Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” is efficiently equipped with a multitude of habitats and appropriate Flora and fauna it is number one with a variety of attractions serving as a focal point for tourist attractions Tourist destination in the whole East Africa.
But what are the biggest tourist attractions in Uganda that you absolutely cannot miss?
Read on to find out.
Biggest tourist attractions in Uganda
Below are some activities that visitors to Uganda can participate in.
Almost half of the population of the rare mountain gorillas, also known as the “shy cousins of humans”, live in Uganda. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is the number one tourist attraction in Uganda and a must for every visitor to Uganda, whether for the first time or not. In Uganda the activity is carried out in Bwindi impenetrable forest and in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in southwest Uganda.
Several volcanoes known as Virungas run through the western portion of East Africa’s Rift Valley and form part of the border between Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda. These magnificent mountains are also a haven for the endangered mountain gorillas, so the activity is also carried out in Rwanda and the Congo.
Tracking down the noisy chimpanzees is another exciting tourist activity in Uganda. Chimpanzees are the closest relatives of humans. They communicate primarily by drumming trees, screaming or screaming, and are tracked down by following their unique noises.
Chimpanzee tracking takes place in the Kibale Forest, Murchison Falls at Kaniyo Papidi and Queen Elizabeth National Park Kyambura Gorge area. An opportunity to watch the formidable chimpanzees climb, play, mate, feed, care for their young and react to the presence of humans. You will also spend a night in the Kibale jungle, six meters high in a tree house.
The mysterious tree climbing lions of Ishasha
A visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park should include the two hour drive to the Ishasha Sector of the park with its extraordinary tree climbing lions and other wildlife in the area. Besides Ishasha, these mysterious animals only occur in one other place, namely in the region of Lake Manyara in Tanzania.
Ishasha Plains, with its tree-climbing lions, abundant wildlife, landscape and unique accommodation options, is not to be missed on your East Africa itinerary.
Over 1,000 species of birds have been recorded in Uganda, despite being roughly the size of the UK. It is a transition point between the savannah of East Africa and the western rainforests and thus Africa’s absolute and exciting bird watching destination.
With over 10% of the total bird species in the world and nearly half of the bird species known on the African continent, it is the most breathtaking destination for bird watchers.
The top 10 most requested birds in Uganda include the following;; Hack-billed stork, African green Broadbill, green-breasted Pitta, Nahans Francolin, brown breast sweater, Karamoja apalis, black bee-eater, Rwenzori Turaco, red-fronted anti-pecker, Purcells Illadopsis. There are several guides with experience in bird watching who are always ready to give you every detail about birds in East Africa.
Quad biking is a thrilling activity that involves tourists riding motorcycles as they explore the destination of their choice. The activity is mainly offered at the Bujjagali waterfalls on the “Great Nile” and does not require any experience. It is a four-wheeled bicycle and can be ridden in any terrain and is very suitable for all age groups.
It does this along the Nile near the Bujjagali Falls. The exciting safari lasts several hours while you explore the beautiful landscape up to the lookout point. Free pre-safari training is offered for those unable to drive.
The different packages offered include: A full day, an evening, 3 hours, two hours of exploration and a one hour trip.
The activity is also available for game drives in Lake Mburo National Park, where you can see game up close and around the “romantic” Sipi Falls on Mount Elgon.
Tourist attractions in Uganda include: national parks, forest reserves, game reserves, cultural heritage sites, specific natural features such as mountain peaks and gorges, areas of particular scenic interest such as mountains and craters. Notable activities include take-off / boat trips on Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks, game drives in Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley National Parks, and nature walks.
In most of the protected areas, numerous networks of trails are provided for nature walksYou will enjoy the tranquility of the wilderness, occasionally interrupted by the enchanting bird melodies and the cool breeze that blows the leaves on the tropical trees. In contrast to other African countries, the word “safari” in Uganda refers to a very close encounter with animals, people, nature and the environment. Ugandan safaris offer a direct, fair, and uncontaminated wildlife experience.
Mountaineering, hiking and volcano climbing
Many tourists have a desire to participate in activities that offer them the challenge, the thrill or the intense experience. Some of these tourists want to test their physical skills in new or unusual ways with activities such as mountain climbing, hiking, etc.
Mountaineering on the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains Also known as “Mountains of the Moon”, hiking Mount Elgon, “The World’s Largest Mountain Caldera” and volcano climbing in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The Rwenzori Mountains lie on the border between Uganda and Eastern Congo and offer an attractive variety of terrain (from rainforest to high-altitude glaciers). These mountains are not as famous as Kilimanjaro due to their relative inaccessibility and the effects of rebel activity in the late 1990s. Otherwise, the area is currently safe and accessible to visitors. A multi-day trip to one of these mountains is especially recommended for those who fall in love with challenging activities.
Uganda offers the best white water rafting on the Mighty River Nile in Jinja compared to any other place in Africa. This is a must do on your adventure trip to Africa.
Other water sports include Boating, Canoeing, Go kayaking, Bungee jumping and Swimming on the Nile and the various lakes in the country. The river is filled with many waterfalls and rapids, making it a popular rafting spot in the world. There are several ways to swim, relax, and view the abundant wildlife, including the red-tailed monkey and a wide variety of birds such as the osprey, numerous cormorants, and otters.
For those who love the activity and who want to experience it, Uganda is the place. With a third of the country covered in water, Uganda offers the best opportunities for sport fishing.
The most common fish caught is the Nile perch That weighs an average of 60 kg, although a large catch weighing 100 kg has been recorded. These are abundant in Uganda’s largest Lake Victoria, which is also the second largest in Africa, and in the mighty Nile. Other species in the Nile are the wild fighter and the tilapia, while the tiger fish is only found in Lake Albert. The Murchison Falls are an additional destination for sport fishermen.
Lake Albert, Uganda
City tours in Uganda
Not all tourist attractions in Uganda encompass nature and nature. This includes a trip through the capital zone. The capital area includes Kampala (a Kampala cultural tour), Entebbe and Jinja (a Jinja tour), and areas between them.
Here you can see the source of the Nile, Bujagali Waterfalls, Ziika Forest, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Ssezibwa Waterfalls, Kasubi Tombs, National Museum, Bahai Temple, Uganda Martyrs Shrine, Rubaga and Namirembe Cathedrals, Entebbe Botanical and Zoological Gardens, Uganda Wildlife Education Centers, theaters such as Bat Valley Theater, National and La Bonita Theater, Nommo Art Gallery, cinemas such as the Cineplex, dance halls and nightclubs, educational institutions such as Makerere University, Namboole Stadium, conference centers, shopping and marketing venues such as St Balikudembe Market (Owino Market).
Cultural tours in Uganda
Uganda as a country is well endowed with diverse ethnic groups and cultures, so visitors have the opportunity to explore a variety of cultures, from cultural clothing, food, dances and beliefs. An opportunity to visit the Batwa “Pygmies” A group of people who have spent most of their lives in the forest and feed on wild fruits and raw meat.
During the even years, the circumcision season for the Bamasaba takes place in Mbale. Don’t miss the exciting kadodi dancers (imbalu) as well as the real circumcision exercise, including a trip to the romantic Sipi waterfalls and a tour of the Nyero rock paintings.
Ssese Islands trip
Lake Victoria is one of the main tourist attractions in Uganda. The The Ssese Island Zone includes all islands in Lake Victoria in the territorial borders of Uganda. Here visitors enjoy activities such as; Bird watching and other forms of ecotourism, scenic watching, boat trips, sport fishing, swimming and diving, sunset cruises.
This is also where you will find the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, where visitors can take part in the feeding of the chimpanzees, watch the animals play and, most importantly, contribute to their well-being and the general conservation of the species.
Lake Victoria in Uganda
Lake Bunyonyi trip
Nature’s most important island lake, the Bunyonyi, is the deepest lake in Uganda, approximately 6,500 feet deep. It is located in the Kabale district, also known as the Switzerland of Africa. The district is characterized by a cool climate, which is best for a calming vacation.
Lake Bunyonyi is dotted with at least 20 small islands filled with amazing people and historical facts. Here one can enjoy a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city, the trip can be included in the itinerary to one of the main destinations or culminate with a visit to the batwa (pygmies) and especially an encounter with man’s shy cousins, the gorillas.
Activities around Lake Bunyonyi include;; Boat trips, hiking, bird watching, cultural visits. Bunyonyi locally means “many small birds”.
Camping safaris in Uganda
Camping in the wild in Uganda is a great experience. Just a piece of cloth between you and the typical African night. A chorus of nocturnal birds, insects, laughing hyenas and distant roaring lions will lull you to sleep. Sitting around an open campfire enjoying a barbecue dinner with the skies overhead is the real way to appreciate Africa’s magic. There are multiple campsites and camping options on all of our safari routes to each tourist destination of your choice.