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.
“Wow! This trip was absolutely amazing. We were so lucky to see all of the animals, including the big 6. (Lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, cape buffalo and gorilla.) There were plenty of sightings of elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, various antelopes and heaps of different monkeys. My absolute highlight was the trek to see the chimpanzees. These apes have such personality and we saw them playing, eating and it seemed as though they were having an absolute ball! The gorillas were also another highlight, and we were extremely lucky with the weather and not having to trek very far through the jungle. We were also very privileged to see 1 of the 25 tree climbing lions that live in the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The food was delicious and the accommodation, which located in some gorgeous settings, was always different (ranging from permanent tent sites to cabins to hotels and resort). Really this trip was an experience not to be missed.”
“If Gorilla trekking is on your bucket list (as it was on mine), this is the trip for you. Added bonus, is the chimp trekking and game viewing by vehicle and by boat. The accommodations were fantastic and the food was really good and very plentiful. The Ugandan people were very friendly and the service we received surpassed expectations.”
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.