Uganda Safaris to The Pearl of Africa – Uganda Wildlife Safaris – Uganda Gorilla Safaris – Bird Watching Tours in Uganda
If you plan to undertake Uganda safaris for either a wildlife safari in Uganda / Gorilla Trekking tour in Uganda, then this write-up is designed for you to equip you with the information needed by any traveler planning to go for Uganda wildlife safari or Uganda gorilla tour which is a must for travelers to the Pearl of Africa.
The country claims some beautiful National parks that are home to a variety of plants, birds, and animals. 10 National parks will make you fall in love with Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National park located in the west of Uganda, Rwenzori Mountains National Park located in the Rwenzori mountains, lake Mbulo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Semliki National park famous for Sempaya hot springs, Murchison falls National park, Kidepo Valley National park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Mount Elgon National park.
Uganda’s animals are quite impressive to travelers. Uganda is a home of lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos (big 5), great apes (chimpanzees which are playful human cousins, and mountain gorillas).
Other primates like vervet monkeys, De Brazza’s monkeys, black and white colobuses, Baboons, Blue monkeys, L’hoest’s monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, patas monkeys, gray-cheeked mangabeys, golden monkeys. Other animals include; impalas, wild pigs, beautiful zebras in lake Mburo national park and Kidepo valley national park, wild scavengers, and many more.
Most Visited Uganda National Parks 2021 – Uganda Safaris to Uganda’s National Parks
Murchison Falls National Park is the only national park in Northwestern Uganda and also the largest of all the 10 national parks in Uganda. This protected area lies in the Southwestern districts of Nwoya, Masindi, Buliisa, and Kiryandongo approximately 4-5 hours’ drive away from Kampala capital city. It takes its name from Murchison Falls, one of the world’s powerful waterfalls which squeezes itself in a narrow gorge of about 7 meters prior to plunging about 43m down. Read More Here
Queen Elizabeth National Park takes its name from Queen Elizabeth II of England and it is remarkably one of the best Uganda safari destinations. This park is set in Western Uganda, about 5-6 hours’ drive away from Kampala and forms part of the vast Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area which also covers Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, Kigezi Wildlife Reserve. It was founded as a national park in 1952 as Kazinga Channel National Park and later, its name changed. Read More Here
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a magical national park in Southwestern Uganda and it is approximately 8-10 hours’ drive away from Kampala and about 3-4 hours’ drive from Kigali. This park is surrounded by Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro district and it is close to the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). It is by far an exceptional Uganda safari park to consider a must-visit for authentic African experiences. In 1991, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Read More Here
Uganda Gorilla safaris / Incredible Uganda Gorilla Safari Packages
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Uganda Bird Watching Safaris
No matter where you visit in Uganda, you will never be far from a reserve or a national park where you can go birding. Some of the most popular birding places are Mgahinga Gorilla National park, Nyamuriro swamp, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Kyambula Wildlife Reserve, and Semliki Reserves.
Over 1000 birds are recorded on Uganda’s checklist from different birding sites, birds like Crested cranes which is a national bird, shoebill stock, Shelley’s crimson, Great Blue Turaco, Marabou storks, African Green Broadbill, saddle-billed stock, African spoonbills, yellow-billed ox-peckers, long-crested eagles, black bee-eaters, kingfishers among others.
The mighty Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla national parks, known in the whole world for the gentle mountain gorillas. It is every traveler’s dream to visit Uganda’s national parks and experience Uganda’s wildlife.
9-Days Uganda Adventure Safari including Gorilla Trekking, Wildlife, Chimpanzee tracking, and Source of the Nile tour. You will visit Bwindi National Park for gorilla tracking, you will visit Queen Elizabeth national park for game drives, you will visit Kibale Forest National Park for Chimpanzee tracking, you will visit Murchison Falls National park where you will see the big five, you will visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and you will enjoy white water rafting on River Nile. View Details Here
12 Days Uganda Wildlife Safari involves mountain gorilla trekking, white Rhino tracking, wildlife tours, and chimpanzee tracking. You will be transferred to Murchison Falls National Park by road via Ziwa Rhino sanctuary to track rhinos, and then proceed to Murchison Falls National Park. You will enjoy a game drive and a boat safari to the base of the falls plus a hike to the top of the falls. View Details Here
Uganda culture tours in the Pearl of Africa
Ugandans have been rich in their culture from ancient times. Cultural diversity due to a number of ethnic groups each with its own language, distinctive customs, and norms.
Over 50 languages are spoken in Uganda, Luganda being the most commonly spoken, English, Swahili, and Bantu are also spoken in Uganda.
Christians make up 85.2% of Uganda’s population, 12% are Muslims, and a certain amount for Sikhs and Hindus. Men in Uganda wear a Kanzu which is a white-colored robe and women wear an address called Gomes with a sash tied around their waists.
Dancing. Ugandans love to dance. cultural dances from the unique nomadic Karamojong tribe in the north, Ndere Cultural Centre, Kanyange cultural Centre both located in the capital city Kampala with wonderful dancing presentations will leave you with stunning memories. It’s this diversity that offers visitors an enjoyable experience.
Kasubi tombs a burial place for Buganda kings and the place also holds various historical treasures and tools for the Buganda kingdom is one of the places you don’t need to miss visiting.
Namugongo shrine is also one of the recognized cultural sites in Uganda. It’s where the 22 catholic converts (Uganda martyrs) brutally lost their lives and am sure you don’t have to miss visiting this historical place.
Check Out Combined Safaris Tours to Uganda and Rwanda – Visit East Africa at a Discount
On the 7 Days Uganda Gorilla Tour Rwanda Wildlife Safari, You will visit Bwindi Impenetrable Park in Uganda which is a home to Mountain Gorillas. The Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests. It protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas roughly half of the world’s population. You will also visit Akagera National Park in Rwanda and will enjoy a game drive and a boat ride. Read More Here
12 Days Tanzania Wildlife Safari Uganda Gorilla Tour. The safari involves wildlife adventure, chimpanzee tracking, mountain gorilla tracking, and boat ride at the Kazinga Channel. You will visit Lake Manyara National Park, you will visit Ngorongoro National Park, you will visit Serengeti national park for the great wildebeest migration, you will visit Kibale National Park for Chimpanzee tracking, you will visit Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi National park for gorilla trekking. Read More Here
- Uganda’s landscape
The unique landscape diversity in Uganda suits safari, offering good tourist impressions ranging from glaciers to tropical landscapes. Uganda is located on the central African plateau and the country’s interior is cut through by the equator. Uganda borders Kenya on the east, Tanzania(south), Sudan (north), DR Congo (west), and Rwanda (southwest).
Uganda claims one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world (L Victoria) and the land encompasses the snowcapped Rwenzori mountains in the west of the country best known for the best hiking adventures in the world, mount Elgon in the east, and these mountains are well known for their unique wildlife in the cloud forests and steeps worldwide.
Deep valleys offer great excursion destinations for the safari due to the lakes like Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Lake George, and Lake Edward. A boat trip on the Kazinga channel is a must-do trip without forgetting the great unique wildlife on the shores of these mighty lakes. The mighty Bwindi impenetrable national park a renowned endangered mountain gorilla sanctuary.
Murchison falls national park in the northwest known for its 43m tall waterfall and its unique wildlife.
Uganda’s history - The Pearl of Africa (Uganda)
- Uganda’s history – The Pearl of Africa (Uganda)
Uganda became a British protectorate in 1894, and in 1962 gained her independence Kampala being the capital city. Where did the name Uganda come from? It’s named after the Buganda kingdom which owns a large portion south of the country including the capital city Kampala. Ugandan people were hunters until 1700 to 2300 years ago when the Bantu-speaking population migrated to the southern parts of the country.
Who discovered Uganda? John Hanning Speke the explorer through Buganda in 1862 who claimed to have discovered the source of the river Nile. Both Speke and Stanley on their stay in Uganda wrote books that praised the Baganda for their organizational skills and willingness to modernize.
What are Ugandans known for? Almost Uganda’s GDP comes from agriculture. The country produces tea, tobacco and cotton, and coffee.
Receiving a warm welcome
- Receiving a warm welcome
The people of Uganda are the friendliest you can ever find on earth. Very hospitable with warm smiles to foreigners not forgetting unique beautiful welcoming dances of which visitors must take part. This will be unforgettable moments you will ever have on the land of Africa.
Uganda’s food. Uganda’s staple food is matooke (mashed boiled bananas) as it is the second leading country after India to grow bananas. Also, the street food the most notable being Rolex, eggs rolled with chapatti, onions, vegetables, and tomatoes which can be eaten at any time of the day.
Enjoying the African sun all year. Uganda’s weather is amazing. Ugandans enjoy the twilight displays every morning and Uganda’s sun blazes all year around.
Exploring a fabulous nature. The snowcapped mountain Rwenzori known for the best hikes in the whole world, the mighty river Nile the longest river in the world, rivers, and lakes with abundant beautiful islands, Murchison falls national park which should be a must on your visiting list for the activities like boat cruises, water sports on the Nile river and wildlife view. The Bigodi wetlands, forests, Aruu falls, Sipi falls are wonderful places to adventure on a visit to Uganda.
Equator line. Uganda happens to be one of the few lucky countries to have the equator line. It’s an imaginary line that divides the north and south hemispheres. From Kampala, be rest assured to meet the equator line 75km south where you will watch equator water experiments and have good photo experiences.
In general, Uganda is a wonderful travel destination. It offers unique wildlife, beautiful scenery, which can hardly be found elsewhere in Africa.