Leading USA cable News Network (CNN) again listed Uganda as one of the best tourism destinations to visit in the year 2023. Here are some of the top areas of interests to visit in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a national park in southwestern Uganda. It is home to about half of the world's population of mountain gorillas, as well as many other species of wildlife. The park is located in the Buhoma region of the country and is known for its dense forests and rugged terrain, which make it difficult to access and gorilla trekking especially in July, June and August when trekking is at its peak. The park has multiple entrances which include Queen Elizabeth National park to the northern which is about 2 to 3 hours by road, another access is by a 6 to 8 hour drive from Kampala through Mbarara city or 1 to 2 hours from Kabale town to the south. All these routes converge at Butogota which is 17 Kilometers fro, the buhoma entrance. There is also a daily bus service leaves Kampala for Butogota via Rukungiri and Kihiihi.
Sipi Falls is a series of three beautiful waterfalls located in the Sipi area in the Eastern Region of Uganda. The falls are located on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park, which is home to a variety of wildlife and vegetation. The falls are a popular tourist destination in Uganda, and are known for their scenic beauty and the opportunity they provide for activities such as hiking, bird watching, nature and village walks, rock climbing, Mt Elgon hiking, Bugisu Arabic Coffee tour, Visiting Sisiyi falls and Fly fishing among others. Uganda has a tropical climate with two rainy seasons hence temperature are relatively warm and steady throughout the year. This implies that sipi falls can be visited at any desirable time of the year. To experience the cool environment and weather in the area, the dry seasons are more desirable since the trail up to the highest waterfall point is not slippery however, it should be noted that water falls grow larger and flow with more intensity during the rainy season.
Lake Mburo National Park is a national park located in Uganda. It is situated in Kiruhura District, approximately 37 miles (60 km) by road west of Mbarara, the largest city in the Western Region of Uganda. The park is home to a variety of wildlife, including zebras, impalas, elands, buffalo, hyenas, hippos and several species of antelope. It is also home to a large number of bird species, including pelicans, herons, and cormorants. The park is located on the edge of the Rwenzori Mountains, and the landscape is characterized by rolling hills, open grasslands, and woodland areas. Visitors to the park can enjoy activities such as game drives, boat trips, guided nature walks, Ankole cattle visit, Bahima Cultural Display and a trip to Igongo cultural center among others.
Kidepo Valley National Park is the most isolated and a protected area located in Kabong District - Northeastern Uganda, near the border with Sudan. It was named the 3rd best national park in Africa and is the most virgin places a wildlife viewer can ever visit in Uganda. The park is known for its diverse array of wildlife, including lions, leopards, cheetahs, zebras, giraffes, elephants, and several species of antelope. It is also home to over 470 species of birds, making it a popular destination for birdwatchers. The park is located in a semi-arid region, and the landscape is characterized by savanna grasslands and Acacia woodlands. Visitors to the park can enjoy activities such as game drives, Mount Morungole view, guided nature walks, and cultural visits to local Karamojong and Acholi villages.
Lake Bunyonyi is a beautiful lake located in southwestern Uganda, near the border with Rwanda. It is the second deepest lake in Africa about 2,952 ft. It is located 7 kilometers west of kabale Town and is share by Kabale and Kisoro Districts, and is surrounded by rolling hills and terraced farmland. The lake is known for its clear, clean water and is a popular destination for swimming, boating, and bird watching. There are also 29 small islands including punishment/Akampene, Bucuranuka, Njuyeera, Kahugye and bushara islands on the lake that can be visited. The lake is located in a region of Uganda known for its beautiful natural scenery and friendly local people.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is a protected area located in western Uganda, near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park is known for its diverse array of wildlife, including lions, leopards, elephants, and a variety of antelope species. It is also home to over 618 species of birds which is the 6th highest diversity in the world and the highest in Africa making it a popular destination for birdwatchers. The park is located in a region of Uganda known for its beautiful natural scenery, and visitors to the park can enjoy activities such as game drives, boat trips, and guided nature walks. The park is also home to a number of cultural sites, including, Kazinga channel which connects lake Albert to lake George, Kalinzu Forest, Mweya peninsular, Lake Katwe salt mines, the Kyambura Gorge, also known as the "Valley of Apes," which is home to a group of endangered chimpanzees. The gorge is home to a group of endangered chimpanzees, as well as other primates such as baboons and black-and-white colobus monkeys. Visitors to the gorge can take guided walks through the lush rainforest and have the opportunity to observe the chimpanzees in their natural habitat. The gorge is also home to a variety of bird species, including the African grey parrot and the Ross's turaco. The area around the gorge is known for its beautiful scenery, including the Kyambura River, which flows through the gorge.
Murchison Falls, also known as Kabalega Falls, is a waterfall located in Murchison Falls National Park in Uganda. The falls are formed by the Nile River, which flows through the park and drops dramatically over a cliff, creating a powerful and spectacular sight. The falls are a popular tourist destination in Uganda, and visitors can take boat trips on the Nile to view the falls from below or hike to the top of the falls for a different perspective. The park is also home to a variety of wildlife, including elephants, buffalo, giraffes, and a variety of antelope species. The area around the falls is known for its beautiful natural scenery and offers opportunities for activities such as birdwatching and game drives.
Munyonyo is a suburb of Kampala, the capital and largest city of Uganda. It is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. Munyonyo is known for its beautiful natural surroundings and is home to a number of tourist attractions, including the Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort, which is a popular venue for conferences and events. The area is also home to a number of upscale residential neighborhoods and is known for its upscale restaurants and shopping centers. Munyonyo is located a short distance from the city center of Kampala and is easily accessible by road.
Budongo Forest is a protected area located in western Uganda, near the town of Masindi. It is home to a variety of wildlife, including chimpanzees, monkeys, and over 300 species of birds. The forest is also home to a number of cultural sites, including the Tombs of the Kings, which are ancient burial sites that are believed to date back to the 16th century. The Budongo Forest is known for its beautiful natural scenery, and visitors to the area can enjoy activities such as guided nature walks and chimpanzee tracking. The forest is also home to a number of research stations, where scientists study the ecology and behavior of the forest's wildlife.
The Ssese Islands are a group of 84 islands located in Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. The islands are located in Uganda, and are a popular tourist destination due to their beautiful natural surroundings and the opportunity they provide for activities such as swimming, fishing, and boat trips. The islands are home to a number of small villages, and the local people rely on the lake for their livelihoods. The Ssese Islands are known for their peaceful atmosphere and are a popular place for tourists to relax and unwind. The largest and most developed island in the group is Bugala Island, which is home to a number of resorts and hotels. Bugala is the only Island which is accessible from the mainland by use of a ferry and it is also where the main town known as Ssese is found. It is surrounded by beaches and is the best destination for tourists and locals who come from the City Centre on weekends to enjoy more partying. Other islands include Banda, Ngamba, bulago, Koome and banda among others.