Uganda

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Our lodges in Uganda

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Queen Elizabeth National Park
Bwindi Lodge

Bwindi Lodge

Bwindi
Mount Gahinga Lodge

Mount Gahinga Lodge

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Why we recommend Uganda

  • Known rightly as 'The Pearl of Africa' for its unspoiled rainforests and diversity of wildlife
  • Meet any number of primates from Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi to chimpanzees and Kibale monkeys
  • Explore the dense rainforests and a thousand species of birdlife that it houses
Map of Uganda
About Uganda

Lying within the Nile basin, Uganda straddles the Equator between the eastern and western branches of the Great Rift Valley and is home to some of the most varied terrain in Africa. In turn this variety offers a wealth of different experiences and wildlife encounters for international tourists. With a quarter of its surface area made up of sparkling crater lakes, streams and rivers, Uganda is a country of surprises. Intricately terraced hillsides, volcanoes, open savannahs and abundant wildlife abound and, of course, the endangered mountain gorillas - perhaps the most famous of Uganda’s inhabitants.

Home to over 1,000 species, many of which are endemic, Uganda is East Africa’s less-travelled gem and has something to offer everyone - but it’s the close encounters with the mountain gorillas that will make you feel like an extra in a David Attenborough wildlife special.

The majestic mountain gorillas aside, Uganda is a melting pot of experiences. Visit the roaring Murchison Falls and witness the Nile squeezing through an eight-yard gap, be inspired by the spectacular birdlife and look for rare tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

British Airways have recently withdrawn their longstanding direct flight to Uganda and most visitors now choose to travel via the Middle East or other African capitals to fly into Entebbe. Within Uganda getting around can involve long hours spent on bumpy roads, but recently seat in plan rates for charter flights connecting the different safari destinations have made access and itineraries combining multiple locations within the country much easier. It is also easy to combine neighbouring countries with an experience in Uganda, a safari in Kenya perhaps or the easy cross-border hop from Rwanda.

The climate in Uganda is largely reflective of most of East Africa, straddling the Equator there is little fluctuation in temperature across the year. However, it is possible to identify distinct wet and dry seasons. The dry season normally runs from May to September and again from December to February, these are the most popular times to visit.

Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls is Uganda’s largest national park. Animals here are plentiful in supply and the raging Murchison Falls is a sight to behold as the mighty Nile explodes through a narrow gap in the Rift Valley escarpment.

Regular encounters on safari include elephant, buffalo, lion, giraffe and a variety of antelope while the Nile is home to some of Africa’s densest crocodile and hippo populations. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get a glimpse of the rare and prehistoric shoebill stalk – a bucket list sighting for many.

True Luxury Travel’s top tip would be to take a boat trip to the foot of the falls to see one of the most powerful surges of water in the world.


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Home to almost half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is, for many visitors to Uganda, the main event. In our opinion, tracking these extraordinary animals in their natural environment is without doubt one of the most memorable travel experiences anyone can have. An hour in their company will stay with you for a lifetime.

Expert guides will lead you through the dense jungle to the gorilla group you’ve been allocated and lucky visitors might see forest elephants, African golden cats and the rare giant hog on their journey too. This biologically diverse region is thought of as one of East Africa’s most famous national parks and rightly so as far as we’re concerned!

Snapshot of Uganda

Capital city: Kampala
Flight time: 8.2hrs from UK
Language: English, Swahili
Population: 37 million
Religions: Christianity, Islam
Sun hours / day: 7
Max. temperature: 23
Min. temperature: 22

Seasons in Uganda

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Peak Mid Low
Where to go

Bwindi National Park

Bwindi National Park is situated in south-western Uganda and lies along the Democratic Republic of Congo border. It is made up of low land rainforest which is only accessible on foot, and home to a incredible diversity of wildlife, including the famous mountain gorillas.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is situated in the far south-west corner of Uganda, right on the border with Rwanda, cornering the northern slopes of the three Virunga volcanoes.

The huge cones of these volcanoes dominate the landscape and produce exceptional vistas. Mountains such as these have provided a refuge for plants and animals through the ages, which have moved up or down the slopes as climate became warmer or cooler. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also home to a large variety of wildlife, including about half the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Nestled between Lakes George and Albert, Queen Elizabeth National Park is characterised by open savannah dotted with acacia, is rich in wildlife and is a haven for bird-watchers. There is plenty to marvel at on safari. Plains game, leopard, elephants and rare tree climbing lions are framed by the ice-covered peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains or ‘Mountains of the Moon’ as they are often referred.

The park also plays host to the world’s highest concentration of hippos which can be found in the Kazinga Channel. We recommend taking a boat trip to get up-close to this magnificent sight while being able to enjoy the vast array of birds and other wildlife who come here to drink.
A particular highlight for us though is trekking in the steeply forested sides of the Kyambura Gorge to see the habituated chimpanzees crash through the high canopy of the forests.

Practical info

Currency

Currency: Ugandan Shilling (UGX) but dollars are widely accepted in Uganda.
Credit and Debit cards: MasterCard’s are not taken in ATM's across the country. If you have a VISA ATM card then there is a wide network of ATMs that will give you money and at better rates than from the bureaux de changes. Standard Chartered is the best bet.

Travelling with Children

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Passports and Visas

Passports: Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Uganda. You must at least have 1 blank page is required.

Visas: British, American and other citizens require a Visa to enter Uganda. A single entry visa is valid for three months from the date of issue and costs 35 (in the UK) or $50 (at entry point in Uganda). Visa fees must be paid in cash (exact money please) or a postal money order payable to UGANDA HIGH COMMISSION, on submission of visa application. Cheques are not accepted. Please note that the visa fee is non-refundable. A six-month multiple entry visa costs 80 (eighty pounds).
We advise you get your visa prior to travelling to Tanzania to avoid airport queues.

Vaccinations

We recommend that you consult with your doctor 6-8 weeks in advance of travel.
Make sure: Routine vaccinations are up to date including, measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), chicken pox (varicella), diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus (DPT), influenza and Polio vaccinations.
We advise: Hepatitis A, Malaria, Yellow Fever and Typhoid vaccinations.
Consider: Polio, Hepatitis B, Meningitis and Rabies vaccinations.
Yellow Fever: The Government of Uganda requires everybody over the age of 1 to have a valid vaccination certificate if you are arriving from a country (even in transit) with a Yellow Fever risk.
Malaria: Uganda is a high-risk country; therefore antimalarials are advised year round. Speak to your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets such as Malarone or Doxycycline and avoid mosquito bites by covering up and using insect repellent.

Insurance

Comprehensive travel insurance is essential, including medical cover. We also highly recommend trip cancellation cover.

You are 100% financially protected through our membership of the Travel Trust Association.

Weather

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B 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 16 17 17 17 17
C 46 61 130 175 147 74 46 86 91 97 122 99

A = Maximum average temperature (C)
B = Minimum average temperature (C)
C = Average rainfall (mm)

The best game viewing months in Uganda are during the dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Uganda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet and one can’t avoid rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies often open up to bright sunshine.

Weather

Uganda JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC
min. temperature ( ℃ ) 18 18 18 18 17 17 17 16 17 17 17 17
Max. temperature ( ℃ ) 28 28 27 26 25 25 25 25 27 27 27 29
Rainfall ( mm ) 46 61 130 175 147 74 46 86 91 97 122 99

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