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Uganda Tours & Overland Budget Safaris Trips

Uganda Tours will bring you face to face with the famous mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park and Virunga Mountains as well as the scenic Murchison Falls. Uganda is landlocked and divided into five kingdoms and 111 districts which are divided into 146 counties. Populated with approximately 36 million people, there are almost 40 languages spoken throughout with the most popular being Luganda. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most popular national park to trek to see the gorillas on your budget tour to Uganda Gorilla Safari. It has a gorilla population of approximately 340 which make up almost half of all mountain gorillas in the world.

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  • Nairobi to Cape Town Overland (Comfort) (58 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACM0447
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    Why book this tour?

    This one of the best budget friendly accommodated tours that allows you to enjoy the “adventure” of a camping tour, but includes staying in accommodation ranging from 2-3 star properties such as lodges, guest houses and chalet accommodation. This tour travels through 9 African countries, allowing you to see the Masai Mara, Murchison falls and Silver Back gorillas in Uganda, the Serengeti National Park, Zanzibar, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa National Park, Victoria Falls, Chobe National Park, the Okavango Delta and the Namibian Desert before ending your tour in Cape Town to name just a few highlights… Call us today for your new adventure!

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    Price from R93,430

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  • Cape Town to Nairobi Overland (Camping) (55 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0446
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    Why book this trip?

    An epic 55 Day Cape Town to Nairobi Overland camping adventure and the most popular route. You will be spoilt for choice with wildlife, beaches and cultures. The group size is limited to only 20 travellers of all ages and nationalities. It is extremely well priced and includes lots of highlights along the way.

    Beginning in Cape Town, this Cape to Nairobi Overland trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before finally ending in Nairobi, Kenya.

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    Price from R62,140

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  • Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Camping (56 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Cape Town
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM0915
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    Why book this tour?

    Beginning in Nairobi, Kenya, this ultimate African Trip Adventure Nairobi to Cape Town Overland Adventure takes us south through Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia before coming to an end in Cape Town, South Africa.

    • Includes arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R46,700 R38,703

    + Local Payment USD 2190 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape Town to Nairobi Overland Adventure (incl Gorillas) (56 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0914
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    Why book this tour?

    Beginning in Cape Town, this trip travels north through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before finally ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Cape Town in the early hours of a Sunday morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Cape Town, an earlier arrival should be planned.

    Includes arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room

    5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more

    10% discount for ISIC cardholders

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    Price from R46,700 R38,703

    + Local Payment USD 2190 Add to COMPARE

  • Cape Town to Kenya Tour (Comfort) – Popular (55 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACM04462
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    Why book this tour?

    This one of the best budget friendly accommodated tours that allows you to enjoy the “adventure” of a camping tour, but includes staying in accommodation ranging from 2-3 star properties such as lodges, guest houses and chalet accommodation. This tour travels through 9 African countries, allowing you to see the Namibian Desert, the Okavango Delta, Chobe National Park, Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, the Serengeti National Park, The Masai Mara, Murchison falls and Silverback gorillas in Uganda to name just a few highlights.

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    Price from R87,340

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  • Cape Town to Nairobi and Gorillas Safari (Inclusive) 52 Day

    Countries Visited South Africa, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Zambia
    Starts Cape Town
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size 18 - 22
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAM2601
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    Why book this tour?

    This Cape Town to Nairobi and Gorillas Overland Adventure takes you from the Southern tip of Africa through the highlights of East Africa, all the way to Uganda to see the gorillas. It is full of diverse cultures, wildlife and amazing landscapes. You will get to explore the Okavango Delta in mokoros (dugout canoes), track gorillas in Uganda and camp in the wild. There are also loads of exciting adventure activities to choose from and fill your days with. Come and explore with us today!

    • The overland truck has been re-designed for 21st century safari travel
    • Steel enforced body to withstand the impact of rough terrain
    • Large front window and no divider between guides and travellers
    • Adjustable spacious seats that recline for comfortable travel
    • USB ports at every seat
    • Drinking water on tap
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    Price from R98,039 R95,588

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    Nairobi to Johannesburg and Gorillas Comfort (Under 39’s) (46 Days)

    Countries Visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACE2515
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    Why book this tour?

    View the majestic Ngorongoro Crater; Mt Kilimanjaro; bronzed beaches on the exotic island of Zanzibar; picturesque Lake Malawi and the powerful Victoria Falls. We end off by visiting two incredible game parks – the Chobe National Park and the Kruger National Park.

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R87,515 R76,794

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  • Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Trek (46 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0918
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    Why book this tour?

    On this comprehensive trip through eight countries, you will see a variety of landscapes from vast tracts of animals, tranquil lakes and rivers, misty rain forests and dazzling beaches. There is a wealth of game parks to explore on the hunt for the ‘Big Five’. There’s the magnificent Victoria Falls, and the opportunity to stare into the soft brown eyes of a gorilla is an experience not to be forgotten.

    From south to north, this offers the best attractions in East and Southern Africa.

      • Includes arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
      • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
      • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R41,000 R33,979

    + Local Payment USD 2330 Add to COMPARE

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    Nairobi to Johannesburg and Gorillas Overland (Under 39’s) (46 Days)

    Countries Visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, South Africa
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Johannesburg
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2515
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    Tour Highlights

    Why book this tour?

    View the majestic Ngorongoro Crater; Mt Kilimanjaro; bronzed beaches on the exotic island of Zanzibar; picturesque Lake Malawi and the powerful Victoria Falls. We end off by visiting two incredible game parks – the Chobe National Park and the Kruger National Park.

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R63,235 R52,405

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  • Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Tour (Comfort) (44 Days)

    Countries Visited South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Johannesburg
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACE04612
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    Why book this tour?

    The Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland Accommodated Adventure is an amazing participatory camping tour that allows you to travel with 20 like-minded individuals through Southern Africa, where you can expect comfortable camping facilities. With the best part of the tour is that it starts and ends in Cape Town and combines the best of the beach and the bush. So if you want to see animals in Namibia, Botswana, Victoria Falls and The Kruger National Park and still have the opportunity to dive in some of the best coral reefs in Africa – this is the perfect tour for you!

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    Price from R68,840

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    Nairobi to Livingstone Overland – (Under 39’s) (39 Days)

    Countries Visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Livingstone
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2514
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    Why book this tour?

    Budget Nairobi to Livingstone Overland through East Africa taking in the highlights. Climb on board vehicles that are designed for the rough African roads as you wind your way through the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar. Don’t miss out on this popular route!

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R51,675 R42,825

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    Nairobi to Livingstone Comfort Tour (Under 39’s) (39 Days)

    Countries Visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Livingstone
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACE2518
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    Why book this tour?

    This 39 day Nairobi to Livingstone Comfort Tour travels through East Africa taking in the highlights. Climb on board vehicles that are designed for the rough African roads as you wind your way through the Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar. Don’t miss out on this popular route!

    • Price Beat Guaranteed
    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R72,915 R63,982

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  • Northern Discovery Gorillas and Game Parks Overland Tour (35 Days)

    Countries Visited Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0912
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    Why book this tour?

    Beginning near the almighty Victoria Falls, this trip travels north through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and Uganda before ending in Nairobi, Kenya. We depart from Victoria Falls in the early hours of the morning, so if you wish to have a chance to explore Victoria Falls, an earlier arrival should be planned.

    • An arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R32,300 R26,769

    + Local Payment USD 1800 Add to COMPARE

  • Victoria Falls to Gorillas Overland Tour (Comfort) (35 Days)

    Countries Visited Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU ACM04461
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    Why book this tour?

    35 Day Victoria Falls to Gorillas Accommodated Overland Tour is a unique African adventure to be had with the possibilities of seeing rare wildlife, the Big 5 and interacting with more local communities as you travel on this tour. This is also an accommodated based tour that allows you to enjoy the “adventure” of a camping tour, but includes staying in accommodation ranging from 2-3 star properties such as lodges, guest houses and chalet accommodation.

    We have no doubt you will love this tour if you like to idea of travelling through the real Africa while still enjoying the general luxuries of laying your head on a comfortable pillow at night!

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    Price from R53,030

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  • Victoria Falls to Gorillas Overland Adventure (35 Days)

    Countries Visited Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Victoria Falls
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 20
    Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
    SKU CAM04462
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    Why book this tour?

    What a unique budget friendly, fully participatory camping adventure that allows you to see some of the rare wildlife on this tour route along with the Big 5. Best of all here you can interact with more local communities as you travel on this tour. We have no doubt you will love this tour if you like to idea of travelling through the real Africa while still enjoying the general luxuries of a warm shower and charging facilities in your camp. Its great!

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    Price from R41,030

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  • Nairobi to Victoria Falls Overland Southern Discovery (35 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Victoria Falls
    Group Size Max 28 - 30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAM0913
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    Why book this tour?

    This Nairobi to Victoria Falls tour takes us south through Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Botswana before coming to an end at Victoria Falls.

    • Arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R32,300 R26,769

    + Local Payment USD 1800 Add to COMPARE

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    Gorillas, Parks & Beach Trek Tour (Under 39’s) (28 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Dar es Salaam
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2503
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    Why book this tour?

    This 28 Day Nairobi to Zanzibar Overland provides a comprehensive insight into East Africa’s finest attractions and gives you an insight into Southern Africa. From Kenya’s ‘Great Rift Valley’ to ‘Lake Nakuru’, we cross the equator for game viewing at Queen Elizabeth National Park, including chimpanzee trekking at Kyambura Gorge. Partake in a few adrenaline-pumping activities at Jinja – the source of the Nile.

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    Price from R40,975 R33,957

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    Gorillas, Parks & Beach Trek Comfort Tour (Under 39’s) (28 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Dar es Salaam
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU ACE2504
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    Why book this tour?

    This 28 Day Nairobi to Zanzibar Overland Comfort Tour provides a comprehensive insight into East Africa’s finest attractions and gives you an insight into Southern Africa. From Kenya’s ‘Great Rift Valley’ to ‘Lake Nakuru’, we cross the equator for game viewing at Queen Elizabeth National Park, including chimpanzee trekking at Kyambura Gorge. Partake in a few adrenaline-pumping activities at Jinja – the source of the Nile.

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    Price from R56,765 R49,811

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  • Zanzibar, Wildlife and Gorillas Overland Tour (24 Days)

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Dar es Salaam
    Group Size Max 26-30
    Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older
    SKU CAE0911
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    Why book this tour?

    This tour departs from Nairobi before we enter the Masai Mara, where we encounter the colourful culture of the Masai Mara tribe. Uganda is the highlight of the trip, home to various families of gorillas that you can encounter. Lake Naivasha offers plenty of game viewing and bird spotting. The tour ends in the beautiful town of Zanzibar with its white, sandy beaches and seafood specialties.

    • Includes arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
    • 5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more
    • 10% discount for ISIC cardholders
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    Price from R25,800 R21,382

    + Local Payment USD 1535 Add to COMPARE

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    Masai Mara and Gorillas Explorer Overland (Under 39’s) 18 Day

    Countries Visited Kenya, Uganda
    Starts Nairobi
    Ends Nairobi
    Group Size Max 24
    Age Range 18 - 39 Years
    SKU CAE2522
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    Why book this tour?

    This Masai Mara and Gorillas Explorer trip is an opportunity to observe rare mountain gorillas in their natural habitat and explores Kenya’s most popular game parks. Trek the gorillas hidden in the lush rain forest of Uganda and spend time observing these magnificent animals.

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    • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
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    Price from R27,145 R22,496

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Uganda Tours & Overland Budget Safaris Trips

Other national parks at which to trek the mountain gorillas include Mgahinga National Park and Virunga National Park, both in Uganda.

Gorilla trekking is definitely an experience of a lifetime (All you need to know about Gorilla Trekking). Lake Victoria is one of the most popular Great African Lakes, and the world’s second largest fresh water lake. It is also the source of the Nile River with scenery made of tropical forests and snow-covered mountain ranges, home to over 100 mammal species and 606 bird species. Another highlight of Uganda is the Entebbe and Ngamba Chimp Island which is the chimpanzee island sanctuary created to care for orphaned chimpanzees in a safe, protected natural environment of rain forest. The eco-friendly island has compost ablutions, rainwater collection, waste management and solar powered electricity for hot water. In addition to our tours below, we also offer a variety of Budget Tours in Uganda to suit your needs.

Uganda Tours

Uganda Camping Safaris
Uganda Overland Packages
Gorilla Safari Packages in Uganda

Why go to Uganda?

  • * White-river rafting on the Nile River
  • * Visit the chimps on Ngama Island
  • * See the rare mountain gorillas
  • * Visit the Murchison Falls National Park
  • * Take part in a community project
  • * Birding in Queen Elizabeth II National Park
  • * Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (gorillas)
  • * Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • * Lake Bunyoni
  • * Rwenzori National Park

Jinja

The town of Jinja is filled with old Asian-style buildings. The neighbouring town of Jinja is built over the opening from Lake Victoria, renowned as the source of the River Nile.

Entebbe and Ngamba Chimp Island

In the 19th century, Entebbe was the colonial centre of Uganda, and, until 1962, the capital city. This charming, sleepy place is characterised by botanical gardens and colonial buildings. If you hunger for some eccentric wildlife, hop on a traditional canoe or motor boat to Chimp Island, a special sanctuary for chimpanzees on a beautiful forested island. These chimpanzees were illegally removed from the wild, so authorities confiscated them and put them here. You can get a good close-up view on the raised platform, especially during feeding time.

Kampala

Kampala (capital) is situated on the hills on the northern edge of Lake Victoria, and is the booming capital of Uganda. It’s a modern city, and since the damage it suffered from civil conflict in the past, its services are being improved every day. New buildings have sprung up, with shops and markets being well stocked once again.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

One of the last remaining habitats of the mountain gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Uganda’s most recently created national parks. Almost half of the gorillas left in the world live here, which is estimated to be only 330 of them.

Sipi Falls

Sipi Falls is a showstopper, and arguably the most beautiful waterfall in all of Uganda. These days it’s much more accessible than it used to be via one of the best roads in the country. You can go on some of the excellent walks that are on a network of well-maintained local trails, with beautiful scenery beaming from every direction.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park lies in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, and is centred around Lake Edward and Lake George. During the launch trip along the Kazinga Channel, you’ll have a great chance of spotting hippo, buffalo, elephant and many different birds.

Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls is the biggest national park in all of Uganda. The River Nile runs through it, and many a wildlife species has made this park its home.

Kabale

On your way to tracking gorillas at Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, you’ll overnight at either Kabale, a small rural town in south-western Uganda, or Lake Bunyonyi nearby. When in Kabale, you have to experience its fresh-food market. The town’s the major trading centre for south-western Uganda, because the region is so heavily populated and extensively cultivated. The market’s narrow passages are lined with wooden stalls that are piled high with colourful fruit, vegetables, beans, grains and nuts.

Lake Bunyonyi

A few million years ago Lake Bunyonyi was a volcano. Today it’s the deepest crater lake in Uganda and one of the few lakes in the country that is Bilharzia-free. It’s around 1980m above sea level, and bird lovers would love this place. Over 200 species of birds can be spotted here, thanks to the alluring surrounding forests, farms and gardens.

Forest and savannah wildlife viewing

Not many African countries offer the chance to see wildlife in both forests and on open savannah. In Uganda you are able to track gorillas and chimpanzees and see other primate species – including grey cheeked mangabey, olive baboons, red colobus and vervet monkeys – in the dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Park and Kibale Forest National Park, as well as experience the quintessential east African safari on the grassland savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you can spot lions, leopard, buffalo, elephant and a whole host of other animals on game drives.

Chimpanzee tracking

While not as well known as mountain gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking is just as thrilling. Though chimp tracking is much more challenging than gorilla tracking (because the chimps fly through the forest, moving along the treetop canopy faster than you can run through the forest), it’s also immensely exciting – and when you do catch up to the chimps it’s a magical experience to observe them. Kibale Forest National Park is the best place in Uganda to go chimp tracking with over 1000 of the apes, and you can choose between spending a few hours tracking a habituated group, or taking the whole day to do a chimp habituation experience, which allows you to visit a chimp group undergoing habituation from when they wake up in the morning to when they make their overnight nests.

Tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park

There are only two places in the world where lions climb trees – Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania and Queen Elizabeth National Park, where the tree-climbing lions are only found in the Ishasha section. In this region of the park, the lions can be found draped over the massive branches of giant fig trees surveying the landscape below them – a very special sighting, even for experienced safari goers.

Adrenaline adventures in Jinja

On the northern shore of Lake Victoria and near the source of the White Nile, the town of Jinja is East Africa’s undisputed adventure capital, with a dazzling spread of adrenaline-spiking outdoors activities on offer. The highlight of them all is rafting down the turbulent rapids of the White Nile, which is guaranteed to be a white-knuckle adventure. Other fun activities include stand up paddle boarding on calmer stretches of the Nile, horse back riding along the banks of the Nile, bungee jumping and paragliding.

Getting sprayed by Murchison Falls

In Uganda’s largest national park – Murchison Falls National Park – you can find East Africa’s most impressive waterfall, where the powerful Nile River tumbles down a six-metre-wide gorge, producing a dazzling display of water. Boat cruises take visitors close to Murchison Falls, where you can see the full force of the Nile explosively thundering down the gorge.

Hiking the Rwenzori Mountains

Africa’s highest mountain range, the snow-capped 4500-metre-tall Rwenzori Mountains, stretches 120 kilometres along Uganda’s border with the DRC and offers some of the continent’s most spectacular mountain hiking routes. Whether you hike for just a day, do a multi-day trek, or tackle to the ascent to the top of Mount Stanley, the third highest mountain in Africa, the hiking is tough but the reward is worth it to experience an unspoiled wilderness of tropical rainforest, bamboo forests, glacier lakes, moss-covered valleys and cloud forests with hardly any other hikers.

Exploring the crater lakes

In western Uganda, the Ndali-Kasenda crater area is a spectacular otherworldly landscape of dozens of ancient volcanic crater lakes – some of which are more than 400 metres deep – fringed with forests and home to many different bird species. The best way of exploring the area is by hiking, which will take you down to the beautiful lakes, through friendly villages and past scenic tea and vanilla plantations.

Sighting of rare shoebill stork

Birdwatchers place the shoebill stork in the top five birds to spot in all of Africa. This rare and endangered prehistoric-looking bird (which feeds on fish, frogs, water snakes and baby crocodiles) is found in several African countries, but one of the best places is Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park, where you can hope the spot the solitary creature on a cruise down the Nile River towards Lake Albert.

Visiting the Karamojong

In Uganda’s little visited north eastern corner, the Karamoja region is home to the Karamojong, a tribe of semi-nomadic warrior pastoralists. Learn more about these people and their fascinating rich cultural heritage on an overnight visit to a Karamojong manyatta (village), where you can help to herd the cattle, forage for wild food and camp under the stars.

Uganda Wildlife highlights

Uganda may not be as famous for safaris as its east African neighbours of Kenya and Tanzania, but the landlocked country does offer a wildlife experience that Kenya and Tanzania don’t: gorilla tracking.

Only around 1000 wild mountain gorillas remain in the world, and Uganda conserves half of this population in the dense, misty forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The tracking can be challenging – you have to hike through the hilly park for hours to find the gorillas – but once you’re there there’s not much that can compare to the thrill of spending time with these great apes that share their majority of their genes with us. Watching a group of gorillas going about their daily lives in the wild is one of the planet’s greatest wildlife experiences – a bucket list dream that should be at the top of every nature-lover’s list. While you’re tracking gorillas, you may also be lucky enough to spot Bwindi’s other resident species, such as rare forest elephants, forest duikers and black-and-white colobus and l’Hoest monkeys.

Chimpanzee tracking is another major wildlife highlight in Uganda, with several forest reserves that offer the experience. Kibale Forest National Park is the most popular place in the country to go chimp tracking, with over 1000 of the apes. You can choose to track a habituated group over a few hours, or go on a full day experience of doing a chimp habituation experience, where you are allowed to visit a chimp group that is being habituated. Kibale is the best place in Uganda to see other primates, with 13 species resident in the forest – one of the highest concentrations in the world – including olive baboons as well as red and black-and-white colobus, vervet, red-tailed, l’Hoest and blue monkeys.

Home to the Big Four (lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo), Queen Elizabeth National Park offers Uganda’s best wildlife viewing, with the widest array of species of any of the country’s parks in a mixture of habitats, from forests and wetlands to lakes and grassland savannah. The main highlight of the park is the tree-climbing lions in the Isasha sector (the only other place in Africa where lions climb trees is Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania). Seeing animals by boat on the Kazinga Channel, which is full of hippo and crocs, is another draw.

The little visited but scenically stunning Murchison Falls National Park is home to huge herds of elephant buffalo and giraffe, but the real standout of the reserve is that it’s the best place in Africa where you can see the rare and endangered shoebill stork – an unusual looking prehistoric creature that counts as a top sighting for birdwatchers in Africa.

Weather in Uganda

As mentioned earlier, even though this is an equatorial country one can expect cooler temperatures, wet weather and no real Winter or Summer. It is the altitude that is modifying the climeate. Southern Uganda is very wet with rain throughout the year. The shores of Lake Victoria in the north (Entebbe) you will find the rain falls from March to June and from November to December. When you travel further north, the area does become drier.

The north-east side of Uganda generally has the driest climate with droughts that occur. On the south-west side near the border of the DR Congo, heavy rains can be expected all year round.

The average temperature is about 26 degrees Celsius with the hottest months being in January and February (reaching 33°C). In the south there are two wet seasons – mid September to November and March to May. It is best to avoid gorilla trekking during these months because the ground will be very slippery and difficult to navigate.

Best Time to Visit Uganda

Due to the very heavy rainfalls that occur from March to May and September to November, if you are going on a gorilla trek it is going to be a difficult and uncomfortable trek. However, you will find that gorilla permits are cheaper during their low season. If you don’t want to experience a challenging trek and don’t mind paying extra, go to Uganda during the two dry seasons: January to February and June to September.

For game viewing in Uganda’s savannah parks the end of the dry season (March and October) is a good time because the animals tend to congregate around watering holes and you will have plenty of time to view them and enjoy a relaxing way of spotting your animal favourites instead of a bumpy safari drive. If you are a twitcher (bird watcher) then all year round you will find plenty of species to spot and study.

Lake Bunyonyi - Uganda

How to get to Uganda (By air)

Entebbe International Airport is Uganda’s main entry point which is situated near the town of Entebbe. From there it is relatively easy to take a vehicle to get around the country. On your Uganda Tour airport transfers will be arranged by us. Entebbe is located approximately 40km from Kampala (the capital) and will take you approximately one and a half hours on the road.

When are the best times to go on a Uganda Tour?

June– Aug: This is a very dry period and the best time to go gorilla trekking as the hike is not too treacherous. Average temperatures hover around 27°C/81°F in the afternoon and 16°C/61°F in the morning. It will be colder at altitudes above 1,300m/4,265ft, including the gorilla parks.

Dec – Feb: Less rainfall is expected in these parts. It is slightly warmer with daytime temperatures of about 28°C/82°F and morning temperatures of 16°C/61°F.

Facts on Uganda

  • Full name: Republic of Uganda
  • Capital city: Kampala
  • Area: 237,000 sq km; 91,506 sq miles
  • Population: 24,600,000
  • Time Zone: GMT/UTC +3 ()
  • Languages: English (official); Swahili (other); Ganda (other)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic (33%); Protestant (33%); indigenous beliefs (18%); Muslim (16%)
  • Electricity: 220V; 50HzHz
  • Electric Plug Details: British-style plug: 2 flat blades & 1 flat grounding blade
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  • Country Dialling Code: 256
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  • Money matters: Per Capita Income: US$220, Currency: Uganda Shilling (Ush)
  • Medical matters: Yellow fever, HIV/AIDS, Typhoid, Hepatitis, Cholera, Malaria, Bilharzia (Schistosomiasis)

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