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Uganda

Uganda is known to be the smallest yet the most biodiverse country in Africa. Although Uganda is a landlocked region there are plenty of lakes, river and streams that make the country a holiday destination. It’s the wilderness and the endemic species of flora and fauna that attracts a number of tourists to the east-central of Africa. Lakes enclosed with the lush green mountains and valleys, nature point and the presence of diverse species offers the number of attraction and some thrilling activity you want to try in Uganda. The arable land houses the magnificent lakes as the smaller Lake George, Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga, Lake Albert and Lake Edward is known as the major point attraction. With no coastal end, Uganda still holds the beauty of marine life and some dynamic aquatic species. There are some rare fish species that one can discover while hippos and crocs are the major habitats there. When it comes to experience wildlife, Uganda is best known for gorilla tracking and golden monkey tracking. You can find some of the vibrant and multihued species of birds in the region as Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo as grey-crowned cranes, flycatchers and red-chested sunbirds. Don’t miss out the thrill of safari and rafting while you are on your Uganda tour.

Budongo Forest

Located approximately 3 hours drive from the northwest of the capital city of Kampala, Budongo Forest is a popular tourist attraction in Uganda for all kind of travelers. If you are an animal lover, Budongo forest is an ideal destination where you can spend your day amongst the nature as well as other animals. This forest is considered to be the biggest Mahogany forest which is found in the whole of East Africa. The forest is well known because of its largest number of chimpanzees which can be seen in the entire region of the Budongo forest. The forest lies in the Murchison Falls National Park which is the prime Uganda safari destination garnering tourists from all across the globe. This famous forest of Uganda is essentially made up of 3 main areas-the woodland forest, the high forest and the grasslands, which has encouraged a wide diversity of wildlife among the locals as well as the enthusiast tourists. The forest houses up to 360 species of birds, 95 mammals and 29 species of amphibians making it a popular site to view these endangered species. Known as the biggest Mahogany forest, the forest has a fascinating tree that has become one of the iconic features of this Budongo forest. Apart from the main hub for chimpanzees, the forest is a safe haven for the lions, leopards as well as buffaloes. If you want to explore the forest, early in the morning is the ideal time that will allow you to get a closer view of the animals in their natural habitat. The lush greenery and picturesque backdrop, Budongo forest has lot to offer to the avid travelers as well as the locals. Experienced guides will escort you in the forest and give you an insight about the place as well as animals residing in there. When in Kampala, you cannot miss to visit this beautiful forest which has lot in store for the tourists.

Bwindi National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is nestled on the southwestern edge of the Rift valley in Uganda. The rich biodiversity of the region aids on Tourism in Uganda. With the mist covering the peaks and the abundance of lush greenery makes this oldest national park the best and the most biodiversity rainforest of Uganda. The forest region of Bwindi ages back to 25,000 years housing an abundance of wildlife and some of the endemic and rare species. There are around 120 mammals, 350 bird species and 23 endemics of Albertine Rift. Explore the entire forest region with the species of 400 or more flora. What makes the park the most visited and famous region of Uganda is the family of Gorillas extending to more than 400 in number. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park houses more than half of total population of Gorillas of the world. Being a famous attraction for travelers, there are stalls that exhibit the handicrafts and the art of the region. There are cultural trails as Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures where you can discover a lot about the bygone tradition.

Fort Portal

Situated in Western Uganda on the foothills of Rwenzori ranges, Fort Portal is a famous tourist attraction in Madagascar. Attracting tourists from all walks of life, Fort Portal has raised the tourism bar and made a must visit place for all the travelers alike. Fort Portal is often referred to as the ‘tourism city of Uganda’ and is well known for its magnificent scenery and cleanliness. This stunning city is dotted with numerous places which are of religious and cultural significance. It is definitely a great haven for those who are looking to spend their vacation in Madagascar. If you are an adventure freak, Fort Portal is an ideal place where you can indulge in numerous activities that will keep you enthralled all day long. From snorkeling, diving to swimming and other activities, Fort Portal has lot in store for the enthusiast travelers. You can explore the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, crater lakes, track the chimpanzees or drive to Semuliki Park to enjoy the famous hot springs. Experiencing pleasant and friendly climate throughout the year, Fort Portal is sure to make your stay memorable and worthwhile.

Popular Tourist Places in Fort Portal

Igongo Cultural Center

Situated in Uganda, Igongo cultural centre is a famous tourist spot that has attracted tourists from all across the globe. This cultural centre highlights the tribal life of Southwestern Uganda making it one stop destination for all kind of travelers. It also has a vast collection of artifacts, exhibits of agrarian and pastoral culture, history of political changes of the present day situation in the region. Opened I 2011 by then Ugandan president Museveni, this cultural centre promotes the rich culture and heritage of the region allowing the visitors to get a glimpse of the past and present history of Uganda. Take a de tour of the in house Eriijukiro museum that takes for about half an hour and showcases the evolution of Nyankore and Kigezi households. This spectacular museum is part of this cultural centre and encompasses state of the art facilities for the visitors. You can even indulge in afternoon sessions with the local tribal people and get to know more about their diverse culture and heritage. Spend your day at a cow farm and try hands on milking experience that will make your tour memorable. The in-house restaurant serves local Bahima and Ugandan food that should be tried while on your trip to the cultural centre. To learn about these tribal people can be challenging as well as life changing experience for all kinds of travelers.

Kampala

Kampala, the capital city of Uganda is the largest urban centre attracting tourists from all walks of life. The city is Uganda’s bustling capital which has a population exceeding a million. The word Kampala originates from the impalas that were present during the 19th century. Kampala city is fondly known as the green city and is also one of the popular places to visit in Uganda. Spreading over more than twenty hills, Kampala is one of the fastest growing cities in Africa that garnered tourists from all across the globe. With diverse culture, fascinating attractions, lip smacking cuisine and breathtaking landscape, the city of Kampala has lot in store for the enthusiast travelers. Kampala city is situated at an altitude of 1180m above the sea level and enjoys a pleasant weather throughout the year. The city was originally built on seven hills and has now widened and spread to over twenty two hills. Kampala can be an ideal holiday destination if you are choosing to spend your vacation in Africa. The city is a good place to explore and has numerous attractions where you can spend your day without any hassle. The best way to explore this stunning city is by foot where you will get an opportunity to explore and experience something new. Also known as ‘a city that never sleeps’, Kampala boasts of many places where you can try your hands in various adventure activities that will leave you amazed throughout your stay.

Popular Tourist Places in Kampala

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is an extensive park which protects a large block of rainforest offering some excellent bird watching experience. The park is one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda. Garnering tourists from all walks of life, the park has become a popular tourist attraction in the whole of Uganda. Famous for its chimpanzee tracking, Kibale national park is an ideal destination where you can spend some time amidst the nature as well as with diverse wildlife. The national park is home to 70 mammal species and contains 375 species of birds as well. Kibale National Park is joined with Queen Elizabeth national park to the south which creates a 180 km long corridor stretch for wildlife viewing. The park boasts of the greatest variety and concentration of primates which is found anywhere in East Africa. This national park is one of Uganda’s most rewarding destinations where you can indulge in amazing wildlife experience. Apart from big creatures, you can spot variety of bird species that roam around freely inside the national park. Indulge in chimpanzee tracking where you will be escorted by the guides who will then tell you about these giant creatures. Explore the entire region along with various interesting activities that will keep you enthralled throughout your stay in Kibale.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park stands as an interesting attraction in Uganda with diverse colour and habitat. Although the park stands as one of the smallest national parks the abundance of wildlife and rich habitat makes it alive. You can discover the lakes and forest galleries, the swaps and wetland, acacia vegetation and valleys with grasses dominating the topography. The entire regions boast a wealthy wilderness that supports 325 species of birds and the highest concentration of wilds in Uganda. It is recorded as the only national park where you can find impala, eland and klipspringer. Wildlife here includes leopards, buffalo, zebra and waterbuck, Hyena, white-tailed mongoose and a lot of nocturnal. Birdlife here includes the species of red-faced barbets and the African finfoots, papyrus yellow warblers and lot more. Not just the wilderness but the topography of the region is too diverse to make it a wonder of nature. The land there is dominated by the dry hillsides, bushy thickets, rocky outcrops, open and wooded savannah etc that supports the wilderness there. Lake Mburo, in the centre of the park Lake Mburo, forms part of a wetland along with 14 other lakes in Lake Mburo National Park. Adventure and thrill can be experienced here while cruising on the lake or going for a game drive. The hippos and crocodiles can be spotted floating on the lake.

Popular Tourist Places in Lake Mburo National Park

Mabamba Swamp

Located at the edge of Lake Victoria and an hour’s drive from Entebbe city, Mabamba Swamp is a popular place to visit in Uganda because it is famous for its bird watching and shoebill tour. The swamp is characterized by small channels of water and lagoons and is an ideal place to spend your Africa tour. Mabamba Bay stretches to about 16,500 hectares and is a huge part of Wetlands of International Importance that was chosen by the Ramsar Convention. Mabamba Swamp is a well known wetland which is famous for its birding site where you can spot the famous Shoebill bird-Uganda’s most sought after bird. Attracting tourists from all walks of life, the swamp has become a popular tourist attraction in Uganda. This swamp boasts of many other birds and other species and is an ideal place for all the nature lovers. It is a natural habitat for elusive Shoebill storks and allows the visitors to watch these species via a canoe. If you are interested in bird watching tours, Mabamba Swamp is a perfect place to stop by and admire the beauty of the entire region. Since the swamp is close to the Entebbe international airport, it is a perfect starting point for all those who are interested in a long safari in Uganda. Apart from the shoebill Storks, the swamp is a sanctuary that boasts of four threatened species such as the Blue Swallow, Pallid Harrier, Papyrus Gonolek and White Winged Warbler which you can easily spot. If you are in Uganda, you cannot miss this place as it has lot in store for the enthusiast travelers.

Mbarara

Mbarara is the second largest city in Uganda that is urbanized and dominated by modern technology. The city is not known for the tourism bit is a gateway to explore the best attraction falling in Uganda. The city houses some of the fine eateries as cafes and restaurants that serve the continental and authentic dishes across to the travellers. While wandering around the wild regions of Uganda, Mbarara offers a comforting stay and a city feel to the travellers. More than a tourist attraction, Mbarara houses the market areas, universities and places for public service. Lying close to the borders of Tanzania and Rwanda, the city opens up the safari opportunities and nature tour for the visitors. The close distance from Lake Mburo National Park or the Igongo Cultural Centre is the major key to the tourism of Mbarara in Uganda. Tourists planning for bird watching tours or cultural visit often pass through the city for a leisure stay. The attractions lying close to the city are the hub for adventure and nature tour with an abundance of wildlife and serene backdrop. There are museums preserving the historical and cultural remains of Uganda that one can explore while extending the overnight stay.

Popular Tourist Places in Mbarara

Mgahinga National Park

The smallest national park of the larger Virunga Conservation, Mgahinga National Park is one of the major attractions for tourist in Uganda. Lying towards the southwestern corner of the country, the national park is enclosed by the Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda and the Virunga National Park of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The region covers the forested area of three extinct volcanoes of Uganda and endemic flora and fauna. The national park houses around 79 bird species, 39 species of mammal and sparse vegetation of the montane forest. The wilderness includes the family of the mountain gorilla, buffalo and elephant. One can spot the rare golden monkey and the blue monkey along with the species of the golden cat, leopard, spotted hyena, side-striped jackal, black-fronted duiker, bushbuck and giant forest hog. The wildlife of Mgahinga National Park is known for the critically endangered and rare species that one may not see elsewhere in the African region or other parts of the world. It’s the volcanic mountains that add on to the aesthetic beauty making it the most biodiverse region of Uganda. Along with the extinct volcanos, there are indigenous Batwa pygmies dwelling there that exhibit the tribal culture of Uganda.

Popular Tourist Places in Mgahinga National Park

Murchison Falls Uganda

Murchison Falls National Park is locally known as Kabalega National Park which is located at the end of the Albertine Rift Valley and is Uganda’s oldest and largest safari park. The national park is located 305km north of Kampala in Masindi District and can be easily accessed by road and flight. Murchison was first gazetted as a wildlife reserve in 1926 and has attracted many tourists from all walks of life since then. This national park in Uganda is home to 76 various mammal species and 451 bird species making it one of the famous wildlife safari destination in Uganda. For animal lovers, Murchison falls national park is an ideal holiday destination where you come across abundance of wildlife and get to know about different species of animals. The park is bisected by Victoria Nile that plunges 45m over the remnant valley wall, creating a dramatic fall. Since the park is situated in the Murchison conservation area, you can indulge in various game drive activities and make the most of your wildlife trip. Apart from the mammal species and birds, you can other animals like the big five, bushbucks, Uganda Kob, waterbucks, giraffes, hyenas, warthogs and many others to name a few. While strolling around, you can spot hippos and crocodiles along the shores of the waters quenching their thirst. If you are visiting Uganda, Murchison falls has everything to offer to the enthusiast travelers.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Situated in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular tourist destinations that have attracted tourists from all walks of life. The park is famous for its abundance of wildlife and lush greenery which has made it a popular place to visit in Uganda. This national park boasts of sprawling savanna, humid and shady forests, stunning lakes and fertile wetlands and is in ideal habitat for variety of animals and birds. Queen Elizabeth National Park is situated against the back of the great Rwenzori Mountains that boasts of stunning panoramic views which are made up of various crater lakes. Since the park is set against the backdrop of Rwenzori Mountains, it includes dozens of craters that are carved dramatically into rolling green hills, picturesque views of the Kazinga channel which has its bank lined with hippo, buffaloes and elephants. Apart being famous for its wide range of animals, the national park has a fascinating cultural history as well. Travelers who wish to indulge in cultural activity can meet the local communities and get to know about their history and enjoy dance, music and more. If you are an adventure freak, the national park boasts of many activities that will keep you enthralled throughout your stay in Uganda.