- September 22, 2023
- Posted by: Love Uganda Love Uganda
- Category: Blog
What to see and do in Uganda in 2024-2025? Uganda and its tourist Attractions
Looking for the top tourist attractions in Uganda this year? Look no further! Located in East Africa neighboring Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the Republic of South Sudan, Uganda is one of the best tourist destinations in Africa and the world as a whole. Due to its top attractions, Uganda is a prime destination for all categories of tourists. Uganda was named the Pearl of Africa by the European Explorer Winston Churchill having toured the whole continent.
In his famous book titled “My African Journey,” Winston Churchill talks about the uniqueness of Uganda. He talks about the geographical features such as rolling hills, snowcapped Rwenzori mountains, River Nile (the longest river in the world), Murchison Falls (the world’s strongest waterfalls), mountain gorillas, and tree-climbing lions, to mention but a few. Churchill was profoundly blessed by the fact that Uganda has almost all climatic conditions. Some parts of the country are hot while others receive cool weather conditions in many months of the year.
The major type of climate experienced in Uganda is the tropical climate characterized by tropical rainfall and two rainy seasons throughout the year. The country lies within the tropics and is crossed by the major latitude which divides the earth into the northern and southern hemispheres. One of the major tourist attractions that you should not miss on a Uganda safari is taking a picture at the Uganda Equator. The Uganda Equator lies a few kilometers away from the capital Kampala. It is here that you will get an opportunity to step into the two hemispheres at the same time.
Increase in Uganda’s tourist attractions – A result of Conservation efforts
Every day that passes, Uganda’s beauty multiplies as more effort is being directed towards nature conservation. Uganda’s tourism sector had not developed to its best in the previous years compared to countries like Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. However, with mass sensitization and the world becoming a global village, Uganda’s tourism sector continues to move up the ladder of growth and development. Uganda gives birth to more tourist attractions on a daily basis. More money is being invested in the sector by both the government of Uganda and the private sector. This has been evidenced by the birth of many tourist and travel companies in the year 2022. This is why we hope that 2024 will be a year for Uganda’s tourism sector to realize tremendous positive achievements. We’ll see Uganda getting more tourist attractions by 2030.
In this article, you will discover the top tourism destinations you should look up to if you are planning a safari trip to Uganda. Are you a solo traveler, a group tourist, a luxurious tourist, on your honeymoon safari, or a backpack traveler? Do not get stranded, Uganda is something that should be top of your safari list.
There are quite a number of tourist attractions that make Uganda a one-stop center for tourists in the African continent. Some have been discovered before while others are waiting to be discovered. Making Uganda your 2024 African safari destination will give you an opportunity to discover some of the continent’s hidden treasures.
Below are some of the attractions that make Uganda a top tourist destination.
Uganda is home to unique features which can never be found elsewhere in the world.
Talking about Uganda’s uniqueness – where can one start from? Let us talk about the source of the River Nile; Uganda is the only country in the world where the world’s longest river in the world starts its journey northwards up to the Mediterranean Sea. River Nile takes three months to complete the journey all the way from Uganda to Egypt. Those who visit Uganda on a Uganda safari get a chance to step into Jinja where the river’s journey starts. A European explorer by the name of John Speke was the first European to discover the source of the Nile. Do not miss taking a picture at the source of the Nile during your 2024 Uganda safari.
this is the world’s strongest waterfall. The falls are located in the Murchison Falls National Park – formerly known as Kabalega National Park. When you visit the falls, you will enjoy the waters as they roar like a hungry lion while penetrating through a 7-meter gorge. It is such a breathtaking experience that every traveler who visits Uganda never wishes to miss.
It is crystal clear that mountain gorillas in the world can only be found in Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The biggest number of these elusive species is found in Uganda within the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park as well as the thickets of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The two parks are located in the western region of Uganda near the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. They are a continuation of Virunga National Park located in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park. A combination of all these national parks forms what we call the Virunga Massif – which is a chain of volcanic mountains including the most active volcano which has recently erupted – Mt. Nyiragongo.
world’s largest Caldera
Mount Elgon Caldera is famous for being the largest Caldera in the world. It is located in the famous Mount Elgon national park which is a prime destination for tourists from all corners of the world.
Needless to mention the magical of Queen Elizabeth National Park. One of the world’s endangered big cats is the tree-climbing lion also known by its botanical name Panthera leo. In Uganda, tree-climbing lions can only be found in Queen Elizabeth National Park specifically in the Ishasha sector. Alongside the lions, you can see large herds of elephants and buffaloes loaming the Kasenyi plains of the park. The park was named after the late Queen Elizabeth II of England paid it a visit back in the day. If are you planning a trip to Uganda, do not hesitate to pay a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park and enjoy sighting the views of tree-climbing lions sitting in the acacia trees.
One of the best tourist activities in Uganda is chimpanzee traking. The activity gives you a chance to follow the human-like primates whose DNA is 98% similar to that of human beings. The activity usually starts in the morning and travelers are given a full hour to spend in the presence of the chimps upon encountering them. It is a moment worth your time and money since it is an opportunity to turn moments into memories. Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda can be done in the forests of Kibale National Park, Budongo Forest, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Kalinzu Forest, and Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) in Entebbe.
Uganda hiking safaris are unique
Uganda has several hiking destinations that are unique in feel and style. While some are challenging, others are easy to do. Think about hiking the Rwenzori Mountains commonly known as the Mountains of the Moon. The mountains have a snowcapped peak Margherita which is famous around the whole world. The Rwenzori Mountains are the third tallest mountain in Africa after Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya. The other hiking destinations in Uganda include; Mount Elgon, Mt. Morungole, and the Kigezi hills of the Kabale and Kisoro districts.
The other unique attraction in Uganda is the Bengal tiger. The presence of these big cats makes Uganda the only East African country to accommodate, the tiger species. This makes Uganda the only Honey pot for wildlife viewing in the Whole of East Africa. Uganda is also a paradise that shouldn’t be missed on your safari to Africa. Tigers are the largest cat species besides lions, leopards, and cheetahs that can also be sighted while on your Uganda safari. Tigers are endangered cat species that are threatened by poaching, habitat fragmentation, human-wildlife conflict, and habitat destruction. In Uganda, we received the Bengal tiger species that comes from the family of Panthera Tigris. The Bengal tiger is the largest of all the other tiger species.
The arrival of one white male and one brown female was through the exchange of 25 monkeys with South Africa. The shipping of these tigers from South Africa by the Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre costs $2000. These tigers consume about 150,000 Uganda shillings for 10 kilograms of meat. The tigers were introduced in Uganda for conservation roles of education, research, and recreation. The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre aims more at the introduction of more mammals such as the Kangaroos. It also targets the establishment of satellite zoos in the different regions of Uganda. It helps to boost the tourism industry in the pearl of Africa. For more information about Bengal tigers in Uganda, Click here.
Are you looking for cultural safaris in Africa and the whole world? Choose Uganda. Uganda has over 50 tribes each with its uniqueness. Having a Uganda cultural safari trip allows you to venture into diverse, creative, and hospitable cultures. Talk of the Karimajong in the Kidepo Valley National Park, the Ik, the Batwa of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Baganda city dwellers of Kampala City, the Banyankole around Lake Mburo National Park, and the Batoro of Fort Portal city and Kasese surrounding Queen Elizabeth national park. Do not miss including the cultural tourism experience on your 2024 Uganda safari and turn moments into memories. You will venture into their ways of life including hunting techniques, music, dance, drama, co-existence with wildlife and other tribes, and food, to mention but a few.
Uganda indeed has the best easy-to-combine safari activities. For example, nature walks can easily be combined with gorilla trekking or Chimpanzee tracking. Roads and airstrips connect Uganda safari destinations. This makes it easy for tourists to move from one destination to another. For example, one can easily stop over at the Kayabwe for an experience at the Uganda Equator and later on continue for game drives in Lake Mburo National Park. You can also kick start your Uganda trip with a stopover at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC) just a few kilometers from Entebbe International Airport.
Following the Uganda Western Circuit is a tremendous experience for all tourists. The only isolated national park in Uganda is Kidepo Valley National Park. Love Uganda Safaris and Tours Ltd is an expert tour operator in designing your Uganda safari so that it becomes an easy and adventurous experience. It is only in Uganda that tourists can do gorilla and chimpanzee trekking as well as a birding and wildlife safari at the same time. Remember that such a safari comprises other activities such as guided nature walks, cultural encounters, and hiking safaris, to mention but a few.
In comparison with other African countries whose tourism sectors have developed, Uganda offers relatively cheaper tour packages. It is in Uganda that you can do a safari of 1050$ or less and get an amazing experience. The Uganda budget safaris are less the same as luxury safaris in terms of experience. It is just a few things that differentiate the two, for instance, the mode of transport used and accommodation facilities. Check out how to travel in Uganda on a budget safari.
What is the best time to visit Uganda for a safari?
Uganda is one of the tourist destinations in Africa which are open for travelers all throughout the year. However, for greater experiences like gorilla trekking, safari game drives, and hiking, the best time is during the dry months between December and February, and between June and September.
Best national parks to visit in Uganda.
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – mountain gorillas
- Queen Elizabeth National Park – tree-climbing lions
- Murchison Falls National Park – Hiking to the top of the falls and the Big 4 animal experience
- Kidepo Valley National Park – Experience the Narrus Valley
- Kibale National Park – Chimpanzee tracking
- Elgon National Park – Hiking Mt. Elgon
- Semuliki national park – Birding
- Rwenzori Mountains National Park – Hiking Mt. Rwenzori
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – Gorilla trekking experience
- Lake Mburo National Park – Night game drives, zebras, and horseback riding safaris.
Uganda is continuously becoming a travelers’ haven, especially in the year 2024. Now that you know the top tourist attractions in Uganda, Plan your Uganda Safaris Now. Booking the Uganda gorilla trekking or chimpanzee tracking and wildlife safari is an opportunity for you to discover the hidden wonders of this magical destination. We can’t wait to take you through Uganda in 2024.