Uganda is different, it is the Pearl of Africa and a Land Gifted by Nature. Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as “The Pearl of Africa” in 1908, to convey the beauty, variety, and natural wealth of the land. “For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.” CNN Travel has listed Uganda in its article ‘ Where to travel in 2023’, this is why you should visit Uganda in 2023.
Trekking the Mountain Gorillas is a captivating and memorable experience. Book your Gorilla Safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. The gorilla safaris can either be gorilla trekking or gorilla habituation experience.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has 19 habituated gorilla groups split into 4 regions. The regions are Buhoma, Nkuringo, Rushaga and Ruhija. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has 1 habituated group. There are 8 persons allocated to each gorilla group on a daily basis and the permit is valid for 24 hours. Uganda has an estimate of about 500 mountain gorillas, half of the world’s gorilla population.
The largest number of chimpanzees in East Africa is in Kibale Forest National Park. It is home to around 5000 individuals. This makes the park a premier chimpanzee destination. Budongo Forest, Kalinzu Forest, Semiliki Forest, and Kyambura Gorge are other places offering chimpanzee trekking.
Golden Monkey Experience. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a place where Gold (golden monkeys) meets Silver(mountain gorillas). There are about 2000-5000 golden monkeys left worldwide. Take part in golden monkey trekking and habituation experiences.
Uganda is a Birdwatchers Haven.
Uganda is one of the top birding destinations in Africa. It is the richest African Bird Watching Destination with about 1090 bird species. 50% of all Africa’s bird species are in Uganda, that’s 11% of the World’s Bird Species. Uganda is a “Hidden Eden and a wonderland for birds” as described by Sir Fredrick Jackson.
Tucked up in Northeastern Uganda in the Karamoja region. Are you looking for a wild, rugged, remote place, and off-the-beaten-track experience? The Karamoja region is great for authentic cultural tours. The mountains and rugged wilderness are great for hiking, game drives, and guided walks. Discover Kidepo Valley National Park, and look out for the big cat sightings (cheetah, lion, and leopard) and massive buffalo herds. For the twitchers, the park alone is home to over 475 bird species. Check out our off-the-beaten-track safari.
The Rwenzori Mountains, ‘the mountains of the moon’ are Africa’s third tallest mountain range. They form the jagged western border of the country with the Democratic Republic of Congo. Climb the third highest peak in Africa – Mount Margherita at 5109 meters. The glaciers, waterfalls, and lakes make it one of Africa’s most beautiful alpine areas. The higher altitude zones have giant heathers, groundsels, and lobelias. The day hikes to the foothills of the Rwenzoris, multi-day, and multi-peak ascents are great for experienced mountaineers. Take in the amazing views and cultural interactions with the local community.
Uganda has 56 Vibrant tribes and 15 languages spoken. The 8 indigenous communities are the Ik, Maragoli, Bamba, Banyabindi, Benet, Batwa, Karamojong, and Basongora.
Ugandans are welcoming and friendly people. This makes the country safe for travel and the culture is rooted in traditions, habits, and beliefs. Sustainable Community-Based Tour programs set up by the Uganda Community Tourism Association help improve the local community’s livelihood. The Uganda Wildlife Authority also collaborates with local communities near the parks and wildlife reserves to improve visitor experiences.
The Batwa Development Program has developed sensitive and conscious tourism encounters. These allow the Batwa to introduce visitors to the forest as their guests. The Ik and Karamojong tribes also have developed community-based tour programs. The programs offer sustainable authentic cultural experiences to visitors.
Uganda is gifted by nature. Uganda is the Source of the N The world’s longest river, the Nile offers thrilling adventures. Get wild and wet with White Water Rafting, Tubing, Kayaking, and Sundowner Cruises. Spend some time at the Lemala Wildwaters Lodge in Uganda, on the great River Nile. The lodge came in at number two on a list of the world’s most Instagrammable hotels for 2022.
In 2019, Mgahinga National Park came in 3rd as the must-photographed travel destination. In 2019, CNN voted Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as the most beautiful place in the World. Bwindi has some of the best hiking trails in the world.
To experience the top things to do and see in Uganda, you need to know the best time to visit, which is during the two dry seasons.
June, July, August, September, December, January, and February. These months are particularly good for trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. The months are good for wildlife spotting due to less vegetation. Bird watching is also recommended from late May to September. When planning a trip from June to September, you need to set your travel plans at least 3 months in advance. This is because the primate permits are competitive during these months.
March, April, May, October, and November.
These are the rainy seasons and low seasons for tourism activities. Most lodges offer discounted accommodation rates during these months. There are low-season promotions tour packages as well and the scenery is green! This is also a good time for bird watchers to spot migratory birds from November to April. The wettest months are March, April, and May the peak of the rainy season.
The best months to visit Uganda are June to August and December to February. Temperatures in Uganda vary throughout the seasons, from around 24°C to 30°C. Having one of the best climates is a reason why you should visit Uganda in 2023 and experience the top things to do and see in Uganda.
When you visit Uganda’s parks, you are promoting conservation for future generations. Uganda Wildlife Authority gives back 30% of tourism revenue to the local economy. This helps to improve the standard of living for local people and set up sustainable projects. 80% of the money raised from gorilla permits funds conservation projects that support the survival of the primates in Uganda.
Responsible tourism is a key part of our core values. Travelers Link Africa aims to support local communities by contributing to conservation and sustainability. This is part of the top things to do and see in Uganda with sustainability and conservation as a driving force.
Join us as we strive to motivate the communities and be responsible by traveling the right way. There is plenty to do from recycling, reducing, reusing, volunteering, and being aware of cultural sensitivities.
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