Visit Uganda

An emerald, undulating and raised destination with many lakes and mountains, Uganda's appeal falls in its straightforwardness. Infrastructure is limited but growing and there is now a good range of safari accommodation and city-based hotels. Ideal for seasoned safari-lovers, twitchers and wildlife enthusiasts, Uganda's star is on the rise - Your Africa Travel Specialist at GoExplore Safaris can combine it with Tanzania or Kenya for a Magnificent East African safari experience and travellers are rising up to this combo Uganda and Rwanda as well.

Have you ever aspired to sit with mountain gorillas commonly known as the gentle giants in their natural rainforest habitation? then a safari to Uganda will bring on your anticipations. You will Bragg a 90% success rate at finding habituated gorilla family groups in the surprising Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, gorilla trekking in Uganda has developed to one most powerful African wildlife experiences and such is its success that the gorilla population is actually mounting.

But don't think that a safari in Uganda is only about gorillas in rainforests: this non-coastal East African beautiful country is home to a range of diverse national parks and is a robust competitor for one of the world's best bird watching destinations and among the best in Africa. Talk of Murchison Falls National park or Queen Elizabeth National Park for classic big game viewing, chimpanzee trekking and river cruises on the River Nile twisting its self in the gorge.

And the most beautiful and ever green all season around the western Uganda where you will find Kibale forest national, in southern Uganda, creates a massive wildlife corridor with Queen Elizabeth National Park that is used by journeying elephants in search of water. A mixture of swamps and grasslands, tropical rainforest, Kibale forests supports Africa's biggest population of chimpanzees as well as at least a dozen other primate species famously known as the world Primates capital. It is a top destination for those wanting to trek primates, including gorillas, and with over 320 recorded bird species, is also a haven for twitchers (Bird watching activities)

WHAT TO DO IN UGANDA!

Game Viewing
Cultural Experience
Bird Watching
Chimpanzee Tracking
Gorilla Trekking
River cruises
White Water Rafting
Boat Excursions
Primate Tracking
Coffee Tourism
Community Tours


REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT UGANDA!

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The best place in the world to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat

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Witness an abundance of wildlife including chimpanzees, golden monkeys, and "The Big 5"

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Home to over 1,000 recorded species of birds including the distinctive shoebill this is a birder's paradise

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Diverse landscapes offering a unique range of adventure experiences, from savannah in the east to rainforests in the west

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With less tourism than other African destinations there are fewer crowds, more authentic experiences on offer, the highest standards of hospitality, and the highest level of safety

PLACES TO VISIT

For a small, landlocked country of which almost 25% is lakes and rivers, Uganda certainly packs in the places of interest. Mountainous, forested Bwindi National Park is where to go in Uganda for gorilla treks but the country is also home to large savannah reserves, lowland rainforests and enchanting lakes which - in combination - make for one of the biggest wildlife experiences in Africa.


Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, located in South-Western Uganda, occupies an area of 321 square kilometers. This ancient Rain-forest is the home to half of the world's Mountain Gorillas. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is considered to be the most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa, and possibly, the world; humans and Gorillas share 94.8% of the same genetic makeup. This national park is home to 120 mammal species, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos many which are endangered, The main activity in Bwindi is Gorilla Tracking. 

9 groups of Mountain Gorilla families have been habituated. Only 8 tourists per Gorilla family are permitted to engage in a single day. There are 4 trailheads in Bwindi for Gorilla Tracking, which lead to other attractions such as rivers, waterfalls, swamps-all of which have a high level of wildlife concentration. Gorilla tracking Permits must be booked in advance; GoExplore Safaris is happy to arrange these permits for our clients. Other activities that are offered in Bwindi National Park are forest guided walks, and Mountain Biking.


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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park, located in south-western Uganda, occupies an area of 1,978 square kilometers and it offers a variety of wildlife. Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular tourist destination in Uganda. The diverse ecosystems within the park include savanna, humid forests, lakes and fertile wetlands; it is a perfect habitat for the big game (100 mammals), 10 primate species, including Chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. 

In the park one must visit the Kazinga Channel; here its banks are lined with hippos, buffaloes and elephants. Also the Ishasha Plains are a must; the famous tree climbing lions hide in the fig trees, ready to pounce on their prey. The Kyambura Gorge is home to the habituated chimps, and the Maramagambo Forest is full of forest monkeys and birds. The crater lakes are home of the flocks of flamingos. Queen Elizabeth National Park is so diverse and one needs a few days to cover it all. 

The activities in Queen Elizabeth National Park are extensive, the most popular being the Game Drives. In addition, there is excellent Birding opportunities, unique Cave Exploration, Hiking, Nature Walks, and Chimp Tracking. Launch trips on the Kazinga Channel to see the hippos, buffaloes and elephants can be very exciting. Wildlife Research tours are available to participate in, as well as Cultural heritage guided tours.


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Rwenzori Mountain

The 120 km Rwenzori Mountain chain has also been referred to as the "Mountains of the Moon", originally labelled such by Ptolemy in A.D.150. Reaching an elevation of 5,109 meters, it is Africa's 3rd tallest mountain range, exceeded in altitude only by the free standing Mt. Kenya and Mt. Kilimanjaro.

The distinctive glacial peaks are visible for miles around, but the slopes above 1,600 meters are the preserve of hikers, who rate the Renzoris to be the most challenging of all African mountains. A variety of large mammals inhabits the lower slopes, but the Rwenzoris are more notable for their majestic scenery and unusual vegetation. The trails lead through rain forests full of monkeys and birds then on to tall bamboo forests, before emerging on the high altitude moorland zone, a landscape of bizarre giant lobelias, towered over by black rock and white snowy peaks.

The activities offered in the Rwenzoris include a 6-day loop trail, which is a tough but rewarding hike, taking in all the vegetation zones, with the exception of the glacial peaks. Shorter, more popular hikes can be arranged as well. The high peaks should be attempted only by experienced mountaineers as they can be extremely challenging.


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Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park derives its name from the focal point, the great Murchison Falls where the mighty River Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are lined with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, river-line forest as well as vast woodlands. Wildlife in the Murchison Falls National Park includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeests, oribis, Uganda Kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare shoebill. This park occupies an area of 3,893 sq km and it is located in north-western Uganda.

Activities include game drives and regularly scheduled Launch Trips to the base of the falls on the placid Victoria Nile with nautical adventures offering excellent game-viewing as well as unique bird watching. Boat trips to the lake delta provide the best chance in Africa of sighting the Shoebills, Chimp tracking at Rabongo and Budongo forests are another very popular activity. There is also excellent opportunity for fishing targeting the large Nile Perch which is over 100kg! Game drives are also available


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Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo Valley National Park is a vast wilderness park in the North East of Uganda. The park is a huge tract of rugged savanna with adversity of wildlife, dominated by the 2.750 meter high Mount Morungole, and transected by the Kidepo and Narus Rivers.

Of the 77 mammal species in the park, 28 cannot be found elsewhere in Uganda. Lions, Cheetahs, leopards, greater kudu, beisa oryx,can all be found among the various antelopes wandering the plains. There are over 500 bird species in the park. All this make it a very special place in East Africa; and because of its isolated location, there are few visitors. The Karamajong tribe, who live, in the most part, traditionally, add even more wonder to a Safari in Kidepo.

The rewarding Game Drives are the most attractive activity in Kidepo Valley National Park, but the Karamajong guided Nature and Community Walks are a close second. In addition, many visitors avail themselves of the hiking trails up the mountain to explore some of the diverse vegetation and wildlife that is available. Still others venture along River Kidepo to experience a natural sand river, with all its trimmings. It goes without saying that Kidepo is a bird watcher's paradise where ostrich the largest bird on earth is an often sighting.


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Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale National Park, located in western Uganda, an area of 795 sq km. Its major attraction is the opportunity to track habituated Chimpanzees. These delightful apes, more closely related to human beings, than any other creature on earth, are simply amazing to watch as they squabble and play in the fruit trees. This park is also home to another 13 primate species, including the localized red colobus and L'Hoest's monkeys.

A network of shady forest trails provide much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers; and Birders are thrilled with over 350 species of birds, including the endemic Prirogrine's ground thrush. Forest Elephants move seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other mammals include buffaloes, giant forest hogs as well as a half a dozen antelope species.

Chimpanzee Tracking is the main activity in Kibale National Park, but guided walks, day and night are also conducted, and are very popular. Birding is particularly a huge activity here, especially in and around


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Semuliki National Park

Situated in a remote corner of southwestern Uganda, Semliki National Park protects an eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest and forms part of a forest continuum that stretches across the Democratic Republic Of Congo to the Zaire River. Being a relatively stable forest “refugium” during the climatic upheavals of the Pleistocene, this is one of the richest areas for forest birds in Africa.

A large number of predominantly Central African species reach the eastern limit of their distribution here and cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. These include some of the continent’s most spectacular and sought-after birds such as; Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Nkulengu Rail, Black-wattled Hornbill and Lyre-tailed Honey guide . Although it lies a bumpy three hours’ drive from Fort Portal, birders who take Uganda safaris , Semliki National Park will be richly rewarded with some of the very best forest birding in Uganda.


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Jinja - Source of the Nile

Flanked today by the city of Jinja, the waterfall described by Speke now lies submerged beneath the Owen Falls Dam, Uganda's main source of hydro-electric power. Still, a visit to the source of the Nile remains a moving and wondrous experience, no less so to those who have seen the same river as it flows past the ancient Egyptian temples of Luxor some 6,000 km downstream.

The source of the Nile, alluded to hazily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy, stood as one of the great geographical mysteries of the Victorian Age. Closer to home, the Nile downriver from Jinja offers some superb white water rafting and game fishing. Its crowning glory, however, is Murchison Falls, where the world's longest river funnels through a narrow fissure in the Rift Escarpment to erupt out of the other side in a crashing 43 metres plume of white water. The river below the falls is no less spectacular in its own way, with its profuse birdlife, thousands of hippos, and outsized, gape-mouthed crocodiles.


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Lake Victoria Islands

The most famous and recommended tours and historical places of interest in Ssese include; Nsirwe Island, famous for both bird and spider breeding. Bugaba Island, the birth and home place of the African Grey parrots.It also hosts a living sample of a true African virgin Equatorial forest. Bubembe and Funve Islands, and Serinya, Banda, Kitobo Islands and Bulago Island. Other islands on Lake Victoria include; Kalangala, Ngamba Islands,and Kigungu among others.


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when to visit Uganda

This Small land locked Country is Most well-known for the mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as well as safari destinations like Kibale, Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, Uganda's accommodation is concentrated around the wildlife hotspots in the south and west of the country. Generally smaller, more intimate and not as luxuriously opulent as their Kenyan or Tanzanian equivalents, lodges and camps in Uganda nevertheless deliver friendly service, plenty of comfort and good food.

Some of Our selection of Uganda lodging and accommodation ranges from reasonable tented camps to High End luxury lodges - if you need assistance, just get in touch one of our African Safari Experts for assistance on choosing the right accommodation for your requirements.

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