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Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less Traveled

Posted by on February 3, 2021

Undiscovered Uganda – Off the Beaten Path – Africa as you Imagine it

There is another Uganda off-the-Beaten tourist path – Taking the Roads less Traveled.


Uganda - Off of the Beaten PathDiscover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Take, the Roads less Traveled through the Pearl of Africa. Experience Africa as you imagined it only better. The Africa that other Tourists do not see. 

There is an Uganda that awaits on Roads Less Traveled. Places off the map, Africa without the crowds, and beyond canned tourism. In Uganda, one can still experience Authentic Africa, an Africa 50 years ago, such as Kidepo Valley National Park. Visit an isolated, almost lost tribe, high on Mount Murongole, overlooking the vast Rift Valley below in Kenya, the Ik people, the tribe that was here first.

Yes, there is still an Uganda, beyond expectations, reached on Roads Less Traveled under the radar. Uganda, a country where the first roads were Elephant paths.

Without a map, without GPS Devices, our Tour Guides will take you to an Uganda that is off Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less Traveledthe Map. An Uganda that seems away from it all.  An Uganda on seen on isolated hiking trails that are not in any tourist brochures or travel agent itineraries but discovered when you travel with a local, your Tour Guide. He will introduce you to aa Africa to an Uganda you did not know existed, seen on paths less traveled.  So off the beaten paths that even most Ugandans did not know of their existence. 

Discover the Roads and Trails in Uganda that are less traveled. We will supply your guide and create paths on an itinerary rarely followed by visitors to see Uganda off the Beaten Path.

We have compiled for you just a few experiences that will awaken the adventurous appetite within. Places to visit where few tourists have gone. Destinations that are not in the various Ugandan Guidebooks.

Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path – Uganda under the Radar and off of the Beaten Path – we will make sure that you do not miss the Gorillas, Chimpanzees, other Primates, Wildlife, the reasons that most visit Uganda.

Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less TraveledUganda Off of the Beaten Path – Enjoy the Journey of a lifetime with One-Of-a-Kind Experiences that includes the 4 hours with a Gorilla Family on a Gorilla Habituation Experience and the All-Day Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.

We know Uganda. We live and work here. We know Uganda under the Radar and off of the Beaten Path, and we enjoy the Roads Less Traveled, Uganda without the Crowds.  Each year, we develop discoveries in the Pearl of Africa, whether Cultural Encounter or a natural scenic Wonder. 

From the Beaten Bath, seeing Uganda is one of the best ways to encounter Authentic Africa. Africa, as you might imagine it in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.

During the Post-COVID Times, where social distancing is a must. An off-the-beaten-path Safari is a perfect solution. A time away from the Crowds, experiencing the Pearl of Africa on a private mid-range or luxury Safari.


Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path


Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist PathKidepo Valley National Park:

Less than ten visitors a day enter this remote park in remote northeastern Uganda.  Kidepo Valley Park has been called “a lost Eden,” 3rd best Park in all of Africa by CNN, and amazing who take the long journey to reach this spot, where they encounter an Africa as it was 50 years ago.

Kidepo Valley Park – away from the crowds and off of the beaten paths on roads less traveled.

Our Tour Guide would love to introduce you to an Africa beyond Expectations that you might hike along a dry river bed, go on game drives, or enjoy the night in a camp where the only thing that breaks the sounds of silence is the roar of a lion. The trumpeting of an Elephant.  Welcome to Uganda – on the road less traveled – off of the beaten path.

The Road to Kidepo Valley Park is a Road less Traveled – This is not Route 66 across the USA – but this is remote Africa – one of the Reasons it is so isolated is that getting there is so severe flight is expensive.


Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less TraveledVisit a Manyatta – Home of the proud Karamojong Warrior-Nomads:

On the way to or near Kidepo Valley Park, we will arrange a visit with the Karamojong People in a Manyatta, a permanent homestead.  The men and boys take the cows to pasture away from the Manyatta for grazing living in Krals.

A one of a kind – off-the-beaten-path experience on a private Safari in Uganda.  The Karamojong have clung on to their ways and traditions of old, their tribal dances, blood-drinking from cows, cattle raiding (the latter has been significantly reduced), and kept their traditional beliefs.  Learn their culture, ways, and traditions on a visit to a Manyatta Village, which we will arrange beforehand for you.

Learn their culture, ways, and traditions on a visit to a Manyatta Village, which we will arrange beforehand for you.

There are no overnight stays in a Manyatta – only day-visits.


Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less Traveled An all-day Hike to the Ik People on Mount Morungole:

It is another one of those hidden away trails.  There is no road here, just a path, everything from the villages comes down, while provisions, including beef obtained in barters, is carried up.

It is not a typical tourist activity, but you visit ancient people high up in the mountains. Here you Learn their culture and traditions, dances, village life, and more.

It is a full day trip up and down, most rewarding, but you must be in reasonable physical shape to scale the mountains.

You are not alone. We will guide you up and down and have an interpreter and local guide to visit the Ik people.

You can only visit the Ik People on foot, there are no roads here, except for footpaths and goat trails.

A one-of-a-kind activity that is not to be missed visiting Uganda and especially Kidepo Valley Park. Special arrangements have to be arranged for you to participate in this activity.


Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less Traveled Mount Elgon – Sipi Falls in Eastern Uganda:

Mount Elgon and the Sipi Falls area are in the cooler portions of Eastern Uganda. It is an adventure country off the beaten and on the road less traveled in Uganda.

Hikes, Rock Climbing, Mountain Biking, Abseiling, climbing Mount Elgon, taking the trails around Sipi Falls can all be done here.

Besides, there are the nearby Rock Paintings in the Nyero Caves, a visit to the Abayudaya Jews of Uganda, Coffee plantations, and the semi-annual Bagisu Public Male Circumcision, all away from the usual Western Uganda Tourist Trails.

Eastern Uganda has much to offer, but it is not a primate country, that is why you have fewer visitors in this area.

Eastern Uganda is under the Radar for most visitors to Uganda since they focus on Western Uganda primates.


Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less Traveled Kibiro Fishing Village and Salt Gardens:

The Kibiro Fishing Village and Salt Gardens are placed on the Eastern Shores of Lake Albert that is definitely off the beaten path.  The only reasonable way to get there is a steep hike down the  Western Rift Valley Escarpment, not for the faint-hearted. A new road has been recently added, making it a bit more accessible. However, you can hike down and up and use the ancient path that has been used for hundreds of years.

For hundreds of years, salt has been produced here in a unique leaching process in the Salt Gardens.  You will see the ancient method that provides a high-quality salt still sold in Uganda’s Bunyoro Kingdom area.

It amazes you how people can live under such harsh conditions, isolated, away from roads, where everything is carried in or out on a path can survive. This is undoubtedly not a Tourist orientated village.

This activity is best tied in with a visit to Murchison Falls Park.


Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less TraveledThe Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – Foothills:

The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Africa’s tallest mountain range, is in Southwest Uganda.  It is one of those hidden places off the beaten path – indeed, a road less traveled.

If you can not climb the mountains, the are the Rwenzori Mini-Hike, foothills hikes, the 3 day Mahoma Trail, plus forest hikes and hill hikes outside of the park.

You also can meet the keepers of the Mountains of the Moon, the Bankonzo people who have lived here for hundreds of years. You will not find the Rwenzori Mountains on most itineraries, but it can be on yours.

The Rwenzori Foothills is an excellent add-on to Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park.  You will need a minimum of one day to add this to your safari.

Rwenzori – Mountains – Northern Bypass Mini-Hike:


Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less Traveled The Semliki Valley:

The Semliki Valley – a national park and wildlife reserve off the beaten tourist path.

Just getting there, your breath will be taken away as you descend the Western Rift Valley Escarpment.  Below you enter into another world.  You enter the Congolese Jungle without a passport.  Visit the Pygmies that live there, hikes, chimpanzee treks, jungle hikes, and a hot springs visit.

You enter the Congolese Jungle without a passport.  Visit the Pygmies that live there, hikes, chimpanzee treks, jungle hikes, and a hot springs visit.

As you look up, there will be the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.  You can fish here on Lake Albert for the fighting Nile Perch, see the elusive Shoebill stork, all without the tourist crowds.

This area was one of the richest Wildlife Areas and presently is recovering – it has one of a kind unique Attractions such as the Ituri Forest that is not to be missed.


Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less Traveled Hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Lake Mutanda:

Most come to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla trekking and never even realize a fantastic hike through the ancient forest.

This is one of those off the beaten path activities that leave lasting memories with those who take part taking the two-day hike and canoe ride across Lake Mutanda.

You can also do just the one-day Hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, beginning in either Nkuringo or Buhoma.

You can even add a full day Trek where you spend 4 hours with a Gorilla Family on a Gorilla Habituation Experience.

Sights, sounds, wildlife, primates, villages – all things you would not see on a standard Uganda Safari Tour.

Surprisingly – the Through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Hike is missed by most of the Gorilla Tekkes who come here each year.


Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less TraveledMgahinga Gorilla National Park:

Mgahinga Gorilla Park is one of Uganda’s smallest parks, yet it offers various activities. Once again, a park is not on many safari itineraries and is a perfect stop looking for a road less traveled.

This off-the-beaten Park is where you can spend days and climb dormant volcanoes, trek gorillas, golden monkeys, and hikes from half to full-day ones.

Birders will like it here, but it has its share of wildlife.  It is mostly a place of activities.  One of them is the Batwa Trail, with the first people of the forest, where you learn their ancient hunting and gathering ways and how they lived and left a small ecological footprint behind them.

A Small Park without the crowds but home to diverse activities and all off the beaten track, under the Radar of most, yet only three hours from Kigali, Rwanda, where you can fly into and out of.


The Cycad Trail in the Mpanga River Gorge

The Cycad Trail

The Cycad Trail in the Mpanga River Gorge near Queen Elizabeth Park is nothing new. They have been here for millions of years and date back before the “Age of Cycads and Dinosaurs. In the Mpanga River Gorge, locals have chopped them down to make room for animals’ farming and grazing. A few Tourists ventured to see the ancient Cycad Plants after reading about them in the “Uganda Bradt Guide-Book.”

Some Ugandan Ecologists began to Ring the Alarm that the endangered Cycads of the Mpagango were facing eradication by locals. Many responded, including the Toro Kingdom. Today, the tide has turned with sense and sensibility, having prevailed.

At present, the often muddy and challenging Cycad Trail in the Mpanga River Gorge is not for the faint of heart and takes a moderate level of fitness for those who wish to take it.


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Discover Uganda -Off the Beaten Tourist Path-Taking the Roads less Traveled

The above are just a few examples of getting off of the beaten path and experiencing Authentic Africa. When it comes to Gorilla Treks and Chimpanzee, we concentrate on the Gorilla Habituation Experience, which is 4 hours with a gorilla family. The Chimpanzee Habituation Experience – CHEX – which means gorillas and chimpanzees without a crowd.

Whether it is experiencing the African Wilderness as it was 50 years ago in Kidepo Valley Park or climbing extinct and dormant Volcanoes or the Rwenzori Mountains. The emphasis is on your Experiences that you will have that cannot be replicated elsewhere in Africa.

Uganda -Under the Radar Off of the Beaten Path on Roads Less traveled, the off the beaten path places and things to do and see.  There is much more. We have only listed a few of the highlights in Uganda.  We love to create an off-the-beaten-path safari a reality…we know Uganda. We live and work here.

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