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What Are The Best Guided Travel Experiences In Uganda For 2021-2022?

When our expert tour consultants at AfricanMecca Safaris suggest to guests that they consider visiting Uganda, they are often surprised, intrigued, and just a little wary. “Uganda? To see the mountain gorillas only? No!” That is, until we start talking about the incredible wonders of the country. Having stepped out of the shadow of general instability from its former colonial powers of the 1960's and its political unrest of Idi Amin in the 1980’s, the “Pearl of Africa,” has worked towards building a wonderful, more secure future.

And one of the steps the national administration has taken is to institute programs for the conservation and sustainable protection of its natural treasures. Ugandans realize that their parks and reserves and the fabulous diversity of the flora and fauna that reside in them are valuable not just to their country but to the entire world, a UNESCO Site Heritage to be preserved for future generations.

Key Takeaways

  • A country once known as the Pearl of Africa, poised to make its mark on the international scene as a flourishing tourism, economic, and commercial center
  • Home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site to be preserved for future generations
  • Last habitat of the rare mountain gorillas in the Bwindi and Virunga Mountains
  • Opportunity to view a stunning diversity of mammals, birds, and exquisite flora
  • A country famous for the forests of the upper altitudes of the Rwenzori Mountains that have remained untouched for millennia

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1. Uganda Is Home To Several Rare Wildlife Species
2. Uganda Has A Diversity Of Landscapes To Explore On Your Travels
3. Uganda Has Activities & Travel Experiences For Every Vacationer
4. Uganda Has Earned Accolades From Prestigious Travel Media Organizations
5. Uganda Offers A Fascinating Cultural, Religious Inclusivity & Diversity During Your Travels
What Are The Best Guided Travel Experiences In Uganda For 2021-2022

1. Uganda Is Home To Several Rare Wildlife Species

Key Takeaways

  • Lush forests teeming with a great many species of terrestrial and aquatic animals, birds, and plants
  • Other than gorillas, you can also track down 20 other primates including chimpanzees and more than 1,000 bird species including the prized shoebill stork
  • Four of the Big Five found here, along with the unique tree climbing lionesses of Ishasha
The lush forests of Uganda shelter a great many species of terrestrial and aquatic animals, birds, plants, and more that are unique to the region. Go on a primate trek in Bwindi and Mgahinga parks, and you will be immersed in a particularly rare experience: surrounded by the natural habitat of the mountain gorillas, watching for a precious hour as these giant primates feed, sleep, groom one another, or play with their young. Vacationers who have enjoyed this unique experience in the company of expert guides talk about the awe and fascination they felt, along with an overwhelming sense of how important it is to protect this very special species. It will interest you to know that the forests of Uganda also host thousands of chimpanzees, and the best park to see them is Kibale.

You can also visit places where they live, alongside over 20 other primate species, more than 1000 species of birds including the rare shoebill, and four of the Big Five of Africa living in the wild with the exception of rhinos, among various other large and small mammals, reptiles, amphibians, insects, and other creatures. Don’t miss the chance to see lionesses napping on the branches of fig trees in the Ishasha sector, or crocodiles lazing on the sands, their mouths agape, beside the banks of Ntungwe River.
Uganda Is Home To Several Rare Wildlife Species

2. Uganda Has A Diversity Of Landscapes To Explore On Your Travels

Key Takeaways

  • Opportunity to explore highland forests dating back to 25,000 years with icy glaciers and mountains in a location so close to the equator
  • Traveling on the Kazinga Channel that connects two of the most beautiful lakes - Edward and George. Also indulging in a boating cruise on the Nile at Murchison Falls, and also you set out to explore the Ssese Archipelago in Lake Victoria near Entebbe
  • Experience the distinctly striking and remote outback of Kidepo Valley
Uganda is able to host this fantastic variety thanks to its varied landscapes. Think highlands, with forests dating back 25,000 years, or icy glaciers and mountains whose snowy caps seem strange, given that they are located so close to the equator. Visit lush wooden glades and pristine valleys, or wander through bamboo forests. Travel by boat on the Kazinga Channel, which connects two magnificent lakes, or on the Nile after it explodes through a narrow rocky cleft at Murchison Falls. Relax beside iconic Lake Victoria near Entebbe or go boating and fishing on it. The breathtaking freshwater islands of the Ssese Archipelago in the lake are also a must-visit. You could add an outback trip to the arid plains of the Kidepo Valley, which, despite its dryness, abounds with big game.
Uganda Has A Diversity Of Landscapes To Explore On Your Travels

3. Uganda Has Activities & Travel Experiences For Every Vacationer

Key Takeaways

  • Unique experience to offer vacationers, such as forest treks, bush-nature walks, and safari game drives in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Kidepo Valley, Lake Mburo, and Semliki
  • Birdwatch boating on Lake Albert, canoeing on Mabamba Swamp, fishing, white water rafting on the rapids of the Nile River, or tilapia - perch fishing on Lake Victoria
  • Exploring the snowy peaks and glaciers of the Rwenzori Mountains or the dormant volcanoes of the Mount Gahinga
So, what would you like to do on your safari holiday in Uganda? Not only does the country have a vast array of places to visit, every one of them offers a different experience to visitors. Whether it is trekking through the forests or game drives on savannah plains in Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo, Semliki or following Albertine Valley trails, Uganda has every landscape adventure you could imagine. Visit the Ramsar Birding Sites to spot an awe-inspiring diversity of birds, or explore local culture with a visit to small villages where ancient tribes have preserved their traditional way of living.

Would you like to scale the snowy peaks and glaciers of the Rwenzori Mountains? Or, maybe you're a mountain novice who would like to climb gentle slopes of Mount Gahinga or Elgon to hone your skills. Go boating to look for the elusive shoebill stork on the Lake Albert Delta or traditional canoeing on Mabamba swamp, river rafting on the rapids of the Nile River near Jinja, or maybe Nile Perch or Tilapia fishing on Lake Victoria. Perhaps you would like to explore the dry, arid expanses that host hot springs bubbling from the ground. If you are looking for beachside relaxation on golden sands with swaying palms and sparkling blue waters, we can make that happen too, even in the heart of Africa in a landlocked country!
Uganda Has Activities & Travel Experiences For Every Vacationer

4. Uganda Has Earned Accolades From Prestigious Travel Media Organizations

Key Takeaways

  • Country regaining its former esteem and appeal in the tourism circuit having celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence in 2012
  • Earned the first position on the “Best in Travel” list by the Lonely Planet and the African Bird Club has voted Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as its top birding site
  • Also earned accolades from the esteemed New York Times, National Geographic, World Travel Awards™, Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel + Leisure
Uganda has long held the interest and fascination of travelers, explorers, and pioneers from around the world. Now that its people are working to erase the effects of the brief interlude in their history that featured colonization, the independence struggle, and the infamous Idi Amin, the country is regaining its esteem and its appeal on the tourism circuit. In the year Uganda celebrated its 50th anniversary of independence in 2012, Lonely Planet placed the country on its “Best in Travel” list with the first position.

Kidepo Valley National Park was ranked third in the “Africa’s 10 Best Parks” list as declared by CNN Travel, while the African Bird Club voted Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as its top birding site. Uganda has also been featured on The New York Times travel section list for 52 Places to Go. National Geographic mentioned Uganda as 50 Places Of A Lifetime to visit. Accommodations such as Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Kyambura Gorge Lodge, and Bwindi Lodge have won the World Travel Awards™ while Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines have listed them as best accommodations to stay in Uganda.
Uganda Has Earned Accolades From Prestigious Travel Media Organizations

5. Uganda Offers A Fascinating Cultural, Religious Inclusivity & Diversity During Your Travels

Key Takeaways

  • Country home to 65 distinct tribal groups that are extremely tolerant of other communities
  • A delightful blend of traditions and cultures with a fusion of contemporary influences of the western world
  • Mosques, cathedrals, Jewish synagogues, Hindu and Bahai temples stand as a reflection of the warm, friendly demeanor of the people and their attitude of acceptance
Although the country has welcomed modernization with open arms, you will find Ugandans are proud of their cultural legacy and happy to preserve their diversity. Should you visit the main urban towns, you will discover that the country hosts 65 distinct tribal groups, and is extremely tolerant of all religions. Its mosques, cathedrals, Jewish synagogues, Hindu and Bahai temples in Kampala stand witness to the country’s enthusiastic, welcoming attitude. You will be delighted by the incredible creative talent of its young people, which is frequently on display in art and craft stalls that dot the towns.

Ready to visit Uganda? Be prepared for broad, happy smiles and effervescent, friendly Swahili greetings of “Jambo” fused from the neighboring Kenya and Tanzania — the oft-used term for “Hello!”
Uganda Offers A Fascinating Cultural, Religious Inclusivity & Diversity During Your Travels

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We recommend visiting Bwindi for your gorilla safari trek, and combining it with Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, and Kibale (chimpanzee safari) alongside your city tour visits of Kampala and Entebbe.

You may optionally extend out to other wilderness areas such as Mgahinga to track down golden monkeys and gorillas in the same park, Jinja for whitewater rafting on the Nile River, and Semliki, Lake Mburo or Kidepo for an offbeat wildlife tour.

You can end your vacation on the beach at Lake Victoria or even extending out to the exotic spice island of Zanzibar or Lamu, or even Mombasa.

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