8 Best Places to visit in Uganda

  1. SOURCE OF RIVER NILE

River Nile is known to be the longest river in the world so if you travel to Uganda and not visit the source of the Nile, then literally you’ve not seen Uganda. It is located in Jinja city in the Eastern part of Uganda, approximately 80 km from Kampala. Its fascinating how water at the source moves in a different direction compared to other areas.

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2.MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

This is the largest national park in Uganda harboring the glorious Murchison falls. Murchison falls is a breathtaking site as the Nile river water gushes through the 8 meter gorge creating a beautiful musical sound. (Read more Discover Uganda) .It is located 283 km north-west of Kampala which is the capital of Uganda.

The park is endowed with a lot of wildlife animals like the lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, Uganda cob, bush backs etc. And  along the shores of the Nile, you are able to see the hippopotamus , crocodiles and many more creatures. The park also houses over 400 bird species, so if you enjoy bird watching like i do, you shouldn’t miss out this amazing place.

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3. QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Spanning on the districts of Kasese, Rukungiri, Kamwenge and Rubiririzi, in the western region of Uganda, Queen Elizabeth is approximately 400km south-west of Kampala. Being one of the most visited parks in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth never disappoints as it lives to its reputation of offering an amazing flora and fauna.

The park is famous for volcano features and its crater lakes.  It is home to many animals like the African Bush back elephants, tree climbing lions,  hippopotamuses Ugandan cob, African buffaloes , Leopards , lions and you will definitely not miss out on the monkeys.

qenp4 Hippopotamuses at Kazinga channel

4. BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas, Bwindi impenetrable national park is a must see when you travel to the pearl of Africa. The large impenetrable forest provides shelter to baboons, chimpanzees, elephants,antelopes, different bird species and butterflies.

The highlight of the safari is  the gorilla trekking. You will be required to purchase a gorilla trekking permit prior to the safari since only 8 people are allowed to track a specific mountain gorilla group. The gorilla trekking safari can take one to eight hours depending on where the gorillas slept the previous night.

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Related post: 5 THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO UGANDA

5. KAMPALA CITY

Located in the heart of Uganda, Kampala comes up as the most diverse city in the country accommodating millions of people from different tribal ethnics and  being the capital , it’s the most developed city in Uganda. Over time, many western cultures have  been adapted .

kla5 Kampala city center

The city offers so many places that shouldn’t be missed out if you want to learn about Kampala in depth ;

  • Kampala down town- get the feel of the real life of the locals, the markets, the taxis parks and how local businesses are carried out.
  • Places of worship ; Gadaffi mosque- old Kampala mosque- The biggest mosque in Kampala, Namirembe cathedral for the protestants, Lubaga cathedral for the catholics.
  • Temples; The Bahai Temple, Shree Swaminarayan Temple.
  • The independence monument;
  • The Buganda kingdom palace, The Kasubi Tombs

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Gadaffi mosque-old kampala mosque

6. JINJA CITY

Located in the Eastern part of Uganda, Jinja is known to be a “vacation” place.  It is a laid back city with an all year round “summer”, where the breeze of lake Victoria  has never been so cool and the  views so  breathtaking , this explains the many tourists that flock this place. A number of fun activities await you  from River Rafting, Bungee jumping, Boat cruising, Camping, to Quad biking.

raftingRiver Rafting at the Nile.

7. THE EQUATOR

Uganda is blessed to be one of the few countries where the equator passes. It is just 72 km from Kampala.  If visiting Queen Elizabeth  National park or Bwindi impenetrable forest is on your list, the Equator can be treated as a stop over and at the same time ticked off your bucket list.

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8. THE UGANDA WILDLIFE EDUCATION CENTER- ENTEBBE ZOO

Having been listed as the best zoo in East and Central Africa, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre is one of the best safari destinations in Uganda. It harbors most of the wild animals especially those that may have been rescued from animal traffickers and poachers.  You can be able to have a close up encounter with the chimpanzees or a guided tour to see the lions, white rhinos, leopards, zebras and many other animals.

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The list of places to see in Uganda goes on and on but those are some of the best that i have visited sofar. But if your stay is longer you can also check out these ;- Mountain Rwenzori, Mountain  Elgon, and the Uganda Mesuem.

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26 thoughts on “8 Best Places to visit in Uganda

    • Esther Namugerwa says:

      It is victor, with so many places to go on safari and at the same time many places to relax and connect with the locals. Indeed it is a perfect balance, there is always
      something for everyone .You should add it on the list already.

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  1. Priya Florence Shah says:

    Very interesting. I never knew all these things about Uganda – that it’s the source of the Nile and about the impenetrable forest. Sometimes I wish humans would leave those poor gorillas alone instead of making them a tourist attraction. Then again, that goes for all wildlife.

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  2. Soumya Gayatri says:

    Uganda is so full of life. The sheer number of national parks bears testimony to that. But I am happy to see that Kampala can be an ideal spot to take things slow and experience some great Ugandan history and culture. Do you have a blog on some of the must-try food in Uganda? Would love to read that too.

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    • Esther Namugerwa says:

      Kampala is full of diversity, tops the list in the country. I don’t have any post about food in kampala currently , but you have just given me a great idea. I am definitely going to write one as soon as possible. Thank you.

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  3. heandshetravels says:

    Wow, so much nature and wildlife in Uganda! I’m quite curious about the tracking gorillas… Sounds like it could be an incredible experience. Thanks for sharing this about your country!

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    • Esther Namugerwa says:

      The wildlife in Uganda is amazing and enormous. It is not surprising that it is the most tourist attraction in Uganda. And of course who wouldn’t want a picture at the Equator.

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  4. Alexander Popkov says:

    I just wonder what I would like more. Seeing life of locals or wildlife. I think Uganda is one of the best places for wildlife photography. But

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    • Esther Namugerwa says:

      Trust me, you would like both and you would fail to choose the best. But if you are a wild life photographer, you would be so excited to see the wild life, its amazing.

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  5. Alexander Popkov says:

    I just wonder what I would like more. Seeing the life of locals or wildlife. I think Uganda is one of the best places for wildlife photography. But I am always more interested in people in every place I go.

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  6. Anna says:

    Wow I have never bee to Uganda. Your blog post made me want to pack my bags and leave NOW! totally enjoyed the pictures too. Keep sharing 🙂

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    • Esther Namugerwa says:

      Thank you so much Anna. I am so happy, i’ve given you some inspiration to travel to Uganda. I hope you can travel there some time, you will love it. And i will definitely keep sharing- I hope i can inspire you more and more

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    • Esther Namugerwa says:

      Yes Bhushavali, Gorilla trekking is one of the highlights of all tourists that visit Uganda. You will love it if you ever visit Uganda

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