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Chimpanzee, Kibale Forest National Park

Things to do in Uganda

Home to a number of rare primates, Uganda is an excellent place to track mountain gorilla and chimpanzee, and a hike through the dense and diverse vegetation of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or the Kibale Forest National Park is one of the country's top things to do. Although a challenging activity, locating and observing these elusive creatures is something you’ll never forget.

Elsewhere, Murchison Falls National Park is home to a spectacular torrent of water where the Nile forces its way through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley Escarpment, producing a powerful rush of white water.

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Ideas for experiencing Uganda

Experiences you have as you travel often hold the longest memories. As part of their research trips, our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know Uganda, and the best local guides. These activities reflect some of their best-loved experiences.

  • Crater lake views

    Exploring the Crater Lakes Region

    Kibale Forest National Park

    This area is characterised by rolling hills, vanilla plantations, pretty forests and of course the crater lakes. For some of the crater lakes, the views are actually best from the viewpoints, accessed by roads.

  • Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, Uganda

    Chimpanzee Tracking

    Kibale Forest National Park

    You enter the forest and following signs and chimp calls your guide leads you to the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee sightings are not guaranteed, however the odds of encountering them have greatly increased in recent years, now standing at 90% or over.

  • Hot air ballooning, Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Hot air balloon flight

    Queen Elizabeth National Park

    Ballooning has long been popular in East Africa for wildlife viewing and taking in the majesty of the environment. An early start is unavoidable but the morning wake up call will soon be forgotten as you float over the bush below, spotting animals from the air.

  • White water rafting on the Nile, Jinja

    White-water Rafting

    Jinja

    Adventure-seekers flock to Jinja to experience white-water rafting on the source of the Nile. It's easy to arrange a day's excursion rafting starting at Bujagali Falls and finishing 20 kilometres downstream at Itanda.

  • Mountain gorilla in the rain, Bwindi National Park

    Gorilla Tracking

    Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    Tracking Mountain gorilla is one of Africa's most superb wildlife experiences. It is difficult to describe the exhilaration attached to first setting eyes on a wild mountain gorilla.