Uganda Safari Tours, Packages & Cost, 2024 Uganda Safaris

Updated 11th May  2024

What makes Uganda a top safari destination in Africa? Among the top Uganda safari tours include gorilla trekking of over 400 of there endangered apes, over 1000 bird species, 330 mammals and different primate species in the 10 National Parks . Find itineraries or tour packages for safaris in Uganda, best tour companies, hotels where to stay and cost of Uganda safaris.

Why visit Uganda?

So, why have a Uganda Safari ? What makes Uganda good for a safari is , gorilla trekking is best done here , the highest population 450 mountain gorillas, climb the Rwenzori mountains, see the tree climbing lions in Africa, enjoy white water rafting on the Nile, 1000 bird species makes it a top birding destination in Africa.

You will visit the superb Murchison falls , engage in sightseeing of Uganda’s savanna, wildlife, lakes and rivers. Uganda is one of the most hospitable countries in the world thus making it the best cultural safari destination in Africa.

What makes Uganda special is that its a less crowded safari destination as compared to the neighboring Tanzania and Kenya. This is a perfect way to spy on the safari animals.

Uganda is a better country for a safari vs Kenya or Tanzania because it not only has the big five animals, it has the big six. Besides the elephant, leopard, lion, buffalo and Rhino, it has the mountain gorillas that you cannot find in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana or South Africa.

mountain gorilla, top activity for uganda safaris

Besides the ordinary safari, you will be able to engage in fishing adventures and catch 150kg Nilo-perch which is hard to catch elsewhere in the world. You will see the snow covered Rwenzori mountains that standing over most of Western Uganda, its rain forests plus the jungles not seen in any other country within East African.

Which Safari Company or Tour Operator ?

There are many safari companies in Uganda, among the best Uganda safari tour operators include, Insight Safari Holidays, Kori Safaris and Wild Whispers Africa. Most of the companies can take you to both Uganda and Rwanda for gorilla trekking and wildlife tours. Its important to find out whether a tour operator belongs to a certain professional association such as Association of Uganda Tour Operators, Tourism Uganda, Africa Tour Operators etc.

Where to go while on a safari in Uganda ?

1.Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, See The Mountain Gorillas

gorilla tours
from US $1100

Duration: 3 Days Safari

The world’s highest population of mountain gorillas are found in Bwindi National park. Besides gorilla trekking, you can engage in the gorilla habituation experience, a full day with the gorillas at a cost of US$700, forest birding and nature walks as well as cultural experiences. Arguably the most biologically diverse area on earth, with half of only surviving world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas in the world, Bwindi impenetrable forest is a must go destination once in Africa.

2. Chimpanzee Trekking Kibale Forest National Park Uganda Safari

chimpanzee tour
Price from $ 950

Duration: 3 Days Safari

Chimpanzee tracking is the pursuit of chimpanzees in the forest. This is done by following in the footsteps of the chimps. Safari tracker guides will enlighten you on how to track chimpanzees (and other primates like monkeys and baboons ) by reading clues left behind by these animals including footprints, dung etc.

About 1500 chimpanzees are found in Kibale Forest National Park. Located near the town of Fort Portal in the Western part of Uganda, east of the Rwenzori Mountains. The evergreen rain forest covers 766km2 and an altitude ranging between 110 and 1600m. This park joins with Queen Elizabeth national park. Kibale National Park is very good for chimpanzee tracking trips however Uganda safari chimps can also be sighted in Budongo forest in Murchison Falls national park and also in Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park.

3. Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda Safaris

uganda safari lions
Price from $ 730

Duration: 3 Days Safari

This is by far Uganda’s most scenic and visited game reserve. A massive variety of habitats including the savanna grassland mixed with various kinds of trees and grassy plains as well as different swamps and volcanic features which include volcanic cones and deep craters and tropical rain forests give the park its distinctive look. Queen Elizabeth National park is an ideal place to sight large game, go bird watching (612 species) on the Kazinga channel, and track chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge .Find tree climbing lions in Ishasha.

4. Kidepo Valley national park

kidepo safaris
Price from $ 1560

Duration: 5 Days Trip

Kidepo has 77 mammals, making it one of the best game drive parks in Africa.Over 475 bird species found here. Visit the Karamojong people, take walks to Lomej Mountains, Namamkweny Valley and Morungole Mountains.

Though remote, Kidepo valley national park is a true nugget of Uganda’s nature with great savanna landscapes and rising mountains in its background. It covers an area of 1,442km2 with an altitude of 900-2750m. The population of visitors here per day (an average of six visitors daily) is not high.

5. Murchison Falls National Park Uganda Safari

murchison falls safari
Price from $ 850

Duration: 3 Days Tour

This is the largest conservation area in Uganda covering an area of over 3,840km deriving its name from its famous waterfall; the Murchison falls. These falls are formed when the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft as it thrusts 43m down with a thundering cascade. in addition, visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. These falls form the center piece and this is the most visited. See Murchison falls safari

6. Lake Mburo National park Uganda Trip

lake mburo safari
Price from $ 350

Duration: 2 Days Trip

This is one of Uganda’s smallest wildlife parks although very rich in wild game. Plentiful of bird life flourishes here with more than 315 different bird species, a rich animal life including 68 different mammals like impala, leopards, buffalo, jackals and hyenas to see on a Uganda safari. Aside all this, it is only here that you will find zebras.

7. Sipi falls Uganda safari

sipi falls
Price from $ 250

Duration: 2 Days Tour

Sipi falls is arguably the most gorgeous chain of waterfalls in Uganda sitting in the foothills of Mt. Elgon as they overlook a vast plain. The falls have three levels all with unspeakable beauty although the 95m main drop attracts more visitors to this place and more to that, Sipi’s lodging looks out over it. Spending a night or two in this spectacular but peaceful place is an encounter you cannot afford to miss.

8. Lake Bunyonyi

Bunyonyi safaris
Price from $ 300

Duration: 3 Days Adventure

This is at most the loveliest lake in Uganda. The lake contains 29 islands and most of these are inhabited and terraced for agriculture. Enjoy seeing school children paddle dug-out canoes through the misty morning as crested cranes fly overhead in the wake of the morning. This is a true birding paradise. Watch the blue headed sunbird, cardinal wood peckers and others. Visit in small groups with your local guides.

9. Lake Mutanda

lake mutanda
Price from $ 720

Duration: 3 Days Safari

Lying just north of Kisoro, this scenic lake makes a relaxing base from which you can explore the area as well as track the famous mountain gorillas in the nearby Bwindi National Park. See budget gorilla trekking tours. The misty Virunga ranges in the background, papyrus swamp with plentiful opportunities of Uganda safari hikes, bird watching and a range of water activities all to yourself leave you envying the inhabitants of this place.

10. Rwenzori mountains Trekking

rwenzori mountains
Price from $ 1050

Duration: 6 Days Climbing Tours

This impressive range of mountains is located on the border between Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Its highest snow capped peak Margherita stands at a height of 5109m. It stretches to about 110km in length. This UNESCO world heritage site includes an astonishing range of landscapes, from the bizarre afro-alpine moorland to the thick tropical vegetation on the lower slopes and lastly the glaciers at the highest reaches in the southern hemisphere.

11. Mount Elgon National Park Hiking

mount elgon tour
Price from $ 480

Duration: 4 Days Hiking Safari

This park lies on the border between Kenya and Uganda. Mountain Elgon by far has the largest surface area any extinct volcano in the world has with a caldera that covers over 40km2 at its top. This is the second highest mountain in Uganda after mountain Rwenzori and its highest peak Wagagai sits at a height of 4,321m.

12. Ssese islands Holidays

ssese islands holidays
Price from $ 230

Duration: 3 Days Tour Safari Tours

This is a lush archipelago of 84 islands sitting along the north-western shore of Lake Victoria. The stunning white sand beaches make Ssese Islands a great place to kick back, relax to a good book read after your Uganda safari. You can enjoy a good canoe ride but you are advised against swimming due to the risks of biharzia and the occasional visits of wildlife hippos or crocodiles.

13. Semuliki national park

semuliki hot springs
Price from $ 730

Duration: 3 Days Safari Tours

The parks spans to a 220sqkm of valley floor that constitute a link between the heights of the huge steaming jungles of central Africa and East Africa. Intriguing wildlife as well as sulphur hot springs that can be spotted on a short day walk all call this home.

14. Lake Victoria Trip

lake victoria trips
Price from $ 100

Duration: 1 Day Tour

Aside being the chief reservoir of the Nile, it is also the largest lake in Africa and the second world largest fresh water lake. In the centre; great plateau there is a shallow depression in which Lake Victoria fills with its waters and this stretches between the Eastern and western rift valleys. You can also visit the river banks of the nile in Jinja.

15. Goldens Monkeys of Mgahinga

The golden monkeys also called Cercopithecus Mitis Kandti. There are very few places in the world where you find this magnificent wildlife creature. Most tourists adds to the list of exciting trekking experiences as you watch the soaring mountains of the Virunga. Other widlife primates found here.

Uganda National Parks table

National ParkLocationKey Uganda Safari Activities
Bwindi Impenetrable ForestSouthwest UgandaGorilla trekking, forest hikes
Queen ElizabethSouthwest UgandaWildlife drives, boat cruises, chimp tracking
Murchison FallsNorthwest UgandaWildlife drives, Nile boat cruise, waterfall views
Kibale ForestSouthwest UgandaChimpanzee tracking, primate walks
Lake MburoSouthwest UgandaBoat rides, walking safaris, zebra tracking
Kidepo ValleyNortheast UgandaWildlife drives, cultural visits
Mgahinga GorillaSouthwest UgandaGorilla trekking, golden monkey tracking
Mount ElgonEastern UgandaHiking, climbing, caving
Rwenzori MountainsWestern UgandaMountain hiking, climbing, scenery
SemulikiWestern UgandaHot springs, bird watching, forest walks

Where To Stay On a Ugandan Safari ?

National Park lodges range from Budget to 5 Star facilities, all set to pamper every single need throughout your stay within this African Wild. Reside in lodges, or tented camps set in traditional style, or the beautiful bandas, enjoy the delicious meals delicately prepared by their professional chefs.

Best places to Stay in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking (US $ 700 – $1500)

  • Clouds Lodge
  • Mahogany Springs
  • Sanctuary Gorilla Camp

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has several hotels and lodges where you can stay. Its important to choose your accommodation based on the gorilla group or region that you are going to track.

clouds lodge uganda

Best Lodges in Kibale Forest National Park) (US $ 400 – $800)

  • Kibale Primates Lodge
  • Kyaninga Lodge
  • Crater Safari Lodge

Best Lodges in Queen Elizabeth National Park

1. Ishasha Wilderness Camp.

Best Lodges in Murchison Falls National Park

1.Chobe Lodge

Lake Bunyonyi Hotels

1. Bird Nest Lodge

Lake Mburo National Park Hotels

  1. Mihingo Lodge.

Top Rated Hotels in Kampala

  • Kampala Serena Hotel
  • Pearl Of Africa Hotel
  • Latitude 0 Degrees
  • Golden Tulip Canaan Kampala

Best Time To Visit Uganda For Safaris ?

The best time to visit Uganda is between December-February or June-August, when there are 2 dry seasons.

June-August is the peak of the dry season. This is when waterholes will be full and thick grasses have turned parched brown, which enables animals to be easily spotted from a distance. Great bird watching happens now.

You can got to Uganda any time of the year, with temperatures at around 24°C to 30°C, the climate is generally warm. The best month to visit Uganda is July.

  • Best time to go for gorilla trekking in Uganda is June, July, August. (Bwindi National Park & Mgahinga Gorilla)
  • Best time for birding in Uganda is December, January and February.
  • Best time for game viewing safaris in July, August, December and January.
  • March, April and May is rain season, probably not the best time to visit the pearl of Africa.

Uganda climate and weather table

MonthAvg High TempAvg Low TempAvg RainfallRainy Season?Best for Safari?

How Much Does a Uganda Safari Cost in 2024?

Lets try to do some costing together. Right? A Uganda gorilla safaris permit per person goes for $ 700 in 2024. Accommodation ranges from 150 to 900 depending on where you choose to stay. Roughly a simple 3 day safari to Bwindi should cost about $ 1200 per person, that should be the cheapest. Other destinations such as Murchison Falls National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park could cost about $ 1000 for budget safari travelers. If you are to travel with other people, the price is incredibly reduced. If they are 2 of u, its possible to save over $ 300 on a 3 day trip.

  • Average Cost of Safari in Uganda is US$ 200 per person per day.
  • Permit to see the gorillas of Uganda costs US $ 700 per person per day.
  • Chimpanzee tracking permit costs $200 (Kibale National Park)
  • Park entrance fees is US$40 ( Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo and Kidepo)
  • Cost of golden monkeys permit in Uganda is US $ 60 per person per hour.
  • A Luxury safari lodge is $ 300 per night
  • Budget or cheap Safari accommodation is $ 100 per night.
  • You can hire a car to take you to the parks at $100 to $200 per day.
  • Trekking Mount Elgon (National Park) costs $ 90 per day.
  • Boat cruise on Queen Elizabeth National Park costs $ 30 per shift.
  • Rhino Visits at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary costs US$50 per person.

Best Safari Itineraries

A 3 day safari to see the gorillas would be sufficient for those with little time. A week in Uganda is enough to cover the best 6 National parks but cannot cover all the attractions in the designated National parks and reserves.. A 4 day safari normally combine one that one traveler destination. A safari can be tailor made to cover your interests such as game drives, mountain gorillas, Rwenzori trekking, water rafting, watching birds, boat cruise and other adventures.

animals of Uganda

Uganda Safari Costs 2024

Gorilla permit$700 per person
Chimp permit$200 per person
Park entrance fee$40 per park
Safari vehicle rental$100-200 per day
Budget lodge$100 – $150 per night
Mid-range lodge$150 – $250 per night
Luxury lodge$300+ per night
Camping fees$15 – $20 per person per night
Game drive$30 – $50 per person
Cultural village visit$15 per person
Nature walk$30 per person
Whitewater rafting$125 per person
Boat cruise$30 per person
Fishing trip$100 per person
Domestic flights$150 – $300 one-way
Visa$50 per person
Meals$20 – $50 per person per day
Guide fees$20 – $30 per group per day
Airport transfers$50 – $100 per vehicle

Uganda Safari Activities Table

ActivityKey LocationsDescription
Gorilla trekkingBwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla NPGuided hike to view endangered mountain gorillas
Chimpanzee trackingKibale Forest NP, Kyambura Gorge, Budongo ForestFollow chimps through forest, view behaviors
Wildlife drivesQueen Elizabeth NP, Murchison Falls NP, Kidepo Valley NPGame viewing by vehicle
Boat cruisesMurchison Falls NP, Kazinga ChannelRelaxing boat rides to view wildlife
Bird watchingBwindi Impenetrable NP, Lake Mburo NP, Semuliki NP, Lake BunyonyiSpot diverse bird species
HikingRwenzori Mountains NP, Mt. Elgon NPChallenge yourself on mountain hikes
Nature walksKibale Forest NP, Queen Elizabeth NPWalk through the forest and plains
Cultural visitsBuhoma, Bigodi, IgongoInteract with local artisans and learn traditions
Hot springsSemuliki National ParkRelax in natural hot springs
FishingMurchison Falls NP, Lake VictoriaLand large Nile perch and tilapia
White water raftingRiver Nile near JinjaRide rapids on the longest river in Africa

List of Best Animals To See On Uganda Safari

  • The Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Mgahinga National Park.
  • Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • The African Elephant in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park
  • Zebras in Lake Mburo National Park.
  • Golden Monkeys of Mgahinga National Park
  • Rothschild Giraffe in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Cape Buffalo in Kidepo Valley National Park
  • Rhinos @ Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Hippos i the banks of river nile / Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Uganda Kob found in Queen Elizabeth National Park & Murchison Falls
  • Leopard in Kidepo Valley National Park

What is the Weather like in Uganda ?

Uganda is located at the equator. The conducive weather is another reason why the country is among the must visit destinations on the African continent. It experiences a temperate climate which makes it possible to enjoy the various safari activities all year round such as game drives, birds watching and gorilla tracking. Be sure to take the right safari clothing suitable for an African safari, be it safaris in Tanzania , Kenya holidays or other East Africa holidays.

What Makes Uganda Different from any other Traveller Destination?

Uganda – unique unlike any other country in Africa hidden to many is symbolic ; Uganda boasts of the most impressive scenic Wonders – the significant River Nile, the very powerful waterfall – the Murchison Falls, the highest Mountain Range the Mt. Rwenzori – the Mountains of the Moon, the Virunga Volcanoes, the most wonderful in all of Africa with Lake Bunyonyi plus Lake Mutanda. The boat cruise at Kazinga channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park gives you a chance to see variety of wild animals along the shores. Most visitors love the tropical beach Islands, the rare Mountain Gorillas, impressive wildlife Chimpanzees – this is the true representation of African wilderness all compacted into a tiny nation.

List of What To Pack For A Ugandan Safari

  • Travel Documents: Passport, insurance, flight tickets, covid test docs, yellow fever vaccines, cash, safari itinerary. Uganda gorilla permit issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority.
  • Safari Clothes: The best clothing for safari is Khaki (light brown and Olive). Other safari wear include Jumper, water proof jacket, adjustable sleeves, long flowly skirts and gloves.
  • Safari Shoes: Light weight hiking shoes and jungle boots to track mountain gorillas. Include flip-flops or sandals.
  • Sun Protection: Sunscreen cream, moisturizers and glasses.
  • Adventure Gadgets: iphone or mobile phone, camera, memory card and headlamp.
  • Toiletries: wipes, tampons for women and teeth accessories.
  • Medical Kit: Hand sanitizer, protective masks, Bandage, antiseptic, anti-diarrhea, painkillers and bug repellent.
  • Donations: Be sure to find needy communities especially children.Think of what to carry.

How To Get To Uganda

Flights to Uganda

Most prominent airlines fly to Entebbe International Airport. These include Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, Delta, KLM and Turkish Airlines. Covid 19 guidelines include sanitation at its peak, wearing of masks is mandatory and middle seats remain empty during flights.

As you plan your travel to Uganda, note that most airlines have an allowance of 20kgs. Think about what you carry into and out of Uganda, its important to leave room for souvenirs. Most of the mentioned items are actually found in supermarkets in Kampala where you can go for a pre-trip shopping.

Getting Around Uganda

  • If you have a pre booked trip, you will be in a safari vehicle provides by your tour operator or safari company. You will have your local guide with you all the time since this will be a private tour. Most private journeys whether both luxury or budget are encouraged when it comes to an African safari.
  • Taxi is the commonest way of getting around Kampala and other areas. It accommodates 14 people but during the restrictions, it takes less than a half number. Cost per day is about $ 5 to cross from one district to another.
  • Boda boda is a motorcycle spread all over the country. We encourage you to use Safe boda as they provide helmets. Cost per day is about US $ 10
  • Special Hire Taxis are not very pocket friendly. A full day could easily cost you US$ 80
  • Buses are available. Great if you are moving to places far by 200km from your location such as Fort portal, Kasese, Mbale, Kisoro, Masinde enroute Ziwa Rhino sanctuary and wildlife parks in Eastern Uganda, Southern Uganda and northern Uganda.
  • Air Travel. Aero link takes you to different national parks for luxury wildlife safaris. Consult your tour operator for prices.
  • Water transport is used to visit Ssese Islands and chimpanzee trekking in Ngamba.

23 things To do on a Safari in Uganda

ActivityDescriptionWhereWhenCost (USD)
Gorilla TrekkingTrek through the forest to observe mountain gorillas in their natural habitat for 1 hourBwindi Impenetrable NP, Mgahinga Gorilla NPYear-round, best in dry season Jun-Feb$700 permit
Chimpanzee TrekkingTrek through the forest to find and observe chimpanzees for 1 hourKibale NP, Kyambura Gorge, Budongo ForestYear-round$200 Kibale, $40 Budongo, $50 Kyambura
Game DrivesMorning and evening game drives in open safari vehicles to view wildlifeMurchison Falls NP, Kidepo Valley NP, Queen Elizabeth NP, Lake Mburo NPYear-round, best in dry seasonIncluded in park fees
Nile Boat Cruise3-hour boat cruise along the Nile River to the bottom of Murchison FallsMurchison Falls NPYear-round$36
Top of Murchison FallsHike to the top of Murchison Falls to see the waterfall up closeMurchison Falls NPYear-round$15
Kazinga Channel Cruise2-hour boat cruise along the channel to view hippos, birds, and other wildlifeQueen Elizabeth NPYear-round$36
Tree Climbing LionsGame drive through Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth NP to hopefully see lions lounging in treesQueen Elizabeth NPYear-roundIncluded in park fees
Rhino TrackingGuided trek on foot to track white rhinos in a sanctuary breeding programZiwa Rhino SanctuaryYear-round$50
BirdingGuided birdwatching walks and tours throughout Uganda’s 10 national parksVarious parksYear-roundIncluded in park fees
Kidepo Valley NP12+ hour drive to remote Kidepo Valley in northeast UgandaKidepo Valley NPJune-March dry seasonN/A
Lake Mburo WalkGuided morning walk through the savanna and wetlandsLake Mburo NPYear-round$15
Horseback Riding2-hour horseback riding safari through the savannaLake Mburo NPYear-round~$100
Canoe Lake BunyonyiPaddle by canoe on the peaceful Lake Bunyonyi with 29 islandsLake BunyonyiYear-round$30
Rwenzori TrekkingMulti-day hike through Rwenzori Mountains along varied trailsRwenzori Mountains NPJune-Oct dry seasonsGuided hikes from ~$600
Mgahinga HikingDay hikes to the peaks of the Virunga volcanoes in MgahingaMgahinga Gorilla NPYear-round$80
Sipi Falls HikeDay hike to the beautiful Sipi Falls in eastern UgandaMount Elgon areaYear-roundN/A
Sempaya Hot SpringsGuided hike to the Sempaya Hot Springs in Semuliki NPSemuliki NPYear-roundN/A
Source of the NileVisit where the Nile River leaves Lake Victoria in JinjaJinjaYear-roundN/A
Bungee JumpingExperience bungee jumping over the Nile RiverJinjaYear-round~$115
Cultural VisitGuided tours to experience Ugandan music, dance, crafts, lifestyleVarious areasYear-roundVaries
Equator CrossingVisit the equator line and do experiments at equator sitesKayabwe, KaseseYear-roundN/A
Shoebill ViewingGuided canoe tour of Mabamba Swamp wetlands to see shoebillsMabamba SwampYear-round~$75
Ssese IslandsRelax on the beaches of the Ssese Islands in Lake VictoriaSsese IslandsYear-roundN/A
Kampala City TourGuided tour of Uganda’s capital city KampalaKampalaYear-round~$70

Popular Uganda Safari Packages

3 Day Uganda Gorilla Tour

Mountain gorilla safaris to Bwindi. You will spend 3 days in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.
Trek into pristine rainforest to see endangered mountain gorillas. Meeting a silverback is one of the most personal animal encounters.  The 3 day gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is ideal for people seeking adventure and a taste of both wildlife and beauty.

3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Uganda Safari

You will have time to see all that the spectacular Murchison Falls National Park has to offer—including a safari that will let you view all of the park’s big 4 species. Visiting the Murchison Falls national park with a 3-day itinerary gives visitors the finest opportunities to view some of the sought-after big cats like as lions and leopards.

3 Days Visit Kibale National Park

Visit one of the best safari destinations that feature the primates. Go for chimpanzee trekking, chimpanzee habituation, birding tours, walking safaris,

4 Days Gorilla Trekking Uganda

This trip includes 4 days of gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park. Only in Uganda can you go so close to gorillas in their natural environment. Reading reviews, this is one of the top things to do in Uganda, Rwanda, and the DRC.

The forest park is home to approximately half of the world’s mountain gorilla population. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in South Western Uganda, near the DRC. Gorilla hiking in Uganda involves a high altitude hike.
Prepare to get fit tested.

Spend an hour studying and photographing these calm giants. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is unquestionably rewarding. After the Batwa pygmies were expelled from the forest, Gorilla trekking became the primary tourist attraction in 1993. Park rangers and guides lead gorilla treks.

4 Days Mgahinga Gorilla National park

Golden monkey trek, see the mountain gorillas and more.

Some rare things to do on your Uganda tour include sport fishing on the Nile, horseback safaris, community walks, visiting the habituated chimpanzees.

5 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari

Gorilla safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National park combined with Lake Bunyonyi birding trips.

6 Days Uganda Tours

Rhino tracking in the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, a boat trip on the Victoria Nile to Murchison Falls, chimp tracking in Kibale National Park, and wildlife watching in Queen Elizabeth National Park, including visits to the Buhoma town and Igongo Cultural Village.

7 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours & Wildlife

Visit the best Uganda game reserves including Murchison Falls National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth and more for wildlife viewing.  The 7 Day Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Wildlife Safari Uganda allows you to see the Big Five of Africa in addition to other exciting activities that exemplify excellence.

Mountain gorillas are the finest adrenaline action of wildlife experiences.
A 7-day monkey and wildlife tour in Uganda is a fantastic way to learn about primates.

12 Days African Safari To Uganda & Rwanda

On this Uganda safari, you will go for gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, visit Ziwa Rhino sanctuary. The Murchison Falls on the Nile, the world’s most powerful waterfall, will be visited. In Murchison Falls National Park, you will see a variety of wildlife.

From here, you may see chimpanzees in the world’s primate capital, Kibale Forest National Park.  This park is home to 13 primates species, including chimpanzees, which number 5000 in the region, the largest number in East Africa. After your travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, gorilla tracking is the most rewarding wildlife experience in Africa.

15 Days East Africa Safari

Visit the best Uganda game reserves and parks including Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park, Masai Mara, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Nyerere National Park and Tarangire National Park.

Above and Beyond Uganda

When you analyze traffic, Make tourists who come to Uganda often go to other East African destinations for safaris and tours. Notably, Rwanda safaris are prefer to double mountain gorilla trek in 2 different East African safari countries, i.e Uganda and Rwanda. Other tourists combine their Ugandan safari with visits to Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Congo. For more detailed information about the country and wildlife, please contact us.

FAQs on Uganda Safaris

A standard safari package includes lodging (usually in shared twin rooms), all meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle ideal for game viewing, services of an English-speaking local driver/guide, all park entrance fees, and daily game drive activities. Over 80% of packages also provide one gorilla trekking permit in Bwindi Forest, over 70% include airport pick-up and drop-off from the starting location, 50% give bottled water for drinks during game drives, and 30% feature flights between national parks for a flying safari experience.

Experts recommend spending at least 6-8 days on a comprehensive Uganda safari visiting multiple top national parks in order to see the full range of wildlife and scenery the country has to offer. The top parks to include are Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park. According to Uganda Wildlife Authority statistics, over 60% of tourists visit Queen Elizabeth and over 80% visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest on their Uganda safari. The prime time to go on safari for the best wildlife viewing is during the dry season months between June and September when animals are more concentrated around water sources and vegetation is less dense.

Most full, comprehensive Uganda safaris range from 6 to 12 days in length according to industry averages. This provides enough time to comfortably visit 3-5 national parks without feeling too rushed. Shorter Uganda safaris of 3-5 days in length tend to focus on just one particular region such as southwestern Uganda including the parks of Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. According to tourism reports, over 80% of Uganda safaris booked are one week or longer in duration.

The top destinations and national parks for a Uganda safari according to the Uganda Tourism Board are Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and Kidepo Valley National Park. Over 95% of safari itineraries will include Queen Elizabeth on the route and over 90% visit Bwindi Forest. Around 60% of safari routes also include Murchison Falls National Park and Kibale Forest. Only 20% of safaris make it up to the more remote Kidepo Valley National Park located in the far northern part of Uganda.

There are many popular Ugandan foods that visitors should try if featured on local menus. These include matoke, which are cooked green bananas that are served mashed as the national dish. Other staples are posho made from maize flour, katogo made from cooked bananas, chapati which is an Indian-influenced flatbread, roasted meats like tilapia fish from Lake Victoria, chicken, goat, and even grasshoppers. Uganda is also famous for fresh pineapples and other produce. Ugandans love using spices and flavors such as curry, garlic, hot chili, and peanut sauce in their cooking.

The official currency used in Uganda is the Ugandan Shilling, abbreviated as UGX. However, according to Bank of Uganda data, US Dollars are also very widely accepted and used for payment at many major shops, restaurants, hotels, and tourism destinations in the major cities as well as national parks. ATMs in Uganda do dispense Ugandan Shillings, but may charge foreign transaction fees, so bringing sufficient cash in US Dollars is advisable.

According to visitor statistics from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, the most visited national parks for safaris in Uganda are Queen Elizabeth National Park located in the southwest, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and Murchison Falls National Park located in the northern part of the country. Other top safari destinations include Kibale Forest National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Semuliki National Park, and Mount Elgon National Park.

Yes, most foreign nationals do need a tourist visa in order to enter Uganda, as reported by the government’s Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control. Tourist visas can be obtained on arrival at the airport for citizens of over 50 countries including USA, UK, Canada, European Union nations, Australia, and New Zealand. East African citizens receive a free 90-day visa upon arrival. Other nationalities must apply for a Ugandan visa in advance through an embassy.

Yes, Uganda is generally considered to be safe for tourists to visit according to government foreign travel advisories. Violent crime rates are relatively low in Uganda, especially for visitors who are travelling as part of an organized guided safari tour. However, basic common sense precautions should still be taken when in major cities and when using public transportation according to guidebooks. Tourists should avoid travelling to unstable border regions located in northern Uganda.

According to reports from the Uganda Tourism Board, safari lodge prices can vary greatly, ranging from budget accommodation starting at $50-100 per person per night for basic bandas (thatched-roof huts) up to luxury lodges that are $400-800+ per person for lavish suites and villas. Mid-range safari lodges average about $150-300 per person per night for comfortable en-suite rooms with electricity and hot running water. Rates are full board including all meals, activities, and park fees.

A budget 3-day Uganda safari can cost around $600-800 per person including basic accommodation in dorms or bandas, according to industry pricing reports. For a mid-range standard 6-8 day Uganda safari with mid-range lodges, prices average about $1500-2500 per person all-inclusive. On the higher end, luxury accommodation and bespoke custom safari experiences in Uganda average from $3000-5000+ per person or even more if staying at top lodges.

Travel experts overwhelmingly recommend joining a guided small group or private safari tour as being the best and most convenient way to maximize and enrich your wildlife experience in Uganda. A self-drive safari is certainly possible, but hiring a local certified guide will provide more insight and support during your trip. Using public transportation options within Uganda’s national parks is very limited and not recommended.

Yes, it is possible for travelers to independently arrange their own custom DIY safari in Uganda with a rented 4×4 vehicle. However, tourism industry statistics show that over 85% of visitors to Uganda book their trip through a reputable tour operator or privately hire a certified safari guide in order to have the best hassle-free experience and value for money during their time in Uganda.

Yes, various government and tourism reports indicate that Uganda is very safe and suitable for solo travelers, even women, when going on guided tour packages. Joining small group safari tours with other travelers can provide a good balance of flexibility for solo travelers while also having company. Private tours with just a guide are also a great intimate option well-suited for solo visitors.

According to the most recent fee schedule from the Uganda Wildlife Authority, a permit for one gorilla trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park costs $700 USD per person. Due to high demand, these permits often sell out around 6-12 months in advance. Reputable tour companies and operators can secure gorilla trekking permits in advance and include a guided trek as part of pre-arranged safari packages in Uganda.

The Uganda Tourism Board promotes several romantic destinations suitable for couples, honeymooners and those celebrating anniversaries. Top romantic spots include Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mutanda, Sipi Falls, and the various islands in Lake Victoria such as Ssese Islands. Luxury wilderness lodges and camps located throughout Uganda’s national parks also provide intimate, cozy settings for travelers seeking romance.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority recommends wearing neutral-colored clothing when on a safari in Uganda, such as shades of greens, browns, tans, and khakis, which can help to blend in with nature and avoid startling the wildlife. Long sleeve shirts and pants help protect against both the hot sun and insects. It’s wise to bring along layers of clothing that can be added or removed due to fluctuating temperatures between daytime heat and cool evenings. Sturdy hiking boots or closed walking shoes with ankle support are recommended for tracking animals on foot or uneven terrain. Wide-brimmed hats are useful for sun protection as well.

According to tourism industry analysis, safari trips to Uganda are typically cheaper to book during the wetter shoulder seasons. This includes the months of March-May and again October-November each year. Prices are lower due to there being less crowds in the national parks during these wetter times. Discounted rates around 20-30% off the high season prices can also be found at many safari lodges during the true low season months of April through June.