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Best Things To Do in Uganda: Tourist Attractions

The things to do in Uganda are some of the most unique things to do in world.  Gorilla Trekking, which Uganda is mostly known for, can only be found in three countries, all of which are found in Eastern Africa.  There are also hidden gems in Uganda that most people don’t know about including Africa safaris and a great lake region which is one of the reasons why people say that Uganda is the Pearl Of Africa.

The country is blessed with all kinds of wildlife and many people don’t realize all there is to see.  The capital of Kampala will make you feel like your an Asia  with electronics shops on every corner and the people Uganda are extremely friendly.  The new integration of Uganda into into the Eastern Africa Community is great for tourism as well.  While I was living overseas in Africa I was able to spend a great week in Uganda.

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Gorilla Trekking

The tourist attractions in Uganda wouldn’t be complete without Gorilla Trekking.  Uganda is actually the best place to go as they have the largest number of gorilla families in the Biwindi National Forrest.  I have a personal contact of the tourist company I used which have tours as low as $400 that I offer via my travel guides, sign up for my email list to receive the contact.


The city feels like Africa with an Asian flare and is the center of everything to do in the country.  There are a variety of restaurants to try, new things to experience like a ride on a boda boda (motorcycle taxi), or even just get to know what life is like in the capital city in Uganda.  Don’t forget to check out the churches, Bahai Temple, and museums in the city.

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Uganda Equator

Straddle The Equator

You doesn’t like to do this with every country that sits on the equator?   One of the best travel tips I can give you!

White Water Rafting

The Nile River is the longest river in the world and it starts in Uganda.  Make sure to check out rafting opportunities which last anywhere from an afternoon to 3 days.  You can find tours with many companies and they are often very affordable.  I would love to add more details to this travel blog about the rafting in Uganda, if you have been let me know!

Lake Victoria

The things to do in Uganda wouldn’t be complete with a little rest and relaxation.  Lake Victoria is a very picturesque and also provides secluded beaches that rest on islands that take 8 hours to get to! Definitely check it out.

Chimpanzee Trekking

In addition to the gorilla trekking you can get up close and personal to chimpanzees which can be found in the region.  There are many other natural forests as well where you can find plenty more animals.


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Carson Buka September 24, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Have you visited Masaka before? There’s nothing to see but if you ever go there you never want to miss visiting Weaver Bird, this is a growing community for the Arts in East Africa. This village is located only about 6KM from Masaka town center in the direction of Katwe and the through Ssaza.
In Ndegeya you will acquaint yourself with a colouful village with different colour painted walls and a big sculpture in the center where literally all roads meet. Surprisingly all roads are named and labeled and in different corners of the streets you can see NO LITTER signs and if find yourself strolling up the hill to the top, you will meet Camp Ndegeya, the first public sculpture park in East Africa. This is where Ugandan and other regional artists meet every 3 months to break away from their routine city life and meet here to interact, retreat and recreated in a more open space. The regular Weaver Bird Arts camps bring together painters, writers, poets and comedians plus expatriates and diplomats to camp there for a weekend. There’s a camp fire and decent bathrooms with running water.
Camp Ndegeya also has a studio space that hosts art workshops to visitors on top of other activities that one may want to get involved in at the Ndege Ya Akili Community Arts Center or The International Artists Residency Center and Children’s Community Library (COCHICO Lib) that are located in the village.


Marcello September 24, 2012 at 8:27 pm

Thanks for the details Carson.. I included the link to the site in your name in case anyone wants to get more info.


Carson Buka October 3, 2012 at 2:26 am

Here is the website that can link you to the Weaver Bird Community.


brandy bell December 22, 2012 at 6:47 am

Thanks for this list of things to do in Uganda! I am hoping to visit in June and will make certain I straddle the equator and chill out by the lake– awesome tips :)


Victor Lednow March 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

Does any website talk about the positive aspects in tourism in African Great Lakes?


Escape Hunter April 27, 2014 at 4:30 am

Chimpanzee trekking sounds so funny :D
But the apes can be wild, ferocious, even carnivorous – they can attack people, so you don’t want to get caught in the middle of a wild ape gang.


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