Popular Routes – Uganda

Ariadne van Zandbergen
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By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert and frequently visits Uganda. She and her husband are a travel photography/writing team with many Africa guidebooks under their belt, including the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda

Popular Routes in Uganda

Popular Routes Where Wildlife Viewing Is a Major Part of the Tour

If you are visiting only Uganda, there is one obvious loop to follow. You can naturally go in two directions, but most tours will follow this itinerary.

The Wildlife Circuit (2 to 3 weeks) – Bwindi/Mgahinga NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Kibale NP, Murchison Falls NP

After arriving at Uganda's Entebbe International Airport, you can spend the night on the shore of Lake Victoria or head out immediately to Lake Mburo NP if timing permits. This is the only park in Uganda that has a population of the graceful impala antelope, so common in more southern wildlife countries. Your next stop will be Bwindi NP for the ultimate highlight of the trip: gorilla tracking. You can also decide to do gorilla tracking in the less popular Mgahinga Gorilla NP, which is part of the Virunga Mountains.

Next is Queen Elizabeth NP, which has an array of activities to offer. This is Uganda's most popular savannah reserve. Highlights include a boat trip on Kazinga Channel between Lake Edward and Lake George, chimp tracking in Chambura Gorge and finding tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of the park. Game drives on the Kasenyi plains tend to be very productive as well. Next, is Kibale NP, the best place for chimp tracking in Uganda and home to many more primates and incredible birds and butterflies. From here, you will return to Kampala.

Time permitting; a trip up north to Murchison Falls NP is a must. This park is more remote and falls outside the geographical wildlife circuit, but is more than worthwhile. The Victoria Nile is the center point of the park. Aside from boat trips to the impressive waterfall after which the park is named, wildlife viewing from the boat offers a different side to the park and gives the opportunity to spot the elusive shoebill. An overnight stop at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route to Murchison Falls is recommended as this is the only place in the country to see rhino.

Popular add-ons:

  • Kidepo Valley NP for true remote wilderness appeal
  • Mount Elgon for climbing the mountain
  • Toro-Semliki WR for visiting a pygmy community and excellent birding
  • Rwenzori Mountains for an amazing mountain challenge
  • Bujagali Falls for adventure activities such as white-water rafting and bungee jumping

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