Nile rafting, gorilla trekking and game drives are the three major tourism icons of Uganda. It is uncommon for someone to visit Uganda without carrying out the above activities. Even though Uganda has several other tourism activities to offer such as mountaineering, cultural tours, historical tours among other kinds of tours; these three icons stand out. Whether you are going on a guided safari or self drive in Uganda, here are the top 3 safari experiences that you should not miss in Uganda;
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Mountain gorillas are an exceptional breed of gorillas. Unlike all other gorilla species, the mountain gorillas cannot survive outside their natural habitats. It is for the same reason that gorilla trekking in Uganda is a special adventure experience.
Mountain gorillas can only be found in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic republic of Congo (DRC). The prices and the experience vary from one country to another. D.R.C permits are the cheapest, followed by Uganda, and Rwanda offering the most expensive gorilla permits.
However, the overall cost of gorilla trekking in D.R.C is also slightly higher than that of Uganda in terms of accommodation, transport as well as securing a gorilla trekking slot with Virunga foundation in D.R.C.
Uganda and Rwanda are currently more secure compared to Democratic republic of Congo. You might require extra security to execute a gorilla trek tour in Democratic republic of Congo. For the above reasons, Uganda is the cheapest mountain gorilla trekking destination yet giving you an opportunity to experience more of the pearl of Africa on a friendly budget.
Gorilla Trekking Experience
Gorilla trekking is a combination of a highland hike coupled with encountering some of the most endangered wildlife species on the face of the earth; the mountain gorillas.
To go gorilla trekking, you are required to secure a gorilla trekking permit from Uganda wildlife Authority. This can be done by directly writing to Uganda wildlife authority. You can also secure the permit through a tour operator.
The gorilla permit covers the park entrance, guide and ranger for your gorilla trekking experience in either Bwindi impenetrable forest national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park. The permit grants you an hour with the mountain gorillas however to have this moment, you might have to walk between 2 to 8 hours in the forest.
Our team of experts is always available to help out on your gorilla trekking itineraries in Uganda. They will also help you to book lodges where you will stay during your gorilla trek. On top of that, we also help you book gorilla permits.
The best of Uganda’s wilderness adventures lies in Uganda’s game drives. There are mainly four locations for game drives in Uganda; Murchison falls national park, Queen Elisabeth National park, Lake Mburo National park and Kidepo valley national park.
Queen Elisabeth national park main wilderness icon are the tree climbing lions, Murchison falls national has Murchison falls as its major icon, Lake Mburo has the antelopes as its major icons while Kidepo valley national park simply a bundle of non primate wildlife in Uganda.
Uganda game drives perfectly compliment gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda. For this same reason, Buhoma sector is the most popular gorilla trekking location in Uganda due to its proximity to Queen Elisabeth national park’s Ishasha sector.
The game drives will offer you views of African Elephants, Cape buffaloes, Impalas, Giraffes, Ostriches, Waterbucks, zebras, warthogs, Lions, cheetahs, Leopards, Hippos, crocodiles among several other wildlife species.
Since gorilla trekking is sometimes a costly venture for some tourist, we can also organize for you an “all game drives” safari taking you through all the national park and game reserves where you can have the best of the Pearl game drives.
White Water Rafting
Outside Uganda’s jungle adventures, lies one of the most epic, underrated adrenaline excursions; the Nile white water rafting.
Jinja city, the adrenaline capital of Uganda, and also the source of the longest river on the African continent does not only offer spell bounding views of the Lake Victoria and river Nile, but a true thrilling adventure of the Nile.
Though Jinja city offers a number of water activities including but not limited to canoeing, kayaking, boat cruise, swimming, among several others. White water rafting still remains one of the major Nile icons not forgetting Murchison falls.
White water rafting can be carried throughout the year; you do not have to worry about the peak seasons. Unlike gorilla trekking which has very limited slots, white water rafting has more slots since it is offered by different companies.
You can contact us today to the best tailor made Uganda safari incorporating the three major icons tourism icons of Uganda; white water rafting, gorilla trekking and game drives.