The pearl of Africa is an amazing destination for each one who is interested in natural attractions. It is a destination where visitors experience one of the seven wonders of nature as well as one of the most unique encounters with wildlife. Uganda is full of nature and wildlife attractions, however the question is what are the nature wonders of Uganda?
These magnificent species are one of the nature wonders of the pearl of Africa, as well as a major attraction in Uganda. Mountain gorillas shares up to 98% of their genes with humans. Uganda host half of the population of mountain gorillas in the world. In Uganda, they are only confined to Mgahinga gorilla national park and Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Gorilla trekking in Uganda offers you unforgettable experience. No safari can be complete in Uganda without experiencing this particular nature wonder at least once.
This is a natural beauty on its own but there is nothing interesting than seeing the mighty river forcing its way through a 7 meter gap between the overhanging rocks and fall to a depth of 43 meters. At the top of Murchison falls, the water violently thunder past crashing and surging, blowing a fine mist high into the sky filled with rainbows. The sight from a boat below gives a sensational view of the majestic falls, but most thrilling is a view from the top.
Awe inspiring is perhaps an understatement when describing the beauty of this world class hiking and mountaineering destination. Mountain Rwenzori was described by one enthralled visitor as heaven’s garden. May be the gods hide this profusion of color up in the cloud so that only those who dare might reach up and share its secrets. The Margherita peak is the highest, located on Mountain Stanley, one of the Rwenzori ranges towering up to 5109 meters above sea level. A 7 Days Rwenzori Trekking Expedition will lead you to the glacier peaks of Magherita, a unique adventure that you cannot enjoy elsewhere in Africa. It is followed by Alexandria, Speke, and others.
Kidepo valley national park
This capital of wilderness is found in the right corner of Uganda and it is apparently the most isolated national park but still stands out to be one of the best unexplored places any wildlife viewer can ever visit in Uganda. Kidepo valley national park is undoubtedly among the best wilderness areas in Africa, accommodating a couple of extinct species of wildlife that cannot be seen anywhere in Uganda. It is right at the core of a savannah landscape next to a few mountainous ranges.
Apart from the unique wildlife safari experience, Kidepo valley is a great spot for a cultural trail especially to those who would like to see the Karamajongs, Acholis, plus other great tribes. The other exciting tourism activities in the wilderness of this park include nature walks, birding and hiking. This park is a true gem with huge abundance in wildlife and it remains a true rendition of tourism in Uganda but still remains unknown to many.
Currently, Kidepo valley national park hosts over 75 mammal species and 470 bird species and all these fall in the prime game viewing location, found in northeastern Uganda. The journey from Kampala to this wilderness enclosure is quiet long, of about 12 hours from Kampala by road, but the joy and thrill of seeing the Kidepo scenery and wildlife is all worth the lengthy drive.
Kidepo valley national park was named the third best national park in Africa and it is definitely a must visit for any traveler to Uganda.
Kibale national park
Nicknamed “the primate capital of Africa”, the park deserves this title due to the high population of primates found in this park. It offers both chimpanzee tracking and chimpanzee habituation experiences.
Tracking chimpanzees in Kibale is both fun and adventurous, because travelers get to view other animals and primates along the way. And the moment guests find the chimpanzees, they spend only one hour of viewing before heading back to the starting point. Apart from the chimpanzees, Kibale national park also provides shelter to about 13 species of primates.
Tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth national park
The resident lions that reside in the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park have taken a curious habit, climbing into giant fig trees and acacia to laze about. Though not fully known why they do this, but it’s clear that they enjoy hanging around in trees and also to seek refuge from the biting tse tse flies that inhabit this woodland sector.
It is worth remembering that while Uganda’s natural scenic and wildlife wonders may be what draws visitors to this beautiful country in the first place, but also the warmth and hospitality of the people of Uganda plays a very important role in attracting visitors to the pearl of Africa.Read More
Uganda has a number of honeymoon destinations that you can choose from all with amazing sceneries and comfortable accommodation facilities. Any newly-wed couple wouldn’t dare to miss the chance to enjoy Uganda’s beauty. This is probably the first holiday you will spend as a couple and so it has to make you feel relaxed and take away the stress you endured while preparing for your wedding.
In the old ancient times, a honeymoon was that time of the year when a ‘bee honey’ was ripe and cured to be harvested from hives. This was considered to be the sweetest time of the year, usually around June (summer time). In Uganda, most couples plan for their honeymoon days before their wedding and will leave 1 or 2 days after the ceremony. Any couple would expect to have romantic dinners and a lot more for their honeymoon package and many lodging facilities have an option for this.
The following are one of the best honeymoon destinations in Uganda that most couples have / would love to visit.
Ssese Islands – Lake Victoria
Located on north-western part of Lake Victoria, the Ssese islands are an archipelago of 84 islands. Can easily be accessed by a ferry from Entebbe town or Bukakata landing site. The islands are an amazing honeymoon destination for anyone willing to spend some quality time with their partner. The Islands offer amazing sunrises and sunsets, with holiday weather all year long with starlight skies at night. Get to spend time relaxing at the beach or playing beach soccer and you also have a chance to taste some of the best fish – the Nile perch. If you’d love to go fishing by yourself, this can also be arranged with service providers. Other activities on this island include forest & nature walks to see birds and primates.
Jinja & Source of the Nile
An adventure capital located 80 km east of Kampala city. Lots of fun activities like rafting, bungee jumping, horseback riding, quad biking, sunset cruises etc. Jinja city is filled with amazing hotels, restaurants, lodges, since. The Source of the Nile is located here and it’s a major attraction. Any couple willing to have a good time would opt for a Cruise down the Nile River as they enjoy the sunset. Plus there’s lots of fish to enjoy here and the famous ‘Ugandan Rolex’ – a street food & delicacy to try out!!
Murchison falls national park
Well, what makes more of a honeymoon than it being one of the best holidays with amazing experiences? Most holidays to Africa are breath-taking, spectacular, thrilling or whatever experience it maybe but without the honeymoon aspect, it won’t be ‘that honeymoon holiday’ you can always remember. Perhaps a morning hot-air balloon safari in Murchison followed by bush breakfast, boat cruise on the Victoria Nile with Cocktails and later a dinner on your private deck with bottle of sparkling wine. This is admit-ably among the best wild honeymoon destinations in Uganda. Also one of the biggest & oldest parks within this region. After that ‘Wedding’, you’d love to create new memories with an awesome wildlife adventure.
Queen Elizabeth national park
One of the most popular honeymoon destinations in Uganda with a number of interesting activities & attractions like; Hot-air balloon Safaris, launch trips, Game drives, Primate Walks. An organised private tour with a trusted tour operator will give you the best time to enjoy the wilderness in QENP with your partner. This is quite easy to arrange and the operator will advise on the best places you can choose to stay in depending on your budget. Many lodges, hotels found in QENP have got extra services for most honeymooners like Flowers, complimentary cake & bottle of wine, dinner for the couple. Enjoy the sunset from your private tent/ cottage/room with a ‘peace of mind’ environment.
Pineapple bay – “A very romantic affair”
Pineapple bay is a resort located on the Bugala Island on Lake Victoria, Uganda. Wake up with Breath-taking views of the Lake Victoria, perhaps enjoy catching some fish with a rod. The 500 acre Island is one place where you would probably get all your senses into action. Very calm place with a lot of pineapples which are grown locally on one of the farms. Fresh pineapple juice is served once you arrive at this island resort and you will be advised to even take off your shoes wrap yourself up in a nice soft ‘kikoyi’ and enjoy your stay.
Lake Bunyonyi & the many Islands
Most people who have been to Bunyonyi agree that it is a great place with a fantastic scenery and worth staying for several days. The Lake is peaceful and calm and you can swim or take a boat ride across to check out many islands surrounding it. Staying here is quite affordable since camping is available and luxury lodging facilities as well. Spend the day listening to different bird sounds while relaxing and enjoy the sunset in the evening. For most couples looking for honeymoon destinations in Uganda, this has truly been the best place with priceless memories. A lot of other activities as well including hiking, biking, canoeing, village walks etc.
Located 35 kms from Kampala, this town has a number of good hotels and places to visit. The International Airport is close and most travelers find it nearer when they arrive into Uganda. The prices in most of these places are higher than in the capital Kampala but it’s worth the stay. Looking for a quiet time to chill with your partner, the botanical gardens are close by. Alternatively there are quite a number of Beaches on the shores of Lake Victoria when you can get to enjoy swimming and some good fish. Entebbe has many other attractions including the UWEC Zoo, Reptiles village, many restaurants that you and your partner can visit during day time.
A beautiful town in the western part of Uganda with an amazing landscape. One of the few honeymoon destinations that you would love to come back to every year. With some of the lodges located near the crater lakes, you will surely wake up to a calm & quiet environment with nice views. If willing not to stay indoors, you can have an adventure tracking Chimps in the nearby Kibale forest or hiking to the ‘Amabere Caves’ and Crater Lakes. The town is full of friendly people.
Kidepo Valley National Park
One of the most memorable things to do as a couple would be taking a flight from Entebbe to Lomej airstrip to enjoy the true African Wilderness in Kidepo Valley Park located in north western Uganda. It’s very hot here giving any couple the chance to feel adventurous and not ‘reserved’. While staying here, you will come across Lions, buffalo herds, Elephants, Giraffes, Ostriches and more animals during the game drives. Enjoy a perfect sun-downer while watching the sunset with your spouse at one of the prestigious lodges. Kidepo’s location is a remote one making it suitable for any couple on a honeymoon safari to avoid being distracted.
Bwindi forest national park
The deep jungle forest is a prime destination for any traveler opting for an African Safari. The famous Mountain Gorillas live here, quite a thrilling experience plus many other mammals. Bwindi is also one of the best honeymoon destinations Uganda has to offer. The Imagination of waking up to bird sounds and fresh air every morning, with friendly staff at the lodges is worth it. Any couple would love to come here to make lifetime memories. Romantic Dinners can be arranged on order by the lodges and onsite massage services, and other activities you would be interested in.Read More