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How To Plan The Best 2021-2022 Hike, Trek & Bush Walk Safari For Uganda?

The wildlife parks and reserves of Uganda offer a wide range of trekking trails that you can explore. Going on an African safari bush walks allows you to experience nature in all her glory, and you will be immersed in a carefully balanced biome where the plants, birds, animals, insects, reptiles, and other creatures depend on each other for survival. While game drives are no doubt exciting expeditions to view the larger species of Uganda, nature walks give you an insight into how the wilderness function to protect and support life.

During your hikes, you’ll have the opportunity to see birds building nests and industrious insects gathering food, peek at the smaller mammals living in the bush, and admire cascading waterfalls. AfricanMecca Safaris can assign an expert walking guide and an armed park ranger to accompany you on tours and reveal delightful stories about the ecological treasures of the parks in Uganda.

Key Takeaways

  • Hiking and trekking expeditions to explore the hidden facets of the Ugandan wilderness
  • Sightings of small and large animals, tracks, droppings, nests, burrows, dens and several other cues of life in the bush
  • Spotting birds, reptiles, amphibians, tiny insects, and various other creatures
  • Several destinations to explore on foot such as Murchison Falls, Bwindi, Kidepo, Kibale, Mgahinga, Rwenzori Mountains, and Mount Elgon
  • Tracking down the magnificent gorillas, chimpanzees, and various other primate species

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1. Murchison Falls Hikes & Safari Bush Walks
2. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Safari Trek
3. Kibale Forest Walks & Hikes
4. Kidepo Valley Hikes & Walking Safari
5. Mgahinga Park Treks
6. Rwenzori Mountain Hikes & Climbs
7. Mount Elgon Hikes & Climbs
How To Plan The Best 2021-2022 Hike, Trek & Bush Walk Safari For Uganda

1. Murchison Falls Hikes & Safari Bush Walks

Key Takeaways

  • Hiking to the top of Murchison Falls to see the Victoria Nile gushing into Devil’s Cauldron
  • Walking tours around Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forests to see some of the endemic primates and birdlife
  • Trekking along the river banks to spot various fauna visiting to drink at the water’s edge
The highlight of your safari vacation in Murchison Falls National Park will no doubt be a trek to see the namesake falls. Here, the famous Victoria Nile gushes through a narrow eight-meter cleft in the rocks and pours into the Devil’s Cauldron below. You can trek to the top of the falls and then follow the trail beside them, which runs to the bottom. Revel in the splendor of the mists that arise from the waters and the eternal rainbow that hovers above the sparkling drops.

After exiting Murchison Falls, the river transforms into a placid flow and creates a delta that is famous as a prime birdwatching region. If you’re interested in capturing this beauty, the walking trips can last for one to two hours. Extend out to Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo Forests on its scenic trails; here, you can follow on your discovery of the plant life, primates, and avian and mammal species.
Murchison Falls Hikes & Safari Bush Walks

2. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Safari Trek

Key Takeaways

  • Trekking through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see the mountain gorillas in their last natural habitat on earth
  • Selection of different gorilla trails starting Buhoma, Rushaga or Nkuringo, visitors can choose treks according to their interests and fitness levels
  • Nature hike options at Kajembehajambe Trail, Munyanga River, Rushura Hill Trail, Muzabajiro Loop Trail, and various others
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is most famous for its gorilla safari treks, which you’re sure to visit as part of your safari holiday itinerary in Uganda. But the park is home to one of the oldest existing forests anywhere in the world, dating back more than 25,000 years and home to a stunning diversity of flora and fauna. As your experienced guide will advise, you have the option of beginning the hike in the morning, after breakfast or in the afternoon after lunch. The 3 to 5-hour Kajembehajambe Trail hike goes through the Rushaga region, while another 6-hour morning trail in the area includes a prime bird-watching destination.

While most hiking excursions begin at the Buhoma, Rushaga and Nkuringo trailheads, you can also go on a casual stroll along the Munyanga River, which circles Bizenga Creek. Intrepid travelers may consider exploring the 3-hour Waterfall Trail to see towering cascades reaching for the skies at 33 meters, or pick up the Rushura Hill Trail to the top of the Rushura Hill for panoramic views of the landscape. Guests who enjoy watching primates must try the 3-hour Muzabajiro Loop Trail for sightings of monkeys and birdlife as well as aged flora. Other must-do hikes in this iconic woodland reserve in Uganda include the 6-hour River Ivi Trail, the 6-hour Bamboo Trail, and the 1-hour Guest House Nature Trail.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Safari Trek

3. Kibale Forest Walks & Hikes

Tracking Chimpanzees Along the Forest Trails of Kibale

Key Takeaways

  • Trekking expeditions to find one of the 5 groups of chimpanzees in Kibale
  • Rare opportunity to spend 60 minutes in the company of the primates studying their habits and behavior
  • Two to three hour walking along easy forest trails suitable for inexperienced hikers
Kibale National Park is well-known the world over for its key attraction, the chimpanzees studied under the Kibale Chimpanzee Project and Ngogo Chimpanzee Project. The park has a total of 5 groups that have been habituated to the presence of humans and will let you approach them and observe their behavior and habits. You will be trekking for two to three hours along easy forest trails to find the specific chimp family allocated to your group.

A ranger and guide will accompany you to help find the primates, and once you reach them, you can spend 60 minutes watching them feed, take care of the babies, groom one another, play, and nap in the trees. A few might descend to the forest floor to, perhaps, examine their human visitors more closely.

Bird & Primate Walks In The Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary & The Kanyanchu Area

Key Takeaways

  • Looking for four rare bird species found only in the Kibale National Park, aside from 375 other varieties
  • Visiting Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary for its rich concentration of avifauna and distinct primates
  • Park overseen by the local Kibale Association For Rural And Environmental Development (KAFRED)
The fabulous diversity of avian life is yet another attraction of Kibale, which is why the forest is a favored destination for birding enthusiasts. Kibale is proud to host four different species that are not found in any other place in the country. The expert naturalist directing your nature trek will help you identify Cassin’s spinetail, Nahan’s francolin, blue-headed bee-eater, and masked apalis, among close to 375 other species.

If you are particularly interested in bird and primate walks, the Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary is one of the must-visit regions of Kibale. This protected locale is home to a surprising concentration of avifauna, and more than 138 various species have been identified. Bigodi is named after the Rutooro word kugodya, which means “to walk wearily,” and is overseen by the local Kibale Association For Rural And Environmental Development (KAFRED). Your tour consultant at AfricanMecca will also suggest that you check out the Kanyanchu area in Kibale, which is also notable not just for the fantastic array of birds, but also for sightings of several other primate species.

Hiking The Spectacular Crater Lakes Of Kibale

Key Takeaways

  • Hiking up small hills to reach the crater rims of the various lakes in Kibale Park
  • Opportunity to go fishing, canoeing, and walking tours around the lakes
  • Looking for the fabulous bird, animal, and plant life that abounds in the locales
Kibale National Park stands within the Albertine Rift Valley that has several crater lakes you can explore with hiking trips, such as Lake Nyabikere, Lake Nyinabulitwa, Lake Nkuruba, and Lake Nyamirima. Prepare to be enchanted by the stunning vistas of the lakes adorned with lush green vegetation and supporting a wide range of birds and other fauna. The hiking trails meander up hillsides and reward you with breathtaking views. Some of the trails can also be navigated with mountain bikes, and once you reach the lakeside, you can spend time looking for birds and primates or fishing. You will start the trek in the cooler hours of the morning and explore the lakes aboard canoes.

Night Forest Walk Excursion In Kibale

Key Takeaways

  • Exploring the forest in the twilight for sightings of nocturnal creatures that come out to hunt and feed
  • Spotting creatures like serval cats, civets, tree hyrax, potto, mongoose, and many more
  • Identifying animals by their calls and discerning their presence with the help of the expert guide with you
Wandering through the forests of Uganda after sundown is a unique experience that allows you to view the nocturnal creatures that remain hidden in the day. Kibale Forest is one place where you can spend time peeking into this whole new facet of the forest. The dim torchlight will reveal small animals like the tree hyrax, potto, mongoose, bushbaby, and other creatures that come out only in the cover of darkness. Predators like serval cats and civets hunt them for a quick meal. Excursions begin after dinner at 7:30 p.m. and cover the trail in about 1.5 to 2 hours.

In the absence of the bright light of the sun, you will find that your other senses are heightened. The scents of the vegetation will envelop you as your guide helps identify animals and birds by their calls. The chattering you hear is the chimps, while the high-pitched shriek is the tree hyrax. You may also hear the chirping of crickets or perhaps the hooting of an owl.
Kibale Forest Walks & Hikes

4. Kidepo Valley Hikes & Walking Safari

Key Takeaways

  • Wandering through the stark, but strikingly beautiful landscape of Kidepo Valley
  • Walking trips to the Lomej Mountains, Narus Valley, Namamkweny Valley, Kanangorok Hot Springs, and Morungole Mountains
  • Experiencing the hidden details of life in the bush like animal spoor, tracks, droppings, and other signs
Exploring the Kidepo Valley in northern Uganda on foot is an awe-inspiring experience. The stark, arid beauty of the area makes you appreciate how nature has adapted to the harsh climate. Take a 4-hour walking trip to the Lomej Mountains or the Narus Valley walking hike, which starts at the Apoka Tourism Centre and covers a distance of five kilometers. If you love birds, the hour-long bush walk to the Namamkweny Valley from Apoka is perfect for you. As you find your way through the valley, you can admire the tan sands left behind by the seasonal river or view the steaming hot waters of the Kanangorok Hot Springs, which lies about 11 kilometers from the valley. To add a cultural experience to your hike, consider a hiking trip to the Morungole Mountains to meet the Ik people.

Walking safaris provide you rare insights into life in the bush that you would miss aboard a 4x4 vehicle. Exploring the valley on foot treats you to sightings of hardy insects, reptiles, amphibians, and various other creatures that hide in the shade of the undergrowth to keep cool in the hot sun. Your expert AfricanMecca-assigned guide will show you how to identify passing animals by tracing their footprints in the sand or perhaps, spotting their droppings. Pick out fur caught on the branches or check out a half-eaten carcass that may tell you why its hunter left in a hurry. Each experience is thrilling, enchanting, and truly memorable.
Kidepo Valley Hikes & Walking Safari

5. Mgahinga Park Treks

Key Takeaways

  • Different hikes at Mount Muhavura, Mount Sabinyo, and Mount Gahinga, suitable for vacationers with varying interests and fitness levels
  • Visiting the Garama Caves to learn more about the Batwa people and their ancestry
  • Traveling on foot to Sabinyo Gorge, Kisozi Caldera, Gisozi Hill, and other locations of interest
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park stands on Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda and has a stunning range of landscapes to discover on hiking expeditions. Choose easy trails or tough mountain-climbing hikes depending on your interests and fitness level. If you would like to travel back in time to when the Batwa people formulated their defense plans, you could explore the Garama Caves by way of a 4-hour expedition. But if you prefer to view some of the rare birds in the reserve, opt for the Sabinyo Gorge Hike to the Rugezi Swamp, a region famous for its incredible avian life.

The Sabinyo Gorge Hike is best suited to more experienced hikers. Those looking for moderately strenuous trails could try the trek to the Kisozi Caldera or the border between Uganda and Congo. Reach the boundary by following a 5-hour trail that combines views of various animals and birds – and perhaps even a gorilla family if you are lucky. This trail will also take you to the top of Gisozi Hill, where you can enjoy stunning views of the park spread all around you. If you enjoy mountain climbing expeditions, Mgahinga Park has three extinct volcanoes (Mount Muhavura, Mount Sabinyo, and Mount Gahinga) that are now covered with beautiful vegetation and host different species of avian and terrestrial fauna.

When planning your trip, be sure to check with your AfricanMecca consultant about the difficulty level of the trails. The most strenuous climb is up Mount Sabyinyo (3669 meters - 12037 feet) and takes about eight hours. The Mount Gahinga (3474 meters - 11397 feet) climb will take around 6 to 7 hours, leading through bamboo forests to the peak that has a gorgeous marshland. Mount Muhavura (4127 meters - 13540 feet) is another option for mountaineers and is covered by an overnight tour. While the views from the top are utterly spectacular, you will need porters to help carry the camping gear necessary for the excursion.
Mgahinga Park Treks

6. Rwenzori Mountain Hikes & Climbs

Key Takeaways

  • Booking tours with the assistance of the AfricanMecca tour consultant who can make the necessary arrangements
  • Hiking excursions supervised by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rwenzori Mountain Service (RMS)
  • Choosing from treks like the Central Circuit Zone, Karangura Ridge, and Bwamba Pass, along with several other smaller trails
If you want to go hiking in Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountains National Park, be sure to advise your tour consultant at AfricanMecca so we can make the necessary arrangements with the relevant authorities. The Uganda Wildlife Authority and Rwenzori Mountain Service (RMS) supervise these excursions and maintain the living spaces and trails that hiking vacationers need.

Follow the designated trails that take you over the Central Circuit Zone and lead you to Lake Mahooma and Buraro Chimp Forest. You can also choose to visit the Karangura Ridge passing through the Kichamba community or pick up the trail that takes you to the Bwamba Pass. In addition to these well-trodden paths, the reserve has several smaller trails that also boast a collection of wildlife.

7. Mount Elgon Hikes & Climbs

Key Takeaways

  • Hiking to Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano that erupted some 24 million years ago
  • Focus of the UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve, Mount Elgon National Park
  • Reaching the main Wagagai peak by following the Sasa Trail, Sipi Trail, and Piswa Trail
Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano in Uganda. It last erupted some 24 million years ago and now forms the focus of the UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve, Mount Elgon National Park. The region boasts of a range of landscapes, including scenic waterfalls, mountain flora, savannah grasslands, and hot springs that you can explore during your active-adventure holiday. Since the park is little known on the tourism circuit, you can enjoy your treks without being disturbed by other vacationers.

The main peak to scale here is Wagagai (4321 meters - 14176 feet), which can be reached via any of the three main hiking trails – the Sasa Trail, Sipi Trail, and Piswa Trail. Each of these tracks a different realm around the mountain and treats you to fabulous views of the flora, fauna, and surrounding landscape. Other peaks available for you to pitch your skills against including Masaba, Sudek, and Mubiyi.

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