The 8 best places to visit in Uganda
Aside from all the negative press, Uganda used to get in the past years, it is known as the Pearl of Africa with so much to offer in terms of safari, the culture, and the amazing people.
Uganda has many amazing sites to see but in this post, I list down the 8 best places to visit in Uganda
1. SOURCE OF RIVER NILE
River Nile is known to be the longest river in the world so if you travel to Uganda and not visit the source of the Nile, then literally you’ve not seen Uganda. It is located in Jinja city in the Eastern part of Uganda, approximately 80 km from Kampala.
Many tourists travel from far and near to see the source of the Nile. It is not surprising that it’s number one on the list of the best places to visit in Uganda. It’s fascinating how water at the source moves in a different direction compared to other areas.
2.MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK
This is the largest national park in Uganda harboring the glorious Murchison falls. Murchison Falls is a breathtaking site as the Nile river water gushes through the 8-meter gorge creating a beautiful musical sound. You can read more about it here. It is located 283 km north-west of Kampala which is the capital of Uganda.
The park is endowed with a lot of wildlife animals like the lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, Uganda cob, bush backs, etc. And along the shores of the Nile, you are able to see the hippopotamus, crocodiles and many more creatures. The park also houses over 400 bird species, so if you enjoy bird watching as I do, you shouldn’t miss out this amazing place.
3. QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Spanning on the districts of Kasese, Rukungiri, Kamwenge, and Rubiririzi, in the western region of Uganda, Queen Elizabeth is approximately 400km south-west of Kampala. Being one of the most visited parks in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth never disappoints as it lives to its reputation of offering an amazing flora and fauna.
The park is famous for volcano features and its crater lakes. It is home to many animals like the African Bush back elephants, tree climbing lions, hippopotamuses, Ugandan cob, African buffaloes, Leopards, lions and you will definitely not miss out on the monkeys.
Hippopotamuses at Kazinga channel
4. BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas, Bwindi impenetrable national park is one of the best places to visit in Uganda. The large impenetrable forest provides shelter to baboons, chimpanzees, elephants, antelopes, different bird species and butterflies.
The highlight of the safari is the gorilla trekking. You will be required to purchase a gorilla trekking permit prior to the safari since only 8 people are allowed to track a specific mountain gorilla group. The gorilla trekking safari can take one to eight hours depending on where the gorillas slept the previous night.
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5. KAMPALA CITY
Located in the heart of Uganda, Kampala comes up as the most diverse city in the country accommodating millions of people from different tribal ethnics and being the capital, it’s the most developed city in Uganda. Over time, many western cultures have been adapted .
Kampala city center
The city offers so many places that shouldn’t be missed out if you want to learn about Kampala in depth ;
- Kampala downtown- get the feel of the real life of the locals, the markets, the taxis parks and how local businesses are carried out.
- Places of worship; Gadaffi mosque- old Kampala mosque- The biggest mosque in Kampala, Namirembe cathedral for the protestants, Lubaga cathedral for the Catholics.
- Temples; The Bahai Temple, Shree Swaminarayan Temple.
- The independence monument;
- The Buganda kingdom palace, The Kasubi Tombs
Gadaffi mosque-old Kampala mosque
6. JINJA CITY
Located in the Eastern part of Uganda, Jinja is known to be a “vacation” place. It is a laid-back city with an all year round “summer”, where the breeze of Lake Victoria has never been so cool and the views so breathtaking, this explains the many tourists that flock this place. A number of fun activities await you from River Rafting, Bungee jumping, Boat cruising, Camping, to Quad biking.
River Rafting at the Nile.
7. THE EQUATOR
Uganda is blessed to be one of the few countries where the equator passes. It is just 72 km from Kampala. If visiting Queen Elizabeth National park or Bwindi impenetrable forest is on your list, the Equator can be treated as a stopover and at the same time ticked off your bucket list.
8. THE UGANDA WILDLIFE EDUCATION CENTER- ENTEBBE ZOO
Having been listed as the best zoo in East and Central Africa, Uganda Wildlife Education Center is one of the best places to visit in Uganda. It harbors most of the wild animals especially those that may have been rescued from animal traffickers and poachers. You can be able to have a close-up encounter with the chimpanzees or a guided tour to see the lions, white rhinos, leopards, zebras, and many other animals.
The list of best places to visit in Uganda goes on and on but those are some of the best that i have visited so far. But if your stay is longer you can also check out these;- Mountain Rwenzori, Mountain Elgon, and the Uganda Museum.
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