In the event that you want the lakeside and at the same time you love chimpanzees then Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria ought to work for you. The island hosts the chimpanzee sanctuary, and is also known for having the highest population of chimpanzees in East Africa.
You can also enjoy a full day trip to the island, for the sole purpose of visiting chimpanzees. This trip price includes transport to and from the island and lunch.
The other option is spending a night at the island, which incorporates full board accommodation, transport, a nature forest stroll and watching chimpanzees obviously.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Still in the western part of the country there are the famous mountain gorillas which you can track in the impenetrable forest of Bwindi National Park. The national park is home to over 320 mountain gorillas, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species and more than 400 species of plant.
The forest is among the most visited destinations in Uganda, because it hosts the most rare and endangered species of mammals the mountain gorillas and the main tourist activity in the park is gorilla trekking.
Since we are talking about weekend vacation, there is also same amazing accommodation to consider. Inside the park is Cloud Mountain Lodge, which has cottages with all the trimmings of a hotel in the city. It likewise has a restaurant with a different menu that includes coffee and fresgly squeezed juice. The bar is also available for any one who loves a cold one. The lodge is situated at a high point from where you can see the Virunga Volcanoes, along the northern border of Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
Leaving the city usually means you need to get away from the hustle and bustle in when looking for clean air and a calm place. Mabira forest off the Kampala-Jinja highway is simply the place to do that. While you can rough it up by camping in the forest, there is a place for those who love their animal comforts.
There is the Rain Forest Lodge in the middle of this forest where you can stay and still enjoy the magnificence of the forest, for example, the monkeys, different bird species, trees and shrubbery. There is also a swimming pool, sauna, massage and you can take nature forest strolls, nature treks and also enjoy mountain biking. Don’t forget to carry your camera.
Kidepo Valley National Park
You can make a trip north of the country to Kidepo Valley National Park. At the national park, other than the landscape of fauna, there are other facilities which you can take advantage of.
One of these is Apoka Safari Lodge which has 10 rooms. The lodge was established on account of unwinding. There are bathtubs on the verandas so you can lie in water and still enjoy nature’s splendour. The rooms at the lodge have been built with a comfort in mind. Everything is handmade by local craftsmen.
With inside living rooms and private verandas there are a lot of places to unwind, read and sprawl. Big hand-hewn beds with soft duvets are draped with mosquito nets, hand-woven woolen carpets, oversized dressing gowns. You may be as far from the city as you’ll ever be, however you won’t miss a thing. For the water lovers, the lodge also has a swimming pool.