Called the ‘Pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill, Uganda is certainly brimming with wildlife treasures including tracking mountain gorillas, shadowing a troupe of chimpanzees and spotting the Big Five. Uganda was widely considered Africa’s foremost safari holiday destination in the 1960’s, which is easy to believe as you travel to the heart of the rugged wilderness on the easy to navigate network of roads or, if you are pushed for time, taking advantage of the charter flights. Uganda receives fewer visitors than neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania meaning your wildlife adventures in this diverse country will have a wonderful feeling of seclusion.
Uganda is full of cosy and relaxing accommodation in picturesque locations, the ideal places for you to unwind during your trip. You’ll hear the welcoming cries of ‘Hello Mzungi!’ from the friendly Ugandans as you arrive at your lodge, always excited to proudly share their incredible home with you. Alongside all the adventurous ventures into the rainforest it is possible to spend time relaxing on the beach or jump on a boat bound for the idyllic Bugalo Island for a stay at the luxury Pineapple Bay.
We offer a range of small intimate group tours and tailor made Uganda holidays complied by our travel experts ranging from five to 17 days. Slightly smaller then the UK and astonishingly diverse, holidays to Uganda are a unique experience filled with authentic wildlife spotting opportunities.
Following in the primate’s footsteps
Nothing matches the breath-taking atmosphere of coming into contact and sharing the dense jungle with mountain gorillas. Resting on the edge of Rift Valley sits the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a dense mist-covered rainforest amongst the volcanic hills sheltering gorillas, chimpanzees, the golden monkeys of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, black-and-white colobus and blue monkeys. Although gorilla tracking can be hard work, nothing compares to the golden hour you will spend watching these magnificent creatures, peering at each other through the leaves of the rich, verdant forest. After the adrenaline rush of your gorilla encounter, you will be looking for a comfortable resting place to rest your feet close to the park. The Buhoma Lodge provides the perfect answer. One of the original lodges of the park, the en suite rooms provides stunning views of the rainforest from your private veranda.
An alternative, yet no less fascinating or exhilarating, primate experience is a visit to western Uganda and the Kibale Forest. Journeying through the gorgeous tropical forest, your guide will lead you to a barrel of chimpanzees where you will observe these energetic wild animals swinging from the trees up above, playing together and setting up their nests for their nights sleep.
Spotting the Big Five
Journey over to the south-west of the country to the Queen Elizabeth National Park, the most visited national park of Uganda thanks to its huge number of flora and fauna, with 100species of mammal. The park is a great venue for watching the dramatic natural showdown of predator versus prey amongst the grasslands, with the park home to more than 20 predators of hyenas, lions, jackals and the best place in Uganda to spot the elusive leopards. The primate population also spreads to the park with the residing chimpanzees and olive baboons amongst many others.
The swamps of Lake Edwards Flats - just like those in Mabamba and the Nile Delta near Murchison Falls - are a rewarding site in which seek the intriguing shoebill . Standing at an impressive five feet with a wingspan of over eight feet, a sighting of this bird menacingly snapping and clicking its huge bill at lungfish is another fantastic wildlife experience to tick off in the Ugandan wildlife to-spot list.
*Please note: (August 2017 update): visas must now be applied for on-line prior to travel to Uganda.