Places to visit in Uganda – Self Drive Guide, Where to go, Destinations in Uganda
There are many exceptional places to visit in Uganda that fill visitors with lots of lasting memories. Dubbed the pearl of Africa, Uganda is one of the exceptional African safari destinations with outstanding sceneries, landscapes, natural wonders, exotic wildlife and unique cultures. For first time travelers, there are many beautiful places to visit in Uganda. They include;
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is the only magnificent park set in northwestern Uganda. It expands up to 3840sq.kms making it the largest of all the 10 national parks in Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park harbors four of the big five African game-the African bush elephants, buffaloes, leopards and lions as well as other savanna dwellers such as the Rothschild giraffes, antelopes (Uganda Kobs, Hartebeests, Oribis and others); over 451 bird species including the elusive shoebill stork.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a designated UNSECO Heritage site in the extreme southwestern Uganda. The 331 square kilometer’ protected area offers refuge to about 120 mammal species including over half of all 1004 mountain gorillas that live on earth today; red colobus monkeys, chimpanzee, baboons; over 350 bird species, 200 butterflies. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a perfect place to visit in Uganda for mountain gorilla trekking.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park straddles in western Uganda. It is the second largest park in Uganda with area coverage of 1978sq.kms. Queen Elizabeth National Park is a home to over 620 bird species, 96 mammal species including African elephants, lions plus tree climbing lions, leopards, buffaloes as well as antelopes and many others. It is one best place to visit in Uganda for game viewing, bird watching, chimpanzee tracking, nature walks, boat cruise and other.
Kidepo National Park
Kidepo Valley National Park is isolated park in northeastern Uganda. It was gazetted in 1962 and features as the best place to visit in Uganda for visitors who wish to experience to true African wilderness. It is a home to two beautiful rivers-Karamoja River and Narus that flow through the park. Kidepo National Park is exceptionally the best place to visit in Uganda for game viewing, night game drives, cultural tours, bird watching, nature walks and many other exciting activities.
Lake Mburo National Park
For all visitors with limited time but want to experience African wilderness, Lake Mburo National Park is the best place to visit in Uganda. Lake Mburo National Park is 3-4 hours’ drive away from Kampala making it the most accessible safari destination in Uganda. It is a home to 3 of the big 5 game-buffaloes, lions, leopards as well as zebras, Rothschild giraffes, several antelopes including impalas, elands to mention but a few.
Source of the Nile at Jinja
A visit to Lake Victoria is complete only when you include a visit to source of the Nile. Jinja is famous as capital of adrenaline adventure and while here, you have opportunity to take part in a number of thrilling adventure experience including white water rafting, bungee jumping, quad biking, kayaking, jet boating, boat cruise and many others.
Sipi Falls are magical waterfalls in eastern Uganda and visitors in safari to Mount Elgon National Park count this site a must to visit. The Sipi Falls comprise of 3 stunning waterfalls and they offer magical view, breathtaking sceneries.
Lake Victoria is one of the best places to visit in Uganda. This is the largest fresh water lake in Africa with and one of the extensive tropical lakes in the world. It is the best place to visit if your dream is to experience the heart of Uganda. Lake Victoria is birthplace of the mighty River Nile. It boasts of its diverse ecosystems including numerous wildlife species, islands, beaches and many more. It is shared by the 3 countries; Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.
Other places to visit in Uganda include Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Lake Mutanda, Semuliki National Park, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve, Kibale National Park-to see chimpanzees, Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, the Equator crossing, Ssezibwa Falls, Lake Bunyonyi, Lubiri Palace, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Ssese Islands, Nyero rock painting, Kasubi tombs to mention but a few.