There are so many things to do in Uganda that tourists will be spoilt for choice. Here are the 10 best things to do in Uganda for tourists.
Uganda, dubbed the ‘Pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill (and very appropriately), is an extraordinary and unique country with lush, green landscapes and even more lovely, friendly people.
Additionally, it offers some of the continent’s most exciting adventures, being one of the only locations in the world for mountain gorilla trekking, and it is less touristy than some of the neighbouring countries.
There was (and continues to be) something unique about this place. It’s an excellent destination that may easily be linked with travels to Kenya, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tanzania. Take a look for yourself!
In Uganda, there are so many interesting things to do for tourists that you will be spoilt for choice. Here are ten things to do in Uganda for tourists.
Trekking the gorillas is, of course, number one on the list of the ten best things to do in Uganda.
There are only three places on Earth where you may get this wonderful animal experience, and Uganda is the least expensive of the three.
While this is still an outrageously expensive trip, it is once in a lifetime, and even the journey alone through the clouds and dense rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an adventure in and of itself.
Trackers travel ahead of each small group, ensuring sightings of the gorillas, and while you only spend an hour with these close relatives, it’s wonderful to see that minimum disturbance of the creatures is maintained despite the tourist dollars.
Cross the Equator
The equator, located at the centre of the world, goes directly through Uganda and stopping at the exact spot where this invisible but vital line crosses the roadway here is a terrific way to spend your time while in the nation.
Not only can you get your photo taken in front of the massive monument marking the earth’s centre, but you can also straddle it with one foot in each continent.
The best part, though, is the free presentation provided by locals — it demonstrates that water does indeed travel in different directions depending on which hemisphere you are in!
Number three on the list of the ten best things to do in Uganda for tourists is hiking through another of the country’s magnificent national parks in search of yet another primate species – this time man’s closest relative, the chimp.
This is thought to be a superior experience to hiking to see gorillas, as the chimps’ human-like characteristics are uncanny on a different level.
The greatest site to observe them is in Kibale National Park, and you should plan on spending at least a full day there, as it takes approximately 12 kilometres to discover these primates deep in the jungle.
Murchison Falls is awe-inspiring
Following that comes another of Uganda’s greatest national parks, Murchison Falls, where visitors can witness a magnificent waterfall generated when the Nile’s flow is driven through an 8 meter2 fissure into Devil’s Cauldron.
Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda’s largest, was also one of the country’s first, founded in 1952 and offers both land and water safaris.
Taking both of these will allow you to see crocodiles, Rothschild giraffes, warthogs, buffalo, and elephants.
Experience Kampala’s party life
After a day of sightseeing, it’s time to experience Kampala’s main attraction: its nightlife.
The city is often regarded as East Africa’s party capital, with guests regularly arriving from Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda to party the weekend away.
For someone who likes music, dancing, or a few drinks, the never-sleeping Kampala would be a whole other experience. A worthwhile experience.
As kind as they are, you’ll quickly make a slew of Ugandan friends if you venture out for a few beers.
Rafting in Jinja
If adventure is what you’re looking for, Uganda has enough of it.
Indeed, this country is home to the adventure capital of East Africa, Jinja, which features mountain biking, bungee jumping, and kayaking among its numerous attractions.
Perhaps the most famous activity in these parts is white water rafting, which is believed to be among the best in the world.
Almost every lodging provider may plan a trip on your behalf, and it is almost certain to be an amazing experience!
In Queen Elizabeth National Park, Spot Elephants
With number seven, it’s back to safari paradise, with a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park unquestionably one of the top things to do in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the west of the country and borders Kibale National Park to the north. It is home to four of the Big 5 and its most common resident, the elephant, occurs in vast numbers, ensuring nearly certain sightings.
Additionally, the tree-climbing lions are a highlight of Queen Elizabeth National Park, as is the beautiful terrain, which includes gigantic crater lakes.
Rwenzori Mountains Hike
The Rwenzori mountains, often known as the Mountains of the Moon, straddle the border with Congo and are home to Uganda’s greatest peak. At 5109m, the snow-capped mountain is Africa’s third-highest.
This is a truly magnificent region in Uganda.
The majority of guests stay in a hotel/guest house in Kasese before the hike, and the hike begins in Kilembe.
There are numerous hiking alternatives, ranging from day hikes to multi-day treks, but reaching the summit, known as Margherita peak, often requires a strenuous 7-9 day climb.
Eat a Rolex
We are not referring to watches here.
Nope, one of Uganda’s signature dishes is called a Rolex, and it’s essentially a chapati stuffed with an egg, vegetables, and meat and then rolled up!
If you are not a vegetarian, these are a tremendous delight. They are readily available at a bargain price from numerous roadside shops and street sellers.
Kayak on Lake Bunyonyi
Finally, but certainly not least, on the list of the top things to do in Uganda for tourists is to go kayaking on Lake Bunyonyi.
Uganda has numerous lakes, but this is one of the most scenics, and while kayaking on the lake, you’ll have the opportunity to see some incredible birdlife and drink up the serene ambience of this great destination.