Why Uganda Should Be on Your Travel Bucket List

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When you get lost in wanderlust, do you find yourself dreaming of Africa? The continent is on many people's travel bucket lists, but planning a trip can be intimidating.

 

1. Make time for research

 

When deciding where to go and what to do, consult online resources and guidebooks to get a sense for what interests you most. Many African safari destinations have the Big Five — lions, elephants, rhino, leopard and buffalo — but more rare species like the endangered mountain gorilla are only found in a few countries, including Uganda. Uganda also offers some of the most diverse cultural experiences on the African continent, drawing visitors from around the world.

 

With 10 distinct national parks, Uganda gives visitors the chance to explore myriad landscapes and natural habitats, each with its own impressive characteristics and wild inhabitants. Most people only have time to visit three or four parks in Uganda, so it's important to get a feel for which one may be right for you. Book a boat safari on the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park, or head out on a game drive in Kidepo Valley National Park to see elephants, giraffes, lions and more.

 

 

2. Prioritize activities

 

When you start your research, you'll find there are countless things to see and do. That's why it's important to create a bucket list for your trip.

How about the thrill of encountering mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, tracking chimps through dense forest or catching a glimpse of the powerful tree-climbing lions? Birding opportunities are also rich considering more than half of Africa's bird species can be found in Uganda.

 

3. Consult a trusted travel professional

 

Especially if you're traveling to a foreign country for the first time, a travel expert can provide customized insight you won't find by doing searching solo. Plus, they can help craft the ideal itinerary by suggesting activities or VIP services you may not know about.

 

For example, maybe kayaking Uganda's Lake Bunyonyi wasn't on your radar. Travel agents and tour operators can tell you why it should be. Want to upgrade your gorilla tracking experience? Travel professionals can arrange educational sessions with organizations like the Gorilla Doctors and their jungle veterinarians. They can help you book a rafting trip on the White Nile in Jinja, Uganda's adventure capital, or arrange a visit to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

 

 

4. Go beyond wildlife

 

From the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains to the savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park and the lush banks of the Nile, Uganda's beautiful landscapes differ dramatically throughout the country. Wildlife flourishes, but there is so much more to explore.

To make your trip complete, incorporate cultural activities into your itinerary. For example, hike to the top of a mountain near Kidepo Valley National Park and visit the Ik people, a centuries-old community maintaining their traditional way of life. Another opportunity is the Batwa Experience, where you can explore Uganda's forest with its original inhabitants. Finally, don't forget to spend a day in the capital city of Kampala.

 

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