Unmissable Attractions in Uganda

Zebras sighted during a game drive, Uganda
Zebras sighted during a game drive, Uganda | © Olive Nakiyemba

Culture Trip Writer

From mountains to national parks, hot springs, crater lakes, and everything in between, we’ve rounded up 20 attractions you should definitely check out while in Uganda.

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Rwenzori Mountains

The scenic Rwenzori Mountains

This beautiful snow-capped range of mountains is mountaineering destination. Its unique flora gives travelers a semblance of a fairy tale hiking scene.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

A baby gorilla at Bwindi Impenetrable

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to over 400 mountain gorillas, the highest population in the world, making it a bucket list item for a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla tracking experience.

Kampala City

Ugandan boda boda driver

Kampala is also known as East Africa’s nightlife capital.


The Kabaka’s Palace

This is the Kabaka, the King of Buganda‘s palace. Built in 1885, the Twekobe is a symbol of Buganda Kingdom’s past power and glory.

Kidepo Valley National Park

Elephants on a stroll in Kidepo National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park is Uganda’s most remote national park located in the semi-arid valleys bordering Sudan and Kenya. Go off the beaten track and discover the best of Africa’s wilderness.

Baha’i Temple

Bahá’í Temple in Kampala, Uganda

Africa’s only Baha’i Temple, also known as the Mashri’qul-Adhkar and Mother Temple of Africa has attracted the Baha’i community and nonbelievers from all over the world.

Lake Victoria

Serenity at Lake Victoria

The perfect place for those that find serenity in looking at the water, enjoy boat cruises and fishing excursions, and want to catch the sun drown into the vast water body.

Gaddafi National Mosque

Gaddafi Mosque, Kampala, Uganda

Gaddafi National Mosque is the biggest mosque in Uganda. Take in Kampala in a 360-degree view from the mosque’s skyscraper tower.

Fort Patiko

The rocks at Fort Patiko

Fort Patiko is in a place that was initially a slave trade center established by the Arabs to sell slaves to Iran, Iraq, and Kuwait, among others.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Tourists in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park, boasts of a high biodiversity rate, and has stunning landscapes, fauna, and flora. This is bound to give you a safari of your lifetime!

Namirembe Cathedral

Namirembe Cathedral

Namirembe Cathedral is an impressive, domed Anglican cathedral that is also known as St. Paul’s Cathedral. It’s the oldest cathedral in Uganda.

Mount Elgon National Park

Mt. Elgon boasts of the largest volcanic base in the world

Mount Elgon has the largest caldera in the world, resulting in some of the most unique vegetation you will ever see on a hike.

River Nile

Down into the Nile

The River Nile established Jinja into East Africa’s adventure with activities such as white water rafting, bungee jumping, tubing, sunset cruises and so much more.

Rubaga Cathedral

Rubaga Cathedral

Rubaga Cathedral, also known as St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Cathedral Rubaga, is a twin-towered Roman Catholic cathedral perched on one of the seven hills of Kampala.

Kasubi Tombs

Kasubi Tombs

Kasubi Tombs is the burial site of four of Buganda’s past Kabakas. Make a stop here to learn the rich history of this great Kingdom.

Semuliki National Park

A traveler enjoying the steamy hot springs

Explore this steamy jungle and its intriguing wildlife. Semuliki National Park is famed for its hot springs, which are used for traditional rituals by the locals in the community.

Lake Bunyonyi

Island-studded Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi, “a place of small birds,” is one of the loveliest lakes you will ever see. It’s studded with 29 islands.

Crater Lakes

Instagrammable moments at the crater lakes

The crater lakes paint a dramatic landscape ideal for long walks, cycling, and definitely, Instagram ops.

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

A rhino at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary has grown into a popular tourist attraction for its rhinos in the wild.

Uganda Martyrs’ Catholic Shrine Namugongo

Uganda Martyrs’ Catholic Shrine

Uganda Martyrs’ Catholic Shrine Namugongo is a Catholic Parish and Shrine established in the honor of the Martyrs of Uganda by the Mill Hill Missionaries in 1935.

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