Uganda Safaris

Planning your first Africa safari? Uganda safaris offer unforgettable gorilla encounters, epic primate adventures in untamed destinations, and incredible classic wildlife tours. This is your guide to planning the perfect safari in Uganda.

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The Ultimate Guide to Planning An Adventurous Safari in Uganda

  • good for

    Primate trekking & game safaris

  • Best Time

    Jun - Aug

  • Best way

    Planned tour package

Highlights

  • Top gorilla encounters: Trek into the mountains and come face-to-face with the mountain gorillas in the impenetrable tropical jungles and on the slopes of the Virunga mountains.
  • Best primates experiences: Awkwardly follow a wild troop of chimpanzees and spend unforgettable moments observing them in their natural habitat on a chimpanzee trekking adventure.
  • Excellent water safaris: Cruise the Kazinga Channel or Victoria Nile and get close to elephants, hippos, buffalo, and big game.
  • Uncrowded safari drives: Morning or evening game drives with an expert local guide to find the Big Five, tree climbing lions, and other exciting animals in the savannah parks.
  • Top-notch birding spots: More than 1000 colorful bird species found within the most accessible birding habitats on the continent.
  • Incredible adventures: Bungee jumping or rafting grade-five rapids on the Nile, hike dead volcanoes, and summit the snow-capped Mountains of The Moon.
  • Immersive cultural encounters & ecotourism: Walk through native remote villages, meet Uganda's hidden cultures and communities, and experience evocative traditions on a cultural trail.

Best time for Safari in Uganda

January - February
March - May
June - August
September - December

Tailor-made Uganda Safari Packages

If you love nature or enjoy wildlife adventure holidays, don't miss the incredible opportunity to have up-close encounters with Africa's iconic animals on a safari in Uganda. To help you plan your trip, browse this list of top eco-friendly and sustainable Uganda wildlife tour packages. Take a look!

Top places you must visit

If you have time, extend your uganda safari to these places:

Selecting the best safari experience in Uganda.

If you're planning a safari holiday package in Uganda, you have the option to choose from guided group tours or private tours to get a unique experience that combines wildlife, culture, and adventure. You can go on game drives in national parks such as Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth, and Kidepo Valley, where you can spot elephants, lions, giraffes, and many other animals. Unique to Uganda is chimpanzee trekking in Kibale Forest and Budongo Forest, which gives you the opportunity to observe these primates in their natural habitat. The highlight of Uganda safaris is the epic gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to see endangered mountain gorillas up close. But you must not miss a boat safari along the Nile River or the Kazinga Channel that gives you a front-row seat to wildlife viewing.  Cultural encounters in remote villages are worth extending your holiday trip to learn about the traditional way of life.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Trek through the misty impenetrable jungle to encounter gorillas, the world's largest living primates, on their own turf. The silverback's sheer size and beguiling humanlike interactions will leave you spellbound.

Chimpanzee Trekking

Trekking chimpanzees through ancient woods at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains for the most dramatic jungle encounters on the African continent. Uganda offers the most thrilling primate adventures.

What is the cost of safari in Uganda?

It costs between $350 and $1500 per person per day to go on safari in Uganda, including transport, meals, and guide fees, but not permits. Take a look at the summary cost table below:


 BudgetMid-rangeHigh-end
Vacation Camps & Lodgesunder $150$150 - $400over $400
Restaurants (per meal)under $15$15 - $30over $30
Safari Vehicle (per day)under $100$100 - $250over $250
Local Guide (per day)under $50$50 - $150over $150

Most Uganda safari packages offer an all-inclusive (full-board) per-person rate, including taxes, and assuming double occupancy. A few lodges operate on a half-board rate, and rare ones offer bed & breakfast except city hotels.

Accommodation options for your safari

Uganda offers various holiday accommodation options for safari travelers. Luxury lodges provide private rooms, fine dining, and exceptional service, while budget-friendly campsites offer a more rustic experience with basic amenities and a closer connection to nature. When selecting accommodation, consider its location and proximity to national parks and wildlife reserves, as well as the level of luxury and your budget. Some lodges offer all-inclusive packages, while others charge separately for each service. Take a look at our carefully curated list of lodges and camps that are perfect for wildlife safaris in Uganda.

Frequently Asked Questions.

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