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Landscape in Uganda, Africa. Luxury travel

Uganda

The Pearl of Africa
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Summary

Once you’ve trekked through the dripping Ugandan jungle of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see one of the world’s few remaining mountain gorillas up close, you’ll never be the same. Less than 900 mountains gorillas are left in the wild and just over half of these live in Uganda. Seeing them is an experience like no other.

Uganda is one of the best destinations in Africa to ad to your safari holiday travels. Rivers teem with the world’s highest concentration of hippo, chimpanzees and countless monkeys play in the forests and more than 1,000 species of bird fill the skies. After decades of conflict, the Pearl of Africa is once again one of the continent’s prized destinations.

Discover the best time to travel to Uganda. The monthly average temperatures and rainfall below are for Uganda’s capital city Kampala. Please note, the geographic terrain varies across the country and therefore so does the weather. Talk to us to find out the best time to visit specific locations within Uganda.

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Highlights

  • Uganda boast an abundant anount of wildlife, including the Big 5, and some that you won’t find in other countries, like chimps and the rare tree-climbing lions in Ishasha.
  • Discover Uganda’s remote Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria, tiny dots that are largely uninhabited yet perfect for some down time.
  • Stay in a small but high quality selection of luxury lodges and camps, centred around most national parks and key gorilla trekking regions.
  • Go white water rafting down the White Nile River, home to some of the world’s best grade five rapids – and more than a few crocodiles.
  • Feel totally at ease with an overwhelmingly friendly population who are always happy to welcome visitors to their nation.

Start your journey
Gorilla trekking in Uganda, Africa
Price Guide for Uganda $AUS 800-1350
$USD 600-1000
Per person, per day

General inclusions: safari camps or hotels, regional flights, ground transfers, guided excursions, most meals. Seasonality affects the price of accommodation and travelling in low season may reduce the price. Single supplements may also apply.

The amazingly welcoming people make it a place that will stay with you forever.

Ben Groundwater, Sydney Morning Herald

When to travel

It can be hard to track gorillas in the rain and mud. Uganda is overall a cool, wet country with high rainfall, so it’s best to time your visit in one of the two dry seasons from January to February or June to September. Uganda is regarded as the premier birding destination in Africa, so while it’s good all year round you’ll find millions of birds in the sky between November and April. The White Nile is dam controlled, so rafting is possible any time of year.

Discover the best time to travel to Uganda. The monthly average temperatures and rainfall below are for Uganda’s capital city Kampala. Please note, the geographic terrain varies across the country and therefore so does the weather. Talk to us to find out the best time to visit specific locations within Uganda.

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FAQ

1. How do I get to & around Uganda?

Entebbe international airport is serviced by the core Middle Eastern carriers and is easily accessible from Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa. Private transfers and guided excursions will transport you around the country.

2. How long should I spend in Uganda?

A week for gorilla trekking and a further 2-3 weeks to explore Kibale Forest National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park to discover other great highlights of Uganda.

3. Will Uganda suit my travel style?

Uganda is a great destination for all travelers. It’s especially perfect for those who want to see rare and magnificent wildlife. Bird watching enthusiasts who will find over 1000 species here and those wanting to see primates including gorillas and chimpanzees will fulfill their wish – over half of the world’s Gorilla population reside in Uganda. Uganda also has some great luxury safaris to experience the big 5 animals and wonderful accommodation options.

4. What attractions and experiences can I find in Uganda?

Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria, White Nile River, birding, gorilla trekking, wildlife safaris.

5. What is the overall vibe of Uganda?

Uganda is a safe, stable and welcoming destination for travellers. Feel totally at ease with an overwhelmingly friendly population and experienced local guides who are always happy to welcome a visitor to their beautiful country.

6. What essential information should I know before visiting Uganda?

Currency: Ugandan shilling.

Visa: Australian citizens require an entry visa for Uganda. You can obtain a visa at the port of entry upon payment of the visa fee or in advance at an embassy. The price differs based on number of entries into the country and start from US$100 for a single entry three-month visa. Also available is the East Africa tourist visa for US$100, valid for 90 days, that will give you entry to Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.

Health: Anti-malarial’s are required as well as Hepatitis A, Typhoid and Yellow Fever. We recommend visiting your travel doctor for the latest information on travel vaccinations.

Language: English is an official language in Uganda along with Swahili.

Capital: Kampala.

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