20 Unmissable Attractions in Uganda

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

Rwenzori Mountains

Forest, Hiking Trail, Natural Feature
Rwenzori Mountains
The scenic Rwenzori Mountains | © Timothy Latim

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

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Outdoors, Cold, Photo Opportunity, Instagrammable, Historical Landmark
Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

Kidepo Valley National Park

Hiking Trail, Natural Feature, Park
Kidepo National Park
Elephants on a stroll in Kidepo National Park | © Timothy Latim
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.
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Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Peaceful, Photo Opportunity
Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Baha'i Temple

Bahá'í Temple
Baha'i Temple
Baha'i Temple | © William Kane

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.

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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Local, Photo Opportunity, Touristy, Peaceful
Mon - Sun:
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Mount Elgon National Park

Hiking Trail, Natural Feature, Park
Mt. Elgon 2
Mt. Elgon boasts of the largest volcanic base in the world | Olive Nakiyemba / © Culture Trip
Mount Elgon has the largest caldera in the world, resulting in some of the most unique vegetation you will ever see on a hike.
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Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity, Peaceful, Quiet
Mon - Sun:
7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Kasubi Tombs

Archaeological site, Memorial
Buganda Royal tombs at Kampala, Uganda
Buganda Royal tombs at Kampala, Uganda | © Attila JANDI / Shutterstock
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.
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Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Touristy, Historical Landmark, Local

Semuliki National Park

Natural Feature, Park
Semliki National Park
A traveler enjoying the steamy hot springs | © Timothy Latim

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.

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Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity
Mon - Sat:
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Lake Bunyonyi

Hiking Trail, Natural Feature
Lake Bunyonyi
Island-studded Lake Bunyonyi | © Timothy Latim
Lake Bunyonyi, “a place of small birds,” is one of the loveliest lakes you will ever see. It’s studded with 29 islands.
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Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable, Photo Opportunity, Peaceful, Touristy
Mon - Sun:
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

Uganda Martyrs' Catholic Shrine Namugongo

Church, Memorial, Shrine
Uganda Martyrs Catholic Shrine
Uganda Martyrs' Catholic Shrine | © 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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Family Friendly

Atmosphere:

Historical Landmark
Mon - Fri:
8:30 am - 5:00 pm