Uganda Safari, What to see, When to Go, and Why Choose it for an African Safari?

Uganda is home to the some of the remaining families of mountain gorillas of Africa. You can track the gorillas in Bwindi National Park. Other wildlife safaris and visits to National Parks is also possible

Uganda Gorilla SafarisUganda the pearl of Africa as described by Winston Churchill, is home to various wildlife animals, flora and fauna. A visit to Uganda would enable you to see the mountain gorillas. A gorilla trekking permit costs USD 500 per person per trek.

Other interesting activities include the Murchison falls wildlife safari, bird watching Uganda safaris in every Uganda National Park, white water rafting on the River Nile, mountain climbing at the Rwenzori and Mt. Elgon National Parks and so much more.

Uganda Safari tours

Kampala City tours are part an exciting start to safaris in Uganda. Kampala is a vibrant modern metropolis, the capital city of Uganda adorned with gardens and parks providing colorful oases for its citizens and visitors alike. Entebbe town is home to Uganda’s only Airport and the fresh water Lake Victoria. Entebbe has several fine hotels, a golf course and splendid colonial-era homes on tree-lined streets, an impressive Botanical Garden and a wildlife orphanage.

Sese Island and Ngamba islands are part of Lake Victoria tours. Ngamba Island is home to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. The boat trip to the island is lots of fun and by visiting the island your entrance and activity fees help cover the costs of the island sanctuary and the well being of the chimpanzees. Fishing is another fascination on the lake.

The Nile River flows from Jinja making a journey of more than 6600 kms from Lake Victoria to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt with incredible white water rafting rapids en-route. If you dare, you can challenge this mighty river and raft the Nile near the Bujagali Falls in Jinja.

Uganda national parks safaris

uganda safari photoThe Mountains of the Moon preferably called Rwenzori illuminate the south west corner of Uganda with several scenic features like numerous lakes and jagged, volcanic mountains. Astride the mountains sits Ruwenzori National Park. It is a fantastic place to trek.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located on the slopes of Rwenzori is the home of Uganda Gorilla safaris. The lush montane rainforest is home to approximately 300 mountain gorillas, about half of their estimated world population. They live alongside 350 to 400 chimpanzees and this is the only forest in Africa where they occur together. In addition there are another 120 species of mammal, including 10 species of primate and roughly 360 bird species. Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda are part of every Uganda safari itinerary with Rwanda gorilla safaris to complete tours of the gorillas living in the dense forest around south western Uganda.

Other interesting national parks within Uganda include Queen Elizabeth National Park renowned for Tree climbing lions of Ishasha, Lake Mburo National Park for remarkable birding safaris, Kibaale forest national park is where chimpanzee tracking in Uganda is given first priority, Murchison Falls National Park is part of Uganda’s largest National parks. At Murchison Falls the Nile river is forced through narrow gap and falls 43 mtrs to a Boling pool below. These Falls are notable not so much for height as for their immense power. The park is vast and beautiful. Predominantly wooded savannah, at 4,000km² it is home to giraffe, lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, hartebeest and many more.

Semiliki National Park is the place to be if you want to taste the hot water springs from the remote Semiliki valley. It is of particular interest to bird watchers as a high proportion of the 400 bird species recorded here. Semiliki is also home to lion prides, leopard, elephant, buffalo, chimps & more. Kidepo National park is remotely located in northern Uganda but you’ll not be disappointed with the wildlife numbers in this hot region of Uganda. There are also a number of predators present including lion, cheetah, leopard, and spotted hyena.

Hotels and accommodation in Uganda

Uganda safari hotels and accommodation are available in all major towns like Kampala and Entebbe, near every tourist attraction and Uganda game parks. Luxury hotels, exclusive safari lodges, up market tented camps, backpacking facilities, budget guest houses, bush camps, bed and breakfast, self catering facilities… it’s a very long list.

Safaris to Uganda are arranged through a number of Uganda safari and tour operators who will tailor and make suitable safari packages covering Uganda safari tours, hotels and accommodation. All Uganda safari packages are fully guided and include services of professional tour guides

How To Trek The Mountain Gorillas ?

Uganda is among the only 3 countries having Mountain Gorillas living in their Wild. The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has more than 400 Mountain Gorillas with 80 living in Mgahinga Gorilla National park. The majority of Visitors who take on gorilla trekking in Uganda do it in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest  Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There isn’t a Safari to Uganda rendered complete without tracking the Mountain Gorillas, a number of guests trek gorillas two times and occasionally hike through the Impenetrable Bwindi forest and trek Gorillas in Buhoma as well as Nkuringo area of this park. Uganda is the finest choice for a safari in Africa since Uganda offers you Mountain Gorillas as well as all other wild animals you will see in other parks in East Africa.

Where To Find Chimpanzees in Uganda

Uganda not only has a single park or a single place to track chimpanzees but also has several.  Close to Murchison Falls is the Budongo Forest.  In Queen Elizabeth Park and on the outskirts is the Kalinzu Forest.  You may as well track Chimpanzees within Semliki Valley or East Africa’s Primate sanctuary Kibale Rainforest having 13 primate species and the highest number of Chimps in the whole of East Africa. Other than chimpanzee tracking you may go on a full day chimp habituation experience with the researchers.  This may be done in Kibale Forest throughout the year and even in the off-season in Budongo Forest.
Uganda is amazing; the wildlife, Mountain Gorillas, birds, Chimpanzees and the scenic sights, and above all the warm friendly people An additional reason why this country is the ideal African Safari.

uganda safari photoNational Parks To Visit

the Savannah Parks of Uganda have a profusion of wildlife for tourists to see. Kidepo Valley Park which is the most distant and less visited in East Africa is turning out more and even more famous even though arriving there isn’t easy unless you are flying there. The most visited game park in Uganda is Murchison Falls National where you will have an added advantage of seeing the powerful waterfall and along the way you can as well track Rhinos in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on foot. The Ishasha area in Queen Elizabeth Park of East Africa is finest place to see the Tree Climbing Lions. In Uganda you will be able to see the different wildlife most the internationally renowned Mountain Gorillas, Mangabey Monkeys, Chimpanzees and Golden Monkeys.

Best Birding Areas in Uganda

Uganda is the finest country in Africa for birding. You may see more than 1060 bird species in Uganda and this is the ideal destination to see the most sought-after bird species in Africa; the Shoebill Stork. In case you are or not even a birder, you’ll find an profusion of birds in this country in all the national parks in Uganda. the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest, Murchison Falls Park as well as Queen Elizabeth Park stand out.
Uganda has numerous jungles, rivers, forests, lakes and swamps to explore as you look for birds of all types. Uganda is a tiny country, however in regards to birds, it being the Pearl of Africa is a large country with more than 1000 bird species to see.

How About Adventure ?

Uganda is a country full of adventure not experienced elsewhere in East Africa. You can raft on River Nile, ascend the Volcanoes, hike the Rainforest Jungles, roll in a dugout canoe, walk the foothills of the highest Mountain Range –Rwenzori Mountains also known as the Mountain of the Moon all in Uganda. Adventure here means mountain climbing, ATV Quad Biking, hiking, horseback-riding safaris, mountain biking, white-water rafting, fishing in the freshwaters of the largest African freshwater lake for Nile Perch. Uganda is the best adventure country in East Africa, simply a wonderful country, and in fact Lonely Planet plus National Geographic picked it among the finest travel destinations on the planet.  Do not miss all the Adventure in Uganda which is the Pearl of Africa home to various birds, primates and other animals.

What To See ?

Uganda being the Pearl of Africa is a country swarmed with a profusion of picturesque wonders, most of them in or close to the National Parks in Uganda.  A tour in Uganda will offer you an opportunity to see the breathtaking scenery in this country. The legendary Rwenzori Mountains, the spectacular Virunga Volcanoes, the stunning lakes like Lake Bunyonyi as well as Lake Mutanda, River Nile and one of the most strongest waterfall on the planet – the Murchison Falls. Whenever you visit the Pearl of Africa you will see the beautiful scenery just as a coffee-table book. Whichever place you go to you will find out that is among the most breathtaking countries across the African continent.

Chilling Out
there are several places where you may unwind and chill out such as the exotic warm islands having beautiful sandy beaches.  Although Uganda is a landlocked country, a large part of Lake Victoria is in Uganda home to the Ssese Islands a nice place relax. 26% of the country is comprised of lakes aplusnd rivers.  Among the Lakes is Lake Bunyonyi as well as Lake Mutanda are wonderful places to chill out. You may as well do so at the bottom of the Rwenzori Mountains, or even visit the crater lakes, or explore the great River Nile, track mountain gorillas one day and then chill out the following day. There are endless options in Uganda - the Pearl of Africa.  This country will offer you the finest Adventure as well as the most excellent places to chilling out at.

uganda safari photoFriendliest Country
Uganda is among the friendliest countries in the whole of Africa and once you visit this country you will certainly agree to this. Uganda is greatly culturally diverse as well as different.  Ugandans are very welcoming and each time you visit the Pearl of Africa they will greet you in all corners you go. What occasionally is very welcome is the Western Culture is considered as tradition or even cultural by Ugandans. In case you are organizing a safari to Uganda enjoy the amazing cultures and traditions of the Ugandan people.

Choosing a Tour Operator?

Find a list of trusted safari companies in Uganda.

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