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Uganda is a beautiful country of lush, bountiful rainforests and lakes that are home to a wide variety of wildlife, including a number of rare and endemic species - forest elephants, giant forest hogs, the Ugandan cob and the prehistoric shoebill stork, among others. The greatest attraction of all, however, are the 330 or so remaining mountain gorillas found in the country’s two gorilla parks, Bwindi & Mgahinga, along with their close cousins, chimpanzees, and many other species of primate.
Uganda’s other beautiful national parks and game reserves incorporate varied scenery: volcanoes, Rift Valley Lakes, the River Nile, mist-covered mountains, waterfalls and savannahs. Boat trips in Queen Elizabeth National Park are especially good for viewing hippo, buffalo and elephant. The park’s savannahs are great for game viewing and home to tree-climbing lions, while chimpanzees can be tracked in the Kyambura Gorge.
Murchison Falls is the biggest National Park in Uganda, offering stunning habitats for a variety of game; it is also great for bird watching. The Rwenzori ‘Mountains of the Moon’ are the perfect escape for those who enjoy trekking and climbing. With such a wealth of wildlife & beautiful scenery, it is not surprising that Uganda was the most popular safari destination early last century and is now enjoying a renaissance amongst discerning travellers.
UGANDA TRAVEL ADVICE
Uganda is a good year round safari destination and combines well with Tanzania and Kenya.
Uganda's dry seasons run from June to October and December to February, while the rainy season runs from March to May.
If you want to track gorillas it is worth looking at two separate locations to experience two different families in varying habitats.
Regions in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa. Gorilla safaris are Bwindi's main attraction, with the park home to half of the world's remaining population of mountain gorilla.
Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is an attractive green city on the shores of Lake Victoria. It provides a gentle introduction to the country and a good base from which to explore the surrounding region.
Mgahinga National Park is the smallest and most remote wildlife park in Uganda, but like Bwindi, it is home to a significant population of the severely-endangered mountain gorilla.
This is a wonderful national park, sometimes dubbed 'the Pearl of Africa’, it is little wonder that Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world.
Example itineraries in Uganda
This small group tour takes in the main sights of Uganda, including visits to the Chimpanzee sanctuaries in Kibale Forest and Kyambura Gorge, game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Gorilla-tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This itinerary is a great introduction to Uganda that can be incorporated into a longer, tailor-made option – please ask us for suggestions.
Journey to Bwindi National Park, where you can see the world’s largest population of Mountain Gorillas in the wild. This short fly-in tour works well as a standalone safari, or as part of a longer tailor-made option including other regions of East Africa, such as Rwanda, Tanzania or Kenya. Ask us for suggestions.
This private tour visits Uganda's most famous wilderness areas, Queen Elizabeth NP, famous for its tree-climbing lions, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home of the endangered mountain gorilla. It serves as a brilliant introduction to Uganda's wildlife, and can also be incorporated into a longer, tailor-made option.
Trek to Margherita Peak, the summit of Mt Stanley and Africa's third highest point, in this 8 Day Trek
Our three-day low-cost gorilla safaris offer a great way of seeing these wonderful creatures in the wild without incurring great expense. By staying in simple accommodations rather than luxury lodges, and travelling largely by private car rather than plane, we can greatly reduce the cost of the tour. From as little as £854 per person in a group of 4.