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Uganda

About Uganda

Uganda may be small in comparison to some of its neighbouring countries however it certainly has a lot of offer. The various national parks protect over half of the world’s mountain gorillas, along with chimpanzees, rare golden monkeys and a classic safari checklist including lions, elephants, leopards and hippos. It is also a birder’s paradise with over 1000 species found here.

Visitors do generally visit Uganda for a once in a lifetime chance to see the endangered mountain gorilla at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest however it also home to many other highlights such as the Queen Elizabeth National Park, giving you an opportunity  to see Africa’s big game including elephants, hippos and tree-climbing lions. Wildlife viewing is at its best during the park’s two dry seasons from January to February and from June to July.

You also have the opportunity to see chimpanzees with the best chances being at Kibale National park, Semliki Wildlife Reserve and Kyambura Gorge. They shelter a total of 13 primate species including some 1,500 chimps. Aside from the wildlife there is also Murchison Falls, the country's largest conservation area, where the River Nile descends dramatically towards Lake Albert. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents. Uganda is also home to the glacier-topped Rwenzori Mountains which have recently been selected as one of the ‘World’s Best Hikes’ by National Geographic.

For more information, why not speak to one of our experts on +44 (0) 20 7843 3500 or email info@africatravel.co.uk

Experiences

  • Gorilla trekking
  • Hippo cruises
  • Game drives in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Wildlife

  • Endangered mountain gorillas
  • Tree climbing lions

Seasons

  • Dry - December to February, June to August
  • Wet - March to May, September to November

In The Know

  • Capital – Kampala 
  • Currency – Ugandan Shilling
  • Point of Entry – Entebbe
  • Airlines – British Airways, Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines
  • Flying Time – Around 12 hours from London, depending on stop-overs
  • Time Zone – GMT + 3
  • Visa required
  • Medical Requirements – Yellow Fever vaccination

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