Uganda safaris, tours & holiday packagesEast African savannah meets West African rain forest
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The place to enjoy forests, lakes, gorillas, chimps, birds and adventure
Uganda is a world in one country, from snow-capped mountains and green hills, to misty forests and crystal clear lakes – truly a gem in Africa.
There's gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, chimpanzee treks at Kibale, plains and savannah game viewing at Queen Elizabeth National Park or Murchison Falls, even giant forest pangolins, strange bushbabies and a wealth of birds. But you don't have to be a safari lover to enjoy the country; if you love adventure and adrenalin sports you can climb the Rwenzori mountains, trek on Mount Stanley, or enjoy a river experience on the Victoria Nile.
Popular Uganda safaris
These popular itineraries can be customised to match your budget and travel dates
This is a safari for the serious birder wanting to see exciting new bird species, as well as chimpanzees and mountain gorillas
per person11 days
See mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys and tree-climbing lions, take a boat cruise and visit Rwanda's genocide memorial
per person11 days
A unique destination in every sense, with incredible primates, beautiful old-world forests and a combination of ecosystems, Uganda is more affordable on a per person per day basis than many other African safari destinations. It's a must see for every safari enthusiast. You won't see as many new or endemic species anywhere else in Africa.
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Uganda is a diverse country for anyone interested in primates, birds, walking or trekking and value for money. It's relatively affordable compared to Tanzania or Kenya, and mountain gorilla permits are less expensive than in Rwanda. In Uganda, East African savannah and woodland meet West African rain forest, making for a unique blend of vegetation and wildlife species.
Typical Rift Valley type instability and fairly recent volcanic activity has created plains on the rift valley floor but also mountains and forest, as well as the lakes of Victoria, Albert, Edward and George. Uganda has the highest concentration of primates in East Africa, with two ape species, eleven true monkey species, five colobus monkey species, five bushbaby or galago species and the eastern potto.
It also has the largest number of bird species (1060) in East Africa. In fact, half of all Africa's bird species can be seen in Uganda, including the much sought-after shoebill (recently classified as a pelican species).
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Frequently Asked Questions about Uganda
June to August and December to February - during the dry season. Great wildlife viewing - animals congregate around the lake. The Migratory birds are also present. go there.
The best time to climb the mountains is from June through to August - from December to February. go there.
December to February and June to July is the best time to visit Kibale Forest National Park - during the dry season. However, you may also see the migratory birds. go there.
January to February and June to July during the dry season is the best time to view the wildlife. It’s easier to spot the wildlife since they gather around the water sources - however, Migratory birds can be seen as well. go there.
Trekking for gorillas in Uganda or Rwanda is very similar and provides a same kind of life changing experience. However Uganda has more gorillas so there will be a better chance of not being disappointed as you will are likely of a sighting… go there.
Reviews on our Uganda safaris
Discover Africa planned our safari to East Africa and we were certainly in the right areas at the right time, our itinerary was well designed to maximize time with the migration and related sightings - logistics ran smoothly and all in all…
from South Africa
Christine and Mark de Witt
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Queen Elizabeth National Park situated in the western Uganda is home to 612 bird species - and is also Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. Queen Elizabeth National Park is also a habitat for 95 species of mammals, variety of flora… read more
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