Uganda is one of Africa's modern success stories. It's rebounded remarkably well since the dark days of Idi Amin's dictatorship in the 1970s and is now a relatively stable and prosperous nation. Ecotourism has played a significant part in this economic turnaround, and taking a safari in one of the East African country's 11 national parks is highly recommended. [See Uganda itinerary ideas]
Safaris form the basis for most Uganda holidays. Plentiful plant and animal species can be seen in game reserves and national parks, without the tourist crowds found in other parts of Africa. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, for instance, is one of the world's best places to see endangered mountain gorillas, but the size of trekking groups to see these noble primates is strictly managed. The result is an intimate and magical travel experience.
Uganda is a compact country, roughly the same size as the United Kingdom. Yet it has tremendous biodiversity. As well as Bwindi's gorillas and the chimpanzees of Kibale National Park, landlocked Uganda has more than a thousand bird species. This amounts to roughly two-thirds of Africa's birds. Crested cranes, turacos, hoopoes and hornbills are among the species that live among Uganda's lakes, rolling hills and verdant forests. Elephants, giraffes, hippos and Nile crocodiles are other animals to look out for during a safari holiday.
Visiting the source of the Nile at Jinja, close to Lake Victoria, is another Uganda travel highlight. It can be combined with a white-water rafting trip, taking in the view of the powerful Murchison Falls on the way. The snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains are another striking geographical feature of a country once described by Winston Churchill as the "pearl of Africa".
Our in depth guide packed with background information, sample itineraries designed by our experts and hand-picked suggestions for what to see and do, where to stay and when best to go.
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Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of Africa's most important conservation areas, known for exceptional biodiversity that includes half the world's mountain gorillas - around 350. These rare primates live in family groups in the heavily forested Virunga Mountains, in the …
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale is another of Uganda's superb wildlife-viewing areas. The big draw here is primates, with the greatest variety and concentration of primates in East Africa to be found within the boundaries of Kibale Forest National Park.
Uganda has been called a land of lakes, because almost a third of the country is covered by water. Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, dominates the southern border of the country, while Lakes Edward and Albert lie to the west.
Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga National Park is the smallest in Uganda, but provides an important habitat for the endangered mountain gorilla.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular park in Uganda and certainly the most scenic. Stretching from the cratered foothills of the Rwenzori ranges in the north, it extends along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha River in the south.
Itinerary ideas 
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Uganda. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Gorilla and chimpanzee safari
A encounter with Rwanda's mountain gorilla's is a truly life-changing experience. Trekking through the jungle of the Parc National des Volcans for an audience …
Best of Uganda and Rwanda
This in-depth 12 day safari takes in the best that Uganda and Rwanda have to offer. The itinerary offers several chances to track mountain gorillas in their …
Places to stay 
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Uganda. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Uganda, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0611.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Forest
An off-the-beaten-track lodge ideal for gorilla tracking
Bwindi Safari Lodge, Uganda
This safari lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest in Uganda which is home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and prolific birdlife. Tracking …