Top safari activities to do in Uganda 2023/2024

Top safari activities to do in Uganda 2023/2024; Uganda also known as the Pearl of Africa is one of the best destinations to visit when planning a safari in that it has a lot of safari activities to offer ranging from primate trekking, wildlife viewing, bird watching, cultural tours, mountain climbing, adventure activities like white water rafting, bungee jumping, horseback riding, quad biking, sport fishing among others. Uganda is a home of 10 national parks that you can visit during the safari including Murchison falls national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, kibale forest national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Rwenzori mountain national park, Mount Elgon national park, Semuliki national park, kidepo valley national park and Lake Mburo national park.

Top safari activities to do in Uganda 2023/2024

Gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking is one of the top safari activities in Uganda and it involves tourists moving on foot into the tropical rainforest in search of the habituated mountain gorillas and once found spend one hour with them in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both located in south western part of Uganda. travellers interested in gorilla trekking activity will have to first purchase the gorilla trekking permit which costs 700 USD per person for foreign non residents, 600 USD per person for foreign residents and 250,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

Chimpanzee trekking

Chimpanzee trekking is the second best done activity in Uganda after gorilla trekking and it also involves visitors moving into the tropical rainforest in search of the chimpanzees and once found spend one hour with them in their habitat. Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is done in kibale forest national park also known as the primate capital, Kalinzu forest, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park and Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park. tourists interested in chimpanzee trekking activity will have to purchase chimpanzee trekking permits in Kibale forest national park which cost 200 USD per person for foreign non residents, 150 USD per person for foreign residents and 150,000 UGX per person for East African citizens. Chimpanzee trekking permits in Kalinzu forest and Kyambura gorge cost 50 USD per person for foreign non residents, 40 USD per person for foreign residents and 30,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

Game drives/ Wildlife viewing

Game drive is an adventurous activity where visitors will be able to explore the national parks in comfortable pop up safari vehicle with a professional driver guide. Game drives in Uganda are done in savannah national parks that is Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo valley national park and lake Mburo national park. during the game drives, you will be able to view animals like lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, hyenas, cheetahs, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, bush bucks, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi, warthogs, giraffes, zebras, elands, impalas, topi, reedbucks, giant forest hogs among others.

Golden monkey trekking

Top safari activities to do in Uganda 2023/2024
Golden Monkey

Golden monkey trekking is an active and interesting activity that you can engage in during your safari in Uganda. Golden monkey trekking is only carried out in Mgahinga gorilla national park and it starts early in the morning with a briefing about the rules, regulations and expectations to follow at the park headquarters. Travellers interested in golden monkey trekking will also have to acquire golden monkey trekking permits which cost 100 USD per person for foreign non residents, 80 USD per person for foreign non residents and 60,000 UGX per person for East African citizens.

Mountain hiking

Uganda is a home of different mountains for tourists interested in mountain climbing including hiking mount Rwenzori national park which has the third highest mountain range, hiking Mount Elgon which has a large caldera at the top and hiking the three volcanic mountains in Mgahinga gorilla national park that is Mount Muhabura, Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabinyo.

Boat cruise

Boat cruise is another amazing activity that you can engage in during your safari as Uganda is a home of various lakes and rivers. Boat cruise in Uganda can be done on different water bodies for example boat cruise on Kazinga in Queen Elizabeth national park, boat cruise on Lake Victoria, boat cruise in Lake Mburo, boat cruise to the Source of the Nile, Nile Delta boat cruise, boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi among others. During the boat cruise, you will be able to enjoy views of the beautiful scenery, view animals like hippos and Nile crocodiles in water, view animals like buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, giraffes, among others along the shores, view water birds like the elusive shoebill stork, kingfishers, cormorants, fish eagles, hornbills among others.

Bird watching

Uganda is a home of over 1,080 bird species Albertine rift endemic birds, savannah birds, forest birds, water birds among others which makes it one of the best birding destinations. There are different birding areas in Uganda that bird lovers should visit during their bird watching safari include, Mabamba swamp, Budongo forest, Bigodi wetland, Mabira forest reserve, Semuliki national park, Murchison falls national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, kibale forest national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park, Bokora Matheniko wildlife reserve, Rwenzori mountain national park, Lutembe bay wetland, Mpanga forest reserve among others.

Cultural experience

Cultural tour is an interesting activity in Uganda where travellers will be able to interact with the local people. Uganda is a home of about 54 tribes and the most popular cultures to visit during the cultural experience include the batwa people, Karamajong, IK people, Bakiga people among others. During the cultural tour, you will be able to learn about the local people culture, tradition, way of living, visit their traditional homes, taste their local dishes, learn how to make traditional beer from bananas, listen to their ancient stories, enjoy their traditional performances among others.

Uganda also offers other interesting safari activities like sport fishing, white water rafting, horseback riding, Kayaking, Bungee jumping, Tubing, Quad biking, Mountain biking/cycling among others.

Best time to visit Uganda

Safaris in Uganda can be done anytime throughout the year though the best time is during the dry season which is also known as the peak season in the months of June, July, August, September, December, January and February because during this period there is less or little rainfall in the national parks therefore access roads, gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking and hiking trails will be dry and passable which makes trekking and mountain hiking easy. During the dry season vegetation in the savannah national parks will be short which gives you an opportunity to view different wildlife species clearly.

Uganda can also be visited in the low/rainy season in the months of March to May and October to November because that the best time for bird watching where bird lovers will be able to view variety of colourful and migratory bird species.

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