Uganda

The Pearl of Africa awaits you, rich in wildlife and natural beauty.

 Mountain gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, UgandaWhere else, in the space of ten days, can one hike to within meters of endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees; navigate the waterways in search of the elusive the shoebill bird, hippos and elephant; explore the savannah grasslands teaming with thousands of topi, Ugandan Kob antelope and buffalo; or get to witness Uganda’s legendary tree-climbing lions? And if the above is not enough, Uganda is a birder’s paradise with 1008 recorded species. It is also the source of the longest river in the world, the River Nile. 

Uganda is landlocked in the heart of Africa. Straddling the Equator, its shores lie on the majestic Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa and second largest freshwater lake in the world! If you think that typical African countryside does not offer you endless rolling green hills, snow-capped mountains, misty forests and deep, crystal clear lakes, then you haven’t been to Uganda!

Even though Uganda is a small country, it offers all of this and a lot more, including white water rafting, exceptional game viewing, birding and some fantastic hiking. It’s here that the eastern savannah meets the west African jungle. In a nutshell, there is no other African destination that offers such a diverse variety of activities and wildlife encounters.

 

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Location

East Africa

Currency

Ugandan Shilling (UGX)

Visa

Valid passport required; Visa on arrival at all the main points of entry; USD100 per single entry. (July 2015)

Seasons

Tropical with two dry seasons – Dry: December to February & June to August; Wet: March to May & mid-September to mid-December

Time

GMT +3 (1 hour ahead of South Africa)

Electricity

220V–240V @ 50Hz; plugs are mostly UK-style, square 3-pin

Health

Yellow fever inoculation is mandatory; malaria is present

  • Tracking chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys, and the rare mountain gorillas
  • The highest concentration of primates on Earth (13 in total including nocturnal species)
  • Dramatic scenery – sweeping grasslands, banana-laden valleys, shimmering crater lakes, stunning waterfalls, towering glacier-capped mountains and awe-inspiring wildlife
  • Phenomenal bird watching, with over 1015 recorded species
  • Guided bush walks in a variety of national parks and evergreen forests
  • Phenomenal game viewing
  • Spectacular waterfalls
  • The source of the Nile River
  • White water rafting on the Nile
  • Outstanding fresh water fishing
  • Tree-climbing lions
  • Cultural and community excursions including local Batwa Pygmy’s, schools, village tours, Ankole cows and ancient tombs
  • Warm, friendly people
  • Climb the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains, the 3rd highest in Africa

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