With Africa being a dream destination for travelers all over the world, there is an immense abundance of attractions you can enjoy, from gorilla trekking to wildlife adventure or just the authentic African way of life! At Wild Whispers Africa, We love arranging a package for you based on what you want to see, your budget and the time! With our first hand ground knowledge and experience, our tailor made itineraries are flawless! We handle and execute tours plus safaris in Uganda and the neighboring countries including Tanzania, Rwanda and Kenya. We wish you all the best in your preparation for a safari to Africa.
So, you have read about Africa, seen documentaries on a number of TV channels and have made up your mind to visit the pearl of Africa- Uganda. There is so much to see in this small country you probably will not be able to see it all in one short trip. But however short or long your trip might be, there are some sights, sites and activities that should make it to your itinerary.
Uganda is definitely primate country. You get to see not only the rare and exciting gorillas but chimpanzees too. The country has a chimpanzee population of about 4950 chimps in the wild. Chimpanzees unlike gorillas can be seen in some zoos, but there is something magical about seeing chimpanzees in the wild in Uganda. Chimpanzee trekking is quite popular, so is the habituation experience. The Uganda chimpanzee experience in Kibale forest, Kyambura gorge in queen Elizabeth National park or in Budongo forest at Murchison falls national park is simply amazing. You can go on a chimpanzee tracking safari or enjoy a chimpanzee habituation experience, either way you will be glad you had yourself a chimpanzee adventure.
Mountain Gorillas trekking:
Uganda is one of three countries where mountain gorillas are found. The other two countries are Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. There are about 10 families of habituated gorillas in Uganda majority are found in Bwindi Impenetrable forest while some are found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. To go gorilla trekking in Uganda you need a gorilla permit. Gorilla permits can bepurchased at a cost of $500 each. In Rwanda, gorilla permits are $750 each.
Seeing the mountain gorillas in Uganda is definitely an experience not to be missed.
Golden Monkey Tracking in Uganda
More primates. The golden monkey is a very rare and elusive type of monkey found in only a few places across the world. Uganda happens to be one of those places. It is actually one of three countries in Africa where you can find the golden monkey. In Uganda you can track them in Mgahinga gorilla national park and in Bwindi impenetrable forest. So you can combine golden monkey tracking, with a number of activities such as volcano climbing, the Batwa forest trail walk, gorilla trekking and so much more in one safari trip.
Tracking and finally seeing the magnificent golden monkeys is one very exciting and very memorable experience.
Uganda is rich with wildlife. It is one country where you will get to see the big five and more wildlife. It has numerous game parks and game reserves. With queen Elizabeth national park, Lake Mburo national park, Kidepo valley national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Murchison falls national park and so many more, you are spoilt for choice. There is absolutely no reason for you to miss out on having a wildlife experience on your Uganda safari trip. The parks are many, and so is the wildlife. You will get to see everything; elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, hippos, antelopes, warthogs, hyenas, lions- even tree climbing lions, leopards, crocodiles and so much more. Uganda has the big five that every tourist often hopes to see, plus gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys. The ultimate safari wildlife experience.
Volcano and Mountain Climbing in Uganda:
Mountains ranges, volcanoes, cliffs, rocks, hills, you can climb all of that in Uganda. It is home to the highest mountain ranges in Africa- the Rwenzori mountain ranges, where you can do an 8 day climb, or shorter foothill hikes.
You can do a one day volcano climb at Mgahinga gorilla national park. There are three Virunga volcanoes that you can climb in Uganda; Mt Sabinyo, Mt Gahinga, and Mt. Muhavura. You can climb up one of these, or all three of them if you have the time. There is also Mount Elgon in Eastern Uganda. This is also an extinct volcano.
For every climb, you will come across montane vegetation, exotic trees, and flowers, and some wildlife.
Mountain climbing in Uganda is less crowded than in most other countries, and you can enjoy the serenity and tranquility as you climb or hike. It is an experience you shouldn’t miss when you visit Uganda. Mountain Climbs & Hikes Uganda
Most people in Uganda and outside of Uganda know Jinja as a tourist town and for good reason. It has some of the most exciting tourist activities in Uganda.
Jinja is found 80km from Kampala, and is where the source of the River Nile is found. Here you can enjoy all kinds of water sport. The finest water rafting experience, kayaking, surfing, bungee jumping, sunset dinner cruises, mountain biking, horseback riding can all be done in this town. At first sight, it is simply another slow and sleepy town until you discover the amount of activity that goes on around. It has been called the adventure capital of East Africa. You can enjoy the adrenalin filled activities, and later enjoy the tranquility of the town. Visit the Nile wild water reserve, or make a historical visit to the source of the Nile.
Be sure to include Jinja on your safari itinerary.
Experience the Culture and People of Uganda
When you visit Uganda, you will enjoy the wildlife, the gorilla tracking, the mountain climbing, the white water rafting and all the exciting activities you safari company will organise for you, but one thing that is common throughout all those activities is your encounters with the Ugandan people. Ugandans are very friendly and are probably why a Uganda safari regardless of which activities you choose to participate in will be an enjoyable and memorable experience.
Outside of the typical tourist activities take time to interact with the locals, go on a village stay, or visit a cultural center and learn more about Ugandan culture. It is an awesome experience to learn about the Ugandan way of life in the different parts of the country, the arts- music, dance and drama; enjoy the cultural performances; you can even learn how to play a traditional instrument or learn a dance. Many have bought African drums as souvenirs from their Uganda safari and some even learn how to play them. It is a beautiful thing to experience the cultures of other people. Those are powerful memories that can never be forgotten.
Do not miss out on the people and cultural experience on your visit to the pearl of Africa.
These are some of the things you should do and see on your visit to Uganda. There is a lot more, but at least if do everything on this list, you will have no regrets.
Packing for a Uganda safari trip is almost as exciting as the trip itself if you know what to pack, and where to get it all. The list of things you need is quite interesting. Some things like hiking boots and safari hats you probably have never needed before, but you will find are necessary. We decided to answer some commonly asked questions about packing right for a safari.
The one thing to remember when packing for your safari trip is to keep your luggage as light as possible. To do this you need the right suitcases. The perfect suitcase or suitcases that will take all your luggage is preferred, rather than having numerous small bags or tiny suitcases. Also the number of suitcases and how much they will cost to transport depends on where you are coming from. Two suitcases from North America will cost you about $50 each, while the same amount of luggage from Europe will probably cost you half of that.
While packing keep in mind where you are travelling to, when you are travelling, how you are travelling and what you plan to do when you get to your destination.
Let’s break down the luggage
You are allowed only two suitcases. So apportion your luggage into the suitcases and carry-on bags wisely. We advise that you pack all your electronic equipment, cameras, medicines and emergency items such as set of clothes in a carry on. If you are going on a safari then a duffel bag kind of suitcase would be best. Carry your passports and money in a different bag that you can easily access, we recommend a money belt.
For safari clothes, mostly keep light and loose. Of course with Ugandan weather you might need a few heavy warm clothes, but for the most part light and loose works perfectly.
Shirts, blouses, and T-shirt; these should be light. Light materials and calm colours. T-shirts are often preferred by people on safari and game drives because they are easy to pack, very light, and comfortable. You might need some long sleeved shirts to protect your arms from insect bites and sunburn.
Jeans, trousers and shorts; jeans are quite popular with Africans. It is what most Ugandans wear for leisure and travel. They comfortable, warm without getting hot, hide dirt and are multi-purpose. You can dress them up, or down depending on where you are going and what you are going to do.
Khaki trousers are lighter than jeans both in colour and fabric and are good for wildlife safaris and game drives. Shorts are good for the hot weather, because they are light and comfortable.
Sweater and Jackets: Uganda has good sunny holiday climate almost all year round, so you do not need a lot of warm clothing, unless you’re visiting the Rwenzori Mountains, Mt Elgon or going Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest. But a jacket or sweater will still be useful especially with the unexpected rains that sometimes fall even in the middle of the dry season. It also gets quite cold, in the late evenings and early mornings.
Skirts: Whether or not you pack skirts is entirely up to you depending on what your trip is about. Whatever the case, if you plan to wear skirts, light cotton ones are the best.
Socks and underwear: Let’s not forget the small important things. Because of the heat, we advise that you carry underwear and socks made from natural fabrics such as cotton. These will be more comfortable.
Boots and shoes: If you are planning to do some hiking and gorilla trekking, a good comfortable pair of hiking boots is important. Be sure to get them. You can also carry some leather walking shoes and sandals.
Toiletries: Be sure to pack some anti-bacterial soap, or buy some when you get to Uganda. Other things to include in your toilet bag are; a razor, toothbrush, shampoo, insect repellent, sunscreen, and feminine hygiene products.
Remember to pack a first aid kit as well; pain killers such as Ibuprofen or aspirin, antiseptic, band-aids, and any other medical accessories you might need.
Remember to carry your camera. If you are using film be sure a carry a roll or two. Do not forget the batteries, preferably rechargeable ones. Most parts in East Africa use a 240 voltage standard, which means that 110 volt plugs from North America are not advisable, but most chargers can take the local voltage.
For other electronic equipment be sure to get plug – ins that fit the British kind.
Other accessories you need to carry are a small flash light, for when power goes out, and a pair of binoculars to get you clear views of wildlife and other amazing sights in Uganda.
If you already have friend s in Uganda, it would be nice to pack some presents for them, or for the friends you hope to make.
Do not forget to carry a few good books; you will enjoy your reading with the African scenery as a backdrop.
We hope this information makes packing for your safari in Uganda easier.
One of the things that make Uganda such a popular tourist destination is that you are pretty much guaranteed that you will get to see all of the big five and then some. The big five is a common reference to the five major wildlife tourist attractions, and the animals most sought after by hunters; elephants, lions, leopards, rhinos and buffaloes. In Uganda gorillas and chimpanzees have been added to the list of must see animals. Gorilla tracking is just as popular as game drives to view the big five.
The term big 5 originates from a past era. The era of hunters, the era of President Roosevelt and Earnest Hemingway. These 5 animals were the ones the hunters sought after the most. Africa safaris today are an opportunity to see these 5 wildlife species. Uganda happens to be a 5 country. It happens to have all five species and a couple more popular animals. Foreigners still attach a lot of excitement to the term big 5, and many would jump at the opportunity to go on an Africa safari to see the big five in their natural habitat. They don’t hunt them anymore.
The Rhino: You can track, find and see rhinos at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary which is located a short distance from the Ugandan capital –Kampala. Just about a 2 ½ hour drive on your way to Murchison falls national park. At the sanctuary you will get to see rhinos up close.
The Elephant: In Uganda you can see elephants in almost every game park, however there is a sub species of elephants called forest elephants. These are smaller, and more hairy than their savannah cousins. They also have an extra toe on each foot and their tusks are smaller and straighter. This makes it easier for them to move through the forest. This subs species of elephants is mostly found in southwestern Uganda in Mgahinga gorilla national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest and Kibale forest but are still not that easy to see.
The Buffalo: Buffaloes can also be found in almost every park in Uganda. In Kidepo valley national park, you will see great herds of the cape buffaloes, while in places like the Semiliki valley and Ishasha; you will see the smaller, redder, more hairy forest buffaloes.
The Lion: This magnificent has for centuries been known as the king of the jungle. So it is only fitting that it exists in the Ugandan jungle. Lions in Uganda are often found in the savannah in some of the national parks. However the country is well known for its tree climbing lions that can be seen in Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth national Park.
The Leopard: there are leopards in almost every park you visit in Uganda. They are often in hiding though and therefore quite hard spot despite their big size. They quite solitary except perhaps during the mating season.
Big Primates: Uganda interestingly has more to offer in terms of wildlife. When you are on a Uganda safari you will not only get to see the famous big five, but also the popular and endangered mountain gorillas, and chimpanzees. Mountain gorillas and chimpanzees can be found in southwestern Uganda in Mgahinga national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest, and Kibale forest. You can go chimpanzee or gorilla trekking.
The big 5 become big 7 in Uganda and it is all worth the trip.
Welcome to the complete guide to gorilla tracking in Uganda and Rwanda. We have arranged sample packages for your trek. Please note that we can personalize each of these safaris to suit your needs.
Uganda has perfect holiday weather all year round. While other countries have a series of seasons throughout the year, Uganda only has two seasons the rainy season and the dry season. But even the rainy season which is considered the low season in the tourism industry, is still pretty good holiday weather. It rains for a while and sun always comes out.
During winter in Europe, Canada and USA, many people are looking for a sunny place to visit and enjoy a holiday. The winter cold can mean to be so dreary. Blogs such as insight safari holidays are browsed each day as people look for places to visit in Africa where it is summer all year round. Ugandan weather is something people experiencing winter dream about.
The equator runs through Uganda, and the country has an elevation of 1100 meters above sea level. This is why Ugandan weather is so comfortable. You do not even need air-condition when driving. Ugandan s rarely use the AC in their cars, why should they when they can just roll down the windows and get real fresh air.
Some places are of course colder than others. Western Uganda for example is much colder than Kampala which is in central Uganda. This is mostly because of the highland which is the Rwenzori Mountains. So you might need a few warm clothes if you are planning to go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest in the Rwenzori area. But even then, it is not as cold an entire winter season unless you’re planning to climb to the mountain top and camp live there, then you might need more than just your winter clothes.
The rainy seasons that count as the cold season in Uganda are still friendly for a safari trip depending on which activities you intend to pursue. It usually rains in the night or the early morning and then the sun comes out. It hardly is ever rains for an entire, so you will still go out and enjoy the sights and sounds of the pearl of Africa.
For the tourism industry this is considered the low season, because there are fewer tourists. Some of the lodges close or lower prices. Perhaps tourists still do not know that this is just as good a time as any other to make a Uganda safari trip. Some people might even consider it the best time considering the lower lodge prices, sometimes even permit prices for tracking gorillas or chimpanzees are also lowered and the game drives are not too crowded either. It is even easier to get reservations.
The dry season is tourist weather, no question about that. It is peak season, hotels and lodges are in business, and that is when most people make their safaris. You get good views of almost everything, the roads are clear, and your activities will not be interrupted by the rain very often and you will find more people to enjoy your safari with.
So if you are not particularly looking forward to winter in your country, or just want to be in a place where it seems to be summer all year round, book yourself a safari trip to Uganda, you will not regret it.
For every trip there is a set of things you need to remember to pack. Essential things, some of them simple accessories but they could easily make you trio either perfect or boring and disastrous.
A Uganda safari trip is no different. There are some things you just need to have.
First, a good camera with telephoto lens. Good memories need to be backed by good pictures, so you never forget. The things you are going to see are simply amazing and you will want to capture the moments. So invest in a good digital camera with a telephoto lens and take great pictures of beautiful scenery, exciting wildlife, primates, birds, mountains, and yourself amidst all this awesomeness. Be sure you have enough storage for your photographs. So no matter what storage device your camera uses, bring several so you do not run out of picture storage in the middle of your trip. There are a lot of photo opportunities, and things and places to take pictures off. You can never have enough photographs of the African wild. But try not to be so focused on getting good pictures that you forget to enjoy the safari experience.
A good pair of binoculars comes in handy when you want to get a clearer view of something but cannot get close enough. Once you see a pride of lions in a distance you will want to get a closer look, or, if you are into birding there is a variety of bird species all over; in the trees, flying in the skies, those binoculars will come in handy.
A safari journal: People who keep personal journals know how amazing it is to have precious memories documented with words and pictures. Journal entries for everyday you are on safari are precious. You cannot forget what you describe in your own words in that journal. It will be easier to tell your amazing story. Journaling when the experience is still fresh in your mind helps you describe and stay with a clear memory of what you saw experienced. So get a journal for safari, you never know what you could use those written memories for when you get back home. .
Safari guide books:
Wildlife and bird spotting guides for Uganda are very useful when you are on safari in Uganda. It very advisable to get a couple of these and read through them even before you travel. It helps you get familiar with the sights and sounds you might encounter in the African wild.
Some guide books we recommend include;
East African Wildlife (Bradt travel guide) This wildlife guide is very informative and helpful . By reading through it, you will be able to put names to the animals you see, and help you do away with any difficulty you might differentiating the different animals especially those that are very similar in appearance. For example an eland and a bushbuck which are both antelopes. It will help you identify the numerous animals you see. But again do not get so caught up in identifying which animals is which and forget to have fun and enjoy the experience of encountering them.
The Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi (Princeton Field Guides). If you are interested in birding, this is just the book for you. This guide will help you identify the different birds you will see, and you will even know which birds you are more likely to find in Uganda. There are over 1040 bird species that have been found in Uganda, and this book will help you identify which of those 1040 you are seeing.
The 6th Edition of Bradt Guide by Phillip Briggs: This book is just what you need to prepare you for your time in the African wild. It is quite helpful and informative for safari preparation.
Bradt Travel Guide Uganda 6TH EDITION [PB, 2010] will prepare you for your time in Uganda better than any other guide that you can buy about Uganda. It covers, towns, cities, places, park, wildlife reserves, restaurants, Hotels, the various activities you can enjoy at each location and more.
A hat with a Brim: Some might thing a hat is such a small negligible thing, but in the wilderness of Africa it is not. You need a wide brim hat to protect you from the sun. It can be really hot. Baseball caps can’t shield your neck, so they will not be that helpful. A hat with a relatively wide brim will make your safari much more comfortable. It doesn’t have to be an expensive, and you can always buy one when you arrive in Uganda, but be sure to get one. You will be thankful you did.
The right footwear: There is nothing quite as uncomfortable as inappropriate shoes for a safari activity. Try Mountain climbing in walking shoes, and you’ll know how important it is to have the right shoes for the activity. If your safari includes gorilla trekking, chimpanzee habituation, hiking, volcano climbing, walking safaris, or foothill hikes you need a pair of well broken hiking shoes. Brad new one off the shelf and untried will be uncomfortable. You need to get used to the boots before you venture on your safari activity. Stout boots can do, but hiking boots will give you better ankle support. So get yourself a pair before your safari and remember to pack them.
First Aid box: First aid items, medications, malaria regiments, and mosquito repellent are important. If you are on medication of any kind for any reason please remember to carry it with you. Do not forget your malaria regiment. Chances of you getting malaria are minimal but just to be safe pack your regiment. Mosquito and insect repellent is also an essential, you do not want to be kept awake at night by the buzz of mosquitoes around you or get bitten by a tsetse fly. Consult your doctor or a travel clinic for any medication you might need on safari.
Company: While you can do a solo safari and enjoy it, travel to exciting places is much more fun if you do it with a friend, or friends. Not only will you share the costs and spend less but shared memories are always the best. You will enjoy sitting around a campfire with your friends, people you know and care about, and the experience is made richer by the sentiments. .
The last and most important thing or things you need to take with you on your safari in Uganda is Common Sense and a sense of humour with a dash of adventure and a sprinkle of patience!! The wilderness of Africa is not a zoo in the west where the animals are put on display and you absolutely know what to expect. It’s a whole new world with and everything is real and exciting. Be ready to see the unexpected, the magical, and the simply beautiful. And where you might get slightly impatient or irritable just get your dose of patience out of your bag and take a pill and enjoy your experience to the fullest. Laugh, jump, cry all in excitement and enjoy your experience in the African wild.