Friday, September 10, 2021

Things To Do in Uganda

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  • In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, go gorilla tracking. You’ll need to purchase a permit, which must be reserved in advance owing to limited availability (only a few tourists are taken near the gorillas a day, in order not to disturb them). With a permit in hand, you’ll be able to get up close and personal with a troop of critically endangered mountain gorillas in their native environment for one hour. The Uganda Wildlife Authority sells licenses for USD500 apiece, or you may arrange a gorilla safari via a tour operator who will handle the permits and other details for you. The UWA tariff is up for renewal on July 1, 2013, and costs for licenses (and other activities) may increase after that date. Please keep in mind that tracking takes place from four distinct starting locations to up to 11 separate habituated gorilla families, so double-check permit availability against your travel and lodging arrangements.
  • On the Nile, rafting. Uganda is a world-class rafting location, and many organizations provide excursions down the Nile, ranging in length from half a day to two days, and from relaxing family outings to grade five rafting. A rafting trip including transportation from Kampala, as well as food and drink, would set you back approximately USD125.
  • You may hire quad bikes (a four-wheeled motorcycle also known as an All Terrain Bike) at the Nile’s Spring for a quick (and dusty) sightseeing tour with a local guide.
  • Go on a horseback safari along the Nile and the surrounding villages.
  • Take a safari. The Association of Uganda Tour Companies has a list of reliable tour operators to meet a range of budgets.
  • Go to Sipi, which is approximately an hour away from Mbale. It’s a lovely small hamlet perched on a hill with spectacular views and waterfall walks. It’s worth paying for a local guide since many people of the community rely on them to support their families, and it’s worth the money simply to avoid everyone following you and offering their own guiding services if you go without one. The Crow’s Nest, with its magnificent views of the waterfalls, is a great location to spend the night in Sipi. Crows Nest is OK, but don’t anticipate hotel-level service, and bringing our own food is advised due to their sluggish service and poor cuisine.