10 Cheap Places To Travel In Uganda

Uganda is located in the eastern sub-Sahara just right in the heart of Africa, despite of it being a landlocked country; it is also one of Africa’s best bio-diverse countries. The country inhabits a lot of natural gifts ranging from flora, fauna, relief, water bodies, cultures and other iconic features.With all the natural gifts that Uganda has, it rises up to be one the best safari destinations that will give no regret to visitors at any moment.

Uganda offers various kinds of safaris like wildlife safaris in all the 10 national parks and 11 game reserves within the boundaries of the country, the sought after gorilla safaris in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga national park in south west of the country, cultural safaris in over 50 cultural communities all with unique cultural attributes, hiking in the mountains such as mountain Rwenzori, mountain Elgon and others.

City safaris are also possible in big towns like Kampala, the capital, Entebbe, Jinja, Fort Port, Mbarara and other cities.Despite all these, some of the destinations fall under the cheapest opportunities that a visitor can grab for an amazing safari in Uganda.

Kampala city

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, which doubles as the biggest commercial town of the country. This city offers the best of an African city tour, portraying the life style of the people in an African urban setting.
Kampala is situated in the central region of Uganda hence easily accessed by any person. When touring the city, one can visit different attractions like the Bahai house of worship, old Kampala mosque named after Gaddafi, the fallen president of Libya, the Kasubi tombs which is the burial ground for the Buganda kings and members of the royal family,Uganda parliament building, Ndere cultural center, Namugongo catholic shrine, Uganda museum, monuments within the city not forgetting the interactive local people and many more attractions that will give a perfect image of an urban safari.

Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria was first called Lake Nalubale which is the largest water body in Africa and also the home to the world’s longest river, River Nile where it starts its maiden journey to Mediterranean Sea in North Africa. The lake is shared by mainly Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania with an area of about 26,828 sq. miles.

It has an irregular shape hence protruding many potential shores for beach tourism to take place along the banks of the lake. The lake is one of Uganda’s cheapest destinations that a traveler can enjoy while experiencing activities like beach soccer, swimming, fishing, photography, music concerts, among others.

Ssese Islands

Ssese islands are one of the treasures hidden within Lake Victoria, the largest fresh water lake in Africa. These islands are always a surprise to visitors since they don’t realize them as a great experience similar to Zanzibar but in a fresh water body. These islands offer amazing experience of sandy Beaches, sport fishing, swimming, nature walks on private islands, birding, horseback riding, biking, boat rides, wind surfing, sunset cruises not for getting chimpanzee tracking in Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary.

Source of River Nile

Rive Nile is the longest river in the world with its source from Uganda right in lake Victoria flowing north wards to south Sudan, Sudan, Egypt and pours into the Mediterranean sea. The source of the Nile is one of the world’s most vocal points that every being will wish to visit and it’s among the cheapest destinations that a visitor can grab on any safari in Uganda.

The Source of River Nile offers amazing tourist activities with unique adventurous activities for adventure seekers, like boat rides to the source of the Nile, white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping, river surfing, sport fishing, jet boating, sunrise and sunset cruise, among others. These adventurous activities makes the source of the Nile a must destination to visit.

Sipi falls

Sipi falls located in the eastern part of Uganda is about 277 km from Kampala, located in Kapchorwa district. The falls are situated on the foothills of mountain Elgon national park near the Kenyan boarder with Uganda.
Sipi falls is formed of 3 waterfalls flowing in different heights but all have beautiful scenery. This is the point where most hikes to mountain Elgon normally begins but hiking to the top of the falls gives a beautiful scenery of Lake Kyoga, Karamoja lowlands and the coffee plantations of the surrounding area.

These falls offer the experience of being in a free area out of congestion, for chilling, refreshing and getting away. The most vital elementare the hospitable communities around this area which makes the destination unforgettable place for community / village encounters.

Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife sanctuary

Zziwa Rhino sanctuary is located in Nakasongola district, about 176 km from Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. This is home for one of the most endangered mammals in the world, the rhinos. This sanctuary was established to re-introduce the rhinos back in to Uganda which were almost getting extinct from the wild. Ziwa sanctuary is the only place where visitors can be able to do rhino tracking in Uganda. Currently, the sanctuary is home to over 20 rhinos and it is becoming famous for travelers looking for Rhino trekking experience as well as canoe rides, birding, night walks and relaxation.

Lake Nabugabo

This lake is situated next to Lake Victoria, and well known for its beaches, coastlines and the rare bird species. It is one of the lakes in Uganda where swimming is recommended.This area is one of the Ramsar sites because of its vital purpose for the local community and different animal species.
This lake is unique for its biodiversity which includes over 250 plants species which have been recorded and the home for two plants not found elsewhere in Uganda as well as the dominant carnivorous plants and members of the Xyriadacea family.

Many species of indigenous fish like Cichlidaehave been recorded here and some three fish species that were introduced into Lake Nabugabo in 1950’s, i.e. Oreochromis niloticus, Oreochromis leucostictus and Tilapia Zillii.
The fauna ecosystem consists of a wide variety of animalcommunities, hippopotamus and Sitatunga.
While birds like king fishers, crested cranes and other important resident birds can be sighted, Nabugabo is a vital stopover destination for migratory birds as well. During some seasons of the year, the site holds more than 15% of the world’s population of the Blue Swallow and support five globally threatened and nearly threatened birds. This is one of the cheapest travel destinations in Uganda.

Uganda wildlife education center

This destination was established in 1952, is located along the shorelines of lake Victoria on a 72 acres of land in Entebbe town. This is a conservation area with over 400 indigenous wild animals, and 500 plant species and 250 bird species in a setting which portrays the vegetation of Uganda i.e. wetland, Savannah and the rain forest.
Most of these animals have been rescued from smugglers, poachers and bad communities. Later when rehabilitated, they are released back to the wild and others given new homes at the site for educational purpose. This is one of the cheapest destinations for leisure, educational and research purposes that one will never regret after visiting it.