On your self-drive in Uganda you will get involved in many activities in various national parks; You should not miss gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable forests national park and in Mgahinga national park; these are the only two Parks in Uganda where mountain gorillas are found and gorilla tracking is the mostly practiced activity in Uganda.
Gorilla tracking is the act of searching for gorillas in the thick forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks. Bwindi protects over 400 mountain gorillas and Mgahinga protects almost 200 mountain gorillas making them suitable for the gorilla trekkers because the two Parks protect almost three quarters of the world’s mountain gorillas of which their population in the whole world is over 900 mountain gorillas. Gorilla tracking is recommended for only 8 individuals per group per day and it starts from 08:00am and lasts for few hours depending on where the gorillas were left the previous day.
Gorilla tracking is most recommendable for individuals above 16 years and individuals who are physically and reasonably fit because it is somehow challenging especially during the tracking from the thick forests. Gorilla tracking is done silently therefore you need to maintain maximum silence during the tracking of mountain gorillas and it is not advisable to stay with the gorillas for so long because there are many individuals who will have to do the same activity. Advance booking is essential!!
On your self-drive tour in Uganda, you should not miss out chimpanzee tracking; this is mainly done in Kibale forests national park which is found in the western parts of Uganda. Chimpanzee tracking is one of the most enjoyable activities because chimpanzees are very friendly to humans in that whenever they see a human being, unlike other animals it will just rush eagerly to come to you though it is not recommendable for you to be too close to them because they catch some human diseases like flu. It is advisable to view them at least 7 meters from where they are.
Chimpanzee tracking is recommendable for individuals above 12 years who are physically fit and a group of 6 individuals per group is allowed per day. You are allowed to stay with the chimpanzees for only one hour and not exceeding that because many people would like to see them too. Chimpanzee tracking can also be tracked in Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park and Ngamba Chimpanzee Island which is situated on Lake Victoria in Kalangala district.
Bird watching in all Uganda national parks is offered though it is highly practiced in Queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Semuliki National Park (the true birders haven). Even though Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo Valley National Park protect the higher number of birds in Uganda, birding activity is more enjoyful in Semuliki National Park because the park keeps almost every African bird species unlike in Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo Valley National Park however in these parks you will also enjoy the birding activity since they consist of various and several bird species whereby Queen Elizabeth National Park protects over 600 species of birds and Kidepo Valley National Park protects almost 500 bird species.
On your self drive trip in Uganda you will get involved in game viewing where you will be able to see a variety of wildlife in different parks. It is more enjoyful in Queen Elizabeth national park where you will see the amazing tree climbing lions which are seen playing and jumping on the branches of trees thus attracting many tourists to rush into the Park and making it one of the mostly visited Parks in Uganda and Africa. Other animals you will enjoy to see in National Parks of Uganda include hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, warthogs, bats, cheetahs, antelopes, chameleon, hyenas, leopards, wild dogs, monkeys, frogs and many others.
Boat cruises and trips is another thing you will enjoy when you carry out a self drive tour in Uganda and this activity is mostly done in Murchison falls national park, Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park at the Kazinga channel , Lake Bunyonyi and many other places.
You will enjoy the cultural encounters in Ugandan national parks where you will discover different cultures from various tribes such as the Karamajong in Kidepo Valley National Park, Batwa in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bagisu in Mountain Elgon National Park and many other where you will be knowing and enjoying their dances, songs, cultures and dressing codes.
Another challenging activity you will do is mountain hiking, mountain biking and rock climbing which are all done in mountainous national parks such as Mountain Elgon National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park and in Kidepo Valley National Park on Morungole mountain. This activity is such a challenging one which needs one to be physically fit before taking part in the activity and you are advised to comfy your brains and be brave that you can make it.