Uganda is where East African savanna meets Central African jungle.
Where else but in this enchanting country can you observe lions under an acacia tree in the morning, cruise down the Nile in the afternoon, and the next day journey into lush rainforests to track chimpanzees?
With 28 national parks, protected areas, and wildlife sanctuaries, Uganda offers a safari experience like nowhere else.
Encountering one of these gentle giants in the Ugandan forest is well worth the effort of a mountain gorilla trek!
The Mountain Gorilla
Deep in the misty green wilderness, you may meet the rockstar of Uganda: the mountain gorilla. About half of the world’s 1,000 remaining mountain gorillas dwell here in Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest, a World Heritage Site. Several more live in nearby Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
The parks allow a limited number of travelers each year to track these amazing creatures with the help of expert guides. Staring deep into the eyes of these endangered apes will be a time-treasured moment and not easily forgotten.
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A chimp baby relaxes with an adult family member in Uganda; Photo Credit: Charles Steinburg
Meet the Chimpanzees
Chimpanzees are easier to find than mountain gorillas. Excellent places to encounter them include Kibale Forest National Park and Kyambura Gorge in southwestern Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest, and Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria, near Entebbe.
Rafting the Nile River is an adventure not meant for the faint of heart!
Exploring the Nile
The Nile River begins in Uganda, coursing north through the country from its source near Lake Victoria. Crossing miles of varied terrain, the Nile will give you a perspective on Uganda like no other.
At Murchison Falls National Park, relaxed boat cruises provide a great opportunity to observe animals as they come down to the water’s edge to drink. The Nile supports the largest concentration of hippos and crocodiles in Africa and a dazzling variety of water birds, including the rare shoebill. The views of the Murchison Falls as you approach by boat are spectacular.
Near the source of the Nile River on Lake Victoria, the city of Jinja is affectionately known as the “Adventure Capital of East Africa.” A rafting adventure on this world-famous river isn’t for the faint of heart. But it is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience for those who want the bragging rights of rafting the Nile!
Other Ugandan Highlights
Uganda’s flora and fauna are incredible. The Albertine Rift is a biodiversity hotspot, and Lake Victoria has one of the world’s highest concentrations of endemic fish. More than one thousand bird species have been identified in Uganda.
In the lowlands of Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can observe hippos and elephants bathing in the Nile or glimpse a leopard napping in an acacia tree. Head over to Murchison Falls National Park to navigate the shores of Lake Albert delta, a pristine inland delta where you’re likely to encounter giraffes, lions, antelope, Cape buffaloes, and countless varieties of birds.
The people of Uganda are equally fascinating. Wherever you go, take time to explore the local cultures. Learn forest survival skills, visit a coffee farm, cook traditional meals, or listen to elders tell stories of their people.
Whether you’re a first-time traveler or a veteran of African travel, a safari to Uganda will always be rewarding.
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