The ‘Pearl of Africa’ is what Sir Winston Churchill called Uganda. Go on a safari in Uganda and you will see it is true. The last of the remaining mountain gorillas, the national parks and the unique nature make Uganda a jewel to visit.
Whether you have been to Africa before or are a newcomer to the continent, Uganda will set your heart racing. With far less visitors than Tanzania and Kenya you can expect the following highlights during a Safari in Uganda:
- Meeting the last of the mountain gorillas
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Excellent game viewing
- Different safari activities including trekking, kayaking and bird watching
- Animals with giant horns
- Undisturbed, less-visited nature reserves
- Friendly locals
Most popular safaris in Uganda
3 Day Safari, Accommodated
from 1,290 USD
On this 3-day safari you will visit two of Uganda’s highlights: see the last rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and visit the Murchison Falls National Park.
7 day Safari / Trekking Tour, Accommodated
from 2,890 USD
On this 7-day safari you will experience the highlights of Uganda and that includes an awe-inspiring trek to see the mountain gorillas and a hike to see chimpanzees.
10 day Safari / Trekking Tour, Accommodated
from 5,400 USD
Do you want to see all of Uganda’s highlights? Then this 10-day safari is just right for you. It includes a Gorilla and a chimpanzee trekking, as well as a walking safari and a boat trip to see the Murchison Falls.
13 Day Trekking / Overland Tour, Camping
“The Pearl of Africa” – the unique diversity of wildlife and the natural beauty combined with the friendly inhabitants make Uganda one of Africa’s hidden gems.
14 Day Trekking / Overland Tour, Camping
from 2,140 EUR
On this tour through Kenya and Uganda you will visit the famous Masai Mara Game Reserve as well as the Lake Nakuru National Park and finally encounter the rare and endangered mountain gorillas.
Things to see in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This park was declared a sanctuary for the last remaining mountain gorillas. An estimated 350 to 400 animal live in the thick rainforest. Only groups of maximum eight tourists are allowed to visit the eight gorilla families who are accustomed to human contact. The behaviour of these gentle hairy giants is very similar to us humans and it is fascinating to watch.
Murchison Falls National Park
Die Murchison Falls National Park in northeastern Uganda is at almost 4000 km ² the largest national park in Uganda. It is named after the Murchinson Falls where the Nile River rushes through a narrow 7 m canyon to plunge down 43 meters. Apart from game drives tourists can enjoy game viewing from a boat to see animals as they come to drink at the river. This national park is renowned for the extremely rare Rothschild giraffe of which only several hundred is left. Other animals include four of the ‘Big Five’ – all, except rhino.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Established in 1952, the park was named after the English queen after her visit in 1954. The remote Ishasha sector is famous for its tree-climbing lions. In other areas of the park more lions but also elephant, leopard, Africa buffalo and the extremely fast topi –a type of tsessebe can be seen.
Kibale National Park
Here lives the biggest variety of primates in Uganda. Through research, families of chimpanzees have become accustomed to humans and remain the biggest attraction to this moist evergreen forest area. Other primates living here are blue monkeys, the Ugandan Red Colobus, Ugandan Mnagabey and the black Colobus
Uganda’s second largest town lies on the banks of Lake Victoria at the source of the White Nile. Jinja is the base for rafting trips on the mighty river. Bungee jumping offers extra adrenalin for adventure seekers.
Come rest for a few days in a luxurious hotel in Entebbe on the shores of Africa’s largest lake. Visit the Botanical Garden bordering the lake or the Ugandan Wildlife Education Centre.
Best times to visit
The rainy season is from end March to the beginning of June and visitors should avoid this time as roads become impassable. Visiting gorillas are possible throughout the year. In the mountainous Bwindi Impenetrable Forest one can expect rain any time of the year.
Combine a safari to Uganda with a beach break in Kenya or Zanzibar or see more of Kenya and Tanzania.