Gorillas, Chimps, birds galore and exquisite landscapes on a luxury Uganda tour
Go on safari, canoe on Lake Victoria, raft down the Nile, hike the Mountains of the Moon, and enjoy gorilla and chimp trekking.
Uganda is East Africa's undiscovered jewel, a landlocked country, bordered by Kenya, Sudan, Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania. Uganda's tourism is developing and tailor made Uganda safari holidays are up on the list of every discerning traveller. The number one activity to do in Uganda is gorilla trekking. Far from mass tourism, the beautiful scenery, wildlife diversity and friendly people of Uganda more than justify its reputation as ‘The Pearl of Africa’. A fantastic choice for a true African adventure holiday. Uganda is a tremendously lush country, dotted with lakes and rivers (the most famous being the Nile) whist the west is fringed by the lofty Rwenzori Mountains, making it an ideal safari holiday destination.
The economy is one of the fastest growing in Africa and significant work has been done to protect the country’s diverse range of wildlife - recently seven additional national parks and an equal number of wildlife reserves have been created.
From the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains to the awe-inspiring spectacle of Murchison Falls, and from the Impenetrable Rainforest of Bwindi to the endless savannah of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda's scenic diversity and landscape variety compares favourably with anywhere on the African continent.
Uganda is also sanctuary to an abnormally high number of rare and unusual wildlife species including the Uganda kob, the incredible shoebill stork, chimpanzees, the largest remaining population of magnificent mountain gorilla and good populations of leopard, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and lion.
Do you only have a few days to spend and are solely focused on short gorilla trekking safari? Have a look at a trip to neighbouring Rwanda instead – Parc National des Volcans is only 2 hours from Kigali - ideal for a short “weekend with the gorillas”
Best time to visit Uganda.
When to go to Uganda
Find out the best time to visit Uganda with our month by month guide.
January is classed at the dry season in Uganda, it is one of the best times to visit. Wildlife spotting is good at this time of year is there is less vegetation to obstruct your view.
The dry season in February is one of the best times to visit. Wildlife spotting is good at this time of year as there is less vegetation to obstruct your view and a great time for trekking to see chimps, mountain gorillas and migratory birds.
The start of the wet season brings lush green foliage and animals giving birth to their young. Visitors should expect heavy rain showers, with some causing issues with the roads so journeys can be longer and bumpier.
The wet season in April brings lush green foliage. Visitors should expect heavy rain showers, trekking mountain gorillas will be slower and slippery but they will still be lurking in the mist.
The wet season continues into May, with similar conditions to March and April.
June is the start of dry season, it is one of the best times to visit Uganda, with large mammals gathering around watering holes game is easily spotted.
The dry season continues into July and remains one of the best times to visit Uganda, with game is easily spotted and abundant.
The dry season continues into August and remains one of the best times to visit Uganda, with conditions similar to June and July.
September is a good time to visit, with excellent opportunities to observe gorillas as vegetation remains low. Although always expect some rainfall on your trip.
October has excellent opportunities to observe gorillas as vegetation remains low. Although always expect some rainfall on your trip.
The wet season begins again, with national parks turning lush green as heavy rain showers fill the skies. For birders this is an excellent although wet time to visit Uganda to see migratory birds.
Expect some rainfall in December, but wildlife spotting is generally good at this time of year. It's a great time to trek to see chimpanzees, mountain gorillas as well as migratory birds.
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