Africa is the cradle of civilisation and the continent’s wilderness has attracted explorers from all over the world. Some of the greatest explorers and adventurers have attained celebrity status after a sojourn in Africa. The celebrity status may not be that important anymore but what really matters now is an awesome and life-changing trip to Africa. Satiate your hunger for travel and adventure at Uganda-the heart of Africa itself. Read on to know more about Uganda Safaris and the list of adventure that you can have in Africa.
Africa is a joy and a nightmare equally and that alone makes it a must visit in every travellers bucket list. The joy of the beautiful and exotic birds chirping away to glory or the tall giraffes posing calmly and the places where scariest and most powerful predators wait for the hunt at close quarters can make even the bravest break a sweat. Here are the top things to do when in Africa.
1- Game Safari
Established in 1954, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for the presence of a few of the 5 Big Game animals of Africa. The 5 big game of Africa are lions, elephants, rhino, hippo and buffalo and almost all of them can be found here. The pride of lions in this national park have attained legendary status and are known to venture quite close to the vans and trucks. Looking at a full grown lion gazing back at you only a few feet away is an adrenaline rush that you won’t forget all your life.
2- The primate safari
You can track your evolutionary ancestors in almost all the national parks of Uganda especially the fearsome mountain Gorilla. Other than gorilla safaris there are the famous chimpanzees, the strange Colous monkey, baboons, etc that can be found here. The best places to go for primate tracking are Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kaniyo Pabidi in Budongo south of Murchison Falls National Park and Ngamba Island of Lake Victoria.
3- Birding safaris
Uganda is famous for its birding safaris that boast of an absolutely huge variety of equatorial birds that can be found nowhere else. Other than the strange shoebill, there are also unique birds like the Turaco, white crested hornbill, African piculet, pygmy kingfishers, African hornbills, sparrow hawk, black winged orioles and many many more. Uganda birding safaris are a birdwatchers Mecca and is rightly so.
Mountain climbing, white river rafting, fishing and cultural activities with the ethnic groups that stay here are some of the other things that must be present in your itinerary. Mt. Kilimanjaro is your destination if you are seriously into mountain climbing as this is the highest peak of Africa. Another favourite is Mt. Elgon that has an easier trail and is also a volcanic which adds to the excitement.