Uganda, The Pearl Of Africa; Gateway To The Endangered Silverback Mountain Gorillas
A Uganda Safari will offer you a land of mountains, forests and rivers including the source of the Nile and the gateway to the mountain gorillas. Trek into the Bwindi National Park to watch a family of gorillas in their last natural habitat. Interact with these gentle giants of Bwindi, including the silverback and blackback gorillas for a unique and unforgettable experience.
Uganda is also home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the Mountains of the Moon in the Rwenzori National Park. It is the source of the mighty Nile, and around Jinja offers the best white-water rafting in the world. Besides all these, Uganda is also blessed with a vast bird population of more than 1,000 species. Uganda is the best of everything the continent has to offer packed into a small stunning destination.
- When Winston Churchill set foot in Uganda in 1902, he was so overwhelmed by the beauty of the country he called it the ‘Pearl of Africa’.
- Banana is a very popular fruit in Uganda, you can even get wine that has been produced from banana.
- Uganda is the land of the endangered Mountain Gorilla, there are said to be only 750 individuals left in the wild. They are found in the Bwindi National Park.
- Boda-Boda is the name given to Ugandan motorcycle transport.
GMT + 2 hours
Passports must be valid for 6 months.
Uganda’s equatorial climate is tempered by cooling breezes from the mountains, and the lush vegetation makes it sunny and green all year round.
The rainy seasons stretch from April and May and then again from October to November. Due to the altitude the mountain air is a lot cooler. The best time to visit Uganda is from December to March and from June to September.
Although Uganda is a year-round destination, the best time to visit Uganda for a gorilla trek is during the country’s two dry seasons of January and February and from June to September.
Bird watching is fantastic all year round but at its peak between November and April when the migrant species are present.
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Home to the Gorilla population. The Park gets its name from its thick vegetation with an immense variety of evergreen trees, which reach great heights in their search for sunlight. Bwindi is home to half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas.
A Gorilla Trek can last between one to six hours over rough terrain, with all the hardships forgotten in an instant at the first glimpse of the gorillas in their mountain kingdom. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi can be challenging, therefore a reasonable level of physical fitness is required.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Stretching from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori range in the north, along the shores of Lake Edward to the Ishasha River in the south, the Park is Uganda’s most popular and most accessible savannah reserve.
The Park is home to elephant, buffalo, leopard, numerous antelope species and the famous tree-climbing lions of the Ishasha Plains. With a staggering 600 recorded bird species, Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the world’s premier bird watching destinations.
Kibale National Park
A prime location for tracking primates including chimpanzees and colobus monkeys. Discover the mysteries of their existence as they chatter, play, eat and quarrel. A Chimpanzee trekking excursion is a popular activity that is included in our Uganda Safari packages. Navigating the network of shady forest trails is a delight to botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species of birds recorded.
Lake Mburo National Park
The only park in the country with an entire lake from which it derives its name. Boat rides on the lake are a fascinating way of viewing a diversity of animal and plant species, crocodiles, hippos and birds, including pelicans, Blake Crane and heron.
For the adventure seekers. This is the adrenaline capital of Uganda and the Source of the Nile. Activities include white water rafting along the world’s second longest river.
Balloon Safari & Champagne Breakfast
View Nature on a whole new scale and experience the world from a brand new perspective. Take a hot air balloon safari and enjoy a breathtaking view of Africa with a Champagne Breakfast on landing.