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UGANDA

THE PEARL OF AFRICA

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 NATIONAL PARK

530 kms Southwest of Kampala. Access: Flying (scheduled and charter flights to Kisoro [Southern Bwindi] and Kihihi [Northern Bwindi] – approximately 1 hour & 10 minutes from Entebbe) and driving (approximately 10 hours from Kampala)

Nestled down in the Southwest of the country, on the edge of the Western Rift Valley this 331km² of montane rainforest is the only forest in Africa where gorillas and chimpanzees occur together. The world population of mountain gorillas is currently estimated at about 880, half of which live in Bwindi, alongside an estimated 350-400 chimpanzee. In addition, this ancient rainforest - one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age (making it over 25,000 years old) - is home to several other mammals (approximately 93 species) as well as roughly 360 species of bird, including 22 of the 23 Albertine Rift endemic species. The most sought-after activity in and around Bwindi is gorilla tracking; but there is also opportunity for Community and Batwa experiences and bird watching excursions.


KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

840 kms Northeast of Kampala Access: Flying (scheduled and charter flights to Kidepo – approximately 2 hours from Entebbe) and driving (approximately 12 hours from Kampala)

Tucked into the corner of Uganda's border with Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo is a truly stunning park (voted 3rd best in Africa by CNN Traveller in 2013 and 2nd by CNN after Serengeti National park) boasting a real sense of wilderness that enchants visitors. The mountainous terrain of the park is broken by the Narus Valley in the Southwest and the Kidepo Valley in the Northeast; and is more typical of Kenya than the rest of Uganda. Whilst the park is large (1,442km²) most of the wildlife is concentrated within the Narus Valley revealing fantastic panoramic views of vast herds of buffalo with elephant, giraffe, waterbuck and zebra grazing alongside. There are also a number of predator’s present including lion, cheetah, leopard, and spotted hyena. Activities enjoyed here are cultural visits to the interesting Lorukul Village, walking safaris, game drives, night drives and hikes (including the strenuous hike to the remote and rarely-visited, but fascinating, Ik tribe on Mount Morungole).


MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

300 kms Northwest of Kampala

Access: Flying (scheduled and charter flights to Pakuba and Bugungu – approximately 1 hour from Entebbe) and driving (approximately 5.5 hours from Kampala).

The sight of the Nile River, the world's longest river, winding its way through the park and plunging through a narrow gap is unforgettable. The falls are stunning, notable not so much for their size as for their immense power, caused by the 50m-wide Nile being funneled through a narrow cleft (7m-wide) in the rocks before falling into a pool 43m below. The park is vast and beautiful. Predominantly wooded savannah, the 3,980km² area is home to many of Africa's best-known plains animals including giraffe, lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, hartebeests and many more. Fishing beneath the falls is quite an experience where Nile perch and tiger-fish provide an exciting challenge to anglers. Game drives, birding, viewing of the falls and fishing are the main attractions in the park. Southwest of the Murchison Falls area you can find Budongo Forest. It is an ideal area for birders and primates. There are over 800 chimpanzees here.


QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

435 kms Southwest of Kampala. You can Access: Flying (scheduled and charter flights to Kasese and Mweya – approximately 1 hour from Entebbe) and driving (approximately 6 hours from Kampala).

Lying across the equator, this 1,978km² park is bordered to the Southwest by Lake Edward and to the Northeast by Lake George with the Kazinga Channel connecting the two. Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, with almost 100 mammal species and an incredible 606 bird species. To support such biodiversity the vegetation is hugely varied from open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward. The rainforest in the Kyambura Gorge is home to chimpanzees and the remote Ishasha Sector is famed for its tree-climbing lions with flamingos providing a stunning splash of color on the crater lakes. Game drives, game walks and cultural activities entice visitors here. Hot air ballooning is the latest exciting activity – soaring in the open air over the park is a must-do activity for those who can squeeze their budgets a little. Chimpanzee / primate walks in Kyambura are also high up on the to-do list.


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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