Gorilla trekking is one of the major tourism activities that enable a tourist or visitor to get in contact with the mountain gentle giants right in their habitats. Gorilla trekking is the one of the desired and most incredible that anybody couldn’t have missed especially during the trekking experience in jungle. Gorilla trekking especially in Uganda is done in the main two recognized national parks including Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorillas’ national park and in other countries of “Rwanda” and “Democratic Republic of Congo” (DRC) in parks volcanoes and Virunga mountains national park respectively.
Chimpanzee trekking is also an incredible activity that involves tourists in the process of searching for Chimpanzees in their habitat. The activity is majorly done in most gazzetted areas of Uganda by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) including “Kibale forest national park”, “Budongo forest” in “Murchison falls national park” and “Kyambura gorge” in Queen Elizabeth national park, Toro Semiliki game reserve among other gazzetted areas in Africa.
This is involves anybody interested in birds to have great sights on certain bird species. Bird watching is one of the most considerable activities enjoyed by most bird lovers to Africa especially Uganda which is a home of over 1050 bird species.
Some of these bird species include; great blue turcoos, flycatchers, rare shoe bills, sun birds, kingfishers, ingrets , woodpeckers, bee eaters, pittas, night jars, guineafowls, ostriches, ducks, geese, waterfowls, flamingos, pigeons, doves, bustards, swifts, cranes, fin foots, Egyptian plover,jacans, sandpiper, stokes, pelicans, thick knees, cuckoos, herons, mousebirds, nectars, weaver birds, owls, drogons, swallows, larks, shrikes among other numerous species that can be found in different habitats including swamps, forests, lakes, rivers, savanna areas agricultural lands among other habitats.
Uganda being crossed by the equator and the Albertine Rift valley in the West of the country is most recommended for bird watching because it has got a variety of beautiful birds in major 10 spots including Mabamba Bay Wetland at Lake Victoria, Budongo and in the other 8 national parks including Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison falls, Mgahinga, Semuliki, Kibale, Rwenzori as well as Lake Mburo among others in African countries.
The best time to go bird watching in Uganda is August to mid-September just before the rains get worse. As the saying goes, the early bird catches the worm, is the reason as to why Bird lovers head outdoors at dawn. This is the time when most of birds are most active to best spots.
- Avoid unnecessary conflicts
- Wear insect repellents to avoid insect bites
- Wear head caps
- Pack food and water
- Keep valuables out of sight such as binoculars, scopes, cameras and other expensive items
- Watch where you are walking
- Do not get lost
- Get off road for better sightings
- Prepare for changing weather by carrying the appropriate clothes and items
Game drive is an activity majorly done in five gazzetted areas in Uganda. The activity is aimed at spotting on a variety of wildlife including the Buffalos, elephants , giraffes , zebras, antelopes like the Uganda kobs, waterbuck, bushbucks and on other occasions leopards especially for night game drives usually with the help of the ranger guides by car that moves you around the respective park trails with rules and regulations attached. The gazzetted areas where game drives are done include Queen Elizabeth , Lake Mburo, Kidepo valley, Murchison falls and Semuliki national parks usually done early in the morning for better results.
Rhino tracking is an activity that discloses Rhinos in their natural habitat to those most interested in discovering more about them. This is only done at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary located in Nakasongola district near Murchison falls national park about 176 kilometers from North of Kampala city, the only unique area in Uganda where Rhinos are spotted in their natural habitat.
City tour an adventurous trip aimed at exploring more about the area majorly cities for example Kampala city in Uganda that exposes you to different historical, monumental, social and public places like Kasubi tombs a place where all the Buganda kings are buried, Namugongo martyrs shrine a religious memorial place in history where 22 young catholic men were burnt to ashes after rebelling against Kabaka Mwanga when he ordered to stop worshipping the missionary’s preached God of Heaven but in vain, among Rubaga Cathedral a large beautiful complex in the city covered with trees and flowers situated on a hill with a great scenery view on the top for the amazing cathedral structure and the Namirembe cathedral church for the Anglicans , the Kabaka’s lake one of the large manmade lakes made by Kabaka Mwanga to connect Lake Victoria as an escape route for the Kabaka in case of any attack ,Nakasero market a public place where various food staffs are bought, Makerere University one of the most prestigious multinational universities in Africa with rich history and professors with old colonial structures fused with new contemporary that make it a great tour in Uganda worth for visiting and the Kabaka’s palace where most of the Baganda ceremonial activities are practiced among other interesting places within the city.
Jinja is known as the adventure Capital of Uganda with a variety of different adrenaline filled activities to choose from. One of the most amazing experiences you can have is white rafting of grade 5 rapids on The River Nile, bungee jumping.Top of FormBottom of Form
Mountain Hiking is a guided activity that involves personal courage to climb or get up on certain mountain ranges to explore the secret beauty both at the top of the mountains and gives spectacular views on the low lands. Mountain hiking in Uganda is mainly done in hilly gazzetted areas of Mount Rwenzori, Mount Elgon, Sabinyo, Mgahinga and Muhavura ranges and for successful hikes one has to really believe and appreciate the beauty of Uganda. The list of tourism activities is endless though the above are some of the major and Must do activities.