20 Jun GUIDE TO A PERFECT SAFARI IN UGANDA
For any plans to visit Africa, Uganda is that one magical country you should not miss to explore during your holiday. Located just astride the Equator, Uganda is a less known but interesting tourism destination. Referred to as the Pearl of Africa, this relatively small country offers rewarding experiences that you will not easily enjoy elsewhere in the world. If you go on a Uganda safari, you won’t regret in life given the unique treasures, rare attractions and interesting landmarks that you hwill come across during your journey. Uganda invites and accommodates all kinds of travelers. Whether you are a budget traveler or a luxury safari seeker, you will definitely enjoy your adventure. For a perfect safari holiday in Uganda, we have come up with a guide and we believe that it will be of great help to you
Why choose Uganda for a safari
Uganda is remarkably one of the few excellent African destinations where tourists go gorilla tracking. The country hosts two national parks that are homes to a large thriving population of the endangered mountain gorillas. These great apes can be seen in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in South Western Uganda. The country offers the most affordable trips to see these gentle giants in their natural home.
The country is also home to iconic landmarks. It is home to the Source of the River Nile, the second longest river in the world. It is also home to Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake and the world’s largest lake.
Of recent, Uganda has been ranked among the top destinations and it is highly recommended by several world travel media including the National Geographic, CNN Travel, Frommers Guide and the Lonely Planet.
There are lots of Uganda safaris from different tour operators that feature itineraries covering the distinct tourist sites including the ten national parks. Some of the most popular national parks are Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Semuliki Valley National Park and many wildlife reserves, historical and cultural sites, forests, Lakes, Rivers, mountains, hot springs a mention but a few.
What to see while on Uganda safari
While on a Uganda safari, you get a chance to catch a glimpse at numerous wildlife species such as mountain gorillas only in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park; chimpanzees, African elephants, lions plus tree climbing lions, cape buffaloes, leopards, rhinos only at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, giraffes, zebras, over 1078 bird species a mention but a few.
Which tour company to deal with
With a large number of tour operators in Uganda, you realize that it is very challenging for you to pick out that best company to deliver you what you need at end of the day. However, not to be stressed on which company to book your safari, there are some most trusted and reliable tour operators in Uganda that can help you realize your dream in this magical country this coming season. You can start your search by sending an email to a couple of companies and look at the different proposals received.
Accommodation in Uganda
The fact that most safaris are conducted in the national parks, there are also many lodging options and accommodation facilities for you to opt for your overnight stay in Uganda. They range from budget hotels offering bread and breakfast to luxury lodges offering all the luxurious amenities that you need.
It is important to book your accommodation early in advance most especially if you are to travel during the peak season. The peak season stretches from June to September and December to March.
Please note that in major towns, the common accommodation option are hotels while in the national parks, there are safari lodges.
Best time to go safari in Uganda
Wondering about the best time to go on a safari in Uganda? Uganda can be visited at any time of the year but there is need to take note of its seasonality and for this case, you need to look at the wet and dry season.
Each of the season come with its advantages and disadvantages. The wet season usually occurs from March to May and from October to November and it is during this period that there is much food for wildlife to enjoy and becomes easier for you to catch a glimpse as most of them even give birth. However, it is a season when the ground can be slippery especially if you are planning for gorilla or chimpanzee trekking safari. The minimum temperature range in Uganda during this period is around 12 degrees Celsius and the maximum can be 21 degrees Celsius. The dry season on the other hand starts from June to September and from December to February.
Cost of a Uganda safari
The cost of a safari in Uganda may differ depending on which activities you intend to be part of and the kind of accommodation you need to spend a night on.
First, gorilla permits in Uganda cost US$600 for a 1-hour gorilla trek and US$1500 for a 4-hour gorilla habituation experience. For chimpanzee trekking permits in Kibale National Park for instance cost $150 per person for normal treks and US$200 for a chimpanzee habituation experience.
The cost of lodging in Uganda range from as low as $50 for a descent budget room to $900 per night in a very luxurious lodge.
What to pack for Uganda safari?
Depending on the kind of safari, you need to pack appropriately. The key items that shouldn’t miss in your packing list include waterproof hiking boots, rain jacket, sweater, insect repellents, camera, day pack, first aid kit, long sleeved shirt/T-shirt and others.
Please pay attention to the colors of the clothes that you wear while on safari. You should avoid dark colors. Khaki and White is the most recommended color for your clothing while visiting Uganda national parks and game reserves.