Uganda’s tourism can be exhaustively enjoyed by any visitor by looking at the activities done at the various tourist attractions and destinations. These range from the national parks and their flora and fauna, water bodies, cultural/historical sites, aquatic lives, mountains, ethnic diversity to traditional innovations among others.
1. Gorilla Trekking,
With only about 700 mountain gorillas living on the whole globe, seeing them is a rare opportunity that one has look for. There are two National Parks in Uganda where one can go and do gorilla tracking that is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Bwindi, covering 200 square miles is in south-western Uganda and is home to about half of all the world mountain gorillas. Whereas Mgahinga is placed on the extreme southwest corner of Uganda on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains bordering the DR Congo and Rwanda.
2. Chimpanzee Tracking
In Uganda, this exciting exercise is Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is mainly carried out in Kibale National Park, Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. There is also Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Lake Victoria. They can also be found in Bwindi, Semliki and Rwenzori Mountain National park.
3. Wildlife Safaris,
Tourists go to all national parks with one major aim of seeing the various animal and bird species that are found there. Uganda has a number of national parks and game reserves that harbor tens of wild animals and birds that are worth watching.
4. Bird Watching,
Globally, Uganda is moving among the top destinations for bird watching activities or briding. In its moderate size, Uganda hosts over 1000 species of birds beating the whole of Europe with only 700 species, also due to the range of its land from the desert land of Karamoja to Lake Victoria up to Rwenzori Mountains. Birding activities are principally in Ssese islands of Lake Victoria, National Parks and the Reserves. Birds for watching include the African fish eagle, Shoebill stork, Papyrus gonolek, horn bills and lyre tailed honey guide among the thousands. The most ideal bird watching destinations include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Semliki National Park and Wildlife Reserve, Lake Mburo National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary and Mabira Forest.
5. Mountain Hiking,
Mountaineering Activities are done mainly on Rwenzori Mountain in South Western Uganda. This exercise can take between 5 to 10 days basing on which circuit and peak one wants to take and stop at respectively. Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda is another ideal place for hiking.
6. Launch Cruises,
This aquatic exercise is done mainly on the River Nile waters at Murchison Falls National Park, Kazinga Channel near Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo National park. Launch cruises or boat rides are usually done in the after or evening as supplementary activities after the excitingly strenuous morning game drives in these parks. During these cruise activities, more birds, wild and aquatic animals are spotted in the waters and at the shores of these water bodies, an eye-catching incident indeed!
7. Jungle/Nature-Guided Walks.
In most national parks, these are done in such of animals and birds that are not widely visible or spot table in the expansive parks. Some forests also have a rare tree or plants species whose glance at is considered a new thing in one’s sight. Birds and various primate types are very much observed during guided forest walks.
8. Community Tours
These are done especially after wildlife safaris in national parks. There are people in the areas surrounding these parks with various cultural norms, practices and behaviors that may an issue of interest to any visitor. During cultural tours, there are cultural dances and demonstration of handicraft and artifacts by the local people.