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Top 5 Places To Visit For Day Hikes In Uganda

Top 5 Places to Visit for Day Hikes in Uganda

Few places in Africa can combine trekking through old tropical forest jungles with astounding mountain climbing through communities, villages, and cultivated mountain slopes meeting the local people while spotting rare bird species and photographing scenic landscapes of the surrounding.

Amazing how Uganda has many mountains and numerous hills which cater for all fitness levels; from less than an hour trail of Murchison falls national park to the highest peak on mountain Rwenzori. As long as you have a hiking spirit, there is something wonderful for you in Uganda.

In this post, we bring you the best places for short hiking tours in Uganda that you can feature on your next planned safari.

Mount Gahinga

Mount Gahinga is part of the chain of the Virunga Mountains studded in the Albertine rift at the border of Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC. Of the eight Virunga Mountains, Gahinga is the smallest and simplest to climb. Standing at 3,473m high, Gahinga can be climbed to the top in about 4 hours. Hiking up and coming back down takes 5-8 hours. Its trail passes through the afro-montane and bamboo vegetation of Mgahinga Gorilla national park. You therefore have a chance to spot some of the wildlife in the gorilla park.

Sipi falls hiking trails

The Sipi falls hiking trail is about 7kms long. The highlight for this hike is to get to the beautiful Sipi falls. These falls are located in eastern Uganda near Mt. Elgon. The terrain is quite steep, therefore you walk with sticks to support you while climbing. The trail takes you through plantations where you may come across the locals carrying on their farm activities. When you get to the top, you will enjoy showers of the Sipi falls. There is also an incredible point where tourists take unique photos of this attraction.

Sipi falls hiking tour can take half a day or almost full day.

Lake Mburo hiking trails

Lake Mburo national park is one of the smallest national parks in Uganda. It is located in western Uganda and is known to have a range of wildlife in large numbers especially zebras and antelopes. Lake Mburo national park is among the most beautiful places because of the numerous hills. Lake Mburo national park hills pull off short hike adventures alongside scenic views of the great lakes in the Uganda and the game in the park.

Kalinzu forest trails

Kalinzu forest is mostly known for chimpanzee tracking especially budget chimpanzee tours.  Situated close to Queen Elizabeth national park, Kalinzu is one of the most interesting places to add to your travel bucketlist on a safari to this park. Part of it sits on the rift valley escarpment and this gives it a platform for tourists to delight in the scenic views of Mt. Rwenzori, Lake Edward and Kazinga channel. The adventure offers an opportunity to explore the forest and to spot some of the forest residents; monkeys, forest elephants and various bird species.

Murchison falls national park hiking trails

Murchison falls national park has a number of hiking trails but in this post, we highlight the trail to the top of the falls. Tourists reach the starting point of this trail by the boat cruise to the bottom of the falls, which is one of the major things to do in the park. A Murchison falls safari is adventurous with beautiful views of the River Nile and leading trekkers to the top of the falls where hikers are welcomed by the thunderous and heavy sounds of the falls.

As you plan for your hiking safari in Uganda, be informed that it is an experience of hiking through stunning scenery throughout. Therefore, prepare your camera and strong battery that will allow you capture every spotted scene. For more information about mountain climbing in Uganda, contact us through or call us directly on +256-700135510/ +256-414699459

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