Safaris in Uganda often center on one or more of the
country's national parks, each with its own unique landscapes and
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park contains more than 325 square miles of
dense jungle forest and is a World Heritage Site. Nearly half of the world's population of endangered
mountain gorilla subspecies lives here.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the
nation's most-visited park and home to nearly 100 mammal species and more than 600 bird
species. Geographical features from crater lakes to swamps provide habitats for
monkeys, leopards, hippopotamuses and antelope, while elephants roam between
here and neighboring Kibale National Park. In western Uganda, Kibale protects the evergreen
forest along with the common chimpanzees and other large primates that thrive
Poaching once threatened buffaloes, hippos and other mammal
populations, but these animals now flourish in Murchison Falls National Park. Bird-watchers may prefer Lake Mburo National Park, where a surface of 20 percent water makes for
great bird-watching throughout the year. Tourists can enjoy nature trail hikes
or boat trips, and residing in campgrounds and permanent tent facilities.
Uganda safaris are available year-round, although the best
trekking, hiking and game-viewing periods are during the dry months of June
through early September and late December through February. Since Uganda lies
on the equator, daytime temperatures in most parts of the country are
consistently warm all year. Temperatures can be much cooler in the higher
altitudes of Uganda's mountains, however, especially at night. The rainy
seasons peak from mid-September to November and from March to May, and gorilla
tracking during these times can be more difficult.
Listed below are the safaris that visit Uganda; click any
vacation name for dates and prices. You can narrow your selection with the
Safari Search box above.