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

Luxury safaris in Uganda

The majestic-sounding place names alone give a clue as to the magnificence of Uganda. Bordering both Kenya and Tanzania, the Pearl of Africa is possibly the most strategically located country – in safari terms – in East Africa.

Your luxury Uganda safari will likely begin in its bustling, energetic capital, Kampala. From there you can reach all the country’s key locations, including the immense Lake Victoria and its much smaller counterpart, the primate-viewing hotspot of Lake Mutanda. On the shores of Lake Victoria you’ll find Entebbe, the seat of power in Uganda where her president resides.

Uganda’s top drawcard is undoubtedly Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; the dense bamboo groves of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are home to half the world’s remaining population of endangered mountain gorilla, and gorilla trekking is a bucket-list experience par excellence.

The White Nile rises in Uganda, as do the brooding Rwenzori Mountains. From Murchison Falls National Park, a fantastic safari experience is to take a cruise along the Nile to the impressive Murchison Falls themselves, or to the Victoria Nile Delta.

The rugged savannah of Kidepo Valley National Park allows you to get truly remote. And while enjoying your safari in the Kidepo valley you might encounter the Karamojong people, the fascinating semi-nomadic pastoralists who eke out a living in the country’s arid northeast.

Other wildlife areas, such as Queen Elizabeth National Park, offer open savannah game drives and walking safaris in contrast to Bwindi’s forest walks. In addition to game viewing, Uganda’s position straddling the equator means that the birding is superb, as you might expect in a country that features the iconic crowned crane on its national flag.

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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