpanzees are hosted only in this park. Chimps are fabulous fun to watch when playing in fruitful trees or tree blanches and they are regarded as the second closest relative of man. Other species of primate which live in the park include the black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, civet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, and many species of birds.
For any place to visit in Africa Uganda must be put on the list, above and many other an mentioned attractions can make your Uganda safari an incredible experience, so one can dispute the fact that it’s the pearl of Africa.