Uganda is better known as the pearl of Africa, a rather a small, land locked country with so much scenic floral and wild life beauties.
The enormous number of beauties sometimes leave visitors undecided on where exactly to go spend cool time once in Uganda. In this article I will reveal five top tourist destination in Uganda that, if visited will paint an everlasting memory on your mind.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
There are many place to visit in Uganda, but it is on record. This game park is Uganda’s most visited destination. Located in western Uganda, this park was established in 1952 as Kazinga National park and renamed two years later in honor of the visiting Queen Elizabeth II of England.
The game park offers a unique experience to the visitor including sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands. The park is also home to some big game and primates including Chimpanzees and 600 bird species.
Bwindi Impenetrable National park
Located in Kanungu district, South Western Uganda. This park is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is managed by the Uganda Wild life authority.
This park is one of the few places in the world where the mountain gorillas can be found. In Fact Mountain gorillas can only be found in Bwindi (Uganda), Volcanoes National Park (Rwanda) and Viruga National (democratic republic of Congo).
The National park is also home to over 110 mammal species, over 346 different bird species, 202 butterfly species, 27 frog species, numerous chameleons plus geckos. Making the park one of the most frequently visited destinations in Uganda.
Visitors who travel to Bwindi do not only get the opportunity to see one of the world’s rarest primate species that is considered man’s closest cousin but they also go through amazing physical adventure trekking the mountain gorilla.
And of course rest assured visitors have a chance to encounter with the local people and cultures including one of the world’s shortest undocumented people, the Batua.
Kidepo national Park
This is the exact opposite of Bwindi, Kidepo valley national park is one of the largest parks in Uganda covering upto 1,442 square kilometers. This park is a destination worthy visiting be virtue of its unique terrain and scenic beauty which is rugged savannah, dominated by the 2,750 meters Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers.
The flat nature of the land gives visitors a magnificent view of all animal species. The park hosts some 77 species of mammals and 475 bird species including elephants, zebras, lions, antelopes, cobs, impalas, Giraffes and ostriches to mention a few.
The impeccable culture of one of the world’s most backward tribes, the Karimojong will mesmerize visitors as they execute unique dance and fight stances. Let alone their rudimentary diet of fresh blood and milk. Ei, did I say the also eat rats? Yes they do. So you really better off visiting Kidepo because you have a lot to see.
Source of The Nile.
There is only one river Nile in the World with one source. If you are visiting Uganda, you have the opportunity to see the exact point where the world’s second longest river starts its journey.
Located in the eastern district of Jinja, the journey to the source of the Nile will take between 1 to 2 hours from Kampala, and believe me you will not regret. The magnificent waves from the source of the Nile backed by the scenic beauty will blow your mind away.
While visiting the Nile, there are many other places of interest you will visit within Jinja city, including Bujjagali falls. Oh yes if you love rafting then you are in the game. I will be cheating you who is reading this if I do not mention that, while in Jinja you will have a chance to play bungee jumping if you love it.
Jinja is also the ancestral seat of one of Uganda’s oldest kingdoms, Busoga. The palace of the Kyabazinga is just a few kilometers from Jinja city center and am sure you will find a lot of history and Busoga Kingdom artistry that will blow your mind.
Murchison Falls national park
If you are some sort of adventurer’s person then this is one place you should never miss to visit while in Uganda. The combination of numerous game and the e magnificent water falls of the Karuma and Murchison falls will leave you yearning for a residence permit to settle in Uganda.
Visitors to this national park have uncountable memories of boat rides, rafting and amazing game drives. Recently the an investor submitted a proposal to the government of Uganda seeking to destroy one of the falls to establish a power generating dam and close to 3000 activists signed a petition saying go to hell not Murchison falls.
There are a number of places you can visit in Uganda, we have however put down what is considered the best. So if you are running on budget and, or have limited time in Uganda, we recommend you should stick to these five places before you begin thinking of roaming the entire Uganda.