Uganda, better known as the “Pearl of Africa”, is a country filled with national parks and game reserves with enticing promises of wildlife sightings. On an Uganda safari, you carve through the wilderness and witness an overwhelming intimacy with splendid flora and fauna the country has to offer. As you read along, you will find everything you need to plan your Uganda adventure. All the information regarding visas, vaccinations, best seasons to visit, must see spots, packing tips and even insights on Uganda culture is here for you to make the most of your Uganda experience. To make things more convenient, we have listed a few specially curated Uganda safari packages from a broad range of prices and luxury.
14 Days Discover Rwanda And Uganda
Volcanoes NP, Nyungwe Forest
6 Days Uganda Safari And Chimpanzee Tracking
Murchison Falls NP,
5 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking safari
3 Days uganda flying gorilla trekking safari
10 Days Highlights Of Uganda
Lake Mburo NP, Queen Elizabeth NP
6 Days Murchison Falls & Queen Elizabeth wildlife safari
Murchison Falls NP, Queen Elizabeth National Park
9 Days Gorillas And Chimpanzee trekking safari
Queen Elizabeth National Park
How much is an African safari?
Uganda Safari costing mainly depends on type of accommodation you chose. A gorilla permit costs $600 per person. The accommodation also costs between $150 to $900 and this depends in which facility you decide to sleep in. Cheapest gorilla tracking safari is approximately $ 1200 per person. And for the wildlife safaris to Murchison and Queen Elizabeth National Park, it can roughly cost $1000 for the budget travellers. Those willing to travel in groups, the safari price becomes low and you end up saving some money if you are travelling two people. A journey from Kampala to Bwindi is 527kilometres. This attracts fuel, a gorilla permit costs $ 600!
Why you should visit Uganda?Uganda is is located 1 00 N, 32 00 E, with a total of 241,038 sq km, land: 197,100 sq km water: Insight Safari Holidays takes you to Uganda to visit the mountain gorillas and lots of wildlife in 10 National Parks. Gorilla trekking of 400 mountain gorillas, game viewing of wild animals like elephants, antelopes, tree climbing lions, buffaloes and more in 10 national parks. Boating safari and water sports on Lake Victoria, Kazinga Channel, River Nile and Lake Bunyonyi. Hiking and climbing is done in Rwenzori mountains Margherita peak (5109m), Mount Elgon and Gorilla National Park of Mt.Gahinga, Sabinyo and Muhavura. 1061 species of birds found in Uganda, 330 mammals and more.Below are some of our Uganda safari packages. We tailor every itinerary to suit your time, budget and preference.. Uganda the pearl of Africa is emerging as one of the top safari destinations to visit in Africa, Lonely Planet named in among the top 10 in 2012. Its fame in having the mountain gorillas together with other 10 parks and reserves providing wildlife experience makes it a competitive holiday destination in Africa. 43,938 sq km with 26.4% protected areas for National parks, game reserves and specie management. Uganda is known as the pearl of Africa and it’s filled with rich bio diversity added to its friendly people which makes it to be “Gifted by Nature”. The country offers variety of wildlife species within its many fantastic national parks, some of these protected reserves include; Murchison falls National Park famous for its beautiful scenic water falls and boat cruises on Nile, 76 species of mammals and 451 birds, Bwindi impenetrable National Park , common for the mighty mountain gorillas, Queen Elizabeth National Park, the largest national park famous for variety of wildlife species and the fantastic Kazinga channel, Kibale National Park , home to over 13 primate species including the chimpanzees, Rwenzori national park famous for mountain climbing and wildlife species, Ssemliki National Park known mainly for birding, Mt Elgon National Park famous for mountain climbing and nature walks, Lake Mburo National park also famous for harboring Zebras and Impalas not common in other national parks in Uganda. Overall, the 10 National parks make your Uganda tour worthwhile. Safari experiences feature water rafting on the world’s longest river 6,853 km. adventures which can be carried out on the source of the Nile, found in the Eastern Uganda, get chance to interact with the local people in order to explore the real culture of Ugandan people. Batwa community visit is the main cultural interactions carried out in Uganda.
Why Uganda ?On your safari to Uganda, you will get chance to meet friendly people with different cultures. The pearl of Africa has variety of cultures with each having different and unique language, dress codes, traditional practices, songs as well as cultural dances. There are 17 tribes composed of Bantu and Nilotics. A cultural Uganda trip will give you chance to explore and experience the diversity of Uganda’s culture at large. Get a chance to taste to fresh vegetables as well as fruits including oranges, mangoes, guavas, jack fruits, lettuce, cabbages, water melons, and spinach. With adventure, Uganda’s industry is growing day by day, this includes; white water rafting done on source of Nile’s high rapids, bungee jumping, wildlife viewing on several game drives, visits to water falls, cultural visits, mountain climbing, boat cruises, guided nature walks, forest walks and bird watching carried out in all the national parks. Exploring the source of Nile is another reason for you to visit Uganda, Uganda is home to true source of Nile the longest river with in Africa. Visitors can spend the entire day enjoying different water activities on Nile, some of these activities include; swimming, boat cruises, bungee jumping and canoeing. While on safari, you can also explore Lake Victoria , the second largest water lake in the world
What to see while on Uganda safaris?
Beautiful Terrain; this is also filled with beautiful country side as well as green undulating terrains filled with coffee and banana plantations. There are also traditional homesteads and cattle grazing. You will also enjoy many beautiful scenic drives, good to the eyes of any tourist on safaris to Uganda.
Wildlife; These can be viewed in all the national parks of Uganda and tourists have a chance to enjoy the big five and the herbivores including the giraffes, zebras, antelopes, hippos, and Nile Crocodiles. Get to visit the 320 mountain gorillas found in Bwindi Impenetrable National park as well as chimpanzees and other monkey types you find in Kibale National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Besides wildlife species, you will also have chance to view the many bird species including the rare shoebill stock while on a safari
Mountain Rwenzori (Mountains of the Moon); this is a snow caped mountain and is the highest in East Africa. This mountain was also known as Ruwenzori Ranges and they are mountain ranges of the eastern equatorial Africa. These ranges are located on border between Democratic Republic of Cong and Uganda. The mountain is 5,109km above sea level and is about 120km long and 65km wide. It’s filled with variety of flora including tropical rain forests, the giant groundsel and the giant lobelia. The fauna around this mountain include; primate species like the monkeys, forest elephants and endemic birds.
Murchison falls; these falls are in north western Uganda and its among the most magnificent water falls in found in Uganda and its located on source of Nile. Other safari trips include a boat cruise on the Nile were you will enjoy an up close experience with many water species including; the hippos, giant crocodiles as well birds.
Source of the Nile; this is located in Jinja town and it was discovered by John Speke, you can enjoy many different water activities on source of Nile, these include; white water rafting, swimming, bungee jumping, boat cruises, kayaking and many more.
Are Uganda people Hospitable?
Uganda, the pearl of Africa is known for being the friendliest country for tourists. The people welcome all the visitors from any part of the world to come to this lovely country and explore the beauty of Uganda. As any country can have its negativity, Uganda has remained friendly to all those who have got a chance to visit this beautiful country, the country is also gifted with nature and friendly kind individuals with unique and rich cultural & heritage . Many visitors have always tipped different Uganda due to their simplicity, kindness and open handedness. The recent discussed gay bill seemed to brand Uganda as unsafe to many people, however this is not true and the country welcomes all the visitors from all the world.
When to go for a safari in Uganda?This is one of many questions asked regarding any safari in Uganda, the common answer to this question is; you may visit Uganda at any time of the year! However the difference may vary in Price since there two different seasons; i.e. the peak season of June to September and December to February. With this season the price of both gorilla permits and lodges is high since it’s a high season. The low season is from March to May and September to November, the prices of gorilla permits and lodges is low. However, the guests are encouraged to travel at any time of the year and the rains shouldn’t prevent you from coming for safari. You will as well need the right tour wear for gorilla trekking like the rain jackets, boots, long sleeved trousers and long sleeved shirts. During the low season of April, May and November, Uganda Wildlife Authority usually reduces the cost of gorilla permits so as to attract more tourists to undertake gorilla tours in the low season. It’s also recommended that tourists should visit the country during the dry season which are from January to February and then June to September, this is because game viewing is best done during the dry season when many animals gather around the water holes. Bird watching can also be done throughout the year, but most preferably from November to April when there are many migrant species in the country.What’s the weather like while on a Ugandan safari? Weather is among the reasons why many people have continued to come to Uganda. A perfect weather has made Uganda among the leading tourist destination in Africa. Uganda in general experiences a temperate type of climate which makes it easy for the tourists to enjoy the many different tourist activities throughout the year. These include; gorilla trekking, bird watching, wildlife viewing, chimpanzee trekking and many more. Uganda having this perfect weather also depends on many factors and among is the strategic location of the country on Equator and the geographical altitude that provides it with an ever green attribute characteristic. This country is known to be endowed by Mother Nature and having friendly happy people with a rich culture hence being named the pearl of Africa. Because of its conducive weather all around the year, many enthusiastic adventurers have visited the country in order to explore its beautiful weather and its unique attractions.
Where Guests stay while on a safari to Uganda (Accommodation Facilities)
Many tourists wonder what type of Accommodation they will sleep in. Not knowing that Uganda safaris offers variety of accommodation facilities including; Hotels, guest houses, inns, Resorts, safari camps and hostels. These are rated based on Luxury, Mid-range and Budget. It depends on the choice of the guest because these differ in Prices. Many of national parks offer lodges and tented camps inside and outside the parks. The cost is between $ 150 to $ 900 for a double room per night. For gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park, each of the sectors of this park has got variety of different lodges as well as camps which facilities those interested in tracking mountain gorillas. There are 41 lodges to choose from in Bwindi alone. These facilities can be booked through a tour operator or Uganda travel company or reserved directly at the facility since most of these have got websites.
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