Places to visit in Uganda 2023 / 2024 : Uganda’s tourism sector has suffered major setback since the first Covid 19 lockdown in March 2020. The total number of tourists that the country received every year was cut down to more than half but as borders of Uganda and the world at large begin to open, these statistics are expected to change.
The country is blessed with unmatched tourism experiences hence the name The Pearl of Africa. From wildlife, cultural experience and just the towns, Uganda is surely the country to be in 2022 as borders open up. Here are some of the endless places to visit in Uganda next year for Uganda Safaris Tours .
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Located in south western Uganda, 474.1 kilometres from Kampala, Bwindi is a home to mountain gorillas. It is also the main gorilla trekking ground in Uganda with over 400 gorillas and 12 habituated families in the forest. While in Bwindi however, you will have a variety of over 500 species of other animals including primates like the L’hoest monkeys and various types of birds.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Like Bwindi, Mgahinga is located in the south western part of the country. As nature would have it, gorilla trekking is also the main activity at the park. Mgahinga however has one family of gorillas as compared to the 12 in Bwindi which means less visitors at a time. The best thing about Mgahinga? She is the sole home of golden monkeys in the country thus Places to visit in Uganda 2023 / 2024.
More to mgahinga is the cultural significance the forest holds. For many years, the Batwa people also known as the hunter-gatherers lived in this forest and are therefore its most knowledgeable people. They now lead visitors into the forest as the tourists learn more about their heritage and survival in the forests on a walk dubbed the batwa trail.
The name “Gahinga” is a local word known to mean a pile of volcanic stones. Mgahinga national park is characterised by three extinct volcanoes which can be trekked. Mountains Gahinga, Sabinyo and Muhavura are all part of the Virunga range that is along the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. This means that a climb to any of them gives you a glimpse into two or three countries and so many other spectacular sights.
Kibale National Park
Known for having the highest concentration of chimpanzees in the country, Kibale is one of the devoured tourism sites in the country. It is also one of the fondest research sites on the continent having people do research on the forest’s fish species, ecosystems, chimpanzees and other primates among others. The most recently discovered primate species is the dwarf galago taking the total number of primate species in Kibale from 12 to 13 out of the 20 found all around the country. Other primate species in Kibale include the olive baboon, red tail monkeys and the black and white colombus among others. The forest also boasts of over 375 bird species and a very beautiful scenery.
Uganda has a total of 10 national parks making her one of the most sought-after safari destinations. Most of the 10 national parks harbour at least one of the big 4 apart from Kibale, Mgahinga and Bwindi national parks. The national parks include Murchison falls National park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park which is famous for the climbing lions, Lake Mburo National Park, Mountain Elgon National Park, Toro- Semiliki Wildlife Reserve and Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Each of these parks gives a Uganda safari experience of a lifetime and whichever you choose to visit, just live in the moment.
For people that love great hikes, Uganda still does not fall short of mountains and hills for the activity. The best mountains for a long hike are Rwenzori that also borders the Democratic Republic of Congo and Elgon which borders Kenya. For shorter hikes, the 3 Virunga mountains; Sabinyo, Gahinga and Muhavura are the best option. Shorter hikes take six hours to day whereas longer ones can even take more than a week.
The Nile River has its source on Lake Victoria in Uganda. Many tourists flock Jinja to see where the river that pours its waters into the Mediterranean Sea starts from. Other tourists go over to the Victoria Nile in Western Uganda to marvel at the way this magnificent river forces itself from the top of Murchison falls in between rocks. Most visitors then enjoy activities done on the Nile like kayaking, water tubing and rafting among others. Visiting any part of the River Nile is a great way to relax especially after a long pandemic