Visitors to Uganda are often surprised and taken aback by the shear natural beauty of Uganda’s diverse landscapes and the genuine friendly welcome from the people.

From the mountainous rain-forests in the south, to the northern savannahs, to picture-perfect crater lakes Uganda is truly one of the most geographically remarkable countries in Africa.

Uganda also has a range of National Parks to visit on safari. Animal numbers are on a steady increase after a drop during the lawless years of Amin’s regime. You won’t find the teeming herds of the Masai Mara, but you are more likely to have a safari experience where you are the only people viewing animals at one time. Uganda’s profusion of lakes and rivers also means there are many chances to experience safaris from a boat. On The Nile in Murchison Falls, the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Albert in Semliki and Lake Mburo.

For those with a more active outlook there is Jinja – East Africa’s adventure sports capital with white water rafting, kayaking, quad biking and bungee jumping. Sipi Falls on the slopes of Mount Elgon offers great Mountain Biking and Rock Climbing excursions. The Rwenzori Mountain range can be climbed in 3-14 day expeditions, the unique experience of being above the snow-line on the equator.

Uganda Safaris FAQs

Is Uganda a good destination for a safari?

A resounding yes! What makes Uganda unique is that you can do a mix of traditional safaris like game drives in the savannah and also hike through the jungle while trekking gorillas, chimpanzees and other primates. You can visit the Big Five parks like Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls and with fewer tourist numbers it makes this a great safari destination. For those discerning bird lovers you can even catch a glimpse of the highly sought-after Shoebill.

What is the best month to visit Uganda?

There isn't really any one specific month that is best, as gorilla and chimpanzee trekking take place throughout the year. It rains the most in April and May so its best to avoid these if at all possible. We do, however, recommend visiting during the two drier periods between December and February and also June to August. The shoulder months of February and March are also good for spotting game in the national parks and visitor numbers to be be lower.

How much does a safari in Uganda cost?

What makes Uganda even more attractive as a safari destination is that it is very well priced for what you receive in terms of quality and luxury. Generally, safaris start from around $700 per person per night sharing (full board). Typically we suggest spending between 7 to 12 nights to get the full experience of Uganda.

Is Uganda or Rwanda better for Gorilla Trekking?

This is honestly a difficult question and we are not partial to either as it all depends on the person we are building an itinerary for. Rwanda is a smaller country than Uganda, which lends itself to shorter trips in combination with a safari and beach stay. Rwanda has more than twice the number of habituated gorilla groups than Uganda, so permits are more readily available. The most important thing to consider is the cost, with Uganda's gorilla permit only costing $600-$700 per person and Rwanda's is $1500 per person.

CHOOSE FROM EIGHTSAFARI PARKS & HIGHLIGHTS

Uganda is unique, as it is situated where the eastern savannah and western jungle ecosystem merges, which means it has a great terrain for a variety of different safaris from traditional game drives through the grasslands to trekking the forests for gorillas & other primates.

Kidepo National Park

In the far, remote North of Uganda bordering South Sudan, Kidepo is one of Uganda’s least visited parks. A good 2 days drive from Entebbe most visitors choose the option to fly up to this unspoilt and rarely visited piece of Africa. The rugged, arid terrain and the silence of the open plains gives it a feeling of true wilderness.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Visitors to Bwindi soon realise why the word “impenetrable” is included in the title. A dense swath of alpine rainforest blankets a steep mountainous terrain. At certain times of day, clouds can literally be seen forming from the top of the forest canopy.

Entebbe & Kampala

Entebbe is beginning to be seen as more than a place to begin and end a tour with a growing restaurant scene and peaceful lake-side ambiance. People spending a day here can explore the colonial botanical gardens, take a shoebill stork expedition in the papyrus or a scenic sunset cruise on the lake before embarking on safari.

Jinja

Jinja offers people the opportunity to either relax and watch the rapids rush by – or literally jump into them on a white-water raft. A tranquil town with a relaxed atmosphere, Jinja is a perfect place for something a little different after gorillas and safari.

Lake Mburo

Protruding Rock kopjes provide panoramic vistas across this picturesque National Park. The varied flora of Lake Mburo creates a habitat for animals not seen in other major parks such as Zebra, Eland and Impala.

Kibale Forest National Park

This is one of the top spots in the world to track or even habituate wild Chimpanzees. Should you find them you’ll marvel at the ways our closest relatives interact with each-other, and learn from your guide the secrets of this remarkable forest.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Bordered by the Rwenzori foothills, flanked by lakes and bisected by a river channel, Queen Elizabeth is one of the world’s most bio-diverse National Parks. Conveniently located between Kibale and Bwindi Forests this is one of Uganda’s most popular National Parks.

Kidepo National Park

In the far, remote North of Uganda bordering South Sudan, Kidepo is one of Uganda’s least visited parks. A good 2 days drive from Entebbe most visitors choose the option to fly up to this unspoilt and rarely visited piece of Africa. The rugged, arid terrain and the silence of the open plains gives it a feeling of true wilderness.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison is one of Africa’s unique parks with a wide variety of river life including gigantic crocodiles, hippos, riverbank game and a plethora of birdlife, all of which can be admired up close on a boat safari. Traditional game drives can be had at dawn and dusk have a chance to spot predatory cats on the prowl for dinner.

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Uganda’s star attractions are the mountain gorillas, with just under half of the world’s remaining population found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. While access has improved over recent years with better roads and the introduction of affordable internal flights, the forest still lives up to its “Impenetrable” tag offering a real jungle adventure. Gorilla trekking is a true bucket list adventure, journeying through the dense jungle to spend an hour with the completely wild and imposing giants of the forest.

Chimpanzee trekking, often overshadowed by their more glamourous gorilla cousins, is a different and fascinating experience. Chimpanzees live in large communities of up to 100 individuals (gorillas remain in family units of 8-20), so visitors to one of Uganda’s four different chimpanzee trekking sites can witness a variety of antics from feeding and grooming to clashes for ranking seniority.

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We offer bespoke Uganda safari holidays to travellers all over the world, from the UK to America. Unlike most safari operators, we specialise in bespoke trips based on a combination of your desires and our team’s expertise. They’ve travelled all of Africa, and know from experience how to craft the best safari experience for you. Contact Rob or Clyde today to start planning your next adventure in Africa!

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