Why go on Uganda safaris?
Gorilla trekking is absolutely an experience that pulls over a million people from all over the world to come and experience the pearl of Africa. The magic and splendor that a gorilla trek brings to the entire Uganda safari is so unequaled. The greatest number of travelers hit the country just to have a glance and an encounter with the mighty apes of the jungle, and sometimes accompanied with the Batwa cultural experience. Away from gorilla safaris, Uganda is a gem of experiences; ranging from cultural diversities, teeming wildlife, abundant birdlife, verdant flora and jagged mountains. Cultural experiences in Uganda begin immediately on getting off the aircraft, the culture in Uganda is so different. People in Uganda are ones that welcome strangers with huge and warm smiles as though they have known them for a long time. This is one true multicultural country, with more than 50 different cultures, all speaking different languages, unique traditions and norms, non-uniform cultural wear, and totally different cultural performances. Yes, that is how unique Uganda is, displaying a whole lot of various cultures in one country yet still living peacefully.
Visiting the different museums in Uganda exposes travelers to several cultures exhibiting art that is worth carrying on to the next generation. It was this special wildlife that made Winston Churchill quite enthused to quote, “For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.” Uganda is one of the African countries that harbor some of the world’s most beautiful wildlife. From the endangered mountain gorillas comfortably dwelling in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park, lions including the tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park, the world’s fattest running mammal; the cheetahs in Kidepo valley national park, elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, spotted hyenas, zebras, giraffes, bush bucks to warthogs and so many others. With the ten national parks and several wildlife reserves, Uganda surely deserves to be called a wild country.
Nearly a third of the world’s total bird population dwells in Uganda. It is arguably the most attractive country in Africa to bird watchers, more than 1008 bird species have been recorded in Uganda. The variety of bird habitats has made Uganda one of the best birding spots in the world. Uganda birding safaris offer unique and authentic experiences that cannot easily be got anywhere else. Spot the rare, prehistoric-looking shoebill stock, malachite, black-ramped buttonquail, Collard Pranticles, papyrus canary, black bee-eater, African fish eagle, swamp fly-catcher, long-tailed cormorants, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, shoebill stork, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Grey-headed kingfisher, papyrus gonolek, Papyrus Canary, to the thin-tailed Nightjars, you can never fail to spot a bird in Uganda.
Uganda is not land of a thousand hills, but rather the land of highest hills. Thinking of hiking one of Africa’s highest mountain, consider hiking the Rwenzori mountains, the soft spoken Mount Elgon, the triplet mountains of Virunga ranges (Sabyinyo, Gahinga and Muhabura) plus many others. Besides the big mountains, Uganda also has the simple hills like Kagulu hill and Nyakasura hill for starters. It is surely one destination that mountain climbers should consider on their African safaris. There is more to Uganda than the common wildlife safari; pure adventure, cycling tours, city excursions, primate safaris, community tours, conferences, meetings, events and incentives, and so much more.