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Uganda Safaris & Tours

Welcome To Uganda

“If your dream is mountain gorilla trekking, Uganda is the place to go. Rwanda is the only other country in which these gentle giants can be encountered on a trek, and Ugandan permits are a fraction of the price charged over the border. Kidepo, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls NP are great for game drives in a savannah environment with plenty of lion, buffalo and elephant, as well as a range of antelope species.”

Eliud Karimi

Head Wildlife Guide/Director Of Operations

Once titled the, “Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill it’s easy to see why an adventure in Uganda is so unforgettable. While there are a variety of experiences to be had here, the most sought after activity is gorilla trekking which takes place in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. But while this activity remains top of the list there is so much more than just encountering our friendly giants in the lush jungle. Safaris here can match the quality of other popular destinations while heading to Murchison Falls brings you in contact with Nile River which can be experienced both on land and by boat. If you are searching for other primates, Kibale Forest National Park offers picturesque views of the Rwenzori Mountains and open savannah grasslands as you search for chimpanzee. No matter which direction you go, Uganda is guarenteed to provide an African adventure that goes above and beyond any expectations.

Uganda offers some of the most unique National Parks to be experienced including: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and Queen Elizabeth National Park. These parks boast a variety of plants, birds, and exciting wildlife that are anything but ordinary. Heading to the west, Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to elephants, hippos, Congo lions, African Leopards, chimpanzees and 95 other species of mammals. With deep craters and volcanic features you can’t help but feel like you’ve taken a step back in time to Africa’s true primal state. The popular The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers the opportunity to see mountain gorillas and elephants up close and is easily considered one of Uganda’s most remarkable destinations for visitors. Don’t forget to take a peek at the famous Murchison Falls where the waters of the Nile squeeze through a narrow gorge to make a beautiful waterfall.

When it comes to visiting Uganda, wildlife viewing is good year-round but reaches its best during the Dry Season (June to August and December to February) as this is the best time gorilla trekking. Heading into the reserves at this time also makes wildlife easier to spot due to less vegetation and various animals congregating around waterholes and rivers. Even as this is the most popular time for visitors, the parks still don’t feel crowded and there’s plenty of clear skies and sunshine to go around.

Located in close proximity to the equator, the weather in Uganda remains consitent throughout the year. Traveling during the Dry Season (June to August and December to February) average temperatures are around 81°F in the afternoon and dropping to around 61°F in the morning.The beginning of the season includes the hottest months in the south but can still occasionally welcome rain. As the season ends, most of the southern regions experience less rainfall and the north takes advantage of the clear and sunny weather. With similar temperatures, the Wet Season (March to May and September to November) welcome more rainfall throughout the country until around April when things start to clear up. One thing to keep in mind is that rain can make travel more difficult so it is best to reach out in advance while planning to ensure you make the most of your time in Uganda.

When it comes to expereincing wildlife, Uganda offers a wide range of encounters in a mix of savannah and forest parks. While the highlights here include encountering both gorillas and chimpanzees, many other smaller primiates are also present. Heading into the savannah, all of the “Big Five” are present and lions are common in both Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Park. Uganda also calls home to a number of different antelope species including the rare sitatunga antelope which remains elusive throughout the six national parks. If you are looking to have a unique mix of wildlife and scenery, Uganda is easily a country that deserves to be at the top of the list.

Traveling to Uganda offers ever-changing scenery with a diverse range of exciting wildlife waiting to be encountered. Here activities can take you into the mountains in search of mountain gorillas and on the water as you come to the foot of the thundering Murchsion Falls. Here is a little inspiration on things to do as you begin planning an unforgettable adventure into the “Pearl Of Africa”:

 

  • Track mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Experience a river cruise on the original African Queen, restored from the famous film of the 1950s
  • See wildlife such as tree-climbing lions, eland, buffalo, elephant and more on safari
  • Take a boat trip to the foot of the thundering Murchsion Falls

Our Recommended Uganda Tours

 

While there are plenty of experiences to be had in Uganda, the number one reason most travelers make their way here is to experience a gorilla trek in the dense tropical forests of Bwindi National Park. Chimpanzee are also another popular sight as you make your way into Kibale Forest National Park where other smaller primates can also be seen. Once you’ve had your trekking experience, take boat trip to the foot of the thundering Murchsion Falls before embarking on a game drive in the National Park. Encounter exciting wildlife such as tree-climbing lions, eland, buffalo, elephant and more on an unforgettable safari. Our knowledge and first-hand experience here can help you design the perfect adventure in Uganda.

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“This was the best trip I have ever taken. It truly was life changing. Not one aspect of this trip was disappointing. Our guide, Jackson was the most patient and informative guide, I think we could have ever asked for. We saw everything – the big five, a cheetah hunt, herds of elephants, lions, hippos! It was the greatest experience I ever had.”

“We have just returned from the most wonderful and amazing trip we have taken! We have traveled in Europe, Asia, North/South and Central America and this was the best trip we have had. The variety of animals and abundance we saw was beyond our expectations. We are looking forward to our next trip!”

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