7 Things You Can Strike Off Your Bucket List by Visiting Uganda
Uganda may be a small country, but it packs a lot into it. That can only be good news if you’re planning a holiday! It’s home to the source of the longest river in the world, the Nile, the tallest mountain range in Africa, and endless opportunities to spot wildlife. Although lots of countries in Africa have excellent safaris, Uganda is one of the few where you can track mountain gorillas in their natural habitat!
In this post, we’ll take a look at 7 of the best things you can do in Uganda. From animal adventures, tasty cuisine, to welcoming locals, Uganda has everything to be your next holiday destination.
Head into the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to catch a glimpse of gorillas
Mountain gorillas are one of the iconic emblems of Uganda. Ruhija, in Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest, is home to 3 mountain gorilla families, and one of the few places in the world where you can see these beautiful elusive creatures in their natural habitat. The area has been open to tourism since the mid 2000s, and it has allowed the establishment of non-threatening human contact with these magnificent beasts.
Gorilla trekking is an incredible adventure, but there are some things you should be aware of before you commit to it. Sightings of the gorillas is not 100% guaranteed, although your guides will try as hard as they can to find the animals. It may include strenuous physical activity, so good fitness is recommended for this experience!
It’s always better to have a place to stay when you are going on a vacation so you can head over to Ruhija Gorilla Lodge for a comfortable and relaxing place to rest and stay.
See more than 400 species of birds in Semuliki National Park
It’s not just birds that make the park worth a visit though. The primordial hot springs of Sempaya are an important location in the forest. They’re used in the local Bamuga people’s traditional rituals!
See the big 5 on safari!
Semuliki National Park is not only known for its birds and hot springs. One of the best activities in Uganda is taking a game drive through the park. With a bit of luck, you’ll be able to tick all of the big 5 off your list! By the way, that’s the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, and cape buffalo.
The Semeuli River is the best place to spot buffaloes and elephants, and you’re likely to see crocodiles too. A game drive through the park is a great way to see not only the big 5, but the 53 mammals that call it home. Flying squirrels and pygmy antelope are 2 that you’re very unlikely to see anywhere else!
Try arguably one of the best cuisines in Africa
If you’re enjoying such amazing adventures, you’ll need something to keep your energy sustained. It’s a good job then that Uganda is home to some of the best cuisine in Africa, right?! Blessed with rivers and lakes aplenty, fish is a common staple of a Ugandan meal. Not only that, but you can also enjoy juicy fruit, delicious banana based dishes, and hearty stews, all of which are commonplace across the country. But do take note that every tribe and region have a number of different specialities, each of which will make your mouth water more than the last.
Take a sunset walk along the shores of the tranquil Lake Albert
A lot of the entries on our list of the best things you can strike off your bucket list by visiting Uganda involve a lot of exercise and can be quite overwhelming. Bucket list activities don’t always have to be that way. Sometimes, the perfect thing to do is just relax, take some time to yourself, and appreciate the views. There’s nowhere better to do that than Lake Albert. The lake even has a sandy beach! If you’re travelling with a loved one, the lake is a perfect backdrop for not only a walk, but also a romantic dinner or some wildlife watching during sunset or under the stars.
Trek chimpanzees in the Budongo Forest
You’ve already seen one of the world’s most impressive primates in the Bwindi Impenetrable State Forest. However, did you know that Uganda is not only home to gorillas, but chimpanzees too? There are over 5,000 in Uganda, and you give yourself a very real chance of seeing them if you visit in the rainy season. That’s because they can find food more easily at this time of year. Chimpanzee trekking last around 4 – 6 hours and as well as seeing these hairy beasts, you should also keep your eyes peeled for elephants, birds, and if you’re really lucky – LIONS!
Stay in a luxurious five star game lodge
If you’re planning a bucket list adventure, you want to stay somewhere that befits your trip, yes?! Of course you do. It’s a good job that Nyati Game Lodge offers easy access to both Lake Albert and Semuliki National Park. Luxurious tented accommodation set against a beautiful backdrop makes this five star accommodation the perfect place to make unforgettable memories after busy days tracking chimpanzees and watching. And you’ll have plenty of opportunities to try that delicious Ugandan cuisine that we mentioned earlier!
If you want to know about this stylish game lodge, check out their website: Nyati Game Lodge.
Now that you know exactly what you want to tick off your bucket list…
You’ll be wanting to head to Uganda as soon as possible! But perhaps you’ll need a little help with getting around and finding the best experiences for you. If there’s anything you need assistance with, get in touch with the team at Asyanut Tours and Safaris. They can help you plan your trip and really make the most of your trip to Uganda!