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Uganda

Straddling the Equator at the heart of the continent and sandwiched between Kenya, Rwanda, Congo, Sudan and Tanzania, Uganda is a small country by comparison with its African neighbours. Much of the country sits at about 1,000m above sea level. Described by Winston Churchill as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, Uganda's most alluring features are its beautiful forests, wildlife, lakes and mountains, and in recent years it has become very well known for its exceptional gorilla safari. Although it also has a number of general safari parks, Uganda does not compare as a big five safari destination with the other countries we offer and for this reason, our operations in Uganda are limited to gorilla trekking.

Uganda: wildlife


Uganda's wildlife has increased steadily in recent years and a variety of game can be seen here, but its parks do not compete with the likes of Tanzania’s Serengeti, Botswana’s Okavango Delta or Zambia’s South Luangwa. There is an argument that this is not Uganda’s ambition anyway - and one certain advantage of safari here is that the game viewing is free of mass tourism! However Uganda is not a big game destination; primates, especially the mountain gorilla and chimpanzees, are a very special attraction in their own right and these are the reason that we feature Uganda.  Show me more >


Uganda: some background


Much like most of Africa, Uganda was inhabited very early, with Bantu people farming the land from 1000 BCE.  Europeans arrived in the 19th Century, however unlike its neighbours Uganda was not fully colonised but became a British protectorate. Due to this partial independence, many characteristics of pre-colonial Uganda still survive.  Show me more >

Uganda Map

Uganda: when to visit


The best time to visit Uganda is during the dry season, when the gorillas are easier to spot and the trekking is easier because the forest is less dense and the ground is hard. Not to mention we prefer it when the sun shines …  Show me more >

 

Uganda: getting around


Uganda is not brilliantly accessible, so we recommend flying from Entebbe to Kisoro (1.5hrs) to reach Bwindi National Park.
 
Entebbe is not a popular hub, so most international flights will have to fly via a major city such as Johannesburg, Nairobi, Addis etc.
 

Uganda: where to stay

 

Bwindi National Park:


Clouds Mountain lodge has one of the most amazing settings of any of the lodges we work with, and this is absolutely the place to stay in Uganda for the gorillas.  Located high up in the hills, the lodge commands views over the entire region and is a magical little place due to its unpretentious charm and links with the local community. However, please note that it’s a hard walk back up to Clouds after a long day’s gorilla trekking! It’s well worth the effort however.   Show me more >

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