Luxury Uganda Tours & Safaris
Luxury Uganda Tours & Safaris
Let's Plan Your Travel to Uganda
Uganda is located in the heart of East Africa and offers an exceptionally diverse trip. For those looking for adventure, unique wildlife opportunities and kind-hearted local people, this is the country for you.
The most visited national park in Uganda is Bwindi. Located in the west of the country, Bwindi is a dense forest home to almost half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Trekking with the habituated gorillas is a bucket list experience like no other. In their presence, you feel both extremely vulnerable and humbled at the same time.
Continuing with the primate experiences in Uganda, Kibale Forest is a fantastic destination for those who want to see the chimpanzees. Whether they are playing on the forest floor or swinging from the treetops, the habituated chimpanzee experience is memorable in all the best ways.
Other parks to combine in Uganda include Queen Elizabeth National Park which is famous for its tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector, and Murchison Falls National Park which is known for its exceptionally powerful waterfall. In the north-eastern tip of the country is an isolated national park called Kidepo. Bordering South Sudan, this park is a semi-arid region with high temperatures and dry savannahs.
Uganda is a great destination for adventure-seekers. Jinja, located in the central-eastern part of the country, is known as the adrenaline capital of East Africa. Here you can enjoy white water rafting, kayaking, mountain biking and many more. Uganda is a country like no other. We simply cannot recommend it enough.
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Suggested Itineraries for Uganda
Our experts know Uganda like the back of their hand and have traveled extensively around the country, they have put together some trips to inspire you.
Entebbe, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park11 nightsFrom $8,490 PPA 12 Day Uganda itinerary taking you through Murchison Falls, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi.
Entebbe, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park6 NightsFrom $5,906 PPA week-long Uganda itinerary taking you through Kibale, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi.
Your Private Uganda Safari
Your safari experience in Uganda is very different to more conventional safaris in, for example, Kenya, Tanzania or Botswana. In these countries, you will no doubt fly into the national park on a light aircraft, and your open-sided safari would start from there. However, in Uganda, there are so many diverse forests, parks and destinations to see that the best way of seeing it all is by vehicle.
However long your Uganda trip, we will arrange a private vehicle and safari guide for your whole stay. There are many advantages to this. Firstly, you will have a private safari so your guide will really get to know you and your interests (be it birding, photography etc.). Secondly, and one of my favourite things about an Uganda safari, is that you get the opportunity to see the remote villages and local people en route to your next destination.
Uganda is arguably one of the friendliest places in the world to visit. As you pass remote villages, the local children will run up to the car, waving and smiling at you – even the most fleeting of visits. When you arrive at your destination, it’s likely that the staff and safari guides will be local Ugandans (like this one at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp) who have been employed and trained to help the local communities. Whatever itinerary we curate for you, your Ugandan guide and the local people will show you boundless love and passion for their country.
Best Safari Camps in Uganda
There are so many amazing wildlife experiences in Uganda, here are some of our favorite camps and lodges in the best safari spots.
There are actually two places you can see the gorillas in Uganda. The most popular to visit is Bwindi National Park which is located in the south-western part of the country. Bwindi sits on the edge of the African Rift Valley and is part of the Virguna Mountains which cover Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Bwindi is home to approximately 400 mountain gorillas and is one of the most reliable places to see the habituated gorilla groups. The other place to see gorillas in Uganda is Mghahinga National Park which is further south. There is only one habituated gorilla family in Mghahinga but ten in Bwindi. Both are easily accessed by light aircraft or safari vehicle.
Home to over 1,000 species of birds, Uganda is one of the best countries on the African continent for birdlife. The forests and savannahs are home to both native and migratory birds and, with some very rare species here, it is no wonder that Uganda is high on the list for bird enthusiasts. Found in the Mabamba Swamps and other remote swamps across Uganda is the shoebill. This prehistoric looking bird can stand at a height of 140cm and has a wingspan of up to 260cm! Along with the shoebill, other iconic birds to see in Uganda include the pygmy kingfisher and the grey crowned crane.
Uganda is famous for the mountain gorillas, and rightly so. With only three places on Earth to see these gentle giants in their natural habitat, it’s no wonder that a gorilla trek is the focal point of an Uganda safari. That said, the country offers so much more. As well as the gorillas, the country is home to a wealth of primates including chimpanzees, golden monkeys and olive baboons. Uganda also has several safari destinations like Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls and Kidepo National Park which offer sightings of hippo, lion, crocodile, elephant and antelope aplenty. Kidepo is a remote park in northern Uganda and as a result, it has a very dry savannah landscape so species like cheetah can thrive here. The rest of Uganda is noticeabley very green and lush.
This depends on what you are including in your Uganda trip. If you are visiting Uganda for the gorillas alone, then 3-4 days should be efficient. This gives you time to fly into Bwindi, enjoy either one or two gorilla treks (one per day), then fly back to Entebbe for your connecting flight. If you are combining multiple national parks like Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest for the chimpanzees and Queen Elizabeth National Park for a safari, then I would say a 10-night trip would be a good option. The national parks are concentrated in the western part of Uganda so you will often do a driving itinerary with a private vehicle and guide to take you between the parks.
Absolutely, yes. Although the country is known for its primate experiences, Uganda does offer some great safari opportunities. Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the south-western part of Uganda and, because of its location between Kibale and Bwindi, it is one of the most-visited safari destinations in the country. On a safari here, you’ll see buffalo, elephant, antelope, monkeys and a wealth of birdlife. You will also get the opportunity to see the famous ‘climbing lions’ which are located in the southern sector of Ishasha. These lions have unique behavior patterns and spend the majority of the days asleep in the treetops. Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo National Park are also good options for a safari in Uganda but they are more remote, so combining them in an itinerary can be added on time and cost.
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