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Uganda Safaris and Gorilla Experience | Why you should visit Uganda

Uganda is a fantastic safari destination in Africa endowed with beautiful sights comprising of beautiful plains of savannah with spectacular wildlife viewing, home to the largest number of the critically endangered mountain gorilla in the jungles of Bwindi & Mgahinga,the snow caped mountains, the magnificent and yet the largest fresh water lake in Africa, the wonderful adrenaline white water rafting in Jinja at the source of the river Nile, the forceful Murchison falls. The list of Uganda’s magical attractions is endless that its no wonder Winston Churchill labeled her the “Perl of Africa”.

Uganda Safaris

 

A Uganda safari is a fantastic surprise offering a large number of tourism attraction in just a single small land locked East Africa country where savannah lands bridge to interlink with the great lakes, rivers, and swamps to snow caped mountains and forested Jungles. It’s only in Uganda were you will meet the highest concentration of primates in the world in Kibale national park, view tree climbing lions up in acacia trees and enjoy a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel and view high concentration of Hippos, crocodiles in Queen Elizabeth national park and most of all go gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and have a life time change to watch Uganda Gorillas in the jungle.

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The capital, Kampala, has some attractions, like cathedrals and mosques, the Bahai temple, the traditional Wamala tombs in which royalty are buried, parliament buildings and museums and galleries. The city also has markets for local produce and crafts.

Weather and Geography

Uganda is a landlocked developing country along the equator situated about 800 Km from the Indian Ocean with Kenya bordering her from the East, Sudan from the North, Congo from the west while Rwanda and Tanzania from the south. The country is is about 241,139 square Km. Uganda comprises of a tropical climate and is generally cool all year which means the country is an all year round safari destination with the northern park of the country dry

  1. The country is home to Lake Victoria – the biggest lake in Africa shared with neighboring Kenya and Tanzania and the source of the second longest river, the river Nile. With temperatures varying from 15 degrees to 27 in the rainy seasons of April to November and the dry seasons of December and March.

Traveling in Uganda

The country has a number of international airlines to and from the Entebbe International airport, which is the country’s only airport. Aircraft include KLM, Emirates, Egypt air, Rwanda air, Ethiopia, South Africa air.

Charter flights are also available flying to different districts of the country and can be arranged on request. Areas in which charter flights fly to include Kasese, Hihihi, Mweya, Gulu, Pakuba, Kisoro,Nyakisharara.

 

Accommodation & Hotels in Uganda

The country has first class hotels ranging from Luxury to budget and backpackers in the different parts of the country. The national parks have modern hotels with world standard facilities

What Makes Uganda a Unique Tourism Destination

Mountain Gorilla Watching

The highlight of Uganda as a tourist destination is mountain gorilla trekking which can be done in Bwindi national park and Mgahinga national park. Bwindi impenetrable national park is a more popular gorilla watching destination as it has 13 habituated gorilla groups and quite a variety of accommodations ranging from budget, midrange and luxury establishments while Mgahinga national park only offers one gorillas group which today has settled on the Ugandan side of the Virunga Volcanic chain and with limited accommodation facilities with just one luxury safari lodge. To track Uganda gorillas, one needs to secure their gorilla permit about 6 months in advance to guarantee a date for tracking the gorillas. A Permits costs $600 for foreign residents, $100 for east Africa residents and can be acquired through a some booking through a Uganda based tour operator and contacting the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) offices.

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Bwindi national park can be reached from Kampala to Bwindi on an 8 hr drive, by charter flight to Kihihi and a short drive to Bwindi national park and thirdly by road, Bwindi can be accessed from Rwanda on a 2 – 3 hour drive crossing to Uganda via the Cyanika border to trek gorillas and drive back to Kigali

Chimpanzee Trekking Tours

Uganda is a fantastic destination for chimpanzee tracking deep in Uganda’s jungle rain forests. Chimpanzees can be tracked in Kibale national park which has the highest number of chimpanzees and can instead track habituated chimpanzees, chimps are also seen in Budongo forest which is part of Murchison falls wildlife reserves, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Kalinzu forest is also a home to chimpanzees, and chimps here have been habituated, can be reached via the Mweya sector of Queen Elizabeth national park and Ngamba Island orphaned chimpanzees. Chimpanzee tracking is a very rewarding adventure which you should not miss while in Uganda.

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Wildlife viewing Safaris

For wildlife adventure seekers, Uganda offers a unique diversity offers fantastic savannah safaris with high chances of seeing the Big Five – Cheetah and leopard, rhino, lions, buffaloes and an be spotted on game dives and Launch cruises in the different national parks. Expect to view Lions are quite common in Queen Elizabeth and tree climbing lions in Ishasha sector, Murchison Falls National Parks and Kidepo national park, white Rhinos can be seen in the Zziwa rhino sanctuary where they have been reintroduced, Uganda Kobs can be seen in almost all national parks, Giraffe can seen in Murchison falls and Kidepo national park, Zebras in Lake Mburo and Kidepo Other wildlife to watch out for includes bushbuck, potted hyena, oribi, jackal, water-buck, topi and so much more .

Large concentrations of hippos, crocodiles, elephants can be spotted in Queen Elizabeth national park along the Kazinga channel, in Murchison falls national park, lake Mburo national parks.

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White water rafting in Uganda

Uganda is a fantastic destination for white water rafting which takes place at the source of the River Nile in Jinja situated just 2 hours from Kampala city.

Cultural Tours in Uganda

Uganda comprises of a rich cultural heritage due to the various cultures and tribes all exhibiting a unique authentic ways of community life style. Different cultural heritages comprise of different characteristics and experiences which can be seen through the way they dance, folk songs, handcrafts and weaving, use of local herbs and plants, the way children are brought up, food preparation and so much more. Uganda has a rich culture that you need to experience.

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Justo Nov 18, 2019

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I went on an 11 day safari visiting Kampala, Jinja, Lake Mburo NP, Bwindi NP, Queen Elizabeth NP and Kibale NP. Communications with Ngoni were prompt and easy from the start. As soon as I made my booking, Sedrick contacted me through WhatsApp and guided me through the rest of the process. Leading up to the tour he made sure I was well-prepared to begin. He was always very clear and friendly. Service was exceptional. I had the pleasure of going on this safari with three members of Ngoni's staff - Sedrick, Nelson and Joel. These guys made my comfort their priority from the moment we met. Whether it was checking if I was okay with the accommodations or making sure I always had a bottle of water, I always felt like I was being well taken care of. Nelson is an excellent guide. His knowledge about the flora and fauna of Uganda was extensive, always able to answer any questions I had and was eager to teach - it's obvious that he has a great love for his country and it's environment and is eager to share this love with his clients. My experience with Ngoni and Uganda surpassed all expectations I had. Absolutely amazing, and thanks to the guys at Ngoni it feels like a new home - can't wait to come back and visit. Webale, brothers!

Stephany Aug 13, 2019

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Sedrick was unique and stood out from the rest in the high quality communication he provided since the first inquiry. He called me to provide information about the itinerary and see if I had any questions even before booking the tour. We communicated through WhatsApp for any other questions that came to mind after that call. After picking me up from the airport, he and Pilot (additional tour guide) provided plenty of information about the country to give me some context and we started our long drive to the impenetrable forest. The food was delicious with many options; the accommodation was very clean with exceptional service; and the transportation from Entebbe to Bwindi park was very comfortable (although long). As a solo female traveler, both tour guides (Sedrick and Pilot) did an exceptional job at enduring I accomplished everything intended to in Uganda, and always made me feel safe. I highly recommend to book your safari with this company because the quality and professionalism will not let you down.

Shakira Dec 14, 2018

Ngoni safaris uganda is the best tour operator in Uganda. A few weeks back we traveled to Bwindi impenetrable with sedrick to explore the beauty that is Uganda. This company took care of us . with most comfortable car , Great guide .We highly recommend it to the next travelers

Winnie Dec 19, 2018

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I was going on a gorilla safari with my friend and this was going to be the first ever safari for the both of us. Luckily, the communication with the office was super easy and we got answers to all of the questions we needed. The driver / guide (Sedrick) was very professional and funny and made our time very pleasant. Also, he had a proper knowledge of the local area close to the Mgahinga national park and he promptly spoke some 7 languages which we thought was super positive. The safari was surely the highlight of out East African trip!

Ritah Jan 2, 2019

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My Team and I did a five day trip, including Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison Falls and Kidepo. It was truly an incredible experience. Our guide, Sedrick, was knowledgeable, skilled in driving in some challenging settings and just plain fun to hang out with for five days. The lodging was perfect, especially Savannah Lodge. The tents and beds were high quality. The views were spectacular. Meals were delicious and varied. I recommend Ngoni safaris Uganda with all my heart and soul!

Pilot May 28, 2019

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Our six days trip was amazing. The driver/guide had an incredible knowledge of animal and bird-life and are so interesting to talk to. His driving skills through lashing rain and massive puddles was admirable! The cooks managed to produce varied and delicious meals from the kitchen, which we ate both at accommodation or roadside when we were travelling from one place to another . At all times we felt safe and well-looked after. All in all, an incredible experience, due not only to the abundance of wildlife we were lucky enough to see, but also to the great efforts put to have our Safari a better one . The safari was full of fun. Traveling with ngoni safaris is my life time memorable experience and I highly recommend it to travellers who would love to visit uganda or EastAfrica for holidays, vacations or Adventure.. Even five stars are too small .