Top 3 Things To Do In Uganda

There are quite many things to see and do in Uganda. Some of the activities more so at the islands are not even known by some tour operators. The focus is mainly put on the things that have been on the scene for a couple of decades now. Therefore instead of convincing you to try out some of the least known activities or visiting the rarely visited places; here are the top three places or things that should always feature on any Uganda safari itinerary.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s biggest national park. It is not for its size that many people have recommended this national park; it is rather for the magnificent roaring Murchison Falls which are considered the world’s strongest waterfalls.

The most known waterfall on the African continent is Victoria Falls found in Zimbabwe and Zambia. However, these have nothing to do with the longest river on the African continent. This is why Murchison Falls stands out. It is not just because of its beauty but a shared heritage with the historical river Nile.

Many people often visit Jinja; the source of the Nile before proceeding to Murchison Falls. But time might not be on your side always. If you have to choose between visiting the source of the Nile and visiting Murchison Falls; then I would obviously recommend you visit Murchison Falls National Park. You can do a boat trip to the bottom of Murchison falls as well as visit the top of the falls in the comfort of your car.

Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi’s Impenetrable National Park

All around the world; there are only three countries where you can come face to face with mountain gorillas. That is Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Without a doubt, gorilla trekking is the most expensive one-day activity in Uganda but the experience is worth it. You will get a chance to trek in the tropical forest of Bwindi to encounter these gentle giants.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Unlike other safari activities in Uganda where you can pay at the park gate, it works out quite differently with gorilla trekking. You will be required to book your gorilla trekking slot in advance. Each permit goes for $700 for foreign non-residents and $600 for foreign residents. The kicker is foreign residents can purchase the gorilla trekking permits by themselves while foreign non-residents have to go through a Uganda Tourism Board licensed agency to secure their gorilla trekking permit.

Chimpanzee Tracking In Kibale Forest

Kibale Forest National Park is commonly referred to as the primate capital. This is not because of the mountain gorillas. Of course, you cannot find mountain gorillas in Kibale forest. It is because of the high concentration of primates found within this forest.

The unfortunate beat is; that it is not possible to track most of the primates in Kibale other than the chimpanzees. But when you set out to track the chimpanzees in this park, you have over 90% chance of spotting the chimpanzees on any given day.

Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park

Chimpanzee tracking remains one of the most recommended activities to do in Uganda. For many that have had the opportunity of tracking chimpanzees in Rwanda and in Tanzania; they often find chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest way better.

There are several other activities to do in Uganda including but not limited to mountaineering, game drives, boat cruises, and cultural tours among several other things. Probably we would have also included birding if it was as popular as the above three but with our vast experience in Uganda safaris, gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, and visiting the top of Murchison Falls are the top 3 must-do activities or must-visit places in Uganda.