Visit Uganda Next
We love East Africa’s untethered natural wonders. The people are friendly, the food is warm, and the weather is wonderfully tropical. Visit Uganda for more than just the mountain giants in its rainforest jungle. Uganda is a friendly East African nation with rich natural diversity, diverse landscapes, and it deserves to make your 2021/22 Africa travel bucket list.
After the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic lock-down, many people feel the need to explore open spaces and get away from the city’s closed spaces. Vast savannah plains and forests, gorgeous nature and wildlife, exciting cities, and exclusive safari lodges await you here in Uganda. A perfect single destination that does not require crossing borders will get you out of your bubble and see the world.
There has never been a better time to visit Uganda. From gorgeous nature landscapes, mountain backdrops, a plethora of wildlife species to the myriad cultures and people, Uganda is an excellent choice for an Africa safari vacation. Here are the top reasons why you should visit Uganda next.
Why You Should Visit Uganda Next
The Gorilla Jungle Experience
Creating an unforgettable experience isn’t challenging when visiting Uganda. One of those memorable experiences in this remote destination’s jungles is tracking the mountain gorillas in the Impenetrable rainforest of Bwindi National Park. It is a phenomenal experience for any nature or animal enthusiast.
The jungle trek involves hiking through one of Africa’s oldest rainforests, rated as the wealthiest biodiversity destination, escorted among untouched wildlife searching for the remaining mountain gorillas. At numbers of only 1068, seeing one of these gorillas would be a once-in-a-lifetime memory.
The gorilla park journey is another adventure in itself, showcasing the beauty of Uganda’s countryside that has been compared to Switzerland’s rolling hills and valleys. The countryside emerald green blanket will capture your gaze and demand a “wow” out of you. We recommend taking the 10-hour drive from Entebbe to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and experiencing the raw, untouched natural Uganda countryside.
The tracking permit for the gentle mountain giants is reasonably priced at US$700 compared to the neighboring Rwanda destination (at US$1,500), and there greatly more to experience on a visit to Uganda trip like lion tracking. Another fantastic opportunity to live among Africa’s big wildlife names.
UWA is discounting all park entrance fees and permits for 2021 to all travelers. The gorilla permit for non-residents currently costs USD 400 per person. See details of all discounts.
Lion tracking in Queen Elizabeth National Park
The largest and most imposing African carnivore, and the most sought after member of the Africa Big 5 animals, the African lion, is the most sociable of the large cats, living in loosely structured prides of typically five to 15 animals.
Lions have special cultural significance in most countries on the continent. In Uganda, they enjoy a reputation as ‘king of the beasts’ and are popular symbols of royalty, strength, and bravery. Meet this undisputed king of the savanna jungle on a lion-tracking experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Lion tracking is a terrific way to observe lions in their habitat and learn from an experienced researcher. This activity gives you an up-close and personal insight into the unique behaviors of these fantastic cats.
Lion tracking is only done in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and a strictly small number of tourists are permitted at one time to make the experience intensely personal and accurate. The fewer people in the tour group, the less disturbed the animals will become.
he Golden Savanna Plains of Pain Upe Reserve
Visit Uganda next to marvel at the vast golden savanna plains and the wildlife that embrace the picture-perfect in one of Uganda’s largest game reserve. Pian Upe is the second-largest protected conservation area in Uganda, located in the Karamoja sub-region, the northern part of Uganda.
In the reserves, the predominant cover of mixed acacia commipphara savanna is essentially Uganda’s extension of an eastern savanna encompassing much of northern Kenya and the Amboseli-Tsavo-mkomazi complex of reserves on the border between Kenya and Tanzania. Providing dramatic contrast to the dry scrubby plains of Pian Upe is mount Kadam, an isolated range of spectacularly tortured turrets and bleak volcanic plugs that rises to an altitude of 3068m on the reserve’s eastern boundary.
For self planners who want a less crowded savannah experience, the reserve is mostly unexplored. With virgin, pristine habitat is known to harbor unique wildlife, including cheetahs, the greater Kudu, Roan Antelope, eland, and a vast array of unique bird species, including ostriches.
The best time to visit Pian Upe for animal viewing is January – March. This is a spectacular time to see the animals of Pian Upe because the majority of plant life is dry and dead. Animals will gather at a few main water sources. This is a great viewing time for animal life.
Pian Upe is not just great for conserving and viewing wildlife. The reserve gives you unique opportunities to enjoy guided nature walks and mountain climbing. Bird watching is another great activity to enjoy and explore.
The Myriad Cultures and People of Uganda
Like most African countries, Uganda is blessed with myriad indigenous cultures that are still practiced away from the modern western cultures that have infested the international communities. Visit Uganda Next, and you’ll immerse yourself in some of the undiscovered cultures in Africa, from the food, entertainment, spiritual practices, clothing, and languages.
Some of the most sought after Uganda cultures are found in the central region, the northern Karamoja region, and the most famous western Uganda region.
The central region, where the capital is found, is where all different Uganda cultures meet and converge. It is like the rainbow city of cultures. From the markets to the streets, the back roads, and into the nightlife, the capital city vibrates with cultural energy that will leave you yearning to explore every corner.
The Karamoja people are another incredible detail of Uganda’s rich cultural display. They are a nomadic group, moving along the Karamojong territories in northeastern Uganda with guard against the modern world’s intrusion. They do not believe in being influenced by modern-day life. Many find their villages a relaxed look into authentic African culture.
Visit Uganda next and explore the open-air markets. These are some of the most charming places that display Uganda’s hidden cultures colorfully. You can buy anything in these markets, from a small pocked souvenir sculpture to second-hand clothing, technology gadgets to various types of fruits to a quick meal by the bench near a fire. It’s the best way to feel, smell and see the variety that is originally Ugandan.
African Savannah Game Drives
It’s only in Uganda where the vast savanna plains fade into the rainforest jungles and the mountain ranges creating a dreamy natural world of wonders. Uganda’s savanna plains have not received attention as much as other East Africa Safari destinations, making Uganda the most incredible destination for a private wildlife game safari with little or no crowds. Most savvy travelers think a Uganda safari offers more privacy to travelers that want a raw intrinsic experience.
Over four wildlife game reserves across Uganda (managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority) offer this amazing African safari adventure. Take on a game drive in the vast savanna plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls, and Kidepo Valley National Park, and you’ll be met with a plethora of wild game roaming the plains.
Notably, on a Uganda safari game drive, you meet the BIG FIVE (African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, African Buffalo, and Rhinoceros) and many African endemic species, big and small. And most importantly, the savannah parks are dotted with some of the most unique and exclusive safari camps and lodges that will cater to your safari stay needs like a kingly traveler.
Uganda is also home to over 1000 species of birds, a great place for bird enthusiasts.