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 Holidays: 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.
Uganda's one game viewing area of note is Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP), with the ice-covered peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains as a backdrop. The park is rich in wildlife, including the tree lions at Ishasha, and is a haven for bird-watchers. Chimpanzees can be seen in the steeply-forested sides of the Kyambura Gorge near QENP, and in the Kibale Forest. Further south, in the chain of eight blue Virunga volcanoes strung out on the borders of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, lives the mountain gorilla. The combination of volcanoes, volcanic lakes and steeply terraced hillsides make this a dramatic area – unquestionably one of Africa’s most beautiful regions. The remaining mountain gorillas live further north in the Bwindi forest in Uganda. The mountain gorilla viewing in any of these areas is exceptional.