Uganda is a relatively small landlocked country with fascinating tourist attractions. Often referred to as the pearl of Africa, Uganda is indeed the precious jewel of Africa I would say of the world. She is a beautifully craved country with a lot of amazing physical features to explore. Uganda prides herself in her large felicitous wildlife, fauna and flora.
Uganda, whose great natural beauty and diversity led to it being christened ‘The Pearl of Africa’. An incomparable fusion of East African savannah and West African jungle, famed for its rare mountain gorillas which are best visited from June to September.
MOUNTAIN GORILLA TRACKING
Reporting to the ranger station at 8:00 am, the guides will then take you through the bush to track the gorillas. The trek can take from half an hour to 6 hours and a reasonable degree of fitness is required as well as a sturdy pair of walking/ hiking shoes. Sit in the forest among the gorillas, listening to them grumble to each other and marvel at the sheer size of the dominant male – the silverback. Amazing to think that there are just over 800 left in the world! Permits to view the gorillas are restricted to 24 per day. We will request permits on your behalf, but they must be paid for at the time of booking and are non refundable.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Home to a phenomenal abundance of wildlife, including rare aquatic sitatunga, the pouting shoebill and the world’s largest concentration of hippos, Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular reserve, boasting over 600 species of birds and some 100 species of mammals.
KIBAALE NATIONAL PARK
Home to the highest concentration of primates in the world, the rainforests of Kibale cover a rich landscape of lakes, marshes and grasslands. This spectacular national park is a haven for 12 different species of primate. The park’s most famous residents are the 500 or so habituated chimpanzees that are a regular feature of any hike.
BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
In the primeval forests of Virunga Mountains rests the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest one of the largest natural forests in East Africa. Home to over 50% of the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas, it is an area of natural diversity and one of the best places to experience a face to face encounter with these inspiring primates.
LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Lake Mburo national park is known as the Home for Zebras. The park’s well developed Acacia woodland harbors a number of wildlife species and it is the best place in the country to see the gigantic eland antelope, as well as topi, impala and several acacia-associated birds.
Uganda is immensely endowed with over 1,000 bird species; some of which are endemic to the country. These constitute 67% of Africa’s and 11.1% of the world’s total population, making the country a must visit for bird lovers. Some of the most interesting birds include; the crested crane (recently named ‘Gray crowned crane’), Shoebill, Wattled plorer, Africa Fish Eagle, African Jacana, Saddle Billed Stock, Pelican, African Pigmy Geese and Narina’s Trogon. These special birds, such as the Shoebill and the numerous spectacular endemics of the Albertine rift Valley are difficult or impossible to find elsewhere. The huge bird list is so remarkable given the small size of the country of over 235,000 sqkm; approximately the size of Great Britain. Making it arguably, the richest African birding destination.
Uganda boasts over 330 mammal species, of which 7 are endangered, 21 are vulnerable, and 17 are near-threatened. The wealth of invertebrate life of more than 100,000 species have been identified countrywide and an astonishing 1,200 butterfly species, including almost 50 endemics, have been recorded.Here, both animals and nature are in complete harmony with each other. A wide range of wildlife exists in the national parks and game reserves, providing one of the distinctive tour destinations on the continent. Parks like Queen Elizabeth are easily accessible yet not crowded, offering a wonderful game drive and wildlife experience
SANCTUARY GORILLA FOREST CAMP
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for a gorilla tracking adventure in Bwindi. Guests can dine under the stars and relax by the roaring campfire. On cooler evenings, the central cottage provides a warm shelter. The camp is the only accommodation located within the National Park, offering guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the only camp to receive regular visits from the gorillas themselves, up to 4-6 visits per month. For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encouncter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp!
Best time to go and Weather
Much of Uganda follows a similar weather pattern to Kenya, although it is rather wetter due to the influence of Lake Victoria. Basically most of the country has a double rainy season, between March and May and between November and December, with two intervening dry seasons, however in the north this can merge into a single wet period with a single dry one. Temperatures are fairly consistent all year round and are not excessively high.
- Time difference GMT +3hrs
- Flight Time8.5 hrs
- VisaYes for British passport holders*
- ImmunisationsDiphtheria, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Malaria, Meningitis, Polio, TB, Tetanus, Typhoid, Yellow Fever**
- Area237,000 sq km
- Population24.6 million
- Dialling Code+256
- Electricity240V 50 Hz
- Language Swahili, English and Ganda
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