Uganda: BIG FIVE Adventures
Coined by hunters as the most dangerous animals to hunt on foot, Africa’s Big Five have long dominated the safari scene, with travelers coming from across the globe to catch a sighting of these legendary animals. Even though Uganda is lucky enough to hold the Big Five within its borders it also contains enough adrenaline packed and slightly dangerous activities to satisfy the most hardcore of travelers. Narrowing it down to just five is difficult, but here is our list of Uganda’s most heart pounding Big Five Adventures.
- The Kidepo Pilgrimage
The journey to one of East Africa’s most remote and unspoiled National Parks is not for the faint of heart. Set in the furthest North East corner of Uganda along the border of Sudan, Kidepo Valley National Park is a two-day journey from Kampala. The treacherous terrain is a worthy match for even the most rugged land cruiser, and during rainy season you have a better chance of reaching the park in a canoe than a vehicle. Those that are brave enough to traverse the roads are rewarded with stunning views, abundant wildlife, and some of Uganda’s most coveted bird species. Best of all, the park is deserted, leaving intrepid travelers to enjoy the spoils one of Africa’s most remote wildernesses all to themselves.
- Conquering the Nile
The longest river in the world, the Nile has given birth to civilizations, eluded explorers, and now at the source in Jinja is where adventures come to conquer the white water rapids. For thrill seekers plunging headfirst into the massive swirling waves, often to be ejected from the safety of their rafts is the highlight of their time in Uganda. Taking on grade five rapids with names like “The Bad Place,” the Nile is the perfect destination for any adrenaline junkie.
- Volcano Walk
In the towering shadow of the Virungas amongst the mysterious mist of Bwindi is the dramatic setting where Nkuringo Walking Safaris sets off into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Clients can choose between several routes including the arduous hikes up the extinct volcanoes Muhabura or Sabyinyo where the Congo, Uganda, and Rwandan borders intersect. Although a walking safari may not get your adrenaline pumping, the steep terrain will definitely get your heart racing.
Having recently set up shop on the slopes of Mount Wanale in Mbale, paragliding is the newest extreme sport to enter Uganda’s repertoire. Soaring above the fertile green landscape is the closest that humans can get to flying. Actual flight time varies between 15 minutes to one hour, and is dependent upon the weather and the amount of elevation gained during flight. As the only paragliding operator in Uganda, Fly Mami Afrika adheres to strict USHPA standards and employs a fleet of experienced and trained staff.
- Biking Uganda
Exploring Uganda out of the safety of a traditional safari vehicle is not for everyone. Adventures that wish to experience Uganda’s natural and cultural wonders on a more intimate level; biking Uganda is the best option. Through rural villages and national parks, nothing is more exhilarating than being feet away from the wildlife on a bike. Traditional routes include exploring Mburo National Park before heading South through the rolling hills of Uganda, eventually landing on the doorstep of Bwindi. Another option is biking up to Murchison Falls National Park before departing to Gulu and then to Kidepo, where you can bike through the National Park.