If you are adventure enthusiast and you wish to go for something more experiential then a road trip to off the beaten paths in Uganda is remarkably the best to reward your travel endeavors with lifetime experiences. With very many spots which have not been fully explored in this magical country, embarking on any of its off the beaten track spots takes you through less traveled places that reward you with authentic African experiences. To be part of this authentic experiences, Uganda is one of a kind destinations you need to pay a visit.
Kidepo National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the least visited parks in Uganda and a visit to this stunning savanna grassland protected area rewards you with true wilderness experiences. This wilderness area is best described as a ‘lost Eden’ and recently ranked third best national park in Africa by CNN. This park remains the way it is like it has been 50 years ago.
Unlike other protected areas, Kidepo Valley National Park remains the least visited and less crowded thus rewarding you with authentic African experiences. While on safari in this park, you have a chance to enjoy the big game-Elephants, Lions, Leopards, buffaloes and many savanna grassland dwellers that leave you thrilled and amazed.
Besides, pay a visit to the Manyatta village to experience authentic African cultures in the Karamojong villages. You can as well visit the IK people who live on Mount Morungole-a hidden treasure of its own. This area has no road but just takes you through a path and rewards hikers with breathtaking views of the surrounding areas.
Mount Elgon and hike to the Sipi falls
Suitably located in eastern side of Uganda, Mount Elgon and the Sipi waterfalls feature among Uganda’s few most picturesque tourist sites one needs not to miss to explore. This is one of the least explored areas making Uganda a true wilderness paradise. While at Mount Elgon enjoy thrilling experiences like Mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking to the Sipi falls, Mountaineering/Mount Elgon climbing a mention but a few. Interestingly, you can combine both a safari to Kidepo Valley National Park with that of Mount Elgon and the Sipi falls.
Kibiro Fishing Village and Salt Gardens
This is one of a few off beaten places in eastern shores of Lake Albert. While here, take a steep hike down the western rift valley escarpment and this is for the strong hearted persons. Amazingly, there is now a new route that takes you through this area but you can also hike down and up and then make the best use of the ancient path which has been used for hundreds of years. Salt has been produced in this area through a rare leeching process in the salt gardens. As well, don’t miss to see the ancient process which produce the high quality salt which is still sold in Bunyoro Kingdom region.
The Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains)
This is Uganda’s tallest mountain range and it is a true hidden gem. For those of you who may not make it up to the top part of this magnificent natural wonder, don’t miss to explore its off the beaten paths around the foothills while on hiking adventure, embark on walk through Mahoma trail and then forest hikes, hill hikes out of the park. Besides, have good time with the Bankonzo people the renowned keepers of the Rwenzori Mountain range. You can as well add your trip with that of Queen Elizabeth National Park or Kibale Forest National Park. At Nyanzibiri Eco Community Camp have a chance to explore the hidden treasures near the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park. This camp lies close to explosive Crater Lake and takes you about a full day or half a day to hike through as you enjoy incredible views of the forest, primates especially chimpanzees and others.
Semuliki Valley National Park
For most travelers, a self drive Uganda safari is more of gorilla trekking but try paying a visit to Semuliki Valley National Park and you will be left in wonders. This park lies along the western rift valley side and still remains untapped. A road trip to this park takes you through wildlife exploration, bird watching, a visit to the pygmies and others.