Things to do alone on a Uganda Safari  

Are you looking for a Solo travel experience? Then consider a solo trip to Uganda, a stunningly beautiful country situated in East Africa.

Uganda is a land of adventure, offering travelers the chance to explore its diverse landscapes, vibrant cities, and friendly locals. From its lush rainforests to its sprawling savanna, from its mountain gorillas to its breathtaking wildlife, Uganda is the perfect destination for a solo traveler looking for something truly special.

Whether you are looking for a cultural immersion, an adrenalinefilled adventure, or a chance to relax and unwind, Uganda has something for everyone. So pack your bags, get ready for an unforgettable journey, and prepare to explore this amazing country in style.

Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa, comprises many beautiful attractions and destinations that travelers can visit and explore on a holiday safari. The safaris that a solo traveler can do in Uganda include gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, game drives, boat rides, and birding.

Gorilla Trekking

Gorilla trekking is the most popular safari carried out in Uganda, taking place in Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park, both located in the southwest of Uganda near the border of Rwanda.

The Gorilla Trekking Adventure begins at Entebbe International Airport, where you will receive a brief overview of the safari. Afterward, you will transfer to the southwest of Uganda, stopping for lunch en route. You will then reach Kisoro, before proceeding to either Bwindi or Mgahinga, where you will visit the park headquarters for a short briefing on how to conduct oneself around the mountain gorillas.

Later, you will be divided into groups of 8 with a park ranger guide who leads you into the forest to trek for the gorillas for 35 hours. As a solo traveler, this adventure is exceptional as you get to join other travelers in groups of 8, then enter the forest to trek the gorillas. Later, you will meet the gorillas and stay in their natural forest environment and presence for an hour, taking photos.

Uganda’s Savannah National Parks

If you are a solo traveler, you can visit Savannah National Parks such as Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and Semuliki National Park. On a game drive, you can watch wildlife animals and take photos with your binoculars.

The game drive lasts for 34 hours. The animals you may see include lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, hyenas, waterbuck, bushbuck, giraffes, oribis, Jackson hartebeests, hippopotamus, chimpanzees, and crocodiles.

Boat Cruises

While on safari in Uganda, travelers can embark on boat cruises along the various safari destinations, such as the River Nile in Jinja, Victoria Nile to the bottom of Murchison Falls at Murchison Falls National Park, Kazinga Channel, Lake Bunyonyi, where one can view the beautiful islands, and Lake Mburo.

These boat cruises take 2 to 3 hours, allowing one to explore the stunning lakes, and watch birds fly over their natural forest habitat, while also observing wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, Uganda kobs, hippos, warthogs, and birds such as Goliath herons, Egyptian geese, pelicans, beeeaters, kingfishers, hornbills, cormorants, and the rare shoebill stork.

Chimpanzee Tracking

Solo travelers in Uganda can go on a Chimpanzee tracking Adventure as they take part in a guided nature walk through the green forest vegetation, watching the rare species of Chimpanzees in their natural forest habitat. The Chimpanzee tracking Adventure involves going to the park headquarters for a thorough briefing on how to behave around the Chimpanzees.

After a brief briefing, you will be divided into groups of 8, with a park ranger guide, to trek with the Chimpanzees for a period of 24 hours. You will then get the chance to meet them and stay in their presence, taking many photos as a souvenir.

After tracking chimpanzees, you will continue to the lodge/hotel for dinner and an overnight stay. As a solo traveler, you will be grouped with other travelers, and then proceed to track the chimpanzees in groups of eight, taking many photos as a souvenir.

Chimpanzees can be tracked at Kibale Forest National Park, Kalinzu Forest, Kyambura Gorge, Budongo Forest (Kaniyo Pabidi EcoTourism Center), and Ngamba Island.

White Water Rafting at the Source of the Nile

Solo travelers in Uganda can go whitewater rafting along the stunning River Nile in Jinja. The whitewater rafting experience takes a period of 45 hours, taking you a distance of 25 km, depending on the grade of travelers, as these vary from Grade 1 to Grade 5.

Sport Fishing

Sports fishing is an awesome activity for solo travelers visiting Uganda. They can acquire fishing equipment and go fishing in the waters of Sipi Falls in the Eastern part of Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and Lake Victoria.

The fish they could catch include Tilapia, Tigerfish, Ngara (Genus alestes), Ferocious Fighter, and Golden Barbell, Rainbow Sprout.

Mountain Climbing

As a solo traveler, mountain climbing is the best safari adventure to do as you get to hike the different destinations in Uganda.

The mountain climbing destinations in Uganda include Mount Rwenzori, Mount Elgon, Mount Sabinyo Volcano, Mount Gahinga Volcano, and Mount Muhavura Volcano in Mgahinga National Park.