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The top 5 things to do in Uganda after COVID19

The top 5 things to do in Uganda after COVID-19

The top 5 things to do in Uganda after COVID19

What are the top 5 things to do in Uganda after COVID19 ? Some of the visitors have been forced to stay at home because of the COVID 19 pandemic. We no longer get the time to go close to nature because of the world travel restrictions. Uganda has been one of the countries affected hard by the COVID19. However, as we speak right now, all the restrictions have been lifted and now you have the opportunity to come and visit Uganda and your top destination. Uganda is slowly opening all of its tourism sectors in the country, with travelers following various procedures when they arrive in the country.

Uganda is located in the eastern part of Africa and is one of the countries naturally blessed with different wild animals and physical features. The country has a lot of attractions found in different parts of the country, with the most famous attraction being the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga national park. The country has different national parks harboring different wild animals. There is also the River Nile, which happens to be the longest river in Africa. There is Lake Victoria, and mountains such as the Rwenzori, Elgon, Mgahinga, and much more.

Uganda can be visited at any time of year from any part of the world, but the best time is always the dry season. The main entry to the country is Entebbe international airport, although you can access the country using different borders with neighboring countries. Travelers to Uganda can do so many activities, but the top ones include mountain gorilla trekking and habituation, chimpanzee trekking and habituation, wildlife viewing, and birding activities. The following are the top 5 things to do in Uganda after COVID19;

Gorilla trekking and habituation

Uganda is one of the favored countries in the world to host mountain gorillas. Mountain gorillas in Uganda can be trekked or habituated in Mgahinga national park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, both located in the south-western part of Uganda. Trekking in any of the countries is done by a group of trekkers not exceeding four, and all of these must have valid gorilla trekking permits. The permits are bought from the Uganda wildlife authority in Kampala at a cost of $700 for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and Shs250,000 for East African citizens. The gorilla habituation is only done in the Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors of Bwindi and costs $1500 for foreign non-residents, $1000 for foreign residents and Shs750,000 for East African citizens.

Chimpanzee trekking

Spending 1 or 4 hours with chimpanzees is one of the things you need to do after this Covid-19 saga. In Uganda, chimpanzee trekking is mostly done in Kibale forest national park since it’s home to over 1500 chimpanzees, followed by other places like the Ngamba island sanctuary, Kalinzu forest, Budongo forest, Kyambura gorge, and Toro Seluliki wildlife reserve. Chimpanzee trekking in most of these places is done in the morning and evening, and in the case of Kibale Forest National Park and Budongo forest, there is chimpanzee habituation that allows travelers to be with chimpanzees for more than 4 hours. Different chimpanzee places have different trekking or habituation prices.

Golden monkey trekking and habituation

Travelers can visit Uganda after the covid-19 situation and get to spend some good time with the golden monkeys. The golden monkey trekking or habituation activity in Uganda can only be done in Mgahinga national park in south-western Uganda. To trek or habituate golden monkeys, you need a valid golden monkey trekking permit. It costs $60 for both foreign non-residents and foreign residents and Shs40,000 for East African citizens, while the golden monkey habit is $100 for both foreign non-residents and foreign residents, while for East Africans it costs Shs100,000.

Wildlife viewing in Uganda

While on a wildlife safari in Uganda, you can visit different national parks such as Kidepo valley national park, Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, and Lake Mburo national park and get to see some of the park animals. The wildlife species in Uganda include African elephants, common elands, giraffes, sitatungas, Uganda kobs, hartebeests, African buffaloes, cheetahs, the caracals, rhinos, African golden cats, hippos, warthogs, jackals, bat-eared foxes, zebras, lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, otters, mongooses, civets, and baboons many others.

Encountering birds in Uganda

There are over 1000 bird species that are found in Uganda and this makes the country one of the best destinations for birding safaris. Birding activities in Uganda are conducted in different places of the country, such as the Mabamba swamp, a home to shoe bills, Queen Elizabeth national park, Bigodi wetland sanctuary, Murchison Falls national park, Mubwindi swamp and much more. Some of the bird species in Uganda include the Martial Eagle, barbets, African Skimmer, Gruauer’s Warbler, Chapin’s Flycatcher, white-tailed blue fly, African Emerald Cuckoo, Stripe-breasted Tit, Blue-headed Sunbird, Véroux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, African Broadbill, and African Green Broadbill.

Other notable bird species in Uganda include Brown illadopsis, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, marsh tchagra, Corncrake, pied king fisher, Shoebill, impressed African emerald, Pink-backed Pelican, Bar-tailed Godwit, papyrus gonolek, Neumann’s warbler, fine banded woodpecker, Papyrus Canary, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, archer’s robin-chat, Rwenzori batis, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, western green tinker bird, red-faced woodland warbler, African citril, white headed saw wing, handsome francolin, Kivu ground thrush, short tailed warbler, montane oriole, shinning African blue, Shelley’s crimson wing, and Black-rumped buttonquail among others.

What is the best time to do the above top 5 things to do in Uganda after COVID19?

Uganda can be visited at any time of the year for any type of tourism activity, but the best time would be during the dry season. The dry season in Uganda happens in June to September and December to February. During these months, there is little or no rainfall in the parks, which makes the trekking trails and game trucks less muddy and less slippery, the vegetation thin for clear views of animals, and the roads leading to the park passable.

Travelers can also visit the country in the rainy months of October to November and March to May to enjoy huge discounts on accommodation facilities, but you should know that during this season there is heavy rainfall with the vegetation so thick that it obscures views of park animals. The roads leading to the parks are impassable during these months because of too much rainfall.

What to do with Africa Adventure Vacations?

Africa Adventure Vacations is a tour company based in Uganda, licensed by the Uganda Tourism Board and a member of the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. Booking with Africa adventure vacations provides you safety and confidence during your safari courtesy of well-trained safari driver guides who are well conversant with all routes and tourism destinations in Africa. You can book with us any of the activities you want to do in Africa, such as mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation, Chimpanzee trekking and habituation, birding, golden monkey trekking, game drives, hiking, nature walks, and community tours, among others. Booking to do the top 5 things to do in Uganda after COVID19 can be done at any time of the year.