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Uganda

About Uganda

Despite being a smaller nation than some of its neighbouring countries, Uganda is brimming with dramatic scenery. It is home to a wealth of stunning sights, including deep lakes, stunning waterfalls, towering mountains and incredible wildlife, all of which make for impressive viewing.

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 birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 1000 bird species found here.

Uganda holidays are famed for giving travellers the once in a lifetime chance to see the endangered mountain gorilla on a gorilla tracking adventure at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. However, this captivating country is also home to many other highlights, such as the Queen Elizabeth National Park, which gives you an opportunity to encounter much of Africa’s impressive 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 in the wild, with your best chances of a sighting being at Kibale National park, Semliki Wildlife Reserve and Kyambura Gorge. Kibale forest shelters a total of 13 primate species, including some 1,500 chimps. It is also home to over 200 different tree species, creating a truly remarkable landscape as a result; no trip to Uganda is complete without a visit to this incredible expanse.

You also have the opportunity to see chimpanzees in the wild, with your best chances of a sighting being at Kibale National park, Semliki Wildlife Reserve and Kyambura Gorge. Kibale forest shelters a total of 13 primate species, including some 1,500 chimps. It is also home to over 200 different tree species, creating a truly remarkable landscape as a result; no trip to Uganda is complete without a visit to this incredible expanse.

Aside from the wildlife, other spectacular sights found in Uganda include 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 at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • 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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