Travel to Uganda
Mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, birds, butterflies and the source of the River Nile
This lush and beautiful country is a melting pot of ecosystems home to the world’s highest density of primates, an incredible diversity of plants and animals, the source of the River Nile at Lake Victoria and over 1,000 species of birds. Uganda offers more than just natural draws, though, featuring activities like river rafting, visits to traditional villages and volcano hiking to round out a unique African adventure.
UGANDA NATIONAL PARKS AND REGIONS
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – A UNESCO World Heritage Site protecting mountain gorillas and Africa’s richest flora.
Kibale Forest National Park – This tropical rain forest is home to the highest density of primates in the world and is the best place in Uganda for chimpanzee trekking.
Mgahinga National Park – Uganda’s smallest and arguably most scenic National Park is one of two places in the country where mountain gorillas live.
Murchison Falls National Park – The largest National Park in Uganda is stunning African savannah bisected by the mighty River Nile; it’s filled with dramatic scenery and numerous chimpanzees.
Queen Elizabeth National Park – The most popular and game rich wildlife park in Uganda is home to chimpanzees, lions, leopards, elephants, giant forest hogs and an astonishing 606 species of birds.
Semliki National Park – An ancient and dense tropical lowland forest at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains, Semliki is on the border of the Congo and known for its outstanding bird and butterfly viewing.
Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary – This remote tropical island on Lake Victoria is home to orphaned chimpanzees which offer visitors an intimate and interactive chimpanzee experience.
Jinja – See the source of the River Nile as it aggressively flows out of Lake Victoria over a series of rapids just outside the charming town of Jinja.
Rwenzori Mountains – Africa’s highest mountains are known as the “Mountains of the Moon” and were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site for their incredible plant life and outstanding natural beauty.
- Gorilla trekking
- Chimpanzee trekking
- Bird, butterfly watching
- Guided forest walks – learn about the trees, butterflies, birds and primates
- Cultural community visits
- Hike the Waterfall Trail, Bamboo Trail, and four other great hiking trails
- Volcano hiking
- Cave exploration
- Game drives
- Nature walks through Maramagambo Forest, with a chance to see pythons
- Guided nature walks in the Kyambura Gorge viewing primates, forest birds and butterflies
- Boating and kayaking on crater lakes
- Visit the Bird Observatory
- Mountain climbing
- Cultural visits to the local pygmy village
- Canoeing, kayaking
- River rafting
- Quad biking
- The seven day/six night Loop Hike, where you’ll stay in huts along the trail
- Boat trips on the Nile to the bottom of the Falls for outstanding vistas, game viewing and bird watching
- Boat trips to the Lake Albert delta for possible shoebill stork sightings
- Boat trips on the bird rich Kazinga Channel
THE BEST TIME TO VISIT UGANDA
Uganda has an equatorial climate with plenty of sunshine; temperatures are moderated by high elevation throughout most of the country with a daytime average of 78F.
- Rainy seasons: one from March through May, and another October-November
- Dry seasons: one from December through February, and another from June through Aug
- Peak tourism: July-August
- Equatorial climate – A type of tropical climate with no summer or winter season; as a result, the weather is typically hot and wet most of the year with possible rain every day and little change in temperature throughout the year.