From the vibrant cities of Kampala and Entebbe to the vast national parks where you can encounter gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural settings to the safari parks where game drives can yield sightings of the highly sought after Big Five.
At Jinja, you can discover the source of the River Nile. The brave can even bungee jump over the river here for this is East Africa’s adventure capital, with activities on offer ranging from mountain biking and quad biking to whitewater rafting and kayaking.
Or head for the Rwenzori Mountains to discover landscapes that range from verdant rainforest in the lower levels to dramatic glaciers up high along the clouds.
Places to Visit in Uganda
- Fort Portal
Unique Things to See and Do in Uganda
- Track gorillas in the wild
- Search for the Big Five on safari
- Bungee jump over the Nile
- Cruise Lake Bunyonyi
- Hike the Rwenzori Mountains
The Gorillas of Uganda
There are only 700 mountain gorillas remaining on earth and the majority of those can be found in the Virunga Mountains that lie across the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
In Uganda, they can be found in the Mgahinga National Park – a 33.7 square kilometre area where the gorillas roam in search of food. Here there is a wide variety of tree species which caters to the gorillas’ vegetarian diet. The abundance of food and the small size of the park means that the gorillas here are easily seen in their natural habitats, making tracking relatively easy.
A smaller number live in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is now heavily protected to ensure the survival of the endangered animals.
There are four habituated gorilla groups in Bwindi – the Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura and Nkuringo – and they range in size from 10 to 20 gorillas, each with one or two silverbacks.
Bwindi is also home to elephants, chimpanzees, monkeys, antelopes and a wide variety of bird species. Its slopes spread across a number of habitats from lowland forests to Afromontane vegetation, supporting the wide range of biodiversity.
Getting Around Uganda
The transport network in Uganda is improving, making it easier than ever to get to even the most remote of the country’s national parks.
Travelling by road is the easiest and cheapest way to travel with bus services operating to all major locations.
But if you’re short of time, then domestic air services are your best bet with carriers including Fly Uganda and Eagle Air.
Best Time of Year to Travel to Uganda
The best months for game viewing in Uganda fall within the dry seasons of June to August and December to February.
High season runs from June to September, and although its rarely crowded, you’ll need to be sure to obtain your gorilla permits well in advance. Low season is during the rainy months of March to May and October to November.
However, if you’re tracking gorillas you’ll be in the rainforest which are generally wet and prone to some rainfall.
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