The Best Experiences to Enjoy on a Uganda Safari

Uganda is appearing on the list of the must-visit destinations in Africa for many adventure lovers. In this relatively small country, discerning adventurers can find a variety of amazing safari experiences in the country. From the renowned gorilla trekking in the thick jungle of Bwindi and Mgahinga to the classic game drives in the many savanna national parks.

While most tourists still regard Uganda as the least traveled destination in East Africa, its sprawling landscapes, thriving primate populations, expansive savannahs, and lush forests collectively establish it as an unrivaled hub of adventure. Allow us to introduce you to the top five safari experiences to enjoy on a Uganda safari.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Forest National Park

A safari in Uganda is never complete without visiting these rare and endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Trekking gorillas tops the list of must-do activities in the country. That amazing feeling of being a few meters from the huge male silverback as it’s protective of other members of the group, baby gorillas playing, females taking care of the rest, and also watching them interacting with their natural surroundings is a lifetime and memorable experience.

Uganda is blessed with two national parks where tourists can go gorilla trekking safely. The most common one is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park which is found in the southwestern part of the country and home to almost half of the remaining total population of mountain gorillas on earth the park is home to over 18 habituated gorilla families, the second one is the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which is also found in southwestern Uganda at the border of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is home to 2 habituated gorilla families that is Nyakagezi and Hirwa.

Game Viewing

Game Drive in Uganda National Parks

A safari to Uganda offers an amazing wildlife-watching experience whereby you can get a chance to see a variety of animals like African Elephants, Tree climbing lions, buffaloes, Leopards, rhinos, and many others. Uganda is among the few destinations in Africa from where tourists can watch the Big 5 games in their natural habitat.

Uganda is blessed with over 10 national parks and game reserves scattered all over the country the thing which make wildlife watching one of the best safari experience you can enjoy on your safari in Uganda. Among the common and must-visit national parks you should not miss when you are on your safari in Uganda include; Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park.

Chimpanzee Tracking

Chimpanzee in Kibale Forest National Park

Primates lovers will not leave the country without going for chimpanzee tracking, unlike Mountain gorillas where the tracking takes place only in the morning, chimpanzee tracking can be done both in the morning and afternoon, so it is up to you to decide when you would love to. for tourists to go for chimpanzee tracking he/she is required to get a chimpanzee tracking permit which is bought from Uganda Wildlife Authority headquarters in Kampala. The most interesting fact about chimpanzees is that they share 98.7% of the human DNA meaning spending a full hour watching them as they do their daily work is an amazing and memorable experience.

Uganda is blessed with more than 5 destinations from where tourists can track the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. However, the best destination to watch Chimpanzees is Kibale Forest National Park which is known to host over 13 different primate species and is home to several habituated chimpanzee communities.

In addition to the Kibale Forest National Park, the other destinations where you can watch chimpanzees include; Kyambura Gorge, Budongo Forest, Kalinzu Forest, and others.

Bird Watching

Bird Watching is among the amazing safari experiences in Uganda, with the country offering a diverse range of over 1,060 bird species residing in various habitats. When embarking on a birding safari in Uganda, you’ll explore an array of landscapes, from lush forests to expansive grasslands and beautiful wetlands. What’s particularly remarkable for birders to Uganda is that you don’t need to search much to enjoy a birding experience, as nearly all national parks themselves serve as unparalleled birding destinations.

If you’re still in search of the best destination to include in your birding safari itinerary, the Rwenzori Mountains endemics are among the finest, even though they are often overlooked. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, covering a vast expanse of 33,100 hectares, is home to approximately 350 bird species, including 23 that are unique to the Albertine Rift Valley. Consequently, you have the opportunity to seamlessly combine your gorilla trekking with bird watching and a host of other adventures.

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