Reasons to Visit
Many people assume Uganda doesn't have much large game and the only reason to visit is to see gorillas. This, however, would be a mistake as the various parks are home to many large mammal species, including lion, leopard, hyena jackal, buffalo and elephant. There are also numerous antelope and bird species.
It is home to the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates in East Africa. There are 13 primate species found within the forest including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkey, L'Hoest's monkey, blue monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus and black-and-white colobus.
Making your way through the bamboo forests and into the dense montane forest you will trek for between two and five hours to find your allocated group of mountain gorillas. The sometimes strenuous walk to find the gorillas is always made up for by this truly unique experience!
Something a bit different which you can enjoy at the Semliki Wildlife Reserve is a night game-drive. Setting off after dinner, you may catch a glimpse of a leopard in a tree; Serval cats, civets, Ugandan kob, mongoose, the strange triple-winged nightjars and nocturnal bush hogs are regularly spotted.
Few countries in Africa provide so many opportunities to view such colourful and vibrant village life. Driving through the lush rural countryside numerous villages are scattered along terraced hillsides. The interaction with the local people in these remote locations often generates some of the most memorable travel experiences.
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Mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Entitled simply "Africa", Sir David Attenborough's latest five-part series was filmed across five different regions of this extraordinary continent, capturing animal behaviour never seen before.
Tracking mountain gorilla in either Uganda or Rwanda is one of Africa's most memorable wildlife encounters. There are pros and cons to each country, but in each one, you will have an experience you will never forget.
You enter the forest and following signs and chimp calls your guide leads you to the chimpanzees. Chimpanzee sightings are not guaranteed, however the odds of encountering them have greatly increased in recent years, now standing at 90% or over.
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is thought to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. It is home to more than half the world's population of mountain gorillas.
Bunyoni means 'place of small birds' due to the varied birdlife that lives along the shores and on the small islands. Visitors can enjoy canoeing, mountain-biking, hiking or kayaking in the area.
Uganda is renowned for its mountain gorillas, but has good populations of other primate types as well such as Chimpanzees and ten species of monkeys. Other wildlife you can hope to find includes lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and a variety of antelope common, including the endemic Uganda kob.
9 Days from £3,925pp
Explore the wildlife highlights of Uganda including the gorillas at Bwindi, chimpanzees at Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park.
15 Days from £4,670pp
Visit the mountain gorillas in Uganda before flying to the spice island of Zanzibar for some relaxation on a beautiful beach.
13 Days from £5,205pp
Explore the highlights of Uganda including gorilla tracking in Bwindi, chimpanzees in Kibale, safari in Queen Elizabeth and boat trips on Lake Mburo.
8 1/4 hours (direct)
British Airways & Kenyan Airways
The best time to travel.
A good time to travel, but there may be some factors to be aware of.
Travel is possible, but this is not the best time of year.
Travel is not recommended.
Snow or ski season.
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