What to do in Uganda?
While on safaris to Africa continent, there are activities that you want to do to enrich your experiences. Well the excellent news is that Uganda has a lot to offer to tourists and this gives reasons why one should not skip Uganda while on a safari in Africa.
White water rafting is one of the exciting adventures activities done on the River Nile. Enjoy this adventure activity and become wild while exploring beautiful longest river in the world. This is an experience you will love to take with you back home.
Uganda offers diverse choices to her visitors simply because the country is blessed with diversity in attractions. Trekking down to Bwindi National Park offers surprising experience as you encounter with the Batwa community and also engaging in gorilla tracking, one of the best adventurous activities to do while on a Uganda safari. The safari offers you a Challenging but overcoming journey as you move through the Hills and Valleys to Track down this Endangered Mountain gorillas. Enjoy encountering with your one of the surviving relatives which carries a good percentage of human DNA.
Not only will you trek down the Mountain gorillas but also the Chimpanzees in different parks in Uganda. Chimpanzees also known as chimps are the closest living evolutionary families to Human beings. They shared a common ancestor with human beings about four millions years ago. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park gives you the opportunity to meet the living relatives of human being who have not yet changed and where historical nature of man is stored.
Uganda, a must visit destination sounds right. The wonders of Uganda are beyond measures. The only mountain with snow cape in the hot and dark continent is Rwenzori Mountains, also Known as Mountain of the Moon has one of the challenging and exciting adventures that enrich tourists experience while on their tours in Uganda. Climbing this mountain to the top is the most beautiful memory you will want to take home and gossip about. During mountain climbing different species of birds can also be spotted thus enriching your experience.
Safari to the savannah side of the country presents you the Africa wild games. A game drive is the only way to explore in these beautiful national Parks while on your holiay in Uganda. Among the African wild games include the Big Five. Game drive done in Kidepo national park, Queen Elizabeth, Lake Mburo Murchison Falls National Park a gives you the chances of seeing different animal species like the African Lion, Elephants, Buffaloes, Giraffes, Ostriches in Kidepo, Leopard and several antelope species such as Zebras, Oribis, Statungas and Water backs among others. In Uganda, we also have tree climbing lions found in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park.
Uganda is also endowed with unique cultures, friendly and welcoming people. Your holiday in Uganda can be spiced by community tours where you can visit local people in their homes, gardens or markets, interact with them and know more about their lifestyle. There is a chance to participate in local community work such as harvesting, milking cows, digging and fetching water from wells among others. It is such an exciting experience in Uganda.
What to do in Rwanda?
Rwanda is a small land locked country, located in East Africa, bordered by Tanzania in the East, Burundi in the South, Uganda in the north and Democratic Republic of Congo in the West. The country mainly has 3 national park and offering different tourism activities.
Volcanoes National Park: Is a home to one of the last remaining population of wild mountain gorillas in the world, with about 10 gorilla groups habituated for tourism purposes. Apart from gorilla trekking, other tour activities here include golden monkey tracking, visiting the tombs of the late Dian Fossey, Musanze caves exploration, nature walk the beautiful Twin lakes of Burera and Ruhondo, community tours, Mountain hiking and visiting gorilla doctors. Currently there are 2 volcanic mountains open for hiking, that is, Mt. Kasirisimbi requires 2 days and 1 night camping up there, then Mt. Bishoke takes less than 7 hours to go and come back. Tourism in the area is growing at a faster rate, majority of the visitors to Rwanda visit Volcanoes National Park mainly for gorilla tracking, and this provides employment to the local community, for example, many Rwanda gorilla trekking lodges around the park and Musanze town employ local people as waiters, waitresses, Chefs, Guards, Receptionists and House keepers among others. The lodges / hotels around the park buy local produce (Greens, Food staff, etc) that are served to tourists. Therefore, this is direct provision of market to local produce.
Silver-back Gorilla in Volcanoes National Park
Nyungwe National Park: Is the largest Mountainous forest in East and Central Africa, and a home to about 13 primate species that include Chimpanzees, Golden monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys, Vervets, Red-tailed monkeys, Mangabeys, L’Hoes’ts, Blue monkeys, etc. There are 2 groups of Chimpanzees habituated for tourism purposes. Here we also have huge troupes of black and white colobus monkeys also habituated for tourism. Other tour activities here apart from chimpanzee tracking include Canopy walk adventure, Colobus monkey trekking, forest walks, tea harvesting, bird watching, etc. Nyungwe National Park is located in the southwestern part of the country, about 5-6hours drive from Kigali.
Akagera National Park: Located in Eastern Rwanda near Tanzania boarder. Its famous for game viewing and boat ride on lake Ihema. While on the game driver, you may see animals like Giraffes, Zebras, Buffalo, Hippos and Elephants among others. Bird life is prolific with over 300 species.
Historical and genocide Memorials: Rwanda has many historical sites as well as genocide memorial museums such as Gisozi museum in Kigali, Nyamata and Ntarama Churches, Bisesero genocide museum, Murambi technical school that was also reserved into a genocide museum where many people including students were massacred.
When you happen to visit Rwanda, never miss out a visit to any of the genocide museums above because, you have an opportunity to know experience what happened before, during and after the genocide in 1994 in Rwanda. Information is provided at each memorial to visitors.