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 organised and 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. 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.
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! 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. Just have an open mind and you will be hugely rewarded.
Home to 1061 or more bird species, it truly is a birders paradise. Primate enthusiasts will also benefit with mountain gorilla and chimpanzee to see. The official language is English and others spoken include Arabic, Swahili and Ganda. The nation is committed to its environment and has a policy – cut one tree, plant another.
This stunning national park is located in south western Uganda, at the junction of the plain and mountain forests. It covers 32,000 hectares and is known for its exceptional biodiversity with more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of farms. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species, including the mountain gorilla. Home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, this national park is an oasis worth exploring for the adventurers who dream of coming face to face with these endangered primates. Mountain gorilla treks here are much more difficult and strenuous than Rwanda and you need more time due to the country’s sheer vastness.
Kibale National Park
This small national park is famous for its variety of primates including chimpanzees. Kibale covers an area of just 795 kilometres and is known to host one of Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forests. Wilderness this remote and stunning of course boasts an impressive array of birdlife including a variety of rare and sought after birds such as the African and green breasted pitta and African Gray Parrot. For the adventurous, there’s a 12 kilometre forest hike best done in dry season, allowing hikers discover the park’s assorted habitats including river line forest, swamp, grassland and tropical rainforest. The highlight is of course Chimpanzee trekking. This is a lifetime experience that allows you to embark on a half day adventure (duration is dependent on location of chimps) into the forest to see chimpanzees in the wild, plus black and white colobus, red tailed monkey and grey cheeked mangabey.
Located along the Western Rift Valley, this is Uganda’s largest national park acting as a conservation area to untamed wilderness and savannahs, split through the middle by the dramatic river Nile. Often referred to as Kabarega National Park, Murchison boasts spectacular scenery and wildlife, the only Ugandan wildlife area with the big five. Buffalos, elephants, lions, leopards are best seen in the northern region above the Nile. In the southeast, Rabongo Forest is home to chimps and other rainforest creatures. The Nile itself hosts one of Africa’s highest hippo and crocodile populations, and an immense variety of birds including the world’s most accessible wild population of the rare shoebill stork.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Covering an area of about 1,978 square kilometres, its position provides a magnificent view of the rift valley floor that occupies Lake Edward and Gorge. It has one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any national park in the world, over 600 different bird species and about 100 mammal species.Landscapes vary from jagged masses of mountains ideal for hiking to stunning lakes, open plains and savannah and green escarpments acquired from the western rift valley. The grassland plains supports a variety of animals which can be viewed from a vehicle on the network of tracks designated in the park. About 20 predators are found in the park such as lions, leopards, side stripped jackal and spotted hyena among others. Other wildlife you can expect to see are antelope species kob, bush buck, topi and water buck, buffaloes, elephants, warthogs and hippos not to mention impressive primate species including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkey, olive baboons among others. The Ishasha sector is famously known for its tree climbing lions and it is also known to host the world’s highest concentration of hippos.
Situated in a remote corner of southwestern Uganda, Semliki National Park and private reserve are incredibly scenic, protecting an eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest. Landscapes are diverse, from mixed forests, jungles, savannahs and wedlands with the Blue Mountains of Congo the backdrop to the west and snow-capped Rwenzori to the south. The range of habitats provides an enormous diversity of fauna and flora, with forest species including chimps and plains game featuring elephant, lion and leopard. The highlight is a birding safari because this is one of the richest areas for forest birds in Africa. A large number of predominantly Central African species reach the eastern limit of their distribution here and cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. These include spectacular and sought-after birds like Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Nkulengu Rail, Black-wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey guide.
In the rugged, semi arid valleys this national park is home to a profusion of big game with 77 mammal and 475 bird species. It is the country’s most isolated and few make the long journey north. For those that do, you are rewarded with the most magnificent wilderness. From Apoka in the heart of the park you will see a savannah landscape that leads to distant mountains.
Kampala & Entebbe
Kampala is often just a stop over for many travellers on their first or last night of a holiday in Uganda. Worthy of a full day, Kampala has the largest markets in this region of Africa. Owino market boasts endless booths lining chaotic alleys with a mind boggling array of everything from clothes, African foods and souvenirs. For a smaller and local feel try Nakasero market which is great for fruit and vegetables. Our favourite market for souvenirs is the craft market on Buganda Road and a larger market behind the national theatre near the Garden City complex. Garden City is a modern shopping complex for locals and tourists. For time out and a cup of coffee, head to 1000 Cups of Coffee. For the oldest fair trade craft shop in the country, head to Uganda Crafts 2000 on Bombo Road where you can buy baskets, musical instruments, jewellery, batik fabrics, carvings and more. This certified fair trade store will have something for everyone hand made by artists from Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and the Congo.
Found in Bwindi, this imposing, dense forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only accessible by foot. It is here you will see one of the richest ecosystems in Africa with some 120 mammals, 348 bird species, 220 butterfly sand 27 frog species. The highlight of course is getting up close and personal with habituated mountain gorilla. Knowing there are just over 800 left in the wild, it is a truly moving and magical experience. The trek to find them is often strenuous, so be prepared to sweat. When you come across the gorilla family any exhaustion fades away as you relax for an hour in the forest and watch these primates living their lives and interacting as a family.
River Nile & Murchison Falls
The spring of the Nile river in Uganda is a sight to behold. It runs through eleven countries and here in a quaint town called Jinja you can see it in all its glory. One of the most popular activities is white water rafting because this stretch boasts some sensational rapids. Further along is Murchison Falls, a powerful waterfall with beautiful lookouts, spectacular views and the opportunity for fishing.
Many of our guests like to explore beyond the wilderness and learn about life, culture and history. This fantastic centre aims to rekindle, rehabilitate, galvanise, promote and sustain the positive sense of pride, confidence and efficacy of the Ugandan people. Learn about Ugandan cultures, the country’s music, dance and traditions and savour the culinary delights of a Ugandan barbecue feast.
Kibale Chimpanzee Trek
Track the trails of the ubiquitous chimpanzee and look for the other 12 primates that also live in the beautiful region of Kibale. Kibale covers an area of 795 kilometres with tropical forest that is the ultimate home for chimpanzee and other wildlife like black and white colobus, red tailed monkey and grey cheeked mangabey. There are also many different bird species in the area to enjoy along the way. This outstanding wildlife safari experience is offered for just six people per group and advance booking is essential to guarantee a place.
Internationally renowned as a birder’s paradise, Uganda is a favourite due to its outstanding diversity of species. Whilst there is only one endemic bird, the Fox’s Weaver, there are 23 Albertine Endemics here that are nearly impossible to spot elsewhere. In addition to these, there are birds of all shapes and sizes, from the rare, prehistoric looking Shoebill to the stunning Sunbird and Red-faced Woodland Warbler. Hotspots for birding are Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and Semuliki. Our top five species to look for are Shoebill, African Green Broadbill, Green-breasted Pitta, African Finfoot and the Great Blue Turaco.
Located in Buhoma north of Bwindi this lodge is absolutely lovely, not least because it has its own private section on the Munyanga River and the gorillas can often be seen from your terrace as they cross right in front! There are six suite style rooms all with not just one but two double beds and ensuite bathrooms. With your own private terrace, chairs and table the view can be savoured when you have down time from gorilla tracking. The main area is spacious with dining, bar and lounge plus double sided fireplace.
Located on the south bank of the Nile River, this relative newcomer is making good ground with rave reviews from our staff and guests. With direct river access, boating excursions are truly the feature as you visit Mirchison Falls or head downstream to the delta area, most spectacular at sunrise or sunset. Game drives to nearby Budongo Forest is fun. We enjoy simply relaxing at the lovely lodge either in the central area with lounge, bar and dining raised and decks all round or in the comfort of your own cottage that also overlooks the river.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
Looking out at the Virunga volcanoes from over 2,000 metres above sea level, you can revel in the knowledge that you are in Uganda’s highest lodge. Massive cottage accommodation awaits with bedroom, lounge area and ensuite bathrooms plus an essential fireplace that your private butler will light for you daily. The main lodge area is nice too with high ceilings and wooden beams like an alpine resort. With lounge area, dining, bar and small gift shop this is a fantastic choice for those seeking a luxury Uganda safari holiday.
Kidepo Valley National Park is not well known yet it’s one of our top destinations and Apoka is one of our favourite accommodations set in the vast plains. Cottage style rooms with outdoor bathtubs, private verandahs and spacious interiors await those who grant Uganda the time it deserves. From your cottage you are likely to see the resident wildlife like giraffe, zebra, elephant, buffalo not to mention the cats including lion, leopard and cheetah. The central area is under thatch with all the usual facilities and there’s a fantastic rock pool with views across the plains to a real waterhole where wildlife frequent. Game drives and walks here if you make it this far!
Ishasha Wilderness Camp
One of our favourites for those seeking a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park, this great camp is on the Ntungwe River and over 70 kilometres away from any neighbour so you will only see the resident wildlife like elephant, buffalo and lion. Just ten canvas framed tents spaced along the river offer guests comfortable accommodation with ensuite bathrooms. Game drives are morning and afternoon and guided walks can be arranged along the river to get close to hippo. Nothing fancy, absolutely friendly, this camp is ideal for a great Uganda safari holiday.
Gorilla Forest Camp
Sitting inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest means this place is absolutely spectacular for immersive experiences at the luxury end of the spectrum. Wildlife roams freely, including the occasional gorilla so walking from your room the the main area should be done cautiously! There are eight ensuite tents that offer real romance with quintessential safari style. Imagine canvas and thatch tents raised slightly on wooden decks, outdoor seating, inside comfortable beds and big bathtub that allows you to look into the jungle canopy whilst soaking. A bar and dining cottage overlooks the rainforest and the open air dining is enjoyed on a raised platform. In front of this is a grassed area with campfire. There is also a mini spa where you can be pampered after your gorilla safari.
We had a thrilling sighting in Bwindi National Park being 4m away from a silverback in with shoulders the size of a Mack truck. Kibale was something special especially being present and hearing the wake-up calls of the chimps at Kibale.
We enjoyed everywhere we stay and the service was spot on throughout Uganda. Sanctuary Gorilla Camp in particular was amazing, the rooms were fantastic, we had the top one with a lot of stairs which we loved it was private and relaxing.
On our second tracking was loads of fun though and a real adventure. We found the Rushegura family after 3 hours and then followed them through the thick forest for the next hour as they moved around and fed. There was an adorable 1 week old baby which was lovely to see in the protection of its mother’s arms. The silverback was relaxed and came and sat down right next to us, so close he was touching me! It was a truly incredible moment.
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