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Uganda

Uganda safaris

Introduction

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.

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".

At a glance

Flying time from UK
8 hours

Time zone
GMT +3

Currency
Uganda shilling (USh)

Language
English

Travel advice
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Top itineraries in Uganda

Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari

9-day tailor-made journey from £5,985 pp incl. flights

An 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 with these magnificent creatures is something that will certainly live long in the memory.

Best of Uganda and Rwanda

14-day tailor-made journey from £8,685 pp incl. flights

This in-depth 14-day safari takes in the best that Uganda and Rwanda have to offer with several chances to track mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.

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Top places to stay in Uganda

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Forest

Small & intimate tented camp

Try your hand at gorilla tracking in the UNESCO-listed Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, located in southwest Uganda.

Bwindi Safari Lodge, Uganda

Accommodation

This safari lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest in Uganda which is home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and prolific birdlife. Tracking gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience which will stay with you forever.

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Where to go in Uganda

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.

Lake Bunyonyi

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.

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.

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