Tourism is one of the fastest growing industries in Uganda. At the same time, travel service becomes a very important fact for Ugandans to consider. Accommodation service plays a great role. Luckily, Uganda offers visitors from budget to mid-range accommodation, and up to the luxurious setting. No matter which one you choose, you can relax yourself. Share the convenient travel service to your friends who is going to visit Uganda.
Currently, the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage and the Uganda Tourism Board provide information along with statistics concerning tourism for the country. There has been increased investment in tourism, particularly in travel accommodation and related facilities; this has enhanced tourist’s experience in the country.
Adventure tourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism are being developed. About three-quarters of Uganda’s tourists are from other African countries. Kenya, that borders Uganda, is the biggest source of tourists to Uganda, making up almost half of all arrivals into the country. The number of visitors from Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Sudan is a bit low.
As Uganda is a landlocked country, it depends so much on connections through Kenya for most of its transport. International travelers sometimes prefer to fly into Nairobi before connecting to Uganda’s capital city Kampala as this is often cheaper. More so, Uganda has a very diverse culture, landscape, flora, and fauna.
This is the most popular adventure to take in Uganda. Travel to South Western Uganda and meet the great apes in their natural home. You can go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, two homes that ;protect the endangered apes. Encountering the great apes is one of the best primate watching safaris that bring tourists to Pearl of Africa.
Game viewing is one of the most popular tourist activity in Uganda. Wild animals like lions, buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, elephants are common in Uganda’s ten national parks. Uganda is one of only ten countries where it is possible to visit endangered gorillas. Mountain gorillas are Uganda’s prime tourist attraction. The vast majority of these are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with a few found in Mgahinga National Park both located in southwestern Uganda. In Bwindi, visitors have been allowed to view the mountain gorillas since April 1993. The development of gorilla tourism and the habituation of gorillas to humans is proceeding very carefully because of the dangers to gorillas, such as contracting human diseases.
Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to the tree climbing lions. Lions do not normally climb trees, except when chased by another lion group or wild buffalo. However the tree climbing lions found in QE-NP intentionally climb trees and rest on them in the afternoon, when the sun is high. This is a truly unique phenomenon. There have only been rare similar sightings of this in Lake Manyara National Park of Tanzania.
Birding is remarkably one of the most famous experiences in Uganda. About 1078 birds are all confined in Uganda, representing over 60% of all the birds in Africa and 11 percent of the world’s avian species. The tourism sector again improved around 2010 with over 956000 international visitors on record and 2016 was Uganda’s most exceptional year in the whole of East Africa with more than 1.4 million tourists and $1.4 billion was generated. Currently, Uganda Tourism Board targets to attract over 4 (four) million annual international visitors by 2020. Previously, there has been a steady increase in national park visits. Based on Uganda Wildlife Authority data, there was an increase in visitor arrivals in protected areas from 108678 in 2006 to 245725 in 2016 nearly half of them non East African residents.
Boating and Water Sports
With its prime location in the African Great Lakes region, Uganda has a variety of water bodies that are popular spots for tourism. White water rafting and kayaking are popular activities on the rapids near the source of the Nile at Jinja.
Boating which is commonly done on Lake Victoria, Lake Mburo, Lake Bunyonyi, Kazinga Channel, and River Nile is a perfect way of exploring the buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles and a wide variety of bird species that inhabit the banks of these water bodies. Sport fishing is another favorite tourist activity. Fish like the Nile perch, and tilapia can be caught in designated areas of Lake Mburo and the banks of the Nile. Canoeing can also be done at Lake Bunyonyi.
Hiking and Mountain Climbing
Uganda has many opportunities for mountain climbing, hiking and nature walks. The Rwenzori Mountains, which are found at the border with the DRC, include the snow-capped Margherita Peak (5109 m), the highest Mountain Range in Africa and also one of the highest peaks. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also includes three peaks, Mount Gahinga, Mount Sabyinyo, and Mount Muhavura, the highest peak in the national park. Mount Elgon, located in Eastern Uganda, can be used for hiking and climbing, and also has one of the largest calderas in the world.