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9 Unique Experiences You Can Have in Uganda

Megan Warrington

Author: Megan Warrington - 15 February 2024

Last Update: 20 February 2024

Part of the Uganda Safaris Adventures & African Safari Collection

Exceptional wildlife viewing, gorilla trekking, diverse landscapes, and unique accommodations in Uganda all make it the perfect place for a unique adventurous safari. Add to that privacy and exclusivity, gourmet dining, and responsible tourism, and you have a recipe for an Africa safari you’ll never forget.

Join us as we take a closer look at 9 of the most unique experiences you can enjoy in Uganda, often referred to as the “Pearl of Africa”.

1. Gorilla Trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

A mountain gorilla sits on the roots of a tree by a steep wall in Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
A mountain gorilla sits on the roots of a tree by a steep wall in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is situated in southwestern Uganda, near the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. It’s in this magical place that you’ll get the chance to come face to face with majestic mountain gorillas.

Take a private guided trek to visit some of the last remaining mountain gorilla families in the world, an experience that will stay with you forever. Exclusive lodges offer spa treatments, gourmet dining, and uninterrupted views of the forest.

Highlight: Intimate encounters with one of nature’s most remarkable great apes.

2. Nile River Cruise in Jinja

A small boat terminal on the eastern bank of the Nile in Jinja, Uganda
A small boat terminal on the eastern bank of the Nile in Jinja, Uganda

This memorable boat cruise features fine dining and refreshing cocktails set against the backdrop of the world’s longest river. Jinja is situated in eastern Uganda and boasts the title of “The source of the Nile.”

Explore the stunning landscapes of the region at a dreamy pace, taking in lush banks, tranquil waters, and picture-perfect surroundings. Jinja is also famous for its whitewater rafting and birdwatching, so don’t forget your camera, binoculars and adventurous spirit.

Highlight: Exclusive sunset trips with live music on board and visiting the exact place the Nile River originates from Lake Victoria.

3. Helicopter Safari Over the Rwenzori Mountains

View of the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda
View of the Rwenzori Mountains in Uganda

Stop in at remote alpine lakes and glaciers as you get a dramatic view of the Rwenzori Mountains or “Mountains of the Moon”. Situated in western Uganda along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, these mountains boast rugged snow-capped peaks and are the home of Mount Stanley, the highest point in the country.

Take in panoramic views of this pristine and remote wilderness as you fly above deep valleys and lush montane forests that beg to be photographed from the air.

Highlight: A luxurious champagne breakfast on top of a secluded mountain peak.

4. Hot Air Ballooning Over Queen Elizabeth National Park

Herd of elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda
Herd of elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Situated in western Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park is renowned for its diverse landscapes and the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake George and Lake Edward.

Witness the spectacular sunrise as you soar high above savannas, forests, and wetlands on a hot air balloon ride. Your professional guide will provide informative commentary as you float serenely over the park, enjoying unparalleled views of the wildlife below.

Highlight: Celebrate your adventure with a champagne breakfast served in the bush on touchdown.

5. Private Chimp Trekking in Kibale Forest

Adult chimpanzee at the roadside of the rainforest of Kibale National Park, Western Uganda.
Adult chimpanzee at the roadside of the rainforest of Kibale National Park, Western Uganda.

Located in southwestern Uganda, Kibale Forest National Park is famous for its large populations of chimpanzees, our closest primate relatives. On a private chimpanzee trek, you’ll be accompanied by a dedicated guide and move in an exclusive group, usually only a few people.

Experienced and knowledgeable, your guide is an expert in chimp behavior and the forest’s ecosystem, and can reliably lead you on a chimpanzee tour of their natural habitats. Luxurious forest lodges provide a comfortable place to reflect on your intimate encounter with these remarkable apes.

Highlight: Evening discussions of your trek with primatologists over gourmet meals.

6. Murchison Falls Private Boat Trip

A private boat cruise at sunset on the river
A private boat cruise at sunset on the river

This exclusive and scenic adventure lets you experience the dramatic Murchison Falls from the waters of the Nile River. Trips are typically arranged for smaller groups, providing for a highly intimate excursion to this spectacular waterfall destination.

As you cruise along the tranquil waters, you’ll have the opportunity to spot a wide variety of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, elephants, and hundreds of bird species all over Murchison Falls National Park

Highlight: Private guided hikes to the top of the pristine Falls.

7. Cultural Immersion with the Batwa People

Buniga Batwa experience | Photo credits: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Buniga Batwa experience in Uganda | Photo credits: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Also known as the “Pygmies”, the Batwa are one of the oldest ethnic groups in Uganda’s culture. Found in southwestern Uganda near the borders of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, Batwa communities have rich traditions and heritage that you can learn about on an ethical Uganda cultural tour. Enjoy curated performances as you get an inside look at these fascinating people and their way of life.

Highlight: Elders sharing ancient stories and legends around a roaring bonfire.

8. Relaxing Spa Retreat at Lake Victoria

Breakfast overlooking Lake Victoria, Uganda | Photo credit: Rubondo Island Camp
Breakfast overlooking Lake Victoria, Uganda | Photo credit: Rubondo Island Camp

Spa resorts on the shores of Lake Victoria are the perfect place to pamper yourself surrounded by nature. Most offer a range of treatments and therapies (some inspired by local traditions) and your experience will be enhanced by the tranquil ambiance of Lake Victoria. Yoga and meditation sessions are often on offer, and on-site restaurants serve up healthy gourmet cuisine using fresh, locally sourced ingredients.

Highlight: Secluded beach dinners with personalized menus is a great way to recharge during your Lake Victoria holiday

9. Fly-camping safari in Kidepo Valley

Giraffes in Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda
Giraffes in Kidepo Valley National Park, Uganda

Situated in the northeastern corner of Uganda, Kidepo Valley National Park offers the ultimate setting for exploring one of Uganda’s most remote areas. Fly camping gives you the chance to get into the heart of the wilderness while still enjoying the comfort of spacious tents. You’ll get to see a wide variety of wildlife up close and personal while experienced guides and rangers usher you safely through the park.

Highlight: Guided night game drives offer a good chance of spotting elusive nocturnal wildlife while on a safari in Kidepo Valley National Park

Offering experiences as varied as its landscapes, a Uganda safari provides travelers with a mix of raw beauty, luxurious accommodations, and a sense of exclusivity. With its well-organized safari infrastructure and focus on sustainable and responsible tourism, you’ll have the added benefit of knowing your currency is preserving national cultures and treasures.

Plan a holiday tour to Uganda with a luxury safari expert at Discover Africa and enjoy a tailor-made experience.


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