Choosing to spend your honeymoon in Uganda at some of the most breathtaking sites the country has to offer is exceptional and unique. Uganda has stunning natural settings that will uplift your spirits and take the edge off wedding preparations. You and your partner need some alone time, away from the cacophony of the city, where the sounds of the birds and the untamed wind will only be audible. In Uganda, couples can see indigenous communities, go on walks with primates, take wild game drives, and much more. On your wedding anniversary, you can choose what to do and where to stay so that you will always remember your amazing time in Africa. Most honeymoon destinations in Uganda are, in particular, national wildlife areas. Among the Ugandan wildlife parks perfect for a honeymoon are Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and many more.
Gorilla Trekking On Honeymoon
Going gorilla trekking on your honeymoon in Africa is a wonderful experience and a popular destination for most people. You need to reserve your gorilla trekking permits so that your schedules coincide. The best places to undertake gorilla trekking in Uganda are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. A gorilla trekking permit currently costs $700 per trekker. You have to verify the gorilla permit’s availability beforehand, as they are offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Make reservations for lodging close to or inside the gorilla trekking territory to prevent having to travel far to get to the briefing. Additionally, make sure you have the necessary gorilla trekking gear because the jungle requires some unique clothes.
Chimpanzee Trekking On Honeymoon
Spending a honeymoon with chimpanzees, the closest living relatives of humans, is an amazing experience. Chimpanzees and humans are thought to behave similarly because they share 98% of our DNA. Chimpanzee trekking requires a permit for both of you, though the price varies according on the location. Kibale National Park permits for trekking with chimpanzees cost $200 per person; Kyambura Gorge permits cost $50; and Kaniyo Pabidi permits cost $20. Chimpanzees have been rescued from abusive circumstances like captivity and poaching by Ngamba Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
Boat cruise on Honeymoon in Uganda
Water and love are like peanut butter and jelly, since most bodies of water in Uganda are freshwater bodies that offer a cool breeze. For your honeymoon in Uganda, booking a sunset cruise with some refreshments on Lake Victoria—the country’s largest lake—is highly recommended. Engaging in activities such as cleaning fishnets at landing sites and enjoying the beaches and lush vegetation along the banks are available for couples on the banks. One of the honeymoon’s highlights is going to one of the two national parks, Queen Elizabeth or Murchison Falls. Both parks provide boat ride for the public as well as for guests. During a boat journey down the Nile to Murchison Falls, you will see a variety of water birds, huge Nile crocodiles, hippos in groups, and other riverine species that comes to the water to quench their thirst. At Murchison Falls, the spectacle is unparalleled as you watch the water of the Nile squeeze through the gorge’s six meters of width before exploding with a loud, booming sound. When you go on the boat ride on Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, you have a variety of unusual animals to spot. A number of crocodiles, hippos, lions, the herd of buffaloes and elephants that like bathing in the channel, and an abundance of other creatures are just a few of them. In the marshes by the banks, many birds feast, and a breathtaking view of the Rwenzori hills is there.
Game drive in National Parks on Honeymoon in Uganda
Many wild species of animals live in Uganda’s National Parks, where they are allowed to roam freely. Some may be exclusive to a particular national park, whereas others may be found in all of them. The rural regions of Uganda are home to several game parks. A handful of these are Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Murchison Falls National Park. In one of Uganda’s national parks, you might be able to see animals like lions, elephants, water bucks, leopards, giraffes, buffaloes, cheetahs, zebras, warthogs, and wild forest hogs, to mention a few, on an early morning or late evening game drive. If you spend the night in or near the game park, you will have plenty of opportunity to drive through the park and see the wild creatures as they emerge from or enter their hiding places or hangouts. Making an appropriate itinerary guarantees that your travel takes the correct path and does not go off course. Renting a private car also gives you the freedom and privacy to go anywhere you choose without bothering the other occupants.
Visiting Lake Bunyonyi on Honeymoon
It is amazing to spend your honeymoon in the Kabale area at the stunning Lake Bunyonyi. On the bottom of the rift valley, faulting produced Lake Bunyonyi, the second-deepest lake in Africa. The lake contains 29 islands, some of which include the notorious Punishment Island, Akampene Island, Bushara Island, Njuyeera Islands, and more. You may paddle to every one of these islands to enjoy their breathtaking beauty and features. On your honeymoon, you can enjoy a variety of activities like swimming in lakes, hiking, bird watching, lounging about, canoeing, nature walks, visiting local communities, and much more. By organizing and finalizing your itinerary, you may take advantage of all the interesting activities offered by Lake Bunyonyi. The word Bunyonyi means “little birds,” and the lake is often graced by a plethora of birds that hatch and feed in the surrounding forest and grassland.
Visiting Ssese Island on Honeymoon
On Ssese Island, you may enjoy peace and quiet while on your honeymoon. Situated in freshwater Lake Victoria, you may reach the island via ferry, boat, or private flight. Wonderful memories are evoked by the lake’s stunning water, cool breeze, and surrounding forest. It is safe to swim in and does not seem to contain bilharzia. A stroll in the forest is another way to spot many monkey species, such as vervet and black-and-white colobus monkeys, among many more. You can go spot fishing, but do not forget to pack your own bait and tackle. Savor the bond fire of the evening on the shores of the lake. Many places to stay on your honeymoon Victoria Forest Resort, Ssese Island Brovad Sand Lodge, and Ssese Island Beach Hotel.
Mountain hiking on Honeymoon in Uganda
Even though hiking is strenuous and frequently takes several days, you can test your fitness with a day excursion to mountains like Mountain Muhavura, Mountain Sabyinyo, and Mountain Gahinga in Uganda’s southwest. To reach the summit, you might not even need special tools, but you still need to be in very good physical shape. Take in the breathtaking views of the leaf cover while spending some peaceful, romantic time with your significant other. Another option is to attempt a climb of the Rwenzori Mountains, also referred to as the “mountains of the moon,” but success in this endeavor will require more than a week. You will need to prepare your muscles in advance for hiking by planning and practicing.
Bird watching in Uganda
If you love to birdwatch, Uganda is the perfect place to go on your honeymoon. Uganda is home to more than a thousand bird species, some of which are listed on the IUCN Red List. Uganda is home to the 24 species of Albertine endemics, mostly in the southwest. Among the birds, you may see are Shoe Bill, Fox Weaver, Rwenzori Turaco, Archer’s Robin-chat, Collared Apalis, Short-tailed Warbler, Rwenzori Batis, strange Weaver, and numerous others. When you put together the best birding spots and an itinerary that is the best, you may view a vast variety of birds in Uganda. Some of Uganda’s most popular birding spots are Mabamba Swamp, Bwindi Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lutembe Beach, Botanical Beach, and numerous other areas.
Visiting the Source of the Nile and White Water rafting
A honeymoon on the River Nile offers the chance to take in nature at its most unadulterated. Take in the soothing, never-ending sounds of the river flow. Take a break and experience the fierce tides of Itanda Falls while white water rafting. Experienced guides are ready to help you through the procedure, even if you have never gone white water rafting before. You can enjoy tubing or kayaking on the Nile with your lover. This is such a fantastic time to experience on your honeymoon. Visiting Jinja to witness the River Nile’s source is an incredible experience. Since the Nile is the world’s longest river, many people are interested in learning more about its possible origins. The Nile crosses five countries in Africa: Ethiopia, South Sudan, Sudan, Uganda, and the Nile delta in Egypt. Organizing Lodging in Jinja for your honeymoon, think about staying at Sailing Club Jinja, King Fisher’s Guesthouse, or White Waters Lodge.
What to bring on your Honeymoon in Uganda
- Garden gloves to protect your hands from any jagged or sharp things you may meet when sliding.
- Energy snacks to help boost your energy during game drives and gorilla treks.
- A camera for capturing the wonderful moments of your Ugandan honeymoon.
- A backup camera battery for use when the first one goes out.
- Wear rainproof clothing while going on a gorilla walk or during the rainy season in a game park to avoid getting too soaked.
- Wear warm clothing if you plan to go gorilla trekking in Uganda, as the southwest of the country becomes very chilly.
- A waterproof bag to carry your belongings and shield your camera’s lens from wetness.
- Tracking boots to protect your feet from any hard or wet ground you may walk on while in the woods.
- Sleeveless tops and shorts in case of any game drives scheduled.
- An insect repellent that will help protect your body skin from the insect stings out in the jungle.