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Best Time to GO

Between June to September and January to February (Dry Season)

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High Season

Between July and August including Christmas and New Year

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Bwindi National Park, Kibale Forest National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park, Primate safari tours

All About Uganda

Safaris in Uganda 2024/2025

An underrated biodiverse country in the east, Uganda remains to be one of the most popular destinations especially for those seeking to find an abundance of primates, a myriad of butterflies in different colors and 11% of the birds found in the world. For many centuries, Uganda has been known for hosting over half of all mountain gorillas in the world and the largest concentration of chimpanzees in East Africa. But that’s not all. Uganda is also home of the tallest mountain range in Africa – the Rwenzori Mountains, otherwise known as the “Mountains of the Moon.”

It is also where you can find Lake Victoria which sources the Nile, one of the 7 natural wonders of Africa. With all these and more.

There are numerous beautiful parks in the country that is available for tourists to explore. There’s the Bwindi and Kibale National Parks and the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Another place you should check out when you are in the country is the Murchison Falls which drops to about 30 meters and is found in the Murchison National Park. Many say that there’s a constant rainbow over the falls because of the spray of water as it crashes down.

Uganda lives up to the standards of an authentic African experience. As Winston Churchill, who was quite enthused about Uganda’s grandeur, would put it: For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.”

As well as our Safaris in Uganda, we also offer a range of other African Safaris. Take a look at our Safaris in KenyaSafaris in Tanzania. If you are looking for the best places to stay in Uganda, take a look at at our accommodation in Uganda page, here.

Uganda, a popular safari destination

An underrated biodiverse country in the east, Uganda remains to be one of the most popular destinations especially for those seeking to find an abundance of primates, a myriad of butterflies in different colors and 11% of the birds found in the world. For many centuries, Uganda has been known for hosting over half of all mountain gorillas in the world and the largest concentration of chimpanzees in East Africa. But that’s not all. Uganda is also home of the tallest mountain range in Africa – the Rwenzori Mountains, otherwise known as the “Mountains of the Moon.” It is also where you can find Lake Victoria which sources Nile, one of the 7 natural wonders of Africa. With all these and more, Uganda lives up to the standards of an authentic African experience. As Winston Churchill, who was quite enthused about Uganda’s grandeur, would put it: For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.”

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Bwindi and Kibale National Park

Bwindi National Park is known for its Mountain Gorilla population. Getting to spot a silverback during a trip to see these amazing creatures is definitely a once in a lifetime experience. Aside from the gorillas, birds are also a main attraction when visiting the Bwindi National Park. It’s one of the best places to be for birdwatching. The Kibale National Park, on the other hand, is known for its chimpanzee population. In fact, it is known to be the best place to visit if you want to see them in East Africa. There are other primates in the area too aside from the chimpanzees like the blue & red-tailed monkeys, red-colobus mangabeys, and the grey-cheeked mangabeys.

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Queen elizabeth national Park

The Queen Elizabeth Park is one of the best known parks in the area. It’s home to a lot of safari animals but most importantly it is home to the chimpanzees which are protected in the park. The park is also part of the African Great Lakes Region which means there are a number of beautiful lakes for you to visit like Lake Edward and Lake George. If you’re keen in seeing the park from an aerial view then you’ll be glad to know that there are hot air balloon tours available. It offers a magical experience to those who are willing to fly up high.

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Murchison Falls

The Murchison Falls is found in the Murchison National Park which is the largest park in Uganda. It is home to various animals such as the elephants, giraffes, chimpanzees and lions. The water of the falls comes from the Victoria Nile River which cascades down a 30 meter drop into the Nile River. It’s a spectacular natural wonder to see if you are in the area. A lot of famous people have been visitors to this part of Uganda including Ernest Hemingway and Winston Churchill.

Tours

4 Days
Uganda Safari
Bwindi Impenetrable | Kibale Forest National Park

Primates of Uganda Safari

Price From $1,460 USD

This exciting 4-day primate-watching tour takes you from Kampala, the bustling capital of Uganda, to the lush tangled forests and dramatic peaks in the southwestern part of the country.

4 Days
Uganda Safari
Bwindi Impenetrable | Lake Mburo National Park

Explore Uganda Safari

Price From $890 USD

This 4-day Uganda safari combines the special experience of meeting the highly-endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda’s beautiful forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, with savannah and boat

8 Days
Uganda Safari
Bwindi Impenetrable | Queen Elizabeth

African Rainforest Adventure Safari

Price From $3,795 USD

This action-packed 8-day Uganda safari combines the special experience of meeting the highly-endangered mountain gorillas in both Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes

Accomodations

Mweya Safari Lodge

The Lodge is located on a peninsula within the heart of the Queen Elizabeth National Park and surrounded by the magical Rwenzori Mountains – the ‘Mountains of the Moon’; Mweya Safari Lodge offers visitors a spectacular experience of luxury in the wilderness.

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    Uganda
Buhoma Lodge

Buhoma Lodge, a top quality and intimate property, commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla. One of only two lodges situated within the National Park, we’re a short walking distance from the meeting point for gorilla tracking and other activities in the area.

  • Kenya
    Uganda
Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp is situated within the Southern Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park on the Ntungwe river, an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. This exclusive camp offers superb quality accommodation and services

  • Kenya
    Uganda

Frequently Asked Questions

The biodiversity on display in Uganda is staggering, even by East African standards. Depending on the particular safari you take and the focus of the safari you can expect to see some or all of the following:

  • Mountain gorillas
  • Chimpanzees
  • Red colobus monkeys
  • L’Hoest’s monkeys
  • Lions
  • Leopards
  • Cheetahs
  • Hyenas
  • Elephants
  • Water buffalo
  • Giraffes
  • Hippos
  • Zebra
  • Crocodiles
  • Antelope
  • And more…

Uganda features all of the wildlife you will see in Tanzania and Kenya. It is also one of the last refuges of the endangered and majestic mountain gorilla. With that in mind, our Uganda safaris will visit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (home of the mountain gorilla), Kibale Forest National Park (home to chimpanzees, the red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey), Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo National Park and other locations.

Like its neighbours Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda experiences 2 rainy seasons per year, the first extending from March through early June and the second lasting from late October to early December. However, because Uganda does not border the Indian Ocean like its neighbours there is nowhere in the country where it gets terribly hot. The best time for a safari in Uganda is considered to be mid-June to mid-October.

The WHO and Ugandan government recommend that visitors get vaccinated for:

  • Hepatitis A+B
  • Yellow fever
  • Meningitis
  • Typhoid

There is currently no requirement that visitors on Uganda safari holidays in 2022 be vaccinated against covid-19. Visitors will, however, need to show a negative PCR test result obtained less than 3 days before entering the country. Also, malaria is a fairly significant risk and it is recommended that visitors obtain prescription anti malarial medication from their doctor before coming.

Everyone who enters Uganda for the purposes of Uganda safari tours must have a valid visitor/tourist visa. Due to recent changes, however, it is no longer possible to obtain a visa upon arrival in the country. Instead, visitors must use the country’s online visa application that is available here.

On the application page, you will find all the information regarding documents you need to apply for the visa and to enter the country. Remember, as is the case with every country, Ugandan immigration reserves the right to refuse entry to anyone for any reason they see fit.

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