Are you looking for the best summer holiday destination in Africa? Well, it has been a while when you last traveled following the outbreak of COVID-19 but with travel restrictions completely relaxed in most destinations, you have a reason to visit your dream destination this summer holiday. There are plenty of remarkable destinations to visit for summer holidays but none beats Uganda.
Uganda offers myriad of thrilling water experiences and nature expeditions that will spark your summer travel spirit this 2023. Uganda is located in the heart of East Africa, a complete destination with 10 spectacular National Parks, 12 Wildlife Reserves, and other protected areas.
Here are the top summer holiday destinations to include on your safari in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.
Jinja –explore the Source of the Nile River
Looking for adrenaline adventures this summer? Consider visiting Jinja for all your adrenaline adventures in Uganda. You will engage in a number of adventures on the Source of the Nile River, including white water rafting, Kayaking, boat cruise, jet boating and bungee jumping.
Kibale National Park
Nothing brings you close to our closest relatives in the jungles like meeting chimpanzees in the wild. This is an inspirational experience and you can enjoy it on chimpanzee trekking tour in Kibale National Park. Kibale is best referred to as the primate capital of the world the fact that it holds up to 13 primate species and they include 1500 chimpanzees.
Kibale chimpanzee trekking adventures are best done during the dry months of the year: June, July, August & December, January to February. It is a spectacular natural rainforest protected area to find not only chimpanzees but also other diverse primates such as l’hoest monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, etc. Other than normal treks to view chimpanzees, Kibale National Park also provides excellent chimpanzee habituation experiences.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (summer holiday)
What else evokes more emotions than a gorilla trekking experience? Think of a unforgettable gorilla trekking holiday this summer and think not beyond immersing yourself into the dense rainforest of Bwindi National Park. This park holds 20 habituated gorilla families and at USD 700 per gorilla permit, you can make your dreams come true.
Bwindi National Park also has multiple lodging facilities to consider for overnight stay and they include budget, midrange and luxury. The park’s accommodation facilities for summer holidaymakers to book include Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Ichumbi, Mahogany Springs, Nkuringo Lodge, Ruhija Safari Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge and others.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park provides exhilarating experiences from gorilla trekking to golden monkey tracking. These can also be combined with guided volcano hiking/climbing adventures. Besides, it is hikers’ paradise featuring three Virunga Volcanoes- Gahinga, Muhabura and Sabyinyo.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s most visited park and truly, it is a spectacular destination to spend your summer holiday. Enjoy exciting wildlife viewing safaris in this vast park, get a close with a wide range of wildlife including elephants, lions, cape buffaloes, leopards, antelopes or go boat cruise to the base of Murchison Falls or to the delta.
If you are looking for places to relax or chill from, you can choose from a variety of classic lodges in and around Murchison Falls National Park. The top accommodation facilities to book this summer holiday include Chobe Safari Lodge, Baker’s Lodge, Paraa Safari Lodge, Murchison River Lodge, Fort Murchison Lodge and others.
Queen Elizabeth NP
Queen Elizabeth NP is Uganda’s 2nd biggest park, home to diverse wildlife species including 4 of the big 5 game. This park is endowed in terms of wildlife species that account for 96 mammal species, 620 bird species, and aquatic life like the Nile crocodiles and hippos. At Queen Elizabeth N/Park, activities to do include boat cruise on Kazinga Channel, game drive, hot air balloon, birding, hiking/nature walks, chimpanzee tracking and many others.
The Ssese Islands consist of 84 islands sprawling within the Northwestern side of Lake Victoria (Uganda). There is a lot to do while on Ssese Islands including birding, sunset platform bonfires, sport fishing, canoe rides, quad biking, cultural walk, and more. These islands are the favorite honeymoon spots if you are visiting Uganda this summer holiday. Book one of the islands’ finest accommodation facilities; Brovad Sands Lodge in Kalangala, Ssese Islands Beach Hotel, Kalangala Pearl Beach Resort, and more.
You may also consider visiting Mount Elgon National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park for excellent mountaineering adventure.