Uganda is safe and small space with a spring-like climate that perpetuates the place for the entire year. It is a real treat when it comes to travel in Africa. In spite of its small size, it is jam-packed with activities. The national parks here house almost half the global population of mountain gorillas along with other primates such as chimpanzees, Golden monkeys and big games like the lion, elephants, and buffaloes.
There are over 1000 species of birds that fly in and out of this country throughout the year. About 10 per cent of all the world’s species live and dwell in the mountain forests, wetlands and on the shores of Lake Victoria. Uganda still remains a tribal nation and as you are travelling around this country, its music, dance, and culture will change dynamically by the hour. There are as many as 40 languages recognized across the country. Even though tourists come here specifically for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, it is more than it appears to hold. So, embark on an adventure to explore the secrets that this place holds.
1. Check out the Chimpanzees
Chimpanzees dwell in several parts of national reserves spread across Uganda. The most popular of them is Kibale where they shelter 13 species of primates including 1500 chimpanzees. They can also be tracked in Budongo where they are likely to be seen best in the months of February to September and also in the forest of Kimbra which is set within the mist-filled gorges found in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
2. Visit the Rwenzori Mountains
Identified as the ‘Mountains of the Moon’, the Rwenzori Mountains have formed an impenetrable chain of rocky edges which perpetually snow laden with cloud and fog. You can take walks along the foothills where you might find clear streams, lush landscape, and lively villages. If you can continue with your expedition further, it will surely take you into this surreal world where there are giant heathers, bamboo et al.
3. Soak in Ugandan culture
Uganda doesn’t have famous tribes like other African states do e.g. the Massai and Himba et al. But you’d fall in love with their diverse culture anyway. You can learn more while spending some time watching cultural performances at the Ndere Centre (Kampala). Learn how to grind millets, make some porridge over a fire or play some instruments. All in all, be sure to enjoy the little things that this place has to offer. Each region of this country has a diverse set of songs and dances which you can individually visit and learn about them as well. Delving into their culture would take more than just your enthusiasm as it should be an innate craving that should be drawing you in.
4. Do some charity
This delightful country has a lot to give but what if you give them something back in return as well? The country needs help and if you have the privilege to provide so, do it by all means. Every little help counts. Volunteer, extend your stay, help out at schools, camps, and places that provide services to the underprivileged masses.