Tag Archives: Uganda

The BEST safaris in Uganda: Where to go on a budget safari

One way to keep Uganda safari prices down is by camping and using cheap tour companies, like I did for this safari in Murchison Falls.

Uganda has the most diverse safari circuit in Africa. In a single day, you can wake up to lions feeding, see elephants and buffalo on a morning game drive, track chimpanzees in the afternoon, and stage yourself for a gorilla trek by dinnertime. The only limits are your time and budget. But unless you’re a […]

Camping in Uganda: Plan the PERFECT DIY camping safari

Camping in Uganda is an affordable way to see the country.

Waking up to exotic bird calls. Watching the sun rise over the forest where the last remaining mountain gorillas live. Having coffee or a beer with a picture-perfect view of the Nile River. Giggling nervously as a 3,000-pound hippo grazes less than one meter from you. These are just a few of the highlights of […]

Mbale to Nairobi bus: Travel from Uganda to Kenya via Tororo and Malaba

The Nairobi to Mbale bus is an easy way to travel between Uganda and Kenya.

Travel in East Africa is always an adventure. I’m talking about the literal travel part — getting from Point A to Point B when you don’t have a tour or private driver. On a recent trip to the region, I wanted to cross from Uganda to Kenya in the Mount Elgon region — but all […]

The PERFECT itinerary for Sipi Falls Uganda: Coffee, hiking and more

The distance from Kampala to Sipi Falls keeps many backpackers away, but it's worth the journey!

Sipi Falls Uganda may be the country’s prettiest town. It’s in the foothills of spectacular Mount Elgon. The landscape is impossibly green. Micro-scale coffee plantations and banana groves line the main road. And of course, it has the three namesake waterfalls — easily Uganda’s most impressive. For all its beauty, Sipi Falls sees very few […]

Nine INCREDIBLE Things to Do in Jinja, Uganda: The Source of the Nile

Main Street has clothing vendors relaxing in the shade.

Jinja, Uganda is one of the best cities to visit in Africa. It’s safe, low-key, and very mzungu (foreigner)-friendly. It has a stunning location amid the rolling hills on the banks of the legendary Nile River. Whether you want heart-pounding adrenaline activities or a relaxing day on the river, there are plenty of things to do […]

White water rafting in Uganda: Class V Rapids on the Nile in Jinja

Uganda may not be the first country that comes to mind when you think of adventure tourism. The Pearl of Africa is better known for its stunning landscapes, endangered mountain gorillas, and Big 5 wildlife. But the truth is, few activities will get your adrenaline pumping like white water rafting in Uganda. The stretch of […]

Red Chilli Murchison Falls Safari: An Honest Review

Red Chilli Camp Uganda is just a ten-minute walk from the boat launch point.

Murchison Falls National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa. It has four of the Big 5. It’s one of the only places in Uganda where you can see giraffes. And the landscapes and namesake waterfall are stunning. For backpackers visiting Uganda, Murchison Falls is also one of the more difficult national […]

Close encounters with white rhinos: Visiting Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Uganda

Yo can track white rhinos on foot at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda.

Picture this: You’re trekking through the East African savanna. Ducking under acacia branches, listening to the exotic bird calls while you try to keep up with your guide. You come to a clearing, and there — less than 50 meters away from you — is a 5,000 pound white rhino. He lifts his head and […]

3 Day Murchison Falls Safari: The best wildlife safari in Uganda

Lions in trees are a common sighting during a 3 day itinerary to Murchison Falls National Park.

Looking for the ideal place to go on safari in Uganda? Look no further than Murchison Falls National Park. This park is the best place to see Big 5 wildlife in the country. It has game drives, boat trips, hiking, chimpanzee tracking, and one of the best budget camps I’ve ever stayed at. A 3 […]

Chimpanzee Forest Guest House: The perfect base in Fort Portal, Uganda

The view from the balcony at Chimpanzee Forest Guest House.

I took the photo above on my 30th birthday. I’d had a long, rough day of hitchhiking, uncomfortable buses that took way longer than they should have, and the boda ride from hell in which my driver got lost literally on the wrong side of a mountain. I arrived in the Toro Crater Lakes region […]