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Top 8 experiences in Uganda
Having being named as Lonely Planet’s top country for 2015, Uganda has firmly overcome the legacy of Idi Amin’s regime and is much more closely resembling Winston Churchill’s description of it as ‘the pearl of Africa’. Here we give a rundown of our top picks for Uganda to really make the most of your time here…
1. Track gorillas
Head to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda where it borders the Democratic Republic of Congo and Virunga National Park to track mountain gorillas. Half of the world’s remaining population lives here – it is certainly a bucket list activity to tick off!
2. Chill out with chimps
Kibale Forest National Park is regarded as one of the world’s premier spots for tracking chimpanzees – choose from a three hour primate walk to a whole day spent with the habituation project – you can quite literally observe the chimps’ every move!
Go in search of golden monkeys
These playful primates are only found in the bamboo forest of the Virunga Mountains, the perfect activity after tracking the majestic mountain gorillas in Mgahinga.
Visit Kidepo Valley
Perhaps East Africa’s biggest secret, Kidepo is one of Africa’s most underrated safari experiences. Situated in the far north of the country on the border with South Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo is home to abundant wildlife and Idi Amin’s abandoned safari lodge. You can even pop over the border into South Sudan for breakfast!
Admire Murchison Falls
Home to the world’s most powerful waterfall, Murchison Falls National Park sees the River Nile plunge through a relatively small seven metre gap. Take a boat trip to the bottom of the falls, before trekking to the top to look down over it – the game viewing is good to boot, with elephant, leopard, lion and more spotted regularly.
A stay in Queen Elizabeth National Park affords the unique opportunity to track lions with the Uganda Carnivore Program – a fascinating insight into the lives of lions and the conservation challenges that are faced by Dr Ludwig and his team.
Meet the Batwa tribe
During a stay at Mount Gahinga Lodge in Mgahinga National Park you can take part in a community engagement project with the Batwa tribe – one of Africa’s oldest tribes who have been evicted from the forest.
Look out for the shoebills of Semiliki
Uganda is a birder’s paradise with over 1,000 species, but the swamplands of Semliki National Park, around the shores of Lake Albert, are the perfect spot for shoebill storks – a highly endangered species which look like they belong in Jurassic Park!