Christmas Safaris Holidays in Uganda : Christmas is around the corner and the common question every holiday maker is asking themselves is where to spend this festive season. The good news is; you do not have to look any further as Uganda is the best-recommended destination for Christmas holidays in Africa.
Visiting Uganda will reward you with a memorable experience of a variety of fun-filled activities ranging from water adventures, game drives, bird watching trips, mountain climbing, boat rides, hikes, nature walks, white water rafting and cultural tours among so many other amazing activities. Here are some different activities you can enjoy this festive season as you holiday in Uganda – the Pearl of Africa.
Game Drives and Wildlife Safaris
Uganda prides in 4 of the savannah national park out of 10, each providing unique wild animals experiences. During exciting game drives conducted in these parks, you will have an opportunity to see Africa’s Big Five animals among several others. Some of the animals commonly seen in Uganda include: elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions (Don’t miss out on the tree climbing lions found in Queen Elizabeth National Park), different antelope species including the large eland, buffaloes, leopards, hyenas, cheetahs among so many other savanna species. Game drives are led by experienced safari guides and are conducted in four well good safari vehicles.
Mountain Gorilla Trekking
This is the most unique of all Uganda safari activities having the highest number of visitors in Uganda. The country receives millions and millions of tourists each year who solely come to trek the Mountain Gorillas living in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla national park. These gorillas are among the internationally listed endangered species due to their limited number. However, several conservation oragnaisation have raised to conserve gorilla and new news, the gorilla population in the world is increasing.
Source of the Nile
River Nile is the longest river in the world and the good news is that its source is found in Uganda (no wonder this country is referred to as the Pearl of Africa). A tour to Jinja will offer you a chance to visit this source and enjoy a number of water adventure activities there.
Chimpanzees trekking in Uganda
Chimpanzees are considered to be man’s closets living relative, sharing about 98% of their DNA with man. So spend time off this holiday and visiting these exciting chimps, taking photos and observing them go about their daily activities.
With a bird list of more than 1,050 bird species recorded across the different parts of the country, Uganda is definitely a birding paradise and the perfect place for any birder to visit. During our exciting trips, you will have an opportunity to see various endemic species, a couple of highly sought after species including the shoebill stork, different weaver species, falcons the Great Blue Turaco, short tailed warbler, African green Broadbill, standard winged Nightjar among several others.
Uganda offers its visitors very exciting boat cruises in the different parks including on the River Nile to the bottom of the Murchison falls in Murchison Falls National Park, as well as on the Kazinga Channel within Queen Elizabeth National Park. During these exciting cruises, you will have an up-close encounter with the various water loving species including the giant Nile crocodiles, large schools of Hippos, buffaloes, different birds plus some animals, which visit the banks to quench their thirst.
Uganda is gifted with various forest scattered across the country. You will be able to enjoy our guided nature walks during which you will encounter various bird species, some primates including the colobus monkeys, colored butterflies, small animals like squirrels, and a great variety of the tree species as well as learn about the different herbs, which are used by the nearby local communities for medicinal purposes.
Uganda has a number of towering mountains including the snowcapped mountain Rwenzori found is the south western part of the country, as well as the less challenging Mountain Elgon – with the largest caldera in the world which is located in the eastern part of Uganda. Those of you interested in summiting some mountains, this is definitely the right place to visit.
This is another exciting adventure activity that will give you an adrenaline rush. Jump off a high cliff with the guidance the expert guides and have a story to tell for the rest of your life!
Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary
This Chimpanzee sanctuary is found on an island on Lake Victoria and it is a safe haven that was established purposely for orphaned chimps as well as those rescued from poachers and smugglers. Here you will have an opportunity to spend more time with the chimpanzees, take photographs and even feed them.
The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
This is located within Nakasongola district towards Murchison Falls National Park. This is the only place you can see the southern white rhinos in the country. This place was established to re-introduce this species which had become completely distinct in the past years due to severe poaching. Here, you will have an opportunity to trek rhinos, do some bird watching and enjoy guided nature walks.
The Murchison Falls
These waterfalls are located within the Murchison Falls National Park. It is after them that the park was named. They are found along the course of River Nile and offer a powerful breathtaking view, thanks to Mother Nature. You will see the large volumes of the great Nile force their way through a narrow gorge of just 7 meters. Water forcefully makes its way and drops below over a 43-meter cliff making a thunderous drop, which results into scenic and relaxing water spray. It is very beautiful view.
Cultural Tours/Village Walks
Uganda is blessed with a diversity of tribal groups each with its own unique cultural practices, norms and language. During cultural tours, you have an opportunity to visit the different cultural settlements. Depending on your time of visit you will see and participate in the different cultural practices and ceremonies such as the Imablu ceremony – a well attended event that include vigorous drumming dancing and singing as the Gishu boys are being circumcised as a sign of initiating them into adult hood. You will visit the local people see how they go about their daily activities like their traditional cooking methods using firewood, brewing beer from bananas and sorghum as well as personally interact with them.
Enjoy our exciting Kampala City Tours during which you will visit a number of exciting places around the capital city including the Uganda Museum, the Bahai Temples, the large Cathedrals, the Kasubi Tombs, the vegetable and fruit markets, the crafts markets, Mabira forest among several others.
Biking Tours – This is another exciting way to explore the beautiful terrain of the country.
White Water Rafting – This is yet another most thrilling water adventures that Uganda. Take on the level 5 rapids found in jinja along the course of river Nile for an exciting and rewarding experience. This activity is not only for experts but can be enjoyed by novices, as there are some training sessions available on the site.
Horse Rides – Do not miss out on our exciting horse riding Safaris which are conducted in Lake Mburo National Park and within Jinja. These will give you a unique experience leave alone the ordinary game drives conducted in Cars. Here you will be on horseback in the company of well-trained guides.