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Nothing is more exhilarating than tracking one of our closest relatives in the animal kingdom, gorillas. The Republic of Uganda, a tiny land locked country in eastern Africa, offers some of the world's best Mountain Gorilla Tracking Safaris. Learn about the ancient Batwa culture, participate in game drives to see lions, leopards, giraffes, and hippos, and come face to face with mountain gorillas on an amazing adventure. Visit the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kyambura Gorge, and the savannah plains of the Western Rift Valley on a once in a life time safari experience.
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Uganda Travel Guide

The Republic of Uganda, though a tiny nation in the heart of Africa, holds great natural beauty.

The country of Uganda is well-known for its great bird-watching, with over 400 different species having been spotted there. Chimpanzees and mountain gorillas are only two of the spectacular primates found in the area.

Gorilla Watching
It is perhaps best-known for the opportunities travelers have to plunge into the dense jungle and see the giant mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Getting up close & personal with these gentle, yet mighty creatures will feel like staring through the looking glass into our own past, as gorillas are one of our closest primate cousins. 

African Wildlife Safari
If you want to take a broader look at some of the marvels that this country has to offer, then a safari will take you on a journey into the Kibale Forest, through the Queen Elizabeth National Park, and to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Forest, where you will see tree-climbing lions, a breathtakingly clear view of the vast forest, and maybe even visit a local jungle tribe. Any safari will give you plenty of chances to see the native animals, like hippos, giraffes, leopards, and, of course, gorillas.

Extend your expedition
Whether you want to extend your Ugandan trip or just want to experience the highlights, this tour offers the chance to track gorillas and explore the depths of some of the most fascinating jungles.
Best Time to Visit Uganda

The best time to visit Uganda is between June and August as well as between February and March.
when conditions are particularly good for trekking to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.

During the rest of the year, the weather can be unpredictable, with rain in some areas while it is dry in others. It provides an excellent opportunity to see the animals crowding watering holes in national parks.

This is also the southern winter, which offers cooler temperatures. Game spotting in national parks is also good at this time,
Wildlife You Can Expect to See in Each Region of Uganda

Queen Elizabeth: Buffalo, Chimpanzees, Elephant, Hippo, Leopard, Lion

Murchison Falls: Buffalo, Elephant, Gemsbock, Kudu, Hippo, Leopard, Lion, White Rhino, Wildebeest

Bwindi: Gorillas

Kibale: Chimpanzees
Uganda Fun Facts
  • Impressed by its beauty, Winston Churchill once called Uganda the "pearl of Africa."
  • Visitors to Uganda are consistently impressed by the country's hospitality and the welcoming attitude of the people.
  • Pineapples, avocados, and bananas are three of the main produce exports of Uganda.
  • Some people eat fried grasshoppers as a treat.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Highlights

In this area, gorilla tracking is the primary activity, and you'll find that it's both exhausting and rewarding. You'll spend most of the day trekking through the bush in search of gorillas. While tracking one of our closest primate cousins, you'll have plenty of opportunities to refuel and have lunch.

Kihihi and Entebbe are the closest airports.

Animals to look out for:
  • The apes (common)
  • Chimpanzees are (rare)
  • A herd of elephants (rare)
Even though you won't see much wildlife outside of the mountain gorillas in Bwindi, Uganda is home to a wide variety of other species of animals, including Buffalos, Elephants Gemsboks Kudus Hippo Leopards Lions White Rhinos and Wildebeest.

Uganda Travel FAQs

Do I need a visa to travel to Uganda?
To visit Uganda, you must have a passport valid for 6 months and a tourist visa, which you should apply for at least a month before your departure:
Is tipping customary in Uganda?
Tipping is not obligatory, but offering $10 for a driver or $10-20 for a tour guide or tracker would be very much appreciated. 
What is internet access like in Uganda?
You will not have access to the internet for most of your trip. Since many of our Africa tours are designed as safaris through the remote corners of Uganda, we will be far from areas that get internet for most of the expedition. You might find a hotel or public area that offers internet, but there's no guarantee.
Can I use my cell phone while in Uganda?
You will probably not be close enough to any cell phone towers to use your cell phone throughout your Safari expedition in Uganda. It's possible to purchase a local SIM chip upon arrival and use it in the more developed areas, but there aren't any guarantees that your signal will be strong enough.
Do I need power adapters?
Uganda uses 220-240v power with Type G (BS-1363) outlets, which will require a plug adapter. If you have a device that is 110v that is not compatible with the higher voltage, you will need a converter also.
What are the toilets like in Uganda?
All four of our Uganda lodges feature comfortable western style flush toilets. You might encounter squat toilets in certain remote parts of the country on day excursions. Make sure to throw the waste paper in the trash basket rather than the toilet.
Can I drink the water in Uganda?
You should never drink the tap water in Uganda, however we make sure that all of the tours we offer provide safe bottled or filtered water free of charge.
Are credit cards accepted in Uganda? Will I be able to find ATMs?
Don't count on finding any ATMs or businesses that accept credit cards in Uganda. Our tours are all-inclusive, so other than having some pocket cash for souvenir purchases or tips, you should be covered.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Yes! Having travel insurance means traveling responsibly, so check out the promotions available via our partner TravelGuard on the Once You're Booked page.
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