Luxury safaris in Uganda will allow you to see mountain gorilla.

Best Uganda Safaris

Our approach to the best Uganda safaris involves combining the best lodges, experiences and safari areas to create the best itineraries. Aptly known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’, Uganda is rated as one of the best African safari destinations. Its embarrassment of safari riches can make it more challenging to choose what to exclude…

Options for the best Uganda safaris reflect the country’s remarkable diversity, with habitats ranging from misty cloud forests to rolling savannah.While its key experiences can also be enjoyed elsewhere in East or Central Africa, no one country can offer them all with the warmth and wonder of Uganda. 

The best Uganda experiences include what for many people are the most emotive wildlife encounters of all – high-altitude trekking in search of endangered mountain gorilla or the equally mesmerising chimpanzee viewing

The grasslands of Queen Elizabeth National Park – among Uganda’s best safari parks and reserves – provide a counterpoint to these experiences, as does the barely restrained power of Murchison Falls. After the excitement, the tranquil waters and atmospheric islands of Lake Bunyonyi offer a secluded, contemplative hideaway.

Uganda’s best safari lodges are equally diverse: channel classic safari vibes in tented camps with savannah views, or move closer to a lodge fireplace on a cool, damp mountain evening. 

Drawing on this sense of variety to deliver connected yet contrasting chains of unforgettable moments in the company of primates, vast herds of antelope and coffee growers help us curate Uganda’s best safari itineraries

Light-aircraft flights mean that every corner of the country can be reached with ease, while connecting flights allow you to also spend time in neighbouring Kenya or Tanzania

Click on the links below to learn more about Uganda, including when best to visit.  

When to Go

Landlocked Uganda enjoys a temperate and relatively consistent climate, generally following the typical East African pattern of two dry and two wet seasons per year. The dry periods between June and August, and December and February, are generally the best time for gorilla trekking in Bwindi, as the forest trails are dry underfoot. Clear skies and more sunshine make for especially pleasant conditions, while savannah game concentrates around waterholes. June to September are the relatively busy months, but crowding is never an issue in this remote region.

Uganda’s two wet seasons are slightly different in nature – the short rains earlier in the year are characterised by intermittent short showers through the day, and periodic lower temperatures, while the long rains later in the year can involve more prolonged drizzle, storms and much cooler evenings. This pattern varies across the country, with western areas and Lake Victoria being wetter. The green season from March to May sees vegetation flourish in the savannah, making game a little harder to spot, but the proliferation of newborn animals means more exciting predator action.

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