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Uganda Destinations.

Uganda is one of the land locked countries and well known as the ‘pearl of Africa’ the tittle given to it by Winston Churchill and this came because of its diverse sceneries that can be spotted all over the country. Uganda is located in East Africa, neighbouring Tanzania to the south, Rwanda to the south west, D.R. Congo to the west, south Sudan to the north and Kenya to the east.

A Uganda safari can take you to explore the 10 national parks and over 12 game reserves in the country which are well covered with attractions such as wildlife, water bodies like lakes, water falls, incredible scenery characterised by mountains and valleys and many more to discover. These game parks have different neighbouring communities and give you a chance to visit one or two while on your safari.

Therefore, during a Uganda safari you have a chance to enjoy more than expected. Some of the activities include the following;

Primate trekking (gorilla, golden monkeys and chimpanzees).

Uganda is blessed with tropical rain forests and these favour primate habitation. Most of the south western part of the country is located within Virunga ranges where you can locate the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys.

Trekking mountain gorillas is only done in Mgahinga and Bwindi impenetrable national park; golden monkeys can be trekked in Mgahinga National Park.

Chimpanzee trekking is mainly done in Kibale national park but there are other destinations where you can trek these beautiful cousins, including Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Budongo and Kalinzu forests.

Trekking these primates requires you to have a valid trekking permit purchased from Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and because the permits are limited to only 8 people per day, you can purchase the permits earlier; even a year before trekking date.

Primate habituation is also provided and only 6 visitors are allowed to habituate one gorilla family only done in Bwindi national park as well as chimpanzees which is done in Kibale National Park. Habituation exercise helps wildlife or primates to get used to human behaviours.

Wildlife safaris in Uganda.

Uganda has seven savannah national parks where wildlife viewing can take place. This is through using an open roof tourist vehicle (4x4 wheel drive) and drive around the park or using a boat where visitors get a chance to spot amazing wildlife. Some of the most sought after include the rare tree climbing lions which can found in Ishasha sector - Queen Elizabeth national park, buffaloes, elephants, bush backs, waterbucks, Jackson hartebeests, Uganda kobs, jackals, lions, leopards, hippos, crocodiles among others. The game drives or boat cruises last for about 2-3 hours.

Cultural safaris.

Uganda has over 50 cultures fairly distributed all over the country and among others include the Batooro, Bakiga, Baganda, Batwa and Karamajongs. These cultures provide visitors with cultural dances, historical excursions, traditional dishes, hand crafts like baskets among others.

Great cultural adventures can be organised while on this safari to take you to Isunga Cultural Community in Kibale national park for both Batooro and Bakiga cultures, as well as Entanda cultural experience for the Buganda culture.

Hiking safaris.

Take a hike on either Rwenzori mountains to reach the Margherita peak which is the highest point in Uganda with 5,109 meters above the sea level or Mount Elgon with Wagagai peak which stands at 4,321 metres above the sea level. Other mountains to hike are Mount. Gahinga, Mount. Muhabura and other small hills like Mwegenywa in Fort portal.

Birding safaris.

Over 1000 bird species can be spotted in Uganda and these are savannah, swamp, forests among others. Uganda birding safari takes you to spore birds like the shoebill stork in Mabamba wetlands, the great breasted pitta in Kibale national park and other birds that can be spotted are the Abyssinian ground hornbill, malachite king fisher, African fish eagle, hawks, weaver birds, hamerkop, grey crested crane, great blue turacos, Rwenzori turacos and many more.

Best time to take a Uganda safari.

Uganda is a lovely country with suitable and favourable weather where you can even move with light clothing during cold days. This means that the country is beautiful and can be visited all year round.

All you need to know is that Uganda has two dry and wet seasons where the dry season begins in December until February and June to August where you can take a safari without hindrances by rains.


Murchison Falls National Park
MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK. Did you know that Murchison falls national park is the largest conservation area in Uganda? This is an amazing destination with a variety to see while on your safari to Uganda-the pearl of Africa. It covers an area of 3,840 square kilometres, divided into two parts by ....
Queen Elizabeth National Park
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. The widest range of wildlife and savannah vegetation in Uganda is found in Queen Elizabeth National park characterized by a range of habitats - grassland savannah, lakes, forests and wetlands. Queen Elizabeth whose coordinates are; 00 12S, 30 00E (Latitude: 0.2000; L ....
Bwindi impenetrable National park
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK. Bwindi national park is one of the best conservation areas in the country located in southwestern region of Uganda. The park covers an area of 321 sq. km and it was first gazetted as a national park in 1991 and 1994 was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO. T ....
Kidepo Valley National Park
KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK. 700km away from the city of Kampala-Uganda, bordering Sudan and Kenya in the semi-Arid region is Kidepo valley National park (the most isolated park in Uganda). Declared a park in the year 1962, with good population of game, inclusive of 77 mammal species  ....
Gorilla trekking regions in Bwindi
GORILLA TREKKING REGIONS IN BWINDI. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park offers refuge to about 500 individuals which represent about half of the total population that is believed to be still thriving in the world. For life time experiences, only 19 habituated gorilla families are available for ....
Mount Rwenzori
MOUNTAIN RWENZORI. Popularly known as the mountains of the moon, Mt.Rwenzori is situated in western Uganda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is characterized by equatorial snow peaks which mark the highest point in Uganda. In addition, the lower slopes are covered by moorland, bamboo, ....
Mount Gahinga
MOUNT. GAHINGA. Mt. Gahinga lies between Mt. Muhabura and Mt.  Sabyinyo on the Uganda- Rwanda border.  It is the smallest of all the Virunga volcanoes. The mountain traces its name from the Kinyarwanda / Kifumbira word “Gahinga” (a small pile of stones). It is believed that Mt ....
Mount Sabyinyo
MOUNT. SABYINYO. A glance at the tooth-shaped mountain from a distance answers the question of origin of this name “Sabyinyo.” Mt. Sabyinyo, the oldest and extinct of the eight Virunga volcanoes traces its name from a Rwandese phrase “Iryinyo” (meaning a tooth). It stands at ....
Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale forest
CHIMPANZEE TREKKING IN KIBALE FOREST. Did you know that chimpanzee trekking can be done in Kyambura gorge, Budongo forest, Kalinzu forest reserve but Kibale forest presents the most incredible experience of all? Chimpanzee trekking is one of the activities that make any Uganda safari unique. Not o ....
Mabamba wetland
MABAMBA WETLAND. Mabamba swamp is found in Uganda, a country well-known as birder’s paradise with over 1000 bird species and Mabamba bay swamp being one of the best destinations for birding. This lush wetland derives its name from the Luganda word ‘mamba’ which means lungfish. M ....
Gorilla families in Bwindi impenetrable N/park
GORILLA FAMILIES IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE N PARK. Bwindi Impenetrable is one of the African national parks that harbour endangered mountain gorillas in their natural environment. It is on record that it shelters almost half of the world population of gorillas in 19 habituated gorilla families. Each f ....
Gorilla families in Mgahinga National Park
GORILLA FAMILIES IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK. Mgahinga national park is the smallest national park in Uganda covering an area of but well known for homing the remaining endangered mountain gorillas and also, the golden monkeys. The park is open to all visitors both local and foreigners. It ....
Lake Bunyonyi
LAKE BUNYONYI Lake Bunyonyi is one of the most romantic and adorable lakes in Uganda located in the south-western of the country. Bunyonyi which means small birds hence the origin of the name and this has made it a good birding site. The lake has over 29 islands that offer great scenery view, plus ....
KAMPALA CITY. Kampala is situated in the central part of Uganda-the pearl of Africa. It is the most heavily populated and largest commercial city in the country, located along the shores of Lake Victoria - the biggest fresh water lake in Africa. It occupies seven hills (old Kampala hill, Mengo hil ....

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