8. places with small number of tourists in Uganda

8. places with small number of tourists in Uganda

Uganda called the "Pearl of Africa" has many beautiful tourist destinations worth recommending, most of which can be found in guidebooks. Therefore, below we have prepared a list of 8 places that are beautiful but with no many number of tourists.

1. Rafting on a traditional canoe boat through Mutanda Lake in southwestern Uganda

Canoe is a traditional rowing boat, light, quiet and fast. Sailing along the Mutanda lake, you can admire the eight volcanic peaks of Virunga, which picturesquely reflect on the surface of the lake. The trip is worth combining with a trip to Kisoro and a trip to Gorilla Highlands and staying at Chameleon Hill.

View from Chameleon Hill Hotel/ www.chameleonhill.com

View from Chameleon Hill Hotel / www.chameleonhill.com

2. Do you fancy a cuppa cha? Stop at the Igara tea factory

Between the Queen Elizabeth National Park and Mbarara there are several tourist points worth seeing. One of them is the cafe at the Igara tea factory, where you can buy fresh tea grown in this region and take it with you on a journey or drink it in a cozy cafe.

Green tea plantations near the Igara factory / www.muzungubloguganda.com

Green tea plantations near the Igara factory / www.muzungubloguganda.com

3. Fly over the forest of Mabira

Mabira Forest Canopy Super Skyway is a network of 5 ropes at a height of over 40 meters, which extend to 250 meters across the Musamya River. The journey takes place at the belaying of experienced Sky Captains who, using special harnesses, clip the tourist to the rope. A man rushes among the tallest trees in the rainforest. It is worth stopping at the Griffin Falls Eco Campsite in Mabirze on this day, where you can see Red Tailed Monkeys and shy Gray Cheeked Mangabeys who do not like being exposed to tourists.

Mabira Forest Zip-line (Super Skyway) / http://www.ecotoursuganda.com

Mabira Forest Zip-line (Super Skyway) / http://www.ecotoursuganda.com

4. Bihar Hill - a monument commemorating the Solar Eclipse (Biharwe Eclipse), Mbarara

The Biharwe Eclipse monument in Mbarara was erected on the Biharwe Hill to commemorate the "Biharwe eclipse" dated by astronomers and historians for the year 1520 AD. The three pillars of this monument represent three kings of that time: Nakibinge from Buganda, Olimi I Rwitamahang from Bunyoro and Ntare I Nyabugarobwera from Nkola. According to the legend of Olimi I Rwitamahang, Kalimbi Rukidi was the 5th Omukama (king) of the Babito dynasty and the most war ruler of Bunyoro in the 16th century, who invaded Buganda, Nkole, Mpororo and Rwanda and deprived the inhabitants of these kingdoms of cattle. The region suffered a severe famine called Eijuga Nyonza and wild berries were passed on as a statue for the brides.

On the way back Olimi, when the invaders arrived in Biharwe, and after hovering people from Rwanda and Mpororo and taking them cattle in the sky appeared a total eclipse of the sun. The eclipse provoked fear in the soldiers, forcing the king and his warriors to flee, leaving behind all the cattle behind them. According to legend, cows abandoned in Biharwe were named by the people "Empenda ya Munoni" and "Enduga Mwiguru" (Cows that came from heaven).

Eclipse Monument on the Biharwe Hills, 1520 AD / http://www.igongo.co.ug

Eclipse Monument on the Biharwe Hills, 1520 AD / http://www.igongo.co.ug

5. Trekking through the rainforest in the Bwindi National Park combined with a visit to the Mountain Gorillas in their natural surroundings

Bwindi is the last bastion of Mountain Gorillas. You can go on an expedition both from Uganda and Rwanda. You can only visit the Bwindi National Park with a guide and after getting a pass. Visiting the Park lasts a whole day, so it is worth to book a room in one of the hotels that are located on the outskirts of the park, as well as prepare well for a long walk and take comfortable shoes and rain-proof, breathable clothing.

Mountain Gorilla / www.bwindiforestnationalpark.com

Mountain Gorilla / www.bwindiforestnationalpark.com

6. Sanctuary of chimpanzees on the island of Ngamba - home for 49 orphaned chimpanzees

Surrounded by the calm waters of Lake Victoria, the chimpanzee sanctuary on the island of Ngamba is home to 49 orphaned chimpanzees rescued from all of East Africa. Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (Chimpanzee Trust) is a non-governmental organization that is responsible for both protecting the island, caring for chimpanzees and educating the community, working closely with the Ugandan government and representatives of the Wilderness Authority. In the Sanctuary you can spend one day, but also stay overnight, which is a unique opportunity to carefully observe these fascinating great monkeys in a unique environment.

Chimpanzees at the Sanctuary on the Ngamba Island  www.ngambaisland.org

Chimpanzees at the Sanctuary on the Ngamba Island
www.ngambaisland.org

7. Nakayima - "haunted" - Tree in Mubende

Nakayima Tree is located on the top of Mubende Hill, which is located on the Kampala - Fort highway, about 3.8 km from Mubende and 181 km from Kampala. Legend has it that it was planted 650 years ago by Nakayima, wife of Ndahura (local ruler of Bacwezi). It is from this tree that the locals get herbs, they ask for the blessing of the gods and they give them their problems.

Nakayima Tree is by far the most famous attraction on Mubende Hill and the inhabitants believe that it has the spirit of Ndahura ("God of small pox") and that is why it was able to survive 650 years. They also claim that Nakayima was not just a tree guardian, but also a medium through which the spirit of Ndahura spoke to the community. Legend has it that Nakayima was able to heal herself from smallpox, which for a few days ravaged her body, until the spirit of Ndahura left him. It was also believed that the princess had mystical powers through which she could restore the health of smallpox victims by treating them with herbs collected from the tree.

Nakayima Tree / www.mubende.go.ug

Nakayima Tree / www.mubende.go.ug

8. The smallest church in the world located on the Biku Hill hill in Nebbi Town

The church on Biku Hill was discovered by two United Nations employees during an official mission. Entering the top of the Biku hill, Hil Solomon Olena and his friend Miburu, along with their friend Godfred, came across a magnificent church. In 1996, he was founded by the retired archbishop of the Uganda Church, His Majesty Henry Luke Orombi in collaboration with a Korean pastor known as Pastor Song.

The church was built with the mission of helping Christians to achieve a special, even mystical, interaction with God. A magnificent but small building is made of stones, its height and width is 2.5 meters. Only three people will enter.

The smallest church in the world - Biku Hill in Nebbi Town, Uganda / www.face2faceafrica.com.

The smallest church in the world - Biku Hill in Nebbi Town, Uganda / www.face2faceafrica.com.

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