Different Kinds of Uganda Safaris
One of the top safari destinations in Africa is Uganda with a variety of different safari packages within its beautiful nature. Uganda is proclaimed to be a pearl of Africa with its beautiful flora, fauna, Avi-fauna, History and cultures.
In order to feel the beauty of Uganda, opting for a country tour in the country is the best way. There are different kinds of tourists activities to do on a safari in Uganda and among these include the following;
- Uganda Gorilla Trek
This actually an exciting trek in Uganda especially in Bwindi impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. However much Bwindi is so impenetrable, there are some motorable trails, footpaths, and even both murram and tarmac roads that go through the forests. This actually allows you to have a fantastic view and experience your memorable time with playing young gorillas and take pictures with your digital cameras.
Gorilla trekking experience is the most interesting part of any safari in Uganda. Gorillas are a rare species in both Africa in general and Uganda in particular, found in only Bwindi and Mgahinga National park in southwestern Uganda. These animals are actually the largest living primates in Uganda as they are widespread residents of equatorial African forests. Actually, the status of western gorillas lives in high and mountainous areas of Kisoro, Kanungu, and some parts of Kabale.
Please note that, for one to take part in gorilla trekking experience, he or she must possess a gorilla permit that costs USD700 for foreign non-residents, USD600 for East African Foreign residents, and UGX250.000 for Ugandans and other East African residents. The number of gorilla permits available per day is limited to 8 per gorilla group, therefore, you much book early to avoid missing out when the gorilla permits are sold out.
- Uganda Wild Game Viewing
Game viewing is another most interesting part of Uganda safaris, actually wildlife safaris are one of the most performing tourist assets that have actually brought different people from different worlds to a centre point in Uganda. Uganda has actually portrayed national parks that include Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Kidepo valley in north Uganda, Semuliki National Reserve, and other multiple game reserves. These national parks harbor scores of animals and different bird species.
Game drives are conducted in open savannah grasslands and shrubs with open roof 4×4 jeeps with an experienced guide. Such vehicles include land cruisers, Min-vans, Nissan Patrol with pop-up roof for excellent game viewing and photographing.
- Chimps and Other Primates Safaris in Uganda
Chimps and other primates’ tracking experience takes place in Kibale National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve in Murchison Falls National Park, Karinzu Forest Reserve and Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Chimps permits for Kibale National Park and Kyambura gorge are booked from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), Chimps for Bundongo and Karinzu Forest reserves are booked at the site.
Reservations for Chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura gorge are actually made at Mweya Visitor Information Centre within the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park. This office also gives information on other things to do in the park.
Besides chimps tracking, other primates to see in Uganda include red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, Olive baboons, Blue Monkeys, and vervet monkeys among others. The Chimpanzee habituation process takes close to 2 years and habituation simply meaning that these chimpanzees are familiar with humans and can carry on with their day-to-day activities in the presence of humans.
Mgahinga National Park is not only known for gorilla trekking but also golden monkey tracking adventures. Golden monkey permit costs US$50, plus USD40 for park entry fees making a total of USD90.
- Mountain Rwenzori Trekking
The Rwenzori Mountains, also known as Mountains of the moon is the third highest in Africa, with its peak Margherita at 5100m ASL. Trekking the Rwenzori mountains offers a lifetime adventure experience in Africa. The hike to the highest takes 6-8 days depending on your speed, experience, and level of fitness. However, there are shorter hikes of 1-5 days. Visit www.climbingrwenzoris.com for more information and customised packages.
For one to fully explore Uganda, he or she requires at least a 08-day tour. However, a 12 day Uganda safari is highly recommended to see the African Big 5 and the mountain gorillas on the same trip. The trip can be guided or self-drive. In other words, you can hire a 4×4 at Entebbe Airport and drive your own adventure across Uganda, or rent a 4×4 with a driver to relieve you from the stress of driving in a foreign country.