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We are an indigenous Uganda tour operator waiting to organize your affordable and memorable Uganda safari tours.
We offer wildlife safaris in Uganda and East Africa with respect to Culture & Nature conservation.
Our Uganda safaris entail all country’s top wildlife experiences including: Gorilla trekking safaris, Chimpanzee tracking safaris, Game viewing safaris, and bird watching tours.
We also manage safaris in Kenya, Tanzania, and Rwanda.
We organise small group tours, family safaris, and offer best safari deals for honeymooners, couples and students.
We’re flexible, and therefore work within your budget to provide you with the best safari deal. We cater for any special request you may need to have a remarkable African safari holiday. Read More About Us.
Uganda Safari Packages
These Uganda tour packages give you a starting point for what your safari to Uganda could entail. Treat them as inspiration. Each of our Uganda safaris holiday itinerary is tailored specifically to you.
3 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari You can book this 3 Day Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari in Uganda and experience one of Uganda’s best scenery a rewarding safari. You will spot numerous wild animals. A UN Biosphere Reserve, this Equator straddling park is the most popular destination for safaris in Uganda. The park […]
3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Tour This short and affordable 3 days Murchison Falls safari in Uganda takes you to Murchison Falls National Park. Murchison Falls is Uganda’s largest national park at 3895km2. The park is home to over 70 mammal species including 4 of the Big 5 animals and the world’s strongest waterfalls! […]
This 3 Days Lake Mburo Safari gives you the chance to experience one of the country’s most beautiful savannas. Lake Mburo National Park is about a three to..
3 Day Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tour This 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Uganda tour is a short and affordable Uganda safari tour that takes you to the lush jungle of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi Forest is home to almost half of the world’s last remaining 1063 mountain gorillas and the most habituated gorilla families in […]
7 Days Uganda Safari Tour This 7 Days Uganda Safari offers unforgettable Uganda Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Chimp tracking in Kibale Forest, coupled with amazing game drives and a boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth NP, as well as community cultural experiences and relaxation on lovely Lake Bunyonyi. Your 7 days safari in […]
8 Days Uganda Safari Chimps, Gorillas, & Wildlife Viewing Safari This exciting 8 Days Uganda Safari offers mountain gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking, wildlife viewing, local community cultural experiences, and beautiful scenery viewing in Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. On this 8 Days Uganda Safari, you will have a great chance to encounter the two […]
10 Days Uganda Safari, Gorillas, Chimps, Wildlife, & Local Community Experience This remarkable 10 Days Uganda Safari offers Gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest, combined with amazing game viewing in Murchison Falls & Queen Elizabeth National Parks, community tours, Lake Bunyonyi boat cruise & relaxation and beautiful scenery viewing. Your 10 […]
14 Days Uganda Safari, Gorillas, Chimps, Wildlife & Culture This relaxed 14 Days Uganda Safari holiday is a fantastic tour that offers a great opportunity to see wild Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, and other wonderful Uganda wildlife, as you enjoy the amazing scenery and unique local cultures. The biggest highlight of this 14 Days Uganda Safari […]
12 Days Uganda Safari – Big Five, Chimps & Gorillas This relaxed 12 Days Uganda Safari combines gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking adventures with amazing wildlife game viewing, community cultural experiences, and Lake Bunyonyi tour & relaxation – all at an affordable price! The 12 Days Uganda safari tour takes you for thrilling gorilla trekking […]
Uganda Safaris Parks
Uganda has 10 National Parks and 12 Wildlife Game Reserves. Most our best Uganda safaris include in other places that are not listed here.
Bwindi National Park
A UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to about 459 of the world’s last remaining 1063 mountain gorillas. The park is the best place for trekking gorillas in Uganda or Uganda gorilla safaris.
Besides gorillas, this incredible diverse forest park also hosts more than 350 bird species, 200 species of butterflies, and 120 other species of mammals.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is the largest of the 10 national parks in Uganda. The park covers an area of 3895 km2 and features the world’s strongest waterfalls.
Here the mighty Nile River squeezes itself through a 8 meter wide narrow gorge. Murchison Falls NP also has fantastic birds and over 76 mammal species including 4 of Africa’s Big Five animals.
Kibale National Park
Kibale Forest National Park boasts the highest density and diversity of primates in Africa. The park has an incredible 13 species of primates, including over 1500 wild chimpanzees our closest living relatives.
It is the best destination for chimpanzee trekking tours in Uganda. Kibale also offers fantastic forest birding of more than 370 species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
A UN Biosphere Reserve, Queen Elizabeth is visually dramatic must-visit Uganda safari park. The park covers 1978 km2 of park rolling savannah, tropical rainforest, wetlands, moist acacia woodlands, lakes, rivers, and photogenic volcanic features.
It is home to over 600 bird species and 95 mammal species, including rare tree-climbing lions. Queen is also inhabited by more than 5000 hippos.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo is situated halfway between Uganda’s capital city, Kampala and the gorilla trekking destinations of the southwest. The park is an ideal overnight stop-over for travellers making their way between the two destinations. Although some of Africa’s iconic animals such as elephant are missing, its great mix of wetland and woodland habitats makes for a wide variety of mammals and birds.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Kidepo is a beautiful harsh land of semi-arid savanna, tucked up against the border with South Sudan in the far northeastern corner of Uganda.
This rugged and isolated wilderness has been ranked by CNN travel in the recent past as one of the best safari destinations in Africa. Unfortunately, regardless of its high rating, it is still one of the least visited Uganda safari parks.
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Gorilla Trekking Adventure
Gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of most thrilling wildlife experiences in Africa and because of its success; the endangered gorilla population is on the increase.
Bwindi gorilla trekking tours boasts a 99% success rate at finding habituated families.
Meaning, you almost guaranteed to spend an hour face-to-face with these Great Apes as they interact with each other in their natural environment.
Gorillas are not the only primate you will get the opportunity to see up close in Uganda. Kibale Forest has the highest primate population density in Africa, with 13 primate species residing there. Naturally, this makes Kibale the best destination for chimpanzee tracking. You can round off your primate trekking adventure by hiking the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in search of the gorgeous golden monkeys.
Safari Game Drives
While Uganda is famous for its great ape treks, it is also a great wildlife destination. Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls Parks are Uganda’s premier destination for classic Africa savannah game drives. These safari parks offer amazing sightings of elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, hippo, crocodile, and antelopes, to name a few. However, the stars of the show are certainly the famous tree-climbing lions that reside in the Ishasha Section of Queen.
Safari Boat Cruises
Uganda is the best country in East Africa for safari boat cruises. Wildlife boat safaris are available on the Nile River in Murchison Falls National Park, Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo in Lake Mburo National Park. Boat safaris offer a closer view of Uganda wildlife in the water and along the banks.
Bird Watching Tours
Uganda is one of the top destinations for bird watching in Africa, boasting several fantastic birding sites and an incredible bird list of more than 1,090 species! The country has 50% of Africa’s total bird species and 11% of the world’s bird species! Uganda is one of the just 15 countries in the world that has over 1000 bird species.
There are 56 tribes in Uganda with different cultures, making the country a cultural melting pot of various indigenous people. Indeed a special highlight of a safari in Uganda is immersing yourself in the culture and learning from the Ugandans as they share their colourful dress, music, dance, food and languages with you.
Mountain Climbing & Hiking
Uganda is simply a hiking haven for both experience and inexperienced hikers. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Rwenzori Mountains with its snow-capped peaks is a breathtaking sight to behold. It offers a good hiking challenge and incredible beauty of waterfalls, lakes, rivers, glaciers and forests. The volcanic Virunga Mountains, notably Mt Sabyinyo offer some of the best volcano hiking experiences.
Nile River Adventures Jinja
Uganda offers some of the best white water rafting in the world done at the source Nile River (the world’s longest river) in Jinja. You can experience raging rapids of up to grade five. In addition to rafting, the Nile offers a variety of other activities for the adventure lovers such as bungee jumping, kayaking, tubing, boat cruises, quad biking, mountain biking, and horseback along the banks.
Biking – Cycling Tours
The scenic rolling landscape Uganda along the Albertine rift valley in the west and south-west must be among the best places for cycling in the world. The landscape is scattered by beautiful crater lakes, and forest jungles that are home to chimps and monkeys, lush grasslands, large tea plantations that create such beautiful green plains on slopes or hills. You can also cycle in several other locations in Uganda.
Frequently Asked Questions About Uganda Safaris
Why Visit Uganda?
“Oh Uganda, land of beauty” is the opening line of this East African country’s national anthem. And it is certainly true! But besides beautiful green landscapes, pleasant tropical climate, and richly diverse wildlife species, there are so many reasons to book Uganda safaris.
Named one of the 23 best destinations to visit in 2023 by CNN Travel, Uganda offers friendly people, a safe travel environment, and good tourism infrastructure.
Although landlocked, the country contains the largest tropical lake on Earth, the source of the world’s longest river, and Africa’s second deepest lake. In his 1908 book titled “My African Journey” Sir Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as “The Pearl of Africa” to convey the beauty, variety, and natural wealth of the land.
Is Uganda good for safari?
Yes, Uganda is good for safari and a safari in Uganda is undoubtedly one of the most unique adventures you’ll experience in Africa. Uganda outshines all other Africa safari destinations in terms of primate viewing, bird watching, and safari boat cruises. It also remains a superb destination for traditional safari by vehicle. It you are looking for something fresh and vibrant, Uganda is a great choice for you.
How much does a safari in Uganda cost?
Uganda safaris costs anywhere between US$125 and US$1,200 per person per night. A budget Uganda safari averages US$150 per night, mid-range US$300 and luxury US$500. The extreme top-Uganda safaris can easily go up to US$1,200 per night, or more! These safari costs are just guidelines. They exclude international flights, visas and optional activities. Read more about the cost of Uganda safaris.
Which is the best month to visit Uganda?
We recommend visiting Uganda between the months of December and February, or between June and September. These are the dry seasons in Uganda, during which you will have many more opportunities to get out and explore.
This is also the best time to trek for gorillas and chimps. These months also tend to be the best time for spotting game in Uganda Savannah Parks. You will be thrilled by the number of wildlife species you’ll come in contact with during your time in this beautiful country. Read more about the best time to visit Uganda.
Do I need a visa to travel to Uganda?
A Uganda visa is required by most nationalities, including those of EU, United States, and Australia. Additionally, your passport must be valid for at least six months from your departure date. Ugandan visa application is made through the E-visa System via www.visas.immigration.go.ug/
You can also apply for the East African Tourism Visa (Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda) online by credit card. And application must be made to the country where you are first due to visit. You will pay the visa fee of US dollars 50 for a single Uganda Entry visa/Tourist Visa (or US dollars 100 for an East Africa Visa). Read more about Uganda visa application.
How much is gorilla safari in Uganda?
The permit fee for trekking gorillas in Uganda is currently US$700 for foreign non-resident visitors, US$ 600 for foreign resident visitors and Uganda Shillings 250,000 for East African citizens.
Although this may appear expensive, it is a bargain compared to the US$1500 gorilla permit fee in Rwanda, which is currently the other country where you can safely see these gentle giants.
You can trek gorillas in Uganda in two parks: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Both offer a similar experience where you can spend one hour with a gorilla family after you have reached their location. The group size for trekkers is limited to 8 people. Read more about Uganda gorilla trekking cost.
What to expect on a safari in Uganda?
Variety is key on Uganda safaris. Each Uganda safari park offers a unique safari experience and set of activities.
The country is very beautiful, with many picturesque landscapes such as Murchison Falls on the Nile River in Murchison Falls National Park, the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, true rainforest jungle in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and a string of scenic Rift Valley fresh water lakes and salt lakes in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Game viewing in the savannah game parks is not as overwhelming as in Kenya and Tanzania but there is a good variety of African animals to be seen. Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks provide excellent boat safaris to supplement the wildlife game drives.
Most visitors visit Uganda to trek for mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. You need to be relatively fit and you must be prepared for strenuous treks on slippery mountain slopes through dense rainforest vegetation. Uganda receives quite high rainfall all the year round, and although most rain occurs in the afternoon, you might well gets wet on occasion.
Uganda is a top safari destination for slightly adventurous traveler enjoying wildlife viewing as well as a bit of trekking. Read more about what to expect on a safari in Uganda:
Which is the best safari park in Uganda?
Uganda has diverse wildlife parks and reserves. Our top safari parks to visit in Uganda include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.
What Type Of Accommodation Can I Expect On A Uganda Safari?
Uganda is a top Africa tourism destinations and offer a good variety of accommodation options ranging from budget, midrange, to very upmarket/luxury.
The Ugandan gorilla trekking parks of Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga are situated at high altitude and the climate tends to be cold and wet. Most safari accommodation in this area is thus suitable to this kind of climate, and you can expect cozy cottages with log fires. Luxury tented camps and safari lodge are a popular option in the savannah game parks.
Find out more about Uganda safari lodges, hotels, and camps.
How is the wildlife viewing in Uganda?
Uganda offers exciting wildlife viewing, and its strength lies in its variety. Uganda is home to beautiful rain forests that are home to many primates. Mountain gorillas are the top attraction, but almost equally exciting are the chimpanzees.
Numerous monkeys can be seen throughout Uganda and a troop of habituated of endangered golden monkeys, endemic to the Albertine Rift, can be visited in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Away from the forests, Uganda has several good savannah parks and reserves where more typical wildlife game viewing is offered on game drives and boat safaris. None of Uganda’s savannah parks has quite the same level of thrilling game viewing as Tanzania’s Serengeti or Kenya’s Masai Mara; but, the scenic beauty in Uganda is unequalled and the bird watching is nothing less than exceptional.
Is Uganda Safe To Visit?
Yes it is –Uganda is a popular Africa tourism destination and visitors rarely experience crime. All Uganda safaris destinations are safe to visit and its warm, friendly people will make your Uganda safari tours a memorable one.
Uganda for long has larked in the shadow of its tumultuous past of civil wars and bad leaders, so much that many people still believe the dictator Idi Amin is still the president of Uganda, a man that died decades ago. For more than 15 years now Uganda has enjoyed peace with no war going on in her land.
Also, you may have heard Uganda experienced a small outbreak of Ebola. We‘re happy to confirm that on January 11 2023 the World Health Organization (WHO) declared “Uganda Ebola outbreak finished” (42 days without new infections). Read More on Is It Safer To Travel To Uganda:
Is tipping customary in Uganda?
It is not mandatory to tip in Uganda; however, given that majority of Ugandans earn little, tips are much appreciated. Provided the service is good, you may tip between 10 – 15% on your Uganda safaris. Typically tips are given in Uganda Shillings or US Dollars. For in-depth tipping guidelines, enquire with one of our Uganda Safaris Experts – they would be happy to share their knowledge with you.
Can I use my mobile/cell phone while in Uganda?
Mobile phone coverage is generally good in the large cities and towns of Uganda, but less so in rural and mountainous areas. If you bring your mobile from home, you will enjoy international roaming – although at a substantial cost – through a local network. Far cheaper, however, particularly if you also want to make use of data services, is to bring a compatible phone with you and insert a local SIM card, which costs around 3 US dollars.
What is the internet access like in Uganda?
You will be able to access the internet quite easily in the internet cafes of Uganda’s capital and large cities, but limited should be expected in rural areas. Also many hotels and restaurants offer free Wi-Fi to their guests.
Better still, get a local SIM card for your smart phone, load it up with a data bundle, and you’ll have more-or-less permanent access to the internet, email and various apps for next to no cost. Note that access may be slow or erratic in Uganda safari parks and other remote areas, so best to warn anxious loved ones at home or business associates that contact may be intermittent.
Are credit cards accepted widely in Uganda?
Large hotels and western-style restaurants (especially in cities) often accept credit cards, while smaller vendors do not. Make sure you have sufficient cash to cover purchases not able to be made on credit.
What is ATM access like in Uganda?
In large cities and tourist areas, ATMs are easily found, but are rare in small towns, rural areas and villages. Ensure that you have other payment methods available when venturing out of the city.