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5 Adventure Activities Not to Miss in Uganda!

Uganda is a country that is gifted by nature and the best places where one seeking exclusive wildlife safaris can visit. Popularly known as the pearl of Africa, Uganda has a lot to offer and this is one of the reasons why many tourists on safaris visit the country. Uganda is a very safe and secure country and above all the people are very hospitable and very easy to interact with. While on a Uganda safari, there are some tourism destinations and activities one should not miss because of their uniqueness and they include the following

Horseback Riding In Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo national park is one of the savanna national park located in western Uganda in Kiruhura district. The park has an eco system comprising of different savanna vegetation types (grassland, woodlands) that are homes to a number of wildlife species, which include zebras, buffaloes, warthogs, giraffes, a number of antelopes and so many birds.

Today wildlife safaris in this national park are experienced using horses that take tourists in the wild as they view the major wildlife around. The horses are well trained and managed by well experienced horse guides who escort the tourists as they explain to them the wildlife species they view as they ride. Horse back riding in lake Mburo national park does not require any horse riding experience and even the first timers can therefore do it after proper guidance by the horse guides.

Horseback riding is a very adventurous activity that gives tourists a chance to get close to the real wild and it’s among the activities one must not miss while in Uganda.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking In Bwindi And Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks

Mountain gorillas are wild animals adventurous tourists should not miss while in Uganda. They are among the most endangered primate species that are only remaining in three countries in the world (in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo). In Uganda mountain gorillas live in Bwindi impenetrable forest, which has half of the mountain gorilla population remaining on the planet with 12 habituated mountain gorilla families, and in Mgahinga gorilla national park which has one habituated mountain gorilla family.

Mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi or Mgahinga national parks is very adventurous and exciting as the tourists hike through the forests covered by mist looking for the allocated mountain gorilla family. The hike can take about 5 hours and sometimes more. This hike is usually characterized by sightings of a number of wildlife species in the forests and a real feel of the jungle. Mountain gorilla trekking permits are sold at only $600 during the peak tourist season and at $350 during the low tourists season. They cab be trekked at anytime of the year however the trek can be best enjoyed during the dry season when there are less chances for rainfall that usually disrupts the hiking process.

White Water Rafting

This is a very thrilling tourist activity carried out along the great river Nile in Jinja. White water rafting involves tourists having a boat ride along the rapids along river Nile where they are some times thrown out of their rafting boats by the strong forces of the rapids. This is an adventurous activity that does not require experience but rather determination. Its not an activity for the faint hearted but its very exciting and rewarding and all those seeking for great adventure should not miss it out while in the pearl of Africa.

A Visit To Murchison Falls

These are the greatest waterfalls in Uganda along river Nile located in Murchison falls national park. The water here pours down the rocky valley with a lot of energy making an enormous sound, forming a mist a few meters in the air, splashing waters around and surprisingly forming a permanent rain ball that is clearly seen. The falls can be best viewed both from the top or the bottom depending on ones preference. Those interested in viewing them from the top drive some 10 kilometers to the viewing point while those interested in viewing them from the bottom head for boat cruises to the falls can even hike to the top to clearly see the rain ball. While in Uganda, the Murchison falls should definitely be on your must visit places.

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How to Plan an Affordable Self Drive Safari in Uganda

Self-drive safaris in Uganda are bucket list dream for most solo travelers on African safari holiday but require adequate planning to make them more pocket friendly. Whereas others opt for guided safaris, Uganda is also best to discover on self-drive tour. With our wide-range of self-drive safari cars, solo travelers are never left stranded. Besides, our experienced experts have crafted several of tailor-made packages all suited within solo travelers’ needs.

Reserve early

Let your budget not limit your travel dreams. To embark on self-drive in Uganda at affordable rate, make sure you have booked your trip early. Most accommodation facilities tend to reduce on the rates for the accommodation and you can be one of the beneficiaries. It also helps you secure your dream self-drive safari car and have everything done early.

Know when to visit

Choose your season that you plan to embark on solo trip. Depending on your budget, the low season is preferably the best for budget travelers. During the low season, fewer visitors travel and higher chances are that most accommodation facilities are forced to cut down on their rates.

Get in touch with our safari experts

A well-planned self-drive tour involves combining ideas and so contacting our reservation team for assistance is very key. Get in touch with our reservation team and let us plan your trip together. Note, not all lodges give allowances to solo travelers and that is why we exist to do the rest of the groundwork.

Inform our experts

Make sure you let our experts early about your travel preferences so that they can make a package for you. The essential information required from is if you wish to dine alone-the choice does matter, do you wish to join the scheduled departure safari with a group or entirely independent, reason for your travel-wildlife, birding, mountain gorillas or golden monkey tracking; whom do you plan to travel with-children or friends and the accommodation type.

Choose budget accommodation

Depending on the destination you plan to visit on solo/self-drive tour, Uganda consists of various budget accommodation options. They are pocket friendly and everyone is covered. You can also choose to camp/rent one of our rooftop cars and save a lot more or spend a night in a budget safari lodge or hotel.

Choose the best car

Make your self-drive tour in Uganda absolute by booking our classic budget self-drive safari cars. Our self-drive safari rental cars to book include 4×4 Toyota Rav4-you can opt for automatic or manual transmission (rent one at $45), our Rav4 rental cars are compact and comfortable for your self-drive tour in Uganda; Toyota Land Cruiser, Toyota Hiace, Super Custom or Toyota Land Cruiser roof top tent. All our self-drive rental cars are well serviced and maintained-ever in better mechanical conditions for you to hit the road comfortably.

In summary, get in touch with our reservation team and let us have your self-drive safari holiday planned within your travel desires. We are available 24/7.

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The Batwa Trail

The dense forests at the foot of the Virunga Volcanoes were home to the Batwa people: hunter-gatherers and fierce warriors who depended on the forest for shelter, food and medicine thanks to ancient knowledge passed down for generations.

The Batwa Trail is located in the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Uganda where the Batwa people, a group of indigenous people, used to reside.  This nature walk tour introduces visitors to this African tribe’s life.  During the trek, visitors learn about the Batwa’s cultural heritage including their past ways of living!  This cultural encounter is one of the most memorable experience of a Uganda tour to see the mountain gorillas in Mgahinga National Park, a lesser known gorilla trekking destination in Uganda.  The funds from this tour are part of a give back program that supports the indigenous people’s cultural heritage by helping them purchases new land, provide education and books.

During this moving tour, the Batwa demonstrate their unique cultural heritage through various activities and discussions, such as hunting and bamboo cup demonstrations.  Medicinal plants and their usage are pointed out as well.  Guests are finally invited to the sacred Ngarama Cave, once home to the Batwa King, where the women of the community perform a sorrowful song which echoes eerily around the depths of the dark cave, and leaves guests with a moving sense of the richness of this fading culture

Dr. Andrew Seguya, Executive Director of UWA, said, “We are happy to be associated with the development of our partners, the Batwa people,  and with projects such as the Garama Cave and short trail, which will enhance income for them. We will strive to add more products to give our visitors a fully rewarding experience.”