There are so many wonderful places to visit in the world that it can be difficult to decide on just one destination, but if you are looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the modern world, immerse yourself into nature, and go in search of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas, then Uganda should be the number #1 choice for your next African adventure holiday.
Uganda is still relatively new in the world of tourism, but its popularity is growing at an impressive rate. In 2018, some 1.8 million travellers visited Uganda, making it the country’s best ever year in regard to tourism, and those numbers are set to grow thanks to the development of new tourism products by the Uganda Tourism Board and the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
So, what is there to see and do in Uganda? Well, there’s more to it than Mountain Gorillas! Uganda homes some of the world’s most spectacular National Parks, impressive mountain ranges, vast lakes, and impenetrable rainforests, and so it really is the perfect African holiday destination for those who love the great outdoors.
You could spend your time Hiking the Rwenzori Mountains on an expedition to Margherita Peak, exploring the wonders of Murchison Falls, enjoying a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, trekking Uganda’s mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest, or simply relaxing at Chameleon Hill Lodge, where you will be treated to the most spectacular vistas of Lake Mutanda.
Uganda has much to offer the intrepid traveller, and while a minimum stay of two to three weeks is recommended for first-time visitors, you can do a lot in just 7-days. Here’s a sample itinerary:
Day 1: Arrive Entebbe and spend the rest of the day exploring the Botanical Gardens, the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, or take a sunset boat cruise on Lake Victoria.
Day 2: Take a scenic 5-hour drive from Entebbe to Kibale Forest National Park. In the afternoon, discover the flora and fauna endemic to this part of the world on a nature walk.
Day 3: In the morning, take a Chimpanzee safari to get up-close and personal with Uganda’s magnificent primates. If you are lucky, you may also spot Red Colobus Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Olive Baboons and Bush Babies. Later, visit the Crater Lakes before driving to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Day 4: Enjoy an early morning game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you could spot Uganda’s apes, leopards, and tree-climbing lions, along with a vibrant display of bird life. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel with its vast populations of buffalo and elephants.
Day 5: Drive approximately 4-hours to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, before continuing to your lodge on the banks of Lake Mutanda.
Day 6: Wake up early for your Full Day Gorilla Trekking Tour in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you will track the last remaining Mountain Gorillas on a trip of a lifetime.
Day 7: After one final breakfast overlooking Lake Mutanda, transfer to Kisoro airstrip for your domestic flight to Entebbe Airport where you will connect with your return flight home.
Magnificent journeys like these are available throughout the year, so why not visit The Pearl of Africa in 2019 and uncover the true beauty of Uganda on a Small Group Escorted Tour or Tailor-Made Adventure.