The Off the Beaten Track Places in Uganda – where most often it is you and Nature
Some of the Best off the Beaten Track Places – Parks – Activities in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda
Uganda is a tourist destination and as such there are the typical tourism routes that crisscross the country, here you will find some of the spots that are off the beaten path, sometimes there is no path, you have to create your own, at times there limited lodging available, however the experience is what counts.
We want you to enjoy your time in Uganda –some desire something out of the ordinary – off the beaten track, not on normal Ugandan Safari Itineraries.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo Valley Park is the most remote remote park in East Africa – its rugged scenery, its abundant wildlife, should attract thousands, instead only a few make the journey here. Why? Though CNN voted it as one of the best parks in Africa – why is it not on most Uganda Safari Itineraries – Distance – Time to get here, or the expense of flying in and out. Besides the wildlife, the stunning scenery there are the cultural visits to the Karamajong, proud, fierce, welcoming . Put Kidepo Valley Park on your list of off-the beaten path places in Uganda.
Sipi Falls is on the Eastern side of Uganda – it is not on the usual safari trail that leads to Western Uganda – Here one heads East to Sipi Falls – where you can hike, mountain bike, do some abseiling, enjoy the local culture and ways, be sure to buy some Bugisu Arabica Coffee while here – it is simply some of the best. From here you can also make day-trips and explore the ancient rock paintings that go back to the iron age and were most likely done by gatherer-hunters. There is Uganda’s Jewish Community – the Abayudaya Community who will glad to welcome to explain their spiritual path and the history of the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda.
Mount Elgon is another one of those spots off of the beaten path – again in the Eastern Portion of Uganda – one does not have to be a mountain climber to enjoy one’s time here. Mount Elgon is a mountain that comes with incredible beauty and scenery, fantastic Afro-Montane Vegetation, a haven for hikers, mountain-bikers, birders and off of the beaten tourism path in Uganda.
Mgahinga National Park – off of the beaten tourist path in Uganda – a small park with many activities but without the crowds. Here you can hike and climb the Mufumbiro Mountains – the Mountains that Cook – the Virunga Volcanoes. You can track Mountain Gorillas here (when the one habituated gorilla group is in residence), track Golden Monkeys, take an interactive walk with the Batwa People-the original people of the forest and learn their ancient ways. Mgahinga Gorilla Park is bypassed by most tourists and is off the beaten path for tourists in Uganda.
Ishasha – Queen Elizabeth Park – Home of the Tree Climbing Lions
Ishasha is the unvisited part of Queen Elizabeth Park – it known for its tree climbing lions, large herds of Elephants, buffaloes, antelopes. Even though it is off of the beaten tourist track, it is not to be missed and Ishasha is the best the place in Africa to see tree climbing lions.
Foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon
Few of the tourists visiting Uganda visit the Rwenzori Mountains. They do get glimpses of the Mountains but rarely have the opportunity to discover and explore the Mountains of the Moon, the Rwenzori Mountains – certainly off the beaten tourism path. We combine either a cultural visit stay or a stay in an up-market lodge there.
The Semliki Valley contains both the Semliki National Park and Wildlife Reserve – just coming down the Western Rift escarpment is a breathtaking sight that will not be soon forgotten. The Semliki Valley is off of the beaten tourist path and yet it has a lot of unique places that are not found elsewhere in Uganda. Portions of it is like visiting the Congo without a passport, the Ituri Forest spills over into Uganda, the Semliki River is like a miniature version of the mighty Congo River. Birders call it a paradise, you can hike, track chimpanzees, go birding, game drives, visit hot springs and even take a boat ride on Lake Albert.
The above area just a few areas that are off the beaten tourist path – there are many more in the Pearl of Africa – Uganda – come and visit us…from Kampala…jon
“If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” John Hemingway – African Journeys