Top Places to visit in Uganda Activities & Attractions
Uganda is a bucket list tourist destination. We list the Top Places to visit in Uganda so that you can plan your trip well.
Mountain gorillas tracking at Bwindi impenetrable National park.
A sole purpose as to why many tourists come to Uganda is to enjoy incredible time with the mountain gorillas which are found in the southwestern region. Every gorilla group is headed by a silverback which most powerful in the community. He rules over the rest of the group comprising of females and younger males. The silver-back makes important decisions for the group and protects them from danger. Bwindi is home to half of the world’s gorillas that makes it the richest area to track them from.
Not only is Bwindi a home to the famous mountain gorillas but also a habitat for over 90 species of mammals, including 10 different primates. This is the richest area for mammals in Uganda and there are many other species to see, such as the black and white colobus monkeys, green monkeys, Schmidt’s red-tailed monkeys, and duiker. The gorillas are spread among 11 habituated groups and you can trek and track them once you have a gorilla trekking permit in your possession.
Bird watching in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi is the Eden of wonders to ant fun hunter where you cannot do one activity in this park. There are dozens of activities to do. Imagine doing gorilla trekking and birding at the same time, observing the 10 percent of the world’s bird species and a half of Africa as a continent bird species are easily found in Uganda and part of them are in the Bwindi park. Amazingly the bird species found here include; Turner’s Eremomela, Chapin’s flycatchers, Shelley’s crimson-wings, African green broadbills, bee-eaters, Grauer’s swamp warbler, and the abundance of butterflies. This makes it an ardent bird watcher’s point of concern.
Other favorite birds found in the Bwindi area include the black-billed turaco, black bee-eater, blue-headed sunbird, short-tailed warbler, bar-tailed blue trogon, and Kivu ground thrush, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Garner’s warbler, Africa blue, and white-tailed blue flycatchers, and red-headed bluebill. www.jewelsafaris.com is full of bird knowledgeable guides that are ready to help you see your dream birds in the pearl of Africa.
Spend time with Chimpanzees at Kibale National park.
Full of diversity, mind-blowing moments, thrilling times, an imaginable series of moments that are priceless. Here is the primate’s capital found in the cool rainforests, full of birds, plant species, and above all our immediate relatives know as the chimpanzees. Though there are other chimpanzee trekking points like in Queen Elizabeth national park, www.jewelsafaris.com highly recommends that you go and trek them at the center where there is a lot to see and explore.
You can secure your chimpanzee trekking permit with us at www.jewelsafaris.com and you will have an awesome moment with these huge relatives of ours. Not only will you see the chimpanzee but will also encounter other primates inhabiting the area, such as blue & red-tailed monkeys, red-colobus mangabeys, and the grey-cheeked mangabeys swinging in the forest’s canopy. Another of the favorite trails is the Kanyanchu Primate Walk to see some of the park’s thirteen species of primate. www.jewelsafaris.com is ready to trek gorillas with you.
The Beauty of Queen Elizabeth National park
The Queen Elizabeth National Park is still and will be the best park in Uganda for safari and is one the most popular destination in East Africa packed with diversity ranging from different wildlife-filled habitats, such as forests, wetlands, savanna grasslands, and a number of lakes. The Queen Elizabeth National Park sits on the western side of Uganda, which is about 5 hours drive southwest of the country’s Kampala city. A must-see animal during the game drive are climbing lions, elephants, antelopes, and buffaloes
There is also a fantastic Kazinga channel that separates the two lakes that is Lake Edward and Lake George to see hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, and a multitude of birdlife.
Sights at Mgahinga National park
The golden monkeys are a fantastic group of primates to see in the wild and can be relatively easily encountered on guided treks through the forest. There are a couple of different areas to find the monkeys, but the best place to track the monkeys in Uganda is the Mgahinga National Park at the foot of the Virunga Mountains.
The monkeys enjoy hanging around the stands of bamboo forest within these protected areas and the monkeys are now used to people, which means they’re more easily observed. However, the monkeys move fast so make sure you’re using your fastest lens speed.
The golden monkeys make a fantastic add-on experience to enjoy with the gorillas or the chimpanzees. The trip makes an ideal short stay in another area of Uganda in the Virunga Mountains to find the monkeys where there are only a few thousand individuals remaining. On tours to see these fascinating primates, you can visit the habituated groups for an hour at a time.
The golden monkeys are relatively small primates and are covered in long, golden hair. They are classified as an endangered species and are found in the Virunga’s bamboo forests. Despite protection, their population size is continually decreasing, but because they have been habituated by researchers, finding the monkeys is relatively simple as the monkeys are used to people and don’t run away. The fee paid for the permit then helps the monkeys’ protection.
Visit Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls is best known for its fantastic spectacle with water violently crashing through the narrow, rocky gorge and this prompted prominent people like Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway, and various royals over the years to visit this park.
It is home to many different wild animals such as hippos, crocodiles, lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, antelopes, chimpanzees, and many different birds. Though hunting had affected the wildlife population, the schemes have been put up in place to spring up and protect them from extinction. It is the largest park in Uganda and the Murchison Falls sits in the crown of the protected area in the Northern part of the country Uganda book a trip with www.jewelsasris.com and see your travel dreams fulfilled.
Visit and tour Kampala
Kampala is Uganda’s capital city and it the best stop-over point for all Ugandan tourists for a couple of days. Full of friendly, receptive, and hospitable citizens that welcome all the arriving guests and have a nice stay in the city.
Characterized by being calm and safe all throughout the year but busier as well. Full of night and party points from street to street. So favoring the party life kind of tourists.
Various markets to visit that offer a variety of produce, clothing, and crafts for sale, temples, cathedrals, markets, galleries, areas of historical significance, and museums to visit and so many points to be at while in this city that never sleeps.
Visit Ndere cultural center
In search of a place for traditional dance and music in Uganda near the city? Look nowhere just book a trip with www.jewelsafaris.com and spell the specifications out and it’s fulfilled. Ndere cultural center simplified the would-be a country tour in search for different tribes act but this center gathered it and all arranged for you. With dinner arranged and performances that can attempt a tourist to change his nationality status. The Ndere name locally called means flute, a symbol of the troupe with diverse and beautiful sound and the only musical instruments found across all cultures hence being used as a metaphor for unity.
This center is ready and dedicated to keeping the pride of Uganda’s culture by having the information passed to other generations through performances, such as dance, storytelling, poetry, and music.
Visit and see Lake Victoria
Visit the world’s second-largest freshwater sitting across three countries in East Africa that is Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania, this is where the head of the Nile River is that is historically the world’s significant river. It the home to fascinating features and attractions like; islands, reefs, species of fish, birds. Ngamba island is also home to the chimpanzee sanctuary and wildlife conservation area. And so many other points of attention here. Refer to our blog about this lake or visit www.jewelsafaris.com and book a trip to this lake exploring it.
Sights of Lake Bunyonyi
Situated in the southwestern part of the country next to the two districts of Kisoro and Kabale at the Uganda-Rwanda. This is among the top deepest lakes in Africa made up of several different islands totaling 29 in number.
This is a meeting relaxation point for both locals and international tourists because of the beauty it contains. The neighboring communities here are made up of the Bakiga and Batwa tribes with their popular traditional dances of the Batwa and Bukiga that will keep the tourist’s legs standing in excitement all day long. In addition to the dances is the boat cruise/ launch, nature walks, community walks all exploring the cute real spectacular, and the incredible scenery of Lake Bunyonyi. The lake derived its name from the fullness of small birds hence making it a top birding point too. Tap our site at www.jewelsafaris.com when ready to explore the fortune of Africa.
Tour Lake Mburo National Park
A relatively smallest park in Uganda full of wildlife that includes; antelopes, zebra, impalas, hartebeests, and many different animals and birds. other activities here include a night game drive and see the nocturnal only lion in this park., game fishing, boat launch, and many others. Birding here is a game at the next level bestowed for all bird-watching enthusiasts.
Kasubi tombs sights and sounds
Originally a palace for Kabaka Muteesa I later turned to his burial ground and also for the successors that ruled Buganda after he is the best point place in Kampala for acquiring the traditional cultural history of the region. www.jewelsafaris.com highly recommends you book a tour to Kasubi Tombs. It also doubles as the Unesco World Heritage Listed Site and the burial grounds of four Ugandan kings and the royal family. Kasubi tombs give an insight wholly to a guest about the Buganda culture. Culturally, important artifacts like the Buganda drums are used to communicate important events over long distances.
The palace is composed of around 35 buildings and around 300 people live on the grounds themselves. A fireplace is in the middle of the area where the fire is kept lit to warm the kings’ spirits.
The Buganda Kingdom is the largest of Uganda’s four tribal kingdoms and has high cultural importance for the country. On tours of the palace, you will learn about the various practices and rituals of Buganda and a visit gives a fascinating insight into some of Uganda’s traditional ways of life.
Reach and see Lake Mutanda
A small but beautiful, distant but worthy it is this Mutanda. Found in Kisoro District south-western part of the country Uganda best known to many as little Switzerland. It resides in the African Great Lakes area at the foot of the Virunga Mountains. These mountains give a backdrop of beauty in the back of the lake offering remarkable scenery. It also borders the Mgahinga gorilla national park best for golden monkey trekking on top of birding, of birds like cranes, ibis, weaver birds, and different kingfishers. Its surrounding forests also have reptiles like chameleons, monitors, and a variety of frogs. Other activities include the community walks at the Batwa community, islands tours and so many more all enriching your trip. Book now with www.jewelsafaris.com
Ssese island safari
Being founded on Lake Victoria alone makes them worthy to deserve being mentioned. These are series of islands situated in the northwest corner of the lake with the largest of them called Bugala Island where Kalangala town is found.
Main activities open to visitors too are fishing and Nile perch type of fish is caught through tourism best observed here. Not only are these islands habitats to human beings but also habitat for wildlife like different monkeys. This is the best vacation and relaxation spot surrounded by fantastic white-sand beaches. It can be accessed by boarding a ferry from Entebbe.
Tour the local markets
Ugandans just like any other part of the world residents have their unique way of running their shopping life. The tour to these markets will take you through a glimpse of the everyday life of a local Ugandan and believe www.jewelsafaris.com is not a fascinating experience to anyone who is not used to this lifestyle. Different markets here include the Owino market, Nakasero markets.
Owino market is the biggest in the central area of Uganda characterized by being chaotic and most of its products on sale except foodstuffs are second-hand like clothing. While Nakasero is so silent, relaxed, and full with the ambiance of fruits. It is also found in the middle of the city of Kampala much smaller than the Owino market and because of this can be more enjoyable. You can find many different things with a focus on fresh fruits and vegetables, but also clothes, textiles, shoes, and some electronics. Although nowhere near as big as Owino, Nakasero is the largest market in the Kampala central area.
Stand on both poles at the Equator
Uganda is wholly gifted that the imaginary line dividing the planet earth passes through it in the middle of its land. This is partly one of the rationales why it was termed as the Pearl of Africa characterized by varied water bodies, tropical rain forests, wet and hot throughout the year favoring the growth of pleasant plants, trees, and several others and all this are prescribed by the presence of equator in Uganda.
The main equator landmark in Uganda is at Kayabwe on Masaka-Mbarara highway which is about 2 hours to reach from the city. With several markers of equator scattered in other parts of the country like at Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is the second-largest national park in Uganda.
Best for taking great photographs to document the moment and to imagine where you actually are in the world. Souvenirs are sold too around this point and feel free to purchase one to blend up the visit to this part of the globe.
Visit the head of the Nile
After seeing, watching, and reading about the Nile River and how this mighty Nile river pour water in the Mediterranean Sea, spare time while in this African region or to visit and see the head of the Nile River it’s worth it. This Nile River has had so many vital historic events, has touched many countries before gushing its water to the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile located in Jinja the adrenaline capital which is just 2 hours drive from Kampala city via a tropical rainforest is among the world’s longest rivers ranking with the Amazon River
Some other activities around the head of the Nile River include; boat trips around the lake, mountain biking, horse riding, and other adrenaline activities. Jinja town alone is worth a visit and spend time seeing some of the colonial architecture. All these help to magnify your experience at the start of the Nile. www.jewelsafaris.com is ready to give you the best services that will complete your thrill in this mighty Nile River.
Taste the local Food
Sampling Uganda’s local cuisine alone is an experience of its own that any Ugandan tourist can thrill to. Uganda tourists are always chanced and provided to enjoy a variety of tasty dishes from Uganda’s many cultures. Amongst many dishes availed, the food to be tasted include; chicken, meat, or fish Luwombo. Not only Luwombo but also other dishes like meat stews, potatoes, vegetables, chicken, pork, fish, bananas, and yams. Peanuts and sesame seeds feature on your menu all all this may differ from tribe to tribe but www.jewelsafaris.com gets you all of the dishes in one place before going or during the wildlife safari.
Many of these dishes are prepared without ingredients to give you an authentic taste that you haven’t had for long.
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Uganda with its diversity, authenticity, hospitality, safety, beauty is capable of fulfilling anyone’s travel urge no matter the expectation level. Book a trip with www.jewelsafaris.com and you will understand the write you always read while on the ground.
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