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Uganda Safaris and Tours

Uganda, called “The Pearl of Africa” by Sir Winston Churchill, is a country of great natural beauty and spectacular wildlife experiences.

The impressive snow-capped Rwenzoris rise high above Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to its abundant game, while the endangered mountain gorilla can be found in the forests of the Virunga Volcanoes and the Bwindi. The source of the River Nile, Uganda’s enormous Lake Victoria is also a sight to behold.

Our range of Uganda safaris offer the chance to view some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. These gentle giants live within Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park in the Virunga Volcanoes on the border with Rwanda’s Parc des Volcans. A trek to see these mountain gorillas is one of earth’s greatest wildlife experiences.

For more traditional safaris, you can visit the Queen Elizabeth National Park, renowned for its abundant game and its huge population of hippo in the beautiful Kazinga Channel. There is also a population of chimpanzees that can be closely observed in Chamburu Gorge. Another place to see these primates is in the Kibale Forest National Park, where most of Uganda’s chimpanzees reside.

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Uganda Safari Highlights

Gorilla Trekking

Africa is home to the world’s largest primate, the gorilla. The mountain gorilla lives at higher altitude and has longer and more abundant fur than the lowland species.

It is also the most critically endangered with approximated 720 individuals remaining within national parks in the Virunga Volcanoes and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. These gentle giants live on a diet of leaves, stems, bark and fruit. A guided trek through the forest to see an habituated group is an unforgettable experience, and although encounters cannot be guaranteed, it is unusual not to see them. Finding the gorillas can mean trekking up steep, uneven paths or over tussocky grass so a reasonable level of fitness is required. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the best place to undertake gorilla treks. Limited permits are available and need to be purchased well in advance.

Chimpanzee Viewing

Uganda’s forests are home to the endangered chimpanzee, with the largest population in the pristine Kibale Forest in eastern Uganda.

There is also a small population in the Kyambura (Chamburu) Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Chimpanzee trekking is a more active experience than gorilla trekking. Troops move very quickly and finding them is definitely not guaranteed. However, an encounter with these lively and intelligent primates is a remarkable experience and you may see many other monkeys and wildlife when walking in the forest. It is also possible to visit chimpanzees in a private sanctuary on Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria close to Entebbe.

Dramatic mountain scenery

Uganda’s western border is famed for its dramatic scenery including the lakes and mountains of the Rift Valley and the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains.

With glaciers at their summits and draped in cloud, the Rwenzoris have a number of very high peaks. Mount Stanley is the tallest, and at 5,109m, it is the third highest peak in Africa. Trekking here is a highlight. Another chain of mountains on the border of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, the Virunga Volcanoes are covered in rainforest and home of the endangered mountain gorilla.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

The diverse landscapes of Uganda’s most popular wildlife park are home to a remarkable 600 bird species and 100 mammal, including tree-climbing lions.

Other wildlife such as elephant, leopard, buffalo and crocodile are joined by more unusual animals such as the Uganda kob and the rare aquatic sitatunga antelope. Take a cruise on the famous Kazinga Channel which supports one of the world’s largest concentration of hippo, and see amazing birdlife, including the strange Shoebill or Whale-headed Stork, standing over a metre high. Chimpanzees and a variety of monkey species can be seen in the forests of the Kyambura (Chambura) Gorge and in the Maramagambo Forest.

Uganda Sample Itineraries

Our selection of Uganda safaris and tours include gorilla trekking and an 8 day Best of Uganda tour. All of our safaris and tours are completely tailor made to suit our clients interests, budget, and timeframe. To find out more about the type of Uganda Safari program we can put together for you, please download pages below.

Uganda Gorillas

Uganda Gorillas

Fly from Entebbe to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to around 380 of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas. Trek through the forest with your guide in search of an habituated gorilla troop for a truly life-changing wildlife experience

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Best of Uganda

Best of Uganda

This 8 day safari offers you the best of Uganda, from mountain gorilla trekking to searching for the famous tree climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Enjoy a boat cruise on the hippo-filled Kazinga Channel and visit a chimpanzee sanctuary.

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Gorillas & Chimps Express

Gorillas & Chimps Express

If your time is limited, our 6 day Gorilla Express combines a visit to the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Reserve near Entebbe, with gameviewing in Lake Mburo National Park plus two gorilla treks in the misty rainforests of Bwindi National Park.

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Uganda Overview

Why Uganda: Uganda offers a wide variety of experiences, from classic big game viewing in the Queen Elizabeth National Park to mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking. There are many pristine rainforests with unique fauna and flora including within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale Forest and the Rwenzori National Park. Uganda also has a rich culture with over 30 languages spoken by many different tribes, ranging from the regal Buganda and Bunyoro to forest-dwelling Batwa pygmies.

Game Viewing: Gorilla trekking can take place at any time of year with April/May and November being wetter. However, be aware that rain occurs all year round. For general game viewing safaris, the best time to go is during the dry season (between June and September).

Climate: Although Uganda is on the equator, much of the country is at relatively high altitude and temperatures are very pleasant(25°-28°C). The mountain areas where gorillas are found can be cool to cold. Rain falls throughout the year but is heaviest between Mar-May and Oct-Nov.

Combine With: Uganda can be combined with neighbouring Kenya or Tanzania and we highly recommend including renowned game parks such as the Masai Mara or the Serengeti into your itinerary.

Getting There: The Ugandan capital of Entebbe can be reached by air from Nairobi in Kenya, Kilimanjaro and Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, with Emirates from Dubai and with SAA from Johannesburg.

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