Uganda is gifted with a variety of tourist attractions. Among the major tourist attractions include:
- Mountain Gorillas
- Hot Air Balloon
- River Nile
- Lakes and Rivers
- The big five (elephants, Lion, Rhino & Buffaloes.
- The ten National Parks
- Historical places
- Worshipping places
- Cultural centers
There are many tourist activities done in Uganda but in this article, we are assessing the top five:
- Mountain Gorilla Trekking – conducted on daily basis in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National parks. It should be noted that Uganda protects 20 habituated gorilla families in BINP and MGNP. Today, the cost of the Uganda Gorilla permit goes up to US$700 though UWA set gorilla promotional season which started on 1st December 2020 and will end on 31st March 2021. During the promotion, the Uganda Gorilla permit is discounted to US$400. The promotion is intended to boost Gorilla tourism during this catastrophic season caused by COVID-19.
- Chimpanzee trekking – If you miss Gorilla trekking, do not miss Chimpanzee trekking. Both activities are lifetime events but Chimps are cheaper than Gorillas. Basing on your budget, you can do any. Chimpanzee trekking is conducted in Kibale National Park, Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Forest, Budongo Forest, and Toro- Semuliki Game reserve.
- Game viewing tours – conducted in Uganda savannah parks like Kidepo Valley National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semuliki National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park. Savannah parks offer clear ground to view a variety of animals like elephants, Lions, Buffaloes, Antelopes, Zebras, Giraffes, and Leopards among others. The savannah grassland offers grazing ground for the wild animals to stay.
- River Nile Tour – Visiting the source of River Nile requires you to board a boat to the origin of the longest river in Africa (R. Nile). At the origin, water moves upwards at the greatest speed. It’s more pleasant across the river on the western bank with the Source of the Nile Gardens and Speke Monument – a pillar commemorating where the British explorer first laid claim to the historic source of the Nile in 1858.
- Mountaineering – Mt. Rwenzori and Mt. Elgon do conduct mountaineering activity in Uganda. Serious hiking is done on those two mentioned mountains therefore, a high level of fitness is needed. Mountain Rwenzori is situated in western Uganda and the tallest block mountain in Uganda with the highest peak called Margherita. Mountain Elgon is found in Eastern Uganda with Wagagai as the highest peak. Climbing Ugandan mountain rewards the views of montane vegetations, glacial features, craters, mt. peaks among others.