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If you want to get up close to endangered mountain gorillas in the wild, this is the place -- Uganda harbors half the world’s remaining population. Known as the Switzerland of Africa for its mountains, lakes and scenic beauty. Going with a guided group is essential in securing tracking permits and then finding the elusive primates.
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Travel Style Travel Style Relaxed A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers.
Full on For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included.
Mixed You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included.

Trip Type Trip Type Classic Tour Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Small Group Guided Experiences Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
River Cruise These vessels are smaller than most ocean cruisers, limiting which amenties are available. Passenger counts can vary. One of the biggest advantages of a river cruise is the ability to dock at smaller ports and local villages.
Small Ocean Cruise Small ship cruises usually have a max passenger count of 500. The primary purpose of these trips is to spend time off the vessel in local ports (e.g. Mediterranean) or experiencing nature (e.g Galapagos or Antarctica). Cabins can vary from budget to luxury.
Private Tour Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Independent Package A travel company plans your itinerary and arranges all the logistics including lodging, local activities, and transportantion. You have the flexibility of a solo trip while still getting the convience and time savings of expert planning. Get 90% of the benefits of a tour, without a guide.
Vacation / Holiday Package Similar to a self guided tour, this usually involves a home base, such as a hotel or resort, with packaged activities and day tours as a part of the stay.
Large Ocean Cruise This is the "floating city" experience, with multiple ways to enjoy your vacation aboard the ship as much as on land. Ships are multiple floors, provide several activities, culinary, and shopping options. They often make fewer stops and have less time available for shore excursions.

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Lodging Level Lodging Level Camping Typically involves most nights sleeping in tents (sometimes permanent tented sites) or in rustic cabins and lodges.
Basic - 2 star You'll stay in no-frills, but clean and comfortable, hotels or guesthouses. A 'Basic' trip might also involve a few nights of camping.
Value - 3 star Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Premium - 4 star 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Luxury - 5 star The highest level of comfort and service. All accomodations are in four or five star hotels, boutique lodges or high-end homestays.

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Physical Level Physical Level Very Easy Minimal walking - motor vehicles available for all major parts of trip.
Easy Normal generally flat walking in urban or suburban environments.
Moderate Walking or physical activity half to most of day - no carrying equipment.
Strenuous All or most of day hiking or biking, hills included.
Extreme Very challenging all day hiking and backpacking carrying significant equipment.

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Top Uganda Experiences and Attractions

Top Uganda Experiences

Coming face to face at close range with a band of mountain gorillas – and watching them interact with each other and, at times, with the human interlopers.

Racing after a pack of playful chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park, which harbors the highest density of primates in the world.

Visiting the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to see the only white rhinos in the wild left in Uganda.  

Birding with more than 1,000 species, representing two-thirds of Africa’s avian population, filling Ugandan skies. (Watch for stork-like shoebills, wetland-loving wattled plovers, and crested cranes, whose images adorn the country’s coat of arms.)

 Meeting and mingling with Ugandans on their turf.  Despite grinding poverty, the majority go through life with warm and welcoming smiles.

Being amazed by images of men, women and children walking along roads balancing large, heavy loads upon their heads.

Watching as men ride, and sometimes push, bicycles or motorbikes laden with items ranging from household utensils and bags of cooking charcoal to live goats and cages of squawking chickens.

Marveling at the mountain scenery in the Rwenzoris, Africa’s highest mountain range, that add to Uganda’s reputation as the Switzerland of Africa.

Boating along the White Nile to the foot of Murchison Falls, which roars out of a narrow gap in the rocks to drop 140 feet below.

Taking a guided game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park in eastern Uganda in search of rare tree-climbing lions.

Discovering the incredible beauty of remote Kidepo Valley National Park in northern Uganda, and having it mostly all to yourself except for the wildlife.

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Uganda Trip Reviews

90 Uganda Tour Reviews - Summary 99% Recommend

4.8 out of 5
Excellent 78
Great 11
Average 0
Disappointing 0
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Top notch First Class Safari services

5.0
Wild Race Africa Safaris Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Myself and a family of 5 persons (6 in total). travel o Kenya for an adventure and I must admit wild race Africa Safaris delivered beyond our expectation.

From the time of trip inquiry to the last minute we were dropped back to the airport, Simon has been very helpful.
Very much prompt in his responses, very detailed, and flexible by all means.
The choices of lodges were excellent, good well maintained safari vehicles with excellent knowledgeable guides.

Phanuel our guide was very knowledgeable and friendly.
I would highly recommend Simon and the company anyone would want to experience Kenya Tanzania Safari with a touch of excellence from the local operators.

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Operator Wild Race Africa Safaris

Great tours

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Advantage Travel Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Great tours and travels services thanks you

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Operator Advantage Travel

TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!

5.0
Zegrahms Expeditions Company Reviews
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Sunday, 22 July... SVALBARD, Norway. Halfway between the top of continental Norway & the North Pole!

We disembarked & are now back to civilization! WOW!
What a FANTASTIC adventure on the ship Ocean Adventurer!

Once again, Zegrahm delivered! Cruise Director & Expedition Leader executed an unforgettable adventure! SUPERB lectures on ship & field trips from the guest experts in their fields... history of polar explorations... geology... birds... polar bears & other animals!

We saw several polar bears, groups of walrus, one very photogenic seal, reindeer, Arctic fox, a BLUE WHALE (largest of ALL whales!)... & a gazillion birds!

Our small ship was indeed able to circumnavigate the Svalbard (Spitsbergen) archipelago... 3 cheers to our Russian captain! The staff on board were FANTASTIC! And the best food I've had on any ship!

Mostly great weather... quite fortunate! Out on the Zodiacs (rubber rafts), I wore almost everything in my suitcase, in layers all at once, hoping to stay warm & dry... followed by VERY LONG hot showers once back on the ship, while I thawed out!

If you have an interest in polar adventure, TAKE THIS TRIP!!! Unbelievable!

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Operator Zegrahms Expeditions

Very friendly, approachable, humorous, and helpful

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

He was knowledgeable about the country and we learnt a lot about history and culture. Would definitely recommend Frederick, Peter and Saris as the dream team. Anyone that gets them will be well looked after.

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Operator On The Go Tours

I was completely blown away

5.0
  • Value 4.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 4.0
  • Meals 4.0

The most beautiful holiday country I have ever visited
All that I've seen, far exceeded my expectations. Especially the gorillas. We had a fantastic guide Anthony Kato. He brought us each day along bumpy, smooth and non asphalted roads to our lodge. Most lodges I found good. Our guide has told much about Uganda, such as habits, tradition, the population and so on. Thought it was clever that he knew a lot about the animals in the park. I got through his explanation a very different and positive image of Uganda. Sure to recommend Uganda and Scenic Trails Safaris to others.

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Operator Scenic Trails Safaris

This trip was one of the best we have done

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0

Our guide, Eric, was very knowledgeable, having undertaken gorilla habituation himself. We were very pleased with the variety of wildlife experiences - gorillas tracking, chimp tracking, game drives - compared to other offerings which are gorillas only. The standard of accommodation was above our expectations and we especially loved the Birds Nest Lodge at Lake Bunyonyi and the Kasenyi Safari Camp. Uganda itself is a country worth seeing; spectacular landscapes of steep hills of vibrant green jungles and tea plantations, offset against deep red soil and blue skies. You will not regret booking this trip.

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Operator World Expeditions

Uganda Tours and Travel Guide

Uganda Attractions & Landmarks Guide

The “Switzerland of Africa,” as it’s sometimes known for its wealth of mountains and lakes and overall scenic beauty, suffered terribly under the regime of Idi Amin back in the 1970s and subsequent civil unrest after he was deposed. (The film The Last King of Scotland, starring Forrest Whitaker, paints a searing portrait of the unhinged dictator.) As a result, Uganda largely fell off the tourist map -- with a stigma that continues to this day.

Yet Uganda’s wildlife, decimated by poaching and neglect under Amin, is now re-emerging in sizeable numbers. An attractive safari destination once again, it is probably the best choice for seeing great apes, our closest genetic cousins - gorillas and chimpanzees - in the wild. (Other choices are Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, but Uganda has the densest population of them and Congo may still have outbreaks of civil unrest.)

More Than Wildlife

There’s a lot more to see and do in this compact East African nation than meeting and mingling with its wide variety of resident wildlife, as memorable as that experience is. One attraction is the land itself, with incredible diversity squeezed into an area about the size of Michigan.

Even more rewarding are cultural encounters with the people of Uganda – who comprise more than 40 ethnic groups..Despite being one of the poorest nations in the world, Ugandans are known as among the world’s most friendly people. That’s true whether they’re women toiling on steep hillside farm fields, men walking long distances balancing heavy bundles on their heads, or giggling children waving at passing vehicles filled with tourists.

In Uganda you’re sure to get a friendly hello wherever you go. Smile back at passersby and if offered something to eat or drink -- even from a family that may have little of it -- be sure to accept; it’s considered impolite not to. When entering a village, your group may be greeted with song and dance.

Depending upon your itinerary, you might have an opportunity to meet with members of a Pygmy tribe, watch a traditional healer demonstrate herbs used to cure a variety of ailments, interact with delightful children at a local school, or partake of a luncheon of Ugandan delicacies prepared by a farmer and his wife.

But What Wildlife There Is

Of course, outstanding opportunities for game viewing are what attract most visitors to Uganda.  Its parks teem with cape buffalo, giraffes, antelopes, elephants and lions, including unusual tree-climbing lions. Giant crocodiles bask in the sun along river banks, while countless hippos cool off submerged in rivers and lakes.  Some believe it offers the most diverse wildlife of any country in Africa.

Most notably, Uganda is one of only three countries where you can visit with endangered and elusive mountain gorillas -- of which perhaps fewer than 900 exist in the world. 

Nearly half of them hang out in the aptly named Bwindi Impenetrable Narional Park.  Trekkers in groups of eight follow their trails during often vigorous outings that can last from one to several hours, depending upon where the band has chosen to settle down for a day of eating and resting. Habituated to humans and not fearful of them, they are as likely to be as curious about you as you are of them.

Chimpanzees, the closest living relatives to humans, as well as a variety of monkeys are found in Kibale Forest National Park, though they can be harder to locate. Kibale is known for possessing the highest density of primates in the world, but the chimps move fast and can be elusive. 

Traditional Game Parks

Queen Elizabeth National Park is the best place to see a variety of wildlife, including hundreds of bird species. You’ll find all the Big Five here except for rhino, which were all poached out in the Amin era. But at the private Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary north of Kampala, which has a breeding program and where guides lead rhino walking safaris, there are now 13 southern white rhinos living in the wild.

Uganda’s largest wildlife park, Murchison Falls National Park, named after the falls along the White Nile, is rich in both game and scenery. In the far north is a much less visited park, Kidepo Valley National Park, where mountains form a backdrop to wide-open savannah and lions, cheetahs, leopards, and elephants roam freely across the plains. It generally draws raves from the relatively few visitors who make it there.

Land and Water Ho

Uganda’s terrain consists of a surprising combination of semi-desert and lush rainforests, savannah and woodlands, and even snow-clad peaks near the Equator.

While the nation is landlocked, it encompasses a large part of Lake Victoria, which is so vast it’s often referred to as an inland sea. The headwaters of the Nile River originate in Uganda before plummeting through a narrow gap in the escarpment at Murchison Falls and exploding out the other side in a rushing plume of foam and spray.

This rich triumvirate – wild animals, friendly people, and beautiful terrain – make Uganda one of the top destinations in Africa…even for those who still harbor memories of long-deposed dictator Idi Amin and subsequent strife. You’ll find a number of safari operators on Stride that will help you develop a whole new appreciation of this country.

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