Uganda is a beautiful country located in East Africa, consisting of lush greenery, majestic landscapes, misty valleys, various animal species and plenty of flora. When someone mentions Uganda, the first thing that pops up in your head would be animal safaris. However, many fail to notice that Uganda has a lot to offer other than the great game drives. Here is a list of unique experiences you will only see in Uganda that you cannot miss.
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Mountain gorillas are endangered, as their population is just about 1000 vertebrates. Furthermore, over half of this species’ population resides in the rainforest of Uganda in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. As the opportunity is rare to witness these creatures, it makes the park a famous tourist attraction. Travellers have to hike through thick forests to find a gorilla family. After your group finds the mountain gorillas, you will spend about an hour in their presence.
Several national parks in Uganda offer chimpanzee tracking tours, but the most famous ones are Kibale National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. The chimps residing in these two national parks have been accustomed to human presence, which means that our interactions won’t stress the animals. The chimp tracking trip can take anywhere from about half a day to a full day, looking for the families and observing them in the wild.
Cruising in the Kazinga Channel
Located in the Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Kazinga Channel is a 20 miles long shallow river, which flows between Lake Edward and Lake George. While on your boat ride, you will encounter various wildlife like hippos, buffaloes, elephants and even lions. There are two trips every day, which last for two hours; one starts at 11 AM, and the other starts at 2 PM.
Exploring the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
About three hours from Kampala, the capital city, you will find the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the only place where you can observe rhinos in the wild. The sanctuary was established in 1983 to protect the rhino population, and it currently homes around 32 southern white rhinos. The rhino trek is a guided walk accompanied by an armed ranger and takes about two hours. Besides this, tourists can also partake in shoebill trekking, bird watching, nature walks, night walks and canoe rides.
Standing on the Equator
Another unique activity you cannot do elsewhere is standing on the equator. Situated in the town of Kayabwe, part of the Mpigi district, it is a two-hour drive (72 km) from Kampala. You will have the opportunity to stand simultaneously in the northern and southern hemispheres. There are even cafes, restaurants and arts and crafts stalls for tourists.
Experience Uganda with Bushman Safari. Though commonly known for its game drives, Uganda has much more to offer its tourists, like mountain climbing, water sports, bird watching, and pristine beaches. Book your trip with your family to Uganda today.