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Why go to Uganda

Uganda is also known as the “Pearl of Africa” and is the Eastern African country that is the most central. Its name derives from the Buganda Kingdom which historically stretches over the southern regions of the nation. It’s made up of over a hundred districts and several different regions; each one offering something unique and consists of different tribes and landscapes. The western region of Uganda is an incredibly beautiful region; a wonderland of golden plains, thick rain forests, snow peaked mountains, and tea plantations. It is here where the rare African gorillas can be found, located in the game reserves, mountain regions and forest reserves. This is a popular region among explorers and entices the majority of the country’s tourism. The central region of Uganda has preserved many cultural sites, making sure that the kingdom’s heritage sites and buildings are preserved for future generations to observe and learn from. The nation’s capital of Kampala can be found here, as can Uganda’s most beautiful waterfalls and water bodies, such as Lake Victoria. Travelling towards the Eastern Region of Uganda you’ll come across the source of the river Nile and the Bujagali falls. Here you can go bunjy jumping and go on a white water rafting adventure. This region is truly beautiful and continues to mesmerize tourists every year with its majestic mountain ranges while the Nyero rock paintings give tourists and locals an insight into the nation’s past. Lastly, the Northern Region of Uganda offers an enchanting perspective into the nation’s tribes and national park

 

 

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Where to go in Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Grab your birding guide and binoculars for a fantastic birdwatching foray through the ancient rainforest of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – known for offering “some of the best montane-forest birdwatching in Africa”. The park is home to an impressive 350 species, of which many you will delight in ticking off your list on this 2-3 hour excursion that is hosted by a knowledgeable guide. Alternatively, nature enthusiasts can embark on a 3-hour journey of discovery, traversing through the unique habitats of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, along a winding trail framed by exotic, emerald vegetation, to witness the sparkling spectacle of the Munyaga Waterfall. Rising through ever green and montane marshes that intertwine across the lush forest floor your trail leads you to enchanting falls, booming out a thunderous roar of pristine river water crushing against enormous rocks. Set in exquisite verdant terrain this waterfall is truly a sight to behold. Prolific with birds the cacaphony of chatter and the cascading falls is a magnificent sound. Acknowledged as a birding utopia Uganda shelters over half of the bird species found in Africa making it the leading birding destinations in Africa and the globe. Ambling along the Buhoma Waterfall Trail be sure to look out for the White-tailed Ant Thrush and dapper francolin, the splendid Black Bee-eater, Yellow-eyed Black and African Sooty Flycatchers along the green bamboo zone. Venture to the Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija where sightings of the endemic and localized African green broadbill are frequent. Gaze up at the tree tops and keep your binoculars handy to spot the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird as well as the African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimsonwing. This is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and is most notable for the 340 Mountain Gorillas which make this their home. This is more than half of the worlds remaining population of Mountain Gorillas.

 

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Kibale National Park
Kibale Forest is one of the best places in Uganda to see wild chimpanzees.
Thanks to habituation the chimpanzees lost their natural fear of humans and can be approached very closely. Kibale National Park is also a very good place to observe smaller primates like the black and white colobus, the red colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey and the rare l’Hoest monkey. Also nocturnal primates like the Thomas’s galago can be seen. The Park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park and an important wildlife corridor. Known mostly for its population of Chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates.

Ssese Islands
Ngambe Island is one of the 84 islands found on the North Western side of Lake Victoria. This is home to many orphaned and rescued chimps which now roam free across the island in a safe environment. Viewing can be done from a raised platform, during feeding time.

 

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Jinja
Lies on the banks of Lake Victoria and is the best known location for the source of the Nile. This is also home to the Ugandan Hydro Electric Plant. 8 kilometers upstream is the Bujugali Falls with islands and rapids and amazing birdlife. The abundance of water makes for a wide variety of river adventures, from superb white water rafting at Jinja to more sedate river cruises viewing vast numbers of hippo and crocodile along the country’s western border. There are also a number of campsites, adventure activities and several community projects in the area. Most popular activities are the white water rafting on the Nile, quad biking and bungee jumping.

Nile River
Much of the country is defined by water and the Nile River is said to have its source here. The mighty river itself curves through the country from northwest to southeast. Uganda is also a birders’ paradise, with well over 1 000 recorded species, including the fascinating shoebill. Uganda boasts of world class white water rafting on River Nile in Jinja.  River Nile starts its three months journey form Lake Victoria with such calm butn soon plunges into spectacular rapids and waterfalls.  With up to grade 6 rapids, rafting the Nile is a thrill of a lifetime

 

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Murchison Falls
Named after the dramatic Murchison Falls, which were christened by Sir Samuel Baker; Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park is the country’s largest protected wildlife sanctuary. A wonderful tapestry of natural landscapes awaits visitors to the park. Here, the mighty Nile River bisects flourishing savannahs, flanked by lush riverine woodlands, before bursting through a chasm in the Rift Valley escarpment to form the raging Murchison Falls.  Wildlife enthusiasts can expect to see great pods of hippo and immense rafts of crocodile in-and-around the Nile as well as an array of exceptional water birds. Other fascinating wildlife include the rare Rothschild giraffe, lion, various antelope species, buffalo, leopard and spotted hyena. Check out the world’s most powerful waterfall on a willdife-watching boatride up the Victoria NileMurchison Falls vegetation is comprised of lush Savanna granslands, riverine forest and woodland. This vast chunk of untamed African Savanna is immersed with a lot of wildlife and is the favorite national park in Uganda for wildlife safaris.

 

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When to go to Uganda

Uganda is an all round destination, with things to do and see at any time of year. Gorilla trekking is obviously the highlight in Uganda and although trekking is throughout the year, the best time of year to do the trekking (for easier conditions) is during the drier months of January and February and again in the second dry season of June through to September. The busiest times on the mountains are December to February and July to August . The experience will be incredible no matter when you go. During the rainy season the Gorillas tend to hang out at lower altitudes . They also love to sunbathe after getting wet …so great for taking photos.

Game viewing is ideal at the end of the dry seasons which would be February and March, and again at the end of September and early October.

For updated weather forecasts across Africa, please visit www.africanweather.net .

Most Popular Safaris in Uganda

7 Days Discover Uganda Safari

1 week
Discover the best of Uganda with this unique tour! Enjoy the flexibility and personalized service of a small group guided tour with unforgettable primate and wildlife encounters, cultural interactions and overnights in traditional and adventurous safari lodges.

  • Duration:7 Days
  • Starts: Entebbe, Uganda
  • Ends: Entebbe, Uganda
  • Group Size:Min 2 persons
  • Rates:2018 Rates: Low Season from USD 2,018.75 per person sharing / High Season from USD 2,262.50 per person sharing & Gorilla Permit USD 600 per person.
  • Single Room Supplement :Please enquire
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2018 Rates: Low Season from USD 2,018.75 per person sharing / High Season from USD 2,262.50 per person sharing & Gorilla Permit USD 600 per person

14 Day Kenya & Uganda Safari

2 weeks
Visit the Masai Mara in Kenya, the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda and the Chimpanzees on Lake George on this “Once in a Lifetime” expedition.
  • Starts: Nairobi
  • Ends: Nairobi
  • Group Size: Max 18
  • Local Payment: N/A
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2018 Rates from ZAR 20,450 & Active package ZAR 13,550. 2019 Rates from ZAR 22,950 & Active package ZAR 13,050

56 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Tour

8 weeks
The most spectacular sceneries, wildlife and cultures that Africa has to offer! Experience the absolute top highlights on this 56 day journey of a lifetime.
  • Starts: Cape Town
  • Ends:Nairobi
  • Group Size: Max 18
  • Local Payment:N/A
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2018 Rate from ZAR 87,340 pps and  Active Package ZAR 42,260 pp. 2019 Rate from ZAR 103,050 pps and  Active Package ZAR 24,390 pp

5 Day Glimpse of the Gorillas Accommodated Safari

5 days
Your trek will take you on an enchanting path as you weave through overhanging vines, moss-covered Hagenia trees and giant Lobelia. The high point, of course and one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth, will be spending time with the gentle giant gorillas as they go about their daily life - feeding, playing, resting, and raising their young.
  • Starts: Entebbe
  • Ends: Entebbe
  • Group Size: Min 2
  • Local Payment: N/A
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13 Day Uganda Safari & Gorilla Trek Camping Adventure

12 days
This tour includes famous attractions of trekking in indigenous forests to see wild Gorilla’s and Chimpanzee’s, as well as exploring vast water-ways, mystical villages hidden in mist, and the lesser known sights of Tree Climbing Lions, huge pods of Hippopotamus, and of course the endless variety of plains animals.
  • Starts: Entebbe
  • Ends: Entebbe
  • Group Size: Max16
  • Local Payment: N/A
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2018 rate from EUR 1,845 pps plus Gorilla Permit

14 Day Kenya & Uganda with Gorillas Camping Safari

2 Weeks
Mountain gorillas inhabit the rain forests of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda on the high slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes and to track them and find them among the tangled vines and giant trees is a spine-tingling experience. Other highlights of this trip are the memorable countryside of Uganda, known as the “Pearl of Africa”, and searching for the “big five” in the Masai Mara. Lake Nakuru National Park is home to black and white rhino, flamingo and leopard, while Lake Naivasha harbours large pods of hippos. An express safari from Kenya to Zimbabwe with some of the best Wildlife Reserves in East and Southern Africa.
  • Starts: Nairobi
  • Ends: Nairobi
  • Group Size: Max 30
  • Local Payment:2018 Rates 590 pps
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2018 Rates from ZAR 13,900 pps and Local payment of USD 510 pp plus Gorilla permit from USD 444pp & 2018 rates from ZAR 15,000 pps and Local payment of USD 500 pps plus Gorilla Trekking Permit (Optional) USD 690 pp
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