Uganda an East African country has a combination of diverse wildlife, natural beauty and warm pleasant tropical climate all year round. There are plenty of places where visitors can go for a vacation holiday or a day trip in case you’re on a short trip to Uganda.
Lake Bunyonyi Africa’s second deepest fresh water lake is located in south western Uganda. It is home to some of most beautiful scenery of its 19 islands surrounded by terraced rolling hills and village farms. The islands are best explored by traditional canoeing or boat ride. The lake has great accommodation including luxury lodges, backpacker camps, guest houses and home stays.
Lake Bunonyi is conveniently located close to Bwindi and Mgahinga gorilla parks. Travelers could easily spend a night or longer, relax and refresh after a gorilla safari as well as enjoy an array of outdoor activities. From swimming without risk of bilharzias, crocodiles or hippos, zip lining, bird watching, hiking to nature and cultural village walks. The volcanic hills are fertile and the kigezi region is renowned for producing healthiest fruits and veggies you’ll be served on your delicious meals.
Sesse islands are an archipelago of 84 islands scattered in the middle of Lake Victoria, the 2nd largest fresh water lake in the world. Bugala islands accessible by a ferry from Entebbe taking 2 hours are the main tourist attraction with white sand beaches, magical sunsets, nice accommodation and camp fireplaces. Visit Sesse to enjoy a natural calm and quiet environment for honeymoon or relaxing vacation. There are several activities to enjoy such boat riding, canoeing, biking, birding, camping, traditional fishing and swimming.
Jinja source of the Nile
Jinja town is located in eastern Uganda and it is where river Nile, the longest in the world starts to flow from Lake Victoria. A boat ride gives access to the source of the Nile. The cascading grade five rapids of the Nile waters make Jinja a popular destination for white water rafting in East Africa. Aside from rafting, Jinja has much to offer for adventure seeking travelers. The Victoria Nile waters create perfect conditions for swimming, boat riding. Other things to do include horseback riding, cycling, hiking, bungee jumping, all terrain quad biking and a two day house boat safaris is available for those who want to stay on the water and explore fishing villages. Downstream the Nile, there are river-side lodges, camping places, guest houses and several hotels that provide accommodation for visitors. Jinja town has rich history and culture. There are old Indian architectural buildings, food markets, bars and restaurants for all your needs such as shopping and partying.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Located in the heart of Lake Victoria only accessible by 1 hour and 40 minutes boat ride, Ngamba islands is a perfect place for honey moon and weekend holiday. Being located in middle of Lake Victoria Ngamba islands, it’s a place to sit back, relax besides, and enjoy the sun on top of the ultimate chimpanzee experience. Home to 49 orphaned chimpanzees; your visit supports their conservation. Take part in activities such as chimpanzee feeding and care giving. Just at the site birds can be spotted but you can also go for forest walks. Other activities you can arrange include sunset cruises and visiting the nearby fishing villages. The place has 4 permanent tents with double rooms and 15 camping tents provide fine accommodation. In the evening traditional dance performances are heartwarming than the campfire itself. Note, however, there are no beaches and swimming is not allowed except at the equator crossing in the middle of the lake.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage list in 1991 for its natural beauty, Rwenzori mountains national park protects Mount Rwenzori and the snow capped Magherita peaks are the 3rd tallest in Africa at 5,109 meters and definitely a world class tropical mountaineering destination. The park boasts 5 vegetation types that include beautiful everlasting flowers, rare plants like cloud forest giant lobelias and heathers, waterfalls, valley of nine glaciers, rivers and streams. Nature walks and hiking trails provide visitors a chance to walk through the captivating natural scenery. The park is a home to rare and endemic wildlife such as three horned chameleon, Rwenzori turaco and many species of birds and mammals not found anywhere else on the African continent.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Among Africa national parks, kidepo was named number 3 by CNN Travel for being the most beautiful and best place to see wildlife. More importantly kidepo is has no crowds and averagely 10 or less visitors visit the park daily. Kidepo is what a true African wilderness looks like. The park is a semi-desert rugged landscape with vast savannah plains, dry mountain thickets, borassous palm trees and the sand river valleys of kidepo and narus provide life to more than 77 mammals and over 450 birds. It has the largest single herd of buffaloes than any other park in East and central Africa. More importantly the park has animals that are not found anywhere else in Uganda. Game drives offer higher chances to spot animals like cheetahs, African hunting dog, ostrich, Aard wolf, jackals and big game lions, leopards. Outside the park, the indigenous IK tribes offer great cultural experience.
Kidepo is located in north eastern Uganda Karamoja region along the border with south Sudan and Kenya. Getting there by car takes 12 hours and 1 hour by charter plane.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Named among the 7 natural wonders of Africa by National Geographic, Queen Elizabeth national park is set in the rift valley floor against the snow capped Rwenzori Mountains. The park’s landscapes combine savannah grassland plains, wetlands, explosion crater lakes, underground tropical forests of Kyambura and Kazinga channel that connects lakes George and Edward. With most travelers visiting the park in search of abundant game mostly the tree climbing lions in Ishasha southern sector, you can still explore the area on foot for spectacular sightseeing. The best areas of the park to take in beautiful scenic views are the top of the world’s hike, the crater lakes trail, Bush camping experience at Edward flats, Queen’s pavilion, Kazing channel boat cruise and Mweya peninsular has the main tourist center, cafes, lodges, and camping sites. There is also the nearby Katwe Salt Lake; a centuries old salt mining industry has greatly supported the economic wellbeing of the local people and offers cultural experience. Travelers looking to go off the beaten path, Kyambura gorge offers chimpanzee tracking experience. There are a number of luxury and budget accommodations around the park.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo national park is spectacular place of savannah plains, acacia woodlands, swamps and lakes that provide home to over 300 species of birds and variety of mammals like zebras, buffalos, impalas, eland and topi. Spotting wildlife is done by horseback riding, hiking on foot and game drives. Bird watching is also fantastic and nature walks offer a chance to spot the shoebill stork. Lake Mburo, the largest of the 5 lakes in the park is explored by boat cruise searching for hippos, crocodiles, water birds and amazing equatorial sunsets.
The park has a wide range of accommodations including the luxury Mihingo lodge with outdoor swimming pool. Getting to the park is easy, taking only 2 hours drive from Kampala.