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Uganda

Uganda Holidays


The dense forests of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are renowned as one of the last remaining habitats of endangered mountain gorillas and a trek to see these fascinating creatures is guaranteed to be an unforgettable experience.

Venture further and discover more of the country’s beautiful scenery and varied wildlife. From the chimpanzees of Kibale National Park and Kalinzu Forest Reserve to the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park, or the raging rapids of the River Nile at Jinja, this varied country has much to offer.
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OUR HOLIDAYS TO UGANDA

A Glimpse of Gorillas, Fly In Safari
Fly In Safari
4 days / 3 nights

Trek through the jungle of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to spend a mesmerising hour observing the behaviour of these magnificent endangered primates on this short fly in safari.
Ugandan Great Ape Adventure
Private Safari
9 days / 8 nights

For adventurous older teenagers, Uganda is a dream come true! Boasting incredible opportunities to get close to chimps and gorillas on exciting treks, stunning jungle-clad volcanic mountains and thrilling white-water rafting, this relatively little visited country is sure to inspire.
Rwanda & Uganda Gorilla Discovery
Guided Small Group Adventure Tour
9 days / 8 nights

This small pocket of East Africa is home to the world’s last remaining populations of mountain gorilla. Trek in the dense forest to reach these magnificent animals and enjoy a magical encounter. Your presence will help fund ongoing conservation efforts to protect this endangered species.

WHERE TO GO IN UGANDA

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
This beautiful and evocatively named park is UNESCO World Heritage listed for its exceptional biodiversity. Its misty rainforest-clad mountains are home to roughly half the world’s endangered mountain gorillas with 9 habituated gorilla groups, each of up to 20 members. Treks here start at an altitude of around 1,500m and can be challenging as the gorilla groups can climb to over 3,000m over steep, densely forested terrain.
Kibale National Park
The rainforests of Kibale National Park are considered one of the best destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking. There are 60 mammal and 335 bird species, as well as a cornucopia of different plants and insects. Among the mammals there are an amazing 13 primate species including black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys and L’Hoest’s monkey, but chimpanzees are the star attraction.
Jinja
Situated in eastern Uganda beside the River Nile, Jinja is the region’s adventure capital. A series of rapids rushes north from the town through lush rainforest towards the Bujagali Falls, creating some of the world’s most exhilarating whitewater rafting. Gentler rafting options are also available allowing you to float down the river as you look out for birdlife, or simply relax and enjoy the view from a riverside lodge.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Featuring vast savannah plains backed by volcanic mountains and interspersed with craters, lakes, wetlands and forests, this national park offers classic Rift Valley scenery. The park has healthy populations of hippos, elephants and lions as well as chimpanzees, buffaloes and crocodiles. Enjoy game viewing by boat on the Kazinga Channel, look out for tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha region or track chimps on foot at Kyambura Gorge.
Entebbe
Situated on the northern banks of the vast Lake Victoria, Africa’s biggest lake, the town of Entebbe makes for a relaxed introduction to Uganda. Visitors can enjoy a stroll along the shores of the lake or through the lush botanical gardens.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls is the most impressive waterfall in East Africa and lies at the centre of the largest wildlife reserve in Uganda. Here the Victoria Nile descends dramatically through rocks towards Lake Albert. Despite heavy poaching in the 1980s, animal numbers have now recovered to provide some good savannah game viewing, with lion and elephant being the main attraction.

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OUR RECOMMENDED HOTELS & LODGES IN UGANDA

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
4 plus star

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

With a unique location in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this exclusive camp is ideally situated for gorilla trekking and gorillas are also occasionally spotted around the property. Recently refurbished in a contemporary yet classic style, the camp offers elegant lounge and dining areas and just eight luxury tents.
Buhoma Lodge
4 star

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Nestled within the forest and just a short walk from the trailhead, Buhoma Lodge provides a convenient and charming base for gorilla trekking. The property is designed to blend with the natural surroundings and features an open-sided lounge, bar and dining area complete with open fire.
Mahogany Springs
3 plus star

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Surrounded by rolling countryside on the edges of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, this friendly lodge offers great service and provides a comfortable base from which to explore the area. Enjoy panoramic views from the dining room and relax in the cosy lounge with open fireplace.
Lemala Wildwaters Lodge
4 star

Jinja

Nestled on a private island in the middle of the Nile and accessed by canoe, this lovely property offers charming accommodation in a stunning setting. It offers a range of activities including white-water rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding and fishing. The main lodge is located on a rocky peninsula and features a unique rock-edged swimming pool and an open-sided dining area. Linked by elevated wooden walkways, the 10 spacious canvas-walled thatched suites are set amongst the forest with views over the rapids of the river. Each boasts a private deck with a free-standing bath tub (no fan or air-conditioning). The Family Suite features an upper floor with twin beds for children and a bathtub within the bathroom.
No.5 Boutique Hotel
4 plus star

Entebbe

This charming small hotel is situated in a quiet suburb of Entebbe, just a 10 minute drive from the airport. A range of facilities includes a lovely pool set within the gardens, a gym and a spa, and there is also a restaurant, bar and comfortable lounge. Luxury Rooms are elegantly furnished with a balcony or terrace looking on to the garden.
Kyaninga Lodge
4 star

Kibale National Park

Perched on the rim of a volcanic crater high above Lake Kyaninga, this fantastic property boasts spectacular views. A range of activities is available including guided walks around the crater rim, in the nearby forest in search of monkeys and other wildlife, or around surrounding villages. Facilities at the lodge include a tennis court, badminton and croquet, plus a pool with great views. Steps also lead down to the lake’s edge where it’s possible to swim in the clean waters from a floating jetty. The main lodge features a cosy lounge with a fire and a lovely restaurant, where guests can enjoy long evenings with delicious food and fine wine. The 9 cottages are beautifully crafted with comfortable furnishings and are very spacious with a seating area and a private terrace (no fan or air-conditioning). Please note as this lodge is set on a hillside with many steps it is not suitable for the less mobile.

THINGS TO DO IN UGANDA

Nile White Water Rafting
Approx 3 hours
  • Great for first timers - Rafting adventure
  • Scenic riverside

  • Nile White Water Rafting max Grade 5
    Approx 6-7 hours
  • White water adventure
  • Beautiful scenery
  • Thrilling rapids

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