Named the 'pearl of Africa' by Sir Winston Churchill, Uganda is indeed a naturally beautiful tourist destination, one must visit.
Uganda is a land-locked country located in east Africa and the source of the great river Nile, the longest river on the planet. The country has a number of wildlife attractions that can be explored and enjoyed by tourists searching for a true African wildlife adventure.
A drive from Kampala, Uganda’s capital city towards the countryside, introduces you to the true natural beauty of Uganda, as you explore the major wildlife wonders the pearl has to offer.
Uganda's Natural Beauty:
From Kampala to the source of the river in Jinja, one goes through the magnificent Mabira Forest, one of the natural forests in Uganda. Bisected by the Kampala Jinja highway, Mabira Forest is an unmissable eco-tourism destination. The forest is home to a number of wildlife species, including over 300 bird species, primates like monkeys, baboons, mangabey, a number of butterflies and insects among others. Tourists visiting the Mabira Forest Reserve can engage in a number of adventure activities like forest walks, primate tracking, birding and so much more.
White Water Rafting
Just after Mabira, you come across the great river at Jinja in its early stages where it forms a number of rapids. Tourists seeking adventure can go white water rafting across the five different stages of the rapids, including the most thrilling stage where the rafting boat is over turned by the great force of the waters of the Nile. White water rafting in Jinja is not for the fearful and weak-hearted but is a thrilling activity for tourists. While in Jinja, one can also go on a boat cruise to the source of the River Nile, go bungee jumping or even horseback riding.
Murchison Falls National Park
Exploring Murchison Falls National Park offers yet another adventure with great scenic views of the Murchison Falls that forms a permanent rainbow. The falls can be toured while on a launch that takes tourists to the bottom of the falls. You can later hike to the top of the falls for clearer views.
Home to over 75 mammal species and 450 birds, Murchison Falls National Park is one place in Uganda that offers a great opportunity for viewing wildlife. While in this national park, one cannot miss seeing giraffes, buffaloes, elephants, Nile crocodiles, hippos, antelopes, baboons and many other species. There are many other savannah national parks in the country where one can view other wild animals while on game drives and boat cruises.
Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks
The mountain gorillas in the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks are other natural wonders one should not miss while in Uganda. These great apes are highly endangered and the total population remaining on the planet is estimated at a mere 900. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park has half of the mountain gorillas (450) with 12 habituated mountain gorilla families that are open to tourist visitation.
Each mountain gorilla family is visited by a group of 8 tourists a day. This group treks through the forest to search for the allocated mountain gorilla family, with whom they spend an hour learning more about them and taking photographs.
Spending time with the the endangered species on your gorilla tour in Bwindi is remarkable and exciting and is truly an experience one should not miss while in Uganda.
All the wildlife experiences in Uganda can be enjoyed at any time of the year.
What makes the wildlife experiences special in Uganda are the very hospitable and welcoming people, especially the guides who have considerable knowledge and information about the major wildlife species.