Updated: Oct 29
From gorilla trekking to Nile river rafting, we cover it all
Our favourite hidden secret nestled in the heart of East Africa. Famous for it's amazing Gorilla trekking safaris in Mghahinga Forest and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. But also not only is the country blessed but has a multitude of splendid activities that can be found scattered around the entire country – Here is our guide to the top things to do in Uganda, and how to incorporate them into your route…
1. Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Undoubtedly the highlight of any trip to Uganda gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of those experiences that just changes you. This is perhaps one of the most breath-taking experiences on earth!!! You get so close to these awesome giant primates. You stare at each other blankly not knowing who to break the long silence first. Tracking the gorillas through the light mountain forest on the slopes of the Virunga is a magical experience. These massive primates are extremely rare, with less than 1000 living today. . A true fairy-tale destination and experience…
2. Wildlife Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Away from gorilla trekking, Wildlife game drives in the Queen Elizabeth National Park near the top of the list of things to do in Uganda. The park is a true safari gem that harbour the usual big game(lion, leopard, elephant) as well as the not-so-usual (side-striped jackal and the Ugandan kob). Zooming across the plains in a customized open safari vehicle, taking in the wildlife and the glorious scenery is a wonderful way to spend a few days.
If you’ve already planned a stop in QENP, check out the stylishly-chic different lodges and camps for the ultimate post-game drive relaxation.
4. Trekking the chimpanzee in Kibale National Forest
Actually, Kibale national park hosts the highest number of primates in the whole of East Africa including chimpanzees, baboons, black & white colobus monkeys and the blue monkey. Tracking a noisy family is a thrilling experience and on your guided walk, Enjoy a guided nature walk in the tropical rainforest in search of the chimpanzee, red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkey and many others. Upon sighting the chimpanzees, you will spend an unforgettable hour with them as they go about their daily life - feeding, playing, grooming, taking care of their young, howling and screeching, in their natural habitat. Definitely one to add to the list if you’re looking for things to do in Uganda!
Combine a chimpanzee trek in Kibale with a few days alongside Bwindi’s gorillas in our all-encompassing route, The primates of Uganda.
5. Discover the source of the Nile
As far as things to do in Uganda go, discovering the source of the Nile is an exciting one. The source is in fact Lake Victoria, claimed correctly (but often disputed) by explorer John Hanning Speke in 1858 at a spot in Uganda’s Jinja town. But before you head to the town itself, discover more of what the mighty river has to offer at Murchison Falls, a powerful waterfall formed as the Nile is forced through a minuscule gap in the rocks. A boat trip is the best way to see the falls in all their glory – and make sure you get a good seat on the deck for there’s plenty of wildlife-spotting to be done en route.
If this sounds up your street, use our route, Discover the source of the Nile, as your starting point for building your trip to Uganda.