10 Best Places To Visit In Uganda

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A trip to Uganda should take you to the best places to be visited and less exploited with striking beauty and authenticity; these would include national parks, Waterfalls, breathtaking forests and islands.

Described as the the pearl of Africa, Uganda has some of the most unforgettable destinations and safari activities to do like chimpanzee tours, Mountain gorilla safaris, bird watching, mountain climbing, water rafting and cultural trips.

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
    bwindi forest national parkBwindi Impenetrable National Park is found in southwestern Uganda at the edge of the Albertine rift valley and is neighbored by Democratic Republic of Congo on the western side and Rwanda in the south. This park is listed as UNESCO world heritage site because of its natural and ecological importance, and its dense forest is a popular habitat for the rare mountain gorillas and other special primate species including baboons, chimpanzees, monkeys and abundant bird life.
  2. Queen Elizabeth national park
    queen elizabeth national-parkQueen Elizabeth National Park, “a medley of wonders” is perched in mid-western Uganda and shared between districts of Kasese, Rubirizi, Kamwenge and Rukungiri. This park measures approximately 1,978 square kilometers in terms of size and it is famously known to be home for over 95 mammal and 612 bird species.Queen Elizabeth national park is remarkably Uganda’s most famous and biologically diverse national park, as it harbors striking beautiful crater lakes, extensive savannah, rolling hills and the panoramic display of Kazinga channel with stunning views of resident hippos, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes and abundant bird species assembled on its banks.
  3. Murchison Falls National Park
    Murchison Falls National Park is where the Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and cascades down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos and crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, riverine forest and woodland.The park is a gem and wildlife hub for lions, leopards, elephants, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda kobs and the gentle Rothschild giraffes.
  4. The Sipi falls
    sipi falls in ugandaSipi falls is found in the Eastern part of Uganda, approximately 5 hours’ drive from the capital, Kampala driving through to Kapchorwa. These falls are located on the foothills of Mountain Elgon just at the edge of Mount Elgon National park adjacent to the Uganda – Kenya border.Other than the striking views of the falls, Sipi is an adventure hot spot for travelers and while here visitors have the opportunity to engage in abseiling, rock climbing, cultural encounters with the Sabiny and Gishu communities, coffee plantation tours, bird watching and mountain birding through the lower slopes of Mt. Elgon.
  5. Ssese islands
    The Ssese Island came into existence about 12,000 years ago when a tectonic shift caused an elevated basin situated between two main arms of the Great Rift Valley to flood hence forming Lake Victoria as it is known today. Located in the north west of Lake Victoria, Ssese Islands form one of Uganda’s prime destinations for casual rambling and off-the-beaten-track exploration, as well as for game fishing in particular Nile perch, and a holiday destination for unwinding like nowhere else in Uganda.
  6. Ndere cultural Centre
    Ndere Centre is found in Kisasi, a small surbub of Kampala. It is a cultural site where you are able to have a great experience with a mixture for all the cultures of Uganda is one destination. The centre provides cooking lessons for local cuisines, traditional Ugandan dances and meals and amazing cultural performances. It’s a perfect place for an evening hung out after a very busy day in the bustling town of Kampala.
  7. Jinja city
    white water rafting jinjaConsidered to be the “adventure capital of East Africa”, Jinja has nothing less than super adventure. All ranging from water activities, hiking, biking / cycling, nature walks, community walks, among others, Jinja comes out as a one stop center for all your adventure options.Travel to Jinja and explore the point where the mighty Nile (world’s longest river) starts its maiden journey traversing 6 African countries before pouring its waters into the Mediterranean Sea in the horn of Africa. Some of the most sought after activities here include white water rafting, bungee jumping, kayaing, cultural encounters and visiting the source of River Nile.
  8. Bahai temple
    Bahai temple in kampalaThe Bahai temple is nestled on Kikaya Hill another local suburb of Kampala; visible from most parts of Kampala, this is the only Bahai temple on the African continent. Enjoy the sight of the magnificent building and learn about the Bahai faith in Uganda. Apart from the religious aspect of the temple, it lies on a vast piece of land with beautiful gardens, enjoy sounds of resident bird species that are melodic throughout the day, and a cool breeze that sweeps through the trees to produce an awesome environment for relaxation.
  9. Mgahinga gorilla national park
    gorilla trekking in mgahingaSharing borders with neighboring Rwanda and Congo, Mgahinga is the country’s smallest national park and also one of the expensive destinations to visit. The park protects the Ugandan part of the ‘Virunga massif; a chain of 8 active and extinct Volcanic mountains that straddle the border. Mgahinga national park is a cozy destination that prides to shelter one of Uganda’s rarest and most after wildlife experiences including mountain gorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking and the Batwa trail encounters.
  10. Ziwa Rhino and wildlife sanctuary
    ziwa rhino trackingThe Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary protects Uganda’s only wild rhinos and is found in the north of Kampala near the famous Murchison Falls. In total, the sanctuary now is home to 18 rhinos but is also a fantastic place to see other wildlife including birds and engaging in variety of activities such as canoeing, nature walks and bird watching.

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