Things to do
1. Visit to the Queen Elizabeth National Park & Rwenzori Fall;
Queen Elizabeth National Park was founded in 1952 and is home to over 95 mammal species and over 600 bird species. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park offers a classic African safari experience, the North Kazinga plain, the tracks through Kasenyi and the Ishasha sector offer virtually guaranteed, along with warthogs, buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings and baboons. The most successful experienced guide could be in the early morning or at dusk, to track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard.
2. Leopard Village;
Located near the village of Muhokya, Leopard village sits on 3 acres on the northern sector of Queen Elizabeth national park. Leopard village is a community run, a development initiative that promotes cultural and wildlife conservation through ecotourism.
Visitors can tour replicas of the traditional huts of the Bakonzo, Banyabindi and Basongora ethnic groups living next to the park, watch traditional song and dance performances, and purchase handicrafts made by local communities.
3. Kikorongo Women Community;
African ArtCraft workshops teach guests how to weave local baskets and bowls using natural fibers available. Also learn how to recycle magazines into colorful paper beads, which can be made into unique necklaces. Beautiful items made by this women's group, such as baskets, bowls, purses and woven belts, are available for purchase at a reasonable cost.
4. Lake Katwe;
The unusual lake is far too salty to support much wildlife – though it has ensured the survival of the Katwe villagers. Walk the network of paths that cross-cross the lake and harvesting salt from its milky waters.
Tour around Katwe salt lake gives a unique insight into the fascinating yet tough process of salt mining, as well as providing an alternative income for Katwe people. Don't forget to pass the nearby bird sanctuary lake, home to thousands of birds, including flamingoes available from October to May.
5. Agro-Tour Walk;
Take a walk through the sweeping Kichwamba escarpment that makes up the eastern wall of the Western rift valley. A 2-3 hour trail begins from rural Kataara village with a hike through the farms of the escarpment in the cool morning or early evening. Our expert local guide will point out beautiful bird species, exotic and medicinal plants and sites of cultural importance, as well as explaining local farming methods in the area.
Learn about the enduring challenge of human-animal conflicts in the area, and tour the beehives that are used to divert destructive elephants away from community crops on the park border.
6. Launch Trips in Queen Elizabeth National Park;
Cruise on the Kazinga channel which is just meters from hundreds of enormous hippos and buffalo while elephants linger on the shoreline. About 60 bird species can be spotted during the trip. Carrying up to 40 passengers, the boats guarantee a seat with a view. Launch trips last two hours and run three or four times a day. They can be booked through our hotel or tour company. For more information about timetables, fees and booking, contact us
7. Rwenzori Mountains National Park;
Famously known as Mountains of the Moon, lie in western Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border. Snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist mountain forest.
The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species including 19 Albertine Rift endemics, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation. Mountain Rwenzori is a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination.
Bakonzo villages - nature walks, homestead visits home cultural performances including home-cooked local cuisine are also available.
You can book all your Safari activities through Shumuk Tours and Travel
Shumuk Tours and Travel Limited is a sister company to Springs International Hotel and is a full service agency providing expert travel advice for business and leisure travellers located in Kampala, Uganda. We cater for individual, family, and group travel for leisure and personal interest. We offer a variety of tour and safari activities in Uganda and the wider East African region and worldwide airline ticketing and route planning. The company has been in existence for 14 years. Its core staff members offer a collective experience in the Tourism Sector. We represent all the local hotels, lodges and National Parks found in Uganda and many in neighboring countries like Sarova Hotels, Emeral hotel-Kampala,Pinewood village, and Planet safaris in East Africa.