Uganda Wilderness Experience

Continent of Africa is famous for its biodiversity and beautiful landscape.

Uganda, the "Pearl of Africa", has ten national parks displaying the best of East Africa. Their Rift Valley landscapes and tropical forests make dramatic backdrops to an extensive variety of flora and fauna.

Managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the parks offer 'traditional' savanna safaris along with boat tours, forest hikes, mountain climbing and wildlife research activities. Uganda is unrivalled on the continent as a bird watching destination with over 1,000 species of birds – several of which are found nowhere else on the planet. It is also home to 13 types of primates including over half of the world's endangered mountain gorillas; and our closest relative – the chimpanzee.

Explore the wild Kidepo Valley; spot Queen Elizabeth's tree-climbing lions; trek up the Virunga Volcanoes; summit the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains; take on Bwindi's "impenetrable forest"; learn ancient tribal traditions and crafts – or just relax at your lodge surrounded by the wonderful sights and sounds of Africa's most hospitable destination.

Uganda is a unique destination offering a wonderful mix of savannah and forest parks. Gorilla and chimp tracking are highlights, but many smaller primates can be seen as well. Uganda also offers great savannah safaris, but not all of the Big Five are present. Black rhino is extinct and the status of the white rhino was the same until they were reintroduced in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in 2005. Cheetah and leopard are relatively rarely seen. Lion is quite common in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks. They can often been found hunting Uganda kob, which give them away with their alarm calls. Giraffe can only be found in Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley national parks, while zebra exists only in Murchison Falls and Lake Mburo. Uganda is also a prime birding destination.

Wildlife highlights:

Uganda is home to many West African mammal species as well as the more usual East African safari animals. Primates are especially well represented. Patas monkey, red-tailed monkey, De Brazza's monkey, l'Hoest's monkey and grey-cheeked mangabey are some of the specials. The black-and-white colobus is widespread throughout Uganda. Uganda is home to a wide variety of antelope species. The Uganda kob, the national antelope, is a near endemic. The very rare sitatunga antelope is found in six national parks in the country, but rarely seen. The uncommon oribi is often seen in pairs in Murchison Falls National Park.

Best time for wildlife viewing:

The best time for game viewing is in the dry season (December-February and June-September). Some of the roads are impassable in the rainy season (September-November and March- May). Gorillas can be tracked all year round, but the experience can be spoiled to some extent by heavy rain in the wet season.

Explore Uganda – on the tip of discovery with the safest and most hospitable parks in Africa!

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