Why Go Backpacking in Uganda

Uganda, the land gifted by nature is located in the Eastern Region of Africa. Cris-crossed by the Equator, this relatively small but beautiful country is immersed in perfect good climate. It is supplemented with many exciting things such as undulating mountains, unique wildlife species, rivers and lakes.

Destinations:

There are lots of exciting tourist destinations in Uganda that are worthy visiting. From the popular national parks to less known ecotourism sites, there are a lot of exciting places to visit. Would you like to try out something different on your trip? Why not explore Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, one of the only four national parks that host the mountain gorillas in the world. Other exciting places include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park etc.

Welcoming People:

The people in Uganda are friendly and welcoming to each and every one. Despite the fact that there are many different tribes of people, all the Ugandan people are welcoming and hospitable to visitors. The Ugandan people are willing to take you around the country and today Uganda is one of the most interesting destinations to backpackers who enjoy the safari in Uganda.

Low cost of Living:

Experience the fullest with the possible minimum budget while in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.  Kampala, the capital city of Uganda is one of the most affordable cities in the world. You can easily enjoy a meal at USD1 while in Uganda.

Cheap Accommodation:

Uganda attracts people of all kinds of lifestyle. There are lots of backpacker hostels and accommodation that offer good customer services to the clients. Usually there is also an arrangement of the sort to tour within and around Kampala’s nightlife. It’s a good idea to stay in the city to enjoy the nightlife, before embarking on another tour expedition.

Safety:

Most backpacker travelers are high risk takers who go extra mile to explore the hidden treasures. One of the reason that make it a safe backpacker destination is the safety all around the country. Security is tight for both traveler and the locals that make it easier to visit and explore the country.

Cheap means of transport:

Less than 1$ you will be able to travel about 40kms in a public means, transport is cheap in Uganda and can easily connect well to the desired destinations, challenge is up country where most of the hidden treasure is. Available means of transport in the city include, special hire taxis, bodabodas the quickest means of transport especially during the rush hour when everyone is stuck in traffic jam.

Affordable Touristic Activities

The country has a blessing of abundant adventure activities that can be done on a Uganda Safari, name it from game drives among its four savanna national parks, and launch cruises, meeting the indigenous local people. This all can take place from a single tourist destination. Not   forgetting meeting one of the endangered world specie mountain gorillas in Bwindi national park and Mgahinga national park at a cheaper affordable price compared to the neighboring country Rwanda.

While backing in Uganda, there is no need to worry about food from the big malls street food is the way to go. In Uganda, you’ll find grilled chicken, kebabs on every street cornerThe most popular street snack is a Rolex which is made of a rolled fried egg in a chapatti with a tomato-onion-paprika. It’s cheap and affordable and you find it cost saving.

Exploring Uganda, the Pearl of Africa

Uganda is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Eastern Africa. This less known destination is endowed with incredible attractions some of which can’t be seen elsewhere in the world. Recently it was in the news when an American tourist was kidnapped in the country doing a safari in Western Uganda and this is what prompted to do a research about this little Eden.

Location

This relatively small country is located in the East African Region. It lies just astride the Equator. It is bordered by Kenya in the East, the Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, South Sudan in the north, Rwanda and Tanzania in the South.

Must See Things

There are lots of things to do in this country. According to the Uganda Guide, an online portal with resourceful information to help you plan a perfect safari, the must do things include

  • gorilla trekking in the impenetrable jungles of Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks
  • chimpanzee tracking in the tropical rain forests of Kibale, Kalinzu, Budongo and the Kyambura Gorge
  • Rafting the River Nile in Jinja, the adventure capital of Uganda
  • Hiking the famed Rwenzori Mountains
  • Game Viewing in the savanna plains of various national parks that include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park,. Kidepo Wilderness Area and Lake Mburo National Park.

What You Need to Know to Plan Your Trip

Uganda is gifted with a tropical climate and its temperatures always change all through the year and Uganda does not experience winter or summer and it can be visited any time of the year, although many tourists prefer visiting Uganda during the dry season.

The hottest months are January and February when the average daytime range is 24-33°C (52-91°F) June –October is also known as dry season and the wet season run from March to May and November, although even during the dry seasons, it can still run. Uganda neighbors countries like Sudan, Kenya, Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Experience a Traditional Safari

Uganda is gifted with 10 national parks and over 12 game reserves, mountains, museum, lakes and rivers good for relaxation that’s this reasons that Sir Winston Churchill named Uganda the ‘’pearl of Africa’’. Each of Uganda’s attraction is gifted with unique attractions and many attractions are still virgin just waiting for you to explore. You can Plan in advance and visit at least one or all of the Uganda’s attractions depending on your budget, interest and the number of days you have in Uganda.

Guided Vs Self Drive Tours

You can explore Uganda on self-drive or on a tailored made tour and visit Uganda’s national parks, game reserves and mountains as well as lakes and stand a chance to catch up with incredible attractions including endangered gorillas, the man’s closest relatives the chimps, different species of animals and birds, enjoy cultural experience relax on beautiful lakes and Rivers just to mention but a few. Exploring the park on your own gives you the chance to discover a lot of attractions, you have the chance to drive at your own pace and you can choose to visit one park after another on the same safari. Below are the ten Uganda national parks let us examine one by one.