Nature walks in Uganda
Nature walks are a unique and amazing activity where travelers get an opportunity to experience wilderness and wildlife by exploring forests and Savannah grasslands on foot conducted by trained guides in the national parks or wild game reserves or communities neighboring the parks. The communities have trained guides from within thus providing work for them and improving their livelihoods alongside providing an incentive to defend and protect important ecosystem on which they and tourism activities depend.
Participation of the community and tourists minimizes the conflict between the locals and national parks authorities in their fight towards poaching and other illegal activities. Trails have been created and routes are made where there is no danger of encountering predators. The guides have a lot of knowledge on different aspects of wildlife, plants and birds and are very familiar with the behavior of animals like the chimpanzees and gorillas incase encountered on a nature walk.
The Nile is home to the powerful volume of water creating horrible rapids that provide an unforgettable rafting experience equivalent to that of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe with the Bujagali Falls downstream of the Nile’s basis, and close to Jinja vaunted the ‘adrenaline capital’ of Uganda.
Massive standing waves leap from the clear blue skies and rock walls tremble from the power of the booming rapids bringing forward the incredible adventure and excitement of the Nile water rafting from this point of Bujagali falls.
The White Nile has up to 7 times the volume of the Zambezi rendering the raft to burst through vast walls of the White Nile and drifts through warm pools in the Equatorial sunshine.
Nature Trails in Uganda
Hit the trails off of the beaten track, explore and discover the undiscovered virgin lands with a lot of amazing history, wildlife, plantlife and amazing cultures and livelihoods of different people. Nature walks can be supplemented on to safari according to your taste and preference and intended time of travel. Below are some of the nature walk trials that one can enjoy on the visit to the different travel destinations including:
The Baker Trail
The Baker Trail can be enjoyed in and outside of Murchison Falls Park and further north around Gulu including Fort Patiko and in the south in the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve along Lake Albert.
Mount Morungole Climb
The hiking trail up Mount Morungole takes you on visit the Ik people i in the remote region of Karamoja just outside Kidepo Valley Park and it lasts upto 8 hours hike to the remote Ik People Villages.
Nature Walks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This forest offers superb hiking opportunities within the park itself where you will walk through the park with opportunities of viewing the mountain gorillas, many bird species,various plant species and many more
The most popular Trail is the hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and beyond to Lake Mutanda and Kisoro.
Hitting the trails with the Batwa Pygmy Tribe:
The Batwa People were the original people who lived in Bwindi forest i in harmony with their environment as hunters and gatherers but were evicted leaving them without land and at lose of their cultural values.
Nature walks in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth Park has various hiking trails inside of the park including Kyambura Gorge, Maramagambo Forest, the Mweya Peninsula where you can go onto the Banded Mongoose Research hike and the Ishasha River hiking trail, Kalinzu Forest and in Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest – where you have some great Crater Lake Trails.
Nature walks in Kibale Forest
Kibale Forest offers different hiking trials in and around Kibale Forest it including the top of the world hike, the Amabere Cave, crater lake walk, Bigodi Wetlands Swamp Hike with various birds, primates, small mammals, hundreds of butterflies that you will see along the trail.
Nature walks on the Rwenzori Mountains Foothill
Rwenzori Mountains have a landscape that boasts extraordinary views of alpine valleys, diverse flora in the forests and valleys, high altitude ice glaciers, and even elephant sightings which can be enjoyed along the trials.
Nature Walks in Semliki Valley
There are numerous Nature Trails that are guided, depending on your preferences as to want to do and see such as hippos, crocodiles, birds, monkeys, primates, elephants alongside the two Hot Springs
Nature walks in Lake Mburo National Park
This national park is also open to the walkers as well as they are followed by the ranger guide. to the salt lick where you will find many animals that are attracted to the salty rocks. The hikes through the woodland give you a chance to see the forest birds and mammals and the walk to the top of the hill will reward you with the spectacular view of 9 of the region’s 14 lakes.
Nature walks in Mabira Forest
Nature Walks here can be done at any fitness level including children on a family safari, through adventurous treks into the gentle meandering stroll through our well-maintained trails.
Other nature walk trials include
- Nature walks in Mount Elgon – Sipi Falls:
- Nature walks in Kibiro Salt Garden
- Nature walks in Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve
Tips and Advice while hiking
If you are interested in Nature walks in Uganda or hiking below is what you should carry to experience the best Hiking Adventure;
- Hiking/ Trekking Boots
- Rain Jacket
- Bottled Water and Snacks
- Long Sleeved Shirts/ T-shirts
- Long Pants or safari pants
Best time to go for Nature walks or a Hiking Safari
Hikers around the world can transfer to Uganda at any time of the year however the Best Time to go hiking is during the short rain and dry season in the months of mid-December to early February, June to September since during this period the trails are drier and navigable. So vivid Hikers should transfer during this period to enjoy the best Experiences.