Uganda is a naturally blessed country and a home to various tourist attractions like several wildlife and bird species, national parks, Forests Mountains, lakes and rivers, among others which are uniformly distributed throughout the country. This explains why larger numbers of tourists flock the country each year. Many of these tourist attractions and destinations are found in the countryside of Uganda, in the isolation and remote areas of the country with less human crowds( places where you can only feel your heartbeats, wildlife cries and the hamming of birds) filling visitors with the atmosphere of the real African wilderness / jungle.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls is considered as the world’s strongest waterfall. It is created by River Nile and found in Murchison Falls National Park. This park is home to 79 mammals and over 400 species of birds and offers classic wildlife viewing by game drives and boat safaris on the River Nile. The waterfalls provide spectacular scenery as river Nile plunges over a 40 meters cliff form the devil’s cauldron.
The Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary: This is the only home to the Uganda’s white Rhinos. It’s a distant and exclusive place to visit, found 7 kilometers off Nakasongola highway. It’s a home to over 15 white Rhinos and many other wildlife and bird species. Visitors to the Zziwa white Rhino Sanctuary can enjoy activities like white rhino watching, wildlife viewing on animals like waterbucks, antelopes and birding the rare shoebill stork on a canoe ride along the swamp.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: This forested mountain national park is the Uganda home to mountain gorillas; hosting half of the total number (over 400) of remaining mountain gorillas in the world. Bwindi Impenetrable rain forest national park is in the south western part of the country. His national park is into three major regions that is; Buhoma region, Ruhija region and Rushaga region each with specific gorilla family groups. It offers the best trekking experiences for tourists who get a chance of visiting any of the 11 habituated mountain gorilla families within the forest. Alongside mountain gorilla tracking, tourists can enjoy several other tourist activities within the forest such as birding, wildlife safaris, forest nature walks, and paying a visit to the Batwa people among others.
Semuliki National Park
Among the various tourist attractions of Uganda, is the Semuliki valley national park , found in the west , near the Uganda – DRC border. It’s a known place for great wildlife safaris and birding expeditions, viewing animals like; water bucks, kobs, warthogs and many others on game drives and hippos and crocodiles on boat cruises along river semuliki.. Many of the wildlife and bird species at this park move to and fro Congo, Central Africa and Uganda. The Semuliki offers great natural views to its visitors such as theSempaya hot spring, forest nature walks and fishing among others.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Another interesting, remotely located tourist center is the Kidepo Valley National park. Located in the northeastern part of the country in Kaabongdistrict. The KVNP, is an exclusive place to visit as it’s a home to several wildlife species such as the; cape buffaloes, lions, zebras, giraffes and a number of birds. All these can be best enjoyed over game drives and boat cruises through the Narus Valley (the only oasis here) , offering tourists a great experience in the wild. The Kidepo valley national park also hosts the unique tribe of the Karamojongs- a Ugandan local community whose people have stuck to the traditional cultural values and norms as well as practices. An encounter with the Karamojongs is very remarkable as visitors discover more about their way of life. Kidepo valley national park is 720 kilometers away from Kampala and can be reached by both road and air transport means.
Lake Bunyonyi is yet another exclusive but remotely located tourism destination in the country. This Uganda’s deepest lake is found in the south western part of the country, blessed with several islands which are usually reached by boat trips. It offers extraordinary experiences to visitors as it’s the best birding site in the country with several bird species, great scenic views, boat rides and cruises as you take in the nature of Uganda. This exclusive lake can be reached by both air and road transport; where road transport is between 6 and 8 hours’ drive while air transport to Kayonza / Kisoro airstrip and then a drive there is about an hour.
The Ssese Islands:
Consisting of 84 islands in the north-western section of Lake Victoria, the Ssese Islands have, for a long time, only been visited by local people and campers because of lack of tourist facilities. Now three campsites have been opened which can be booked through local tour operators. Nevertheless, many of the islands are uninhabited except for a few fishermen so their forests and swamps are ideal habitats for birds. The wildlife on the islands includes hippos, crocodile, waterbuck, sitatunga antelope, chimpanzees and monkeys. The islands can be reached by a nine-hour steamer trip from Port Bell or a 45-minute ferry trip from Bukakata.
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center:(UWEC)
The Uganda Wildlife Education Center in Entebbe was created by the Government of Uganda with the help of the Wildlife Conservation Center in New York. The Center has grown considerably in recent years and hosts a variety of wildlife. UWEC is not a zoo as the center environment has been designed to be as close as possible to the wild. At the center, visitors are able to observe many of the indigenous species to be found in Uganda and also to receive comprehensive information on the species, their natural habitats and the complex ecologies of Uganda.
Source of River Nile in Jinja
The official source of the River Nile is located in Jinja city eastern Uganda. Standing at the point where the waters that form the world’s longest river start is something to travel for. As the Nile starts to flow from Victoria Nile, it creates major grade 5-2 rapids along its pass downstream Bujagali hydro-electric dam. Go to Jinja for white water rafting on the River Nile on your adventure in Uganda. There are many activities to do while in Jinja such as kayaking the rapids, horseback riding, boat riding, bungee jumping and city tour.
The tourist destinations in Uganda can never be exhausted and just simple writing, for those with an exploration hobby, just hit the Entebbe International airport and you will never regret your action!