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Top 10 Activities in Uganda

Are you ready for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Africa? Look no further than Uganda! Why?

This vibrant and diverse country offers a plethora of tourist activities that cater to every traveler’s interests.

From thrilling wildlife encounters – did someone say gorilla trekking? – to cultural experiences and breathtaking landscapes, Uganda has something for everyone. Just looking for a nice vacation? Uganda got you! There is a reason why Uganda is also called the “The Pearl of Africa”!

So, without further ado, let’s dive into all of the tourist activities in Uganda and learn what is there to do!

And let us know which of the below activities is your favourite ‘pearl’? 😉

A Vacation of a Lifetime in Uganda

Imagine stepping off the plane into the warm, welcoming air of Uganda. From the vibrant buzz of Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. To the lush forests, rolling savannas, and misty mountains. Uganda offers a rich tapestry of experiences and things to do.

Picture yourself trekking through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Heart pounding as your guide whispers, “There they are”, and you come face-to-face with a family of mountain gorillas. You’d think that this is an activity that’s hard to top but…

…every day in Uganda is an adventure. From white-water rafting on the Nile to relaxing by the serene beauty of Lake Bunyonyi. We promise you, you won’t be bored 😉

What’s the best of it all? The warmth of the Ugandan people. The richness of their culture, and the breathtaking beauty of their land make every moment memorable.

Now, let’s explore the top 10 activities that will make your trip to Uganda truly remarkable. In no particular order, here our customers’ favourite activities and things to do in Uganda!

Queen Elizabeth National Park

1. Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We say Uganda, you say gorillas. They simply go hand in hand. Don’t they? Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey to encounter mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Where? Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to nearly half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. That makes this national park the ultimate destination for gorilla trekking in Uganda.

Join a guided trekking tour and venture into the dense forests, where you’ll have the chance to observe these magnificent creatures up close 👀

Being in their natural surroundings is nothing short of magical, leaving you with memories that will last a lifetime. Look at this cutiepie!

Baby mountain gorilla climbing up a tree in Bwindi

Where there’s gorillas, there are more than 20 different kinds of primates. Yes, Uganda truly is THE PLACE for wildlife. Next to gorillas, chimpanzees run the show in Uganda. Which brings us to our next top activity in Uganda.

2. Chimpanzee Tracking in Kibale National Park

Jane Goodall taught us that chimpanzees are omnivorous (meat only makes up 3 % of their diets) and that they use tools! She became world-famous and so did our intelligent primates. Chimpanzees are active, smart and unpredictable!

Get up close and personal with our closest relatives. Where? In Kibale National Park. Join a guided chimpanzee tracking excursion and trek through the lush forests in search of these fascinating primates.

Listen to their calls echoing through the trees and observe their playful antics as they swing from branch to branch. You’ll feel like part of the Tarzan movie!

This intimate experience offers a unique glimpse into the complex social structures and behaviors of these remarkable animals.

Gorilla? Check! Chimpanzee? Check! Now…on to a safari…duh! 😃

3. Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After Queen Elizabeth visited the national park in 1954, Kazinga National Park was re-named Queen Elizabeth National Park. Let’s see what majestic animals we can spot on safari here?

During a 4×4 game drive through the park’s diverse landscapes, you can encounter lions, elephants, buffaloes, and a variety of other wildlife species. Queen Elizabeth National Park truly is one of Uganda’s most iconic wildlife reserves. The park’s stunning scenery, including the majestic Rwenzori Mountains, provides a breathtaking backdrop for your wildlife exploration.

Do it like the queen herself and step on a boat safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park along the Kazinga Channel. There you can see hippos, crocodiles, and an array of birdlife up close. A boat safari is a truly unique and intimate perspective on nature’s beauty.

Cuteness alert: How adorable is this hippo calf?

Hippos and baby hippo in water with people in a boat

Moving on!

You’ve seen gorillas, chimpanzees, the big 5, on land and on water, now it’s time to get active!

4. White-Water Rafting on the River Nile in Jinja

Any adrenaline junkies? White-water rafting in Jinja on the legendary River Nile is a must-do activity in Uganda. The locals love it, customers love, we love it! Navigate through turbulent rapids and cascading waterfalls as you paddle downstream, surrounded by stunning scenery and breathtaking views.

This heart-pounding experience promises both thrills and the chance to witness the raw beauty of the Nile.

Did you know that the Nile is one of the world’s most iconic rivers?

People with yellow helmets in raft going through rapids

More adventure? Uganda got it! From the paddle boat onto the next, adventure seeking machinery 😉

5. Quad Tour in Jinja

Embarking on a Quad Tour in Jinja, Uganda, is an exhilarating way to explore the region’s stunning landscapes. This adventurous journey takes you through lush plantations, vibrant villages, and along the banks of the mighty Nile River.

As you ride, you’ll encounter friendly locals, witness diverse wildlife, and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding countryside. Learn the phrase “Oliotya” (in Luganda) before you go so you can say “hello” and wave to anyone that you pass!

The thrill of navigating rough terrain combined with the natural beauty of Jinja makes the Quad Tour an unforgettable experience for thrill-seekers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Speaking of learning a phrase or two in Luganda (widely spoken in Uganda), let’s get cultural. Onto our 6th best activity to do in Uganda.

6. Cultural Encounters in Jinja

Immerse yourself in Uganda’s vibrant culture with a visit to the bustling town of Jinja. Explore local markets, interact with friendly villagers, and learn about traditional customs and rituals.

Don’t miss the opportunity to visit a nearby village. Participate in cultural activities such as drumming, dancing, and storytelling. Who knows, maybe you’ll pick up a new hobby!

These interactions provide a deeper understanding of Ugandan culture and create lasting connections with the people you meet.

Time to relax, please! Sit down, lean back and enjoy the ride.

7. Sunset Cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

Experience the magic of a sunset cruise in Murchison Falls National Park. As the sun dips below the horizon, aboard a boat and set off along the Nile River.

Watch as the sky transforms into a palette of vibrant colors, reflecting off the water’s surface.

Along the way, you’ll very probably have the chance to see hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird species settling in for the night.

The highlight of the cruise is witnessing the powerful Murchison Falls. This is where the Nile forces its way through a narrow gorge. This creates a spectacular display of nature’s power.

Murchison Falls waterfalls falling through gorge with green trees around

Do you enjoy riding a horse? Ever ridden a horse in a national park surrounded by wildlife?

8. Discover the Wild on a Horse

Experiencing a horse-riding safari in Lake Mburo National Park offers a unique and intimate way to connect with Uganda’s stunning wilderness. This is definitely a step up from a traditional 4×4 safari.

As you ride through the park’s diverse landscapes, you can quietly approach wildlife, getting closer to zebras, impalas, and buffaloes.

The horseback perspective allows for a serene and immersive experience, letting you feel the rhythm of the land and its inhabitants. Traversing rolling hills, open savannas, and picturesque lakeshores, this safari provides an unparalleled adventure, blending the thrill of exploration with the tranquility of nature. You’ll feel as if you were part of the national park!

Back to civilization for some city adventures…

9. Cultural Heritage Tours in Kampala

Discover the rich cultural heritage of Uganda’s capital city: Kampala. The best way to do it? With a guided tour of its historic landmarks and cultural sites.

Visit the Kasubi Tombs, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore the vibrant markets of Owino, and learn about Uganda’s diverse ethnic groups at the Uganda Museum.

These tours provide a fascinating insight into the country’s history and cultural diversity.

What’s more cultural than cooking local cuisine? Why not head to a cooking class in Kampala after the Kampala city tour!

Is your mouth watering as well from looking at this Ugandan Rolex? This egg omelette and vegetables wrapped in a chapati looks to die for!

Not ready to jump on a horse? How about a mountainbike instead?

10. Mountainbike Safari in Lake Mburo National Park

Explore the pristine wilderness of Lake Mburo National Park on a thrilling mountainbike safari.

Pedal along scenic trails and past grazing zebras, impalas, and buffaloes. As you soak in the sights and sounds of the African savanna.

Keep your camera ready for close encounters with wildlife along the way. This unique experience combines adventure and nature, offering a different perspective of the park’s beauty.

Your Adventure Awaits in Uganda

With its diverse landscapes, rich wildlife, and vibrant culture, Uganda offers endless opportunities for adventure and exploration.

Whether you’re trekking with gorillas in Bwindi, rafting the Nile in Jinja, or exploring the cultural heritage of Kampala, Uganda promises an unforgettable experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

So, pack your bags, book your tickets, and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime in the Pearl of Africa!

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