Referred to as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is an amazing safari destination in East Africa. Uganda is a country gifted by nature, found in East Africa, bordered by Kenya in the East, Congo in the west, Tanzania in the south and Southern Sudan in the North.
The country is gifted by nature with over 10 National Parks and many game reserves. Uganda Safaris are really adventurous with a number of tour activities such as gorilla trekking safaris, chimpanzee tracking, boat cruising, wild game viewing drives, bird watching safaris, cultural trips, mountain climbing safaris, nature walks and tree climbing lion spotting among others.
Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. This is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle! We hope the information below will help you plan your safari in Uganda, a fascinating country, blessed with outstanding natural features.
Why Go on Safari in Uganda
This special and up-to-date travel advisory – complete with maps, information on parks and resorts, hotels and safaris, everything you would ever want or need to know about Uganda as a tourist destination – offers you an opportunity to explore the country the young Winston Churchill, later a British Prime Minister, aptly described as “the Pearl of Africa” in his book My African Journey published in 1908.
Though two decades of civil strife (in the 70s and the 80s) destroyed some of Uganda’s tourist establishments and almost depleted the country’s wildlife, the situation has since President Yoweri Museveni and the National Resistance Movement came to power in 1986 turned for the better. The Uganda of the 90s, like the proverbial Phoenix, has risen from the ashes to regain its former glory.
The “Cradle of the Nile”, as the country was called long ago, has restored its (tourist) facilities and established many new ones. Wildlife numbers are rapidly increasing as poaching has been curbed and strict conservation measures enforced. And the resurgent tourism sector (that received over 850,000 visitors last year) is committed to the development of a sustainable package, conscious of the perilously fragile environment.
The concept, “small is beautiful”, is most pronounced in Uganda, with so much diversity packed in the relatively small geographical area. Whatever your interest, be it cultural or archeological matters, wildlife safaris, birdwatching, mountain gorilla treks, mountain climbing, white water rafting, sailing , fishing, Mountain gorilla tracking, Uganda has something special for you.
Above all, the people of Uganda, hospitable and warm as ever, are eager to share their country’s captivating magic with the rest of the world, and make friends.
Featured in this section are also different safaris in Uganda. From day trips, short safaris to specialty safaris in Uganda, there are a lot of options to choose from.
Gorilla Trekking Safaris
Today Uganda Gorilla Safaris are very popular worldwide due to safety and political stability of the country. Many travelers visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for mountain gorilla trekking.
Classic Uganda Safaris
During your safari in Uganda, you will experience the true African wilderness by visiting the unspoilt tourism destinations.
Rwenzori Mountaineering Safari
The Rwenzori Mountains, also n as Mountains of the moon are found in Western Uganda, and climbing to the highest peak (Magherita) takes 9 days.
Book a 3 Day Gorilla Trekking Safari to Rwanda, the land of a thousand hill and see the gorillas in the wild of Volcanoes National Park. Tour Kigali city, Gisozi Genocide Memorial Site; and enjoy the expedition in Volcanoes National Park on this adventure trip.
Top Places to Visit on Uganda Safaris
Among the popular Uganda tourist Sites include
- Murchison Falls National Park,
- Kibale Forest (home of Chimpanzees & other primates),
- Semiliki National park,
- Queen Elizabeth wildlife park,
- Bwindi impenetrable forest gorilla park,
- Mgahinga National Park,
- Lake Mburo National Park,
- Zziwa Rhino sanctuary –
- Chimpanzee sanctuary on Ngamba Island
Uganda also has the true source of River Nile, world’s longest River, also with Africa’s biggest fresh water lake, Lake Victoria.
Quick Facts About Uganda
Uganda covers an area of about 241,038 sq. km.; of which about 44,000 sq. km. is covered by fresh water bodies made up of swamps, forest reserves and game parks. Uganda is roughly the same size as Great Britain or Ghana. It is bordered by Kenya to the east, Sudan to the north, D.R.C. to the west and by Tanzania and Rwanda to the south.
Most of the country is a plateau, standing at an average of 1,200 M above sea level. The highest point is on Mt. Rwenzori, at 5,590 M with a permanent snow cover and Mt. Elgon at 4,300 M. The lowest on the other hand is 659 M at Albert Nile.
River Nile is the world’s longest river (6,700 km.) and it commences its journey from Lake Victoria (in Jinja-Uganda) which in turn is the world’s second largest fresh water body of 36,000 sq. miles.
The country lies at the overlap between Tropical East African Savannah, and West African rain forest zone. Nearly 1/5 of the country is made up of swamps and open water bodies, including the lakes Victoria, George, Edward, Albert, Kyoga , the Nile River and other smaller lakes.
The Equator crosses through Uganda. This fact greatly influences the climatic conditions of the country.
The south is thickly forested while the north is largely savannah, with some semi-desert areas in the north-east.
Average annual temperature is 26 degrees C. in South Western, and 35 degrees C. in the north and North East.
Average annual rainfall is 1,000 mm in most parts of the country and 2000 mm in the islands of Lake Victoria. Most of Uganda is green all year round.
English is the official language, but Swahili is also widely used, especially among the business community, police and the army. There are a number of indigenous languages, which can be grouped into three: the Bantu, the nilotics, and the nilo-hermits.
The majority of Ugandans are Christians. Available statistics show that Christians form 66% of the population, people with their own indigenous beliefs form about 18%, and there is a Muslim community of about 16% of the population.
Uganda’s capital city is Kampala. It is a modern city built on seven hills and befitting a country with one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. Over the past few years it has expanded to cover ten hills, and continues to grow both in size and charm. Entebbe International Airport serves the country.
There is a very wide variety of food and eating-places all over the country. At the city you will find all sorts of restaurants that meet both local and international interests. There are Italian, Indian, Thai, Greek, European, and Chinese restaurants. The markets provide a variety of fresh foodstuffs.
Uganda’s location along the Equator, combined with the altitude and the great variety of terrain types, provide an overwhelming array of opportunities to keen birders and wild game viewers.
Uganda is one of the few countries in the world where you can find the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat as well as the rare shoebill. The country is also home to other numerous species of birds and mammals.
Many tour operators offer several Uganda Safaris taking you for the best what Uganda can offer. From gorilla trekking trips to wildlife safaris, Uganda has much to offer to an African Traveller!