Cycling tours are fast becoming popular activities because of the up-close encounter and a 360 degrees view you see. The tours give you an exciting feel and you get to use the unconventional routes Uganda has through communities, the rugged terrains, food fields, homesteads etc.
Cycling can be a sport, means of transport and a tourist activity. For starters one needs to have the right bike (Off road bike/Mountain Bikes/gear changer bikes) for these activities and the right cycling gear needed. Usually bikes are provide for tourists who choose to use bikes for their tourism activities like game viewing, cross country rides etc.
Mountain cycling can be done in Mount Elgon National Park which is in the Eastern part of the country. The park offers a number of activities among which is the cycling activities in the rugged rocks, with many steep declines which gives you a full view of the African Wilderness.
Bike cycling in Kampala City is an exciting adventure on another level. This brings you up-close to the city life and adventures, hustle and bustles of Ugandan city dwellers, Kampala heavy traffic, down to the suburbs and rush hours, this gives you another feel of biking (it’s said if you can cycle through Kampala then you can cycle through any part of the World)
Uganda is one of the most stunning countries in Africa with its diverse attractions, cultures and sceneries but it’s also blessed with the freshest water bodies in the world with a vast possibility of developing its water based tourism. 25% of Uganda’s terrain is covered by water with lake Victoria being the largest lake in Africa and second largest water body with the freshest water in the world, Lake Albert, Lake Edward, Lake Kyoga and many more subsidiary lakes and water bodies. All these provide opportunities for fishing the great Nile Perch, Tilapia, Cat Fish and Mud Fish etc.
We provide all types of equipment from novice to experienced anglers for the activity. More than 300 fish species have been recognized to exist in the Ugandan water bodies with the most common being Tilapia and Nile Perch. During the fishing in the unpolluted waters, you may be lucky enough to catch a 200kg Nile Perch which is really huge and rewarding. All these activities are supervised by experts. This activity can be done in Murchison Falls National Park, Ssese Island. River Nile, Lake Victoria etc.
Horse riding is a famous activity in Uganda and has been adopted by many. You can take a horse back safari in the wild. Horse riding is one of the most famous ways of viewing wildlife in Lake Mburo National Park. Here you have a close encounter with wildlife. Community horse riding safaris along the River Nile banks experience the views from the hills overlooking the Nile Valley cut through to the thick Mabira Forest, farmlands, villages and sugarcane plantations.
Jinja District in Eastern Uganda is the adventure capital of East Africa with vast activities rising your adrenaline levels up. Some of these activities include,
Bungee Jumping. Dive into the source of the Nile from the most spectacular bungee jumping sites in the world with tandem jumps and water touches. The river has several rapids and islands that are sanctuaries to primates and bird species. There are abundant activities that can be done on the river right from the source to where the river departs for Sudan with quite many adrenaline activities bungee jumping being one of them. This activity is done in a few African countries but the experience of jumping over the world’s longest river can’t be compared to others. Bungee jumping involves jumping from a platform with a secure cord tied around the legs though no experience is required.
White water rafting and water Tubing. River Nile has the world’s finest 5 white water rafting and other activities whether you’re a first timer or not the experience is unmatched.
Tubing on the Nile is affordable fun for both families and big groups. There is flat water tubing and white water tubing which is crowned with fun filling water slides and water swings.
Gorilla Tracking takes place in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park which lies in south western Uganda on the edge of the rift valley and border Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse forests with almost 400 plant species. More famously, this forest protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas roughly half of the world’s population and is best recommended for fly-in safaris. The gorilla permit prices cut across for the 2 national parks USD750. The parks also offer other activities like bird watching, forest walks, village walks, Batwa experience and so much more.
Uganda is a center for all types of hiking adventures, Mount Rwenzori in the western part of the country being the most popular with many opting to reach the peak which is the highest point of Uganda at 5,109 meters above sea level and 16,762 feet. The Rwenzori’s are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination.
And Mount Elgon in the eastern part of the country at 4,000km squared has the largest volcanic base in the world, also at the border of Kenya and Uganda it is also the oldest and largest solitary volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above sea level.
A hike to the deserted Moorlands unveils a magnificent and uncluttered wilderness without the summit-oriented approach common to many mountains, the ultimate goal on reaching the top og mount Elgon is not the final ascent to the 4,321m Wagagai Peak, but the descent into the vast 40km squared caldera.
Uganda is unrivaled on the continent as a bird-watching destination with over 1,000 species of birds, several of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Some of the bird watching sites in Uganda include, Mabamba Bay Swamp, Lutembe Bay, Echuya Forest Reserve, Nyamuriro swampm Bwindi National Park, Rwenzori mountains, semuliki national park, Mabira Forest, Sango Bay area, Budongo Forest, Kibale Forest to mention but a few.
Uganda has got a diverse culture with over 56 tribes and about 9 indigenous communities that are recognized with English being the official language Luganda and Swahili are also widely spoken acroos the country.
Culture has impacted greatly to the tourism industry of Uganda and the industry is fast growing. Cultural attractions include historical site cutting across the entire country these include kingdoms and chiefdoms. Cultural sites to visit include, Kasubi Tombs, Lubiri (Palace), Bulange Mengo, Uganda Museum, Nkokonjeru Tombs, Bakers Fort, Bigo Bya Mugenyi, Karambi Tombs, Mparo Tombs, Ssezibwa Falls, Nakayima Tree, Nyero Rock Paintings, Naggalabi Buddo Coronation Site, Ndere Troup Cultural Center, Igongo Cultural Center, Katereke Prison Ditch etc.
Religious Tourism in Uganda is steadily growing with the indigenous religions including Christianity and Islam. Christianity being the most widely practiced religion with 85% of the population being Christians. Christianity is also divided into Roman catholics, Anglicans, Pentecostals, Seventh Day Adventist, Baptist etc.
Moslem believers are about 12% of the population and other 1.6% are shared by other Moslem believers like the Shia and Ahmadiyya.
A small percentage practices Budaism (The Bahai Faith). The Bahai faith in Africa has grown and in a few years there were over 450 Bahai Temples in 80 localities which have since spread out to different African Countries. Religious sites in Uganda include Gaddafi Mosque in Old Kampala, Munyonyo Martyrs Shrine, Bahai Temple, Kibuli Mosque, Namugongo Martyrs Shrine, Temple SSDM Shree Sanatan Dharma Mandal, St Paul’s Namirembe Cathedral, St Mary’s Rubaga Cathedral and many more sites.
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