The pearl of Africa, Uganda is a country that beholds various wildlife and natural treasures and has pretty much to offer to travelers. Gorilla trekking is one of the biggest adventures you can expect from your safari tour to Uganda. This country is the most popular gorilla trekking destination as it holds half of the mountain gorillas’ population in the world. This rare wildlife creature is found in only three places in the world the Democratic Republic of Congo, the city of Rwanda, and Uganda.
There has been a great growth of over 30% in the species of gorillas between 2009 and 2011 in Uganda. Certainly, there is a lot you can expect from your visit to Uganda, let us have a look at some here.
Big Game Safaris
Some of the popular national parks in Uganda – Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Murchison Falls National Park are popular for their exclusive game safaris. You can expect to see four of the Big Five in these game safaris, which are Lions, elephants, leopards, and Buffalo. Rhinos are cleared from these national parks and to see them you need to visit the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You can also expect to see Zebras, Kobs, Hippos, Cheetahs, and various other herbivores and carnivores creatures.
Primate Trekking Tours
Other than the mountain gorillas, Uganda hosts other over 13 primate species, which include Chimpanzees, Baboons, l’hoests, and black and white Colobus Monkeys. Uganda is known to have one of the biggest primate populations in the world. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Murchison Falls National Park, and Kibale Forest National Park are some of the trekking safaris in Uganda that you must experience. To see the rare species of chimpanzees you can trek down to Ngamba Island of Lake Victoria.
Being an equatorial forest, Uganda offers some of the biggest and most famous birding safaris in the world. You can expect to see archaic shoe bill, ground hornbill, white crested hornbill, Red-billed, black bill, rufous-sided broadbill, Green-tailed bristle bill, Turaco, black wattled, African piculet, Nkurengu rail, Pygmy kingfishers, piping, dwarf and African pied hornbills.
You can also expect to see red-bellied and blue-billed malimbe, black and white casqued, Zenkel honey-guide, red-rumped tinker bird, Black-chested cuckoo, white thighed, fire crested alethe, forest scrub robin, swamp palm bulbul, Leaf love, Long tailed hawk, red-breasted sparrow hawk, pale fronted and chestnut breasted negrofinches, black-winged oriole and various other beautiful birds and so birding safaris to Uganda are certainly great experiences.
Mount Ruwenzori also known as the ‘Mountain of the Moon and Mount Elgon are two mountains that you must climb during your tour to Uganda. You will need to be physically fit to climb Mount Ruwenzori Mountain however Mount Elgon is easy to climb but views from both are worth the snag.
Fishing and White Water Rafting
Beholding the world’s second-largest freshwater lake, Uganda has huge Nile perch species and is certainly a great fishing adventure. The Queen Elizabeth National Park and Albertine Nile in Murchison Falls National Park are some of the best fishing places in Uganda. You can go on white river rafting in Nile and Jinja for half or a full day. You can even combine it with bungee jumping in Jinja for a complete adventure.