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Safaris in Uganda

Uganda’s nickname, the “Pearl of Africa” suits it well.  This green equatorial country is a gem - full of rich landscapes, exceptional biodiversity and authentic safaris.

It’s said of these parts that if you strike a match at dawn, push it into the soil and return at dusk you’ll find that a tree has grown in its place.

The country is not only lush and fertile, but also one of the most beautiful in Africa.  There is simply astonishing range of plants and animals due to the huge range of habitats and altitudes.

Highlights of Uganda

Famed for the mountain gorillas of Bwindi, Uganda safari trips are far more than just gorillas though.

A traditional African Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls will yield all the typical African species.  This includes tree-climbing lions, elephants, masses of kob, great herds of buffalo, giraffe, elephant, leopard and hyena.

Remaining pockets of tropical forest are protected, and they provide some of the world’s best chimpanzee and lesser primate viewing.

Dramatic waterfalls, the source of the Nile at Jinja, Lake Victoria and the numerous Rift Valley Lakes are home to countless crocadiles and hippos. Although this doesn’t seem to prevent the adventurers who wish to kayak and raft!

Uganda offers birders some exceptional opportunities to tick off some rare central African endemics.  Plus, with over half of Africa’s birds resident here in Uganda, seasoned bird enthusiasts will check off loads of “lifers”.  Budongo Forest and the Royal Mile are considered one of Africa’s birding highlights.  And three locations in Uganda offer exceptional chances to view the prehistoric looking shoebill.

Not to mention the 1200 butterflies species, orchids, cycads, epiphytic ferns and hundreds of tree species. A Ugandan safari is a naturalist’s paradise.

Where to visit 

In the south, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is fringed by the blue Virunga volcanoes bordering Rwanda and Congo. It’s a World Heritage Site and hotspot for mountain gorilla trekking.

In the west lie the game-rich savannahs of Queen Elizabeth National Park with the  snow-capped Rwenzoris - the famous “Mountains of the Moon” as a stunning backdrop.

Kibale National Park is an under-rated gem with varying tracts of tropical forest. These offer protection to a substantial population of habituated chimpanzees and other primates.  Certainly, for primate lovers a trip to Bwindi and Kibale or Budongo Forests is a must!

Murchison Falls National Park is full to the brim with wonderful African wildlife, along with the dramatic Falls.

This part of the world is scenically stunning with great lakes, craters, rainforests and volcanic mountains.  Known as the ‘Little Switzerland’ of Africa, the mountains here temper the tropical climate.

Far less visited than it’s busier neighbours to the east, a visit to Uganda is a refreshing step back in time.   It remains relatively simple, unsophisticated, and is reminiscent of the old ways of being on safari in Africa.

More background information

Classic Uganda safari - round the houses

Classic Uganda Safari

The complete Uganda safari with gorillas, chimps, big game and birdlife to boot - easily customisable to include East Africa’s migration

From $4680 10 days / 9 nightsMore info
Mountain gorilla treks with Billy Dodson

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Here’s the quickest and simplest way to trek for mountain gorillas in Uganda - it’s our 4 day mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

From $2486 4 days / 3 nightsMore info
Murchison Falls - Uganda

Murchison Falls Getaway

3 nights in Murchison Falls National Park where aside from impressive wildlife it’s the place where the Nile River is squeezed through an 8m chasm

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Best Locations

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Read More

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, arguably the best place to trek for the rare mountain gorilla - but remember that there's so much more to see

Entebbe & Lake Victoria Entebbe & Lake Victoria Read More

Entebbe is the safari gateway, some 35km from the capital of Kampala - spend more than a night and get to Ngamba Island for chimp encounter.

Kibale Forest National Park Kibale Forest National Park Read More

Kibale National Park is noted for chimpanzee tracking but it's a special place for endemic birds, butterflies, orchids and trees

Kidepo National Park Kidepo National Park Read More

One of the most enthralling National Parks, Kidepo is scarcely visited except by those who life here and local expats - visit if you can

Lake Mburo National Park Lake Mburo National Park Read More

Driving between Bwindi and Entebbe or Kampala? Make sure you spend at least a night in Lake Mburo National Park - it has the best safari lodge in the country!

Mgahinga National Park Mgahinga National Park Read More

The more scenic Mgahinga National Park is known for its gorillas which spend part of the year in Mgahinga moving on

Murchison Falls National Park Murchison Falls National Park Read More

The spectacular Murchison Falls are created when the broad stretch of the Nile River squeezes through a narrow gap of the Rift Valley gorge

Nyungwe Forest Nyungwe Forest Read More

The Nyungwe Forest is the most ancient montane forest in East or Central Africa and has 13 species of primate inhabiting its leafy reaches

Queen Elizabeth National Park Queen Elizabeth National Park Read More

Queen Elizabeth National Park is known for the big game of Ishasha, chimpanzees of Chambura and a surprising diversity of birds

Semliki Reserve Semliki Reserve Read More

Semliki Reserve is Uganda's oldest wilderness reserve

Sipi Falls Read More

Sipi Falls is a series of three pretty waterfalls on the lower slopes of Mt Elgon and just a short drive from Kampala or Entebbe