The things to do in Uganda are some of the most unique things to do in world. Uganda is a country of contrasts; from the snow-capped Mountains of the Moon to the tranquil beauty of the Kazinga Channel… from the mighty force of the Murchison Falls to the stunning stillness of Lake Bunyonyi, high in the 'Little Switzerland of Africa'… rainforest to savannah, mountain to lakeside...this is the real heart of Africa… bathed in sunshine astride the equator.
Although Uganda is primarily known for Gorilla Trekking, it’s a unique safari destination with a small slice of everything Africa has to offer, this is one of the reasons why people attest that Uganda is the Pearl Of Africa.
The country is blessed with all kinds of wildlife and many people don’t realize all is here to see. The capital of Kampala will make you feel like you are in Asia with electronics shops on every corner and the people Uganda are extremely friendly..
Murchison Falls National Park Game and Boat Safaris, Top of the Waterfall, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Budongo Forest Wal: This park in the North of Uganda is simply amazing. Murchison Falls National Park offers one of the best all around safari experiences in Uganda. Hike down the cliffs of the majestic Murchison Falls for incredible views of the Nile as it explodes through a narrow rocky gap in the gorge, to continue onwards on its long journey to the Mediterranean. The Nile River Cruise to the falls with wildlife in abundance on the shores is spectacular.
You can also visit the Ziwa Rhino Reserve and go Chimpanzee tracking (trekking) in Budongo Forest. The perfect African Wildlife Safari at Murchison Falls National Park. Put it on your list of to do and see things in Uganda.
Visit Kidepo Valley National Park for Game Safaris, Scenic viewing, Karamajong Pastoralist Communities and Culture. This lost valley in the extreme northeast, along the Sudanese border, has the most stunning scenery of any protected area in Uganda. The rolling, short-grass savannah of the 1442-sq-km Kidepo Valley National Park is ringed by mountains and cut by rocky ridges.The park has abundant wildlife and probably some of the largest buffalo herds to be found. Kidepo Valley National Park was named by CNN as one of the best parks in Africa. You can visit Kidepo 4 days on a fly in safari, include Murchison Falls, Ziwa Rhinos in 7 days, 8 days including the Mabamba shoe bill tour or have it included in the your 16 day Uganda safari
Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari Drives and Kazinga Channel Launch Cruise: One of the most popular parks in Uganda, filled with wildlife and birds, chimpanzee tracking (trekking), tree climbing lions, the Kazinga channel where you see hippos, hippos and hippos! You cruise along the shore seeing hundreds of bird and abundant wildlife, volcano crater lakes, all in the shadows of the Rwenzori Mountains. Its a perfect park where in five or six days you can visit the mountain gorillas. A favorite of visitors on Safari in Uganda and the one's who have been here, called it a must thing to do.
Lake Mburo National Park - You can see big Cape Buffalo herds, Zebras, Antelopes, Impalas, Topi, Elands, warthogs all in numbers and much more on the game drives. The highlight is the boat safari on Lake Mburo with UWA ranger, where you can see many hippos, croc’s, sea eagles and other animals. Going for a boat ride early in the morning with the mist rising from the lake is amazing.
If you’re on the way from Kampala and or Entebbe to Bwindi, its to plan a stop-over here! It is said to be the smaller park, which you do on the way up or back from Queen Elizabeth Park, Chimpanzee tracking - Kibale or the Gorillas to Kampala, you can as well spend a night. It is packed with zebra's and much other wildlife. The zebras are worth the trip alone! Yes, Lake Mburo is smaller than all the other game parks in Uganda, but that is why it is so exceptional! It is an easy 4 hrs from Kampala area and you can stop by the equator marker along the way. You can take a night drive and look out for our nocturnal friends – the Porcupine, the Genet, and of course, bigger predators like the Leopard and Hyena. You can al so take a horseback safari, ride an ATV Quad bike through the park, mountain bike, fishing and more.
Lake Bunyonyi in South Western Uganda is one of the remaining serene attractions as far as tranquility and peacefulness goes. It’s one of Uganda's most interesting marvels. – such a beautiful lake, dotted with many islands – absolutely gorgeous views of mountains and volcanoes. There are lots of great walks and very nice affordable accommodation in the area around the lake. Lonely Planet calls it (a scene that takes you to the Lord of the Rings)
After a long safari that took in chimpanzee and gorilla tracking, hiking in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable forest and or climbing one of the three volcanoes, Lake Bunyonyi – is a most welcoming place of refreshing at the end of your safari. Even if you only have a couple hours free while in Kabale make some time to see this lake, but if you've got more time the canoe tours is a wonderful and a unique way to explore the lake! You can rent a boat to visit some of the 29 islands. Lake Bunyonyi is located at 1,900 meters above sea level, the lake being free of bilharzia and suitable to swim. It is believed that the lake is deep in some places up to 900 meters! Lake Bunyonyi is an incredible place... simply breathtaking is all I can say!
Lake Mutanda is just between Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla Park – Western Uganda. This is one of the most scenic lakes in Uganda. The view over the Virunga volcanoes is amazing! The tranquillity, crested cranes soaring over, pied crows shouting and from the top of the hills next to them a view that you can never forget!
There is much you can do while staying at lake Mutanda such as hikes through the hills, even a hike from here to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest at the Nkuringo and beyond. You can fish here, boat, paddle in the dugout canoe or even just chill and enjoy a relaxing day at the lodge that overlooks the lake. Quite interesting! – canoeing Lake Mutanda, ...a relaxed paddle across the lake in dugout canoe, (be prepared to peddle yourself as well!), walking in the stunning environment, hiking through the rural subsistence farmlands crossing villages with breathtaking views of the lake and volcanos. – Simply amazing! The coffee tour and roasting is much fun and a unique experience, you can even get yourself some beans to bring home,...just the best souvenir.
White Water Rafting on the Nile at Jinja: The source of the Nile River is one of the most spectacular white-water rafting destinations in the world and for many visitors to Uganda a rafting trip is the highlight of their visit. No other place in Africa offers you the kind of rafting or Kayaking found in Uganda, near Jinja on the Nile. From Mild to wild, half day, or two days, up to grade 5 rapids, but there is always a safety boat on hand if you decide the rapids are just too big for you. Jet Boating, River surfing, Bungee Diving into the Nile River, Quad-Biking, fishing, birding Horseback Riding are all here. You will never forget this experience on the historic Nile River. This is a must to do thing if you are coming for Adventures in Africa.
Mount Elgon National Park: If you are looking for a satisfying climb/hike that doesn’t require expert skills or equipment and is closer to home. Look no further than Mount Elgon. Its a perfect getaway destination from Kampala. Take the plunge and abseil down the scenic Sipi Falls (or if you’re not the abseiling type, simply take a hike to the base of these incredibly pretty falls). Adventure, Birding, Caving, Waterfalls, Hot spring tour, Accent Rock Paintings are some of the other activities you can do here. aste a cup of freshly ground Mount Elgon coffee on a coffee tour at Sipi Falls. Mount Elgon and Sipi Falls – Great place to sit back and relax in three to five day safari
Mountains of the Moon Tour / Climb: Snow covered mountains in Africa? The answer is a resounding yes and on the equator at that. The highest mountain range in Africa – the fabled "Mountains of the Moon" You can climb and hike to your heart's content and if you are a hiker, this is a must thing for you to do in Uganda. Choose between Volcanoes and the Rwenzori Mountains. Explore our 3 and 9 day Mount Rwenzori Safari tours.
Hike up a volcano in the Virunga mountains on the border between Uganda, Rwanda and DRC. This region offers some of the most stunning scenery in the world and was named one of National Geographic’s Top 20 Trips for 2012.
Perhaps nowhere on Earth is the dual creative and destructive nature of volcanoes more evident than in central Africa’s Virunga Volcanoes Massif. Straddling the borders between Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the eight-volcano chain is one of Earth’s most active volcanic regions and a veritable salad bowl for mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, elephants, and other wildlife. Landscapes in all three countries conjure visions of both Eden and hell..
Nature Walks / Birding Watching Safaris: If Birding in Africa is your passion, Uganda is the place for you, 1008 different species including the elusive Shoebill Storks have been recorded here and the ecological diversity of this country with its many different habitats from Afro-Montane regions to swamps, from rainforest to lakes, Acacia studded Savannah and rainforests, Uganda a must see place for African birding enthusiasts. Guided nature walks are available, though not overly popular. Trips on the forest trails here are taken mostly by birdwatchers. Walks can also be arranged in the 147-sq-km Kalinzu Forest Reserve , which is a cheaper option, as it lies outside the national park boundary, and is easy to reach since the visitor centre, known as the Kalinzu Ecotourism Site, is right on the Kasese–Mbarara highway. You can as well go on a half day safari at Mabamba Swamp near Entebbe to search for the elusive Shoebill Stork
Jinja Town - Source of the Nile Tour: Famous as the source of the Nile River, Jinja has emerged as the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Here you can get your fix of white-water rafting, kayaking, quad biking, mountain biking, horseback riding and bungee jumping. The town has a lush location and is the major market centre for eastern Uganda. It’s a buzzing little place with much Indian-influenced architecture. Coming from Kampala, the Owen Falls Dam forms a spectacular gateway to the town, but don’t take pictures, as people have been arrested for doing so, even though there are no signs informing people of this law.
This is the perfect day trip or make it overnight and combine with rafting...but it is one of the must sees in Uganda. Jinja is also the adventure capital of Uganda.
Listen to the women of the Batwa sing their songs in the eery acoustics of Garama Cave – once home to the king of this ancient forest people – on the Batwa Trail in Mgahinga National Park.
Ndere Cultural Centre If you’re interested in traditional dance and music, try to catch a dinner-theatre performance of the Ndere Troupe. Ndere Centre has been around for many years performing the songs and dances from various tribes in Uganda as Rwanda. An evening that will simply delight you as you watch various performers in traditional dress charm the audience with skills in dance and musical instruments that are just great. The troupe has a lovely base way out in Ntinda, which includes a 700-seat amphitheatre, a restaurant-bar and a guesthouse.
Ndere center encapsulates the history of Uganda. It promotes tradition skills and knowlege, and uses music, dances, and oral histories allowing you to relive Uganda. The MC uses an edutainment model, and you will be amazed by his wits. The high-energy show takes place every Sunday from 6pm to 9pm, while Wednesday has storytelling and Fridays afro-jazz from 7pm to 9pm. You can have some snacks or dinner while the troupe entertains you and eat some traditional foods. This is a must for visitor once there is time,... don't miss it. Check the group: they have the energy and passion. Dance with them and do the uganda style