Uganda is located in the Eastern part of the African Continent and it has several destinations you should not miss out on your bucket list of destinations to visit for your travel holiday in Africa. Uganda is the Pearl of Africa and therefore this is all about Uganda as a destination to visit in Africa.
How possible can I reach Uganda? Uganda is such a big country with an airport where Aeroplanes from different countries land, therefore when you board an Aero plane from your country you will arrive in at Entebbe airport depending on the route schedule of your flight. You will be then transferred to your hotel of residence by your local tour operator.
What are the mostly used transport means in Uganda? While in Uganda mostly road transport means are used since the roads heading to different destinations in Uganda are in good conditions and can allow the passage of the Safari jeeps easily, when it comes to water transport means it is not used at a high rate as most of these destinations to visit are not surrounded by water except Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. Air transport means are used in request of the client’s needs as for it saves more time as compared to others.
How secure is Uganda as a destination to visit? Uganda security wise is more stable in all its regions as there are many different police posts scattered in different regions plus the Surveillance cameras scattered around the city.
What to do in Uganda? Since Uganda the Pearl of Africa has several destinations to visit with different attractions you will do a couple of activities listed below in different categories:-
- Uganda Wildlife Safaris. These Safaris involves visiting different National Parks with the aim of experiencing different wildlife primates and this is done through engaging in different activities listed below.
Chimpanzee Tracking & Habituation experience. These primates are mostly found in Kibale Forest National Park & Chimpanzee tracking involves visiting these primates in the Jungle and share with them through enjoying their behaviors and ways of living. When you discover these primates you are allowed to stay in their presence for only one hour. The permit for visiting these primates costs $150 USD per person and park entrance fee which goes for $40 USD per person per 24 hours. If not Chimpanzee tracking you will go for Chimpanzee Habituation experience which allows to stay with these primates for a full day while experiencing them and the permit for this costs $220 USD per person.
Golden Monkey Tracking. This is only done in Mgahinga National Park as in Uganda Golden Monkeys are only found in Mgahinga. This activity involves visiting these primates in the Jungle and experience them through sighting them while playing in the tree branches or moving on the ground and you will be able to take photos of these primates for your memories. You will be allowed to stay around these apes for one hour and the permit for tracking costs $50 USD per person and also you can do the experience which goes for a full day and it costs $100 USD per person.
Gorilla Trekking & Habituation Experience. Mountain Gorillas in Uganda are found both in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park with Bwindi hosting the most part of Uganda’s Gorilla population. Therefore gorilla trekking tours are done in these two Ugandan National Park which involves visiting these apes in the Jungle and share with them through enjoying their ways of behaving, plays and more but to visit them you must buy a permit which issues you permission plus one hour stay with these apes and it costs $600 USD per person in the high season & $450 USD per person in the low season.
You can also do Gorilla trekking experience if you wish to know more about these apes which is only done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and to participate in this activity you will be required to buy a permit which issues you permission plus a full day stay with these apes in the Jungle, this permit costs $1500 USD per person
Bird Watching. This is another activity you should not miss out on your special list while In Uganda and it’s done in different National Parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park mostly in the Ishasha sector, Kyambura gorge, Kazinga channel and more, Semuliki National park, Lake Mburo National park, Kibale Forest National Park in the Bigodi Wetland, Kidepo Valley national Park and more. This activity is mostly done while on Game drive, Launch cruise or Nature walks and its advised either to go in Morning or evening time, Bird Watching costs $30 USD per person.
Photography Safaris. These photo safaris are done in different National Park depending on the primates you have more interest in like Gorillas and other wildlife primates, different bird species, cultural and more.
- Cultural Tours. These tours involve visiting different cultural groups and experience their ways of living.
Batwa Cultural Experience. This involves visiting the Batwa people in their local communities as in Uganda are found in Bwindi Impenetrable national Park, Mgahinga National Park, Lake Bunyonyi, and Semuliki National Park but the experience is only done in Mgahinga National Park which involves visiting them and experience their way of living through participating in their cultural dances and other ways of living. This experience costs $ 80 USD per person.
- Adventure Tours. These tours do not involve visiting wildlife primates but involves visiting and discover the geographical nature like White Water rafting in Jinja, Mountain Hiking Tours and more. Rafting in Jinja costs $145 USD per person for full day and $125 USD per person for half day and these adventure tours are mostly done in groups.