Best Uganda Safari Tours, Vacation Travel Guide & Safaris in Uganda

Planning for Uganda safaris? As per many Uganda travel guides, Uganda is a small country located in East Africa with a size of approximately 241,037 km² and a population of around 42 million people. Uganda safari tours offer some of the best travel experiences on the African continent, making it a top African safari destination for tourists. The country is known for its gorilla trekking Uganda experiences, making it a must-visit destination for low and high budget travelers.

Our Uganda safari company offers some of the best safaris in Uganda at affordable prices, with a relatively good bargain on all packages. Book with us and get the best deals on Uganda safaris. Explore our safari packages and get ready for an adventure of a lifetime or read through our detailed Uganda safari travel guide after the itineraries section.

Top Uganda Safari Tours & Vacation Packages



Ultimate Travel Guide for Booking a Safari to Uganda

From traditional dances, tours to amazing markets like Owino Market, to mountain gorilla visits, mountain climbing adventures, and wildlife viewing tours, our safaris feature a wide range of diverse Uganda safari activities in various Uganda safari parks and tour attractions.

We cater to all preferences and offer an unforgettable experience that matches your choice and budget.

Our Uganda safari tours and holidays are some of the cheapest and can be upgraded to luxury upon request.

Whether you’re looking for a lifetime budget safari or short relaxing excursions, we guarantee your Uganda safari holidays will be as cheap as possible yet with so much to enjoy.

There are many must-visit places for your Uganda safari holidays, unlike Rwanda safaris.

Uganda’s national parks are truly amazing.

Some of the top destinations include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for gorilla safari holidays, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and the enchanting Lake Bunyonyi.

With our Uganda safaris, you can explore all these places and stay in comfortable lodges for less.

We guarantee this to all our clients from the moment they book their gorilla tour.

You can also combine your Uganda safari with Rwanda safaris, Congo safaris, Kenya safaris, Tanzania safaris, and Zanzibar beach holidays.

You can also check out our combo gorilla trips.

About Uganda Travel

About Uganda
Lake Bunyonyi, Kabale – Uganda

Uganda is situated in the African Great Lakes region, bordered by Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Rwanda.

Although it’s a landlocked country, it’s often considered the “Pearl of Africa” due to its rich diversity.

The official languages spoken in the country are English and Kiswahili.

Kampala serves as the largest city and the capital of Uganda, with a high percentage of the population identifying as Christians.

Uganda is unique as the only African country where you can find the Bahai temple.

Uganda gained its independence from the British on the 9th of October 1962.

The name “Uganda” is derived from the Buganda Kingdom, which occupies the central and southern parts of the country.

In 1979, Robert William Felkin, a medical missionary, observed a successful caesarean section performed by indigenous healers in the Kitara empire.

This happened long before missionary doctors visited Africa. The Arabs arrived in Uganda for trade around the 1830s.

The People & Culture of Uganda

The People & Culture of Uganda

Uganda is gifted with diverse ethnic groups that have different senses of fashion, speak different languages, hold different cultural beliefs and values, specialize in different cuisines, and much more.

Most of these groups can be visited while on safari to various tourist destinations in Uganda.

Entebbe & Kampala City – The Gateways for Safaris in Uganda

Entebbe & Kampala City - The Gateways for Safaris in Uganda
Kampala, the Capital City of Uganda

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, situated in the central part of the country.

The city was previously a hunting area for the former Kabaka of Buganda kingdom, primarily due to its scenic rolling hills, seven in number, valleys, and wetlands that were once home to Impalas (antelopes).

Kampala assumed the role of the capital city of Uganda in 1962 when the country gained independence from British rule.

The name “Kampala” is derived from a local word, “Ka’ Impala,” signifying the presence of Impalas that were once abundant in the region.

Entebbe City is where Entebbe International Airport is located.

Why go on a Uganda safari?

National Parks in Uganda
Murchison Falls, the strongest waterfalls in the world

Your primary reason for visiting might be gorilla trekking safaris, but try to diversify your Uganda safari.

Uganda safaris offer one of the best wildlife viewing experiences, in addition to being the best place for gorilla safaris in Africa and the world.

Uganda is one of the few countries that are home to the big five game animals, cheetahs, and ostriches.

The country’s wilderness is incredibly rich, with approximately 345 mammal species.

Include sightings of other primates like Golden Monkeys, Chimpanzees, and more in your Uganda safari plans.

Uganda has the largest population of primates in the East African region, accounting for over half of the existing mountain gorillas, followed by Rwanda and Congo.

You can find more information about this in our travel information section.

Uganda Travel Activities – What to Do on Uganda Safari Tours

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Cost
Mountain Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Visiting national parks is a must when on a safari to Uganda

The country boasts 10 national parks and 12 game reserves, each offering a unique and awe-inspiring experience.

For example, the tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park cannot be found anywhere else in the world except Lake Manyara in Tanzania.

Murchison Falls National Park is home to the world’s most powerful waterfalls and the longest river, while Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park provides a rare opportunity to get up close to our distant relatives, the mountain gorillas.

Don’t forget to explore the magnificent Kidepo Valley National Park, known for its breathtaking vistas and distinctive wildlife.

Mountain hiking and climbing

Uganda is the best place for both technical and amateur mountain climbing or hiking.

The great Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the Mountains of the Moon, are the highest and most challenging peaks in Uganda.

You can also climb others like Mount Elgon, Mount Morungole, and the volcanoes of the Virunga Range.

Cultural encounters

Uganda is composed of several ethnic groups, with each tribe having its unique way of dressing, cultural values, and beliefs.

The most outstanding tribe you shouldn’t miss visiting is the Karamojong people in the northeastern part of the country.

See Uganda cultural safaris here

Gorilla trekking

Mountain gorillas are an endangered species of apes endemic to Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This activity should not be missed while in the country.

Check out our gorilla trekking guides below:

Chimpanzee trekking

Uganda’s Kibale Forest National Park is the best place for chimpanzee trekking in the world and also the only place where you can participate in chimpanzee habituation.

Just in case you miss out on mountain gorilla trekking, make sure you visit chimpanzees for a memorable experience.

These activities offer a glimpse into the diverse natural beauty and rich cultural heritage that Uganda has to offer, making it an ideal destination for adventurous travelers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Check out our chimpanzee trekking tours below:

Most Popular Uganda Safari Parks & Travel Destinations

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

All national parks in Uganda are very popular because each is unique and provides a different experience from the rest, but some of the most visited and outstanding can be seen below:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most famous park in Uganda because it’s home to half the population of mountain gorillas, which can only be found in three African countries.

The gorilla trekking experience in Uganda is also affordable and safe compared to Rwanda, where it’s expensive, and Congo, where the park is sometimes closed due to civil unrest.

See Bwindi gorilla trekking safaris here

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park is also one of the most famous national parks in the country because it’s the best place for chimpanzee tracking in the world and the only place where you can do chimpanzee habituation (CHEX).

Besides chimpanzees, the park is a birders’ paradise, and the concentration of other primates is high.

See Kibale forest tours here

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is one of the oldest and largest conservation areas in Uganda.

The park is home to the world’s most powerful waterfalls and the mighty River Nile.

Murchison Falls is famous because you can view four of the big five here, and you can also visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route to Murchison, increasing your chances of seeing all the big five on a lucky trip.

See Murchison Falls safaris here

Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park is situated in the remote northeastern part of the country.

Although it’s less visited, it’s famous all over Africa for its true wilderness and serene landscapes.

The park is also known for its diversity of wildlife not found elsewhere in the country.

See Kidepo wildlife safaris here

Other Ugandan parks include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Semuliki Valley National Park.

Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Gorilla Trekking for a Solo Traveler

Uganda has two gorilla trekking parks: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to over 18 mountain gorilla families, while Mgahinga has only one.

Half of the total population of mountain gorillas resides in Bwindi, making it the best place for mountain gorilla safaris in the world.

When booking your gorilla safaris in Uganda, be sure to choose Bwindi Impenetrable National Park as your destination.

It’s a fantastic national park with four sectors: Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo.

Each sector has its own mountain gorilla families for you to choose from.

If you prefer to trek gorillas in both Uganda and another country, we also offer combined gorilla trips at the best prices.

Cost of Gorilla & Wildlife Safaris in Uganda

35 Days Grand Uganda Safari including all Circuits and Destinations

A gorilla permit in Uganda costs $700 each.

This cost does not include accommodation, transportation, meals, guide fees, and more.

The total price of your gorilla safaris in Uganda depends on various factors, including the gorilla permit price, the accommodation you choose (budget, moderate, or upmarket), the number of days, additional destinations to visit, the number of people in your group, and the type of transportation you use.

If you choose to trek gorillas twice, you will spend $1400 ($700 for each gorilla trekking activity) on permits alone.

Staying in an upmarket accommodation facility will cost you over $500 per night, while budget safari lodges cost about $150 per night.

Longer travels will result in higher costs.

In a larger group, you’ll pay less for your gorilla expedition due to shared transportation costs.

If you’d like to get a quote for your package, you can contact one of our Uganda safari tour consultants by sending us an inquiry, and we’ll tailor your package and get back to you as soon as possible.

21 Facts about Uganda that you ought to know

  1. Uganda boasts half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas, a species of the world’s largest primates and close relatives of humans found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park.
  2. Uganda is home to the source of the mighty ancient River Nile, known as the longest river in the world, flowing through over eleven countries. Lake Victoria, where the Nile’s source is found, is the largest lake in Africa.
  3. Uganda is endowed with the world’s mightiest waterfalls, located along the spectacular River Nile, where the river narrows to a seven-meter gauge over the rocks, cascading down as 45-meter waterfalls before flowing placidly into Lake Albert.
  4. Bananas are famous in Uganda; the country is also one of the world’s top pineapple, banana, and avocado producers. There are approximately 62 types of bananas in Uganda.
  5. Uganda is home to the largest number of primate species in the world. Apart from mountain gorillas, there are other primate species like chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, among others.
  6. Uganda’s favorite fast food is Rolex, not the watch but a chapatti filled with scrambled eggs and vegetables, or even sausages. One of the Ugandans’ favorite foods is Nsenene, a type of grasshopper enjoyed in most parts of the country, and they also enjoy white ants.
  7. Ugandans consume more pork per capita than any other African nation. Ankole cow beef meat is also the lowest cholesterol beef meat on the planet.
  8. Uganda is one of the youngest countries globally, with 50% of the population being under 14 years old.
  9. Uganda is the best birding destination in the African continent, with 1061 species of birds recorded, some of which are endemic to the country.
  10. In 2012, Lonely Planet rated Uganda as the best tourist attraction country. Approximately 1 million tourists visit Uganda every year.
  11. Uganda has two main seasons: the dry season and the wet season. The dry seasons are from June to September and December to February, while the wet seasons are from April to May and October to November.
  12. Boda Bodas is the name given to motorcycles in Uganda. They were initially used to transport people across no man’s land, which lies between Kenyan and Ugandan border posts.
  13. Women in Uganda are civil engineers and builders, as they are the ones who typically construct mud houses, also known as manyatttas.
  14. Uganda is the same size as the U.S. state of Oregon, but the population differs, with Oregon having about 3,871,859 people and Uganda having 34.5 million people.
  15. Uganda has ten national parks and twelve game reserves.
  16. The majestic Mount Elgon, found in the eastern part of Uganda, contains the largest volcanic caldera in the world.
  17. In Uganda, homosexuality is prohibited by law and is considered a punishable crime.
  18. Uganda’s national motto is “For God and My Country,” and the currency used is the Ugandan shilling.
  19. Uganda is one of Africa’s friendliest countries; the people are very friendly and hospitable.
  20. Uganda is home to the world’s smallest church, located on Biku Hill in Nebbi town, measuring just 2.3 meters wide and 8 feet tall.
  21. Uganda accounts for 6.8% of the world’s butterfly species.

Getting a Uganda Tourist Visa

Getting a Visa

Getting a Ugandan visa is not so difficult compared to some countries.

All you need to do is fill out a form, but make sure you have all the necessary requirements needed before you fill it in.

You can apply for a Ugandan visa online here: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/

Travel Safe – Safety in Uganda

Although Uganda is one of the friendliest and safest countries you can visit, there are some safety measures everyone must take while visiting any country in the world.

The other safety measures are everyday precautions that you should also observe in your country: keep car doors locked, avoid carrying large amounts of cash, avoid traveling at night, and most importantly, make sure you’re using a reputable tour operator.

When to visit Uganda for Travel holidays

When to visit Uganda

The best time to visit Uganda is during the dry months of the year.

December to February are the hottest months, while June to September are equally good but the most competitive.

Scheduling your Uganda tours during the dry season gives you the chance to spot large numbers of wildlife and primates.

During these months, animals roam freely around national parks and visit riverbanks for water more often.

Roads are also dry and transportation becomes easier.

This isn’t the case during the rainy months, when roads are muddy, and vehicles often get stuck, especially non-4×4 safari vehicles.

Animals also tend to seek shelter from the rain and become less visible in the parks.

While we recommend conducting your Uganda safaris during the dry months, you can also consider visiting during the unpredictable months.

These months often come with discounts on various services and facilities.

The dry months are perfect for luxury gorilla trekking, while the wet months are ideal for budget safaris.

Where to Stay – Uganda Safari Accommodation Options

Where to Stay - Accommodation Options for Uganda
Nile Safari Lodge, Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

Uganda’s top 10 lodges offer a blend of luxury and immersion in the country’s stunning natural beauty.

The Buhoma Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is renowned for gorilla trekking, while the Apoka Safari Lodge in Kidepo Valley National Park offers an exclusive safari experience.

The Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge provides breathtaking views of the Virunga Volcanoes, while the Nile Safari Lodge offers a tranquil escape along the Nile River.

Chobe Safari Lodge, nestled in Murchison Falls National Park, ensures a unique wildlife experience, and the Ishasha Wilderness Camp is famous for its tree-climbing lions.

Uganda’s lodges cater to diverse tastes, making your stay unforgettable.

Useful Uganda travel links:

https://www.exploreuganda.com/
https://ugandawildlife.org/

How we work

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We pay attention

We will spend time and pay attention to your expectations, then propose an experience that you might like.

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We complement

Next we will discuss our selected options, point out the best safaris for you and make awesome recommendations.

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We will tentatively hold your booking and make reservations while we talk through the safari details or make changes.

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