Insight Safari Holidays takes you to Uganda to visit the mountain gorillas and lots of wildlife in 10 National Parks. Below are some of our Uganda safari packages. We tailor every itinerary to suit your time, budget and preference..
Uganda “the pearl of Africa” is emerging as one of the top safari destinations to visit in Africa, Lonely Planet named in among the top 10 in 2012. Its fame in having the mountain gorillas together with other 10 parks and reserves providing wildlife experience makes it a competitive holiday destination in Africa.
WHERE TO GO ON A SAFARI TO UGANDA
Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park for gorilla trekking, Murchison Falls National Park for falls viewing and wildlife game drives and launch cruise. Other Uganda safari destinations include Kidepo Valley National Park recently ranked among the top game parks of Africa, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo, and many others.
A safari in Uganda can include a number of things such game drives, white water rafting, bird watching, chimpanzee and gorilla trekking, mountain climbing and so much more.
Weather: weather is the big factor to consider. Uganda happens to have good whether all year round. Although located along the equator, its elevation gives it an advantage that makes the all year round awesome weather possible. It can however get to some extreme weather conditions in some areas. The south western part for example because of its proximity to the Rwenzori mountain ranges can get really cold. This could affect you if you want to track gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest but good warm gear can really help. Also some of the lodges in the area have fireplaces in the rooms, others will provide a hot water bottle to war your bed at night as you sleep.
Rain: tropical African rains are a common occurrence in Uganda. Experiencing the African rains can be an additional Uganda tour experience for some, but many people would prefer to visit during the dry season. During the rainy season, the rains usually fall at night or in the early morning, there is also the occasional afternoon thunderstorm but they don’t usually last long. However the rains do affect some safari activities such as biking, gorilla tracking, and hiking.
Peak season is another factor to consider: peak season is that period during the year when the country receives the most tourists or safari visitors. Peak season in Uganda is usually the dry months of December to March and June to September. During this time there is a lot of tourist traffic because the weather is good, and people are almost guaranteed that they experience everything they hope to. However, sometimes the rain can surprise you.
Safari activities: many Uganda Tourist activities go on all year. Chimpanzee, Golden monkey and gorilla tracking can be done all year round. These primates are there for you to track and see regardless of whether it is raining or shining. Proper clothing will get you through. Even chimpanzee tracking in the rainforests can be done with proper clothing and gear.
White water rafting safari in Uganda too can be done all year round. The beauty about tropical rains in Uganda is that they do not last the entire day, the sun eventually comes out and still do whatever you had planned to do. Of course some roads and tourist trails become muddy and slippery but, oh well.
It is mostly holiday weather all year round in Uganda, so the way we see it, you get to choose the time of the year that suits you best and you will have the safari adventure of your life. Let’s not be threatened by a little rain..
When it comes to lodging and accommodation while on safari in Uganda, price is not the only factor to consider. If you are not used to the African night sounds forever, a lodge near the forest might not be comfortable for you.
Many visitors to Uganda select places to stay by price, and do not bother to check the details about location,-is in a town, near the wild, or in a quiet remote village?
All across the country, lodging accommodations, hotels and guest houses are different. Some are way better than others. Some are in noisy places in middle of busy towns. Others are in wild with African night sounds all through the nights. And some are very quiet places. You have a variety to choose from though, depending on your preferences and what makes you comfortable, or what amount of discomfort you can tolerate. What is important is that you get a good night’s rest before you embark on white water rafting, mountain climbing or gorilla trekking adventure.
The advisable thing to do is to let the safari tour company know your accommodation preferences, so that they can find you comfortable accommodation. For example if you are looking to book a hotel room in Kampala, and do not want to be disturb by party and night club sounds during the night, we will do their best to book you a room on a quieter side of town rather than in Kabalagala, a noisy Kampala suburb.
We are usually sensitive when booking accommodation for guests though so if they are making the booking on your behalf, you shouldn’t worry so much. The trick is if you book yourself. Details such as noisy party neighborhood are never added to the online blog, or advertisement, so it is very easy to make the wrong choice.
Even in Uganda adventure parks and tourist towns like Jinja, you need to be wise when choosing accommodation. Usually, the nicer peaceful accommodation is more costly so while you are looking for something that fits within your budget, you might find a cheaper place that seems okay until it is filled with noisy sleepless backpackers at night, and you find yourself unable to sleep. Again use a safari operator to book you good and decent accommodation. Lack of comfortable sleep can ruin your Uganda trip. You might find yourself nodding off during that game drive you were looking forward to.Your safari cost will largely depend on the choice of hotel or lodge.
Accommodation that caters to large groups of people on Uganda safaris is usually noisy, and busy, avoid this kind of place if possible. Amazingly you can still find quiet, comfortable lodging even in the wild close to the game parks. Places such as Mweya safari lodge are comfortable accommodation in middle of a popular tourist destination.
All you need to do is be wise as you select a place to stay, and follow the safari company recommendations. They will rarely if ever book you into a place that is uncomfortable.
When in Rome, do as the Romans do? Or perhaps learn to do the things the Romans do?
Tourism in Uganda is slowly shifting from just seeing, to seeing and fully experiencing. Uganda, as a tourist destination is growing in popularity. Many people are visiting to go gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, to view the beautiful scenery, and wildlife, and to just experience Uganda and Africa.
Every visitor to the pearl is bound to see some interesting cultural performances, practices and traditional items. There is a lot of African art displayed in form of crafts such as jewellery, batiks, baskets such and performances such as music, dance and drama.
However, one thing that would make your Uganda safari Review experience even richer is if you learn to do or make the things you see. Then you will not just see and leave it there, you’ll be able to carry on with what you see if you want to. Most visitors don’t know that they actually have the option of learning how to do a number of these things. If you are interested in enriching your experience in this way, you just need to let your safari operator know and they will schedule a workshop for you to learn some of these interesting skills.
Most of the time, these workshops are taken during your stay in a village. We can arrange a village stay for you as well.
With such an opportunity you may go to vegetable gardens with your hosts, harvest fruits, vegetables, and food, catch a chicken for slaughter, gather eggs, and even help prepare a meal the Ugandan way.
You could spend an afternoon in a village in the Western part of Uganda and learn how to weave baskets. In various villages and even some urban places you could learn how to make African crafts such as earrings, necklaces, bracelets, greeting cards, beads and so much. You will learn all this through hands-on experience and make new friends while there. It also gives you a new appreciation of Ugandan culture and traditions.
Take drumming and dancing lessons and also learn a folk song or two while there. There are a number of places in the country where you learn and practice. From Kampala, to the east and to Rwenzori Mountains,south there are traditional arts performers who can show you, and teach you how it’s done. A performance and then some instructions on how it is done can give you a fully different appreciation of what you just saw.
Take off a few hours, or an entire day on your safari itinerary to learn how to do something new and completely African.
Find below top Uganda safari parks and things to do in Uganda, the pearl of Africa! Most of these destinations are managed by the Uganda wildlife authority. Tripadvisor recently ranked Bwindi as one of the top African safari places to visit.