Game viewing safaris and Gorilla tours in Uganda
Uganda is one of the best tourist destinations richly endowed with both natural and artificial tourist attractions to meet and satisfy all your travel expectations. Gifted by nature, the pearl of Africa offers it all you need to see and do on your African Safari. A wildlife safari in Uganda comprise of game viewing in the open grassland national parks of Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, kidepo valley national park, Lake Mburo national park and Semiliki national park homes to almost all kinds of wildlife species. Also visit the tropical rain forests of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national parks for gorilla trekking and Kibale forest national park for chimpanzee trekking. Altogether, the pearl of Africa is a home to over 364 species of mammals and 1062 species of birds some of which are hardly found else where in the whole world. Fortunately, Uganda is bordered by Kenya in the east, Tanzania in south, Rwanda in south west, Democratic Republic of Congo in the west and south Sudan in the north which make it possible for travelers with combined safaris to easily connect to these countries. Below is the list of Uganda’s favorite wildlife activities you should not miss on your Uganda safari:
Sheltering the highest population of mountain gorillas, gorilla trekking is the most prominent tourist activity in Uganda. Memorable gorilla treks in Uganda takes you deep into the tropical rain forests of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in southwestern Uganda. Interestingly, Uganda is one of there countries that host the famous mountain gorillas together with Rwanda in Volcanoes national park and Democratic Republic of Congo in Virunga national park. These gorilla parks except Bwindi share borders and together form the Virunga conservation area. An encounter with mountain gorillas in Uganda is relatively cheap at a cost of 600usd compared to 1500usd in the neighboring Rwanda. Presently, 13 gorilla families namely Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Bitukura, Mishaya, Oruzogo, Nshongi, Kahungye, Busingye, Nkuringo, Bweza, and Kyaguriro have been habituated for trekking in Bwindi plus Nyakagyezi family in Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Game viewing is the best way to encounter different wild animal species grazing and hunting in the open savannahs. Game drives are normally done in the morning and evening hours since it’s the best time for animals to graze hunting for the predators before retiring to rest. Expect to see a variety of animals both large and small among which largest African elephant, buffalos, hippopotamus, rhinos, zebras antelopes, Uganda kobs, hyenas, wild pigs, giraffes, squirrels, among others. The most prominent game parks for game viewing are Murchison falls national park Uganda’s largest and oldest park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo valley national park and Lake Mburo national park. During game drives, tourists are allowed to take photos of their favorite animals like the tree climbing lions in ishasha sector south of Queen Elizabeth National Park in the West of the Country. Experienced guides help travelers to spot animals at a distance and explain the unique features of each spotted animal. Also, night game drives are done to see nocturnal animals such as bush babies among others.
Done in Kibale forest national park Chimpanzee trekking brings you close to man’s closest relatives (chimpanzees). The park is a home to the most of the country’s Chimpanzees due to its suitable vegetation and cool weather that offers the chimps a comfortable and safe home. Kanyanchu visitor center is the starting point for all chimpanzee treks in Kibale forest national park. Like in the gorillas, travelers to see chimpanzees in Kibale are first introduced to the trekking rules and regulations after which a hike into the forest commences. Each traveler must buy a chimpanzee permit costing 150usd from the Uganda wildlife Authority. You will witness and appreciate the human like character of chimpanzees like mothers feeding the new born babies which make them unique creatures worth visiting.
Boat Cruise & white water Rafting
Boat cruising in Uganda is commonly done at the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls, kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth national park and the source of the Nile. In addition to fresh air, a boat cruise reward travelers with spectacular views of animals such as crocodiles, hippos, buffalos, elephants on the shores and in the park. Also expect to see a variety of birds such as African fish eagle, goliath heron, greenshank, wood sandpiper Egyptian geese, sacred ibis, hammerkop, yellow-billed stork and the African spoonbill among others. Also boat cruising is done on lake victoria the world’s largest freshwater lake is a great asset to the country. White water rafting is also well done at the source of the long River Nile and its one of the adventurous enjoyable activity you should not miss out.
In conclusion, Uganda is the best destination for wildlife safaris. Book a Uganda safari, take part in game viewing, gorilla trekking and other wildlife activities all over the country and enjoy your visit to the peal of africa.