These two countries couldn’t be more different. South Africa as a safari destination has a lot of things to see and do that is totally unique when compared to Uganda.
Gorillas In Uganda
Uganda is one of the few countries in Africa where you can go on a gorilla trekking safari.
Gorilla Trekking safaris are a highlight of all visits to Uganda. Gorilla trekking can be conducted all year around and the best time to go gorilla trekking is during the months of June, July, August, September and December. This is because there are less rains and the parks are drier, making it simple to hike and see the gorillas.
A Gorilla trekking safari starts early as move to the briefing point on what to expect and not to do. After briefing, tourists will be allocated different tracking routes, each 8 tourists. Head to the forest accompanied by guides and rangers as you begin you search for gorillas. In the forest, you may see monkey species, butterfly species, mammals and so much more. Sometimes the forest is challenging and a good level of fitness will be required. At the end of the day, expect to be muddy and sweaty.
Uganda Is More Than Gorillas
Murchison Falls National Park – Located in Northwestern Uganda, Murchison falls national park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. Located in an area covering over 3,800 km², the park is named after one of its top attractions – The Murchison falls. The Murchison falls is formed at a point where the river Nile passes through a narrow gorge before going down about 42 meters in a mighty roar. Because of past insecurity in the country and unrestricted poaching, the park is not as it used to be. The park has however recovered because of more recent conservation efforts.
The animals in Murchison falls national park are often seen while on a boat safari and also during game drives in the park. Such common animals often seen are Giraffes, Buffaloes, Uganda kobs, Bushbucks, Elephants, Hartebeests, Oribs, waterbucks, warthogs, hyenas mention but a few.
Queen Elizabeth National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP, or Queens) is Uganda’s most visited national park and is often paired with Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and/or Chimp trekking in Kibale Forest. The park is famous for its big cats, including tree-climbing lions and leopards.
Its to safe to say that no other country in Africa, offers a diversity of wildlife and cultural attractions to rival South Africa. South Africa is one of the continent’s finest and few Big Five destinations. The likes of the Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve have all the amenities and attractions one would come to expect from world-class wildlife destinations.
It may not have Gorillas or chimpanzees in their natural habitat but it sure does have everything else and more.
A Chimpanzee Sanctuary
Chimp Eden was established in 2006 and is the first and only chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa. This JGI chimpanzee sanctuary brings the world of chimpanzees closer to humanity through education end eco-tourism.