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Best Things To Do In Uganda

Discover Uganda's Hidden Treasures

Plan your Uganda vacation around these top ten must-do activities.

Though Uganda may not be as frequented as some of its more popular African counterparts, the wealth of experiences it offers will make you wonder why! Embark on a thrilling gorilla trekking adventure to encounter mountain gorillas up close, and marvel at the country’s abundant primate life, including chimpanzees. And that’s just the beginning.

Travel to Uganda to explore its stunning ancient volcanoes, lakes teeming with marine and birdlife, the breathtaking Murchison Falls, and the mighty Nile River. Spend time in the vibrant capital city of Kampala, where tradition and modernity blend seamlessly with palaces and skyscrapers standing side by side.

If you’re curious about the best time to visit Uganda or how to combine it with other African destinations, our travel experts are here to assist you. Our Enchanting Travels specialists have curated a list of the top ten things to do in Uganda, ensuring these experiences are part of your travel itinerary.

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Gorilla & Chimpanzee Trekking

Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking in Uganda offers an unparalleled wildlife experience, bringing you face-to-face with some of the planet’s most magnificent primates. Gorilla trekking, primarily conducted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, allows you to observe endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to nearly half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Trekking through the dense forests of Bwindi, you’ll have the chance to witness these gentle giants up close, observing their social interactions, feeding habits, and familial bonds. The experience is both thrilling and humbling, as you encounter these powerful yet peaceful creatures in the wild.

Chimpanzee trekking, on the other hand, takes you into the heart of Kibale Forest National Park, known for its high population of primates. Kibale is home to over 1,500 chimpanzees, making it one of the best places in Africa to see these intelligent animals. The trek through Kibale’s diverse ecosystem offers the opportunity to observe chimpanzees swinging from trees, playing, and foraging for food. Beyond chimpanzees, the park is also inhabited by other primate species, such as red colobus monkeys and L’Hoest’s monkeys, enhancing the trekking experience. Both gorilla and chimpanzee trekking provide an intimate glimpse into the lives of these fascinating primates, making Uganda a premier destination for wildlife enthusiasts.

Boat Safaris

Boat safaris in Uganda offer a serene and intimate encounter with the country’s diverse wildlife and stunning landscapes. Gliding along the tranquil waters of the Nile River or Lake Victoria, visitors can witness hippos basking in the sun, crocodiles lurking along the banks, and a kaleidoscope of bird species gracing the skies above. With expert guides leading the way, these excursions provide a captivating insight into Uganda’s natural wonders, from the thundering Murchison Falls to the lush papyrus swamps of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

As the boat gently navigates through picturesque channels and waterways, passengers are treated to uninterrupted views of Uganda’s pristine wilderness. From the vibrant colors of the birdlife to the majestic elephants gathering at the water’s edge, every moment on a boat safari is filled with awe-inspiring sights and sounds. Whether embarking on a dawn cruise or enjoying a sunset voyage, these experiences promise to leave a lasting impression of Uganda’s enchanting beauty.

Cultural Tours

Embarking on cultural tours in Uganda unveils a tapestry of traditions and customs that span centuries, providing a glimpse into the rich heritage of the country’s diverse ethnic communities. From the intricate rituals of the Baganda kingdom to the time-honored practices of the Batwa pygmies, visitors are immersed in a world of fascinating cultural expressions. Engaging with local artisans, witnessing captivating dance performances, and participating in traditional ceremonies offer authentic insights into Uganda’s vibrant cultural landscape, fostering appreciation for its diversity and resilience.

These cultural tours also provide meaningful opportunities for genuine connections with the people behind the traditions, offering intimate encounters with local communities and their way of life. Visitors are welcomed into homes with open arms, invited to share in daily activities, and encouraged to partake in storytelling sessions with community elders. Through these interactions, travelers gain a deeper understanding of Uganda’s cultural tapestry, forging bonds of empathy and appreciation for the enduring spirit of its people.

Bird watching

Birdwatching in Uganda is a bird lover’s paradise, boasting a staggering diversity of avian species amidst its varied landscapes. With over 1,000 bird species recorded across the country, including numerous endemic and migratory birds, Uganda offers unparalleled opportunities for birdwatchers of all levels. From the lush forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to the vast wetlands of Queen Elizabeth National Park, each habitat is teeming with colorful and melodious birds waiting to be discovered.

Guided birdwatching tours in Uganda provide enthusiasts with expert insights and access to prime birding locations. Whether scanning the treetops for elusive forest species or observing waterfowl along tranquil rivers and lakes, birdwatchers can spot a diverse range of birds, including kingfishers, hornbills, shoebills, and the iconic African grey parrot. With its breathtaking scenery and remarkable birdlife, Uganda offers an unforgettable birdwatching experience that will leave nature enthusiasts captivated and inspired.

Game Drive

A game drive in Uganda unveils a thrilling adventure through some of Africa’s most diverse and captivating landscapes. Traversing the savannahs and forests of national parks like Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, and Kidepo Valley, the opportunity to encounter iconic African wildlife awaits at every turn. From majestic elephants and towering giraffes to elusive leopards and playful lions, each game drive promises an immersive experience into the heart of Uganda’s wilderness.

Guided by expert rangers, these excursions offer unparalleled insight into the behaviors and habitats of Uganda’s wildlife inhabitants. The early morning and late afternoon drives provide optimal viewing conditions, with the soft golden light illuminating the savannah and enhancing the thrill of spotting rare and elusive species. With each turn of the trail, anticipation builds, making every game drive in Uganda an unforgettable journey into the heart of the wild.

Popular Trips to Uganda

Uganda Classic Safari

Uganda Classic Safari

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$5000

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6-days Uganda Classic Safari gives you an opportunity to go on amazing journey in Uganda where you’ll get to…

Uganda Primates & Big 5 Safari

Uganda Primates & Big 5 Safari

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$15000

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This 10-days Uganda Primates and Big 5 Safari will give you opportunity to visit some of the best attractions…

Tanzania Big 5 Safari & Gorilla Trekking

Tanzania Big 5 Safari & Gorilla Trekking

11 Days

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$5000

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This 10-Days Tanzania Big 5 Safari and Gorilla Trekking tour combines a big five animals viewing in Serengeti Tanzania…

Gorilla Trekking

Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Safari

9 Days

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$6500

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Begin your East Africa Adventure with our 8-Days Masai Mara and Gorilla Safari, in the dense cloud forest of…

Uganda Short Safari

Uganda Short Safari

2 Days

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$2000

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Get your name listed on this 2-days Uganda short safari in Lake Mburo National Park, Starting with breakfast and…

Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Trekking

Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Trekking

4 Days

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$2500

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Come explore the lush rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the chance to come face-to-face with the majestic…

Best Places To Visit

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park, located in northwestern Uganda, is the largest national park in the country, covering an

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Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park, located in the remote northeastern corner of Uganda, is renowned for its rugged wilderness,

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Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park, located in western Uganda, is renowned for its dense tropical rainforest and incredible biodiversity,

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a stunning wildlife reserve located in southwestern Uganda. It’s renowned for its diverse

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Mgahinga National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, situated in the southwestern corner of Uganda, is part of the larger Virunga Conservation

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Bwindi Impenetrable

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in southwestern Uganda, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its dense,

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Best Time To Visit

While travel in Uganda remains feasible year-round, the dry months are generally regarded as the optimal time to visit the country. These months coincide with the best conditions for gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Kibale Forest National Park. For detailed insights into the ideal timing for your visit and the highlights of each month, delve deeper into our comprehensive guide.

Travel Guide

For comprehensive guidance on maximizing your vacation experience, delve into our Uganda travel guide, offering essential insights and top tips. From visa requirements to currency exchange, health advisories, and cultural nuances, we equip you with the essential details for a seamless journey. Additionally, gain invaluable advice for embarking on gorilla trekking adventures in the lush forests of Uganda.

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