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Top 10 Things to do in Uganda
Jan 09, 2014 by Max
Sir Winston Churchill proclaimed Uganda to be "the pearl of Africa" and he certainly wasn't wrong.
Uganda is a microcosm of Africa. It invigorates the sense like few countries on this earth do, with spectacular sights, fascinating wildlife and an array of exotic flavors and smells. Along with the fantastic safari tours on offer, Uganda provides an abundance of incredible holiday activities. Here are our top 10 things to do in Uganda (in no particular order).
1. Ssese Islands
Many would find it unfathomable that a group of the worlds most luxurious islands can be found in the heart of mainland Africa, however Uganda takes pride in the fact it has lake Victoria, one of the great African lakes and the source of the river Nile.
Lake Victoria also contains 84 tropical islands, of which around 43 are inhabited. These islands are a hidden gem, but now you know about them why not indulge in the island life and bathe in the glorious African sun before furtively sweeping through the island forests, searching for the rich array of wildlife. Evenings are for chatting with locals and eating the fresh fish that you caught that after-noon.
2. Rwenzori National Park
The Rwenzori Foothills are truly mesmerizing. Photo by Sarahemcc.
The Rwenzori National park doesn't offer treks for the faint-hearted. The mountain ranges are tough but climbers will be rewarded with some of the most scintillating scenery on the planet.
With the diversity of rich plant-life, prodigious waterfalls and stunning glaciers, Rwenzori National Park lists an unrivaled amount of beautiful scenery.
Bean market in Kampala. Photo by CIAT
Rwanda's largest city and also it's capital is one of Africa's most hospitable spots and undeniably one of its most impressive.
Having ridden the storm of war and corruption throughout the brutal era of Idi Amin, Ugandan's nowadays are proud and warm people, having put the past behind them and now truly fixed on having a good time and showcasing what their beautiful nation has to offer. Kampala is the greatest example of this.
With attractions such as the Uganda museum, the Ndere center and the Kasubi Tombs, Kampala will thrust you into a mix of historic information and contemporary Africa.
4. Bwindi National Park
Mystical imagery on the Bwindi tour
Bwindi National Park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which is just on the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As you might have guessed by the name, this is an imposing, dense forest that’s only accessible by foot. It’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
If you’re looking for wildlife, this is one of the best places in Uganda you can visit as it boasts one of the richest ecosystems in Africa. According to Wikipedia, you’ll find “120 species of mammal, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies and 27 species of frogs.” Not to mention all the chameleons, geckos and other species around.
5 - Murchison Falls
crashing waterfalls at Murchison National Park
Murchison Falls is a powerful waterfall on the river Nile. A trip to the waterfall will not only offer the traveler magnificent views, but also a fantastic opportunity to get involved in some fishing. In the area you’ll also find a whole host of diverse wildlife, ranging from crocodiles to giraffes.
6 - Nalubale White-Water Rafting
Nalubale offers incredible white-water rafting.
A rafting trip in Uganda might not be the first thing you think of when you imagine your Uganda travels, but those who experience rafting in Nalubale often count it as one of the highlights of their trip. It’s often challenging, but companies in the region offer safety boats to ensure you stay in one piece and have the rafting trip of a lifetime.
7- Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Rhino's are one of Africa's greatest attractions
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is one of Uganda’s highlights, and is found about 176km from Kampala (the Ugandan capital).
The sanctuary is run by the Uganda Wildlife Authority in collaboration with the Rhino Fund Uganda and Ziwa Ranchers Limited. Here you can enjoy seeing families of rhinos in a protected habitat.
8 - Ndere Centre
Tribal men put on a spectacle at the Ndere Centre, Uganda
The aim of the Ndere Centre, in their own words, is to “rekindle, rehabilitate, galvanize, promote and sustain the positive sense of pride, confidence, self radiance and efficacy of the Ugandan person as… a contributing member of the global human family.” No shortage of ambition from these guys.
You’ll find the Ndere Centre to be a great source of information about Ugandan culture. Those seeking to know more about the country’s music, dance and traditions will be delighted by their shows and their barbecues are also well worth checking out.
9 - Kibale National Park
Cheeky chimp in Kibale National Park. Photo by Sarahemcc
Track the trails of the ubiquitous Chimpanzee in this special primate trekking adventure. With 12 other primates to look out for, you will certainly witness the everyday life of hundreds of cheeky swinging monkeys.
10 - Straddle the Equator
This cyclist is just about to change hemispheres
Stand on the middle of the equator and let your imaginations run wild. A great photo opportunity more than anything but who wouldn't want to have one foot in the northern hemisphere and one in the south.
Great sites like these are kept possible by conservation centers like the Uganda Conservation Foundation
- facilitating practical conservation projects to benefit wildlife, habitats and the present and future local population.
Uganda can be hard to get around, in which case I love using this triposo travel app
, the perfect tool for not missing a beat when I'm traveling - "delivering up-to-date information, detailed maps and intelligent recommendations."
Have you been to Uganda? What were the highlights of your trip?