Luxury Uganda Tours & Safaris
Luxury Uganda Tours & Safaris
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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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Entebbe, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi National Park11 nightsFrom $7,885 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 $5,118 PPA week-long Uganda itinerary taking you through Kibale, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi.
Where to visit in Uganda
Our travel experts have collated their top recommendations of where to visit in Uganda.
Bwindi National Park
Bwindi is one of Uganda’s most visited park, and rightly so. Located in the southern-western part of the country, on the edge of the African Rift Valley, Bwindi is known for its exceptional biodiversity and its home to approximately 400 mountain gorillas. Bwindi was gazetted as a national park in 1991, and a world UNESCO heritage site in 1994. Thousands of tourists visit Bwindi each year to see the habituated mountain gorillas. These gorillas live in families and share very similar social behavior patterns to humans. The one main difference is their weight – a large silverback can weigh up to 150 kilograms!
Located in western Uganda, Kibale is a park famous for its chimpanzee trekking. Kibale Forest has the highest number and diversity of primates in East Africa – including chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, grey cheeked mangabeys and many more. The dense, moist forest is the perfect home for primates and can be accessed at all times of the year. Along with chimpanzee trekking and habituation experiences, there is lots to do in this area, including cultural tours, crater lake tours and then heading on for a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Situated in the west of the country is a one of Uganda’s treasures – Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park was named after the Queen of England during her visit to Uganda in 1954. With such diversity in landscape, the park offers a varied safari experience. In the southern part of the park in the Ishasha sector are the tree-climbing lions. These have become famous to see during a Uganda itinerary. The Kazinga Channel is also a prominent feature of the park. Home to a large number of hippos, Nile crocodiles, elephants, and an diversity of fish and bird species, a boat safari here is a must-do.
Murchison Falls is one of the oldest national parks in Uganda (gazetted in 1927) and is famously known for having an extremely powerful waterfall. Visiting the falls to see the impressive volume of water blasting through the gorge is high on the list. Game drives are closely followed, where you can see buffalo, lion, elephant, hartebeests and more. Accommodation in Murchison Falls is typically located around the Victoria Nile which offers secluded views and undisturbed “armchair safaris”. Murchison Falls is a great option for those who have an extended period of time in Uganda and can compliment a Uganda itinerary nicely.
Kidepo National Park
Kidepo is located in the very north-eastern tip of Uganda, bordering South Sudan. Because of its location, the landscape is very different compared to other areas of the country, offering dry and vast savannahs next to mountainous bodies. Because of its isolated location, few tourists visit Kidepo National Park and as a result, it has become a hidden gem off the beaten track. The safari experience here is exceptional, with over 75 species of mammal and 420 species of bird. As well as game drives, activities in Kidepo include cultural visits to see the Karamojong people. This is an indigenous community with strong traditions that are interesting to see.
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda offering bustling and energetic streets and local people. It is situated in the southern part of Uganda, homing the western shores of Lake Victoria. There are a number of things to do in Kampala and nearby areas, such as visiting architectural sites such as mosques and churches, the Kasubi Royal Tombs and the Uganda Museum. Whether a trip starts here in Kampala, or the nearby city of Entebbe, it is a great introduction to Uganda.
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Things to do in Uganda
Bwindi National Park in Uganda is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. A silverback gorilla can weigh up to 150 kilograms and is often very protective of his family, so you may feel vulnerable when you visit them. But as well as feeling vulnerable, you will also feel extremely humbled, grateful and lucky. It is an experience like no other and one of the top things to do in all of Africa.
Kibale Forest is one of the best destinations to see habituated chimpanzees. These primates are extremely social and intelligent, so watching their behaviour and interaction with one another is very interesting. Kibale Forest is beautiful – dense vegetation, tropical colours, and smells and sights that bring it to life. A trek through the forest is magical.
Birdwatching in Uganda
Uganda is one of the best places for birding enthusiasts in Africa. There are so many diverse landscapes in Uganda, including beautiful ancient forests, papyrus-fringed swamps, rivers, lakes and vast, open plains. Many people visit Uganda for the chance to see the unusual species like the prehistoric-looking Shoebill, the Grauer’s Broadbill and the Green-breasted Pitta. If you are interested in birding, we can design your itinerary around the best time of year and parks to see birds in.
Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Located between Kibale Forest and Bwindi National Park is the safari highlight of Uganda – Queen Elizabeth National Park. The park homes a number of landscapes, including vast open plains and dense, moist swamps. In the southern part of the park is an area called Ishasha. This is famous for its tree-climbing lions which always make for a good photograph! We recommend two or three nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
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