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Uganda

why

Uganda?

Uganda is a premier destination in its own right, it is lush and green and quite different to its neighbouring countries. This is where you will find the source of the White Nile river and is also home to one of the last refuges for the protected and rare mountain gorilla.

 

Famous for its gorillas and gorilla trekking safaris, Bwindi is, more often than not the first destination on a safari in Uganda but Mountains of the Moon, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Lake Victoria should also be on places you visit. All of them show examples of how well conservation is working and how the people of Uganda are overcoming their historic dictatorship past and re-building a country that Winston Churchill once called the ‘pearl of Africa’.

 

It is small in size compared to some of the other African countries but what it lacks in size it makes up for in sheer beauty, not only the scenery but also the people and their culture.

 

Uganda hosts a huge variety of accommodation but they all have their own unique Ugandan style. The large majority are small and run by their owner so you get a truly authentic experience and an incredible insight into daily life. There are also many different parks and activities to explore and experience.

 

The annual rains start at the end of March and run through until the end of May. The best time to visit is June through to mid October and early December through to the end of March. It does have a tropical feel throughout the year.

    • Population: 41.5 million (2016)
    • Area: 241,038 km2 (79th largest country by area)
    • Capital: Kampala

Bwindi

Impenetrable Forest

An ancient rain forest, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest extends over a series of steep ridges in the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range. Declared a UNESCO world heritage site due to its ecological uniqueness and natural beauty, roughly half of the world’s total gorilla population live in this park. The only park in Africa chimpanzees and gorillas coexist in the same park and home to other primates, forest elephants, and rare birds endemic to the area. Foremost, Bwindi Forest National Park is Gorilla Country with over 400 Gorillas that live there and are thriving because of sound Conservation Practices.

  • Magical Encounters with gorillas.
  • Hike through the impenetrable forest.
  • Incredible birding with over 348 species of birds.
  • Incredible butterflies, frogs and small reptiles.
  • Visit the Batwa people.

Kibale

National Park

Kibale National Park is one of the loveliest and most rewarding destinations to explore in Uganda. Tropical forest dominates the northern and central parts of the park on an elevated plateau but this is interspersed with patches of grassland and swamp.

While Kibale is famously known for Chimpanzee tracking, the park is also home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee. It also contains over 375 species of birds.

Kibale adjoins Queen Elizabeth National Park to the south to create a 180km-long corridor for wildlife between Ishasha, the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Sebitoli in the north of Kibale National Park.
The park lies close to the tranquil Ndali-Kasenda crater area and within half a day’s drive of the Queen Elizabeth, Rwenzori Mountains and Semuliki National Parks, as well as the Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve.

  • Chimpanzee Tracking & Habituation.
  • Birding.
  • Hiking & Nature Walks.
  • Cultural Encounters.

Queen Elizabeth

National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is a bird lovers haven, the park has a variety of flora and fauna and it’s acknowledged to be a habitat for over 95 mammal species with about 612 species of birds.
Not only are there birds though, the park is also home to Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, waterbuck, warthlog, lion, leopard, hyena, giant forest hog as well as elephants. Topis can only be discovered in Ishasha and forest primate found in Kyambura gorge in addition to Maramagambo forest.

Mweya Peninsula overlooks Katwe bay of Lake Edward

Ishasha Tree Climbing Lions
Ishasha covers an area of about 100km south of Mweya. Among the inhabitants in this place include savannah woodland, Ishasha River along with Lake Edward that has a diversity of wildlife such as climbing lions, rare shoebill stork and many others.

Kazinga Channel is about 40m long adjoining Lake Gorge to Lake Edward. The shores of the lake attract a large concentration of mammals, birds as well as reptiles all year around.

  • Ishasa Tree Climbing Lions
  • Birding
  • Boat Safari and Game drives
  • Chimpanzee Tracking
  • Hiking
  • Lion Research & Mongoose Tracking
  •  Kyambura Wildlife Reserve

Lake Mburo

National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is an incredibly special place; it is alive with variety, interest and colour. The attractive 158 square miles acacia-dotted savanna of Olea and Boscia is home to 68 mammal species. The Park contains an extensive area of wetland and harbors several species of mammals not found anywhere else in Uganda, including zebra and impala. The 315 bird species include the rare Shoebill Stork and African Finfoot.
Lake Mburo has a varied mosaic of habitats and landscapes: forests, rich acacia tree valleys, grass lands and seasonal and permanent swamps. The park is with 370 square km the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks.
The main lake of the park is Lake Mburo. Here you’ll see hippos wallowing in the water and large crocodiles lurking on the shores. Birds include cormorant, fish eagle, pelican, heron and many more.

  • Safaris & game drives
  • Night safari with a good chance of seeing leopards
  • Walking safaris
  • Boat trip on Lake Mburo to see birds, crocodiles and hippos
  • Birding
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