Uganda is a landlocked country bordered by South Sudan in the north, Kenya in the East, Tanzania in the south, DR Congo in the west and Rwanda in the southwest. Uganda is covered by beautiful landscapes. Scenery is the most dramatic along the western and eastern borders. The western Rift valley runs from north to the south along the Uganda-Congo border. Uganda’s highest point is the 5110m Mountain Rwenzori found in the rift valley areas.
Uganda is also tagged as the “Pearl of Africa” home to 50% of the only remaining mountain gorillas in the wild natural habitat, the best-known destination to see the Chimpanzees in the world, source of the world’s longest river, River Nile among other beautiful things to see here.
The name Uganda is derived from the Kingdom of Buganda, a vast area in the south of Uganda that includes the capital city Kampala. The history of Buganda begins with the Kitara Empire, which held a significant lead of the African Great Lakes area from Albert and Kyoga in the north to the southern Tanganyika and Victoria. Buganda is located on Lake Victoria’s northern shores home to Kampala the Capital.
Uganda even though is a landlocked country, it is home to various freshwater lakes notably Lake Victoria which covers much of the southeastern part of Uganda share with Kenya and Tanzania. Other freshwater lakes include Lake Kyoga, Lake Albert and Edward in the western part of Uganda.
Uganda is also home to 10 national parks and 12 Wildlife reserves. Of these, both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Wildlife highlights to see in Uganda include all the Big 5 animals, mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys, black-and-white colobus, elephant, golden cat, jackal, and giant forest hog. Safari to Uganda is also great for birding and birders can enjoy looking out for over 1000 species of birds.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing boarder with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Forest National Park is located in the southern part of Uganda sharing boarder with Congo, it is one of the only two national parks in Uganda where you can trek and see the magnificent Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat in the world, it is home to more than half of the only remaining Mountain Gorillas in the wild making it famous and best place to trek the Mountain Gorillas.
What is the best time for Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi?
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi done throughout the year and The best time for gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable National Park is during the months of June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for the treks in the Forests, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the primates offering great sights for photographs. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact primates don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available in the forest compared to the dry seasons. Seeing gorillas in Bwindi is possible throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing them in their natural habitats.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is located in western Uganda covering the districts of Kabarole, Kyenjonjo, Kamwenge and Kyegegwa. Kibale forest national park is a tropical forest and is a habitat of number of forest wildlife, about 1500 chimpanzee individuals, bird species, Tree species, reptiles, Monkeys, butterflies, Mammals and other wildlife. The road trip from Kampala/Entebbe is about 4-5hours drive. Visiting Kibale forest national Park is the biggest advantage to enjoy thrilling experiences such as chimpanzee trekking and chimpanzee habituation as the most sought activities. Chimpanzees are among the endangered species in the world, Kibale National park is referred to as the Primate capital having about 20 primate species which is the highest density in all of Africa. Chimpanzees are the second famous primates after the Mountain Gorillas, and they also have 95% human DNA.
What is the best time to visit Kibale Forest National Park?
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park is best done in the months of June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for Chimpanzee trekking in the Forest, as well during this time the vegetation is not fully grown and it is easy for viewing the chimpanzees offering great sights for photographs. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season this makes the vegetations grow high making the sightings unclear however during this time the treks tend to be shorter given the fact chimpanzees don’t move further distances looking for food, food is readily available. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest National Park can be done throughout the year given the fact it is a very well organized activity and you have 99% chances of seeing the Chimpanzees.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National park is located in the southern part of Uganda neighboring other national parks that is Kibale Forest National and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, it is ranked as the second largest conservation area in Uganda after Murchison Falls National park, as well it is one of the best savannah national parks in Uganda for viewing wildlife and with this you have chances of seeing all the Big 4 animals on your safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
How to get to Queen Elizabeth National Park
By Flight: Flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park is the easiest means of transport to access the park which only takes you approximately 1hr 15minutes to get there. Queen Elizabeth National Park can be accessed by flying to Kasese Airport, Mweya Airstrip or Kihihi Airport; this will depend on the availability of the domestic flight operator and the routing available you plan to use. All the mentioned airstrips you will need to drive a short distance for you to access the park, with approximate time from the airstrips to Queen Elizabeth National Park being 1-2 hours from Kasese Airstrip, 45 minutes from Mweya Airstrip (this depends on the Lodge you are staying at) and then the long one is 3-4 hours drive from Kihihi Airport. Flights to Mweya Airstrip and Kasese Airport are highly recommended give you will get to the park earlier that when you fly to Kihihi. All flights start their journeys to Queen Elizabeth National Park from either Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi Airfield with this it will depend on the operator you have booked with to decide which place you will start your flight to Queen Elizabeth National Park from.
By Road: You can get to Queen Elizabeth National Park using two main routes, one through Fort portal to Kasese and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park, then the other route is from Kampala via Mbarara through Busenyi and Ishaska then proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is also known as Kabalega National Park popularly known for having the world’s most powerful water falls Murchison Falls. It was gazetted as a game reserve in 1926 and later raised to a national park status in 1952. Murchison Falls National Park is one of the largest and oldest protected areas in Uganda covering an area of 5072 kmsq it also shares boundaries with Karuma and Bugungu wildlife reserve as well as Bundongo Forest home of chimpanzees and various primate species. The park is home to 76 species of mammals and over 400 bird species. The park is divided into two sections by the Victoria Nile that is the northern and southern section, the northern side is home to many wildlife animal species than the southern side.
Best time to visit Murchison Falls National Park
The best time to visit Murchison Falls National Park is during dry season from June to September and December to February every year. The park can as well be visited all year around and you will be able to see the wildlife and do a safari in Murchison Falls National Park, dry seasons offer great sighting of wildlife compared to wet seasons.
Where to Stay in Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls National Park has a variety of accommodation choices where you can stay while on your safari. The lodges range from high Market Luxurious to Budget Lodges. It is always advised to choose Lodges depending on the airstrip you are flying too for easy accessibility. For top Luxurious Lodges include Chobe Safari Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge and Bakers Lodge. Kabalega Wilderness camp, Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison River Lodge are among the midrange Lodges. For budget lodges, you can stay at Pakuba safari Lodge, Pumba safari Lodge, Red Chili Hideaway lodge and many others. Contact us with a lodge of your choice and we tailor your itinerary or even suggest for you the best option depending on your budget.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park was gazette in 1991 and was recognized as a world heritage site in 1994. The park is home to 18 mammal species, 217 bird species, 9 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians. Large mammals include elephants, buffaloes, giant forest hogs, bush bucks, chimpanzees and rare leopard commonly found in the forest zone but rare to see. Mountain Rwenzori hiking is one of the unique adventure experiences in Africa that interests every adventure traveler visiting Africa, the wide variety of plant and wildlife species in the Rwenzori Mountains and the hike through the different vegetation zones creates the unique experience and lifetime memories. The plant life varies from heavy tropical rain forests, Bamboo forests, and montane forests to alpine vegetations creating breathtaking sceneries, the wildlife range from mammals, primates and reptiles which you will have a chance to see along your hike up to the Rwenzori mountain peaks.
The Rwenzori Mountains are said to have been formed three millions years ago. It is composed of a group of mountains commonly referred to as massifs; these are separated by deep gorges and valleys which have lakes in between and vegetations. The massifs include Mount Stanley (5,109 metres), Mount Speke (4,890 metres), Mount Baker (4,843 metres), Mount Emin (4,798 metres), Mount Gessi (4,715 metres) and Mount Luigi di Savoia (4,627 metres). Rwenzori Mountains is about 120 Kilometers long and 60 Kilometers wide.
The reference to Mount Rwenzori as Mountains of the Moon came from Greek explorers trying to locate the source of the Nile. A merchant called Diogenes reported that the source of the Nile came from a group of mountains which the indigenes of the land called Mountains of the Moon because of their snow-capped whiteness. Unfortunately this snow-capped whiteness has been reducing and is likely to stop existing.
How to book Rwenzori trekking
Happy Lion Safaris will help you book for you the Rwenzori trekking safari, Contact us about your planned hiking to Rwenzori Mountain and we tailor a package that suits your budget, time and interest we will need you to send us your planned dates of travel so that we check availability of accommodation and all services after we will let you know to move to the next step of booking. Once you confirm you’re booking with us, we shall send you an invoice for payment so that we secure all the services for you trip in advance. We shall pay for hiking and entrance fees at the park headquarters for you to be allowed to go on the hike to one of best peaks of Rwenzori Mountains.
When to book a hiking expedition to Rwenzori Mountains
A Hiking expedition to Rwenzori Mountains can be booked any time throughout the year. Hiking Mountain Rwenzori is tough especially those climbing the main peaks like Margherita peak the highest peak of Rwenzori Mountain, apart from the steep sections and the bogs, at the lower levels of the glaciers these are becoming more hard as they are melting and changing faster than in the past probably due to climate change. But the guides are well trained and experienced in the use of ropes that will help you all through during the trek up and down the mountain.
Best time to hike or visit mountain Rwenzori
Rwenzori Mountain can be visited throughout the year, given the fact this is located along the Equator which experiences wet and dry weather the mountain still has the ice glaciers on top making it one of the unique attractions along the Equator. located in the tropics and with this they all experience tropical and montane climate and weather throughout the year, both national Parks Bwindi Forest, Virunga, Volcanoes and Volcanoes national parks are prone to receiving uncertain rains any time of the day or week, good months to visit are dry season months which occurs in the months of December, January, February, June, July, August and September during these months it always easy to walk through the trails which are drier compared to the wet months then as well the vegetations is not fully grown and this makes sighting of gorillas easy and more clear. Other months which are slightly wet that is March, April, May, October and November most travelers avoid visiting gorillas during these months because the vegetation is fully grown and trails are much slippery making the trekking much harder.
Uganda is a landlocked country bordered by South Sudan in the north, Kenya in the East, Tanzania in the south, DR Congo in the west and Rwanda in the southwest. Uganda is covered by beautiful landscapes. Scenery is the most dramatic along the western and eastern borders. The western Rift valley runs from north to the south along the Uganda-Congo border. Uganda highest point is the 5110m Mountain Rwenzori found in the rift valley areas.
Uganda is also tagged as the “Peal of Africa” home to 50% of the only remaining mountain gorillas in the wild natural habitat, best known destination to see the Chimpanzees in the world, source of the world’s longest river, River Nile among other beautiful things to see here.
Entebbe town has a lot of adventurous places and amazing things to do. Entebbe town is found on Lake Victoria peninsula, approximately 37 kilometers southwest of the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Entebbe town is where the location of Entebbe International Airport, Uganda’s largest commercial and military airport making it the main international hub of Uganda. Entebbe is a tourism town for both locals and internationals as it has a lot to do and see, it is a beautiful destination worth to spend a night or day on your trip holiday to Uganda.
Activities to do in Entebbe
Boat cruises on Lake Victoria
Boat cruise on Lake Victoria in Entebbe is a must do activity on your stay in Entebbe town, why not treat yourself to a Lake Victoria sunset cruise, cheese and wine cruise? With Lake Victoria as one of the largest lakes in the world and beautiful to relax on. There are afternoon cruises by boat out towards the equator line or local islands to view the sun over the horizon. Watch the fishermen cast their nets and enjoy the snacks and drinks provided on board. You can enjoy this as your wait to take your international flight out to end your trip in Uganda.
Visiting the Entebbe Botanical gardens
Nature walk for newlyweds is one of the interesting things to do in Entebbe. The Entebbe Botanical Gardens established in 1898 are situated on the northern shores of Lake Victoria virtually on the equator. They are referred to as the National Botanical gardens, it’s one of the many botanical gardens in the country. The gardens have a diverse of species of plants of the tropical, sub-tropical and temperate zones, besides several shrubs and other plants regenerated naturally over the years. It is also a home to different species of monkeys, birds, reptiles. It is a safe and has attracted different visitors for birding, picnics and other activities. Take a day trip to the botanical gardens on one of the days during your stay in Entebbe.
Trip to Uganda wildlife Education Center (Zoo)
This center is commonly known as Entebbe Zoo which was opened in 1952, by the Colonial Government in Uganda, as a reception Centre for wild animals that were found as casualties (sick, injured, orphaned, confiscated from illegal trade and other educational reasons. The zoo is found on the showers of Lake Victoria with forested cages of wild animals for tourism and education. The zoo attracts both domestic and foreign tourists to have 100% chance of seeing the animals, some of the animals are Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Crocodiles, Leopards, birds like shoe bill and many others. The Uganda Entebbe Zoo is one of the places you can visit in Entebbe city.
Chimpanzee experience at Ngamba Island chimpanzee Sanctuary
Ngamba Island is currently home to 49 orphaned and confiscated chimps, rescued from the illegal pet and bush meat trade. Despite their initial trauma, chimps living at Ngamba have a safe and semi-natural environment in which to recover and eventually thrive over their long lives of up to 60 years. This island has 95 acres of natural forest where the chimps roam and forage daily. Their diet is supplemented multiple times per day much to the delight of visiting tourists who are able to observe the feeding from a viewing platform. The chimps also have the freedom to stay in the forest at night or return to nighttime enclosures where they can build nests and receive an evening meal. Spend your time with you loved one on the Island visiting the chimps.
Mabamba shoe bill excursion in Entebbe
Most swamps around Lake Victoria in Entebbe harbor lots of birds and shoe bill can be spotted in some, Mabamba swamp is one of the biggest swamps on Lake Victoria and can easily be accessed from Entebbe using a motorized boat or a canoe ride that takes you around the swamp. Shoebill stork can be spotted here as well as other birds, you can either go on in the morning or evening or even do both to have a good shoot about the shoebill. You can as well take a shoe bill trip at the Entebbe Zoo (Uganda wildlife Education center)
Relaxation on Entebbe Beaches
Visiting the beaches is another major activity to do during your stay in Entebbe, the beaches lineup straight from Entebbe international Airport as you drive on the shores of the Lake, some of the beaches are Protea Hotel Beach, white sand beach, Lido Beach, Aero beach, Imperial Beach and many others. These beaches cool breezes from the Lake, views and Sand for games. You will relax and enjoy the cool breezes from Lake Victoria, amazing food and good music.
Day excursion to the equator crossing point on Lake Victoria
Lwaji Island on Lake Victoria in Entebbe is crossed by the Equator Line, it has plenty of bird life, vegetation and the island is uninhabited, the Equator Island has a wide view of the lake, the Entebbe Airport runway and the other surrounding islands. The atmosphere and breeze around us was pleasantly refreshing as tourists always take sunset cruises to the to the equator line on Lake Victoria. Most of Lake Victoria in Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania is south of the equator. But the equator runs through the northern part of the lake and therefore a small part of the lake (near Entebbe, Uganda) is in the northern hemisphere. You will take a boat ride from Entebbe to have an adventurous budget experience.
You can as well spend your time visiting local markets, churches as well as clubs for night life experience when you spend a day in Entebbe city.
Where to stay in Entebbe city?
Entebbe is one of the Major cities in Uganda with some variety facilities, you have a number of choices for you to select where to stay, there are number of options ranging from budget to Luxury lodges, all with a service worth your money paid and offer honeymoon Packages. You can stay at in hotels such as the Lake Victoria Serena Hotel, 2 Friends Hotel beach Hotel, Imperial Beach Hotels, Protea Hotels Entebbe, K Hotel Entebbe, Imperial Golf View Hotel and many more. Depending on your budget, you will get comfortable and safe Hotels to stay in as you enjoy your stay here in Entebbe.
Jinja Source of the Nile
Jinja City is one of the major interesting destinations in Uganda to visit, it is known as the adventure town in Uganda and tagged as Adventure capital of East Africa for both local and international travelers. Jinja was once a fishing village and has evolved over the years, and now it has a city status. Jinja Town is found in South Eastern Uganda, East of Capital Kampala, and on the shores of Lake Victoria. It is the administrative city of Jinja District and the Busoga Kingdom. There is much to do and see in Jinja Uganda ranging from its River Nile source point, various waterfalls, and Fisheries, Electricity Dams, Mabira Forest, and Sugarcane Plantations en-route to the city.
Activities to do in Jinja City?
Boat cruise on River Nile
Going on a boat cruise on River Nile is one the most interesting things to do on your trip to Jinja City. River Nile is well known to be the longest river in the world. Its source starts right from Jinja Uganda, and some people may still be wondering how the name Nile came about. It flows from the surrounding areas close to the equator to the outrageous Safari desert and up to the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The river is about 6696km long and pours its water to over nine countries, although it’s more centered on Uganda as well as Egypt. Countries include Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zaire, and Ethiopia. This famous river and longest comprises two major twigs, the white and Blue Nile that connects in Khartoum to form the core Nile that is made up of Cataract Nile along with the Egyptian Nile.
You will take a boat cruise to the source of the Nile Point in Jinja and you will be able to a lot of Birds, Islands, and the Vegetation on the shores, Lizards when Lucky and the People staying at the point as well as visit the craft shops and purchase some souvenirs. It is such a beautiful experience that you must have on your list as you spend 6 days in Jinja city.
White water rafting experience
White water rafting activity is a top notch activity to do in Jinja City. The stretch of rapids along the upper Nile near Jinja is considered one of the most spectacular places in Africa to go white-water rafting. Despite the intensity of some of the rapids (grade IV and V), most people who venture here are first-time rafters seeking an adrenaline rush as part of their tour in Uganda.
Safety standards are impeccable, with all rafting trips accompanied by a fleet of rescue kayaks and a safety boar you can retreat to if you find things a bit too adventurous for your tastes. In addition to the standard big water runs, there are also less extreme options including a family float trip. Contact us to take on awesome white water rafting trip to Jinja City.
Tandem kayaking makes you take on some of the biggest and best rapids in a single day. Facing huge wave trains, crashing white water and powerful hydraulics. It is such an experience and it’s a team effort between you and your guide to make it through all of the rapids successfully. You will be paddling the river with our expert tandem kayaking guides who know the river like the backs of their hands. For those who like the idea of having their own craft, taking on the white water truly down at river level and getting the best experience, or simply for those who have done rafting before and want to step it up, tandem kayaking is one of the things to do in Jinja City.
Quad Biking Around Jinja and the Near the Nile
Quad biking is also a great experiential activity to in Jinja city, you can opt for 1hr, 2hr, 3hr and 4hr quad biking safaris. You do not need previous experience driving a vehicle is necessary. A free training session is conducted before each safari and trips are tailored to suit the rider’s ability and give the best possible adventure. The wetter the better – ATV Quad bikes love mud and so will you, sliding across the puddles and potholes.
Horseback Riding in Jinja.
Horseback riding safaris provides a fantastic way to explore the Banks of the Nile, see a traditional Ugandan village and view the stunning panorama from the hills overlooking the Nile River valley during your honeymoon trip in Jinja city. A two- or three-hour ride on these great healthy horses is just one of those special experiences you will not soon forget. The horses are very well trained and maintained, there are horses for riders of all experience levels.
You can also do a Bungee Jumping trip on your honeymoon Vacation to Jinja city. Leaping over the source of the Nile from one of the most spectacular bungee jumping sites in the world. There are more things to do in Jinja on your honeymoon trip such as Visiting the Sezibwa falls, Sugarcane Plantations, Markets and fishing villages in Jinja city.
Where to Stay in Jinja City
Accommodation options in Jinja city range from Budget, mid-range to luxury options. You will choose where to stay in depending on your interests and Budget. Some of the best hotels in Jinja are Wild Water Lodge, 2Friends beach Hotel, Jinja Nile Hotel, and many others.
Jinja is a main hub for those travelling to the Eastern part of Uganda, that is you can have stop in Jinja do some of the adventure activities and then proceed to the Eastern Uganda to other destinations like Sipi falls, Pian Upe wildlife reserve and Kidepo Valley National Park combining your Jinja adventure with safari is one of the great safari experiences for those visiting Uganda.
Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Hills covered with red-tile villas and trees surround an urban center of contemporary skyscrapers. In this downtown area, the Uganda Museum explores the country’s tribal heritage through an extensive collection of artefacts. On nearby Mengo Hill is Lubiri Palace, the former seat of the Buganda Kingdom. Kampala city is a beautiful local city to visit in Uganda for you to experience new cultures, histories and natural beauty.
Top things to do in Kampala
Visiting the Six Hills of Kampala
Kampala was originally built on seven hills, but it has expanded to cover more than the original seven hills, these hill provide great sightings of Kampala regions, slums, Main building among others. The original seven hills are: Old Kampala Hill on which Fort Lugard was located, the first seat of the British colonial authorities in colonial Uganda. The second is Mengo Hill which was the then Kibuga (capital) of Buganda kingdom at the start of British colonial rule. The third is Kibuli Hill that is home to the Kibuli Mosque.
The fourth is Namirembe Hill, that is home to the Anglican (Wangeleza) faction of the Buganda religious wars of 1888 to 1892 and site of Namirembe Anglican Cathedral. The fifth is Lubaga Hill that is home to the White Fathers Catholic (Wafaransa) faction of the above-mentioned Buganda religious wars and also site of the Rubaga Catholic Cathedral. The sixth is Nsambya Hill, site of the former Cathedral of St Peter’s Nsambya and allocated to the British Catholic Mill Hill Mission during the signing of the Uganda Agreement (1900).
The seventh is Nakasero Hill on whose summit was Fort Nakasero, a British military installation built after relocating from Fort Lugard in Old Kampala. The hill was also the site of the European Hospital (the current government analytical laboratory opposite Ministry of Public Service headquarters). You can visit these hills which have so much history and old buildings of the Land as you spend your honeymoon in Kampala City.
Visiting Local Markets and churches
You can head out on one of the days in Kampala City to visit the Local Markets that sell fresh food stuffs as well as cloths. Some the Markets you can visit are Wandegeya Market, Owino Markets, Nakawa Market, and Kiseka Market. You can as well visit shopping malls, Arcades and Places of Worship, like the Uganda Martyrs Namugongo church for religious tourism in Uganda.
The Uganda National Museum
The Uganda Museum is one of the oldest Museum in East Africa. It is located in Kamwokya, It displays and exhibits ethnological, natural-historical and traditional life collections of Uganda’s cultural heritage. It was founded in 1908, after Governor George Wilson called for “all articles of interest” on Uganda to be procured. There is also cultural village with huts depicting traditional lifestyles of people in Uganda, you can experience the indigenous ways of the Ugandan ethnical culture, an array of cultural material, such as milk pots made from wood (ebyanzi), gourd vessels, basketry, bead work, horn work, ceramics, cutlery, leather works, armoury among others. The museum building also a historical landmark. Museum visit is on the most interesting this to do in Kampala City.
Kampala city is the main sport center for Uganda for those interested in doing different kinds of sports, Uganda has embraced a number of sports such as baseball, cricket, tennis, golf, swimming, cycling, and boxing, Main Arenas and Stadiums are found in Kampala, for example you can visit the Mandela National Stadium. Head out to the Kampala golf course and play some golf with your loved one. You can as well do guided cycling around the city.
Buganda Kingdom cultural experience.
The local cultural experience is one of the best things to do on your honeymoon in Kampala City, Kampala is found in one of the Kingdoms in Uganda called Buganda Kingdom. You can visit the Buganda Kingdom Palace (lubiri), Buganda Parliament, Kabaka’s Lake, Kasubi Tombs (Where the royals are buried). You will learn about the Rich History of the Kings Linage and royals, traditions and customs, the food, dances among many things.
Night life in Kampala
On a nightlife experience in Kampala, you want to check out the bars, clubs and lounges where you can find the best music and live shows. Kampala city has many other happening places, Kampala is known in East Africa as a city for entertainment and nightlife, and you can as well have a test of the local breweries. Some of the night spots include Club Guvernor, Club Ambience in Bakuli, Club Milano in Makindye, Fame lounge, Wave lounge.
Visiting the Craft Markets and Art Galleries
Kampala is full of creative and artistic people where you can visit and get souvenirs. The prominent places for still art or art galleries include afriart gallery, Asante gallery and nommo gallery to mention but a few. These deal in paintings, personal and famous people portraits. There also craft shops which deal in Africa textile wear, jewelry, bangles, some of the places include Uganda crafts on Bombo roads, Maridadi Crafts village on Nakasero road, craft market on Buganda road and national theatre craft center at dewton road.
There are historical monuments in Kampala mark the different events that happened in the past but which shaped the development of Kampala and the entire Uganda. There is independence monument close to Grand Imperial Hotel and Speke road. This monument marks Uganda’s independence in 1962 where a man is seen raising up a child through his hands. There is also Kabaka Mutesa I monument (the first president of Uganda), the World War II monument, the education monument in Kyambogo and and many other monuments in Makerere University (oldest university in Africa).
Chilling on Lake Victoria
Kampala is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, Lake Victoria is blessed with fresh water, beautiful beaches and islands where you can spend quality time as you relax and chill on your honeymoon, you can visit Ggaba beach, KK beach, Mulungo Kabaka’s recreation beach and Speke resort Munyonyo. You can have beach games, local food and cruises on the Lake. You can as well visit the landing sites in Ggaba for community experience.
Where to stay in Kampala city
There are very many hotels to stay in Kampala city to spend your night. They range from budget to luxury hotels, the prices range from USD50-1000 per person per night depending on your choice. Some of the Hotels include Kampala Sheraton Hotel, Kampala Serena Hotel, Pearl of Africa Hotel, Hilton Hotel, fairway Hotel, Nyumbani Hotel, Fairway Hotel, Protea Hotel, Golf Course Hotel and Many others.
Best time to visit Kampala City
Kampala city can be visited all year round and the best time is during the months of June to October and December to March during this time it is a dry season in Uganda with mild rainfall making it easy for you to explore the city. During the other months of April, May and November which is normally a wet season it is not best given the fact during these times there is some flooding at some parts of the city and you may not like the experience exploring the city during this period.
Uganda Wildlife Reserves
Uganda has 12 Wildlife Reserves home to various wildlife species. These wildlife reserves are home to various wildlife species ranging from mammals like the African elephant and vast forest and savannah primate species to the smallest of rodents. They contain a fabulous variety of habitats, ranging from mountains, vast papyrus swamps to dark tropical rain forests and open savanna grassland plains. These diverse habitat settings are home to an impressive range of wildlife including over 1000 bird species, with many endemic and migratory species. Mammals include 4 of the big 5 animals and big game animals found in savannah national parks and rare forest primates. Wildlife reserves in Uganda include;
Pian Upe wildlife reserve
Pian Upe wildlife reserve is the second largest conservation area after Murchison Falls National Park. It is one of the most visited among the wildlife reserves due to its unique wildlife and savannah grasslands, home to cheetah, Ostrich, Buffaloes and Giraffes among others. Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve is located in Nakapiriprit District in North Eastern Uganda. Among the major tourist activities done in Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve include guided nature walks, game viewing, Mountain Climbing at Mount Kadam, bird watching and community visits for cultural encounters.
Toro-Semiliki wildlife reserve
The Toro-Semiliki wildlife reserve is particularly exciting for birdwatchers with over 441 recorded species of birds that include 216 forest birds and 80 Central African Species. The reserve was gazzeted in 1926 and it is one of the oldest and best wildlife reserves in Uganda. Toro-Semuliki wildlife reserve is located between the Kabarole and Ntoroko Districts in western Uganda. There are many activities to do in this reserve and among them include bird watching, community visits for cultural encounters, boat cruise on Lake Albert, Shoebill sighting, guided primate walk and forest walks and research study.
Ajai Wildlife Reserve
Ajai Wildlife Reserve is located on the west bank of the Albertine Nile in north western Uganda – Arua District the Reserve sits on 166 square kilometers of land. Grass plains, sparse savannah woodland and swamps would best describe the site’s topography. With Marabou stocks, African Fish eagles and Grey-crowned cranes having their home here, birding is a must-do activity at this reserve. Nature walks and game drives can be taken by those who visit the Ajai wildlife reserve. You will catch a glimpse of the Uganda Kob, Hartebeest, Warthog, Hippopotamuses, Leopard, Oribi, Crocodiles, Python Snakes, Waterbucks, Sitatunga, Buffalo, Common Duiker, Olive Baboon, Black and White Colobus, and Vervet Monkey while on a nature walk or game drive. Plans are underway to reintroduce rhinos and the Nile buffalo given that the reserve was originally home to white rhinos.
Bokora Corridor Wildlife Reserve
The Bokora Corrridor Wildlife Reserve is located in North-Eastern Uganda in the Karamoja sub region and derives its name from the ethnic group of the Bokora people. It sits on acreage of 2056 square kilometres. Birding at the Loporokocho swamp, hikes to Mount Kadam and nature walks are the activities available at this reserve given the bounty of wildlife species and bird species. The most sought after animals in the reserve include the Rothschild’s Giraffe, Spotted Hyenas, Leopards, The Topis, Oryx, Oribis, Cheetahs, Reedbucks, Striped Hyenas, The Uganda Kobs, The Lesser Kudu, Buffaloes, Lions, Zebras, Roan Antelopes and Elands. The Ostrich, Dusky Turtle Dove, Eastern Bronze-Napped Pigeon, Grey Cuckoo-Shrike, The Hartlaub’s Turaco, African Hill Babbler, Alpine Chat, Jackson’s Hornbill, Mountain Yellow-Warbler, Black-Throated Wattle-Eye, Lemon Dove, White-Headed Buffalo-Weaver and Thick-Billed Honey Guide are some of the birds to tick off your bird checklist while at the reserve.
Bugungu Wildlife Reserve
The reserve is nestled between the Bulisa and Masindi districts at the base of the rift valley escarpment to the western side of Murchison Falls National Park. It covers 473 square kilometers which are home to 600 Uganda Kobs, 1200 Oribis among other animals and 240 bird species. The well maintained trails at the reserve allow tourists the chance to enjoy a game drive, nature walks and other activities such as community visits to experience the cultures of the people living near the reserve, camping, picnics and bird watching.
Kabwoya wildlife reserve
Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve is found along the western rift valley trail between Murchison Falls Park and Kibale Forest Park and covers 87 square miles. Given that the reserve is in the Albertine rift valley region and therefore close to Lake Albert, fishing is a must-do activity while visiting the reserve. The ideal catch would be the Nile Perch although there are many fish species to choose from. The absence of predators has made guided hikes and nature walks a safe and fun activity to add to your to-do list when in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve. The reserve’s topography allows mountain bike safaris as well as ATV Quad biking. A particularly rare activity in Uganda is Fossil finding but it can be done at the Kabwoya Wildlife reserve and is quite engaging for those on safari with children. The avid birder on a bird walk will find Kabwoya wildlife reserve a birding delight with over 460 bird species to see.
Karuma wildlife reserve
Like the name suggests, Karuma Wildlife reserve is known for its greatest feature; the Karuma falls yet there is more to this place than watching the dashing waterfalls. It is abundant in primate life and while on a nature walk here you are bound to see the Olive Baboons, Black And White Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys and L’Hoest Monkeys. The reserve is also home to Buffaloes, Leopards, Rothschild Giraffe, Elephants, Lions, and Antelopes like The Uganda Kobs, Oribis and Topis. Karuma Wildlife Reserve is located in Kiryandongo District.
Katonga wildlife reserve
Located on the banks of Katonga River, Katonga Wildlife Reserve‘s existence supports that of 40 mammal species. These mammals include the shy Sitatunga Antelope, African Elephants, Reedbuck, Uganda Kob, River Otter and Waterbucks. Guided nature walks, hikes and canoe safaris are the only possible activities in Katonga Wildlife Reserve. This is due to the absence of developed road networks making Katonga Wildlife Reserve a sanctuary best explored on foot and canoe.
Kigezi wildlife reserve
Kigezi Wildlife reserve is located in Rukungiri District in Western Uganda and covers 265 square kilometers. If your goal is to set your eyes on the African elephant, Kigezi Wildlife reserve is the place for you. It is the sanctuary to elephants moving from the Democratic Republic of Congo to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Other animals that can be viewed include Kobs, Buffaloes Giant Forest Hogs, Bushbucks and Topis as well as multiple Bird Species. If you plan to spend a night at the reserve, prepare to pitch your tent because there are no resorts or lodges within the reserve.
Kyambura wildlife reserve
Kyambura Wildlife Reserve is best known for its chimpanzee population making chimp trekking with the guidance of experienced guides the chief activity of this site. The reserve is a water source to the animals in Queen Elizabeth National Park which makes it a hotspot for wildlife viewing. The birder is not at a loss when visiting Kyambura because it is home to bountiful bird species including; Falcons, African Skimmer, African Broad Bill, Pink Backed Pelicans and the White Tailed Lark among others. A guided nature or forest walk should be added to your bucket-list on things to do while at Kyambura. It would be a rewarding walk given the location of the reserve; north east of Queen Elizabeth National Park and close to the Kazinga Channel.
East Madi wildlife reserve
In Northern Western Uganda, north of Murchison Falls-Amuru District is where the East-Madi Wildlife reserve can be found. The reserve rests on 831 square kilometers of land that houses 50 mammals, 181 bird species and 374 plant species making nature walks, wildlife viewing and birding some of the activities to do while at the reserve. There are a number of primates that can be seen including the Blue Monkeys, Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys and Red-tail Monkeys
Matheniko wildlife reserve
Found in the Karamoja sub-region North East of Uganda, Matheniko Wildlife reserve ranks 5th in the most threatened protected conservation areas in Uganda. Inspite of that, the Lesser Kudu, Roan Antelopes, Bright’s Gazelle and Ostriches (which can only be found only here and in the Kidepo National Park) as well as bird species including the Alpine Chat, Grey-Cuckoo Shrike, and Thick Billed Honey Guide can be seen while touring the reserve. Matheniko Wildlife Reserve also has some ancient rock paintings said to date back to 3000 years ago. Birding, nature walks, community and cultural visits are some of the activities to do while at Matheniko wildlife reserve.
Uganda Weather and Climate
Knowing the Uganda weather and climate is very important during planning your trip to Uganda, this will help you understand how the weather and climate will be during your trip in Uganda. In general Uganda has mostly tropical climate making it much warmer during the day and cooler at night. Uganda has two seasons the dry and wet season which occur on specific month throughout the year. The climate is influenced by the topography and vegetation areas at high altitude, including the gorilla parks in the south western Uganda get colder and uncertain rains.
The dry season in Uganda occurs in the months of June to August and December to February every year, during this time the average temperatures hover around 27°C/81°F in the afternoon and 16°C/61°F in the morning. During this time as well it can still rain especially in the tropical rain forests. These months are part of the wet season in the northern Uganda unlike in the central and south. December to February most of this time the north is very clear and dry and in the south there are less rains in the parks.
The wet season in Uganda occurs in the months of March, April, May, September, October & November every year, during this time the average temperatures hover around 28°C/82°F in the afternoon and 16°C/61°F in the morning. During this time as well it can still be dry especially in the tropical rain forests. There is more rainfall throughout the country during these months, with a clear peak in April in the south. Most days have some sunshine as well. The rain can make travel more difficult.
What is the best time for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda?
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is done throughout the year and the best time to do a gorilla trekking in Uganda is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown.