Best Uganda Safaris, Uganda Wildlife Safaris, Uganda Tour Activities You Shouldn’t Miss – Acacia Adventure Tours
Uganda safaris are so diverse and can be confusing to choose from. Here are the #39 best Uganda safaris you shouldn’t miss making part of your Uganda tour with Acacia Safaris Uganda. Dubbed the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is indeed a country worth visiting with lots of safari activities to do and attractions to see. There are several Best safaris to Uganda that a traveler can get involved in with the best of them being gorilla trekking, wildlife safaris, bird watching chimpanzee tracking, mountain climbing, and white water rafting. Uganda is a travel destination actually suitable for any type of tourist be it solo travelers, couples, families, groups, children, or students. There are activities suitable for everyone.
Any tourists from any part of the world can visit Uganda and have a safari at any time of the year as long as they make prior preparations and bookings. There are also age restrictions for some activities and the minimum age for entering most of the national parks is 6 years and children below the age of 15 are not allowed to trek mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Persons below the age of 15 are also not allowed to undertake chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo forest, or Kyambura Gorge close to Queen Elizabeth National Park. For these activities, travelers especially families can decide to have the children stay back at the hotel or ask Acacia safari Uganda to customize kid-friendly activities for them at the time the adults are having their activities.
Age restrictions are set to ensure that those who decide to undertake these activities are capable of doing them fully without irrational behavior towards wildlife. Children (ages 5-15) are referred to as unpredictable and therefore there is no guarantee that they will follow the rules and regulations for the different activities. This is why they are not recommended for the different activities. Other activities may not be based on age but on the love for adventure an individual has. Activities like white water rafting require an individual that is highly adventurous and can dare to undertake the activity.
Budgeted Uganda Safaris – Travel by National Parks
Wildlife Safaris in Uganda (Ultimate) Adventure Tours – Acacia Safaris
Wildlife Safaris in Uganda (Ultimate) Adventure Tours Organized by Acacia Safari Uganda takes travelers for Wildlife viewing which is one of the main reasons why tourists visit and explore Uganda the pearl of Africa. Explore Uganda Pearl of Africa with its tropical forests and Savannah plains makes a backdrop for a variety of flora and fauna species, this makes Uganda offer great adventures of a lifetime to the world.
Uganda is home to about 330 mammal species. Among these include the big five African games which are the buffaloes, rhinos, elephants, lions, and leopards. These can be seen in 3 of the national parks which are Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park; however, rhinos can only be seen at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
Mountaineering & Mountain Climbing Tours in Uganda
Apart from its popularity with mountain gorillas, the Pearl of Africa is the best destination to experience mountain climbing tours and adventures with various mountains and volcanoes located in different country corners. There are short and long Mountain Climbing Tours spots to meet your skill, fitness, and expectations situated in World Heritage Sites such as Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and Mt Elgon National Park. The mountaineering spots reward hikers with spectacular views of nearby communities, wildlife, and other neighborhood attractions.
Uganda Gorilla Safaris (Ultimate) Gorilla Trekking Experience | Acacia Safaris Uganda
Gorilla trekking in Uganda safaris tour exposes you to the critically endangered mountain gorillas which are the only ones left in the whole world but to be found only in the Virunga Massif. The Virunga Massif borders three countries of Uganda, Rwanda, and Eastern Congo. This rainforest is partitioned into four national parks with different Valconic mountains to hike while on a gorilla trekking tour.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda, Mgahinga Gorilla national park also in Uganda. Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, and the Virunga National Park in Congo, are strategically located in the eastern Congo. Gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, take you the adventure and discover almost half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park and Mgahinga.
Uganda National Parks / Where to go for Uganda Wildlife and Gorilla Tours in Uganda Safaris
Looking for where to go for Uganda wildlife safaris or Uganda gorilla safaris, choose from the ten Gazetted Uganda National Parks for a great wild experience plus a number of Natural Forests and Natural Reserve areas, with a broad range of Uganda safaris and wildlife experiences. Among the significant attractions are the boat–launch trips (in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo), nature walks, and game drives in any park.
Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, has ten national parks displaying the best of East Africa. The Rift Valley landscapes and tropical forests make dramatic backdrops to an extensive variety of flora and fauna. Managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the parks offer traditional savanna Uganda safaris tours along with boat tours, forest hikes, mountain climbing, and wildlife research activities.
Uganda is unrivaled on the continent as a bird-watching destination with over 1,000 species of birds several of which are found nowhere else on the planet and this will make your Uganda Safaris always hint in your Memories. It is also home to 13 types of primates including over half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas and our closest relative the chimpanzee.
On Your Uganda Safaris Tour, you will Explore the wild Kidepo Valley; the Murchison Falls, and the giraffe in Murchison Falls national park spot Queen Elizabeth tree-climbing lions; cruise the Nile; trek up the Mgahinga; summit the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains; take on Bwindi’s“impenetrable forest” learn ancient tribal traditions and handicrafts, or just relax at your lodges surrounded by the wonderful sights and sounds of Africas most hospitable destination.
Murchison Falls National Park – “The World’s Strongest Waterfalls”
Fantastic people from across the globe come to this enchanting national park with the captivating Murchison falls having stirred at the irresistible impulse to travel in them. Being in the middle of the park and undoubtedly its claim to fame, Murchison falls is sure to fall on the bucket lists of many travel specialists.
Lose yourself as you adventure the determined white Nile explodes through a narrow gorge from the outlet of Lake Victoria and collapse into a mystifying wall of mist, blushing with the hues of the rainbow and drenching you with awe. The vigorous, rock grinding drop is surely a jaw-dropping sight.
Fall in love with these Murchison falls as its splendor encloses you and renders you speechless. Embrace the unmistakable heartthrob of the landscape and let it calm your qualms with its mere intensity. Close your eyes and listen to the gurgling of the Nile, with the subtle hissing of its wildlife in the background.
The drive to the National park is about 320Kms and takes about 6 hours to reach from Entebbe. The wait is worth it once you see how mesmerizing the falls are. Claim the enticing odds of meeting four out of the big five, which includes the mighty Lions, leopards, elephants, and buffaloes.
Murchison Falls National Park is brimming with as many as 75 species of mammals and over 451 species of birds. Be it in the winds, the waters, or on land, this national park hosts a surprise anywhere you look. Notable visitors to the park include Sir Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway, and several British royals.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda gorilla safari destination is located in southwestern part of Uganda with thick vegetation like its name suggests.
Every day when tourists go out for the famous mountain gorilla trekking adventure, the ranger guides have to cut vegetation for trackers to access way to where mountain gorillas nested the previous night.
It is the true African jungle with droplets of the sun coming through the think forest cover giving you a feeling of being in paradise with zero pollution from several emissions common to our daily environment.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994 because of its rich diversity in hosting different flora and fauna and being home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.
The park covers an area of 321 km2 all of which is forested with some areas being covered by bamboo and shrubs. The forest lies on steep slippery valleys with ridges and hilltops.
The weather in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is chilly because of the immense canopy, you are advised to carry some warm clothing for evenings and long-sleeved shirts/trousers to wear while doing the mountain gorilla trekking activity.
For the ultimate experience to anyone who chooses to trek the mountain gorillas or search for birds, butterflies or shrubs, you need to be in good physical condition to go up and down the terrain. It lies at an altitude between 1160m-2607m above sea level.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park, named after Queen Elizabeth II of England after her visit in 1952, is one of the top Uganda safaris destinations. It is located in southwestern Uganda and lies astride the Equator with monuments on both sides of the road making latitude 00.
It is in the Albertine region along with Kyambura and Kigezi wildlife resources, which brings together the most diverse ecosystem in Africa. The rich biodiversity of crater lakes, forests, savannah, woodland, acacia, and numerous animal, plant, and bird species lie on an area of 1978km2.
This is the most visited park in Uganda maybe because of its name but also is easily accessible for those traveling by public transport. Numerous crater lakes in Queen Elizabeth give incredible scenery.
Have stopovers at Nyamununka crater lake also known as the hospital for animals, many visit it to have their wounds treated or the aging animals for its waters that contain Sulphur. Take a trip to the salt mining craters, Lake Katwe or Lake Bunyampaka.
Enjoy the sunset over Lake Edward and Rwenzoris in the backdrop. Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park is home to the famous tree-climbing lions that choose the branches of acacia trees after the night/early morning meals. The trees also provide the needed shed from the scorching sun which raises them to experience the winds.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Uganda’s most spectacular and remote parks tucked in the northeastern corner bordering Kenya and South Sudan. The park covers an area of 1,442 square kilometers and has an altitude ranging between 914m and 2750m. Kidepo Valley harbors scenery that is not in any other parks in East Africa. The park has a semi-arid climate with one rainy season from April – to September.
The park has two rivers i.e. Narus River and the Kidepo River and the two rivers are seasonal. This means that in the dry season they dry out, as such the only water in the park is in the wetlands and remnant pools along the Narus valley.
Stroll along the Kidepo River in the dry season and enjoy its 50m bed of white sand between banks covered by Borassus palm trees. You will be surprised to find heavily flowing rivers during the rainy season, such a unique setting, and a ‘beach’ during the dry season.
Wildlife in Kibale National Park
Animals in Kidepo national park
Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Africa’s most magnificent wildernesses. The park boasts 77 species of mammals including – elephants, Rothschild’s giraffe, Burchell’s Zebra, Oribi, Klipspringer, Bohor Reedbuck, eland, hartebeest, lion, hyena and cheetah, leopard, striped jackals, and perhaps Africa’s largest single herd of Cape buffalo – roaming grasslands that extend in all directions towards distant ranges.
Many species in this park are nowhere else in Uganda like Cheetahs, Eland, and Kudu. On occasions, you will see a white-eared Kob from neighboring South Sudan.
Birds in Kidepo Valley national park
The park is also rich in birdlife with 465bird species and some of which in Uganda are only in Kidepo valley national park and the Karamoja region. In protected areas, Kidepo Valley is next to Queen Elizabeth national park.
The birds to look out for include; Ostrich, Secretary bird, little green bee-eater, Kori bustard, Pygmy falcon, and Karamoja Apalis. Kidepo is notable for its 58 species of prey including Verreaux’s eagle, Egyptian vulture, and pygmy falcon, and 14 of these are believed to be endemic to Kidepo and Karamoja region.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is one of the most attractive national parks in Uganda with varied tracts of tropical rain-forest and a multiplicity of animals.
It is located in western Uganda slightly off the Equator but yet a rain-forest. The annual temperature ranges between 14-27C and is generally cool unless you visit the south where the altitude is lower tending to the hot rift valley bed.
It is the “primate capital of East Africa” with 13 different primate species. It is home to more than 1,450 chimpanzees protected within its borders of 795km2.
It is by far the best place to see Chimps in East Africa. The chimpanzees have been habituated for over 16 years, giving you a chance to see the great apes in their natural environment.
Children have to be 15 years and above to track the Chimpanzees. If younger they can opt to see chimpanzees at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
The forest’s varied altitude supports different habitats from woodland, Savannah, to wet tropical forest and semi-deciduous dry tropical forest which make the park to be a great habitat for numerous wildlife.
Animals in Kibale national park: The mammal species in the Kibale forest are estimated at 60 and include leopards, duikers, antelopes, forest elephants, forest buffaloes, golden cats, warthogs, and bush pigs.
These are rare to see unlike the ones in the Savannah grasslands because they are shy and have limited human interactions.
On a given day you might see a few elephants or only find footprints as you move in the forest and on rare occasions sight them. However, the main attraction is the 13 species of primates that reside in the Kibale forest with chimpanzees being the prime attraction.
The primates include bush babies, L’Hoest’s monkey, red colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, blue monkey, Vervet monkeys, Potto, and Chimpanzees.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is the smallest park in Uganda covering an area of 33.7km2. It is located in the southwestern tip of Uganda in Kisoro district. The park adjoins Rwanda’s volcano and the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Virunga national parks and is part of the Virunga conservation area.
The park takes its name from “Gahinga” – the local word for piles of volcanic stones cleared from farmlands. It covers an altitude between 2227m – 4127m above sea level. While in the park, you will experience six vegetation types, Afromontane, tree heathers, montane forest, bamboo, montane woodland, and former farmland.
The Virunga ranges found in Virunga massif have eight volcanoes of which three of these conical peaks are in Uganda’s Mgahinga Gorilla national park. Muhavura being the highest peak at 4,127m – the name is translated ‘guide’ in the local language, they used it as a reference to give direction because it towered above everything else.
It has panoramic views of Uganda and Rwanda with a clear lake at its summit 36m wide. Gahinga at 3,474m is also the smallest of the Virunga volcanoes; its name is derived from the ‘piles of rock’ that are cleared from farmlands.
It has a swamp-filled crater on the top that measures about 180m wide. Finally, Sabyinyo at 3,669m is translated ‘old man’s teeth’ because of the deep gorges and ravines that dissect it.
On the highest peak of Sabyinyo is where you find the intersection between Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo. You can take a hike to all these peaks in one day; you will be rewarded with magnificent views and great photographic moments.
Lake Mburo National Park Uganda
Lake Mburo National Park Uganda Wildlife safari destination is located in southwestern park of Uganda and is the smallest of the Savannah national parks in Uganda. It measures 260km2 in size and lies at an altitude of about 1220m-1828m above sea level.
It is the closest park to Kampala city Uganda’s capital only 3 hours drive (228km) away from the city. It is a unique safari park in Uganda, the only park containing an entire lake known as lake Mburo and the only home of the Impala in Uganda.
In spite of its small size, Lake Mburo national park is one of the must-visited Uganda safari destinations that is especially great for walking safaris and bird watching and photography tours in Uganda.
Lake Mburo National Park is small but with varied habitats for its size and nature. They range from acacia woodland, dry hillsides, rocky outcrops, bushy thickets, open and wooded savannah, seasonal and permanent swamps.
Its small size should not make you think there is nothing to keep you occupied. You can have various nature walks with a ranger guide to seek out your interests i.e. birding, mammals, plants, and shrubs, insects and many more.
Animals in Lake Mburo national park: Lake Mburo Park is home to over 68 mammal species that can easily be seen on the various trucks during game drives; Impala (only found here in Uganda), Topi, Eland (found in this park and Kidepo Valley national park in Uganda) and other antelopes; Zebras, Defassa water-buck, buffaloes, hyenas and leopards and an only Lion. Crocodiles, monitor lizards, and Hippos are commonly seen in Lake Mburo national park while on boat cruise.