Chimpanzee in the jungle, Uganda

Uganda Holidays

Home to a source of the longest river on Earth, equatorial rainforest and, of course, primates

Uganda Holidays

Many people refer to Uganda as the 'real' Africa and it is easy to see why. Stunning scenery, friendly people, primates and fantastic wildlife plus amazing activities combine to make Uganda holidays an exciting prospect for adventure travellers. The country is also a gateway to Rwanda – home of the magnificent yet endangered mountain gorillas. 

A cruel legacy of internecine warfare had left Uganda with bleak tourism prospects; however, firm government has made the country a jewel in East Africa's tourism crown. The source of the White Nile, Lake Victoria provides one of the the best one-day white-water rafting on this or any other continent. And there's a good infrastructure too, which makes travelling easy despite the distances being long. Relaxing areas of Lake Bunyonyi ensure Uganda trips are filled with contrasts.

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Chimps & Gorillas of Uganda

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Looking through Uganda for some of Africa's most emblematic and amazing wildlife

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Ages: 16+
10 Days from £4,099
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Highlights of our Uganda Tours

Track Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Established in 1991 to help save the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Bwindi is home to a large population of gorillas (estimated at 320), as well as nine other species of primates, endemic bird species, and over 200 butterfly species. On a trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, guides will cut a route through the undergrowth. There's a minimum of three hours' walking on rough terrain, with the possibility of climbing up to 2600m, in order to find the gorillas; steep ascents and descents over muddy slopes are the norm. But spending a magical hour with mountain gorillas in Bwindi is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Observe Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest

Did you know that humans and Chimpanzees share 98.8% of the same DNA? Located at the foothills of the Mountains of the Moon (a.k.a. Ruwenzori Mountains), Kibale Forest National Park has the highest concentration and diversity of primates in all of East Africa. Hike with experienced local guides to track these threatened Chimpanzees, which number around 1450, and observe them for a while. You'll also see plenty of birds (325 species) and other flora and fauna. You may even spot the rare L'Hoest Monkey or the endangered Red Colobus Monkey, among the other primates that make this forest their home.

Take a Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Measuring 764 square miles, Queen Elizabeth is Uganda’s most visited National Park. And for good reason: Whether you love birding or mammals, you’ll find plenty to observe during a game drive at the equator-spanning park. It’s known for prolific wildlife, including Leopards in the Mweya Peninsula, Chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge, and Tree-climbing Lions in the Ishasha area. There are over 95 mammal species in all, over 600 bird species, Nile Crocodiles (which can be seen during a cruise through the Kazinga Channel), and a variety of different ecosystems.

See the Splendour of Murchison Falls

Located in the country’s northwestern region and measuring around 1,5000 square miles, Murchison Falls is the largest national park in Uganda. The park offers an impressive array of animals, including Lions, Elephants, Chimpanzees, and one of the largest populations of Hippos and Crocodiles in all of Africa. And of course there’s also the waterfall for which the park is named, where the Nile River forces its way through a small gorge and then drops down over 140 feet, creating an extraordinarily picturesque view.

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