Why Uganda Should Be Your Next Travel Destination In Africa
A small east African country offers visitors of all ages and experiences some of Africa's best and most unique safaris and wildlife experiences.
Uganda offers a variety of activities, including gorilla and chimpanzee safari options, Nile River explorations, fantastic birding and abundant wildlife in national parks and reserves. Uganda has something for everyone!
There are many highlights to Uganda safaris. One of the most popular activities is gorilla tracking. Uganda is home to more than half of the world's mountain gorillas, and visitors have a chance to see them in their natural habitat. Chimpanzee tracking is another popular activity, as Uganda is home to the largest population of chimpanzees in Africa. Safari goers can also explore the mighty Nile River, photograph the spectacular Murchison Falls and view wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park. A diverse and exciting safari destination with something for everyone awaits!
Uganda Safari And Travel Highlights!
- Mountain Gorilla trekking
- Chimpanzee safaris
- Lush and tropical volcanic mountains
- Adventure activities on the Nile River
- Murchison Falls and Murchison Falls National Park
- Exceptional wildlife and birdlife in the Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Lake Victoria (boating and fishing excursions)
An excellent destination for safari and photography enthusiasts.
Many different types of African safari are available, bird watching and wildlife photographic safaris, river cruises, white water rafting, fishing excursions and canoeing expeditions of the Nile River and Lake Victoria through to gorilla and chimpanzee trekking.
Uganda is a small country by African standards, and getting around while on safari can be challenging at the best of times. The most popular way of getting around the country is via road-going safari vehicles that all depart Kampala or Entebbe. The road network close to the main cities is good but does fall apart quite quickly when in the more rural areas. Rural roads and tracks can be bumpy and potholed, especially during or after the rainy season, so 4x4 vehicles as standard.
Private chartered flights are available as a more bespoke safari option for those who want and need to maximise their time on the ground. There are also numerous airstrips and small airports throughout Uganda, making it easy to plan fly-in safari options should one desire.
Getting into the country is much easier than expected; direct international flights fly directly into Entebbe International Airport daily, and hourly regional flights from Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and even South Africa.
To make the most of your Uganda safari adventure, here are some tips to keep in mind:
- Gorilla and chimpanzee trekking permits are limited daily and are relatively expensive; checking the availability of permits is one's first port of call when enquiring. The rest will fall into place once the permits are secured.
- Don't forget your binoculars! Uganda is home to an incredible variety of birdlife (especially in summer), and you will have the opportunity to see species you may never have seen before.
- Be prepared for a range of weather conditions. Uganda experiences temperatures that vary from very hot to quite cool, so pack accordingly.
- The rainy season runs from April to October, so bring along a raincoat or poncho.
- For all travellers, no matter the age, a Yellow Fever vaccination certificate is required.
When travelling to Uganda, there are several accommodation options to choose from. From luxurious safari lodges to smaller, more intimate safari camps to more extensive hotel/ resort type options. In Kampala and Entebbe, large hotels are an option or, should one desire, a whole host of small boutique guesthouses on offer. There is certainly something to suit everyone's budget and style.
All accommodation options are available throughout the country and are all located within or just outside (short driving distance) all national parks and attractions.
The travel and information guide below offers tourists some of the best safaris and wildlife experiences in Africa. Enquire and book your safari holiday today and explore everything Uganda has to offer!
Travel To Uganda For The Best Gorilla And Chimp Safaris
Your chance of a lifetime to go on a Gorilla Safari experience in either Uganda (or Rwanda), two untamed destinations in East Africa.
Other than gorillas and chimps trekking, there are also the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Victoria, and the Nile River and Murchison Falls source.
Gorilla Trekking is a must. With so much to see and do in Uganda, one will have an unforgettable experience. Make sure to book your trip to Uganda soon; gorilla trekking permits are limited!
Uganda Safari Planner
Need help finding that right tour or safari in Uganda? Well, look no further.
At Uyaphi.com we offer a wide and comprehensive portfolio of scheduled and tailor-made safaris and tours as well as accommodation/lodging for travel in Uganda.
Uganda offers more than just gorilla and chimpanzee trekking safaris, in fact, as a destination that offers unique wildlife and birdlife National Parks, Uganda is something extraordinary; tree-climbing lions, the Nile River, white water rafting, boating and fishing on Lake Victoria, to mention only but a few.
Uganda Photo Gallery
Uganda photographs and images galleries from across this small yet spectacular safari destination known for its gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, tree climbing lions, Nile River, white water rafting and birdlife, to mention only but a few.
A collection of photos that have all been taken by the team here at Uyaphi.com.
When To Visit Uganda
Your guide to when it is best to safari in Uganda (high and low seasons for travel), the best time to gorilla trek, view wildlife and spot birdlife.
An information source that offers temperature and rainfall charts for viewing and selecting the best months for travel within this fantastic country that straddles the equator.
Getting To Uganda
Entebbe International Airport on the banks of Lake Victoria is the only International Airport in Uganda with quite a few big players in the airline industry that provide flights daily in and out of Uganda (Entebbe), including Qatar, Emirates and Ethiopian Airlines.
Most visitors will fly in and out of the country unless on a road safari that includes Kenya or Tanzania.
Malaria In Uganda
Getting straight to the point of this one, Uganda is a "High Risk" malaria destination, and one does have to consult your doctor, pharmacist or local malaria specialist travel centre to be advised on which prophylaxis is best suited for travel here.
Some areas are higher risk than others but as a general rule; Uganda does have Malaria throughout.
Our map Of Uganda featuring lodge, safari camp and hotel locations all within this small central Africa commonly known as the 'Pearl of Africa'.
This Uganda map features national parks, lakes and a list of accommodation for one to peruse including; Lake Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, Kibali, Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks.
Uganda Distance Table
Uganda distance table in kilometres, highlighting only the main cities and towns close to the more popular safari destinations within the country.
A distance table for those in the planning stage of a safari in Uganda where the distances between destinations, towns and cities are essential.
Uganda Visa Requirements
Uganda visa requirements for all visitors entering the country as a travel and safari destination. Uganda is one of the more unique African countries as they offer an Online Visa System that makes the whole process of getting a visa that much more easier.
We also list the nationalities that do not require visas to enter Uganda.
A Special Gorilla Family
This year marks the twentieth anniversary of a very special family, the Mubare family group in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the south western corner of Uganda.
They are, of course, gorillas. Why are they so special?
Top Restaurants In Kampala
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Bwindi Safari Experience Uganda
Called "The Pearl of Africa" by Winston Churchill and in more recent memory the scene of great civil war under the mad dictator Idi Amin, it throws up many images.
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White Water Rafting Uganda
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We were given a very thorough safety briefing by our guides, which included multiple compulsory practice flips in the boat.
Uganda the Pearl of Africa
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Popular Uganda Destinations
When I was a younger man, the name of Uganda was evocative of the dangers and thrills of Africa, the superlative wildlife, the psychopathic dictator Idi Amin, the raid on Entebbe and the multiple civil wars.