Lake Katwe Explosion Crater Lake
Lake Katwe Explosion Crater Lake

Last updated on June 22nd, 2020 at 08:21 pm

Uganda is one of the leading Tourist  Attraction magnet in East Africa. Tourist attractions in Uganda are a goldmine to this Incredible Landlocked country. It Boasts of the Gorilla Trekking at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains and many other known attractions. However, there are hidden gems in Uganda which I have sampled here for you next time you are visiting Uganda.

1.) Sipi falls

Sipi Falls, Tourist attraction in Uganda
Sipi Falls, Tourist attractions in Uganda

Sipi Falls is a Tourist Attraction in Uganda, it is a series of three waterfalls in Eastern Uganda in the district of Kapchorwa, northeast of Sironko and Mbale. The waterfalls lie on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border. The Sipi Falls area is the starting point for many hikes up Mt. Elgon.

These three Hidden gems of Uganda, waterfalls offer spectacular views no matter how you look at them, whether you hike to the top or the bottom. Nearby, you can also check out the coffee farms, explore caves or enjoy a nature walk.

2.) Amabere Caves

Amabere Caves
Amabere Caves

The Amabere Caves Tourist Attractions in Uganda (Nyakasura Caves) is located at Nyakasura Falls, about 9km from Fort Portal town.

Well, this is not much of a cave, there is a story behind it, the name Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru translates as “Breasts of Nyinamwiru” with Nyinamwiru being the daughter of a local king who reportedly had her breasts cut off to make her less attractive to men.

This rather drastic plan failed and the king, Bukuku of Toro then hid her in the cave. However, with her allure still strong, she became pregnant to the Batembuzi King Isaza and later gave birth to their son, Ndahura.

Unable to breastfeed the infant herself she used what looked like milk dripping from the stalactites, which appeared milky because of its calcium content. Ndahura went onto fulfilling a prophecy that he would become king and take over Bukuku’s throne, a throne that was rightfully Isaza’s. Ndahura went on to form one of the great empires of the Great Lakes area of Africa.

The Activities

Overnight Excursion: Enjoy flexibility and personalized services of small group guided tour with unforgettable wildlife encounters, cultural interactions and overnight in their luxurious tented accommodation.

Fishing: If you love to fish, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to catch a Nile Perch on this iconic lake.

3.) The Ssese Islands

The Ssese Islands
The Ssese Islands

The Ssese Islands are probably Uganda’s best-kept secret. These Attractions in Uganda are a corner of paradise surrounded by inland water.

These hidden gems are located on Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world, which is shared by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. They are a beach paradise, even if there is no sea or ocean.

These islands total 84 and this collection of islands has sandy beaches and palm trees, exotic plants, flowers and trees and of course friendly people. Ugandans are always friendly. These islands are the perfect vacation spot for a short vacation. Add Uganda’s perfect year-round weather to the equation of beautiful sandy beaches and you have paradise. The islands are located in the northwest corner of Lake Victoria.

4.) Lake Mutanda

A couple enjoying an amazing view at Lake Mutanda
A couple enjoying an amazing view at Lake Mutanda

The lake is located in Kisoro District in southwestern Uganda, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) north of the town of Kisoro, where the district headquarters are located. Embedded in the foothills of the Virunga Mountains at 1,800 meters. Three of the region’s volcanoes are partially located in Uganda, namely Muhabura Mountain, Sabinyo Mountain and Gahinga Mountain, and can be seen from Lake Mutanda. The area surrounding the lake and surrounding land islands include lakeside forests and wetlands that offer refuge to endangered mountain gorillas.

In addition to the mountain gorillas and golden monkeys, a Tourist Attractions in Uganda in the nearby Mgahinga National Park, the area around the lake is home to a variety of animal and plant species that are unique in this region. Bird species include kingfishers, dragons, ibis and Uganda’s national bird, the crane.

5.) Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Rhino at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Rhino at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Presently the sanctuary is home to twenty-two (30) southern white rhinos, expected to give birth to 3 in 2020. The sanctuary has become increasingly popular with tourists; for Rhino Trekking, Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride, Bird Watching, Night Walk, Nature Walk and Relaxation.

Recommended entering the area of ​​the southern white rhinos on foot. There are well-trained rangers guide you through the bush to the site of the rhinos on the day of your visit.

You have the opportunity to observe these greatly endangered species in their natural habitat. Since these rhinos can move freely on 7,000 hectares of land, it is often necessary to go to the areas where the rhinos are located before walking in the bush. This trip is carried out in your vehicle. However, you can rent one of the Rhino Fund Uganda vehicles and a driver.

6.) Lake Bunyonyi (Tourist Attraction in Uganda)

Lake Bunyonyi, one of the Tourist Attraction in Uganda (Hidden Gems in Uganda)
Lake Bunyonyi, one of the Tourist Attraction in Uganda (Hidden Gems in Uganda)

Lake Bunyonyi ought to be considered one of the natural wonders of the world.

Believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa, Lake Bunyonyione of the hidden attractions in Uganda is a body of water in southwestern Uganda near the Rwandan border, and one of the country’s top natural treasures. And, at 1,962m above sea level, the lake enjoys moderate temperatures year-round, cool in both the mornings and evenings. Most visitors make it an R&R stop after gorilla trekking in nearby Tourist Attraction in Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills that reach a height of 2,200-2,478m, but it’s the 29 islands of various shapes and sizes scattered across the water that make it most magical and considered one of the hidden gems in Uganda.

7.) Mengo Palance 

Mengo Palance 
Mengo Palance

Mengo balance is not one of the hidden gems in Uganda per se but it is not getting the attention it deserves. Built-in 1922, this small palace is the former home of the king of Buganda, though it has remained empty since 1966 when Prime Minister Milton Obote ordered a dramatic attack to oust Kabaka Mutesa II, then president of Uganda. Led by the forces of Idi Amin, soldiers stormed the palace and, after several days of fighting, Mutesa was forced into exile. The building’s interior cannot be visited, but the notorious underground prison here is open to tours.

8.) Lake Katwe (Tourist Attraction in Uganda)

Lake Katwe Explosion Crater Lake (one of the hidden gems in Uganda)
Lake Katwe Explosion Crater Lake (one of the hidden gems in Uganda)

Lake Katwe is known for its significant salt production in Kasese in the southwestern part of Uganda, which is bordered by the Queen Elizabeth National Park

Lake Katwe is a common lake one of the hidden attractions in Uganda, from which salt is extracted, which was created almost 10,000 years ago by an old volcanic eruption. The neighbouring community extracts rock salt directly from this lake to the landing site, where it is dried and then sold. A trip to this Katwe lake offers the opportunity to learn more about the capabilities of saltwater and to talk directly to salt miners about their experience in salt extraction. This mine has existed since the 16th century and miners are up to date with traditional salt extraction methods.

9.) Nyero Rock Painting

Nyero Rock Painting
Nyero Rock Painting

Uganda’s oldest rock art consists of six panels of prehistoric art, including many geometric and abstract patterns. It is estimated that rock art was painted 3,000 to 12,000 years ago in six shelters under granite rocks with red and black pigment. Researchers believe that they may have been created by the Karamojong tribe, semi-nomadic animal breeders from this region of Uganda. Visitors need to hike to see most of the paintings, explore beautiful landscapes and strange rock formations along the way, and people who live the local way of life.

10.) Kasubi Tombs (Tourist Attraction in Uganda)

Kasubi Tombs, One of the tourist attraction in Uganda
Kasubi Tombs, One of the tourist attraction in Uganda

The tombs are located on Kasubi Hill in Kampala, Uganda and are an active religious site in the Kingdom of Buganda, the largest of the traditional kingdoms of Uganda today.

For the millions of Baganda, the Kabaka or “king” of the Buganda people is the undisputed symbol of the spiritual, political and social condition of the Buganda kingdom.

As the tomb of the previous four Kabakas, the Kasubi tombs are therefore a place where the Kabaka and other members of the complex Buganda cultural hierarchy often perform important centuries-old Ganda rituals.

In 2010, the complex was hit by a devastating disaster. The mausoleum and the largest thatched hut in the world were destroyed by fire on March 16, 2010, at around 8:30 p.m. local time. The cause of the fire was never known. Fortunately, not all structures were destroyed.

Restoration efforts supported by the Japanese government began in 2014. As such, it is still an active spiritual site and is always open to tourists.

11.) Lake Mburo

Lake Mburo National Park (Hidden Gem in Uganda)
Lake Mburo National Park (Hidden Gem in Uganda)

Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest national savanna park in Uganda. The park is embedded in the local tribal areas of Banyankole Bahima. Lake Mburo National Park is full of wildlife with over 350 species of birds and large animals such as zebras, warthogs, giraffes, hippos, impalas, buffalos and elephants elusive.

The park works closely with the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) in the area of ​​nature conservation. This collaboration focused on reintroducing lions, baboons, moose, and other wildlife that have been destroyed by political unrest in recent decades.

12.)  The Mabira Forest (Tourist Attraction in Uganda)

The Mabira Forest, (one of the hidden gems in Uganda)
The Mabira Forest, (one of the hidden gems in Uganda)

The Mabira Forest is a rainforest area covering about 300 square kilometres in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. It has been protected as Mabira Forest Reserve since 1932.

Located 56 kilometres east of the capital on the Kampala-Jinja highway, Mabira is an attraction for both local and international tourists who wish to enjoy nature walks, bird watching and see the butterflies. The forest is home to several endangered species, some trees are used for herbal medicine and concoctions believed to have powers to make warriors invincible (think Maji Maji rebellion). Others are used to restore fertility, and others as aphrodisiacs.

13.) Kasenda Crater Lakes. (Tourist Attraction in Uganda)

Kasenda Crater Lakes (One of the Hidden gems in Uganda)
Kasenda Crater Lakes (One of the Hidden gems in Uganda)

Kasenda Crater is made up of three Lakes, namely, Lake Nkuruba, Lake Nyinambuga and Lake Kifuruka. These Lakes were formed in the ancient volcanic activity in Uganda about 8 to 10000 years ago which left behind several scenic crater lakes most which include the Kibale-Ndali-Kasenda Crater Lakes. These Craters are among the few extinct volcanic features whose volcanic gases are said to have covered about 10 kilometres beneath. The Lakes feature a sulphuric smell and are characterized by green toxic water which means that you shouldn’t try jumping into any Crater Lake’s water prior finding out if it is safer for one to swim in it.

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