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Uganda has been blessed with variety of tourist attractions and these have been enjoyed by many tourists that have come to explore the pearl of Africa. Below is the selection of The Top 20 Magnificent Tourist Attractions in Uganda.
Gorilla trekking is one of the activities that receives many tourists that come to carry out gorilla trekking with in Bwindi as well as Mgahinga National Park. Uganda is blessed with over 600 species of the endangered species. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has got four main sectors including; Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo as well as Buhoma sector. The park has got over 36 gorilla families and these are led by powerful Silverbacks with the rest of the group comprising of females and the younger males. In order to see these mighty species, you need to buy a gorilla permit from Uganda Wildlife Authority and this should be done six months in advance. Your tour Operator can as well help you book and pay for your permit as well as organise your gorilla safari to Uganda.
Bird watching is another activity that can be enjoyed in Uganda, these birds are mostly found in the national parks, you are guided by the birding guides who take you to the different birding trails in the many national parks. The most common species found in Uganda include; the shoebill stock, chapin’s flycatchers, Turner’s eremomela, Grauer’s swamp warbler, broadbills, as well as bee- eaters. The drier months of June to August and December to February are the most favourable to do bird watching in Uganda. Some of the birding trails include; Ivy river trail, the Mubwindi swamp trail, and many more.
Hiking trails are part of the many tourist destinations with in Uganda; Bwindi has got many different hiking opportunities and the local guides will show you the most scenic hiking trails between the hamlet of Buhoma on the north side of Bwindi as well as the town of Kisoro in south western Uganda. Here you will find the walking trails between Buhoma and Kisoro that combine with gorilla trekking adventures. You can have a night at Lake Mutanda and cross over the next day with a dugout canoe to start your trek. You will follow the village trails to view the great scenery of enjoying rain forest, mountains, lakes and the form of the land.
Chimpanzee trekking; this is another great activity that is enjoyed by many people who visit Uganda. These chimps are mostly found in Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, as well as Budongo forest. The most famous trail for the chimps is Kanyanchu where you are briefed about the dos and don’ts of chimpanzee trekking. As you view the chimps, you can as well see many animal species including; African elephants, monkeys, birds and many more.
Uganda is blessed with variety of wildlife species; the national parks have got many of these animals found in forests, savannah, wetlands, savannah grasslands and many more. Queen Elizabeth National Park has got, many wildlife species including the antelopes, elephants, lions, buffaloes, kobs, waterbucks and many more. The park has a boat cruise carried out along Kazinga channel where you can view many water animals including the crocodiles, hippos, water birds and buffaloes. The ishasha sector of the park has got many tree climbing lions.
The Golden Monkeys; these are a great group of primates to see in the wild and can be relatively met on the guided walks that are carried out in the forests. There are many different areas to find these species including; Mgahinga National Park at the foot of the Virunga mountains. These monkeys enjoy running around the stands of bamboo forest in the protected areas and make an add on experiences to enjoy the gorillas and the chimpanzees. They are relatively small animals and are covered with long, golden hairs. The Golden monkeys are clarified as an endangered species and are found in Virunga bamboo forests.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary protects Uganda’s Wild Rhinos located north of Kampala near the famous Murchison falls national Park. This sanctuary protects 15 Rhinos and is good place to see many bird species. Enjoy bird watching, nature walks and relaxation. The rangers of this sanctuary will guide you around the reserve to find the wildlife, including the Rhinos themselves but also crocodiles, antelopes, hippos and many more. The lovers of bird watching enjoy over 250 bird species.
Murchison Falls found in Murchison falls national Park, these are magnificent falls that are scenic to any tourist who visit the park. Just at the top of Murchison falls, the Nile passes its way through at the gap in the rocks, only 7 m wide, and tumbles 43m, before flowing westward into Lake Albert. The attraction is Murchison falls national park famous for many different animals including; lions, leopards, crocodiles, giraffes, elephants, chimpanzees and many birds. It’s the largest national park in Uganda with the best scenic views.
Kampala city is another great attraction that can’t be missed when you visit Uganda. This is the capital city of Uganda and it makes a great stop on your Ugandan safari to enjoy. The people of Uganda are so friendly and the city offers a more relaxed atmosphere than the nearby countries. This city is so calm and safe with stable community and many NGOs that run humanitarian and conservation projects. Get to visit many different markets that sell variety of produce, crafts as well as clothes.
The Ndere centre is a great attraction to experience the country’s traditional dance and music. Enjoy the dinner and theatre performance at the centre to view the high energy show of Ugandan Culture. The dances are from different tribes and the show takes place in a 700 seat amphitheatre on Sundays. The main objective of the centre and its dancers is to help renew a sense of pride for Ugandan culture while promoting it to the world. The dances performed here normally show the different cultures of Uganda.
Lake Victoria; this is where the Nile begins which was one of the world’s most historically momentous rivers. This is largest fresh water tropical lake that sits as the jewel in the crown of the African Great Lake region. The lake is home to many different features like the reefs and islands. There are 200 fish species and 350 of birds. The islands of the lake are home to some luxury lodges where you can relax and enjoy the waters as you view unique features and wildlife. Some of the islands found on this lake include; Ngamba Island famous for chimpanzees as well as Kalangala island for tourist activities.
Lake Bunyonyi is another attraction that is enjoyed by many tourists, the lake is located close to Kisoro and near the border with Rwanda. It’s one of the largest of Africa’s lakes by depth and has got 29 different islands. The lake is so popular for relaxation of the locals. There are two towns of Muko and Kyevu near to the lake where you can enjoy range of lake accommodation. The major attractions here include Batwa tribes, islands and the many bird species.
Lake Mburo National Park which is the smallest protected area in Uganda and is classed as a Savannah area that consists of different wildlife species including the hyenas, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, elephants and bird species. There are 13 other water bodies in the region but the star lake is Lake Mburo . Mburo is part of the protected areas wetland system, which is why it’s a great place for birdlife with 350 different bird species to see in the area and it’s a must visit destination for the birders. The main activities enjoyed here include; boat cruise, game drives, guided nature walks as well as horse riding.
Kasubi tombs will help you learn a little about the recent traditional cultural history of the region. It’s considered as a UNESCO World Heritage listed site and the burial grounds of the four recent Ugandan kings and the royal family. It was constructed in 1882 as the palace of Kabaka Mutesa 1 and was rehabilitated to his tomb following his death. The site gives information about Buganda culture and the building is composed of around 35 building and around 300 people that live on the grounds themselves. The fireplace is placed in the middle of the area where the fire is kept lit to warm the king’s spirits.
Lake Mutanda is another great attraction found in Uganda. It’s a small great lake in Kisoro district of South Western Uganda, which is an area known as little Switzerland, the lake can be visited from Kisoro and resides in the African Great lakes area found at the foot of Virunga mountains. This lake has got different islands and is drained by the Rutshuru River. The forests offer a home to many animals and plants including the mountain gorillas. The forest near here is home to different chameleons, monitors and many frog species. You can enjoy a tour to Kangushu Island and village trips to see how the locals live their lives.
The Ssese Islands are archipelago in Lake Victoria that are so touristic. The island is located in the North west corner of Lake Victoria and it’s the largest island is Bugala where Kalangala town is found. The islands are home to the bantu people and were a very spiritual location for the local people. The key activity here is fishing and tourism being the main economic activity. The common wildlife species found her include; birds, monkeys, snakes and many more. This same Island offers very attractive scenery and makes a great relaxation spot for nights as there are some accommodation facilities.
You get to experience the local markets in Uganda and look at the lives of the local people and make a great adventure experience for the visitors. The many markets include; Owino and Nakasero Markets. Owino Market is known for the many activities that take place there and selling of second hand clothes, fruits as well as food stuffs.
The Equator is also another popular attraction which is a famous land marks with in the country. The mark shows the part of the earth that receives more sunlight than any other and you will find the world’s great forests. You get to enjoy some experiments as well as take photos before proceeding with your safari. Apart from the top 20 Magnificent Tourist Attractions in Uganda, there are many other great things to be enjoyed in Uganda hence find time and visit Uganda to have a glance at all of the above attractions as well as the great food.