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TOP TEN things to do in Uganda

Top 10 Things to do in Uganda

Plan your Uganda vacation around the top ten things to do in Uganda.

While Uganda is not as frequented as its more popular African counterparts, the wealth of experiences it offers certainly begs the question of why! Go gorilla trekking and come face to face with mountain gorillas like never before, marvel at its chimpanzees – the abundance of primate life in the country is truly staggering. And that’s not all.

Stunning ancient volcanoes, lakes rich in marine and birdlife, the Murchison Falls and the mighty Nile await. Spend time in the capital city of Kampala, a unique mixture of tradition and modernity with its palaces and skyscrapers jostle comfortably together. 

If you are wondering when is the best time to visit Uganda, or how to combine it with other African countries, our destination experts are waiting to help you. Here is a list of the top ten things to do in Uganda curated by our Enchanting Travels specialists, which should definitely be part of your Uganda travel guide!

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1Go chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park

Nowhere else in the world is there such a great chance to see the primates in the wild as on a chimpanzee trek in Kibale National Park, one of the top things to do in Uganda. Over 1,500 of these playful animals live here.

Head out with an experienced ranger in the morning or in the afternoon as you try to spot these swiftly moving creatures.

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2Spot gorillas in Bwindi

More than half of all free-living mountain gorillas are at home in Bwindi. In the volcanic mountains that border with Rwanda, the chances are very good to encounter the awe-inspiring gorillas during a trek. Encountering a 160kg silverback in the rainforest is the highlight of every trip to Uganda.

Be guided by a group of trackers and a ranger down the slopes of the national park as you spend anywhere between three and nine hours trying to spot the animal.

Uganda Safaris in Queen Elizabeth, umgeben von unberührter Natur

3Head out on a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda’s most popular wildlife reserve is Queen Elizabeth National Park. Explore the park on a boat safari and go chimpanzee tracking. On classic game drives, you will encounter elephants, hippos, antelopes and baboons.

Savor views of its beautiful crater lakes as well as the multitude of birdlife.

4Witness the lions in Ishasha

For a special highlight, watch the lions in Ishasha climb to the branches of fig trees during the heat of the day. They lie lazily around until they can go hunting in the cooler evening.

The open savannah plains of Ishasha are also home to the lithe leopards – try and spot them!

5Enjoy adventure sports in Jinja

If you are looking for an active Uganda vacation, then head to Jinja, on Lake Victoria. The white River Nile emerges from Lake Victoria, and adventurers can raft into the roaring waters, go quad biking, horse riding as well as bungee jumping.

Experience life on the riverbanks first-hand as you embark on a boat ride to the source of the River Nile. If you want to experience an adrenalin rush, white-water rafting in Bujagali is a must!

Exterior room at Semliki Safari Lodge in Semliki, Uganda

6Go bird watching in the Semliki National Park

Bird watching in the Semliki National Park is particularly interesting, as there are 40 bird species that are not found anywhere else in Uganda. Try and spot the 40 species of Congolese bird species.

The Semliki Wildlife Reserve nearby is home to the enigmatic swamp-dwelling shoebill.

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7Marvel at the birdlife in Lake Mburu

Bird lovers should also visit Lake Mburu. You can find 310 different bird species including the notably the secretive African finfoot, as well as other wildlife including antelopes, zebras, buffaloes, crocodiles and hippos that abound in the green acacia woodland surrounding the lake.

Enjoy an afternoon game drive or guided game walk, and unwind as you watch a stunning sunset drink in hand!

8Enjoy the majestic River Nile

Experience the magical calm of the River Nile, which flows slowly before you. At the delta of this mighty river, you can spot giraffes, elephants, cow antelopes and sometimes also predators.

The quiet stream is transformed into a torrential flood at a narrow drop of only seven meters – a popular spot known as the Murchison Falls.

9Explore the surrounds of the extinct volcano Mount Elgon

Like a fairytale world, the landscape of the extinct volcano Mount Elgon appears! Deep ravines and rugged rock faces alternate with rushing forests and moorland.

The national park, in which leopards, bushbucks, antelopes and elephants reside, is named after this former fiery mountain.

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10Explore the sights and sounds of Lake Albert

On the picturesque Lake Albert, you can observe hippos and pelicans and take in stunning views of the Congolese mountains. Visit one of the small dreamy fishing villages and soak in the tranquil ambiance.

Nearby Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve beckons with its various activities such as a guided bushwalk and night game drives. Bring your day to a close with a bush dinner under the stars!

Discover all the best things to do in Uganda by booking your vacation with our experts at Enchanting Travels. Contact us for your tailor-made and obligation-free tour itinerary.

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