When it comes to Tourism Attractions, a Variety of Things to do and see there is no other East-African Country that comes close to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa with its Big – 5 Wildlife, Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Volcanoes, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon and the lost Eden of East Africa, Kidepo Valley Park.
The Pearl of Africa is Africa’s Premier Mountain Gorilla Destination, the Best Chimpanzee Destination in East Africa. It has the largest Population of the majestic Rothschild Giraffes, the Elephants are growing in number and not diminishing as in other countries, it is the best Birding Destination in Africa, the River Nile with it adrenaline rush activities such as White Water Rafting.
When it comes to things to see and do, when it comes to Tourist Attractions including Mountain and Volcano Climbing Uganda clearly comes out as the Winner. Uganda – more than a Primate Destination – it is Truly the Pearl of Africa.
What to See and Do in Uganda – Africa’s most Bio-Diverse Country
The Top Things to do and See in Uganda – The Things not to miss in Uganda
1. Mountain Gorillas
Not to be missed in Uganda is its Number 1 Attraction, the Mountain Gorillas, the largest Primates in the world not found in any zoo, but only in the heart of Africa and it is Uganda that is home to well over half of the Mountain Gorillas in the world with 480 plus, over 400 in the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and 80 in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Gorillas are on the bucket list for many. In Uganda, you can make that dream come true on a Gorilla Trekking Safari where you are one hour with a Gorilla Family. You can also spend 4 hours with a gorilla family on an all-day trek during the Gorilla Habituation Experience.
Uganda means stretching your Gorilla Permit Dollars with 600 USD for one hour with a Gorilla Family or 4 hours on the Gorilla Habituation for 1,500 USD – affordable Lodging and easy Access by Flying into Kigali, Rwanda and Trekking Gorillas in Uganda.
Uganda has more Chimpanzees than any other East African Country, there are 5000 of them. 1,500 Chimpanzees are in Kibale Forest, the Primate Capital of East Africa with 12 species of Primates and the best Chimpanzee Trekking in the region. You can either go on a one hour trek or spend all day with the chimpanzees on a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.
The Permit costs are 150 USD for Chimpanzee Trekking or 1,500 USD for the Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.
You can also trek Chimpanzees at the second best trekking location, Kalinzu Forest where there is a 95% success rate and the permit price 40 USD without a park entrance fee.
3. The River Nile – with its many Adrenaline Pumping Adventurous Experiences:
Uganda is home of the Lake Victoria Source of the Nile in Jinja, East Africa’s Adventure Capital where some of the best White Water Rafting, Kayaking, Bungee Jumping is found.
The White Nile flows north through Uganda to the Mediterranean Sea. Besides Jinja, you do not want to miss the sight of the Nile plunging down the Western Rift Escarpment at Murchison Falls which is, the most powerful Waterfall in the world and as you take Hike up along the Falls you will feel the ground trembling from the force of this powerful River. The River Nile, one of the Top Things to do and see in Uganda.
4. Kidepo Valley – Africa’s Number 3 Wildlife Park – Africa as it used to be:
The remote and unvisited Kidepo Valley Park is always talked about, receives Accolades such as being named the number one destination by Wanderlust, CNN Travel called it the 3rd Best Park in Africa. It also has been called a lost Eden, to us, it is African as it used to be, as you might imagine it.
Experience vast Buffalo herds, Giraffes, majestic Lions, Leopards, Cheetahs, Zebras, Rothschild Giraffes, Ostriches and more all without the crowds found in most African Wildlife Parks.
Remote Kidepo Valley Park is home to not just splendid scenery and wildlife but one of Cultural Discoveries such as one of the most ethnic groups in East Africa, the Ik People high on Mount Morungole where the only road is a footpath and the Karamojong Tribe, a fierce Warrior – Nomad Tribe where cattle is King.
5. Rhino Trekking on Foot in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary:
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a large sprawling wildlife reserve on the way to Murchison Falls National Park. Here you can trek Rhinos on foot and get closeup for some great photo opportunities as you are accompanied by Rangers who only take you on this unique trek but give you insight into the daily lives of the Rhinos.
The Sanctuary is a conservation and Preservation Project with the intent of restocking Murchison Falls National Park with them. The Rhino Trek is taken by most of our clients that we take in on Safari to Murchison Falls Park or it becomes an overnight stop with Rhino Trek for Clients that we take to Kidepo Valley Park.
6. The Elusive Endangered Shoebill Stork – see this Prehistoric Bird in Uganda:
The Shoebill Stork – its habitat is under threat, myths and legends have gotten killed, Eggs Stolen for International Trade. In spite of all of that, you can see the Shoebill Stork throughout various parks and places in Uganda. If the Shoebill Stork is the Bird that you would like to see on Safari with us, we will make sure that you do.
The Shoebill Storks can be found in Mabamba and Lugogo Swamps, on the River Nile in Murchison Falls Park. Along Lake George in Queen Elizabeth Park and in the Semliki Wildlife Reserve to name a few places.
7. The Batwa Pygmies – the First People of the Forest:
The Batwa People where the first people to live in Southwest Uganda, neighboring Congo and Rwanda. They lived in forests, they were hunters and gatherers and lived in harmony with nature, never taking more than they could use.
The Batwa People were evicted in 1991 from the forests to make room for tourism. This was done without compensation when the parks were established. Their lives were reduced to begging, they became squatters, a people without representation. Today they are keeping the culture alive by taking tourists into the ancient forests and showing them about how the used to live, the medicines that they gathered, the berries that they ate and the small mammals that they hunted. You can do spend time with them n the Buhoma Area of Bwindi Forest, in Buniga Forest and in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
8. The Golden Monkeys found in Mgahinga Gorilla Park:
The Golden Monkeys are found only in the Virunga Volcanoes which are located in Uganda in Mgahinga Gorilla Park in the Southwest Corner of the country.
Uganda has the most Golden Monkeys and several groups are open for visitation. You can also go on a longer Golden Monkey Habituation Experience. The experience of being in their presence in the Bamboo Forest of the Volcanoes is amazing. They will be all around you, there are quite handsome and stand out from other primates.
This is an endangered species and of the issues is that they are not reproducing enough and their numbers are slowly declining. They are also not to be confused with the Chinese Golden Monkeys which are totally different.
Why you must visit Uganda – pearl of Africa
Uganda is Safe and Secure for visitors, it is a stable country where your Safari Vehicle will not be hijacked or its occupants robbed as in South Africa. Uganda is a country of incredible Beauty which can also be applied to its people.
Uganda is one of the most ethnically diverse countries in the World where you can still experience Authentic Africa as it used to be.
Enjoy Friendly, Safe and Stable Uganda on a Safari – you will see why it is called the Pearl of Africa.