Unlike any other destination in the world, Uganda safaris remain unbeatable with so much to offer to tourists/travellers who visit the country to explore what’s within her boundaries. The country situated in the East of Africa, has various features including various rare wildlife species that will leave you stunned after a glance at them. Uganda is the source of the famous R.Nile, the largest fresh water lake in Africa lake Victoria, cultural and religious sites, different national parks, conservation centers and game reserves that harbor different species of wildlife animals.
It also harbors half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas that can be seen in the dense rain forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park situated in the district of Kisoro. You can as well visit Queen Elizabeth National Park’s famous Ishasha province known to be home to the incredible tree climbing lions. Including Kibale National Park or Murchison falls National Park.
What to see in Uganda
Your safari is incomplete if you haven’t visited Uganda yet. There various sites you can visit while in the country and they include
Bwindi Impenetrable national park
This is one of the most visited destinations in Uganda and is commonly visited due to the fact that it hosts the endangered mountain gorillas that can be seen in their natural habitat feeding, playing and more. This place does have almost half of the world’s population of gorillas. To see these incredible species, you will need to purchase a gorilla trekking permit which is got from the Uganda wildlife Authority at $700 per person for foreign nonresidents, foreign residents $600 per person while tourists from within East Africa pay Ugx 250,000/=. At car rental Entebbe, we can help you purchase the permit for you, however at an additional small cost to cater for administrative costs involved like transport and more. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you need one.
Bwindi has four gorilla trekking sectors of Buhoma, Rushaga, Ruhija and Nkuringo. The sectors have different gorilla families that occupy these rain forests. These gorillas have different characteristics and led by a male silverback. Before you heading into the dense jungles to see the species, you will be taken to the any of the sector’s officces where you will be briefed on the guidelines to follow during the trek and in close proximity with the gorillas. There after, you will be led into the forest with the help of a game ranger and guide following different trails until you get to where the gorillas are. Gorilla trekking usually takes between 1 to 8hrs depending on the location of the gorillas. In some instances, you will be able to find gorillas closer than usual. During gorilla trekking, you will also have a chance to see other species that reside in Bwindi that include; different species of butterflies, birds, forest elephants and much more.
After the trek, you will led back to the sector headquarters where you will be awarded with a certificate for having participated in gorilla trekking in Uganda. You can as well visit the Batwa community of people who initially settled in the park but were later resettled in areas surrounding the park to pave way for conservation efforts.
Murchison Falls National Park
Situated in the north west part of Uganda is Murchison Falls National Park named after the world’s most powerful waterfall – Murchison falls. It is one of the most visited national parks as it has a variety of activities to do while there. It also doubles as the first and largest national park in Uganda.
While here, you can visit hike to the top of the falls and have a close look at the thunderous roar R.Nile makes as it makes its way through the 40m gorge making a thunderous sound and rainbow often seen in photos. You can well go for a boat cruise along the Nile where you will be able to spot some of the incredible species like the hippos, crocodiles, several bird species among others.
Murchison falls national park is also the best place you can go for a game drive and have a look at an number of species as they roam in the park. These include lions, hyenas, elephants, buffaloess, leopards, lions, Rothschild giraffes, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, warthogs among others. On your way to the park, you can as well stop by at the Ziwa rhino sanctuary to have a look at the rhino species which can only be seen here in the whole of Uganda.
Kibale National Park
Also known as the “primate capital of the world”, Kibale National Park situated in the western part of Uganda is yet another place you can visit while on a safari to Uganda. The hosts about 13 primate species that include; Red-tailed Monkeys, black and white columbus monkeys, velvet monkeys, olive baboons, blue monkeys, Ugandan red columbus, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, chimpanzees among others.
This park is commonly known for the chimpanzees that can be seen hanging on tree branches, playing an making lots of noise. Seeing these species, you will need a chimpanzee tracking permit that’s purchased from the Uganda wildlife authority. Chimpanzee tracking is a fun packed activity that you will definitely enjoy while in Kibale. Another place to visit while in Kibale is the bigodi wetland sanctuary popularly known to be the best spot for birding. Birds’ species you can find here include the elusive shoebill stock, blue turaco bird, Papyrus Gonolek, Kingfishers, Waxbills, Cuckoos, Weavers, Hornbills, crowned eagle, the African Pitta among others.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
This the second most visited National Park in Uganda after Murchison falls national park. There a variety of wildlife species that reside in the park and can be seen either roaming in the open savannah grassland, along the kazinga channel or the kyambura gorge. In the Kasenyi plains, you will be able to come across wildlife animals like lions, leopards, Uganda kobs, elephants, hyenas, warthogs, buffaloes and many others. You will also be able to spot a number of bird species that can be seen in the green savannah like the red throated spur fowls, grey crowned cranes, Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Grey Kestre, yellow throated cranes among others.
Kazinga channel is also a favorite spot in the park that you have to visit. Here you will be able to see a number of species while on a boat cruise that include crocodiles, hippos, waterbucks, bird species like the fish eagles. On the shores you will be able to see species like the elephants, sitatunga antelopes, buffaloes among others.
You can as well visit the Ishasha province of the park to see the famous tree climbing lions which is a memorable experience that you have to capture on your lenses. These lions climb onto the tree branches in order to escape insect bites and to have a clear view of their prey. This incredible skill is common among the young lions as it easier for them to climb the trees compared to the old ones.
A stop by at the Kyambura gorge will give you a glimpse of the chimpanzee species found here. However, chances of seeing these species in Kyambura are less compared to Kibale National Park but still it’ll offer you the experience you need.
Lake Mburo National Park
This is the closest national park to Uganda’s capital – Kampala and while here you will be able to go for a game drive where you will spot wildlife animals like the Topis, elands, leopards, buffaloes, hyenas, zebras, jackal among others. On a boat cruise along the lake, you will able to come across several species of birds like the prehistoric shoebill, egrets, herons, Ross’s turaco, Narina trogon hippos, buffaloes and other species are among what you can see while on a boat cruise.
Other places you can visit while on a Uganda safaris include the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park where you will be able to spot gorillas in their natural habitat and golden monkeys. Accompany your visit with a trip to Lake Bunyonyi situated in the district of Kabale. Kidepo National Park is yet another place you will have to visit. A visit here will give you a real African experience especially when you go for a game drive where you will see cats like lions roaming in the open savannah.
You can as well visit the Uganda conservation center in Entebbe where you will have a close look at other wildlife species if you wont make it to any of the national parks in Uganda.
There other religious and cultural sites to see while on a Uganda safari like the Kasubi tombs were Buganda Kingdom kings are buried, the old Kampala mosque, the Uganda museum, National theatre, hot springs in Semuliki and more.
Best time to visit Uganda
No other experience beats Uganda safaris because of a lot that it does offer you as a traveller. Choosing to visit this east African country we’ll remain memorable for a lifetime for you and your loved ones. Tourism in Uganda is an all-year-round success in Uganda but there’s when its best for you to visit the country. Where you will be able to enjoy it at its best.
The best time to visit Uganda is during the dry season of the year and this is during the months of June to September and December to February. During this time the country is receiving less or no rainfall at all in most parts which doesn’t hinder your time to go for some activities. The dry season is also good for people going for gorilla trekking, chimpanzee tracking, game drives because trails in the parks are less slippery and passable.
During the wet season which is between the months of March to May and October to November, Uganda receives significant amounts of rainfall during this time which might interrupt your safari in the country. during the wet season, trails within the park are slippery and sometimes people are unable to navigate through them. The beauty about this season is because accommodation options are available to travelers at a discount in most parks in Uganda. Regardless of the season you will choose to be part of in Uganda, Uganda safaris offer a stunning experience and we’re pretty sure it’ll leave you wanting more.
Cost of Uganda safaris
The overall cost of Uganda safaris depends on the number of people, number of days you’re to spend in the Uganda, activities to be done, accommodation type booked (budget, midrange or luxury). Once the above are put into consideration, you will find out whether your Uganda safaris is expensive or cheaper.