Ask The Experts: Guide to Honeymooning in Uganda  

After the wedding, the next thing you need to plan is the honeymoon. But, with so many incredible destinations worldwide, deciding where to go can be daunting. 
Uganda would be the perfect destination if you love wildlife and want a unique way to spend your honeymoon. While it may not be the first country to come up on the list of the world’s top honeymoon destinations, Uganda will delight you with its fascinating wildlife, especially mountain gorillas and other primates. Below, check out our guide to honeymooning in Uganda. 

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Drink Champagne by the River Nile

If you fancy drinking champagne by the river Nile on your honeymoon to Uganda, visit the charming city of Jinja. Nestled in the country’s eastern region, where the Nile flows out of Lake Victoria, Jinja is an enchanting colonial town home to vibrant markets, hip cafes, and fancy hotels with views overlooking the Nile.
Begin your day with a stroll along the pretty streets of Jinnja, taking you towards the city centre, where you’ll find all sorts of trendy restaurants. The street is spacious with lots of greenery. Follow the direction towards the quay of Lake Victoria and stop by the bookshops and souvenir stores along the way.
If you’re keen on exploring Jinja by bike, you can rent a bike and cycle the city at your own pace. Some hotels are happy to provide guests with free use of bikes. You can also book a guided bike tour of the lush rainforest and other historic sites.

When evening comes, treat your loved one to a romantic sunset cruise along the Nile. Marvel at the stunning sunset views as you indulge in free-flowing champagne. Keep your eyes peeled for beautiful birds and animals as your ship sails along the tranquil river.

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Birdwatch at the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

Couples who are avid birders should consider visiting the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary on their honeymoon to Uganda. Nestled within the Magombe Swamp on the fringes of Kibale National Park, the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is a popular spot for birding and incredible wildlife encounters. As a habitat for primates, you’ll also have the opportunity to come across chimpanzees and gorillas during your visit. 
Abundant in flora and fauna, the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary is an ideal destination for safaris in Uganda. One of the highlights of your visit is seeing over 200 bird species, including exotic varieties such as the crested crane, big blue turaco, and purple-breasted sunbirds. A paradise for birders, a visit to the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary will make your honeymoon extra special. 

Although the main activity is walking through the Bigodi swamp in search of wildlife, it’s also possible to visit local villages with the help of a professional guide. It’s a fantastic way to learn more about the local culture and get a glimpse into the lives of traditional healers.

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Track Cheeky Chimpanzees in the Kibale Forest

Most visitors to Uganda are keen on seeing chimpanzees and other primates in their natural habitat. Thus, one of the best things to do on your honeymoon in Uganda is to track cheeky chimpanzees in the Kibale Forest. The park is renowned for being a habitat for an abundance of chimpanzees and 13 different species of primates, including red-tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, olive baboons, and red colobuses. 
Occupying an area of 795 square kilometres, Kibale National Park lies in the western part of Uganda, about 348 kilometres from the capital city. You need to book a guided trekking tour when tracking chimpanzees in Kibale. Before you set off to the lush forests, your guide will brief you on the ground rules, including how to behave around chimpanzees. 

After the briefing, your guide will divide you into several groups. Each group will have a guide to take you to the lush forests to track the chimpanzees. These primates live in troops of several members, so you’ll likely spot them in groups of about 8 to 15. Seeing them up close as they feed their young, play on the trees, eat figs, and sleep is such a fascinating experience!

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Visit the Calm Waters of Lake Mutanda

Uganda is home to some of the world’s most beautiful lakes, such as Lake Mutanda, a small freshwater lake in the southwestern area of Uganda. Visiting the lake and admiring its calm waters is one of the most romantic things to do on your honeymoon. The lake boasts spectacular scenery, and the atmosphere is very relaxing. 
Aside from admiring the views, you can explore the lush forests by the lakeside, where you can come across incredible animals, such as mountain gorillas. The lake is also home to different species of birds, including kingfishers and ibis. You will also find a variety of amphibian species, such as chameleons, monitor lizards, frogs, and snakes. 

Swimming is possible in Lake Mutanda. Its crystal clear and clean waters tempt visitors to go for a refreshing dip while soaking in the splendour of the beautiful natural surroundings. But be sure to exercise caution and follow safety guidelines while swimming since some areas are deep and no lifeguard is available. 

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Go on a Gorilla Safari in Kisoro

Going on gorilla safaris in Uganda is a popular activity and something you should consider doing while on a honeymoon here. One of the best places for a gorilla safari is in the town of Kisoro, in Uganda’s southwestern region. It’s home to Bwindi National Park, a habitat for the endangered mountain gorillas.
Kisoro’s fascinating location along the foothills of the Virunga Volcanoes makes it one of Uganda’s most popular tourist destinations. Its undulating terrain and being home to Bwindi National Park make it an ideal choice for nature lovers and adventurous travellers. 

However, the most popular activity in Kisoro is gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park, where you embark on a full-day trek towards the lush mountains, home to half of the mountain gorilla population in the world. After a short briefing from gorilla rangers, you’ll set off to the mountains to encounter the fascinating primates and observe them in their natural habitat.

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