“Discover the Heart of Africa: An Epic Safari Adventure in Uganda”
Uganda offers a variety of top attractions and activities, including those in the cities, rural areas, protected zones, and guided tours. Our list includes opinions from travel bloggers who have visited these destinations. One must-see attraction is gorilla watching at bwindi national park. This is a unique opportunity to see mountain gorillas, which are found only in this region and have fur adapted to the higher altitude and cooler temperatures. Gorillas live in groups led by a silverback and can be seen on tours from Kisoro, a town located in the African Great Lakes region, known for its scenic lake views and nicknamed the “Switzerland of Africa, From Kisoro, you have access to the incredible Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, known for its numerous bamboo stands, is one of the prime locations to observe gorillas and has comfortable lodges for visitors. In addition to gorillas, the forest also shelters around 90 species of mammals, including 10 types of primates, making it the most diverse area for mammals in Uganda. Visitors may also see black and white colobus monkeys, green monkeys, Schmidt’s red-tailed monkeys, and duiker. There are approximately 400 gorillas in Bwindi and the population continues to grow. This growth can be attributed to the interest and support generated by gorilla tourism. To visit the gorillas, a permit must be purchased and a stay at one of the lodges can be booked. The gorillas are found in 15 habituated groups, ready for touring.
The Nkuringo Gorilla Group, located in Kisoro, can be visited through tours from the highly recommended Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge. The lodge sits on the Nteko Ridge and offers breathtaking views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, making it a perfect base for exploring the area.
Guests at the lodge can participate in a variety of activities, including:
- Visiting Batwa pygmies
- Guided village walk
- Multi-day trek to/from Kisoro via Lake Mutanda
- Bwindi Forest hike to the park headquarters at Buhoma
- Tracking the Nkuringo Gorilla family (with permit)
- Tracking the Nshongi Gorilla family at Rushaga (with permit)
- Taking in the stunning views of the gallery forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Virunga volcanoes.
Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda is a top tourist destination due to its rich biodiversity, including various habitats such as forests, wetlands, savannas, and lakes. The park, which is located a few hours southwest of Kampala, the capital and largest city, is home to an array of wildlife, including lions, elephants, antelopes, buffaloes, and even chimpanzees. Visitors can take part in game drives to see these iconic African animals or go on a water-based safari to view hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, and birdlife. To truly immerse in the stunning savanna environment, one can book a hot air balloon experience, which provides a breathtaking view. The park boasts 618 bird species, making it a prime destination for birding safaris, and also has 10 primate species and 95 mammal species, including big game. Attractions in the park include the tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha sector, the Kazinga Channel with its numerous hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and more, the Kasenyi Plains with its antelopes, lions, and other predators, the Kalinzu Forest for chimpanzee tracking, the Kyambura Gorge for primate viewing, the Mweya Peninsula for game drives, the Lake Katwe Salt Works, and the Katwe Explosion Crater Lakes with its views of the Rwenzori Mountain ranges and the western rift valley escarpments.