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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.

Bwindi National Park is the most popular for gorilla trekking on your budget tour or Uganda Gorilla Safari. As it has a gorilla population of approximately 340 which accounts for 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 R49,323

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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 R40,307

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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 R31,961

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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 R21,173

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Uganda Tours & Overland Budget Safaris Trips

Uganda is divided into five kingdoms and 111 districts. Populated with approximately 36 million people, there are almost 40 languages spoken throughout while the most popular is Luganda.

Gorilla trekking is the main reason travelers seek out a tour to Uganda. However it is definitely an experience of a lifetime and ultimately worth the trip. While Bwindi National Park is the most popular destination for gorilla trekking, other national parks where you can also see the mountain gorillas include Mgahinga National Park and Virunga National Park, both in Uganda.

In addition a trip to the Entebbe and Ngamba Chimp Island is also a popular highlight on your tour to Uganda. Ngamba Chimp Island is the chimpanzee island sanctuary created to care for orphaned chimpanzees in a safe, protected natural environment of rain forest. This eco-friendly island has compost ablutions, rainwater collection, waste management and solar powered electricity for hot water.

Another worthwhile stop in Uganda is Lake Victoria. It is one of the most popular Great African Lakes and the world’s second largest fresh water lake. While it is the source of the Nile River, the scenery is tropical forests and snow-covered mountain ranges. It is home to over 100 mammal species and 606 bird species.

Our selection of Budget Tours to Uganda will suit your unique budget and travel needs.

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Why go on Uganda Tours?

  • * 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 (gorilla trekking)
  • * Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • * Lake Bunyoni
  • * Rwenzori National Park

Destinations on Uganda Tours

Kampala

Kampala is the capital of Uganda and is on the hills of the northern edge of Lake Victoria. It is a booming capital which once suffered damage from civil conflict. Nowadays new buildings echo a rehabilitation of Kampala which has many shops and markets.

Jinja

The town of Jinja in the south of Uganda is filled with old Asian-style buildings. It is also the second busiest to Kampala. Jinja offers a host of adventure with white water rafting down the Nile or if you prefer something more placid then go fishing off a houseboat on Lake Victoria. Horse trails, Quad-biking and bungee jumping are other activities offered in Jinja to get your blood pumping.

Entebbe and Ngamba Chimp Island

In the 19th century, Entebbe was the colonial center of Uganda. It also served as the capital city until 1962. This charming, sleepy town has beautiful botanical gardens and colonial buildings.

From here hop on a traditional canoe or motor boat to Chimp Island for some eccentric wildlife. This island sanctuary for chimpanzees offers a unique opportunity to view these animals from a raised platform.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

One of the last remaining natural 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.

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. Take a walk on a network of well-maintained local trails, with beautiful scenery 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 centered around Lake Edward and Lake George. During a trip along the Kazinga Channel, you’ll have a chance of spotting hippo, buffalo, elephant and a vast array of birdlife.

Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls is the biggest national park in all of Uganda. The River Nile runs through it ensuring it serves as a home for numerous wildlife species.

Kabale

Enroute to tracking gorillas at Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks, you’ll overnight at either Kabale or Lake Bunyonyi. The small rural town of Kabale offers up an amazing fresh food market. The market’s narrow passages are lined with wooden stalls, piled high with colourful fruit, vegetables, beans, grains and nuts. This major trading center is heavily populated and extensively cultivated.

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 rich with birdlife. Over 200 species of birds can be spotted here, thanks to the alluring surrounding forests, farms and gardens.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Not many African countries offer the chance to see wildlife in both forests and open savannahs. In Uganda you are able to track gorillas and chimpanzees while also taking the opportunity to see other primate species. These include grey cheeked mangabey, olive baboons, red colobus and vervet monkeys calling the dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Park and Kibale Forest National Park home. While you can also take advantage and experience a quintessential east African safari on the grassland savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you can spot lions, leopard, buffalo, elephant and a whole host of other animals on game drives.

Activities on Uganda Tours

What is so special about Chimpanzee tracking?

While not as well known as mountain gorilla tracking, chimpanzee tracking is just as thrilling. Chimp tracking is much more challenging than gorilla tracking because the chimps move along the treetop canopy faster than you can run through the forest! Needless to say, this is an immensely exciting experience and when you catch up to the chimps it’s rather magical to observe them.

Kibale Forest National Park is the best place in Uganda to go chimp tracking with over 1000 of the apes living in this region. Either spend a few hours tracking a habituated group or take the whole day to do a chimp habituation experience. The unique chance to visit a chimp group undergoing habituation from when they wake up in the morning to when they make their overnight nests is truly magical.

Don’t miss the tree-climbing lions of Queen Elizabeth National Park

There are only two places in the world where lions climb trees namely Lake Manyara National Park in Tanzania and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda. In the Ishasha region of the park, you can see lions draped over the massive branches of giant fig trees surveying the landscape below them. Most certainly these sightings are incredibly special, 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. Offering every adrenaline-spiking outdoor activity you can imagine.

Rafting down the turbulent rapids of the White Nile is guaranteed to be an adventure. Other fun activities include stand up paddle boarding on calmer stretches of the Nile or horse back riding along the banks of the river. Alternatively up your game and go bungee jumping or paragliding.

Getting sprayed by Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park. Here you can find East Africa’s most impressive waterfall. The powerful Nile River tumbles down a six metre wide gorge resulting in 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

Rwenzori Mountains are Africa’s highest mountain range with snow-capped 4500 meter tall. Stretching over 120 kilometres along Uganda’s border with the DRC and offering some of the continent’s most spectacular mountain hiking routes.

Whether taking on a day hike or braving a multi-day trek this unspoiled wilderness of tropical rainforest will leave you in awe. Ascending to the top of Mount Stanley is tough but rewarding once you realise you have conquered the third highest mountain in Africa. With bamboo forests and glacier lakes, it’s moss-covered valleys and cloud forests are truly a sight to behold.

Exploring the crater lakes

In western Uganda, the Ndali-Kasenda crater area is a spectacular landscape featuring dozens of ancient volcanic crater lakes. Some of which are more than 400 meters deep while fringed with forests and home to diverse birdlife. The best way to explore the area is by hiking, which will take you down to the beautiful lakes. Enroute you will encounter friendly villages and pass 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 feeds on fish, frogs, water snakes and baby crocodiles. Although found in several African countries, one of the best places to view this bird is at Uganda’s Murchison Falls National Park. A cruise down the Nile River towards Lake Albert might just reward you with a sighting of this solitary creature.

Visiting the Karamojong

In Uganda’s tucked away north eastern corner, the Karamoja region is home to the Karamojong. Learn more about this tribe of semi-nomadic warrior pastoralists and their fascinating rich cultural heritage on an overnight visit to the village of Karamojong manyatta. Help herd the cattle or forage for wild food and camp under the stars.

Wildlife highlights on Uganda Tours

While not wildly popular for safaris, Uganda does offer a unique wildlife experience that Kenya and Tanzania don’t. Gorilla tracking in Uganda offers the chance to see gorillas in the dense, misty forests of Bwindi National Park.

Around 1000 wild mountain gorillas remain in the world while Uganda conserves half of this population. Tracking these creatures can be challenging, hiking through the hilly park for hours in search of gorillas. However once you reach them, the thrill of spending time with these great apes will leave you more breathless than the trek itself.

Watching a group of gorillas going about their daily lives in the wild is one of the greatest wildlife experiences you can have and is a bucket list dream that often tops the list. While you’re tracking gorillas, you may also be lucky enough to spot Bwindi’s other residents such as rare forest elephants, forest duikers and black-and-white colobus and l’Hoest monkeys.

Kibale Forest National Park is the most popular place in the country to go Chimpanzee tracking. Kibale is also the best place in Uganda to see other primates including olive baboons, red and black-and-white colobus as well as vervet, red-tailed, l’Hoest and blue monkeys.

Be sure not to overlook Queen Elizabeth National Park as it offers lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo sightings. Although the tree-climbing lions in the Isasha region are the main highlight of the park.

Murchison Falls National Park is home to huge herds of elephant buffalo and giraffe. However the highlight of this park is certainly the rare and endangered shoebill stork. This unusual looking prehistoric creature is an exciting highlight for birdwatchers in Africa.

Weather in Uganda

Even though this is an equatorial country, expect cooler temperatures and wet weather with no real Winter or Summer season. Southern Uganda is very wet with rain throughout the year. While on the shores of Lake Victoria in the north (Entebbe) you will find the rain falls from mainly March to June and from November to December. When you travel further north conditions are somewhat drier.

The north-east side of Uganda has the driest climate and sometimes droughts occur. On the south-west side near the border of the DR Congo, heavy rains are common 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 and these fall 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.

You will find that gorilla permits are cheaper during their low season however if you don’t want a challenging trek and are happy to pay a bit extra rather travel in the dry seasons of January to February and June to September.

Lake Bunyonyi - Uganda

Traveling to Uganda by air

Entebbe International Airport is Uganda’s main airport. From here it is relatively easy to get around the country. We will arrange your airport transfer on your Uganda Tour. Entebbe is located about 40km from Kampala and will take you approximately one and a half hours by road.

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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