Uganda Safari:-Gorilla Trekking Uganda Safaris, Wildlife Safaris in Uganda.
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Top Popular Uganda Safaris to Uganda Safari Parks-Destinations
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Whether your interest is in a day tour in Kampala city Uganda`s Capital, a private “all-inclusive” Africa vacation holiday in Uganda OR just a day out in beautiful Uganda`s countryside – we are happy to serve you. Visit Uganda and enjoy the ultimate Uganda safari tour tailor-made to your desired unique African safari in Uganda with the best trusted Uganda tour operator / Uganda safari company that will listen, understand and organise your finest dream Africa tour come true !. see More Uganda wildlife safaris
Here is a list of Popular Uganda Safari Tours by Category
Popular Gorilla Safaris in Uganda-Gorilla Trekking Uganda Tours to Bwindi Impenetrable & Mugahinga National Parks.
We offer tailor made Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda taking you for amazing mountain Gorilla trekking in Uganda based on your Uganda safari needs and budget as witnessed by many of our happy satasified Uganda Safari Tripadvisor reviewing clients the world over that have managed to review us even on Safaribooking.com.
We do also have a range of pre designed Uganda safari Itineraries/packages from which one can choose and go Gorilla trekking in Uganda, Wildlife safaris in Uganda, Birding, Mountaineering, Fising, cultural, Chimpanzee safaris in Uganda just to mention but a few. A Gorilla safari in Uganda is conducted in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Read More about Uganda Gorilla Safaris
Popular Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris in Uganda-Chimpanzee Tours in Uganda.
Chimpanzee Safaris in Uganda-tailored to your needs to include Chimpanzee habituation, Primate watching, birding, scenery viewing, community walks & cycling Uganda tours. Chimpanzee trekking and Chimpanzee habituation safaris in Kibale Forest National Park form a unique Uganda tour experience in Africa. Uganda is known to have the biggest number of Chimps in the whole world to a tune of over 1500 chimps which are among the big apes on planet earth. Read More about Chimpanzee Safaris in Uganda
1 Day Ngamba Island Tour to see Chimpanzees in Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary in Uganda on Lake Victoria. Enjoy a one day trip to Ngamba Island Chimps with a cruise on Lake Victoria. Read More
This is a 2 Days tour to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary positioned in Lake Victoria-Uganda`s biggest lake but also Africa`s largest lake and the world`s second largest fresh water lake . Read More
The 3 Days Chimpanzee Habituation Safari in Uganda to Kibale National Park features Chimpanzee Habituation experience to stay a full day with the Chimpanzees…Read More
Popular Wildlife Tours in Uganda – Wildlife Safaris to Uganda.
Uganda a home to amazing wild life Uganda Safaris that not only include the Big five i.e Lions (Uganda also has tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth park), Leopard, African Buffalo, Savannah and forest Elephants, white Rhinos plus other wild game like Eland, Rothschild Giraffes, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Impala, Cheetah, Burchell’s Zebra, Topis, Roan Antelope, Oribis, Water bucks, Kobs, Bushbucks, Spotted Hyena, Warthogs, Jackals etc spread in four (4) savannah Uganda safari game parks of Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth Elizabeth National Park, Mburo National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park along with the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Some of this wildlife is also found in the other six (6) national parks namely; Semliki National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Rwenzori National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Tree climbing lions in Ishasha. Read More about Uganda Wildlife Safaris
This 3 Day Uganda Safari take you to Visit Queen Elizabeth, home to over 100 mammals & over 600 birds. During your 3 Days Queen Elizabeth Safari in Uganda… Read More
The 5 Days Uganda Flying Tour takes you to to Kibale National Park by flight to trek Chimpanzees then Visit Semuliki National Park for exclusive primates watching.. Read More
This is a 6 Days Uganda flying safari of Murchison Falls park and Semuliki Park. Fly to Murchison Falls and Semuliki parks for amazing game viewing in Murchison to see the Big 4 with other wild game,. Read More
Popular Short Uganda Safaris & Trips-Short Uganda Tours.
Uganda Short safaris are Uganda safaris designed for time constrained travellers to have a chance to explore Uganda`s tourist sites. The short Uganda tours range from 2 days including the extensions to Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth Park, Mt Elgon Elgon, Kibale Forest & Sipi Falls among other destinations. These short Ugand safari tours also feature the famous 3 days Ugnda Gorilla safari Bwindi offering gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest . Read More about Short Uganda Safaris
Popular Uganda Day Tours Uganda Day Trips & Excursion
Looking for a Day Trip in Uganda, a Short Excursion in Uganda or a Short Uganda Tour to her wildlife safari parks? Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours Ltd has a variety of Day tours in Uganda such as the 1 Day Ngamba Island Chimp tour to see Orphaned Chimpanzees, 1 Day Entebbe City Tour, the famous 1 Day Kampala City Tour, Day trip to Entebbe Uganda Wildlife Education Center (UWEC), 1 Day Jinja rafting trip-tour, 1 Day Jinja source of the Nile tour plus a 1 Day short wildlife safari to Lake Mburo National Park. Read More about Uganda Day Tour
Popular Long Safaris in Uganda Long Uganda Tours for Primates, Gorillas, Wildlife,Birding, Community & Culture encounters
Book custom made long Uganda safari tours to Uganda safari parks for the true ultimate Africa safari memories. The long safaris in Uganda present an extended safari experience allowing you to explore the beauty of Uganda in detail. Uganda being a rich destination and very extensive, it features a myriad of destinations that range from National Parks such as Lake Mburo, Mgahinga, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth, Mount Rwenzori, Semliki and Kibale in the west, Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley in the north and the Mount Elgon in the East to a range of over twelve (12) game reserves like Pian Upe, Matheniko, Bakora, Kigezi, Katonga, Ajai, Toro Semliki among others, historical and cultural sites which combine to present remarkable extensive long Uganda safari experience. Read More about about Long Safaris in Uganda
Popular Uganda Birding Safaris-Birding Tours in Uganda
Uganda birding safari. Uganda is remarkably the leading African Uganda birding safari destination with 50% of the continents bird species concentration and 11% of birds in the world. The Uganda is endowed with 1,057 species of birds including one endemic bird species called the Fox Weaver. Read More about Popular Uganda Birding Safaris
Popular Mountaineering Safaris in Uganda. Mountain Climbing, Hiking Uganda Safari
Uganda mountain climbing safari tours. Our Uganda mountain climbing safari and hiking safari & tour package includes 8 days adventure hike to the Elgon mountain and The 9 Days Rwenzori Mountain Climbing Trip in Uganda that can be conducted at period of the year though it is more ideal in the dry season which captures the months of June to August and from December to March. The mountain features impressive features that range from Caves to waterfalls, luxurious vegetation, and fauna not forgetting counts of birds. Read More mountain climbing, hiking Uganda Safari
Popular Fishing Safaris in Uganda-Fishing tours in Uganda on Lake Victoria, Murchison Falls National Park, Jinja River Nile, Lake Mburo.
Sport fishing safari tours in Uganda and general fishing safari tours on Lake Victoria, Murchison Falls National Park, Jinja River Nile and Lake Mburo is very famous because Uganda in is a water rich country with 25% of its surface under water. The country features a myriad of lakes including Lake Victoria which stands as the largest in Uganda and Africa in large and the second largest in the world with fresh waters and the largest tropical lake in the world, Lake Kyoga in the Central Uganda, Lake George, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mburo. Read More Fishing Safaris in Uganda
The 4 Days Luxury Fishing and Wildlife Safari in Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park features an impressive blend of fishing and wildlife experience allowing you to explore. Read More
The 5 Days Uganda fishing safari to Lake Victoria and Ssese Islands is a fun filled encounter that will allow you explore the largest tropical lake in the world in detail. In the middle. Read More
Popular Adventure Vacation Safaris in Uganda Rwanda Africa.
Our tailored Africa Adventure Vacation Safaris in Uganda Rwanda are designed to offer you a detailed encounter designed to allow you enjoy a remarkable adventure vacation safari holiday in Uganda Rwanda featuring wild game, Gorilla trekking, birding, culture, history and sceneries of these two remarkable Africa Safari destinations for Uganda safaris and Rwanda safaris.
Uganda boasts of remarkable landmarks such as the mighty Nile River with rapids and waterfalls presenting impressive encounter for adventure activities like white water rafting safaris on River Nile in Jinja including the level 5 rapids. The overhanging cliffs are ideal ground for bungee jumping like the case in Jinja.
The Adventure Vacation Safari in Uganda Rwanda Africa offers Gorilla tracking, Chimpanzee trekking and a Canopy walk all in Rwanda, night Uganda safari game drives. Read More
The 12 Days Africa Adventure Vacation Safari Holiday in Uganda is an amazing safari package that allows the travelers to have enough time for relaxation and truly rejuvenate the body from work or school hassle.. Read More
Popular Uganda Safari Holidays to Rwanda-Holidays Tours in Uganda African Vacation Safaris .
Safari holidays in Uganda and Rwanda such as a Gorilla safari holiday in Rwanda, Chimpanzee trekking, wildlife safari holiday in Uganda offering amazing wild game viewing & cultural tours are what we offer. Our safari Holidays in Uganda & Rwanda are extensive safari packages that feature these two prime African destinations in detail. The safari holidays present a perfect break for the world travelers from their respective countries of origin and the daily bustling life that they are used to too.
The 8 Days Rwanda Uganda gorilla safari begins with gorilla trekking in Rwanda Volcanoes national park;Then crossing into Uganda to trek gorillas again in Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park Read More
Popular Cultural Safaris in Uganda-African Cultural Tours in Uganda.
Cultural Safaris in Uganda are a great Uganda Safari component because Uganda is a culturally diverse country with a count of 65 tribal groups as per the amended constitution of Uganda 2005.A Uganda cultural safari will take you to some ome of these tribes in Uganda with closely related cultures while others are far part presenting as a rich cultural diversity as shall be seen as explored on cultural safaris in Uganda. Read More about Cultural Safaris in Uganda
The safari involves a game walking safari in Lake Mburo National Park where the travellers can explore the Rothschild Giraffes among others, whole day experience with the Banyankole community. Read More
Popular Scheduled Group Uganda Safari-Rwanda Group Tours.
The 8 Days Uganda Primates, Wild game & Scenery scheduled group safari tour is one of the short but well detailed safaris that allows you to explore Uganda – the pearl of Africa in detail… Read More
The 10 Days Group Uganda Safari Tour Encounter in the Albertine rift is a remarkable package that takes you to the Uganda’s tourism hot spot. The safari features active adventures like cycling in Mpanga tea estates,. Read More
The 12 Days Uganda Rwanda Gorilla, Wildlife & Culture Scheduled Gorilla Safari Tour is one of the magical combined Uganda Rwanda Safari packages that commences in Kigali Rwanda and ends in Entebbe Uganda. Read More
The 16 Days Pearls of Uganda Rwanda group tour is one of the rewarding scheduled safari options that allow you to explore the remarkable safari highlights of Uganda and Rwanda. The safari takes you through Gisozi genocide memorial. Read More
Popular Agricultural Safaris in Uganda-Agriculture Experiential Tours in Uganda.
Uganda Agro Tourism & Safaris:-Uganda farmers use among the world’s lowest amount of artificial fertilizers, at less than 2 per cent (or 1kg/ha) of the already very low continent-wide average of 9kg/ha in Sub Saharan Africa. The widespread lack of fertilizer use has been harnessed as a real opportunity to pursue organic forms of agricultural production, a policy direction widely embraced by Uganda hence boosting Agricultural safaris in Uganda tours by international travellers interested in learning from the Ugandan organic farming experience when they visit Uganda. Read More about agricultural Uganda Safaris.
Uganda Safari Information:
Uganda Safaris form a perfect ground for exploring this amazing and diverse country crowned the Pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill – the then Prime Minister of Britain in 1908. Located within the region of East Africa and forming a great point of ecological intersection between the Congo Equatorial Jungle and the East African savannah, Uganda tour undertakers are immersed into incredible diversity including the two of the Great Apes; Mountain Gorillas and Common Chimpanzees and then extensive classic wild game including the popular Big 5.
The verdant green vegetation, lush mature tropical forests, deep grabens and their extensive flats and rising block Mountains within the Rift valley system, the meandering River system and the gigantic fresh water lakes, the great deal of Volcanic activity justified by a range of explosion craters and massive volcanic ranges and the over 1060 bird species combine to make the natural beauty a point of great attraction for travellers on Safaris in Uganda.
Talking about Uganda wildlife safaris, Uganda birding safaris, Uganda cultural tours, Uganda mountaineering tours, Uganda Chimpanzee safaris and Uganda Gorilla safaris, the destination Uganda present a diversified remarkable experience.
Where to go for Uganda Safaris
Uganda Safaris are carried out majorly in her range of National Parks and game reserves. The extensive classic wildlife safari in Uganda is majorly undertaken in Kidepo Valley National Park, Pian Upe Game Reserve, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Mburo National Park.
Besides wild game viewing, Chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda is another wonder to explore and this is conducted in Kibale National Park, Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Budongo Forest Reserve and Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Uganda gorilla Safaris presented in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offer unmatchable experience.
With over 66 tribal groups, the cultural tours in Uganda are incredibly diverse and very fascinating. Catching up with the Imbalu festival among the Bagisu, visiting the indigenous tribes of Ik and the Batwa Pygmies with their ancient heritage, the Kasubi tombs of the Kingdom of Buganda or the ancient Bachwezi earthworks at Ntusi among others is amazingly rewarding.
For adventure enthusiasts, the mountaineering tours in Uganda feature remarkable Mountains including Mount Rwenzori – the third highest in Africa (5109m), Mount Elgon – the fourth highest in East Africa (4321m) and the three of the eight Virunga volcanoes namely; Mount Sabyinyo, Mount Muhabura and Mount Gahinga.
When to go for Uganda Safari / the best time for Safari in Uganda
Uganda Safaris can be undertaken throughout the year but the variance occurs depending on seasons. The dry season is always better due to less or no rainfall and thus, the ground is dry making driving in countryside areas easier and walking / trekking in forested areas easier compared to the wet season where the trails are muddy and slippery. The rains also affect the quality of wildlife sightings though in most parks, the Uganda tour activities would proceed as planned including Mountain Gorilla Trekking.
The longest dry season is from June, July, August to September and it’s the period when most world travellers take up Safaris to Uganda. The shorter dry season is from December, January to February and also the Uganda safari undertakers are many. These dry months are also good for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda and also Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda because the forest trails would be dry and less slippery except that the supply of food in the forests like for Chimpanzees might be scarce and this makes the movements to be longer as the animals would have moved a distance searching for it. For savannah parks where classic wild game viewing is carried out, the vegetation is scarce which makes it easier to spot wildlife and due to insufficient water supply, the animals tend to gather around water points making sightings easier.
The months of March and October are green season as the rains would have started but not in plenty and its also a good time to do Uganda Safari tours especially if you wish to avoid many tourists (not crowds though) during the tour. The animal sightings are also good as there is good supply of food / pasture and water.
The wet season of months of April, May & November also receive visitors as it does not rain the whole day and every day. Being a tropical country, the skies open up to sunshine after a session of rain. But generally, the rains affect the roads with some areas like Kidepo experiencing floods while areas of Kigezi where Bwindi Impenetrable NP is located experience landslides. The forest trails become muddy and slippery but activities proceed as planned and thus, you need to carry along the rain coats.
Major Uganda Safari Categories / types.
Uganda is a diverse destination and its popularly known for Uganda gorilla safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable & Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, Uganda Chimpanzee Safaris to Kibale National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve, Kalinzu Forest Reserve & Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda Wildlife Safaris to Murchison Falls NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Lake Mburo NP, Kidepo Valley NP and Pian Upe Game Reserve, Uganda cultural tours to various heritage sites and tribes of Uganda, Uganda Mountain climbing tours to Mount Rwenzori, Mount Elgon and Virunga Volcanoes andUganda birding safaris.
Uganda Safari Accommodation
Uganda Safari lodges are presented in the three classes including; Luxury, Midrange and Budget to serve the varying interests of world travellers intending to take up tours in Uganda. The standard of lodges put in one category may not necessarily be the same as one park might have limited choices compared to others allowing the proprietors freedom to rank themselves beyond.
Luxury lodges in Uganda include; Apoka Safari Lodge in Kidepo Valley NP, Bakers Lodge, Nile Safari Lodge, Chobe Safari Lodge & Paraa Safari Lodge in Murchison Falls NP, Kyaninga Lodge, Ndali Lodge, Crater Safari Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge & Primate Lodge – Luxury Cottages in Kibale NP, Mweya Safari Lodge, Mazike Valley Lodge & Katara Lodge in Queen Elizabeth NP, Sanctuary Gorilla Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany springs, Bwindi Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge & Chameleon Hill Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Mount Gahinga Lodge in Mgahinga Gorilla NP, Birdnest @Bunyonyi Resort at Lake Bunyonyi and Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park.
Midrange Lodges in Uganda include; Sipi River Lodge in Sipi Area, Kidepo Savannah Lodge – En suite Safari tent & Ng’ moru wilderness camp in Kidepo NP, Murchison River Lodge, Pakuba Safari Lodge & Fort Murchison in Murchison Falls NP, Lake Albert Lodge in Kabwoya Wildlife reserve, Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse – Cottages, Kibale Forest Camp – En suite Safari tent, Isunga Lodge, Kibale Guest cottages & Primate Lodge – standard rooms in Kibale National Park, Enganzi Lodge, Marafiki Safari Lodge, Kasenyi Safari camp, Bush Lodge-Bandas, Ihamba Lake Side Lodge and Park view Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Haven Lodge Buhoma, Gorilla Mist Camp, Bakiga Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Lake Mutanda resort & Lake Mutanda Gorilla Lodge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Chahafi resort & Travellers rest Kisoro for Mgahinga Gorilla NP, Lake Bunyonyi Rock resort, Lake Bunyonyi eco-resort and Arcadia Cottages Bunyonyi for Lake Bunyonyi, Rwakobo Rock, Arcadia Cottages Mburo & Mpogo Lodge in Lake Mburo National Park.
Budget Lodges in Uganda include; Eagles Nest Mburo & Rwonyo Camp in Lake Mburo NP, Pumba Safari Cottages in Queen Elizabeth NP, Hornbill Bush Lodge in Murchison Falls NP & Apoka Rest Camp in Kidepo NP.
The Uganda Safari hotels in Kampala and Entebbe serve the guests arriving for Uganda tours. The Luxury safari hotels in Entebbe include; Protea Hotel Entebbe, Lake Victoria Serena Resort & Spa & No.5 Boutique Hotel while the Luxury hotels in Kampala include; Kampala Serena Hotel, Speke Resort Munyonyo & Sheraton Kampala Hotel.
Midrange safari Hotels in Entebbe include; Boma Hotel Entebbe & 2 Friends Beach Hotel while the Midrange safari hotels in Kampala include; Cassia Lodge and Humura Resorts Kampala.
Safari Cost for Uganda Safari
The Uganda Safari cost is derived from various elements that comprise the tour package. Ranging from the Uganda tour activities considered such as Gorilla Trekking whose permit is now priced at $600pp ($700pp starting from July 1st 2020), Chimpanzee trekking $150pp ($200pp starting from July 1st 2020), the Boat safaris, the game drives which require National Park entry fees of $40pp per day, then, the accommodation category of choice whether Luxury $300+, Midrange $150 – $300 or Budget below $150 for a double room Full board and eventually the safari vehicle of choice such as 4X4 Safari Landcruiser or 4X4 Safari Van.
The length of your safari in Uganda coupled with the distance to be covered and the number of people that you are to travel with are all central to determining the cost of a Uganda Safari.
Uganda Safaris and tours are always customized to the interests of the traveller putting in consideration the areas of interest and the available budget.
Uganda Visa Policy/ What to know about Visa policy for Uganda
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 online https://visas.immigration.go.ug/ at $50 per person and through her foreign embassies and consulates in the respective countries. Getting Uganda Visa on arrival is just a possibility and not a guarantee as the government resolved that all travellers should apply in advance and get the visa approval letter before traveling to Uganda. The passport must have 6 months validity and should have blank space where the visa stamp should be put.
The foreign residents in the East African Community do not require pay for the Uganda Visa just like the East African Community Citizens.
The nationals of Somalia are refused entry or transit unless they have biometric passports.
The following countries are Uganda Visa exempt; Angola, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Burundi, Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea, Eswatini, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Hong Kong, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Rwanda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon Islands, Tanzania, Tonga, Trinidad & Tobago, Vanuatu, Zambia & Zimbabwe.
Vaccinations required for Uganda Safari/ Is Yellow Fever Vaccination mandatory for travel to Uganda? Mandatory Vaccinations for Uganda and Recommended Vaccinations for Uganda.
Yellow Fever is mandatory for any visitor coming for a Uganda tour. The Yellow Fever certificate is required at all ports of entry.
You can as well consult your doctor about suitable anti-Malaria tablets as its recommended.
Otherwise, unless you will be participating in special activities like Chimpanzee close up that require a range of specialized vaccinations, there is no other mandatory vaccination for travel to Uganda except Yellow Fever.
Time in Uganda while planning a safari to Uganda/ what is the time in Rwanda?
Uganda is +3 hours ahead of GMT similar to Kenya and Tanzania and is 1 hour ahead of the neighbouring Rwanda and East of Democratic Republic of Congo. Thus, Uganda Safari Trip undertakers arriving from Kigali have to know this time difference and its effect on the border crossing and the start time for activities in Uganda such as Gorilla Trekking.
Which Currency to expect in Uganda during Uganda safaris
Uganda Shillings is the national currency of Uganda and its usually abbreviated at UGX and the sign is /=. Getting Uganda Shillings while on Uganda safari tour can be done at Entebbe International Airport or any boarder post if you are entering via land or you can convert at any of the Forex bureaus in Kampala, Entebbe and other major towns of Uganda.
However, the foreign currency is also used most especially the US Dollars at Hotels, major shopping malls and at the tourist sites. Thus, it’s always recommended to have both Uganda Shillings and US Dollars during your safari in Uganda as local currency makes payment for local items like souvenirs easier while the US Dollar can assist with tipping among others. Other Foreign currency like Euros or British pounds can be accepted but within Kampala or Entebbe and may not easily make transactions in countryside areas.
Uganda’s International Dialling Code – while code to put while making a call to reserve your safari to Uganda
Uganda’s International dialling code is +256 after which you put the respective number excluding the Zero that is normally at the start of the number. The Ugandan numbers differ according to the issuing telecom company and these include; MTN, Airtel, Uganda Telecom, K2 Telecom and Africell
How to get a local Ugandan Sim Card on Uganda Safari
With your passport, you can get a Sim card upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport from any open Telecom stall including Airtel, MTN or Africell. It takes about 10 minutes and you can then load the data or Airtime that you may need. If you are going to be one location for an extended time, it’s better to know which network works well in that area and then you can purchase the suitable Sim card. The cost of a getting local Ugandan sim card is around $6.
Uganda Safari Companies: which Safari Company to Travel with
Considering the above attractions, undertaking a Uganda safari offers you an opportunity to explore all these attractions ranging from adventure to classic game viewing, gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, bird watching, sightseeing and cultural tours and you would definitely require an esteemed safari company to travel with.
Prime Safaris and Tours Ltd has positioned itself to make your Safari in Uganda a memorable adventure of a lifetime by organizing a wide range of packages ranging from short to medium and long safari company with some featuring specialty attractions while others are intermixed and surprisingly at an affordable price in any category that you wish to travel in ranging from Luxury to Mid range and Budget that you can hardly find elsewhere and yet without compromising quality of the experience as seen from the reviews of the traveler that have opted to use its services in the past. You can check out our reviews on our Trip Advisor Page.
Explore the unknown, spend less, enjoy the best service right from the booking to the vehicle, lodges and the expert guides with Prime Safaris and Tours. Please feel free to contact us at any time. Find More about Uganda Safari Companies – Uganda tour Operators
Traveling around Uganda during Uganda Safaris
Cars available for hire
Travel in Uganda during Uganda safaris is comfortable when travelling with us in our 4×4 safari Land cruisers and Safari Vans. The major routes connecting to various parts of the country are tarmacked. Murram roads then connect from the nearby towns where the tarmac stops linking to the Uganda safari destinations. These roads can be rough at times. However, the efforts are being made to replace the old roads with the new ones. Because of the varying landscape and the nature of the connecting murram roads at times, it is not advisable to drive yourself for the first time. Prime Uganda Safaris has expert driver guides who offer the themed interpretation and take you through the challenging road sections carefully and safely as they have the expertise in this. Our Uganda safari vehicles all with 4WD feature the strength to negotiate the challenging landscapes including the Kigezi highlands and Karamoja landscapes. This is a lovely attempt that will offer you a safe and trusted leisure and educational life time experience on Uganda safaris exploring the Pearl of Africa in detail.
Uganda Safari Flights: Flights to Uganda/Airlines, Air tickets to Uganda
Uganda Tour and general travelers can access the country using a variety of flights from various points of the world and those interested in undertaking tours to Uganda can book the flights through a local agent in their home countries, through airlines directly, international ticket vendors most of which are online or contact us … Read more about Uganda flights
Uganda Safaris By Charter Flights
Uganda safaris can also be conducted by charter. Being on the diverse destinations, a range of micro destinations are scattered and far apart from the beginning point and one another. For example, it takes 1 ½ days to connect from Kampala to Kidepo Valley National Park 700km apart, for the gorilla safari destination of Bwindi, it takes a minimum of 10 hours’ drive to cover … Read more about Uganda Flights
Read More about - Uganda's History as a Uganda Tour Product
Uganda is positioned along the Equator engulfed by the Great Lakes of Africa and with no access to the sea. The earliest foreigners to arrive in Uganda were Arabs in 1840s and were then followed by the European explorers of British origin on the year 1962 for Speke and Stanley in 1875.
The foreigners would approach the Buganda Kingdom first due to its proximity to Lake Victoria which was their main point of entry and the reigning King by then was King Muteesa I.
Buganda Kingdom was one of the four Kingdoms in the region which were firmly established in the mid-19th Century including the Ankole Kingdom, Bunyoro Kingdom and Tooro Kingdom along with with other chiefdoms in the east and the north of Uganda. The form of governance was monarchical. Uganda at first was of little interest to the colonialists as seen by the British and Germans after agreeing the spheres of influence in the year 1886 and the nation Kenya belonging to Britain, the area that was beyond the north shore of Lake Victoria was underestimated and a company was contracted to take care of it. The Imperial British East African Company (IBEACo.) thrived between the year 1888 to the year 1895 taking care of the region from the Buganda’s Kingdom’s east coast to the Lake Victoria’s north west shores. Since the region was actually beyond Lake Victoria as British thought and the Germans thought of taking an advantage of the treaty by noting that Buganda which was the most powerful Kingdom in the region by then was not detailed in the territorial treaty with Britain.
Karl Peters approached the King of Buganda in the year 1890 to enter into an agreement that would put Buganda under German protectorate. Lord Salisbury the then British Prime Minister persuades Berlin to opt for Heligoland Island which is in the south west of North Sea which belonged to the British since the year 1814. Germany accepted the offer and let go of the East African territories of Uganda, Zanzibar and the Equatoria (Sudan’s Southern Province), Unfortunately, Heligo land would later become useless to German as it had been sought as a perfect naval base but ended disappointing in the two world wars. The IBEACo was confronted with a myriad of challenges ranging from absence of a railway network connecting Uganda with the coast and the religious conflict in Buganda. There was war break out between the French Catholics and the British Protestant Missionaries and in Jan 1892 the fight broke out among the four hills of Kampala where on top of one hill there was Kabaka’s palace, on the second one was the French Catholic Cathedral build with wooden poles and reeds, on the third one was the Protestants who were still building their church while on the fourth one was the Fredrick Lugard – the head of IBEACo who had advantage of his Maxim Machine gun.
Though Lugard won the situation, the loss of life and property indicated that IBEACo had proved failure to manage the territory. As a result, Britain declared a Buganda a British Protectorate in the year 1894 after which it extended its control to the other Kingdoms of Ankole, Tooro and Bunyoro forming together the Ugandan Protectorate by 1896. Though Kenya had remained Calm nothing of value had been realized and also the British Government revoked the contract of IBEACo with 250,000 pounds in compensation and the government takes the control of all her East African territories. In 1899, the British government sent Sir Harry Johnston a seasoned administrator to study and recommend the best form of administration that would keep the Ugandan protectorate in a calm and productive situation. Johnston is credited for his 1900 Buganda agreement as he was convinced that the power held by the local African Kings can be a perfect tool through which foreign administration can flow. In the 1900 Buganda Agreement, the status of the Kabaka of Buganda is put in recognition of Britain along with his council of chiefs. The freehold land rights were recognized. Johnston went ahead and signed similar agreements with the Kings of Ankole in 1901 and Tooro in 1900 after which he returns to Britain. Unlike in Kenya where the whites were encouraged to occupy the Kenyan Highlands, Uganda had been declared uninhabitable by Europeans.
Though disagreements followed and pressure to establish European farms and plantations, the British Commissioner emphasized that Uganda would be an entirely African state and the locals were encouraged to grow cash crops and the cotton growing flourished. However, this monarchical arrangement was to prove ineffective in the years that followed when Uganda was preparing for her independence. The strength of Buganda proved an imbalance in the protectorate. In 1960s, the leading politician of Uganda Dr. Milton Obote who was the founder of the Uganda People’s Congress whose support was greatly from the north was now in a big competition with southern region of Buganda. In March 1962, Uganda is granted self-governance internally and Milton Obote became the Prime Minister participated in the making of the constitution that would take effect when the full independence was granted in October 1962.
As a result of pressure from Buganda, Obote bows to the federal constitution that guaranteed semi autonomy to the four established Kingdoms of Uganda and under the same pressure the Obote approved Kabaka Mutesa II as the President and the Head of State though this did not last long. In the year 1966, Obote failed to come to terms with Mutesa and he sent a force led Idi Amin the newly appointed Army Commander attacking the palace forcing King Mutesa II into exile. Immediately, the new constitution was established and the hereditary monarchs and chiefdoms were all abolished and introduced the executive president position assuming it himself and adding it on his Prime Ministerial position.
Some of the Ugandan presidents
Obote used the army and the police to curb down opposition which created national discontent which Amin took advantage of in 1971 taking over his government through a military coup leaving Obote to stay in exile in the neighboring Tanzania. Obote maintained a small-faction of the army in exile with Tito Okello as the commanding officer. Amin undertook one of the remarkable decisions when he expelled the Asians in the year 1972 giving them a period of 90 days to vacate Uganda. The economy was severely hurt and the country’s economic, social and political atmosphere deteriorated. He resorted to brutal killings and 100,000 – 500,000 Ugandans are believed to have lost their lives during his regime. Amin undertook another uncalculated move when he invaded Tanzania in the year 1978 prompting Tanzania to deploy troops backing the Obote’s army and the FRONASA fighters leading to his ousting in 1979 flying to Saudi Arabia The transition was first led by Prof Yusuf Lule and then Godfrey Binaisa before Lutwa undertook a military coup in May 1980 bringing back Milton Obote to power. A general election was then conducted in 6 months’ time which he won and affirmed the president. Cases of vote rigging were reported prompting the some of the participants Like UPM’s Museveni to go to the bush. The subsequent years that followed Obote applies violence to exert his rule on people and tribal massacres were common everyday and conducted by the army. In the year 1985, the Tito Okello carried out a military coup that sent Obote back to exile in Zambia. But the guerilla faction of Yoweri Museveni had gained strength and was well organized and in 1986, they took over power from the Lutwa government. Yoweri Museveni with his National Resistance Army took control of Kampala in January 1986 declaring a government of national Unity that was to become a pivot of peace and stability in the country up to present. There was a noticeable improvement in national development including the economy and the first constitution was amalgamated in 1995. Museveni ruled under single part system until 2005 when multiparty politics were allowed through a national referendum. Uganda holds a national election after every five (5) years and features an independent electoral commission, the Army – Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF), the police – Uganda Police Force (UPF), a functioning parliament and Constitution. There are monuments including the Independence Monument, Museums including the Uganda National Museum and memorials like the mass graves in Luwero that have been put overtime to act living testimonies of this remarkable national history. Read More about Uganda’s History as a Uganda Tour Product
Uganda People and Culture as a Uganda Safari Attraction
The Karamajong traditional dance and Imbalu Ceremony
Besides the physical spread, Uganda features a population of 41 million people as of 2018 world population estimates and is one of the most heterogeneous nations in Africa with a count of over 65 tribal groups that feature varied cultures with different customs, practices, livelihood patterns, settlement patterns, physical spread, events and festivals making cultural safaris in Uganda rewarding. Ranging from the Karimojong both the indigenous Karimojong that thrive in the Morungole Mountains and the Pastoralist Karimojong that thrive in the dry plains of Karamoja with their herds of cattle in the north east to the Batwa of the southwest known as one of the last groups of the short surviving people in the world with their ancient settlement in the dense forests that mark the area, Uganda can affirm that it still features intact tribal traditions in East Africa.
The highly organized Kingdom of Buganda is a popular Uganda safari kampala site with its Kasubi tombs – the burial grounds for the Kings marked by UNESCO as a world heritage, the pastoralist cultures of the Banyankole with their beautiful Ankole longhorned cattle, the Bamasaba with their Imbalu ceremony where the boys are circumcised live to initiate them into manhood, the Bakiga of Kigezi that have inhabited the Kigezi highlands for centuries past presenting one of the magical human protected landscapes in the world with remarkable sceneries not forgetting the northern Nilotic tribes with their customary settlement and unique architectural huts combine to give a clear representation of Uganda and her capacity to offer remarkable safari memories.
Gorillas, Chimpanzees & Birds – Uganda Safaris must Encounter
Additionally to note is that these varied landscapes support great counts of flora, fauna and bird life. Our Uganda safaris feature birding since Uganda contains about 1,061 Species of birds forming a half of the bird species on the continent of Africa featuring one endemic bird species named the Fox Weaver. Besides birds, Uganda has the great count of primate species. Talk of the critically endangered mountain gorillas viewed on gorilla safaris in Uganda in their habitats of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest natinal Park and Mgahinga Gorila Park, the chimpanzees in the forests of Kibale Forest National Park, Semuliki National Park, Budongo Eco Reserve and the Valley of Apes – the famous Kyambura gorge, the endangered golden monkeys in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Black and white colobus monkeys, Red and Blue tailed monkey in Kibale Forest National Park not forgetting the localised patas monkey in Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park.
Physical Geography as a Uganda Safari Holiday Attraction
Uganda’s physical geography is never disappointing. Talk of the gigantic Victoria Lake that form the source of the Nile River along with the chain of other lakes including Kyoga, Edward, Albert, George, Mburo and Bunyonyi (the second deepest in Africa) to the magical mountains of Rwenzori 5,109m (the third highest in Africa), the Elgon Mountain 4,321m (fourth highest in East Africa), three Volcanoes of Gahinga (3,474m), Sabyinyo (3,669m) and Muhabura (4,127m), Mount Moroto, Karamoja Highlands and Kigezi highlands. The stretching East African plateau, the flat landscapes of the western arm of the East African rift valley and their bordering steep escarpments including Butiaba and Kichwamba, the deep gorges of Kyambura and Sabyinyo, the splendid waterfalls of Murchison (world’s most powerful), Sipi falls, Ssezibwa, Itanda, Kalagala and Kisizi, amazing meandering Rivers including Kafu, Katonga, Nile (world’s longest), Mpologoma, the Semuliki, Rwizi and seasonal Kidepo River and the dense forests of Budongo, Mabira, Kalinzu, Maramagambo, Kibale and Semuliki combine to make your safari in Uganda an experience of a life time.
Location of Uganda on the Map of Africa
location of uganda on the African map Standing in the East of Africa sharing borders with South Sudan to the North, Tanzania to the south, Kenya to the East, Democratic Republic of Congo to the West and Rwanda to the South west, like you will discover during your safari in Uganda, Uganda is a land locked country whose connection to the coast is through Kenya and Tanzania. In fact, most of her cargo that is not handled by Air direct at Entebbe International Airport is handled through Mombasa and Dar es Salaam ports. Uganda has a total geographical coverage of 241,551 km2 of which 200,523km2 is land while 41,028 Km2 is water. The country features an average altitude of 1,200m above sea level with two extreme average points namely; the highest 5,109m Margarita peak on the Rwenzori Mountains, a popular Uganda safari destination and the lowest 620m on Lake Albert.Virtually untouched and pure, Uganda is still traditionally African, home to the world`s friendliest people, lush green and her incredible weather is enjoyable and friendly all year round. At Prime Safaris and Tours, we are passionate about our country and we rejoice in guiding you round it to help you know why it is called `the Pearl of Africa’, during your Uganda safaris.
Uganda is a member of East African Federation a nd is one of the countries on the African continent that are gifted by nature which prompted the British premier to declare it the pearl of Africa in 1908. It contains ten national parks that are well set to be encountered on Uganda safari.
The amazing experience starts with Lake Mburo National Park – the smallest savannah park in Uganda located along Masaka- Mbarara road in the south west of the country well known for its populations of Impala, Zebra and Eland more than any other park. Proceed to gorilla safari destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park the home of the endangered Mountain gorillas well known for gorilla tracking. Find More about Uganda Safari Parks/ Safari Attractions
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From there a Uganda safari undertaker can then proceed to the north to encounter Queen Elizabeth National Park – the world biosphere reserve to view the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, the famous boat ride of Kazinga Channel and the game drive along the Kasenyi track. Proceed to the north to encounter the 1,509m Mt Ruwenzori famously Known as Mountains of the moon suitable for Adventure safaris especially mountain climbing.
Continue to the primate capital of the world – Kibale national Park well known for populations of habituated chimpanzees thus a haven for chimpanzee trekking in Uganda before proceeding to Semuliki National Park well known for its prehistoric tree species and the Sempaya hot springs.
The journey of your safari in Uganda still continues to Murchison falls National Park – the largest protected area in Uganda for the powerful Murchison falls, the big five, Giraffe and Nile River itself. Proceed far north east to Kidepo National Park – one most remaining wilderness parks in Africa to encounter endemics like Cheetah, Kavirondo bush baby, Ostrich among others plus the rewarding landscapes of the Karamoja region that will optimize your Uganda safari memories. Drive towards the south via Mount Elgon – the dormant Volcanic Mountain suitable for Hiking, viewing Sipi falls, the caves and paintings on the mountain side before announcing the end of your Uganda safari tour.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda a home to the rare endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda, is strategically located at the edge of the western rift valley (Albertine rift valley), in South Western Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda is shared amoungest Rukungiri, Kisoro and Kabale Districts of Uganda.. Read More about Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda only 33 sq km of size, is located in the far southwestern corner of Uganda bordering Rwanda and Congo,14 km from kisoro town in Bufumbira County about 540 km from Kampala-the capital. Mgahinga National Park was gazetted in 1991. Read More about Mgahinga National Park
Kibale National Park Uganda-the major Chimpanzee trekking safari tours in Kibale forest national park destination in Uganda, is located in Kabarole district of western Uganda near Fort Portal and measures 776 sq km in size.It is elevate between 1110 meters to 1590 meters and has a national park since 1993. Read More about Kibale Forest National Park
Semuliki National Park Uganda is impeccable a Uganda safari spot located in the extreme west of Uganda in Bundibugyo district along geo-graphical coordinates 0o 44′- 00 53′ N – 290 57-30o 11’E. It is an eastern extension of the vast Ituri forest, and forms part of the forest continuum during the climatic upheavals of the Pleistocene period. It forms one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa particularly birds.. Read More about Semuliki National Park
A Uganda Safari that features the Rwenzori mountain climbing adventure provides a memorable and rewarding experience but in order to have a smooth flow it should be Well planned and every tour must be well prepared. The central hike circuit can take about six nights/seven days and then reaches an altitude of 14,000ft(4,267m) above the sea level. Read More about Rwenzori National Park
Mount Elgon National Park Uganda is home Mount Elgon a 4,321m high extinct volcano with Wagagai as it`s highest peak,that first erupted more than 24 million years ago and in prehistoric times stood taller than Kilimanjaro does today. Having a 50km by 80km area, Elgon is a great Uganda prime tour-safari destination, possesing the largest surface area of any extinct Volcano in the world but 4th highest mount in E. Africa. Read More about Mount Elgon National Park
Kidepo National Park; The 1,442 square kilometres Kidepo Valley National Park lies in the rugged semi-arid karamoja province valleys. It is one of Uganda’s prime most remote but spectacular national parks that harbors scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa. Many tourists that visit this park comment on the scenery and often promise and do come back to re-visit Kidepo, for according to them this tour cant not be any better any where.. Read More about Kidepo National Park
Lake Mburo National Park; With a size of 260 sq km, Lake Mburo National Park in Uganda is situated near Mbarara district and forms Uganda wildlife tours and Safaris destination best for tourists to amazing wild game walks amidst chanting and grazing wild animal and this can be done here in the whole Uganda. Read More about Lake Mburo National Park
Wildlife safari tours in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda wildlife safari game drives,boat cruises, nature walks,chimpanzee trekking when to visit, how to get there & where to sleep in Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda (QENP) is located in the southwest of Uganda near Kasese, covering 1978 sq km. Read More about Queen Elizabeth National Park
Here is a guide to Murchison Falls National Park Uganda– Wildlife safari tours in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda wildlife safari game drives,boat cruises, nature walks,chimpanzee trekking when to visit, how to get there & where to sleep in Murchison Falls National. Read More about Murchison Falls National Park
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