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Uganda safaris

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Uganda adventure safaris are best for those seeking something beyond the brochures. Uganda may not be a big country, but it is blessed with outstanding untouched natural beauty and wildlife habitats flourishing with game, few other tourists and tourist attractions in Uganda.

Uganda safari tours can be enjoyed privately or in a fully guidedsmall-group tour. Famously, the Uganda Gorilla safari tour is a must do thing that you can see the mountain gorillas after a strenuous trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, which are some of Uganda’s top tourist attractions.

Chimpanzee tracking is another highlight, done in a few forests around the country. There are habituated groups in Kibale, Semliki, Kyambura Gorge, Budongo and Kalinzu Forest.

Uganda is also home to theNgamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary and rescue program. Here, behind-the-scenes activities with rescued chimpanzees will get you close to the chimps for truly rewarding interactions.

Uganda birding safaris are popular, with a phenomenal 1,060 bird species recorded. There are Albertine Rift endemic species, not to mention the prehistoric-looking shoebill.

You need time on your side to savour the many scenic trekking routes. There are other breathtakingly beautiful nature walks to enjoy, as well as mountain climbing on Mount Rwenzori and Elgon Mountains. Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a more traditional safari experience with 4×4 and boating, while for the true adventurers there is whitewater rafting at Murchison Falls. Other activities on offer in Uganda are kayaking, fishing, rafting, village visits and even vineyard tours.

Our Uganda adventure safaris holiday packages and tours are available at any time of year for all ages and levels of adventure. Expect warm, friendly smiles and personal service, well-versed and highly professional local guides, and comfortable accommodation. Make an enquiry with the professional Uganda safari company – Encompass Africa to reserve your spot.

Travel Uganda with an open mind and you will be hugely rewarded. Its scenic beauty and impressive wildlife will thrill you, but it’s the warm hospitality of Uganda’s people that will touch your soul.

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Facts and figures are not for everyone. So we will keep this brief and interesting, mixing up some statistics and our take on Uganda.

What part of Africa is Uganda in and what to expect?

Positioned in the heart of the African Great Lakes region, Uganda remains a hidden gem, ideal for safari adventurers. Covering some 241,038 square kilometres, it’s bordered by five countries: South Sudan in the north, Tanzania in the south, Rwanda to the southwest, Kenya in the east and Democratic Republic of Congo in the west. 

Winston Churchill called Uganda the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and it certainly is breathtaking in its nature, Uganda wildlife safaris and people. You need time on your side to really savour the experiences on offer during a Uganda safari tour, from gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, chimp habituation, mountain climbing, fishing, birding, boating, kayaking and rafting, to 4×4 safaris, cycling and mountain biking, forest walks, village visits and cultural encounters.

How to travel Uganda

The most time-efficient safari holiday in Uganda is an air safari where you fly from place to place, usually starting in Entebbe or Kampala. Uganda has a network of runways and small airports servicing its cities, towns and national parks, plus a decent schedule of light aircraft allowing you to take to the sky.

From the air, you will see Uganda as a myriad of waterways, lakes and lush green vegetation. Famous lakes in the country include Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga, Lake Edward and Lake Albert, the lowest point in the country at 621 metres below sea level.

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The best time to go to Uganda to see Gorillas

Thanks to its location along the Equator, Uganda boasts a year-round moderate climate with a maximum temperature range of 21-28°C, and a minimum temperature range of 10-18°C (altitude plays a role in these numbers). Rainfall can occur anytime throughout the year, with the heaviest rains falling between March and May, and shorter rains from September to November. January and February are the hottest and driest months of the year, and a great time to travel. June is the beginning of dry season – as it’s the first month after the wet season, the landscape is lush. This is the high season, so prices increase and permits for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking need to be booked well in advance. Uganda Gorilla safari tours is best in drier months because the gorillas are more easily reached and spotted. In the rainy months, the trails get washed out and you get wet and very muddy if it does rain on the mountain. However, the gorillas tend to be lower on the mountain slopes where temperatures are milder and food more plentiful, so your trek time is usually shorter.

Conservation in Uganda

Tourism in Uganda generates one fifth of the country’s economy and the government is working hard to protect its wilderness and wildlife after decades of political upheaval. Wildlife and wilderness areas are recovering while the ongoing challenge is finding balance between human development and wildlife and habitat conservation. There are more than 50 conservation protected areas that protect populations of many critically endangered species.

The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) was set up in Uganda back in 1957 when it conducted biological surveys of savanna parks. Since then it has continued to provide much-needed resources for conservation. Kibale Forest became a national park in 1993 thanks to efforts of the WCS. The focus has since been on building research and management capacities locally with the development of the Institute of Tropical Forest Conservation and training to Uganda Wildlife and National Forest Authorities.

Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) serves to protect and conserve the wildlife and manage the 10 national parks, 12 wildlife reserves, five community wildlife management areas and 13 wildlife sanctuaries. Uganda has seen an increase in its elephant population and a gradual increase in the mountain gorilla population thanks to these efforts and others. Both species are still listed as endangered and critically endangered respectively.

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Ugandan part of our trip has been incredible! 

Uganda trekking experience – Sarah Zito

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We had great viewings of cheetah, cheetah babies, vultures feeding, wildebeest, a couple of male lions and flamingos, it was great.

East Africa Explorer – The Smiths

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