Uganda is green mountains, gorgeous lakes and streams, and the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river. This lush landscape creates a multitude of different habitats for wildlife, making Uganda easily one of the best safari destinations in Africa.
Take a Nile cruise with the crocodiles, visit local tea and coffee plantations, chase waterfalls, go white water rafting, take a game drive to tick off your Big Five and then meet a mountain gorilla in their natural habitat.
Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo National Park, Bwindi National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Kibale National Park.
You’ll see Africa’s Big Five here, as well as tree-climbing lions, Nile crocs, hippos and endemic birds species such as shoebill, green-breasted pitta and gray crowned crane (Uganda’s national bird) – Uganda is one of the world’s best birding destinations.
However, one of the main draws is the wide range of primates that call Uganda’s jungles home, particularly the endangered mountain gorilla. Trek to see families of gorillas in Bwindi or participate in the Gorilla Habituation Experience.
Why we love it
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is such an awesome experience; it’s not only a physical challenge to get to the families of gorillas, but just so special when you reach them. I had one large female gorilla stop right in front of me and stare – it was so exhilarating! Their likeness to human behaviour is just extraordinary.