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Home to about half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, Uganda is a safari destination with a difference. Here you can expect to be truly off-the-beaten-track and have the chance to encounter the most incredible and captivating animals on the planet.
Uganda is situated on the East African Plateau and borders South Sudan, Kenya, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It’s the second-largest population of any landlocked country in the world.
Visitors to Uganda are often surprised and taken aback by the shear natural beauty of Uganda’s diverse landscapes and the heartwarming welcome they receive at every turn. With mountainous rainforests in the south, vast open savannahs in the north and picture-perfect crater lakes, Uganda is truly one of the most geographically remarkable countries in Africa.
Uganda has sixty protected areas, ten of which are national parks. Bwindi and Rwenzori Mountains National Park are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Conservation efforts are ongoing and wildlife highlights include not only the mountain gorillas but also chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus monkeys, elephants, golden cats, jackals, and the giant forest hog. For those keen on our feathered friends, you also have the chance to spot over 350 species of bird across the country!
Regardless of this country’s unbelievable wildlife and geographical beauty, the gorillas really do steal the show. Gorilla trekking is a true bucket list adventure where you get to set off on a journey through dense jungles to spend one precious hour among these completely wild and imposing forest giants. Chimpanzee trekking, often overshadowed by their more glamourous gorilla cousins, is a different and fascinating experience which we love to include in our bespoke itineraries to add an extra element to your Ugandan adventure.
The safari experience in Uganda’s National Parks, although very rich, will not include the vast herds found in the Masai Mara but you are definitely more likely to have the sightings all to yourself. You won’t have to elbow your way to the front of a queue of cars to get that perfect photo, that’s for sure!
Uganda’s profusion of lakes and rivers also means that there are many chances to experience safaris while on the water. Boating safaris give you a whole new perspective and although you may not see quite as much as you may on the land, you may find some truly rare moments where elephants come down to drink (or swim!) or you may even spot a bird of prey catching a fish on the wing. We highly recommend adding a boating safari to a Ugandan adventure and you won’t be short of options. You could pick from any one of the outstanding waterways in Uganda including the River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park, the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Albert in Semliki and the game-rich Lake Mburo National Park.
For those with a more active outlook there is Jinja – East Africa’s adventure sports capital where you can enjoy whitewater rafting, kayaking, quad biking and bungee jumping. Sipi Falls on the slopes of Mount Elgon offers great mountain biking and rock-climbing excursions and if you’re a little more hardcore then we’d suggest including a trip to the Rwenzori Mountain range which can be climbed in 3 to 14 day expeditions. Here avid hikers can add the unique experience of being above the snow line on the equator to their list of life achievements!
We’re excited to offer you a couple of specials to visit this beautiful country from the end of 2020 and 2021. Take a look at them here.
David Attenborough often talks about the majestic feeling of seeing gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild. Because we totally agree that these experiences cannot be beat, we have gone ahead and created a sensational 7-night itinerary which gives YOU the chance to see them in real-life and not just on the telly!
This itinerary will take you to the jaw-droppingly beautiful Murchison Falls National Park for a few nights including a visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. With exciting safaris in the park and a very relaxing River Nile cruise you can then look forward to embarking on that magnificent Chimpanzee Trek in the Budongo Forest that you've always been dreaming of!
Finally you will head to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for a few nights with a stay at Mutanda Lake Resort. It's here that you will get to set off on an unbelievable Gorilla Trek to spend an hour with these majestic forest giants.
For from just $4,200 per person sharing (around $525 per person per day!), you will get to spend 7 nights on the ground in one of Africa's most wilderness-rich countries, essentially all costs included from the moment you step off the plane at Entebbe… that means accommodation, food, a whole range of activities, park fees, guides, vehicles, internal flights AND your Gorilla permits - it really is a steal!
If you want to 'do' Uganda properly, then you've come to the right place!
Not only can you get the chance to see the Big 5 at the gorgeous Murchison Falls, but you will also be stepping out to find remarkable chimpanzees at the habituation programme, experience water falls, float down the magical River Nile and find a family of Gorillas up in the forests and spend an hour admiring them!
Your adventure will begin with a night in Entebbe at a real home-from-home - Karibu Entebbe. The next morning with your private driver-guide and 4x4 vehicle for three whole nights at the beautiful Murchison Falls National Park at Bakers Lodge, one of our favourites in the park. On the way there you will pop into the heart-warming Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to familiarise yourself with some remarkable creatures - all on foot with a specialist ranger.
You'll then drive down to the Kibale Forest National Park for some jaw-dropping scenery, birding and a Chimpanzee habituation day where you are actively involved in habituating Chimpanzees in a safe and respectful manner which ultimately aids in protecting them much like the Gorilla programmes in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
Following two nights here, you'll head to southern parts of Queen Elizabeth National Park for some more traditional African safari. Two nights here will give you a little touch of safari nostalgia.
Finally, the headline act of your trip. The Gorillas of Bwindi! Over the three nights, you'll get that precious hour in with the Gorillas, seek out some Golden Monkeys and enjoy a visit to a local community. You'll also get the option of visiting the Batwa Pygmy tribe who call this place home. For the duration of your trip, you will have your own personal 4x4 vehicle and can truly immerse yourself in the country getting all the in-depth information from your very own safari guide!
This really is a bewilderingly wonderful safari experience in Uganda. In fact, when comparing it with many other African safari areas and countries, such a diverse trip like this would be very, very hard to beat in terms of the money you are paying for the amount of time and experiences you will have on the ground.
For from just $8,750 per person sharing, you can enjoy this sensational 12-night itinerary which takes in a huge array of experiences and activities that will make your heart full to the brim.
Our special rates have been calculated as per each itinerary listed, however should you wish to add extra nights we can with pleasure tailor an itinerary to you personally - everything we do is bespoke, after all!
Let us tailor-make your ideal Uganda holiday. Feel free to pick up the phone on +44 1932 361807 (UK & Rest of the world) / 1 844 390 1798 (USA toll free) or pop us an email at [email protected], and we can help you to plan your bespoke safari holiday with us – and by doing so, help us to support those most in need on the ground.