UGANDA SAFARI TOURS, UGANDA GORILLA TREKKING SAFARIS, UGANDA WILDLIFE SAFARIS TOURS
Uganda Safari Tours – Uganda Gorilla Safari, Wildlife safari in Uganda trips, Uganda Holiday Tours. We offer Customized private & group Uganda wildlife safaris, Uganda gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, culture tours in Rwanda, mountain climbing & Chimpanzee trekking safari in Rwanda. Thinking of Uganda safari tours? See attractions, best time to go, what to do and tour companies taking you there and itineraries. Uganda is a home to abundant wildlife including the endemic, endangered, and critically endangered and the vulnerable species as listed on the IUCN red list. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has in possession a minimum of 400 critically endangered Mountain gorillas while the adjacent Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is part of the Greater Virunga landscape that is a home to the remaining 480 mountain gorillas. This puts Uganda as the top country in the world to have highest count of Mountain gorillas a reason for the flourishing of gorilla safaris in Uganda. Besides Mountain gorillas, Uganda features a count of endangered golden Monkeys in Mgahinga National Park and Common Chimpanzees in dense forests of Kibale, Kalinzu, Kyambura gorge, Semliki and Budongo along with other smaller primate species including Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboon, Vervet Monkeys, Red colobus Monkey, the endemic Ugandan Mangabey among others.
The African Big five have thrived in Uganda since time memorial and the conservation efforts have helped to restore those that had got extinct like the Rhinoceros. The extensive savannah landscapes of Murchison, Queen Elizabeth and Kidepo National Park feature Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes and Leopard while the only count of Rhinos in Uganda thrive at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary adjacent to Murchison Falls National Park. The population of the endangered Rothschild Giraffes thrive in Murchison Falls and Lake Mburo National Park while Cheetah and other four predator species are endemic to Kidepo on Ugandan standards. Uganda is also by no means an ordinary birding destination. With 50% of the African bird species and the 11% of the global count, Uganda features 1,057 bird species spread in her range of diverse ecosystems forming a rich ground for Uganda birding safaris. The endemic Fox Weaver is common in Opeta- Bisina wetland system while the Vulnerable and the most sought-after Shoe bill stork thrives along the Nile banks in Murchison, the Mabamba swamps on the north shores of Lake Victoria and the southern Marsh of Lake Edward.
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Uganda is Positioned to the East of Africa and crossed by the Equator, Uganda is a tropical country featuring both forested, water and savannah landscapes that have favoured the existence of enormous wild game and primates. At 1 00 N, 32 00 E, Uganda lies on the East African Plateau at an elevation of 1,100 metres above sea level inclined to the north adjoining the South Sudanese plains. Covering a total geographical landscape of 241,038 sq km where 197,100 sq km is land while 43,938 sq km is under water, the country is marked by remarkable beauty that has won the hearts of profound personalities including Churchill who crowned it the Pearl of Africa. From the ancient snowcapped Mountains of the moon – the Rwenzoris (5,109m) to the 100m deep Kyambura Gorge, Uganda’s physical landscape is aesthetically endowed with rolling hills like those of Kigezi in South Western Uganda, Volcanic Mountains like Mount Elgon, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo, rift valley escarpments including Kichwamba and Butiaba, the extensive valleys on the floor of the rift valley intercepted by series of lakes like Edward, George and Albert, explosion crater fields like the Bunyaruguru, Ndali-Kasenda, Katwe Explosion and Fort Portal and the Victoria – Kyoga basin with an opening to the north generating world’s longest Nile River.
UGANDA GORILLA TREKKING SAFARIS TOURS – UGANDA SAFARI TOURS
The 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Park has gorilla trekking as the prime activity and relaxation on Lake Bunyonyi dubbed the lake of a thousand Islands thereafter. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has 400 out of the 880 mountain gorilla numbers that currently live in the world.
The 5 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari & Chimpanzee Trekking Uganda Tour takes you to Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The prime safari activities include the gorilla tracking and chimpanzee trekking. Encountering the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats and the chimpanzees
The 6 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Chimpanzee Trekking Wildlife Tour is one of the interesting safari tours that one can have in Uganda. Customized to the travelers’ interests, the encounter takes you through the memorable chimpanzee trekking in the primate capital of the world, cultural encounters at Rwenzori Art foundation and Ruboni Craft Center
The 8 Days Uganda Safari Wildlife Safari features Uganda’s prime safari destinations of Murchison, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The prime activities include wild game viewing where you explore the Big five including Rhinos on Ziwa Sanctuary, elephants, leopards, lions and Buffaloes in Murchison Falls.
The 10 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Wildlife and Adventure Tour is among our newly introduced packages that feature novelty products on the market. The Safari commences and ends in Kampala featuring cycling in the tea estates of Mpanga, the heritage tours in Amabere caves, adventure hike to the Fort Portal crater lake field and the Rwenzori
The 12 Days Upper Nile Adventure is an impressive safari package that features the northern section of Uganda and do not involve gorilla trekking and the entire south west destinations. The safari involves white water rafting in Jinja, the Mount Elgon hiking, Sipi falls tour, the remarkable wild game viewing in Kidepo Valley National Park
The 13 Days Gorilla Safari Tour Wildlife Safari in Uganda features a range of beautiful destination that fall within in the famous Albertine rift valley. The safari involves wild game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park where the Big five of land animals can be encounteeed including elephant, lions, Buffalos, leopards and Rhinos in the neighboring Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
The 14 Days Gorilla Safari Uganda Tour is an impressive medium safari package that is suitable for a fortnight holiday. The Safari features a perfect blend of culture, adventure, wildlife viewing, primate tracking and recreation. The Safari takes you to Lake Mburo National Park where counts of Rothschild giraffes, Impala, Burchell’s Zebra, Topis
The 15 Days Gorilla Safari Uganda Tour allows you to explore the wonders of the River Nile Basin. Starting from and ending in Entebbe, the 15 Days Gorilla Safari Uganda Tour takes you to Jinja the source of the world’s longest Nile River for a memorable white water rafting, wild game viewing in Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls.
The 16 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Wildlife & Mountaineering Safari Tour is long Uganda safari package that features the areas along the Equator in detail. The safari starts and ends in Entebbe and takes you to Jinja for white water rafting and the source of River Nile tour, Fort Portal Area with its impressive crater field and the Amabere caves
The 20 Days Uganda Grand Safari Tour is a complete Uganda safari package that allows you to explore Uganda from East to west bringing out all the unique features in detail. The safari features Kidepo Valley National Park including the hike to indigenous Karimojong on the Morungole Mountains
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The 2 Days Uganda Safari to Queen Elizabeth NP is a short safari that will fit in your weekend break. It takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park one of the most popular Uganda safari destinations. The safari features a game drive where possibilities of encountering
The 3 Days Uganda Safari to Murchison Falls NP allows you to explore the Big five of land animals namely; the Rhinos which exist in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, the Buffaloes, elephants, lions and leopards. This comes along with other wild game including Rothschild Giraffes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Oribis, waterbucks among others.
The 5 Days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari takes you to Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The prime safari activities include the gorilla tracking and chimpanzee trekking. Encountering the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats and the chimpanzees
The 8 Days Uganda Safari features Uganda’s prime safari destinations of Murchison, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The prime activities include wild game viewing where you explore the Big five including Rhinos on Ziwa Sanctuary, elephants, leopards, lions and Buffaloes in Murchison Falls
The 10 Days Uganda Gorilla, Wildlife and Adventure Safari is among our newly introduced packages that feature novelty products on the market. The Safari commences and ends in Kampala featuring cycling in the tea estates of Mpanga, the heritage tours in Amabere caves, adventure hike to the Fort Portal crater lake field and the Rwenzori Mountains, the cultural tours at Rwenzori Art foundation
The 3 Days Uganda Safari to Queen Elizabeth NP features wild game viewing, recreational boat cruise and chimpanzee trekking. Queen Elizabeth NP also referred to as the medley of wonders boasts of being the most popular destination in Uganda with a diverse ecosystem that features forested, savannah grassland, water environments and wetlands supporting counts of big game
Relationship between Gorillas & Humans
From the beginning, the human was part of the Hominidae taxonomy family while the Apes were listed under the Pongidae taxonomic family. The distinction between these two resulted from the anatomy specialization, differing locomotion and the highly developed human brain. But overtime, this has been discarded and with the ranking of Chimpanzees close to humans followed by gorillas and Orangutans respectively. The scientific studies show that the composition in the genes of these apes matches that of humans to a greater extent with a minor variation in the DNA. The gorillas differ from humans by 1.6% while the chimpanzee differs by 1.2% from humans. read more about gorilla facts
Gorilla Permit Booking Information
The gorilla permits booking for all the destinations of Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are made at the Uganda Wildlife Authority head Reservations Office on Plot 7 Kiira Road Kamwokya. An advance inquiry on the availability of the permit on the respective date of tracking before the decision is made to fix the tracking date. Upon confirming the availability, one has to request for the booking by paying either in cash or through a bank transfer using the details provided. In situation where you are using the travel agent, you have to transfer the money to the agent who will then effect the booking. After paying, the receipt is generated to confirm the booking and you can opt to print the permit or print later if the tracking date is not so close.
Payment Terms for Uganda Gorilla Permit
Uganda Wildlife Authority recognizes the following payment forms;
- Cash Payment (US dollars, Uganda shillings, Great Britain Pounds and Euros)
- Bank Wire Transfers (less of bank charges)
- Traveler’s Cheques at existing exchange rate (1% of the paid amount is bank charge)
Gorilla Permit Price for Uganda
The gorilla permit for Uganda is priced in a range of three (3) categories; the Non Foreign resident, Foreign residents in East Africa holding two (2) years immigration permit in the passport and eventually the Uganda Citizens. Foreign Non Residents Foreign Residents Uganda Citizens $600 $500 250,000/= $450 $400 150,000/= Low Season (April, May & November)
- It is advisable to turn away your head and cover the nose in case of the need to sneeze or cough close to the gorillas.
- Maintain a 7m rule. The further the distance, the more relaxed, the gorilla family will be.
- Desist from smoking, drinking or eating while with the gorillas
- Avoid leaving rubbish in the park including food containers as they attract bacteria which in turn can cause diseases to gorillas.
- In the event where there is a need for the toilet, kindly let the guide know of the situation and he will dig you a hole which you can use and then cover after use.
- If you need to go to the toilet while in the forest, please ask the guide to dig you a hole. He will fill it when you have finished.
When to track Mountain gorillas in Uganda
The Mountain gorilla tracking in Uganda can be carried out throughout the year. However, the drier months of June, July, August, early September, December through January to February seem to be favorable. The rainy months like April, May and November tend to make the forest so wet, surfaces slippery and muddy thus making the trek a little challenging than in dry season. The other months of March and October are at the beginning of the rainy season and the end of the dry season which makes them good as well for gorilla trekking. However, it can be noted that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park being a dense tropical jungle can receive rain at any time of the day and the year thus there is no guarantee that it won’t rain.
The Age Limit for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
The age limit for gorilla trekking is limited to fifteen (15) years. The children below this age are not allowed to track. For Chimpanzee trekking, the age limit is 12 years. The Uganda Entry and Exit Requirements Passport For one to enter Uganda, he / she is supposed to have a valid passport that is issued by the origin country. The passport has to be valid for six (6) months from the date of entry and with at least one blank space from where the Visa can be stamped. However, the citizens of the East African community do not need passports to enter Uganda. An admissible temporary document along with their national identity card can work in form of passports.
WHERE TO STAY ON YOUR SAFARI IN UGANDA
Kampala as Capital City of Uganda has a stylish collection of individually designed hotels offering first-class accommodation services across the city. Modern function spaces are flexible for conferences, exhibitions and private event use, and are equipped with WI-Fi integration and most importantly, natural daylight or high specification intelligent lighting in all suites. The city is served with all types of accommodations right from luxury/upmarket, Mid-range to Budget hotels as seen below;Kampala Serena Hotel is an inspirational blend of 5-star polish, pan-African panache, social style and business reliability. Strategically located at the Centre of Kampala Business district, Kampala Serena hotel sprawls on 7.2 acres of landscaped grounds and water gardens. An oasis of cool and green, encircled by the seven hills of Kampala, the hotel is focal point for regional, national, business ,political and social life
Entebbe International Airport is the main international airport in Uganda and is located near the town of Entebbe, which is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Other attractions in the area include the Entebbe Wildlife Education Center, the Entebbe Golf Course and the Sesse Islands. There are several hotels located near these attractions and within 5 minutes of the airport.Entebbe International Airport is the main international airport in Uganda and is located near the town of Entebbe, which is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Other attractions in the area include the Entebbe Wildlife Education Center, the Entebbe Golf Course and the Sesse Islands. There are several hotels located near these attractions and within 5 minutes of the airport.
Jinja is the second largest towns in Uganda and the former industrial town of Uganda. Jinja described as adventure capital of Uganda is endowed with a number of tourist attractions and place where the world’s longest river “The Nile River” sets of its course of 90 days to the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt.
Jinja is located about 80kms East of Kampala Uganda’s capital city and is accessible by road, and air in small air craft and a number of tourists visit to see the sources of the Nile, to do Birding in Uganda’s Mabira forest, Bunjee jumping on the Nile, Sunset Cruise on the Nile, White water rafting and spot fishing.
This famous tourism destination in Uganda is served with number of hotels, lodges, apartments that range from budget, mid-range to luxury. All these are established to cater for all categorizes of visitor on business or leisure stay in Jinja.
Located on the junction to Kasese 2 kilometers from the Mbara town Centre, Lake View Mbarara Hotel is a large modern multi storied hotel set in its own serene environment. The perfect location of the park makes it a convenient stop over offering overnight accommodation to tourists travelling to and from south -Western Uganda as well as visitors to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake View Resort Hotel offers accommodation in 70 tastefully designed rooms with Adjoining Rooms for Families, Air-conditioning, and ensuite Bathroom. At Lake View Resort Hotel, you are free to choose from the hotel wide- range of Standard or Superior rooms. With over 15 years’ experience in event placement and organization, Lake View Resort has the very best venues for your conferences, board meetings, training sessions and parties in Mbarara.
Mbale District is one of the largest districts located in eastern Uganda and is home to Uganda’s second highest mountain, the Mt. Elgon. Mbale is mainly covered by hills and a very famous agricultural town of Uganda. Mbale is mainly occupied by the Bagisu tribe and the local language used is Lugisu , though English and Swahili are also used. Mbale town is one of the towns in Uganda that receive a large population of travellers mainly hikers and those interested in cultural tourism. Below is a list of affordable hotels in Mbale, that one can choose from while on his or her next tour to Mbale.Mbale Resort Hotel is a five-star hotel situated in the Centre of Mbale town. The hotel is located within a walking distance from different places of including the Elgon Ranges, the historic Rocks precinct, Mbale Opera House and the beautiful Botanic Gardens, local market, super Markets among other places.
The hotel has 94 rooms where visitors can experience luxury Mbale accommodation. Some of the rooms have balconies with spectacular panoramic views of the Wanale, the Pool and the Amphitheater. All rooms have carpeted floors, Satellite TV, High Speed Wifi, Room service, Mini bar, Coffee and tea making facilities, Dresser and easy chair, Room telephone, Air conditioning, Hair driers and Bathrobe and slippers Mbale Resort Hotel has 3 restaurants and 2 bars
Fort Portal Town in western Uganda is a major tourist herb and the cleanest town in Uganda. Located in the foot hills of Mountain Rwenzori also nicked named Mountains of the Moon, Fort portal is a gateway to different national parks including Kibale, Semuliki, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable, Rwenzori and Toro-Semuliki Wildlife reserves. It is famous for the stalagmites and Nyakasura waterfalls linked to the rich Chwezi culture. The area is surrounded by scenic crater lakes, beautiful tea plantations and the Rwenzori mountain ranges besides a cool climate and hospitable people boasting of the youngest and most handsome king in the world. It is also known for the Bigodi wetland sanctuary. With search attractions, comes with them a variety of hotels and below is a list of the affordable world class hotels in Fort portal. Fort Motel is one of the most popular hotels in Fort Portal, thanks to its unique location in the heart of the town. With our modern rooms and suites that feature beautiful views of the Rwenzori Mountains and endless greenery that is characteristic of Fort Portal. Our guests soon discover the unique ambiance of gracious living which is without equal in our locality.
The hotel is conveniently situated in a quiet location just a little outside Gulu Town Center off the main road to Juba in an enticingly serene natural green environment. Wherever your final destination, whether you are travelling for business or pleasure we guarantee your satisfaction.
The hotel has 28 spacious rooms designed with your comfort in mind. The hotel rooms are distributed as 4 Executive Suites, 2 Deluxe Twin rooms, 2 Executive Deluxe rooms, 8 Suite Single rooms and 12 Deluxe Single .The rooms are fully self-contained and have features like en-suite with solar water heaters, Bath and/or showers, 21-inch color TV’s showing local and satellite channels, Intercom system, Spacious study area with reading desk and light as well as Complimentary wireless internet connection.
The hotel also has tastefully designed multipurpose hall for conferences, seminars and workshops with 200 seat capacity and air-conditioning.
UGANDA NATIONAL PARKS AND OTHER AREAS YOU CAN VISIT
Kampala is the capital city and largest urban center of Uganda. The city is the administrative center of the central region and is wholly en-circled by Wakiso district. It lies on a total area of about 200Km² and is subdivided into 5 administrative regions. The divisions include Kawempe, Rubaga, Makindye, Central and Nakawa.
MAP OF UGANDA AND THE NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
Uganda like any other sovereign country requires one to be in possession of her visa if he / she is to enter into her boundaries except the nationals of the Visa exempt countries. Uganda Visa is secured both on arrival at the main gateways including Entebbe International Airport and the key land border crossings with the neighboring countries at a cost of $100 per person and through her foreign embassies and consulates in the respective countries. The foreign residents in the East African Community do not require pay for the Uganda Visa just like the East African Community Citizens.
Visa Exemption for Uganda
Uganda exempts the nationals of the following countries from paying for her Visa. The Citizens of the East African Community member states namely; Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania; Nationals of the COMESA member states including; Madagascar, Angola, Eritrea, Seychelles, Swaziland, Comoros, Zambia, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Mauritius and the Nationals of the friendly countries namely; Barbados, Antigua, Fiji, Lesotho, Grenada, Sierra Leone, The Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Cyprus, Ghana, Bahamas, Gambia, Belize, St. Vincent-Tonga, Jamaica, Singapore and Malta.
Uganda Visa Duration
The Single Tourist Visa for Uganda is set to last a period of 90 days and does not allow one to engage in paid work or Volunteer work as it is limited to visiting friends and family and touring.
East Africa Single Tourist Visa
Uganda is member of the northern corridor integration and under the Joint Tourism Approach, one can visit Uganda Rwanda and Kenya on the same Visa valid for 90 days at a price of $100 per person paid once. This can be obtained upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport and through the Ugandan embassy or consulate in the respective country.
The vaccination against Yellow Fever is a pre-condition for one to enter Uganda. The Yellow Fever Vaccination might be required upon entering the country.