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Top 10 Best Things to Do in Uganda

Despite its compact size, Uganda doesn’t lack in tourist attractions. Not only can you come within meters of a gorilla family, there are opportunities for boat trips on the Nile, volcano hikes, seeing the Big Five on savannah plains and watching chimps in dense rainforest.

Wondering what to do in Uganda? There are countless points of interest in this beautiful country. Aside from several popular destinations, there are many off-the-beaten-track places to visit in Uganda too. To get you started, here are some of the best things to do in Uganda.

1. Boating in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls in Uganda

Take a boat trip east on the Victoria Nile to Murchison Falls. You’ll see plenty of wildlife along the way; hippo by the hundreds, massive croc, and the possibility of elephant, buffalo, giraffe and acrobatic black-and-white colobus monkey swinging in the trees. The falls are the real highlight though. Imagine the explosive force of the wide Nile being pushed through a small narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment. Sit back and enjoy the sunset with a drink in hand while cruising back.

2. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mountain Gorilla mother with baby at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda

Treat yourself to a gorilla trek, rated as one of Africa’s most exhilarating wildlife encounters. The long hike through dense rainforest on slippery slopes, the relatively high price…it’s all worth it. Spending time with these gentle giants is a spine-tingling experience you’ll never forget.

 

3. Looking for shoebills on Lake Albert

Shoebill Stork

Take a boat trip on Lake Albert when staying at Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve. This Rift Valley lake teems with birds, but the ultimate prize is a glimpse of the odd-looking shoebill. You’ll probably get more than a peek. Sightings of this rare bird, resembling something from the dinosaur era, are excellent here.

 

4. Chimp trekking in Kibale National Park

Chimpanzee

Let the trackers lead you into the jungly depths of Kibale Forest in search of chimpanzee. The habituated Kanyantale community consists of more than 90 individuals. You’ll get to spend a magical hour watching them groom, eat, sleep, nurse, play or patrol (good luck keeping up with them). If you didn’t know it before, you’ll figure it out now: there is no doubt about who our closest relatives are.

 

5. Climbing Mt Sabyinyo in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Three Peaks Mount SabyinyoThree Peaks Mount Sabyinyo

Challenge yourself with a volcano hike in Mgahinga Gorilla NP. The park is located in the Virunga Mountains, which are dominated by several volcanic mountains. Tracking mountain gorilla is the number one activity here, but adventure enthusiasts shouldn’t leave before conquering one of the peaks. The ascent of Mt Sabyinyo takes you through mystical alpine vegetation, often shrouded in mist. The 3,669m summit is located at the tri-border point of Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). How cool is that?

 

6. Tracking rhino in Ziwa Rhino & Wildlife Ranch

White Rhinos

Get up close to Uganda’s only rhinos in Ziwa Rhino & Wildlife Ranch. Watching these prehistoric-looking heavyweights on foot is a thrilling experience. And since proceeds go toward breeding and ultimately reintroducing rhino into Uganda’s parks, visiting this popular destination is a must.

 

7. Finding tree-climbing lion of Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Male lion sitting in a tree

Spotting a lion, the king of the savannah, is always a treat. But can you imagine seeing the biggest, and possibly most clumsy, of the big cats perched high up in a tree? In the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP, big prides reliably spend their days in ancient fig trees. They look quite comfortable, too. That is, until they want to come down. Let’s say, you won’t confuse any of them with a graceful leopard.

 

8. Going on a night drive in Lake Mburo National Park

Let your gaze follow the tracker’s spotlight in search of creatures that are active at night in Lake Mburo NP. Under the cover of night, the bush takes on a different character. You might spot genet, bushbaby, nightjar and perhaps a leopard, the most secretive of the big cats.

 

9. Traveling north to Kidepo Valley National Park

 

Travel off-the-beaten-track to the true wilderness of Kidepo Valley NP. The plains, surrounded by rugged mountains, are teeming with wildlife, and you might not see another car on a three-hour game drive. A road trip through the tribal Karamoja region to get here is a whole adventure in itself.

10. Chilling on the shore of Lake Bunyonyi

Boat on the shore of Lake Bunyonyi

When considering things to do in Uganda don’t forget scenic Lake Bunyonyi, where you can kick back, hang out and do nothing at. With so many points of interest and places to visit in Uganda, there is a danger of never slowing down. If you want to chill for a couple of days before or after a gorilla trek, Lake Bunyonyi is the perfect place to do it. If you do get restless, however, there is plenty of opportunity for hiking, swimming, chatting to the villagers and even paddling a dugout canoe.

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Justo Nov 18, 2019

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I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019

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Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

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Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .