Uganda may not be among the known destinations that offer leisurely holidays but can be an amazing destination when it comes to luxury safaris. Most travelers regard it purely as a place for adventure travel given its unique active adventure activities! From the trips to see the elusive mountain gorillas to engaging grade 5 rapids on the Nile or conquering for weeks the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, a lot awaits avid travelers to Uganda. But until you decide to unwind on a stunning white-sand beach on shores of Lake Victoria or laze at Lake Bunyonyi with its astonishing countless islands, you won’t just realize how calm and rewarding Uganda can be when it comes to soft adventures. So once your muscles have been weakened by deep forest treks and long safari trips on Africa’s rough terrain, there are some marvelous spots to slow it right down and appreciate the calmness.

There are places where you can enjoy the luxury you deserve. The Uganda Web lists some of the most rewarding destinations when it comes to luxury holidays so that is all worth the money spent.  Here are the top 5 destinations to visit if you are looking to taking a luxury safari in Uganda;

Bwindi Impenetrable national park – the gorilla haven in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a place where you can enjoy the most high rated tourist activities in Uganda - gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experiences. Perched in the south western corner at the border with Rwanda, this famous conservation area is the magnet to Uganda’s tourism. It is a habitat for mountain gorillas and over half of the world’s endangered primates live within the park.

Gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation tours is what makes Bwindi so popular and they come at a cost of 600$ and 1500$ per person respectively. These activities are without doubt one of Africa’s top wildlife safari experiences and every traveler would yearn to have a tale to tell about gorilla trekking and habituation experiences in Bwindi national park.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is less known in tourist circles. Located at borders with neighboring Rwanda and Congo, Mgahinga is the country’s smallest national park. Though it is small, it is one the best destinations to visit if you are looking to a gorilla trek in Uganda. Would you like to combine your gorilla safari with a nature retreat or cultural experience? Look no further, just visit the Mgahinga. The park protects the Ugandan part of the ‘Virunga Massif; a chain of eight active and extinct Volcanic mountains that straddle the border.

Mgahinga National Park would not be considered a costly destination but the presence of sought after tour activities, including gorilla trekking, volcano hiking, golden monkey trekking and the Batwa trail experience qualify this place to rank among the best destinations for luxury safaris in Uganda.

Jinja City, Eastern Uganda

Jinja is the adventure capital of East Africa and this is one of the best destinations where you can enjoy a luxury holiday in Uganda. Located on the shores of the Lake Victoria, Jinja is a prime location for luxury getaways.  Considered to be the “adventure capital of East Africa”, Jinja has nothing less than super adventure. Lots of adventures await you during your holiday and some of the top water activities include white water rafting, jet cruises, horseback riding, leisurely biking / cycling through the villages, nature walks or community walks, etc. Jinja comes out as a one stop center for all your adventure travel needs.

Travel to Jinja and explore the point where the mighty Nile (world's longest river) starts its maiden journey traversing six African countries before pouring its waters into the Mediterranean Sea in the horn of Africa.

There are also luxurious safari lodges where you will enjoy your stay during your trip. Stay at the Wild Waters Lodge, Samuka Islands, and other interesting lodges where you can definitely enjoy a luxurious holiday while in Uganda.

Lake Bunyonyi

Lake Bunyonyi is the ultimate destination for leisurely holidays in Uganda. Lake Bunyonyi is a charming destination that is considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. This beautiful place deserves to be on the list of the best travel destinations. Lake Bunyonyi is framed by lush, green-terraced hills. You can discover some of its 29 islands on a canoe boat, an experience that you will not find elsewhere in the world.

Not to miss is the Akampene Island (Punishment Island), an island where the Bakiga, a local tribe in Western Uganda used to abandon pregnant unmarried girls as a punishment. The abandoned girls would either starve to death or drown in the lake while trying to swim to the mainland.

Published by Emily Rose