Nature Walks in Uganda
Nature walks bring you close to nature. The nature walk trails listed here are found in the national parks or associated protected areas. There are several nature trails outside the protected areas in private and community lands and forest that are not included here but depending on your interests would be included in your itinerary. Do not hesitate to request for more information concerning an area you are interested in exploring.
Nature walks in Uganda
Murchison falls national park has nature walks to the ‘top of Murchison falls’ which done after the boat cruise on the Victoria Nile. You disembark the boat and take a hike up the hill and relish the scenery around the world’s most powerful waterfalls. More foot trails are found in Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo forests with sightings of birds, chimpanzees and other primates.
Queen Elizabeth National Park offers opportunities for nature walks in its varied habitats. You can take trails in Kyambura gorge, Mweya peninsular, Katwe salt lake and swamp walks along Lake George. The walk along the shores of Lake George is in search of the semi-aquatic Sitatunga antelope and the elusive Shoebill. Katwe Salt Lake offers walks to experience traditional salt mining and Kyambura gorge for a variety of primates including Chimpanzees.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park has hiking opportunities along the foothills of the Virunga volcanoes. This experience brings you close to nature and offers the chances of spotting exotic bird species along with captivating views of the surrounding lakes and agricultural villages. You walk through a variety of wild vegetation including the bamboo forests.
Forest Walks in Bwindi impenetrable national park can last between 2 – 5 hours providing opportunities to see the variety of mammal species, bird species, butterflies, and primates. For those interested in tree and shrub species, you will be have a great time because of the numerous species. Most of the trails lead you to waterfalls for beautiful sights and just maybe a swim after consultation with your guide.
Guided walks in Lake Mburo National Park lead you to the salt lick, a place often frequented by wildlife with a viewing platform. Rubanga forest has trails that offer opportunities to enjoy the variety of birds that call the forest their home. You can also choose to explore the park on a horse and or squad bike.
Kibale National Park has trails maintained for nature walks. The forest hike or walk last anything to 3 hours or less depending on your interests and time. You are likely to sight a number of primates, mammals, several bird species found in the forest. A night nature walk is available for those in search of nocturnal animals and birds like Bush babies, Pottos, Genet cats, Civets, Bats and Owls.
Nature Walks in Kidepo Valley National Park give the visitors close viewing of the wildlife. Animals you are likely to see include Elephants, Zebras, and Reedbuck.
The foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains offer great opportunities for nature walks that are simply breathtaking. You will traverse the forested vegetation enjoying the scenery along the way including – waterfalls, butterflies and amazing bird life.
Semuliki National Park offers walks to the ‘male and female’ hot springs, where you are likely to encounter primate species like red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkeys, and grey-cheeked mangabey. You will enjoy the fullness of the forest with butterflies, birds chirping away and ‘endless’ tree and shrub species. A highlight of the hike is the opportunity to cook eggs and plantains in the female hot springs.
The slopes of Mount Elgon National Park offer nature walks with rewarding views of the Karamoja plains and several communities. The walks are community guides and traverse the communities often through banana and coffee plantations, gardens, and grazing lands. You get to visit some of the several waterfalls; Sipi falls and Sisili falls in the vicinity.
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