Uganda Safaris Guide 2022 – Destinations, Best Time to Visit, Lodges and Prices
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Uganda safaris are one of Africa’s most exciting and unforgettable safaris leading tourists to the best destinations with itineraries usually including unsurpassed wildlife experiences, memorable gorilla trekking, bird watching, golden monkey tracking, experiential activities, chimpanzee trekking, butterfly watching, adrenaline-packed activities (such as whitewater rafting, Mountain climbing, bungee jumping, quad biking, horseback rides, and zip-lining), community and cultural tours, exciting city tours and culinary tours in specific destinations.
Destinations to visit during Uganda safaris
Uganda Tours are mainly focused on the 10 National Parks that are Bwindi Impenetrable, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Murchison Falls, Kidepo Valley, Queen Elizabeth National park, Lake Mburo, Kibale Forest, Rwenzori Mountains, Mount Elgon and Semliki valley National Parks in addition to the most popular Wildlife Reserves especially Pian Upe, Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserves (Semuliki National Park) and many others.
The Forest Reserves-Mabira, Kalinzu, Bugoma, Budongo, and Mpanga are also popular sites for Uganda safaris. Hot springs-Sempaya, Kitagata, Buranga, Kibiro and Amoropii, waterfalls-Sipi falls, Murchison, Kisiizi falls and Karuma falls, Lakes and Rivers are beautiful tourist sites for safaris.
Generally, Uganda dubbed the pearl of Africa boasts of magical yet hidden beauty which when discovered during Uganda Tours can leave unforgettable memories.
The country’s beautiful tropical sunshine, beautiful scenery, reptiles, Amphibians, mammal especially the big five and mountain gorillas, bird species and diverse cultures make you utterly satisfied.
Best Time for Uganda safaris
Uganda safaris can be conducted all year round but the perfect time is the dry season (from December to February and June to September) and this time is ideal for most Uganda safaris’ activities especially gorilla trekking, mountain climbing/hiking, golden monkey tracking, chimpanzee tracking, nature walks, and game viewing.
The wet season (March to May As well as October and November) is perfect for bird watching because it’s the season when breeding takes place and the migratory species are in abundance.
Cost of Uganda safaris
The total cost of your Uganda safari largely depends on the activities on your itinerary. For example, if you choose mountain gorilla trekking as one of your activities, you are definitely going to pay more money than someone who didn’t include gorilla trekking on the itinerary.
Additionally, the cost of Uganda safaris is influenced by the budget of accommodation chosen-tourists opting for budget, midrange or luxury facilities won’t pay the same amount. And finally, transport means used will affect the cost of the Uganda safari.
Also, the overall cost of Uganda safari is determined by the size/number of people in the group because persons in larger travel groups will pay less money than someone traveling alone.
Where to stay during Uganda safaris
The places to stay during Uganda safaris vary according to the chosen destinations on the itinerary. However, there is a wide range of accommodation facilities-inform of Tented Camps, Campsites, Safari Lodges, Hotels and Guesthouses ranging from budget to luxury within the different destinations especially Towns, National Parks, Wildlife Reserves and near other popular tourist sites.
However, the most popular accommodation facilities in the country are Kampala Sheraton Hotel, Serena Hotel, Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala, Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Paraa Safari Lodge and Chobe Safari Lodge in Murchison falls National Park, Wild waters Lodge and many others.
What to Pack for Uganda safaris.
The things to pack for Uganda Tours sometimes depend on the kind of safari-whether it’s a gorilla trekking tour in Mgahinga Gorilla National park or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, chimpanzee, wildlife viewing, birding or cultural safari.
However, the must-pack items for most safaris are waterproof backpacks, safari pants, both long and short-sleeved shirts, pair of binoculars, guidebook, journal, camera, pair/s of shorts, rainproof hiking boots, gardening gloves, sweater, flip-flops, cotton socks, rain jacket, insect repellants, first aid kit, toiletries, a wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses and travel documents (inform of passports, visa, and ticket).