A Uganda safari around the tourism-rich Kasese area is one of the most rewarding in terms of wildlife, adventure and cultural experiences. The area is popularly known for its outstanding attractions including several national parks which are full of amazing wildlife and adventure experiences, cultural and historical experiences. These include a visit to the amazing Bakonzo and Bamba communities as well as other cultural sites.
What to do and see on a Uganda Safari around Kasese
Visit the Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Rwenzori Mountains National Park, which is declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site, is famous for its rich biodiversity. Vast densely forested landscapes, cascading waterfalls, pristine lakes and mountain peaks reaching for the sky are the true identity of this National Park. This site is home to more than 70 mammal species, around 200 bird species, and 15 butterfly species. It includes chimpanzee, colobus, mountain monkeys, forest elephants, and duiker. It is a paradise for experienced hikers. There are treks that can last for as long as fifteen days. Numerous camping sites and huts are scattered across the Park which is beneficial for trekkers. Amateur hikers can also explore the woods by taking moderately easy trails. When you visit this forested area, you will find yourself in the heart of nature.
Visit Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular savanna park in Uganda and the second largest after Murchison and has the highest concentration of birds with a total of over 600 bird’s species, over 95 mammals, the best place to see lions including the Tree Climbing lions making it the perfect destination for a Uganda Wildlife Safari. It prides in a great diversity of habitats that include: Lake Gorge and Edward, savannah grasslands, forests and wetlands that serve as home to the biggest variety of large mammals in the country.
Boat Cruise along Kazinga Channel
Kazinga channel is a wide and long natural channel of 32km that links two fresh water bodies Lake George and Lake Edward. It is the dominant attraction in the whole Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kazinga channel has two parts, North Kazinga and Kasenyi Plains. Both parts of Kazinga channel are very cool points for viewing game.
For primates lovers, if you’re on trip to Kasese there are quite number of areas where you can go for chimp tracking opportunities I.e. Kyambura gorge, Kibale forest national park and mount Rwenzori National park, these will not only give you chimpanzees only but also have a glance at other primates species like the red tailed monkeys, and vervet monkey with other more species.
Game drives at Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park offers an exciting opportunity to visitors while on track, here you will be able to see the pride of lions, elephants and buffaloes more especially in the park and these can be obviously found along the Kasenyi plains.
Visit to Katwe salt lake and Lake Kinyamunuka
While on a safari to Kasese you should be able to visit Katwe salt lake and observe the traditional methods of salt extraction after just few metres you will find the lake Kinyamunuka which is famous for flamingoes and this would be exciting for avian lovers.
In conclusion, Kasese has a lot of attractions at hand to travellers who are interested in cultural tourism, here you will be able to identify mostly the Katwe Kabatooro communities how they have managed to promote sustainable tourism in the area and other various forms of tourism which are carried out specifically in the Rwenzori region.
Take part in the Rwenzori Marathon
Lucky travellers can catch up with the newly introduced Rwenzori Marathon which offers a massive opportunity to view the area’s beauty from a much closer distance. The new marathon allows participants to traverse through the area along the foothills of the stunning Rwenzori mountain. While on the run, participants have clear views of some of the most iconic tourist attractions of the area. These include among others Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kazinga Channel which connects Lake George and Lake Edward, the snow capped peaks of the Rwenzori, Katwe salt lake, and Kilembe mines. Those who don’t fancy running can opt for the cycling competition which is also part of the marathon and ride through these outstanding attractions.