Uganda’s stunning scenery, welcoming people and incredibly varied wildlife combine to offer a unique safari experience for those in search of something a little different. You’ll find snow-capped mountains, lush rolling hills, lakes, forests, the Nile and vast tracts of open savanna. The big attraction is, of course, Uganda’s primates. This is your chance to spend time with endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in the wild - an unforgettable experience. Add in a traditional safari, and you have a holiday of a lifetime.
You'll find a useful guide to Uganda and its main attractions at the bottom of this page, along with some sample safari journeys and with guide prices. These journeys are there to inspire you and give you a starting point. It is important to emphasise that all our private safaris are tailor-made and can be designed around you and your preferences - please do ask us for a quote. If you are travelling solo or would prefer to safari in a small group we also offer an excellent escorted tour of Uganda - you'll find full details below.
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A small group tour covering Bwindi, Kibale Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth Parks and chimp and gorilla treks
A week long private tour of Uganda's highlights including big game safaris, chimps and gorillas as well as wonderful scenery
A short once in a lifetime trip to see the gorillas of Bwindi National Park
A small group escorted safari tour of Uganda to see the best wildlife including mountain gorilla trekking
An exceptional private tour which encompasses both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees as well as big game on safari
Over half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas live here along with a huge range of rare and exotic birds. You can also spot chimpanzee and elephant hiding in this densely forested mountain range. Trekking through this forest is one of Africa’s true adventures.Continue Reading...
13 different primate species can be found here including red colobus monkeys and chimpanzees, who are as interested in watching you as you are in them. You may even be lucky enough to glimpse the elusive forest elephant who live in the dense foliageContinue Reading...
Uganda’s most accessible savanna wildlife area is just a 3 1/2 hour drive from Kampala. Swamp fringed lakes form a spectacular 50km wetland system surrounded by acacia woodland. Giraffe were reintroduced in 2015.Continue Reading...
On a visit in 1907, Winston Churchill described this area as, “Kew Gardens and the zoo combined on an unlimited scale.” It still doesn’t disappoint. The huge Nile River squeezes through a tiny cleft in the rocks, thundering out in a frenzy of white water before meandering off across the plains.Continue Reading...
Uganda’s most popular and scenic park stretches from the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains to the shores of Lake Edward. It is home to an impressive mix of wildlife including elephant, buffalo and a large hippo population, and can be explored by boat.Continue Reading...
Although Uganda lies on the Equator and enjoys a tropical climate, most of the country lies on a plateau some 900-1,830m above sea level which keeps temperatures cooler than on the coast. The hottest months are December to February when the temperature reaches 29 degrees Celsius. The main rainy seasons are from April to May and October to November, although it can be wet at any time!
Uganda is most famous for its primates and to see them, especially the gorillas, you need to be fit. Treks into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest can last five hours on steep and uneven terrain. It is, however, well worth the effort. Elsewhere you explore by game vehicle, boat or on foot, depending on the terrain.
With a gorilla population of about 335 gorillas, the Bwindi National Park in Uganda is home to nearly half of all known mountain gorillas. The National Park is a thick jungle, covering a steep upland terrain of ridges and valleys. It makes gorilla trekking a challenging experience and one you should prepare for. Often you need to walk for 4-5 hours to see a family group (depending where the gorillas have moved to within the Park) and the going is hot and tricky underfoot. When you find the gorillas you are allowed one hour with them.
Visiting the chimps is usually much less tiring. At Kibale you normally find them quite quickly and again are allowed to stay with them for up to an hour before leaving them alone. Especially with the chimps its sometimes hard to work out exactly who is observing who! When visiting the chimps you can stay at the nearby Crater lakes, an extraordinary series of long extinct volcanic now filled with water and forming a network of lakes.
While the primates are the undoubted stars of a Ugandan safari holiday, there is still plenty more to see and enjoy. A more traditional safari experience can be enjoyed at the Queen Elizabeth National Park. This large reserve, situated between Lake George and Lake Edwards , is home to nearly one hundred mammals including lions, leopards, elephant and buffalo. It also has excellent flora (with five distinct climatic zones within its borders) and over 500 species of bird. Game-viewing can be done by vehicle or by boat, usually along the Kazinga Channel which connects the two lakes and is home to lots of hippos. There is a reasonable choice of lodges and camps within the park, from large to small, expensive to reasonable.
The other unique sight to consider when going on a safari holiday in Uganda is a visit to Murchison Falls. Situated in Murchison Falls National Park, which is part of the largest conservation area in Uganda, the Nile (part of the Victoria Branch which joins the Blue Nile from Ethiopia in the Sudan) falls over 40 metres through a gorge only 7 metres wide. The roar as over 300 square metres per second of water forces its way through is quite something and you can view them from both the bottom and top. There is also Game viewing here, with wildlife recovering after the widespread poaching of the Amin years. A Rhino breeding project is currently underway in the south of the area to restore the Big five to the area.
Uganda is a wonderful destination, with a different feel to many of its neighbours. The areas you visit are green and lush, areas of jungle and plantation all framed by an amazing natural beauty. With Lake Victoria lying on its southern border it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that there is plenty of water about. It is this lush forest that has made it home to some of the last families of mountain gorillas as well as other primates such as chimpanzees.
Many of our clients visit Uganda with us on their second or third trips to Africa, choosing to visit one of the more traditional safari holiday locations first. You will see more traditional game in Kenya or Tanzania, but can still enjoy an authentic safari in Uganda with the additional, and considerable, bonus of the Gorillas. They are an experience not to be missed!