Nature Walks In Uganda
Nature walks are such a breathtaking adventure that can be added onto your Uganda Safari or African Safari at large. For nature walks, the tourists have the opportunity to explore the wilderness and wildlife by going deep into the forests and savannah grasslands on foot. Trained guides have to be part of each and every nature walk in the national parks or wild game reserves or communities neighboring the parks. Most times the communities have trained guides from within. The role of these guides is to defend and protect the ecosystem on which the tourist activities depend and by doing so, they happen to improve their livelihoods.
As national parks authorities look forward to fighting poaching and other illegal activities, they tend to encourage the communities around the different national parks to take part in the tourist activities by providing trained guides. These guides must be trained to acquire knowledge on different aspects of wildlife, plants and birds. This training makes them become very familiar with the behavior of animals like the chimpanzees and gorillas in case encountered on a nature walk. However tails have been created and routes are made where there is no danger of encountering predators.
Nature Trails in Uganda
Hit the trails off of the beaten track, explore and discover the undiscovered virgin lands with a lot of amazing history, wildlife, plant life and amazing cultures and livelihoods of different people. Nature walks can be supplemented on to safari according to your taste and preference and intended time of travel. Below are some of the nature walk trials that one can enjoy on the visit to the different travel destinations including:
The Baker Trail
The Baker Trail can be enjoyed in and outside of Murchison Falls Park and further north around Gulu including Fort Patiko and in the south in the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve along Lake Albert.
Mount Morungole Climb
The hiking trail up Mount Morungole takes you on visit the Ik people i in the remote region of Karamoja just outside Kidepo Valley Park and it lasts upto 8 hours hike to the remote Ik People Villages.
Nature Walks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This forest offers superb hiking opportunities within the park itself where you will walk through the park with opportunities of viewing the mountain gorillas, many bird species,various plant species and many more
The most popular Trail is the hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and beyond to Lake Mutanda and Kisoro.
Hitting the trails with the Batwa Pygmy Tribe:
The Batwa People were the original people who lived in Bwindi forest i in harmony with their environment as hunters and gatherers but were evicted leaving them without land and at lose of their cultural values.
Nature walks in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth Park has various hiking trails inside of the park including Kyambura Gorge, Maramagambo Forest, the Mweya Peninsula where you can go onto the Banded Mongoose Research hike and the Ishasha River hiking trail, Kalinzu Forest and in Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest – where you have some great Crater Lake Trails.
Nature walks in Kibale Forest
Kibale Forest offers different hiking trials in and around Kibale Forest it including the top of the world hike, the Amabere Cave, crater lake walk, Bigodi Wetlands Swamp Hike with various birds, primates, small mammals, hundreds of butterflies that you will see along the trail.
Walks on the Rwenzori Mountains Foothill
Rwenzori Mountains have a landscape that boasts extraordinary views of alpine valleys, diverse flora in the forests and valleys, high altitude ice glaciers, and even elephant sightings which can be enjoyed along the trials.
Walks in Semliki Valley
There are numerous Nature Trails that are guided, depending on your preferences as to want to do and see such as hippos, crocodiles, birds, monkeys, primates, elephants alongside the two Hot Springs
Walks in Lake Mburo National Park
This national park is also open to the walkers as well as they are followed by the ranger guide. to the salt lick where you will find many animals that are attracted to the salty rocks. The hikes through the woodland give you a chance to see the forest birds and mammals and the walk to the top of the hill will reward you with the spectacular view of 9 of the region’s 14 lakes.
Walks in Mabira Forest
Nature Walks here can be done at any fitness level including children on a family safari, through adventurous treks into the gentle meandering stroll through our well-maintained trails.
Other nature walk trials include
- Mount Elgon – Sipi Falls:
- Kibiro Salt Garden
- Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve
What to carry for a perfect Hiking experience
If you are interested in Nature walks in Uganda or hiking below is what you should carry to experience the best Hiking Adventure;
- Hiking/ Trekking Boots
- Rain Jacket
- Bottled Water and Snacks
- Long Sleeved Shirts/ T-shirts
- Long Pants or safari pants
Best time to go for Nature walks or a Hiking Safari
Travelers that love hiking can come to Uganda at any time of the year. However the months of mid-December to early February, June to September are the best times of the year to go hiking in Uganda. This is so because they are the months of short rain and dry season and the trails are drier and navigable. Therefore travelers that love mountaineering should visit Uganda during this period to enjoy the best experiences.