Uganda is known as the pearl of Africa with incredible scenery unlike any other Country in Africa. The fertile soils throughout the Highlands creates a sustaining level of resources thus providing stability for the local people in most regions. The tourism levels in Uganda have grown tremendously over the past decade. Much in part due to the habituation of several families of the endangered Mountain Gorilla in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. These amazing primates attract thousands of tourists from all over the World each year to spend one hour with these human like beings. Simply put it is one hour that will change your life forever and totally worth the investment.
Why Visit Uganda
Uganda is no doubt the highlight of gorilla trekking in Africa. Uganda’s natural beauty is magnificent with the friendliest people in Africa. It is a country for the wild at heart, who seeks adventures in the wild Africa.
The country enjoys great temperatures, averaging 16-26 degrees centigrade. Bordering Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda lies on the equator, enjoying the great temperatures all year round. While Kenya and Tanzania has rich savannah ground, Uganda is known for its large forested lands that accommodate the gorillas and chimpanzees.
It is one of the best trekking countries in Africa due to its dense forests full of primates. In addition, it is less traveled, Uganda safarigiving that feel of real adventure that few have experienced.
Uganda has several National Parks that are well worth experiencing on any safari itinerary. Leading the way would be Queen Elizabeth National Park which is famous for its Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha. Having personally seen these amazing big cats I must say staying anywhere other than Ishasha Wilderness Camp which has the ideal location to find these lazy cats. Stopping along the Kazinga Channel is another must do while visiting Uganda. Here you will take a lovely boat ride in the Channel where you will see Hippo, Elephant, Eagles and other wildlife that call this home. Another unique Park is Kibale home to the Chimpanzee and Golden Monkey. These are just a few of the highlights of Uganda. To learn more please click here and one of our Safari Experts will assist you.
Uganda is a country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. Famously called the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill, it is home to one of the most diverse and concentrated ranges of African fauna including the highly endangered mountain gorilla and the endangered common chimpanzee.
REGIONS OF UGANDA
- Central Uganda – the Capital City and the shoreline of vast Lake Victoria
- Eastern Uganda – superb trekking close on the border with Kenya and more wildilfe
- Northern Uganda – this beautiful area teems with wildlife.
- Western Uganda – Gorilla trekking on the borders with Rwanda and DR Congo
- Kampala — a bustling African capital. It is the only ‘city’ in the country.
- Arua — located in the NW corner of the country, reached by daily flights from Entebbe Airport or by bus from Kampala.
- Entebbe — a collection of some upmarket residential streets and a slew of government offices on the shores of Lake Victoria, dominated by State House, the official residence of the Ugandan President. The location of Uganda’s only international airport, about 1 hour south of Kampala by road.
- Jinja — located on Lake Victoria and at the source of the Nile. Home to Nile Beer.
- Fort Portal — a clean and well-organised highland town surrounded by extensive tea plantations, a number of fine colonial buildings and a superb Rwenzori backdrop.
- Gulu — Gulu is the de facto capital of the north.
- Mbarara — a southwestern town en route to several national parks.
- Kabale — a small town in the far south of the country near Lake Bunyonyi.
- Kisoro — located in the extreme southwest corner of Uganda next to the borders with Rwanda and DR Congo. It is the closest town to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Ajai Game Reserve is in northern Uganda and boasts a new deluxe safari camp now under construction just out side its border. A small reserve at 16,600 hectares, located on the east bank of the Albert Nile.
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the primary gorilla tracking location. There are troops reached from Buhoma and Ruhija (north) and from the south at Nkuringo and Rushaga. Treks within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are available daily and can be booked through a tour operator listed here.
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is at the confluence of Rwanda and the DRC. One gorilla troop can be tracked from here, but its range sometimes takes it into one of the other two countries, so may not be accessible. The Virunga Mountains are the dramatic spine of the park, recently active volcanic peaks. Much other remarkable wildlife is in this often overlooked park.
- Kidepo Valley National Park located in the extreme NE corner of Uganda on the South Sudan border. Incredible wildlife here that comes right up to the Apoka Lodge. Elephant, zebra, nile buffalo, kob often visit the lodge.
- Murchison Falls National Park offers a very nice boat trip getting surrounded by crocodiles and hippos. The nearby waterfall is dramatic and beautiful, as the entire Nile river plunges down 45 m (150 ft) and through a 7 m (23 ft) wide crevice. It is possible to do safaris – Murchison is full of a variety of wildlife, including elephants, giraffes, hartbeast, buffalo, and a few lions and leopards. For now it is still a little bit difficult to get as independent traveller. Take an early bus to Masindi and then try to arrange for transport to bring you to the park. With some luck you could get a free ride with the rangers.
- Queen Elizabeth National Park has several parts to it, but the main section between Lake Edward and Lake George is a more concentrated version of East African parks as far as animals are concerned, although with less splendid vistas unless the mist-shrouded Ruwenzori Mountains are visible. The Ugandan Kob is an endemic antelope (and is on the coat of arms along with the crested crane, including on currency). Worth considering is a drive among volcanic crater lakes on the south edge of the Ruwenzori Range. Kazinga Channel has the greatest concentration of Hippos in africa in this park and the park is home to the famous tree climbing lions.
- Kibale Forest National Park near the town of Fort Portal is famed for chimpanzee tracking and is highly recommended. Twitchers will know that some of the best birding in central Africa is here too. The Kasese Crater Lakes are in the area.
- Rwenzori National Park is a mountain range in south-west Uganda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is 120 km (75 mi) long and 48 km (30 mi) wide with its highest peak at Mt. Stanley (5109 m/16,761 ft). The range was first described in the 2nd century by ancient Greek astronomer Ptolemy as the “Mountains of the moon”, and first ascended in 1896 by Italian explorers. By the end of 2006, its ice cap has retreated from 6.4 square kilometres (2.5 sq mi) a century ago, to less than a 1.28 square kilometres (0.5 sq mi). In the Rwenzori Mountains near Fort Portal you find Mitandi. The place represents an unique opportunity to explore the mountains and get to know the culture of the local Bakonzo mountain people.
- Ssese Islands is a beautiful stretch of islands on Victoria Lake with isolated beaches and a bit of jungle. Jungle walks you could easily manage on your own, spending half a day. Beware that there is bilharzia in Victoria Lake, so if you swim, go check up with the doctor afterwards. However, you can expect to spend around 8 hours getting to the Ssese islands. As an alternative, Busi island can be reached in around 45 minutes from Entebbe. there is a camp site, with a small number of beds in a dorm and some bandas which are presently under construction.