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5 Luxury Activities you didn’t know you can do in Uganda

Gorilla Habituation 53% of the total number of these endangered species resides in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga national park in Uganda. Gorillas live a highly social and stable life and thanks to Dian Fossey, a primatologist and anthropologist, tracking these beautiful and fascinating creatures is now a possibility with over 10 gorilla families habituated and conserved by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The more common activity is Gorilla tracking which lasts anywhere between two to eight hours which involves mostly of hiking and tracking the gorillas and one hour of viewing. Gorilla Habituation experience offers a chance to track with researchers, spend a lot more time with the gorillas and witness the habituation process first hand. It is possible to spend up to 6 hours with the gorillas or even one depending on the researchers’ recommendation since these are semi habituated gorillas. Either way, the experience is not only exciting but also educative.

Hot Air ballooning Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National park are the most popular national parks in Uganda due to the variety of wildlife and nature scenery they offer. Wildlife Spotting and birding on the plains of these parks is endless. Commonly game drives are conducted with highly trained and experienced guides and are best done in the early mornings when wildlife is in search for breakfast. The hot air ballooning experience is a more luxurious way to view wildlife from above. The activity kicks off at dawn and will last up to an hour following the direction of the wind. It is amazing the calm and still experienced as you witness nature. The most beautiful sunrises and sunsets are often viewed from a higher level. The activity is usually concluded with a champagne toast and bush breakfast prepared wherever the balloon lands with the protection of wildlife rangers. (Just so you are not the breakfast!)

Luxury lodging Choosing Uganda as the next destination for your holiday is not a decision many luxury travelers will easily make. Because Uganda is a third world country, there are doubts on whether there really are accommodations that provide luxurious services. Do not give it a second thought! There are several tour operators that specialize in organizing luxury tours in Uganda and will offer possibilities of luxurious lodging options. Expect classy dining with international cuisines options, beautiful and original local art, spacious rooms, large swimming pools, top of the notch services and million dollar views.

Private sundowner cruises At the end of your visit to Uganda, on your way out, take a couple of hours off for a private cruise on Lake Victoria, the biggest lake in East Africa to the equator crossing through the lake. A private cruise can be complete with a champagne bottle and a delicious light traditional meal to wrap up your tour.

View Margherita peak from above Rwenzori Mountains’ highest peak, Margherita is located on Mount Stanley and is an elevation of 5,109 m (16,763 ft), the third highest peak in Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya making it a UNESCO world Heritage site (add link). Although it is not an official activity (as it is with extreme activities) it is possible to charter a plane that will take you to the highest peak of the Rwenzori Mountains. This is activity is by far the most expensive activity that I know of in Uganda. It will cost up to $50,000 depending on which company you charter the plane but you will be able to see the highest peak without dropping a sweat.

Do you know any other activity that belongs in this list. Please let us know in the comment section below.

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