Uganda travel information
Uganda travels information; Uganda is also known as the pearl of Africa, its located in the eastern part of the African continent neighboring Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Sudan. This is a landlocked country but gifted with vast and unique wildlife species including the mountain gorillas as the country is home to half the world’s mountain gorillas. Below is what you have to know before you come to Uganda
travel information : When is the best time to visit Uganda?
the best and most favorable time to visit Uganda is during the dry seasons of December to February and June to August.
To get rid of the muddy and slippery walkways and hiking trails during the wet or rainy seasons, you are highly advised to visit Uganda for your different safaris during the dry seasons.
travel information : What to pack for Uganda safaris?
While preparing for an Uganda safari, honeymoon trip, or vacation there are certain things that you need to come along with to enjoy without any hardships and these include the following;
- Insect repellants
- Under sun hat
- Long-sleeved clothes for trekking safaris
- Binoculars to see distant birds and animals
- Hiking boots for trekking safaris
- Rain gears
- A simple medical kit
travel information : Top best-done activities in Uganda.
- Gorilla safaris
Gorilla safaris are on top of the best-done activities in Uganda as we all know that Uganda is the best destination for gorillas worldwide with half the world’s mountain gorillas, 22 habituated gorilla families with two national parks gifted with these endangered species.
There are two gorilla safaris and that is to say gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation safaris both give you an exclusive time and moment with the mountain gorillas in the wild.
- Bird watching safaris
Uganda’s bird watching safaris are very unique with several endemic bird species that include the Albertine species and the Rwenzori’s bird species.
Among the different birds, you are likely to watch on your Uganda birding safari include the unique shoebill found at the Murchison falls national, mamba swamp, lake Mburo national park, semuliki game reserve, making swamp, lwera swamp, ishasha sector, lugogo swamp, and at the Uganda wildlife educational center.
Some of the birds to expect on your Uganda bird watching safari include the Abyssinian ground hornbill, African darter, African emerald cuckoo, African fish eagle, African green pigeon, African grey parrot, African jacana, African paradise flycatcher, African skimmer, African spoonbill, black and white casqued hornbill, black-headed gonolek, black-winged red bishop, broad-billed roller, cattle egret, common moorhen, common ostrich, crowned lapwing, eastern grey plantain eater, Egyptian goose, giant kingfisher, goliath heron, great blue turaco, great white pelican and many more.
- Reptile safaris
Uganda is a potential reptile destination with various reptile species found at all the national parks and games reserves of Uganda.
Some of the reptiles in Uganda include the Nile crocodiles, Nile monitor lizard, rainbow lizard, Rwenzori three-horned chameleon, and many more.
More so while on your reptile safari in Uganda you will visit the reptile village at Entebbe as soon as you land at the Entebbe airport where you will the rescued reptiles from different areas and these include crocodiles, leopard tortoises, chameleons, lizards, and snakes such as the mambas, puff adders, Gabon vipers, and the forest cobras
- Boat safaris
Boat safaris in Uganda start with the magnificent kazinga channel at queen Elizabeth national park with its lots of hippos, crocodiles, waterbird species, and the variety of mammals that come to take water and these include the elephants, buffalos, antelopes, and many more.
The different boat safari destinations in Uganda include Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park, lake bunyonyi to mention but a few.
- Honeymoon trips
Uganda gives you a serious sense and touch of love both on the side of its lovely water bodies and deep into the jungles and savannahs of its game parks catering for both luxury and budget clients.
Some of the honeymoon destinations in Uganda include munyonyo speke resort, mihingo lodge, mweya safari lodge, sanctuary gorilla forest camp, wild waters lodge, Victoria forest resort, brovad sands lodge, lakeside escape resort, Malakai eco-lodge, and many others.
- Game viewing safaris
For the best game viewing safari, trust me you wouldn’t like to miss out on Uganda’s savannah park with a variety of animals that include the buffalos, zebras, lions, leopards, civets, mongooses, aardwolf, hyenas, pangolins, squirrels, porcupines, hares, reptiles, otter, weasels, badgers, jackals, hogs, cheetahs, African golden cats, caracal, serval, antelopes, elephants, giraffes, hippopotamus, and rhinos.
- White water rafting
Surely for the real and best white water rafting safari, Uganda has to come first on your list with its powerful and natural rapids.
The destination of white water rafting in Uganda is jinja, a city just 81.3 kilometers from Kampala Uganda’s capital making it a 2 hour and 30 minutes drive to reach your water rafting paradise.
- Lion tracking safaris
Uganda is also one of the leading destinations of lion tracking safaris an activity done by brave travelers as you will go into the wild to track the kings of the jungle.
Lion tracking safaris can be done at Queen Elizabeth national park.
- Primate safaris
No one can think of a primate safari and doesn’t think of Uganda next as the country is gifted with 13 primate species and these are led by the endangered mountain gorillas, baboons, Angolan/Rwenzori colobus, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, chimpanzees, de brazza’s monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, l’hoest’s monkey, patas monkeys, red colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, and vervet monkeys,
Primate destinations in Uganda include the Kibale forest national park with 13 species, Bwindi national park for the gorillas, mgahinga national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, and many others.
- Horseback safaris
Imagine watching the different birds and animal species in the wild while riding your horse. This kind of safari is found in Uganda at its lake Mburo national park.
- Hot air balloon safaris
Enjoying an aerial view of the wild is done at Murchison falls national park and Queen Elizabeth national park.
- Rhino tracking safaris
At the zziwa rhino sanctuary will be able to track a member of the big five land mammals(rhino).
This is the only location with rhinos in Uganda and at the zziwa rhino sanctuary, you will also watch the different bird species.
- Wildlife photography and filming safaris
For the best and most productive wildlife photography and filming safari, you will have to visit Uganda’s national park to come up with the best photos and videos of the different birds and animal species in the wild.
- Religious safaris
With Uganda’s anonymous religious history, you can’t miss out on your religious travel plans.
While on your Uganda religious safaris you will visit the namugongo martyrs’ shrines which were dedicated by the 22 martyrs and saints that were killed on the orders of the king.
You will visit the different worshiping places around the hills of Kampala and not leave out the Bahai temple.
- Self-drive safaris
Some travelers feel it better when they are driving themselves that’s why there are different safari cars ready to rent for your self-drive safaris.
travel information : Travel facts about Uganda.
There are several awesome facts about Uganda I bate you never knew about and these include;
- Uganda is the country with the highest concentration of primates worldwide.
- Uganda is the best birder’s location with over 1066 bird species.
- Generous and welcoming citizens
- Tree climbing lions
- The best location for the rare rhino species
- It has the largest land mammal and this is none other than the elephant
- The crossing of the equator.
- The most powerful national waterfalls of Murchison
- Uganda is a hiker’s heaven at its Rwenzori national park
- Uganda has got the second largest freshwater body (Lake Victoria)
- Uganda has got 50 tribes with different cultures and languages
- Lastly, Uganda is the best affordable safari destination worldwide.
travel information : Where to stay on your Uganda safari
Uganda being one of the top safari destinations, it has got the best and well-defined accommodation facilities distributed throughout the country with services of all kinds starting with the luxury ones, mid-range, budget, and the backpacker travelers.
Bwindi impenetrable national park
Ruhija gorilla safari lodge (ruhija sector)
Chameleon hill lodge (rushaga sector)
Rushaga gorilla camp (rushaga sector)
Silverback lodge (buhoma sector)
Mahogany springs lodge (buhoma sector)
Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge (nkuringo sector)
Gorilla mist camp (ruhija sector)
Agandi eco-lodge (ruhija sector)
Ichumbi gorilla lodge (rushaga sector)
Buhoma haven lodge (buhoma sector)
Trekkers tavern cottages (ruhija sector)
Rushaga gorilla haven lodge (rushaga sector)
Buhoma community rest camp (buhom sector)
Crater bay cottages (Budget)
Bunyonyi overland (budget)
Birdnest bunyonyi ( mid-range & luxury)
Arcadia cottages bunyonyi (mid-range & luxury)
Murchison falls national park
Heritage safari lodge (budget)
Pakuba safari lodge (mid-range)
Paraa safari lodge (luxury)
Amuka Lodge (mid-range & luxury)
Budongo eco-lodge (mid-range)
Sambiya River lodge (mid-range)
Red chili rest camp (budget)
Kibale forest national park
Chimpanzee forest guest house (budget &mid-range)
Mountains of the moon hotel (budget & mid-range)
Isunga lodge (mid-range)
Kibale forest camp(mid–range_
Primate Lodge (luxury)
crater safari lodge (luxury)
Queen Elizabeth national park
Mweya safari lodge (luxury)
Enjojo lodge (mid-range)
Simba safari camp(budget)
Elephant hab lodge (mid-range)
Marafiki safari lodge (mid-range)
Lake Mburo national park
Mpogo lodge (budget)
Eagles nest lodge (budget)
Rwakobo rock (mid-range)
Arcadia Mburo (mid-range)
Mihingo lodge (luxury)
Forest cottages (budget)
Kampala Serena hotel (luxury)
Papyrus guest house
2 friends beach hotel