Uganda is the best ecotourism destination in East Africa. The Lonely Planet in 2012 rated Uganda as the world’s must-visit destination. Those already familiar with Uganda will no doubt concur with the wisdom of this rating, while those who have not yet been to the ‘Pearl of Africa’ may well be persuaded by the Lonely Planet’s description.
Uganda is a country of great adventures – from rare primates watching experience like gorilla trekking to relaxed game viewing in well conserved national parks. On one hand, you have the towering silence of the Rwenzori Mountains, the quiet gurgling of river Nile, and the misty expanses of numerous tea and sugar plantations. Yet in the capital city, Kampala there’s the unending parade of street vendors, raucous nightlife of local bars, and inexplicably large expat community. There are various small rural village on the outskirts of Kampala which acts as a sort of gateway into Uganda providing foreign visitors and residents with the finest natural scenery Uganda has to offer while still supplying a few of their home comforts.
Top Adventure Activities
There are lots of adventurous activities that you can engage in during your stay in Uganda.
- Gorilla Trekking – hike in the impenetrable forests to visit the mountain gorillas.
- Chimpanzee Tracking
- Hiking – There are several mountains that offer great hiking experience
- White Water Rafting
However, a good cup of coffee and a succulent steak is never too far away. Thanks to an expat community that established itself here as far back as the early 1990s, Kampala is undoubtedly the most cosmopolitan city in Uganda as people of all walks of life converge here for various reasons and agendas and this city acts as a perfect introduction to the country, easing you into the local customs without too much of the dreaded culture-shock. From the tantalizing signature dishes to the plethora of handcrafted items on sale, Uganda offers a taste of authentic Africa while still maintaining a comfort zone for foreign tourists who haven’t gotten to grips with the country’s cultural sensibilities.
Peaceful by day and wild by night, the quiet calm of the surrounding mountains is matched only by the vibrant lights, bustling crowds, and riotous music of the clubs that line all the major towns across the country at night. Whether you fancy quietly admiring the starry night from a rooftop bar as it cradles the looming shadowy mountains or raving to the beat of the maddest American pop music you’ve ever heard. So Uganda has a little something for everyone.
Why Adventure Uganda?
It is also a nation with a buoyant economy, an improving infrastructure and a tourism sector that continues to go from strength to strength as Uganda’s national parks, spectacular waterfalls and unbeatable biodiversity become better known and more imaginatively packaged.
Uganda’s uniqueness and sheer variety of the destination has made it one of the best destinations to visit in East Africa. There are lots of things to see and do in Uganda. Top adventure activities include gorilla trekking, wildlife safaris, mountaineering, chimpanzee tracking and more.
Also refereed to as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is a hospitable country located astride the Equator. The country is bordered by South Sudan in the north, Kenya in the East, Tanzania in the South, Rwanda in the South West and the Democratic Republic of Congo in the West.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth national park situated in western Uganda is among the wildlife destinations in Uganda with a variety of attractive wild animals. These range from elephants, chimpanzees, baboons, tree climbing lions, Topi’s, hippos, crocodiles and many others. Most of these are seen by tourists on game drives along the different trails and also on boat cruises along the Kazinga channel.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls national park also situated in western Uganda is another home of various wildlife species. While in this national park, one cannot fail to see animals like lions, buffaloes, hartebeests, giraffes, baboons, chimpanzees in the Budongo forest reserve, hippos along the river banks of river Nile and many other wildlife species including birds. While here, a tour to the Murchison falls is very worth as one gets a great view of the greatest waterfalls in Uganda that forms a permanent rain ball.
Tourists here can go on a boat cruise along the Nile to the Nile delta where they can view many other wildlife species including the rare shoebill stork.
Kibale Forest National Park
Those interested in enjoying chimpanzee safaris to the fullest can visit Kibale forest national park also situated in western Uganda. This national park is a home to the highest chimpanzee population in Uganda and east Africa at large and that’s why it’s called the primate capital of Uganda. Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitats is very enjoyable also offering sightings of many other wildlife species that the forest has.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Also in western Uganda is the Rwenzori mountain national park, which is a home to the snow capped mountains of the moon. Tourists interested in mountaineering are very well catered for here. This national park has other wildlife species that include the forest elephants, Giant forest hogs, and the three-horned chameleon among others.
Other unique wildlife ecosystems in Uganda include Kidepo valley national park, which is situated in northwestern Uganda, Mount Elgon national park in eastern Uganda and semuliki valley national park, also situated in western Uganda.