It's easy to get caught up in the demands of everyday life that sometimes, it's quite hard to appreciate your loved ones. That's why planning your next family getaway up to the very last detail is essential.
Showing the wonders of Africa to your kids is one of the most wonderful things you can do as a parent. By embarking on a family safari adventure, you and your family can explore these premium safari destinations.
Why Plan an Adventure With Your Family in Uganda?
Uganda is one of the magical places on Earth to have a family vacation. Families of all ages can bond and make unforgettable memories together. Your little ones will be thrilled to see baby cubs and at the same time, watch elephants up close.
You will witness everyday occurrences like seeing giraffes and other carefree animals walking on the side of the road. Not to mention, breathtaking views of awe-inspiring sunrises and sunsets. Uganda is full of safari scenes that children over the years had come to love but can only see in movies and documentaries.
Also known as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda has national parks that are blessed with the abundance of wildlife and other outdoor water activities. It provides a vibrant setting where the whole family can connect and be at home with nature, witnessing how wild animals thrive in their natural habitat as well as being exposed to an entirely different culture.
Here is a helpful guide of the top destinations your family can visit during your family getaway in Uganda:
1. Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
Frequented by both local and international visitors, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre is an easy 45-minute drive from Kampala and walking distance to Entebbe town. It houses different wildlife species such as chimpanzees, elephants, lions, ostriches, snakes, and birds.
2. Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the most popular and scenic national parks in Uganda. Having access to Kanzinga channel, the wildlife that roams this area are usually composed of hippos, tree-climbing lions, different species of birds, crocodiles and the like.
The park offers a wide selection of accommodations and amenities. Family-friendly services are provided and even arrange special meals for toddlers. Not to mention, the whole family will enjoy exciting tour activities that would keep one entertained throughout the entire duration of their vacation.
Another fascinating activity the whole family can enjoy is chimpanzee tracking in Kyambura Gorge. Nature walks are also possible in the Maramagambo forest. If you want to soak in the African way of life, a cultural visit can be scheduled in the Katwe salt lake and Bunyaruguru villages.
You can also immerse yourselves in the Kikorongo cultural experience wherein you'll get to visit a community of local Kikorongo women. Here, you'll get an insight on of how they run their everyday lives, and might even acquire new life skills from them.
3. Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison has one of the biggest wildlife game reserves with plenty of wildlife and primates. Not to mention, a breathtaking falls along the Nile. The park also hosts a slew of tour activities such as game drives, chimpanzee trekking, bird watching, rhino viewing, top of the falls visits and boat cruises.
4. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Want to see the famed mountain gorillas in Uganda? Just like Rwanda and Congo, Uganda is home to the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. Take note that you have to secure your gorilla permits ahead of time so that you can experience tracking down a particular gorilla family.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a fantastic jungle setting that offers their guests life-changing wildlife encounters. One excursion is a gorilla safari tour wherein your family can go on the famous gorilla trekking in Uganda. Then, have the time of your life by meeting and interacting with these creatures in the thick forest jungle for approximately an hour.
5. Kidepo Valley National Park
This wildlife game reserve has different kinds of wildlife such as rhinos, leopards, elephants, and lions. Wildlife safari tours are available all year and guests can easily spot roaming wildlife creatures all day long.
Be exposed to the unique culture of the Karamajongs, an ethnic group who refused change and modernization. Over the years, it never lost its charm as the Karamajongs' culture gives a peak of how early Africans used to live. Your kids can also get to meet and play with the local children.
Uganda is one of the ideal locations if you're planning an African Safari getaway. Many of its family attractions are best visited during the dry season, usually from June to August or between December to February. Therefore, properly planning the trip saves you time, money and hassle. It also ensures that you and your loved ones will have the time of your lives.
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