Cool Places to Visit in Uganda

Most people don’t think of Africa when they’re planning a vacation. When they do think of Africa, Uganda isn’t one of the first places they consider. That’s a pity; the natural wonders of Uganda and East Africa are many and varied.

Only in Uganda can you find unique experiences not found anywhere else in Africa or the rest of the world. From Gorilla Tracking to spectacular safaris, the hidden gems in Uganda are the reason people called Uganda the Pearl of Africa. From the capital of Kampala you can engage in all the rich culture this Eastern African Community has to offer. From there, you can tour any of the country’s unique places:

 

Gorilla Tracking

Uganda is home to the largest number of gorilla families in the Biwindi National Forest, home to almost half of the world’s remaining population of Mountain Gorillas. Thanks to conservation efforts, the gorillas of Uganda are thriving. Here you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with these magnificent creatures. Learn firsthand why the world is working so hard to save these unique animals from extinction.

 

Jinja and the Mighty Nile River

The mighty Nile River is the longest river in the world, and it has its beginnings in Uganda. There are a variety of rafting possibilities, with experiences geared to the novice rafter and the hard-core white water seeker. Rafting opportunities can last anywhere from a single afternoon to three days or more. The Nile begins in the town of Jinja, which offers adrenaline-pumping adventure for any thrill-seeker: river surfing, kayaking, bungee diving into the Nile River, jet-boating, fishing Lake Victoria and horseback riding.

 

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the Batwa People

In this small national park in Uganda you can scale three of the Virunga Volcanoes. There are day hikes of 5 to 8 hours or more in length. Here you can participate in the Batwa Trail, an interactive cultural exploration that introduces you to the original people of the forest, the pygmy Batwa People.

 

Kibale Rainforest Park and Chimpanzee Tracking

Kibale Rainforest Jungle is an amazing tropical rainforest that is home to a rich diversity of wildlife, primates, birds, and insects along with a huge variety of trees, plants, flowers and more. There are 13 species of primates found in the forest, allowing you to track chimpanzees to observe these iconic creatures in their natural habitat.

 

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Located just a few hours from the capital of Kampala the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is a must see. Guided nature walks, morning bird-watching safaris along the river, and more are available in this area that focuses on sheltering the remaining rhinoceros population of Uganda.

 

Entebbe Markets

The Entebbe Market is held each week. It is an open market where locals offer the best in local produce, arts, crafts and cultural artifacts. The Uganda Wildlife Educational Center is located in Entebbe as well as the Entebbe Botanical Gardens.

 

Kampala

The capital of Uganda is authentic Africa. It is a city that never sleeps. From shopping to open cultural markets to restaurants and hotels, Kampala is the perfect base location from which to explore all that Uganda has to offer.

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