From its towering Rwenzori Mountains to its sprawling Lake Victoria with plenty of natural parks in between, Uganda is a natural paradise. Visitors will love doing some gorilla and chimpanzee tracking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, or take a wildlife safari tour in Murchison Falls Natural Park for some hippo and waterfall sightings.
“The main objective of the holiday was to see chimps and gorillas. The local organisation was well set up to see both of these and we had excellent sightings, and while nothing is certain, one would be very unlucky not to see them both. In addition we saw a lot of other animals including lions, giraffes, elephant, buffalo and various antelope. While this was not a dedicated bird watching trip we nevertheless saw and identified almost 170 species including such specialities as Crowned Crane, Finfoot and the weird, but much sought after, Shoebill Stork.”
“A busy trip to see unique animals and some interesting birds. Particularly good for primates. Quite a few early starts. Most accommodation in basic lodges. Food good. Local people friendly and willing to show us round. The holiday gave me an insight into how people live with basic amenities. Wonderful scenery, particularly towards the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The gorilla trek is tough and the advice to hire a porter to help you with the terrain is good to accept. I would definitely go on this holiday again.”
Uganda was given the title of 'Pearl of Africa' by Winston Churchill for the simple reason that it presents some of the most unique sights in the African continent, despite its relatively small size. A nature lover’s paradise, Uganda is particularly famous as home to Lake Victoria, the largest tropical lake on the planet. The African Great Lakes also ensure the presence of all kinds of landscapes and wildlife and Mount Elgon affording those on a trip to Uganda views to die for.
The country has managed to emerge from the dark and transformed into one of the most beautiful countries of Africa. It still gets a rap for its anti-gay sentiments, but the country is still among the safest travel destinations in the continent.
Look for gorillas in Bwindi National Park
Straddle the equator in Kayabwe
Go white water rafting on the White Nile
Experience the breathtaking rapids of Bujagali Falls
Go chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park
Canoe from island to island across Lake Bunyonyi
Be prepared to pay for your entry tourist visa to Uganda, which costs about USD 50. The visa can be paid upon entering the country, or online before you travel.
The term “mzungu” means ‘white person’, and any white-skinned visitors to Uganda should expect to hear this called out to them regularly as they roam the streets. This is not necessarily a sign of disrespect, and should be embraced!
Uganda is a fairly conservative country. Avoid touching members of the opposite sex in public, and women should dress modestly when holidaying in Uganda. This is especially true in busy cities.
Be sure to ask your doctor for malaria tablets before travelling to Uganda to avoid being exposed to the mosquito-borne disease.
The use of credit cards is limited in Uganda. If you’re lucky enough to find a shop that allows card payment, expect to pay a fee of around 5%. Be sure to always carry some cash, US dollars being the currency of choice.
Uganda has seasonal weather so please do check up on the best time to visit Uganda before planning your tour. And if you’re still hunting for more things to do and places to explore in Uganda, do check out our Uganda Travel Guide for more information.