Best Recommended Places To Visit In Uganda on A Self-Drive or Guided Safari

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Uganda is stunningly beautiful; no wonder Henry Morton Stanley called it ‘the Pearl of Africa’. Situated in the heart of Africa, right where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle to create a melting pot of amazing tourism possibilities. Uganda has a lot of tourist sites and activities that can make your Uganda Safari a memorable one!
Murchison Falls National Park – stunning views of the Falls and a raft of activities that can be enjoyed by visitors that includes the Nile cruise launch trip, where you will see the large numbers of hippos and birdlife, chimp tracking in Budongo Forest, fishing below the Falls, walking safaris and game drives in the Victoria Nile Delta.
Lake Mburo National Park – this park covers 256 sq kms and is the only National Park to contain an entire lake. It has the largest number of impala and is only one of two parks that has zebra. (It is also the closest national park to Kampala.)
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park – situated near the beautiful Kisoro Town, overlooking Lakes Mutunda and Bunyonyi. Mgahinga is one of two places in Uganda for gorilla viewing, however, this particular group moves between the DRC, Rwanda and Uganda. Preplanned gorilla tracking at Mgahinga has been suspended. The park offers some fantastic scenery, awesome volcano treks and some unique birding opportunities (Rwenzori Turaco and Red Tufted Malachite Sunbird).
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – 10 hours drive from Kampala, is famous for gorilla trekking. As it’s name suggests “impenetrable”. One of the countries premiere birding locations.
Kibale Forest National Park – home to the largest community of wild chimpanzees, Kanyanchu Tourist Centre is the flagship site for wild chimpanzee trekking. Kibale Forest has over 13 species of primates including the chimpanzee.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park – located on Mt Rwenzori, the second highest mountain in Africa. Re-opened to visitors in 2001, for those of you brave enough to climb the mountains it is an amazing experience.
Queen Elizabeth National Park – one of Uganda’s oldest national parks, home to a large array of wildlife (elephants, lions, hyaenas, hippos, etc.), with the famous “Kazinga Channel” trip.
Mount Elgon National Park – for the adventurous climber, Mt Elgon is an extinct volcano and the 4th highest mountain in Africa and the 2nd highest peak in Uganda (4321m). The parks has magnificent waterfalls, caves, gorges and hot springs. Excellent for hiking with incredible views of Karamoja and Kenya.
Kidepo Valley National Park – not so accessible without a vehicle, and extremely remote in the very north of the Uganda, bordering Sudan, has a wonderful array of un-habituated wildlife, set in the picturesque Karamoja plains.
Fort Portal – the town you drive through before getting to Kibale. Lots of lovely places to stay and wonderful views of the Rwenzori Mountain range (or “Mountains of the Moon” as they are also known).
Jinja – the Source of the Nile, a short drive from Kampala, lots of places to stay, and for those of you brave enough: activities there include white water rafting, quad biking and bungy jumps.
Lake Bunyonyi – for camping, relaxing, canoe rides on the lake and a good place to stay either on the way, or on the way back, to/from the gorillas.
Sipi Falls (not far from Mount Elgon) – stunning falls with amazing views of the Karamoja plains.
Ssese Islands –If you are looking for a place to slow it right down, Ssese Islands’ lush archipelago of 84 islands along Lake Victoria’s northwestern shore boasts some stunning white-sand beaches and the best resort hotels in Ssese islands.

There is much to see and do in Uganda on your self-drive or guided trip. Travel 256 is able to prepare flexible custom-made itineraries to meet your needs. Contact us by email info@travel256.com outlining your requirements or call us on +256-701367970.

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