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Uganda Safari

Explore landscapes and embrace people.

Uganda may not be a big country, but it is blessed with outstanding untouched natural beauty and game-flourishing wildlife habitats shared with few other tourists.

Uganda African Safaris and holidays can be enjoyed privately or in a small group fully guided tour.  Here you can of course appreciate the Mountain Gorillas after a strenuous trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

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 home to the Chimpanzee Sanctuary and rescue program at Ngamba Island. Behind the scenes activities with rescued chimpanzees get you close to the chimps for really rewarding interactions.

There are other breathtakingly beautiful nature walks to enjoy and mountain climbing on Mount Rwenzori and Elgon Mountains.  Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a more traditional safari experience with 4×4 and boating and for the true adventurers, there is white water rafting at Murchison Falls.

 

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. Other activities on offer in Uganda are kayaking, fishing, rafting, village visits and even vineyard tours!

Whilst a Uganda holiday will be naturally scenic and impressive for wildlife viewing, it is the warm hospitality of its people that touch the soul and leave a marked impression and desire to return.

Expect warm, friendly smiles and personal service, well versed and highly professional local guides and comfortable accommodation.

Our Uganda safari holiday packages and Uganda tours are available at any time of year for all ages and levels of adventure.

Travel Uganda with an open mind and you will be hugely rewarded.

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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.

Where is it and what should one expect?

Uganda today covers 241,038 square kilometres and is bordered by five countries, South Sudan in the north, Tanzania in the south, Rwanda to the south west, Kenya in the east and Democratic Republic of Congo in the west. Uganda is also positioned in the heart of the great valley lakes region and remains a hidden gem, ideal for safari adventurers.

Winston Churchill called Uganda the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and it certainly is breathtaking in its nature, wildlife and people. As we’ve mentioned already, you need time on your side to really savour the impressive list Uganda holidays offer from gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, chimp habituation, mountain climbing, fishing, birding, boating, kayaking and rafting, 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. The famous lakes list is Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Lake Kyoga and Lake Edward. Lake Albert is the lowest point in the country at 621 metres below sea level.

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Best time to visit Uganda

Uganda is located along the Equator and this is why its moderate climate is experienced year round. Rainfall can occur anytime throughout the year with its 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 (first month after the wet season so landscape is lush) and high season, so prices increase and permits for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking are booked well in advance. Maximum temperature range is 21 to 28 degrees whilst the minimum temperature ranges from 10 to 18 degrees. Altitude plays a role in affecting the variation. Gorilla trekking 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. Having said that, the wetter months see the gorillas lower on the mountain slopes where temperatures are milder and food more plentiful so your trek time is usually shorter.

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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 whilst the ongoing challenge is finding balance between human development and wildlife and habitat conservation.  There are over 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 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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From those who have ventured

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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