Nature Walks in National Parks

Nature walks allow you to get personal with nature. It is remarkably the best way that tourists can discover what Uganda holds in terms of biodiversity. It is an experiential adventure that takes you through distinct habitats with diverse wildlife species which at the end rewards you with memorable experiences. In most cases, nature walks take you to rural areas which equally get you the best of an experiential Uganda safari. While at the local communities adjacent to the park, you have a chance to interact with locals and this allows you to experience their different lifestyles, traditions, and cultures. As you have a chance to pay a visit to traditional homesteads depending on the destination you take.

Nature walks are done countrywide and depending on what your travel interests are while on Uganda safari, you have the opportunity to sight a variety of bird species, primates, butterflies, mammals, and unique tree and plant species that are of medicinal importance. You have the best views of the breathtaking scenery. The fact that nature walks can be done in any part of Uganda, the notable places to get the best of this experiential activity include;

Nature Walk in Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is a remarkable exceptional safari destination in East Africa that needs to pay a visit, and you will have the best of nature walks. This spectacular conservancy area expands up to 3840 square kilometers and boasts of its breathtaking sceneries and landscape.

It boasts of its lush and vast savanna plains, swamps, forests, and above all, intense wildlife species and unique cultures, as well as the powerful waterfall. Murchison Falls National Park is home to the big game African bush elephants, buffaloes, lions, and leopards due to its strategic location.

You can add the rhinos at Ziwa rhino sanctuary and make a complete list of the big five African games. Most of this park’s natural wonders can be best explored while on foot through varied trails. They include among others the trail to the top of the falls, Rubongo forest, and Kaniyo Pabidi. Nature lovers on Uganda safari have the opportunity to embark on a nature walk that gets you the best of this park’s unique floral and faunal species.

Hiking to the top of the falls

This is mainly done as soon as you get to the bottom of Murchison Falls then you on footwork along the trail. This will take you about 45 minutes on a guided hike and your physical fitness is important. At the top, you get the best of amazing rolling hills, lush vegetation, birds, and the thunderous roar of the falls. At the top of the falls, you get the best of this powerful waterfall as it squeezes itself through a narrow gorge of about 8 meters before descending for about 43 meters.

Nature Trek in Kaniyo Pabidi walk

A nature walk through Kaniyo Pabidi takes you through the rainforest which makes up Budongo forest reserve that straddles approximately 8 kilometers off Kichumbanyobo gate if you are traveling from the Masindi side. You have a higher chance of catching a glimpse of chimpanzees, birds, and different floral species.

Rubongo forest

The forest is set southeast of Murchison Falls National Park. The nature walk through the forest rewards you with exciting views over diverse primate species including black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, red-tailed monkeys, and vervet monkeys among others

 Nature Walks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park takes you through different hiking trails which include the waterfall trail to Munyanga River, the Muzubijiro trail to beautiful scenic views in the parks, the Kashasha trail to River Kashasha, the River Ivi trail to River Ivi, Buhoma-Nkuringo trail to Buhoma and Nkuringo sectors, Habinyanja trail to Habiyanja Gorilla Family, Bamboo trail to Rwamunyonyi trail.

Nature Trek in Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park takes you through guided nature walks along Rwonyo rest camp where you catch a glimpse at a variety of wildlife species licking salt like buffaloes, and antelopes among others.

Mount Rwenzori Hikes

The Rwenzori Mountain ranges are undoubtedly Uganda’s highest mountain rising up to 5109m. It is snow-capped and features one of the highest peaks in Africa. Mount Rwenzori lies at the Uganda border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, within Rwenzori Mountains National Park making it the best hiking mountain spot in Uganda.

Hikers trek to Margherita peak of Rwenzori Mountain range on Mt Stanley and other different mountains via the different trails. This block mountain is a forest, featuring distinct vegetation which you can explore as you hike through the different elevations. Hiking to the summits of Rwenzori Mountain Ranges is for experienced hikers but there are options taking you to nearby peaks. Your trek to Margherita Peak is rewarding as you get to enjoy the breathtaking views. It takes hikers 8 to 10 days to get to Rwenzori Mountain.

Kibale Forest Nature walks

Kibale National Park in western Uganda is another best place you should visit for rewarding Nature walks in Uganda. The Bigodi gives you a chance to spot different bird species, different primates which make up a total of 13 primate species in Kibale National Park, butterflies, reptiles, and floral species among others. Other incredible areas worth visiting for walks include Amabeere caves or a walk around the stunning Crater Lakes.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Walking trails

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park isn’t only popular for Gorilla Trekking but also for visitors to experience the best of hiking adventures. The park features several hiking trails along its Virunga Volcanoes with the best hikes offered on Mountain Gahinga, Muhavura, and Sabyinyo Volcanoes. Another incredible trail worth embarking on while in Mgahinga National Park is the Gorge trail where you will spot a variety of bird species.

Nature walks in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Tourists in Queen Elizabeth National Park come purposely to see the big game including the tree-climbing lions but the park is an incredible place worth visiting for guided nature walks in Uganda. The best Nature trails in Queen Elizabeth National Park exist in Kyambura Gorge to trek chimpanzees and spot other different primates like baboons, white and black colobus monkeys, Mweya Peninsular to Kazinga channel, Ishasha River trail to Ishasha River Maramagambo Forest, Kalinzu Forest among others In Kalinzu Forest, nature lovers have hiking trails to explore and they offer an exceptional view of Lake Edward, Kazinga Channel, the Rwenzori Mountain ranges and also comes with great bird sightings.

Mount Elgon And Sipi Falls Treks

Set along in Eastern Uganda, the Sipi and Mount Elgon are iconic sites you should consider a must-visit for nature walks and mountaineering adventures. There are four hiking trails at Mountain Elgon National Park which include the Sasa Trail, Piswa Trail, Sipi Trail, and Suam Trail some trails go up to Wagagai Peak while others are at Sipi waterfalls. They take four to five days and help tourists with their physical fitness. The Sipi Falls is a peaceful and pretty spot and offers gentle walks in the surrounding hills. You can also take a day hike from the main waterfall to three smaller falls that are upstream. Both options will offer amazing waterfall views and sweeping valley landscapes.

Semliki National Park Nature Walks

The park features a diversity of nature trails perfect for bird watching, animal sightings especially crocodiles, and hippos especially as you walk along the River. Semliki using the Kirumia trail, walk to Sempaya Hot Springs using the Sempaya trail, and primate trail where you spot primates like red-tailed monkeys among others.

Nature walks are not only chances for tourists to get a close encounter with nature but are also exercises that boost your brain performance as a tourist, reduce stress and decrease your chances of getting heart disease. Nature walks shouldn’t miss on your travel itinerary.