Lonely Planet’s Top Places to visit in Uganda
Choose from Lonely Planet’s Top Picks in Uganda
In Uganda, Lonely Planet’s Top Picks take in some of the highlight in the Pearl of Africa. The picks show why Lonely Planet chose 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.
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.
It is no wonder that Lonely Planet thinks that Uganda is “Africa condensed into a small Country,” the size of the US State of Oregon.
Here Are Lonely Planet’s Top Picks in Uganda not to be missed
1, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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 home to over half of the Mountain Gorillas in Africa, but it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. There is much more to do than visiting the Mountain Gorillas, and lonely Planet placed it on its list of most unusual spots to visit on your Honeymoon, and CNN picked it as one of the Best Parks in all of Africa.
Additionally, Lonely Planet placed Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on its “most unusual honeymoon destination” List.
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 and 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.
2. 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 with 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, and tree-lined streets, is a place not to be missed when visiting Uganda – Jinja, a Lonely Planet Destination.
3. Murchison Falls National Park
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, and countless species of water birds. There is endless open savannah with the endangered Rothschild Giraffes, Elephants, Antelopes, Lions, and Leopards, to name a few.
Suppose you only have a few days for a safari or many in Uganda, and you want a taste of the African Wildlife. In that case, Murchison Falls is the park you can visit – Murchison Falls National Park – is a Lonely Planet Destination in Uganda.
4. Lake Bunyonyi – a scene from Lord of the Rings
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, any way that you would like. The Crayfish came from Louisiana to Lake Nakuru in Kenua and were brought to Lake Bunyonyi under Idi Amin.
Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon
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 avid mountain climbers. 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 their peaks.
Ruboni Village is one place where you can spend time with the Bakonzo people, who are the keepers of the moon’s Mountains, and visitors love their time here in the shadows of the tallest mountain range in Africa.
The Rwenzori Mountain -a Lonely Planet’s choice destination. If the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains are not your thing, try the foothills.
Uganda beyond Lonely Planet’s Picks
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, and 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.
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