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If you have ever been to Uganda, you know how rewarding Uganda Safaris are and its our priority to make sure you get to have a memorable Uganda safari tour.
Uganda is situated in East of Africa bordering Kenya in the East, Rwanda in the south west, Tanzania in the south and Democratic Republic of Congo in the west.
While on your Uganda safari, you will discover what the country holds within her boundaries and this may include rare species of bird species, mammals, Primate species, physical features that will leave you stunned. Uganda safaris tours also will introduce you to the country’s incredible culture with a strong background. There other exciting activities you can engage in while on your Uganda tour.
Part of why Uganda is referred to as the ‘’pearl of Africa’’ is based on the fact it has variety of species that are grouped into Uganda gorilla safaris, Uganda birding safaris, Uganda chimpanzee tour, Uganda cultural safaris among others. Whether you are on a short Uganda safari or long Uganda safari, we assure you an exciting and rewarding Uganda tour.
You can as well look forward to visiting Rwenzori mountains for an exciting hike experience to the peak Margherita that’s snow capped, Semuliki National Park known to be home to rare bird species like the Congo serpent eagle, black-wattled hornbill, Nkulengu rail among others, over 63 mammal species and other species.
Other areas include the source of River Nile in Jinja, Lake Victoria which happens to be largest lake in Africa and the chief reservoir of the Nile River. While here, you will be able to do spot fishing, boat cruise, Uganda birding safaris among others.
Where to go while on a Uganda safaris
Uganda still remains one of top countries you can visit while on your safari to Africa with a lot to offer to every tourist. While on your Uganda safari, there different areas you can visit in Uganda and each has a unique that makes it stand out so give you an exciting Uganda tours. These places include:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Situated in the South western part of the country, Bwindi is the best place to go for Uganda gorilla safaris and this is attributed to the fact that its home to half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas that you will be able to see in their natural habitat. Gorilla trekking which means moving through the dense rainforest in search of gorillas, is a rewarding activity as it brings you closer to man’s relative and you will be able to study their behaviour, how they eat, play and relate to each other.
To go for Uganda gorilla safaris, you will need to have purchased a gorilla trekking permit that is made available by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorilla trekking starts at 6am in the morning with briefing at the park headquarters where you will be briefed about what to expect, guidelines to follow during gorilla trekking and while close to these incredible species. During the trek, you will be able to see other wildlife species that are found within the boundaries of within her boundaries. These species include; forest elephants, birds species, black and white columbus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, butterfly species, frog species and more.
After spotting the gorillas while on your Uganda gorilla safaris, you will be allowed to spend an hour with these endangered species while taking photos and observing their behaviour. For tourists who opt gorilla habituation, you will be allowed to spend 4hrs around the gorillas. Gorilla habituation allows you to spend more time around these species, observing and studying them. Its an experience worth your time while on a Uganda safari. Once your time has elapsed, you will be led back to the park headquarters where you will get a certificate indicating that you did participate in Gorilla trekking in Uganda.
Kibale National Park
Your Uganda safari is incomplete if you don’t get the opportunity to visit Kibale National Park that’s situated in the western part of Uganda and also referred to as the ‘’primate capital of the world’ and this because of a variety of primate species you can find here. These species include chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, black and white columbus monkeys, Grey-cheeked mangabey, sooty mangabey, blue monkey, potto, olive baboon among other species.
The highlight of your Uganda safari while in Kibale National Park is to see the endangered species of chimpanzees that can be seen hanging on tree branches, playing and making noise. This is a rewarding once in a lifetime opportunity that you can take part in whether you are on a budget Uganda safari or luxury Uganda safari.
To go for Uganda chimpanzee safaris, you will need a chimpanzee tracking permit that can be purchased from the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Before you go for chimpanzee tracking, you will be briefed on the guidelines to follow before and during chimpanzee tracking to keep you and the species safe. Once the briefing is complete, you will be led into the forest to search for these incredible species. Upon seeing them, you will be given up to 1hr interacting, observing and taking as many pictures as you can. This is the only place where you can enjoy chimpanzee habituation; an experience that allows you to be close to the and observe them for more than an hour.
Besides Uganda primate safaris in Kibale National Park, it has a lot to offer to travellers especially the Bigodi wetland sanctuary where you will be able to see a number of bird species especially the blue turaco bird species, the elusive shoebill stock, papyrus gonolek, waxbills, king weavers, cuckoos and many others. Other species to find in Kibale National Park include; bush pigs, bush bucks, otters, mongooses, semi-aquatic sitatunga antelopes and many others.
Queen Elzabeth National Park
Located in the western part of Uganda, Queen Elizabeth is the most visited national park after Murchison National Park and this is attributed to a variety of wildlife species, features and more that you will be able to find in this place.
While in Queen Elizabeth National Park on your Uganda safari, you will be able to visit different parts of the park like the Kazinga channel which presents you an opportunity to see buffaloes, elephants, antelopes, different species of birds on the shores, crocodiles, hippos and more. All this can be seen while on a boat cruise on Kazinga channel.
Your Uganda safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park is incomplete, if you don’t get the opportunity to see the tree climbing lions that can be seen in the Ishasha province of the park. Its thought the lions exhibited the skill mainly to escape the insect bites on the ground and to also have a clear view of their prey as they roam in the park.
You can as well visit the Kasenyi plains where you will be able to spot a number of wildlife as they roam in the open savanna grassland and these include Uganda kobs, grassland birds like the yellow-throated long crow, red-throat spurfowls, and more. On a lucky day, you will be able to see lions as they chase down their prey in the open Savannah. Its a breathtaking experience when you get to see the this incredible species do what it does best and worth capturing on your camera. Here, you will also see warthogs, buffaloes and others.
Whether you are on a Uganda budget safari or luxury Uganda safari, a visit here is rewarding and worth it. Queen Elizabeth National Park is also home chimpanzee species that can be seen once you visit the Kyambura gorge. Its as low as 100m deep with a lush vegetation that chimpanzees take advantage of.
Murchison Falls National Park
Also known as the biggest and the most visited national park in Uganda, Murchison Falls National Park is a must visit while on your Uganda safari tours. This park derives its name from Murchison falls-which is the most powerful waterfall in the world. While here you can decide to go for a hike to the top of the falls where you will be able to witness the Nile River forcing its way through a 40m wide gorge. Here, you can see the roaring waters and also be able to picture the rainbow that is usually seen in many photos.
Murchison Falls National Parks is the most visited National Park in Uganda and this is attributed to a variety of species that you can see while in the park. On a game drive in Murchison Falls National Park, you will see species like giraffes, elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, oribi, Uganda kobs, among others.
While on a boat cruise, you will be able to see some incredible species on the along the Nile that include the hippos, Nile crocodiles, bird species, herds of elephants showering on the river bank, oribis, warthogs among other species. boat cruises are done down the water fall and this will give you a clear of view of the falls as they pour down the waters. Its an exciting activity that you definitely have to enjoy while on your Uganda safaris.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Are you in need of a private yet rewarding Uganda safari while on your Uganda safari tours? A visit to Kidepo Valley National Park is definitely worth it and will offer you the best life and memorable experience. Kidepo is situated in the northern part of Uganda and while in the park you will able to see species like cheetah, aardwolf, African bush elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebras, elands, waterbucks, black-backed jackals, stripped hyena, bush pigs among other species of birds etc.
You will also be able to enjoy the beautiful scenic views of mount Murongole and the surrounding areas. Other activities like birding, nature walks and cultural tours will absolutely offer you what Kidepo has within her boundaries.
Other areas you can vist on your Uganda safaris include Mountain Rwenzori National Park which presents to you to a number of rare bird species and wildlife species. birds to see in Mountain Rwenzori national park include; handsome francolin, Rwenzori batis, slender billed sterling etc. While in Rwnezori National Park on your Uganda safaris, you can as well hike onto the top or peak of the mountains that is Magherita where you will be stunned with the magnificent views of snow.
Another place to visit on your Uganda safari, is Semuliki National Park which is situated in the remote western side of Mountain Rwenzori in western Uganda and still remains among the few less visited places in Uganda. Semuliki is among the top Uganda birding safari destinations and bird species you can find here include; congo serpent eagle, black wattled hornbill, orange weaver, purple-breasted sunbird, white- tailed hornbill, lyre- tailed honey guide among other bird species. there other wildlife species that you will be able to find in this park and they include; bay duikers, fruit bats, elephants, pygmy hippos, leopards, target rats, sitatunga, bush pigs, bush babies, bucks, Uganda kob, mona monkeys and many others.
Mgahinga National Park situated in the south western Uganda is another exciting place to visit whether you are on a Uganda luxury safaris or Uganda budget safaris. This park situated in the Virunga Mountain ranges. Mgahinga is popularly known to be home to mountain gorillas which can be seen in their natural habitant. To see gorillas while on your Uganda gorilla safaris, you will need to have purchased a gorilla trekking permit which is got from the Uganda wildlife Authority. Uganda gorillas will give you a rewarding experience and its mind blowing being close to mans closest relative.
While in Mgahinga, you will be able to spot golden monkey species that are found only in this place in Uganda. You will as well see other species that reside in this park that include bush pigs, forest buffaloes, golden cats, forest elephants, south African porcupines, over 240 species of birds among others.
To have a complete Uganda safari that will enable you watch the big 5 game animals you will have to visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary where you will be able to see Rhinos roaming around the sanctuary. Its a once in a lifetime opportunity that enables you to see the endangered species in the wild. Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary can be visited on your way to Murchison Falls National Park.
Uganda Gorilla safaris
Your Uganda safaris is incomplete if you haven’t seen mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Uganda gorilla safaris are done in two national parks of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Visiting any of the two parks or both presents you an opportunity to know how mountain gorillas live their lives in the thick rain forests.
Before being led into the dense rainforests for gorilla trekking, you will be briefed on the guidelines to follow and there after you will be led into the forest led by the guide or ranger to go search for mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking Uganda safaris usually takes about 1hr to 6hrs depending on the location of gorillas. During the trek, you will be able to see different species that inhabit these parks that include different species of birds, butterflies, mammals among others.
On spotting Gorillas, you will be allowed to spend only an hour while observing and taking pictures of these incredible species and once an hour elapses, you will be led back to the park head quarters where you will receive a certificate indicating that you did participate in gorilla trekking in Uganda.
How difficult is Uganda gorilla safaris
Uganda gorilla safaris do require some level of fitness and in case you’re feeling unfit you are advised not to participate in the activity. Uganda gorilla safaris involve moving through different terrains in the thick rainforest, swamps, hills and valleys in search of mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is relatively challenging to travellers who are physically unfit.
Uganda gorilla safaris compared to Rwanda gorilla safaris
Uganda is arguably the best place in the world to go for gorilla safaris and this is because of the affordable gorilla trekking permits compared to Rwanda. Gorilla trekking permits in Uganda cost $700 for foreign non-residents and $1,500 if you choose Rwanda gorilla safaris. In terms of affordability, Uganda is still the best place to go for gorilla safaris. Uganda is also home to half of the worlds population of mountain gorillas which can be seen in Bwindi. Like Rwanda, Uganda is a safe destination for travellers interested in doing Uganda safaris and stands out globally still as the leading travel destination.
Uganda chimpanzee tour
Uganda still stands out to be among the top tourist destination and this is attributed to a number of species that you can see in the ‘’pearl of Africa” and the incredible features made up of lakes, rivers, mountains, and more. Part of what makes Uganda unique and the number one country to include on your travel bucket list is Uganda chimpanzee tours that will take you to different areas where you will be able to see chimpanzees play, feed among others.
In Uganda, chimpanzees can be found in Kibale National Park which is also referred to as the primate capital of the world because of a number of primate species you can find in this place. to go for chimpanzee tracking in Kibale, you will need a chimpanzee tracking permit which is availed by the Uganda wildlife Authority. Other areas in Uganda where you can go for Uganda chimpanzee tour include; Kyambura gorge found in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Budongo forest reserve in Murchison Falls National Park and tracking permits can be booked through the National Forestry Authority. Semuliki wildlife reserve- situated in western Uganda is another place where you will be able to spot chimpanzee species however in this place, its hard to locate them as they roam far in search of food. Uganda wildlife centre in Entebbe is another place where you can see chimpanzee species and its the nearest.
Kibale presents high chances of seeing chimpanzee species and this is because of the huge number of them that you can easily compared to other areas.
Uganda birding safaris
Are you looking for a perfect birding destination and still wondering where to go? Uganda is arguably the best place you can do Uganda birding safaris from where you will get the opportunity to see both rare and common bird species. Top birding destinations in Uganda include Lake Mburo National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Semuliki wildlife reserve, Bigodi wetland sanctuary situated in Kibale National Park, Mabamba bay wetland, Mgahinga gorilla National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Mount Rwenzori National Park, among others. bird species you can expect to see while in the above locations include the elusive shoebill stock, grey-winged robin, African skimmer, crested fly catcher, black – headed ganolek, white – naped pigeon, little greenbul, African mourning dove, yellow – billed stock, martial eagle, papyrus gonolek black dwarf hornbill, African piculet, orange weaver, African finfoot among others.
Uganda cultural safaris
Not other culture beats the Ugandan way of living and while on your Uganda safari tour, you must have to include Uganda cultural tours onto your bucket list. Uganda cultural tours present to you the way and living in most Ugandan communities. While here you can include visiting the Buganda kingdom in central Uganda where you will be briefed on the history of the kingdom, past kings and chiefs, traditional foods, and traditional dances. You can as well visit the different museums that will give you the history about the ancient Ugandan community. When you visit the western part of Uganda, you will discover the Banyankore and how they treasure their long horned, their traditions, local foods, traditional wear and dances. While in the south western part of Uganda, you can visit the Batwa community who initially settled in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park but were resettled outside the park boundaries to pave way for conservation especially of mountain gorillas. While here you will be able to witness their traditional dances, how they are trying to adapt to new farming techniques and more.
In the Northern part of Uganda, you can visit the Karamojong community and you will be able to witness them dance traditionally, their traditional wear, their traditional homesteads among others.
Uganda group safaris
Are you coming to Uganda in a group, we definitely assure a memorable and exciting safari once in the country. At Vizuri Africa Safaris, we assure you a memorable safari once you book with us. Our Uganda safari packages are affordable and when you book as a group, you will qualify for our discounted packages. Reach out to us today and we will take you the leading destinations in Uganda where you will get to see different wildlife species and physical features.
Uganda solo safaris
Are you planning on coming to Uganda on a safari you and your loved one? Our Uganda solo safaris are designed to give you the best experience while in the country. Uganda solo safaris will take you to the country’s top destination that include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for anyone interested in Uganda gorilla safaris, Queen Elizabeth National Park to see the popular tree climbing lions and other wildlife species that roam the park, you can as well visit Kibale National Park for a Uganda chimpanzee tour.
Uganda camping safaris
To some people Uganda can extremely be enjoyed when they do carry some bit of camping and at Vizuri, we arrange affordable Uganda camping safaris where you will be availed the necessary camping equipment so that you have a memorable Uganda safari. Our Uganda camping safaris will take you to parks do allow you camp within their allocated camping points. Do you wish to go for camping? Contact us today and we’ll make it possible at a pocket friendly cost.
Uganda family safaris
We understand that you do want to bring your family along and have a memorable Uganda and thats why we’ve arranged you Uganda family safaris to give you and your family a chance explore Uganda’s top destinations at pocket friendly rates. While on a Uganda family safaris you can choose where you and your family can go and it can either be for a game drive in Murchison falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo valley National Park, Uganda gorilla safaris in Mgahiga gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda chimpanzee tours in Kibale National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve, Kyambura gorge, Uganda wildlife education centre. You can as well go on a city tour where you will discover what these places hold within their boundaries and more.
Uganda agrotourism safaris
Uganda safaris have a lot to offer to travellers and among them is an opportunity to see what is grown in terms of agriculture on your Uganda agrotourism safaris. Uganda’s economy depends on agriculture and this will be proved to you by a number of crop species you will discover on your Uganda safaris. They include; sugarcane, matooke, cassava, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes. During your Uganda agrotourism safaris, you will also visit a number of diary farms in the country. Contact us and we will help you arrange that memorable Uganda safari for you.
Are Uganda safaris safe for international travellers
Regardless of your background whether American, European, Asian or African, Uganda is a safe country and secure to enable you carry out your Uganda safari hassle free. The country has measures in place to cub any form of criminality making it one of the safe countries in Africa you dont have to hesitate when it comes to visiting it.
Best time for Uganda safaris
Uganda safaris are successful throughout the year meaning you can visit this east African country any time of the year and still have a memorable experience. However there specific months of the year when you’re assured of the best experience and this is during the dry season of the year when the country is receiving less or no rainfall at all. During this time, trails within parks are dry and not slippery making your movement through the parks easy. Also, during this season there less chances of rain hindering your itinerary. This season takes place during the months of June to September and December to February
During the wet season that happens during the months of March to May and October to November, the country is receiving a lot of rainfall in most parts which will likely disrupt your Uganda safaris experience and its during this season when trails within the national parks are slippery and impassable making movement very hard. But its still during this season that majority of lodges are giving out discounts since the numbers flocking their places are always less.
Regardless of the season you choose to visit Uganda while on your Uganda safaris, you will be stunned and will get the best experience.
How much does a Uganda Safari cost
To have a memorable Uganda safari, you will need a cost estimate to help you stay within your budget and at Vizuri Africa Safaris, we will help you design an itinerary that does match your budget and still reward you with the best of Uganda safaris experience. The cost of Uganda safari tours is majorly determined by these main factors that you have to put into consideration before anything else. One of them is the cost of accommodation you’d prefer i.e. luxury, midrange and budget. Another factor to put into consideration is the type of Uganda safari you’d want. At Vizuri, we do offer both Uganda budget safaris and Uganda luxury safaris all designed to meet your budget and give you the best Uganda safari experience.
While on planning for a Uganda safari, another factor to consider is the activity/ what to do that you will engage in and the cost. For example, gorilla trekking in Uganda will cost you only $700 per person for foreign non-residents, $600 for foreign residents and UGX750,000 for East African citizens and the above prices are only for gorilla trekking permits.
You will need to put into consideration the number of people who’ll be part of the safari. This is important because it helps you plan for each and everyone. Another main factor to consider are the number of days you will spend on a Uganda safari tour.
Why go on a Uganda safari than Kenya safaris
Both Kenya safaris and Uganda safaris offer a lifetime memorable experience and each country gives you a unique experience while there. However, if you’re looking for a more varied experience, Uganda safaris still stand out and will give you what you cant find in any east African country. Uganda safari tours will present to you an opportunity to go and see mans closest relative, the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in the parks of Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Park. You will also get the opportunity to go for a Uganda chimpanzee tour in Kibale National Park which is also referred to as the ‘primate capital of the world’ because of the various number of species that you can find in this place.
Uganda safaris will also introduce you to boat cruises in the major parks where you will get to see different wildlife species both in and at the river banks.
If you’re coming to Africa for a safari then Uganda safaris are a must include in your itinerary and reward you with the best memorable experience that does match your budget.