What Places can I visit in Uganda? : As Rwanda hosts the Commonwealth Heads Of Government Meeting this week, we as East Africans are excited together with Rwandans to have such a pivotal event in our region. That’s why as countries Uganda in particular though the Uganda tourism board we have partnered up with Rwanda to promote destination Uganda this summer for all the guests attending CHOGM and all those who wish to visit Uganda the pearl of Africa.
Uganda is not called the pearl of Africa for nothing, its home to over 1000 wildlife species, about 1500 bird species, unmatchable nature, landscape and breath-taking scenery. So since you are already in East Africa, take advantage of the opportunity and visit this magnificent country. A visit to Uganda on Uganda Safaris Tours will be a great refresher for you after the CHOGM meeting, it’s not just a getaway it’s an experience like no other, an experience of a lifetime.
To help you narrow down on the places to visit in Uganda we are going to list for you the top 4 places that should be on your list as you plan to visit Uganda.
Bwindi National Park/Mgahinga National Park
Uganda is famous for being one of the three East African countries to have mountain gorillas. Uganda is home to the highest number of mountain gorillas in world. The country houses these great apes in two national parks in south western Uganda that are Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park. The country receives over 1000 gorilla lovers a year excited to have chance to see the mountain gorillas in person.
Seeing these gorillas in their natural habitat is off the charts but the experience of trekking them is unrivalled. A visit to any of these two parks will give you a chance to trek these magnificent gorillas in one of the most trilling adventurous experiences.
Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda costs 700 USD.
On top of mountain gorilla trekking you can also enjoy activities like community walks, birding watching, hiking, mountain biking and a visit to lake Bunyonyi.
The catch here is, these two parks are about 4 hours from Kigali city, so you can opt travel by road to the parks and get a road trip experience.
You can also fly to Uganda and then drive to the parks but that a longer and more tiring option.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
The most famous Savannah Park in Uganda is worth a visit especially since its named after the queen of England – England the common denominator for all the commonwealth countries. The park is home to over 400 animal species including the famous tree climbing lions and over 500 bird species. It also has a forested gorge, crater lakes and water channel that are home to primates and a number of water birds respectively.
On your visit to this incredible park you will enjoy activities like game drives, lion tracking experiences, bird watching experiences, boat rides and nature walks.
QENP is about 2 to 4 hours from Bwindi National Park so you can easily join your trip to the park with that of Bwindi National Park. If you are not doing gorilla trekking you can connect to QENP from Kigali through Mbarara via Kabale. This road trip takes about 5 to 6 hours.
You can also opt to fly and then connect to the park through Mbarara via Kampala
Kibaale National Park
If primates are your thing, don’t miss visiting the primate capital in the region Kibaale National Park. This park is home to the highest number of chimpanzees in the region, so if you want to see these apes this is your place to visit. The main activity done in this park is chimpanzee trekking but you can also see other creatures like birds in the bigodi swamps and a number of forest animals.
Getting to this park may require you to fly to Uganda and then drive to the park in western Uganda. We not saying you can’t drive from Kigali, but the road trip is longer and tiring so flying may be better.
The source of the Nile in Jinja
The source of the longest Nile Jinja is one of the things that make Uganda the pearl of Africa. For that reason you cannot visit Uganda and miss out on seeing the source of the Nile in Jinja. A visit to this place takes only one day but you need to fly to Uganda and then drive about 2 to 3 hours to Jinja.