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Lonely Planet’s Top Picks in Uganda not to be missed

Posted by on February 3, 2020

Lonely Planet’s Top Places to visit in Uganda

Choose from Lonely Planet’s Top Picks in Uganda

Lonely Planet's Top Picks in UgandaLonely Planet’s Top Picks in Uganda take the highlights to see in the Pearl of Africa. The picks show some of the reasons as to why Lonely Planet picked Uganda as the best country to visit in 2012

Uganda is a prime African Travel Destination in East Africa. The most bio-diverse country you can find in Africa. It has the added plus of Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys, the Virunga Volcanoes, and the tallest mountain range in Africa – the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon – besides Uganda is home to some of the friendliest people in Africa. One could add that Uganda is safe, stable, and secure, especially if you are on a safari.

Here Are Lonely Planet’s Top Places in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:  Penetrate the Impenetrable Forest at Bwindi National Park to visit the mountain gorillas.  Lonely Planet picks Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as their first choice of must-visit places in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not only home to over half of the Mountain Gorillas in Africa, but it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site, and there is much more to do than visiting the Mountain Gorillas. Lonely Planet placed it on its list of most unusual spots to visit on your Honeymoon, CNN picked as one of the Best Parks in all of Africa.

You can hike the length of the forest. There are cultural village visits and village stays, mountain biking. It is one of Uganda’s best places for birding, hikes of all kinds all within the scenic setting of the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is also one of the top birding areas in Uganda, if not all of Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Southwest Uganda – a Lonely Planet must-visit destination in Uganda and now with the exclusive Gorilla Habituation Experience, which means 4 hours with a gorilla family, even more, are visiting the park.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Things to do and 

Jinja-East Africa’s Adventure Capital:

Tame the waters at the source of the Nile, some of the world’s best white-water rafting.  Jinja – the Adventure Capital of East Africa, has much to offer for the adrenaline seeker, including up to level 5 white water rafting. There is kayaking, river surfing, float trips, bungee jumping into the ancient River Nile, birding boat trips along Lake Victoria, fishing, sunset cruises on the Nile and Lake Victoria, horseback riding, ATV safaris through villages and along the Nile, the source of the Nile, excellent lodging facilities from budget to luxury.

Jinja is synonymous with the word “adrenaline”  not only is Jinja the East African Adventure Capital – it the East African Adrenaline Capital

Jinja, a town with its mix of Indian, Colonial and African architecture, markets, tree-lined streets, is a place not to be missed when visiting Uganda – Jinja, a Lonely Planet Destination.

Jinja – Things to do and see:

Murchison Falls Park: Check out the world’s most powerful waterfall on a wildlife-watching trip up the Victoria Nile.

Murchison Falls National Park is one of Uganda’s best all-around National Parks with the historic River Nile flowing through it.

Murchison Falls Park is home to the world’s most powerful waterfall, where the earth trembles underneath your feet. Murchison Falls National Park is where you can see some of the largest Nile Crocodiles, numerous pods of Hippos, countless species of water birds. There is endless open savannah with the endangered Rothschild Giraffes, Elephants, Antelopes, Lions, Leopards, to name a few.

If you only have a few days for a safari or many in Uganda and you want a taste of the African Wildlife – Murchison Falls is the park for you to visit – Murchison Falls National Park – a Lonely Planet Destination in Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi: Chill out at Uganda’s most beautiful lake, a mythical landscape of terraced hillsides and hidden bays.

Lake Bunyonyi is a magical, mythical scene – almost a Lord of the Rings kind of setting – it is the perfect place to spend a day or two after Gorilla Tracking or climbing one of the volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Lake Bunyonyi – meaning place of little birds – you can swim in the bilharzia free lake, go boating from paddle yourself or be paddled on an island-hopping trip of the lake, visit the market in Rutinda, local villages.

Bicycle around the lake or chill out for a few days: Lake Bunyonyi- a Lonely Planet choice destination in Uganda.

For the Foodie Adventurer on Safari with us, there is the Lake Bunyonyi Crayfish that you can have here, anyway that you would like.

Lake Bunyonyi – Things to do and see

Rwenzori Mountains:

Trek the Mystical Mountains of the Moon, one of the continent’s most challenging yet rewarding hikes.

The Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon are a great place for the avid mountain climber. Climb without the traffic jams found on Mount Kilimanjaro – but even if you are not into strenuous mountain climbs and hikes, you can spend a few days in the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains hiking and getting some great photo-ops of the mountains and its peaks.

Ruboni Village is one such place where you can spend time with the Bakonzo people who are the keepers of the Mountains of the moon, and visitors love their time here in the shadows of the tallest mountain range in Africa.

The Rwenzori Mountain -a Lonely Planet choice destination.  If you the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains are not your thing, try the foothills.

Lonely Planet’s Top Picks in Uganda is a must place to visit during a stay in Uganda. Still, one cannot leave out mentioning the Kibale Rainforest Jungle. The Forest with its almost 1500 chimpanzees and 12 other primates, Mgahinga Gorilla Park with three volcanoes that you can climb, Kidepo Valley Park – one of the most remote parks in East Africa, the tree-climbing lions of Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth Park, and of course Kampala itself one of the most vibrant capitals in all of Africa.  Lonely Planet’s Top Picks in Uganda – they must know what they are talking about. Lonely Planet is the round the world Travel Experts – now you need to come and find out if they were right in their top picks for Uganda.


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