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5 Things You Should Not Miss When Visiting Uganda

5 Things You Should Not Miss When Visiting Uganda

People often associate Uganda with British colonial legacies because it is what makes this eastern African country famous. While it is no exaggeration to say that there are dozens of African countries which you can visit, Uganda offers you amazing sceneries as a tiny country located between Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya.

Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Uganda is amongst the only 3 countries on Earth where mountain gorillas are still existing. In fact, up to 50% of the population is currently living in dozens of safaris around the country. Whether you have 3 days or 10 days, it is recommended to have a gorilla tracking tour to discover the life of these species. Booking a safari trip in Uganda is really simple with many discounted programs available. With so many national parks, natural reserves, and jungle forests, you can actually experience and learn more about the habituation of our close cousins.

Uganda’s Adventure Capital – Jinja

For years, Jinja has been Africa’s most searched source of adventure around the Nile River. From bungee jump to different grades of water rafting, this region gives you an outlet to unleash your adrenaline with a 45 meters night time or full moon bungee jump over the White Nile. To get yourself closer to the water, it is also possible to put yourself into the water for water rafting. You can either choose 3-grade or 5-grade water rafting for a group of people to participate. Alternatively, surfing, jet boating and kayaking are also possible down the Nile. There is nothing better than having an exciting adventure in the world’s longest river through a Safari in Uganda.

Ssese Islands

Courtesy of Flickr – Honza Pernica

When you think of Uganda your first thoughts may be of lush jungles and African plains, however, Uganda is also home to world-class islands such as the Ssese Islands which boast powder soft, white sand beaches and warm turquoise water for as far as your eyes can see. Better yet when the sun goes down many resorts offer beach bonfires which are a great way to unwind and socialize after a day of sightseeing.

Beautiful National Parks

There are 11 national parks in Uganda, and each of them is quite distinctive and has different features from the others. If you love boat cruises, then the Queen Elizabeth National Park can be a perfect destination with a trip between 2 rift valley lakes of Edward and George. This route accommodates the largest number of hippos in the world, but you can also see so many other species during 2 hours of the journey. The Murchison National Park located in the north of Uganda is another great place for bird lovers. Here you can see and record more than 600 bird species while taking a game drive in the ishasha or visiting the crater lakes.

Rwenzori Mountains

When it comes to mountains in Africa, many people often think of Kilimanjaro. However, if you don’t like a destination with so many travelers, it is a good idea to visit the Rwenzori, which is one of the highest un-tapped mountains in Africa. It has an altitude of up to 5090 meters above the sea level and covered with snow capes all year round. Climbing the Rwenzori Mountains isn’t only adventurous but also more challenging than Kilimanjaro. So if you are searching for the next climbing trip, then Uganda can be a great destination to consider.

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Carmen Edelson is the Founder of Carmen's Luxury Travel. Carmen has been traveling the world for over a decade. Our travels allows her the opportunity to pursuit her itch to travel to the best luxury destinations, and experience those first class tastes from around the world.

16 Comments

  1. Heather
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    I definitely want to do a gorilla tracking tour and I didn’t realize you could do this in Uganda. I can’t even imagine how serene it is to see these gorgeous animals in the wild. The Nile is also on my bucket list. I had no idea Uganda had so many beautiful national parks and mountains. I have several friends who have been to Uganda and love it so much!

    • Carmen Edelson

      I really had no idea until recently either! I hope you get to go 🙂

  2. I hadn’t realised there was so much adventure activity in Uganda. I think I’d have to opt for the tamer rafting option though. Every account I’ve read of gorilla trekking shows such great respect for the experience, and that would definitely have to be on my list. Those family group pics are beautiful.

    • Carmen Edelson

      Uganda is an amazing place, Bernie! I would highly recommend the gorilla trekking if you have to choose just one activity.

  3. Wow! I had no idea that there is so much natural beauty in Uganda! 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      Such a pleasant surprise!

  4. Never thought of a trip to Uganda but it looks incredible, might just have to add this to the travel bucket list 🙂

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, please do! It’s amazing 🙂

  5. It would be amazing to go gorilla trekking in Uganda. I didn’t realized Uganda had such beautiful landscape, too!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Yes, it’s such an amazing country to explore!

  6. I had no idea that Uganda had such a varied landscape. I’m a huge fan of national parks and hippos, so a boat cruise would be high on my list. Seems like this country has it all – jungle, mountains, desert, and beaches – and that you could really spend some time there to experience it all!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Uganda really does have it all!

  7. Love this blogpost, Uganda looks amazing to visit!

    • Carmen Edelson

      Thank you so much for reading!

  8. Uganda seems to have everything I enjoy when traveling: a unique wildlife, beautiful nature and fun activities such as river rafting. I guess I have something new for my bucket list.

    • Carmen Edelson

      So glad to hear you’re adding Uganda to your bucket list 🙂

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