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Those who have undertaken Uganda safaris & tours have proven that Uganda is not an ordinary safari destination considering its wide range of bio-diversity.

Uganda’s nature thrives in various habitats enclosed in her famous protected areas of national parks, game reserves, water bodies, swamps and wetlands, mountainous landscapes, forest tracts,etc.

Our Uganda safaris and tours are expertly designed featuring the best and most sought-after Uganda safari destinations.

These Uganda tour packages are enriched to incorporate the diverse cultures of Uganda where the heritage of the local communities/people is explored in detail.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda Safari Tours

Uganda is a rich gorilla trekking safari destination that has distinguished itself. It is home to more than half of the critically endangered mountain gorillas in the world.

Uganda is the best place to trek and see Mountain Gorillas in Africa and the world in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks.

The Bwindi has got impressive hilly landscapes that are interesting to hike during your gorilla trekking in Uganda safari tours.

These hills are covered by dense impenetrable forest cover that has a great mist in the morning. This offers a memorable experience for travelers undertaking a gorilla safari tour in Uganda.

Primate Tracking Safaris in Uganda

Besides mountain gorillas, Uganda also has great counts of other primate species like golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Common Chimpanzees are distributed in the rain forests of western Uganda including Kibale, Budongo, and the forest tract of Kyambura that amazingly thrives below sea level.

Primate tracking safaris in Uganda will offer you other 12 species of primates that thrive in Kibale National Park including Mangabey, Bush Babies, Pottos, Red-Tailed Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Vervet Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Black and White Colobus, etc.

Uganda Wildlife Safaris

Uganda is a rich destination for wildlife safaris. The broad Savannah landscapes of Murchison, Lake Mburo, Kidepo, and Queen Elizabeth National Parks contain great counts of wild game.

Uganda’s Big5 of African animals include elephants, buffaloes, leopards, lions, and Rhinos. Other wildlife species include Rothschild Giraffes, Jackson’s hartebeest, eland, Impala, Burchell’s Zebra, etc.

Beautiful Scenery Viewing Safari Tours in Uganda

Another Uganda safari tour attraction is the great scenic landscape of the western arm of the East African rift valley.

It is marked by great escarpments of Butiaba and Kichwamba, Rwenzori Mountains. They are the mystical legendary mountains of the moon with towering snowcapped peaks.

The explosion craters in western Uganda include the Bunyaruguru, Ndali – Kasenda, Katwe, and Fort Portal crater fields.

The eastern Uganda landscapes of Sipi and Mount Elgon stretch to the north to the drylands of Karamoja. Their nomadic pastoral inhabitants combine to make Uganda a safari destination worth visiting.

Source of River Nile Tours – the World’s Longest River

The source of the world’s longest River Nile is situated in Jinja in the southeast of Uganda. It makes Uganda an iconic African safari destination since you can only see its source here.

The Nile River arises from the gigantic Lake Victoria- the largest tropical lake in the whole world and the second freshwater lake on a global scale with a dominant largest position on the continental lands of Africa.

Murchison Falls Uganda safaris & Tours on River Nile

Murchison Falls is the Nile’s famous landmark in Murchison Falls National park.

It is the most powerful waterfall in the world qualifying Uganda as a must-visit destination. This has been described by world travelers and travel magazines like the famous lonely planet in 2012.

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2023/2024 Guide for Uganda Safari Holidays & Tours

Taking a Uganda Safari tour is one of the memorable safari encounters that you can ever have in your lifetime. Meeting her range of cultures that are a mix of the Bantu tribal groups and the northern Nilotic groups living differing lifestyles and with unique traditions featuring interesting dress codes, cultural practices, norms, customs, and values, is rewarding to encounter while on safaris in Uganda.

Uganda is one of the countries in the world with rich fertile soils where a wide range of fruits like mangoes, oranges, pawpaw, jack fruits, watermelons, pineapples, among others grow organically and can be consumed while on your safari in Uganda to nourish your body and enhance your vitamins.

Uganda is a great adventure destination. The 5,109m Rwenzori Mountains which is the third highest in Africa and the first tallest mountain range in Africa provide a great mountain climbing adventure. Besides Rwenzori, there are other mountains that present unique and interesting mountain cabin experiences including; mount Elgon. The Jinja Nile basin is a hub of adventure encounters including the great white water rafting, bungee jumping among other encounters.

The diverse wild game that thrives in her protected areas including Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and Kidepo Valley National Park presents a unique game viewing adventure. The animals that can be encountered include the big five of the land animals namely; the elephants, leopards, lions, rhinos, and buffaloes. Others like giraffes, Impala, zebras, elands, and Jackson's hartebeest, among others can also be encountered.

The diverse water environments have got rich aquatic concentrations including Nile crocodiles, enormous Hippo concentrations, and countless fish species including the Nile perch among other animals.

Uganda is the number one birding destination in the whole of Africa with half of the continents bird species thus it is a perfect haven for birders who might wish to undertake safaris in Uganda. Birds like the prehistoric shoebill stork, grey crowned crane, Broadbill, Rwenzori turaco among other birds some of which are endemic qualify Uganda as a birding paradise.

The great counts of primates including the critically endangered mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, Mangabey, Olive baboons, vervet monkeys, among other species with Kibale National Park alone having 13 primate species ultimately qualify Uganda as a safari destination.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Uganda is a gorilla trekker's haven. With more than half the world's mountain gorillas which are globally critically endangered in her parks of Bwindi with over 400 of them and Mgahinga with over 10 of them, Uganda is undoubtedly a great gorilla trekking safaris destination.

Many people have an anxious long-awaited date when they will come across the critically endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda that only exist in Bwindi and Virunga Volcanoes. You will wake up early for a heavy breakfast before gathering at the Park headquarters of either Buhoma Ruhija, Rushaga or Nkuringo for briefing at 08:00 a.m about the conduct during gorilla trekking in Uganda.

You will head to the forest after briefing in search of these apes and though the Gorilla trek is a bit challenging, it is one of those activities that you will never forget to have done in Uganda the whole of your life.

The 2 to 8 hours activity involves hiking up the hills, descending down the valleys, walking through swamps and maneuvering the way through thickets that have formed the background of this Impenetrable forest before coming in direct contact with gorillas.

The one full hour is at your disposal to maximize your experience with gorillas as you they forage, play, socialize and also gaze at you in a sign of welcoming and saying goodbye. The opportunity to take as many photos as you can is availed to you while asking questions to your guide about these apes is up to your discretion.

The experience is rewarding and worth undertaking. Your picnic lunch will take you through the activity before descending for another activity or relaxation. The gorilla trekking in Uganda requires a gorilla permit which is sold at USD 600 by Uganda Wildlife Authority. However, the UWA tend to give discounted gorilla permits in the months of April, May and November.

Must know about a Uganda safari

The Uganda safari activities are paid for and some of them require advance booking depending on the availability. For example gorilla trekking permits and chimpanzee trekking permits require advance booking and their availability is subject to first come first serve.

Thus, a traveler willing to undertake a safari in Uganda can book these activities through an agent or directly at Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kampala.

The activity like gorilla trekking requires one to have a gorilla trekking permit which is issued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority at its headquarters in Kampala in Kamwokya along Kiira road.

Gorilla trekking which is carried out in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is done at a cost of $700 for foreign nonresidents, $600 for foreign residents and 250,000/= for East African citizens.

The Wildlife safaris to the game viewing micro destinations particularly requires paying park entrance fees putting items like transportation aside.

The national parks have well informed rangers who can offer guidance throughout the game drive activity at a fee of $20. However, tour companies have professional driver safari guides who are knowledgeable and can provide the same service as part of the package price.

Important to note is that most of the Uganda safari activities have scheduled starting and end times thus one has to put the time in consideration so as not to miss on some of these activities. In this, you need to get detailed information from your travel agent regarding your itinerary so as not to miss on these activities.

Uganda safari destinations are distributed all over the country and some of them are in remote areas with poor accessibility. Thus strong vehicles might be required to traverse these difficult landscapes which are also an experience of their own.

If you are travelling as an independent tourist, you need to put in mind the road use rules as traffic in Uganda follows the left hand, consider the type of safari vehicle to use, the routes to take for particular destinations, attractions on different micro destinations, accommodation establishments and their categories that is luxury/upmarket, midrange/standard or budget/basic not forgetting basis about community norms so as not to conflict with the locals.

The flights to and from Uganda is also a point of concern. The International flights have different arrival and departure times some of which are late in the night. Thus, it is very significant to send your flight details to the travel agent to avoid getting stuck at Entebbe International Airport after arriving or missing your departure flight due to clashes in the Itinerary.

Security is also another point of concern to know about Uganda safari. The Uganda which was known for instability and dictator ship during the Amin's era in 1970s has dramatically undergone the wave of change following the power take over by the NRM government under President Museveni in 1986.

The rebel groups that emerged in the subsequent times have been neutralized and now one can say that Uganda is apparently secure. The Lord's Resistance Army (Kony Rebels) that had tormented the northern part of the country were defeated and repelled out of Uganda.

The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) on the Congo side was weakened and strong military bases of UPDF are in Rwenzori region to stop them from advancing. The Al shabaab terror threats arising from Uganda's peace keeping mission in Somalia are a point of concern.

However, the country security operatives are on alert 24/7 to stop any terror attack that might present its self. Regarding crime, the situations like highway robbery are not so common in Uganda though things like pick pocketing can be encountered in major urban centers like Kampala thus, the traveller on Uganda safari is advised to avoid carrying valuable items while walking along the streets of these urban centers and to always leave the vehicle fully closed after parking.

Ugandans are very hospitable people and have gained a great recognition amongst world travellers for their welcoming attitude and willingness to handle guests.

In fact, travelers have always remarked that they come to see mountain gorillas and leave talking about people. In this, they have no issues with you taking pictures of them or their items however, it very significant to first ask for permission from the people responsible so as to avoid clashes.

Understanding the local terminologies. Most local Ugandans in the country side refer to the white person as Mzungu. Thus, it is very important to understand that Mzungu is not an insult but the local referring of any white person.

And since the white people are perceived to be clean and smart, even the community members that appear to be smart, clean and organized are sometimes referred to as Bazungus (plural for Mzungu).

You will drive in the country side and groups of people including children will always wave at you saying Bye Bye Mzungu as a sign of hospitality. Do not hesitate to wave back at them and if they are children, simple sweets would mean a lot to them.

Listening to the guide. The safari guide is your point of reference while on your safari tour in Uganda. He is informed of all the endeavors that you have set out to encounter and the dynamics at the destination.

Thus, it is very important to listen to him and be flexible where ever the need be. This is common in terms of wake up times and behavior on the safari. Avoid conflicting with the safari guide for it will affect your safari experience too.

Understanding the accommodation element is very important. Accommodation units in Uganda's protected areas appear in ranges of Luxury/Upmarket, Midrange/Standard and Budget/Basic.

However, what should be noted is that these accommodation units are not similar across all protected areas. For example what may appear as a midrange lodge in one national park might appear as a luxury lodge in another park and vice versa.

Thus, there is no uniformity something that should be understood while planning a safari tour to Uganda in order to avoid disappointments.

The aspect of seasonality is very important to note. Uganda has got two travel seasons i.e. the high and low season though all the safari activities can be carried out throughout the year.

The low season occurs in rainy season in the months of March to May and from late September to November. The high season occurs in the dry season in the months of December to February and June to September.

During the low season the prices of some tourist activities are discounted like gorilla permits and some accommodation establishments offer discounts on their room rates.

Due to rains, the transfer to certain destinations like Kidepo and the remote regions of Bwindi like Rushaga and Nkuringo tends to be challenging as the roads slippery while others are covered by floods.

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