Camping In Uganda
Camping in Uganda is one of the unique outdoor experiences offering you a great opportunity to interact closely with nature. Immerse yourself in the wild, enjoy the whispers of the wild, and have the best time with your friends and family. You can hire camping gear or come along with yours, and alternatively, rent a rooftop tent car in Uganda and camp like a king.
Different types of camping in Uganda
Tent camping is a common form of outdoor camping in Uganda. With tent camping, guests pitch a tent/camper’s tent in a designated campsite for one day/many nights. It comes in different forms including primitive camping, forest and beach camping. The best places to visit for forest camping include Kibale National Park in the Kabarole district, Western Uganda.
A forest camping tour in Kibale allows you to enjoy the sight of the park’s diverse primates. Over 13 primate species live in Kibale Forest, and they include more than 1500 chimpanzees, baboons, red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, pottos, bush babies, red-tailed monkeys, etc. The huge profusion of primates shares the same habitat with over 375 bird species, and they include the green-breasted pitta.
Beach camping is ideal along the Lakeside for instance Lake Victoria, the Source of the Nile River in Jinja, and others. This is perfectly done at Tongolo Resort Beach which offers excellent views of the center point where the Source of the Nile River and Lake Victoria meet. A variety of other fun outdoor experiences can also be done while on a camping tour in Jinja and they include quad biking, sunbathing, beach volleyball, birding, whitewater rafting, and more.
Uganda is one of East Africa’s most preferred destinations when it comes to wild camping experiences. This is done in the outstanding wilderness/national parks. The must-visit Uganda safari parks for wild camping in the pearl of Africa include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Semuliki National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mt. Elgon National Park and others. Wild camping comes with excellent views of wildlife.
For canoe adventure seekers, no better place is worth visiting than Uganda. Sail and experience Uganda’s waterbodies such as Lake Bunyonyi located in Kabale, Southwestern Uganda, Lake Mutanda in Kisoro district and others.
This is one of the intense camping experiences awaiting you on the Uganda camping tour this coming holiday. It requires you to have some technical experience on how to navigate around without using maps. The ideal places for bushcraft camping include Mount Elgon National Park, Kibale, and Semuliki National Park.
Backpack & hiking camping
Backpack and hiking camping are slightly different from other forms of camping in Uganda. On a backpack and hiking, guests often don’t spend more nights camping in a specific location. They hike and set a camp in a new location and it is more adventurous since it involves trekking through the tough terrains depending on the destination. The best places to visit for backpacking and hiking camping include Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth NP, and Lake Bunyonyi.
Uganda’s best campsites
- Camping on the top of the world viewpoint in Kabarole district, overviewing the Craters and Fort Portal.
- Bush camping experience at the Uganda Wildlife Authority special campsite located along the Nile Delta close to Paraa -Murchison Falls National Park.
- Camping facilities at Enjojo Lodge, located in the Ishasha sector in the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
- Nagusokopire campsite in Kidepo Valley National Park.
- Buhoma community rest camp in Bwindi
- Camp at Chimpanzee Guesthouse & Rweteera Safari Park -Kibale National Park
What to carry on a camping tour in Uganda
For a successful camping expedition in Uganda, you need insect repellents, a camp tent, inflatable pillows, sleeping bags, a first aid box, a torch, a mirror, a whistle, waterproof matches, sunscreen, a hammock, a power bank, a compass, backpack, bottled water, food container, cutleries and more.