Nature Walks In Uganda – Best Hiking Safaris Uganda 2021
There is no better way to have a close interaction with nature than on guided nature walks in Uganda. Uganda is blessed with diverse forests and 10 beautiful national parks, each with several trails where nature walks can be conducted by visitors on Uganda safari. While in a guided nature walk in Uganda, you can be exposed to abundant wildlife, birds, butterflies and many others.
Best places to visit for nature walks in Uganda
Located about 54kms away from Kampala and 20kms from Jinja city, Mabira Forest Reserve is undoubtedly one of the best places where nature walks in Uganda are conducted. There are several extensive trails one can explore on a nature walk. If you are adventurous enough, then consider exploring the 25kms bike trail which connects the forest to the closest sugar and tea plantations.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park isn’t only known for game drives or boat cruise but also for guided nature walks. On a guided nature walk, expect to enjoy amazing sight of different primates, birdlife, butterflies and diverse floral species. The best places to engage in a guided nature walk in Murchison Falls National Park include Busingiro Eco-tourism site, Rabongo Forest, Kaniyo-Pabidi Forest.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
A visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park on Uganda safari let you participate not only on a game drive or launch cruise along the Kazinga channel but also to indulge yourself in the wilderness while on a guided nature walk. Nature walks in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park introduce you to different trails especially Katwe Salt Lake, Mweya Peninsular, on the shores of Lake George which presents you opportunity to spot out the semi-aquatic sitatunga antelope plus shoebill stork, Kyambura Gorge and Maramagambo Forest where numerous primates, forest birds are sheltered.
Nature walks in Bigodi Swamp
Bigodi Wetland is one of the naturally endowed swamps with biodiversity and natural beauty. It is perfectly explored while on guided nature walks through its 4-5kms long trail that exposes nature lovers to its diverse primates (L’Hoest monkeys, vervet monkeys, baboons, red tailed monkeys, red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys), other species of mammals like bushbucks, otters, sitatungas as well as birds including the great blue turaco.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Apart from mountain gorilla trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also an exceptional destination for nature walks in Uganda. There exist over 6 trails in Buhoma area in the north including the Muyanga waterfall walk that starts from Buhoma via River Ivi-Nkuringo trail, Rushura hill walk, Muzubijiro loop (6kms long), Buhoma-Nkuringo trail, River Ivi walk (14kms long) and others. While on a nature walk in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, expect to enjoy amazing sight of primates, butterflies and other mammal species.
Nature walks in Kibale Forest National Park
While on Uganda safari in Kibale Forest National Park, there is a lot to enjoy more than chimpanzee tracking or chimpanzee habituation experience. Nature walk is one incredible experience still offered to tourists on tour in this magnificent Uganda safari park. You can engage in day nature walks or night walks which expose you to park’s nocturnal species especially pottos, cricket, bush babies, tree hyrax, nightjars, civets and others. Night walks in Kibale starts from 7:30pm and can take you about 1-2 hours.
Mount Elgon National Park
The best way to explore the natural wonders of Mount Elgon National Park is by embarking on a guided nature walk. The slopes of Mount Elgon, one of the magnificent volcanoes in Uganda is blessed with unique natural wonders and breathtaking views of the Karamoja plains. You will be led by community guide who then will take you through their communities with expansive banana and coffee plantations. You also stand a chance to explore the Sipi falls.
Kidepo Valley National Park
A nature walk/hiking in Kidepo Valley National Park is best carried out through the Narus Valley to the Lomej Mountains (about 4 hours’ hike) or hike to Morungole Mountain to interact with the IK people while enjoying the amazing view of the Kidepo River Valley. You can take shorter walks lasting for about 2 hours via the Narus Valley.
Other incredible places worth visiting for nature walks in Uganda include Semuliki National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Mpanga Forest Reserve, Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.