Nestled into Africa’s cocoon of visually stunning countries is Uganda, home to diverse species and natural wonders. A variety of travel experiences are open for tourists within these borders, with active travel making up a significant portion of its magnetism. A visit to Uganda calls for an intentional pursuit of the wildlife explorations available at the tip of one’s fingers.
Throughout our 10-day tour, travelers will engage in the following immersive activities, many of which require a high level of fitness. Gain a preview of this action-packed tour of Uganda below!
A Date With the Nile
The Nile River is one of the most exalted natural wonders of this world. The name itself is enough to make one stop in their tracks, as it brings an image to mind of the globe’s supposedly longest river. During a wildlife exploration through Uganda, guests will be able to experience this famed attraction in a myriad of ways.
Upon first arriving at Murchison Falls National Park, tourists can ascend to the top of Murchison Falls, a cascading waterfall rushing through two closely-meeting rocks and flowing into Lake Albert. Perch yourself at the top of these rapids to gain an incomparable view of the landscape below.
A date with the Nile wouldn’t be complete without stepping foot on a boat cruise down the famed waterway. Sail down this channel for a mesmeric look at its inhabitants – the burly hippo and crocodile that rest in its sandbanks. As you voyage ahead, you’ll be greeted by sights of various species approaching the river for some refreshment. Time will seem to stand still as you come to terms with the wonderful reality you find yourself in.
While in the region, many individuals embark on a game drive through the national park to spot additional wildlife waiting in the wings.
Tracking Chimps in Kibale
Uganda is home to a lush rainforest accomodating a large population of chimpanzees. Found in Kibale National Park, these curious primates roam the terrain and mingle in the trees during their daily meandering. Given the high chances of sighting these primates in the wild, Uganda has become a popular tourist destination for adventurers bearing this goal.
As you pass through jungly terrain and hear calls of the wild ring through your eardrums, you’ll want to immerse yourself fully in the otherworldly environment you find yourself in. You’ll have a good two or three hours to do so as the trek passes through miles of luscious greenery.
A Diverse Encounter With Queen Elizabeth National Park
Embody your inner ranger by venturing into Queen Elizabeth National Park for a traditional game drive. On this traditional safari, you’ll experience savanna plains, lakes, primates, large-bodied land animals, and hundreds of birds. Existing as one of the most diverse safari locations in the world, given its seemingly contrasting ecosystems and its wide array of wildlife, Queen Elizabeth National Park is a countrywide treasure for local Ugandans.
Within the same park, its guides offer a twice-daily Kazinga Channel boat cruise. This attractive feature invites visitors to gain a unique insight into the less accessible regions of the park. From onboard, tourists are able to spot hippos, crocodiles, and colorful birds that make up this special ecosystem.
Making Memories One Gorilla at a Time
As if spotting chimpanzees wasn’t enough of an adrenaline rush, a wildlife exploration through Uganda would not be complete without embarking on an acclaimed gorilla trek. Living large in the vibrant Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is none other than the mountain gorilla, a powerful primate that also happens to be endangered. About half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas reside in this sanctuary, giving a dose of joy to individuals who are lucky enough to see them in person.
In an effort to protect this species, only a limited number of viewing permits are available for those who wish to commence this on-foot journey. Our tour takes care of the permits, giving travelers one less task to worry about.
This coveted gorilla trek is not for the faint of heart, as it is not unusual for this expedition to take nearly seven hours. From the start of the trek, it may take hours to spot one gorilla family. After this lucky spotting, you’ll be granted an hour to observe these primates in their natural habitat, enjoying their lives as they should. With only approximately 880 mountain gorillas left in the world, you can count yourself among the fortunate for having immersed yourself in their natural habitat during your lifetime.
This incredibly immersive experience is the grand conclusion to a life-changing wildlife expedition through Uganda. Upon returning home, you likely won’t be able to refrain from telling everyone from your closest friend to a complete stranger about the natural wonders and rare wildlife sightings you experienced in this diverse country.