Explore Uganda the Dream Destination for Ultimate Wildlife Safaris

Explore Uganda the Dream Destination for Ultimate Wildlife Safaris

Uganda is that one destination you need to consider a must to visit if you are looking to a memorable African safari. During your holiday in this tropical destination, you will get the best of ultimate wildlife adventures and even try out some of the most thrilling safari experiences in Africa.

Uganda is a relatively small country situated in East Africa. It lies just astride the Equator and it is one of the best travel destinations to visit all year round. Its unique location favors its natural wonders. It lies at a confluence where the East African savanna meets the West African forests! No wonder it has unique pristine national parksthat are quite different from the usual East African parks.

Of the 10 Uganda national parks, there are two mountain parks, three forested national parks and five savanna national parks. The most popular savanna national parks are the Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park while the forest parks include Kibale National Park, host to chimpanzees as well as Bwindi National Park andMgahinga National Park, renowned homes to the mountain gorillas.

There are two mountain parks that are; Mount Elgon National Park in the East of the country and the Rwenzori Mountains National Park home to the 3rd largest mountain in Africa.

The country also has several unique wildlife reserves that are home to a good number of wildlife species. If you are looking to a true African safari, you should consider booking one of the popular safaris to Uganda and get to explore this amazing destination in depth. Here are some of the reasons why you should consider traveling to Uganda for the ultimate wildlife safari experience:

The Mountain Gorillas

Uganda is a home to a huge concentration of mountain gorillas. There are just as few as 1000 mountain gorillas left in the whole world. However, Uganda hosts almost half of the remaining population of these unique and rare primates. These great apesare inhabited in two national parks; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Mountain gorillas are star attractions in Uganda and are the major reason as to why it is one of the best and most sought after destination by travelers.

The chances of meeting these rare apes on a gorilla trek are over 90%. Over the past 10 years, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has become one of the most popular destinations for gorilla watching. This unique forest park is home to about 450 of theestimation population of 1000 mountain gorillas that still live on earth today. To trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi or Mgahinga National Park, you need $600 to help you secure your gorilla permit that will allow you track one of the 17 habituated gorilla families in Uganda.

Home to over 1080 bird species

Uganda is not only a home to mountain gorillas but also to more than 1080 bird species thus making a prominent destination for birding safaris in Africa. The country hosts an incredible list of bird species with about 68% of birds in Africa and 12% of the birds in the world. They are distributed in different sites including the ten national parks, wildlife reserves, wetlands, forests and others. The birds to spot out in Uganda include elusive shoebill stork, African broad green bill, African green breasted pitta, African fish eagle, Narina’s trogons, jacanas, bee-eaters and many others. The most prominent birding sites in Uganda include Murchison Falls National Park with over 450 bird species, Lake Mburo National Park with more than 350 bird species, Kidepo Valley National Park with 475 species of birds, Queen Elizabeth National Park with 620 bird species, Semuliki National Park with 400 bird species and many others.

Big Five Safaris

Are you looking to a big five safari in Africa? You should not leave Uganda behind while planning your trip of a lifetime. In its national parks, you can look out for the popular big five animals that include lions, leopards, buffaloes, rhinos and elephants. One of the plus of taking a big five safari in Uganda is that you can see these animals in areas with no crowd. The country has taken the path of responsible tourism and most trips are conducted in small groups.

A home to more than 350 species of mammals

Uganda is a home to more than 350 mammal species with many exotic animals to see. Some of the notable mammals that you should see in Uganda include the rare golden monkeys in Mgahinga, forest elephants, several species ofantelopes, hippos, bats, moles, shrews, chimpanzees, giraffes to mention but a few. During your safari don’t miss out looking for the tree climbing lions of the Ishasha Sector that have made Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the best savanna national parks in East Africa.

Experience Game Viewing Differently

In addition, Uganda offers unique ways to experience wildlife in a different setting. The best way to experience wildlife safaris is by embarking on a game drive safari from which you will see animals from the comfort of an open safari vehicle.

You can also go for boat cruises that take you through several areas where animals come for a drink during the hot day. Don’t miss out a boat trip along the Nile River in the Murchison Falls National Park and a launch trip along the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

You can also enjoy a foot safari in selected national parks. All foot safaris are guided by a gam ranger and it is one of the unique ways you can see wild animals upclose. One of the most popular foot safari is rhino tracking in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Enjoy Exceptional Game Viewing

For exceptional game viewing experiences in Uganda, consider the following sites a must to visit; Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest, Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, Lake Mburo National Park, Semuliki National Park, Kidepo National Park and others.

For chimpanzee tracking, the best places to visit in Uganda include Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park/Toro-Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Budongo Forest, Kyambura Wildlife Reserve and many others.

In summary, Uganda is a must visit cheap travel to go safari destination in Eastern Africa. A safari to Uganda gets you the best of ultimate wildlife adventure experience in undiluted areas of natural beauty. The country is one of the ecotourism destinations that you must visit. From the mountains of the moon, to the starting point of the River Nile within the world’s second largest freshwater lake, there are lots of amazing wonders awaiting you. For any plans to spend your holiday in Africa, consider Uganda a must to visit and you won’t regret in life.

This is a contribution from one of our contributing writers.


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