Uganda is one of Africa’s top tourist destinations, Uganda is a diverse country with a number of tourist attraction in various destinations in the country, offering different activities that travellers love to engage in while on their safari in Uganda. Safari in Uganda is something every traveller in planning to come to Uganda, would love to take part in, with the fact that the country has a number of attractions and activities. Uganda is rich in culture with different people, the ha hospitable people where you will able to meet them during your safari visit in Uganda. Not only that, the country is also rich in magnificent sceneries ranging from different savannah vegetations, lakes and rivers, tropical rain forest, snow-capped mountains with a variety of wildlife species living in these areas. There are many national parks in Uganda with a lot of attractions to be viewed during any of your visit in different national parks. During your Uganda safari, you will visit any of the national’s parks depending on the choice of the places you would love to visit in Uganda. While in Uganda, you will visit any of the following places; Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, famous for harbouring half of the worlds total of the mountain gorillas and others living in Mgahinga national park both situated in south western Uganda and taking part in gorilla trekking experience with number of visitors received in these areas every year visiting the gorillas. Murchison falls national park, queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo valley national park and Lake Mburo national park are popular with wildlife safaris in Uganda. Kibale forest national park, is best known as a home for chimpanzee, the park harbours a lot of chimpanzee some of which are habituated chimpanzee and opened to visitors for visitors taking part in chimpanzee trekking.
The national parks, harbour abundant attractions such as, Mountain gorillas, Chimpanzee, Tree climbing lions, different bird species, and many other animals seen in 10 national parks in Uganda, among others. Uganda the pearl of Africa, is a bio diversified country with not only wild life in different national parks, but also the favourable climate of the country makes Uganda one of the best regions for settlement, beautiful cultures with hospitable people to make your stay in Uganda during your safari a memorable one of your life time.
Safari tours in Uganda
Gorilla trekking safari, Uganda’s Gorilla trekking safari, has become one of the popular safari activities that many travellers in Uganda have taken part in, gorilla trekking in Uganda, is carried in two famous national parks situated in south western region of the country. Travellers having interest in visiting Uganda for gorilla trekking, will visit the following national parks, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. gorilla trekking in these national parks, is the popular activity in the area where by the trekkers move in the forest searching for the gorillas and mainly the habituated gorilla families because they are used to the sight of humans and will not hide away or become aggressive when you encounter them.
Bwindi national park, has over 19 habituated gorilla families opened to trekkers for gorilla trekking, and one gorilla family is trekked at Mgahinga gorilla national park, Bwindi harbours a lot of gorillas with over half of the world’s population therefore, visitors in Bwindi, have 98% percentage of seeing the gorillas in their natural habitat. during the trek, the exercise may last for quite some time before locating the gorillas depending on the location of the gorillas on that particular day. Finally, when you meet them, you will be allowed one hour with the gorillas, this time will be use to observe their behaviours, feeding habits, female nursing young ones, how they interact with each other among others. This is one of the unique moments when you meet this Apes with the total DNA of 98% making them the closest relatives to humans.
Chimpanzee trekking safari, chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, is yet another activity you do not want to miss during any of your safari visits in Uganda. For chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, is carried out in different tourist destinations in Uganda. Including Kibale forest national park situated in western Uganda and the nearest district in the park is fort portal. The park is covered with the ever-green moist forest, and also comprises of a diverse array of landscapes, Kibale forest, is famous for harbouring the largest number of chimpanzee and more so the habituated chimpanzee families opened for trekking. For travellers combining chimpanzee trekking and wildlife safaris, you can visit Murchison falls national park for wildlife experience, and trek the chimpanzee in the Budongo forest situated in Murchison falls national park or queen Elizabeth national park for a bund ant wildlife safaris, and visit the Kyambura George for chimpanzee trekking or kalinzu forest both found within queen Elizabeth national park. for any person to participate in chimpanzee trekking, you will be required to obtain a chimpanzee trekking permit issued by Uganda wildlife Authority a body managing all national parks in Uganda.
To book the gorilla permit, you will need to specify the destination you will be trekking the chimps, since the permits bare the different locations from which chimpanzee trekking takes place from. Unlike gorilla trekking in Bwindi ang Mgahinga national park, Chimpanzee trekking, in any of the destinations in Uganda, the activity is offered twice in a day that is, the morning shift and the afternoon shift, and lasts for one hour from the time you meet the chimps. Therefore, when booking the permits, you will specify too the time you will be trekking the chimpanzee in Kibale forest, Kyambura George, kalinzu forest and Budongo forest. The morning shift starts at 8:00am and the afternoon shift commence at 2:00pm.
Wildlife Safaris, Uganda, also known as the pearl of Africa, is endowed with several attractions ranging from flora and fauna which harbours different wildlife species distributed in 10 national parks in Uganda. The wildlife in Uganda are seen in the following national park, Murchison falls national park, queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo valley national park, Kibale forest national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga national park, lake Mburo national park, Rwenzori national park, Semuliki national park, Mt.Elgon, followed by the different sanctuaries like the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary known as the home for the remaining Rhinos situated Enroute to Murchison falls national park and a number of game reserves. These areas harbour different wildlife species including; the primate species such as the Mountain gorillas, chimpanzee, monkeys which include the black and white colobus monkeys, golden monkeys, blue monkeys, red monkeys , baboons and different bird species including the African broadbill ,Black bee-eater, Black-billed turaco, Black-faced rufous warbler, Black faced warbler, Blue-headed sunbird , Many-coloured bush-shrike, Olive-breasted greenbul, Purple- breasted sunbird among others. Queen Elizabeth national park, and Murchison falls national park are a home to the big five wild game including; the Lion, Elephant, Rhinos, Leopard and the Buffaloes and other animals like the Zebras, giraffes, warthogs, antelopes, oribi, Uganda kob, Giant forest hogs among others. These animals are mainly viewed during the game drives around the park, but also, when you visit the habituated gorilla families, you will be able to have face to face interactions with the animals in their natural habitat.
Birding safaris; Uganda is among the best countries in Africa to visit for bird watching experience, with over half of the bird species in Africa, are found here in Uganda some of which are Albertine endemics. For any travellers on Birding safaris in Uganda, you will visit the following top most birding destinations in Africa; Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park, known as the paradise of birds and its one of the best spots for birding safaris in Africa, Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park, Kibale forest national park, lake Mburo national park, Kidepo valley national park among others. The most common birds sighted here include the shoe bill stork, African broadbill, Black bee-eater, Black-billed turaco, Black-faced rufous warbler, Black faced warbler, Blue headed sunbird, Many-coloured bush-shrike, Olive-breasted greenbul among others and some of which are not spotted anywhere in Africa. Which will give you the best of your Uganda birding safari.
Murchison falls national park; Murchison falls national park, is one of the biggest national parks in Uganda, the park is situated in south western Uganda and its one of the best regions receiving many tourists every year. The park is blessed with several attractions ranging from flora and fauna, vegetation, primate species wildlife species and the scenic features among others. Which offer various activities for the visitors visiting the park including; chimpanzee trekking, wildlife viewing, birdwatching, boat cruise on the Nile, nature walks, hiking among others which will offer the best time of your tour safari in Uganda full of fun and memorise.
Queen Elizabeth national park; Murchison fall national park, as well as Queen Elizabeth national park, are both famous for harbouring the big five wild game in Africa, the park is located in western Uganda in the districts of Kasese, Kamwenge and Rukungiri district. Queen Elizabeth national park is the second largest national park, and also best known as the must visit tourist destination offering wildlife safaris in Uganda. The park also, offers a wide range of activities to the visitors visiting the park including, Kazinga channel boat cruise, chimpanzee trekking in Kyambura George and kalinzu forest, Mongoose trekking in Mweya peninsular, Maramagambo forest famous for nature walks, , the crater lake, the park is also famous for the tree climbing lions of the Ishasha sector, viewed at the southern sector of the park, bird watching and many other activities offered in queen Elizabeth national park.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, is located in southwestern Uganda in Kanungu district and its one of the most visited parks in Uganda. Bwindi national park, is famous for harbouring the endangered mountain gorillas, the park is one of the popular regions in Africa for gorilla trekking experience with over half of the worlds population of mountain gorillas living in Bwindi impenetrable forest. Bwindi comprises of four sectors harbouring the habituated gorillas opened for gorilla trekking, the Bwindi sectors include; Buhoma the park headquarters which was the first region where the first habituated gorilla started and the first region where gorilla trekking started from, Rushaga sector, Nkuringo, and Ruhija sectors. The gorilla families are available for trekking every day. Hence, visitors taking part in gorilla trekking, will be required to book the permits depending on the sector you will be trekking the gorillas from according to your preferred dates. Bwindi harbours over 19 habituated gorilla families opened to trekkers for gorilla trekking and one group, is trekked at Mgahinga gorilla national park.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, also offers visitors another opportunity to participate in other activities like gorilla habituation experience which involves trekkers spending more time with the gorillas under habituation, during gorilla habituation, researchers, scientists, rangers and travellers visit an identified gorilla family on a daily basis and the exercise lasts for over 2-3 years until when the gorillas are used to the sight of humans. Gorilla habituation, allows travellers 4 hours with the gorillas, not only that, you also become an active participant in the habituation process, compared to the normal gorilla trekking, where by travellers are given one hour with the gorillas in their natural habitat.
Kibale forest national park; situated in western Uganda, the park is best known as the primate capital reason being that there are over half of the chimpanzees in Africa living in Kibale forest national park, and over 13 primate species living in the forest. When you visit Kibale forest national park, the popular activity in the park is chimpanzee trekking which is the most done activity by many visitors in the park. Kibale forest national park, also offers an opportunity to visitors who would like to spend more time with the chimps to participate in Chimpanzee habituation experience where by the visitors spend the whole day with the chimps under habituation, compared to chimp trekking which only lasts for one hour from the time you meet the chimps. Chimp trekking involves trekking in the forest in search for the habituated chimpanzee families and when you locate then , you will be given time to watch them study their behaviour, feeding habitats and interactions with one another as you take photos , you will also view other primate species lie the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, baboons, bird species and other mammal species.
Lake Mburo national park, is situated in western Uganda, the park is rich in biodiversity despite the fact that it’s the smallest national park in Uganda. The park is famous for wildlife experience which you will view during the game drives in the park, you have an opportunity to view animals like the Zebras, giraffes, Uganda kob, hippos, buffalos, warthogs, impala, giant forest hogs, Eland among others. The park also offers activities like the boat cruise, nature walks, nocturnal game drives, bird waiting activity, horse riding, sports biking among others.
There other famous areas that visitors in Uganda ought not to kiss during any of their safari visits in Uganda these regions are famous with several attractions and activities to so while in the park. Including, kidepo valley national park, lake Mutanda, Ssese Islands, source of the Nile in jinja offers activities like white water rafting, Horse riding, bungee jumping among others, lake Bunyonyi is Uganda’s deepest lake offering activities boat cruise, community walk, bird watching, scenic views, swimming among others. The lake is free from Bilharzia and dangerous animals like hippos, crocodiles, thus its ideal for swimming among other places in Uganda.
Best time to go for Uganda safari
Uganda is best visited throughout the year, although the best time of the year to visit is during the dry season/ peak season recorded to be having little or no rainfall at all, the dry season is from the month of June, July, August, September, December, January and February. During this time, the ground is dry and there is no rainfall and in case of any, just alight drizzle facilitating many activities around the park by this time, the parks are flooded with tourists and the activities are at its peak. When the ground is dry, travellers find it easy to trek in forest to do activities like chimpanzee trekking, gorilla trekking, game viewing, forest walks, among others, during the dry season, the grass is short enabling animal viewing and for primate safaris, like chimp trekking and gorilla trekking, the trails will be dry and easy to pass through. Uganda, also experiences the wet season from the month of March, to May, October to November these months are known to receive heavy rainfall which interferes with the activities in the park. like chimp trekking, gorilla trekking among others. But the wets season, is also ideal for bird watching activities, by this time, there will be plenty of food, fruits in which birds feed on hence great time for bird watching activities.
Accommodation facilities in the park to stay in during your Uganda safari tour
Uganda offers a wide range of accommodation facilities ranging from luxury, mid-range, and budget lodges. These lodges offer conducive accommodation facilities to travellers to stay in during any of their safari visits in Uganda, the lodges include; in Murchison falls, you find the following lodges, Parra safari lodge, Pakuba safari lodge, Chobe safari lodge, Red chilli rest camp, heritage safari lodge, Court view Masindi, Amuka lodge, Murchison falls river lodge, Masindi hotel among others, queen Elizabeth national park, they have, Simba safari lodge, elephant Hub lodge, park view safari lodge, Marafiki/ Engazi lodge, Mweya lodge among others. Bwindi impenetrable forest include; Trakkers Tarvern lodge, Rushaga gorilla lodge, Buhoma community, Rushaga gorilla haven lodge, Ichumbi gorilla lodge, Gorilla mist camp, Buhoma Haven lodge, Gorilla mist camp, chameleon hill lodge, Nkuringo gorilla lodge, Ruhija gorilla safari, Mahogany springs among others. Kibale forest include; chimpanzee forest guest house, Kibale forest camp, primate lodge, Crater safari lodge among others. Lake Bunyonyi include; Bunyonyi overland, Bunyonyi Rock Resort, Bird Nest Bunyonyi, Arcadia lodge Bunyonyi among others. Lake Mburo lodges include; Mpogo lodge, Eagle nest lodge, Rwakobo Rock, Mihingo lodge among others.
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