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In a book describing his experience in Africa, Winston Churchill called Uganda ‘the Pearl of Africa’ because of the country’s bountiful and astounding natural beauty. To date, Uganda is still the heartbeat of Africa, a wildlife gem and a tourist hub endowed an inexhaustible wealth of attractions. Embarking on a rewarding Uganda safaris and tours, safaris in Uganda or Uganda Safari Holidays, one sets out to see some of these amazing sites in the country and to make some of the best memories for a lifetime.
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Uganda is a home to over 400 individual mountain gorillas residing in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is almost half of the world’s population of the endangered species. Besides Rwanda and Congo, Uganda is the only other place in Africa where mountain gorillas can be trekked, this making it an ideal place for a gorilla trekking Uganda safari holiday. Throughout the year, a great population of tourists flocks Jinja town to encounter the source of River Nile (the World’s longest river). Another one of Uganda’s noteworthy attractions is Marguerite, Africa’s third highest peak found in the in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, a celebrated UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides harboring the towering mountain range, the park has several waterfalls, glaciers, lakes, and stands out for her beautiful plant life and abundant wildlife. Found in the remote north-eastern Uganda is Kidepo Valley National Park, one of Africa’s finest wildernesses and a popular destination for a wild safaris in Uganda. The park is a habitat to over 475 bird species and 86 mammal species including; leopards, Spotted hyenas, lions, cheetahs, elephants, wild dogs, zebras, African buffaloes, bat-eared foxes, giraffes and zebras.
Standing out as Uganda’s most visited tourist destination is Queen Elizabeth National Park found in the south-western region. The park is a habitat to over 500 bird species and 95 mammal species. The other notable attractions found in the park include; Maramagambo forest, Lakes George and Edward, Kazinga channel, the Katwe craters, the Queen’s pavilion and the tree-climbing lions found in the famous Ishasha region. The Lake Mburo National Park, Semuliki National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kibale National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, and Lake Bunyonyi, are also among Uganda’s major attractions. A Uganda safari holiday, Uganda tours and safaris in Uganda is the ideal choice for a sating Uganda adventure holiday experience for an African Safari lover.
Uganda is found on the African continent, in the East-Central Africa region. It is a landlocked country without access to the sea.
Geographical size and population
Uganda has a total surface area of 241,551 square kilometres, and a population of over 40 million people.
Kampala is the capital and largest city of Uganda. An estimated 1,680,800 people live in the city proper. Kampala has been ranked the best city to live in East Africa, ahead of Kenya’s Nairobi and Rwanda’s Kigali, by Mercer; a global development consulting agency based in New York City.
English and Swahili are the official languages spoken in Uganda. Luganda, a language originating from the Ganda tribe (the largest tribe) is the ‘official’ vernacular.
Uganda is a dominantly Christian country, with Islam being the next most widely spread religion after Christianity. Uganda is a religiously tolerant country. Everyone, including foreigners, is allowed to express their religious beliefs without fear of suppression.
Uganda has a warm tropical climate. Temperatures range between 25 °C – 29 °C. Mountainous areas are much cooler though, with temperatures dropping to as low as 13 °C, especially in the early mornings and late evenings.
Uganda has no winters! The country has two major seasons; the dry season and wet season.
The dry season comes along in the months of December – February, and June – August. Uganda is hot at this time of the year, with occasional rains falling especially in forests and mountainous areas.
The wet season occurs in the months of March through May and late September to November. Uganda receives annual rainfalls ranging between 1000 mm -1500 mm. Even in the wet season, the sun still shines. Clear blue clouds can be usually seen in the sky after heavy downpours.
Uganda is an all-year-round tourist destination. The best time to visit Uganda has more to do with what you want to do and less on the weather conditions. National parks, game reserves, and other tourist destinations are open throughout the year.
It’s only in the wet seasons when heavy rains fall that some roads become impassable and a few lodges close down.
Prior booking is one way to make great Uganda safaris and tours. There is, for instance, a high demand for gorilla permits and safari lodges in national parks. Advance bookings is a way tourists are sure not to miss out on the best lodges and other facilities for their Uganda safari tours.
Taking recommended Uganda vaccination shots is the way to start preparing for Uganda adventure tours. A yellow fever vaccination is mandatory. MMR, Hepatitis A and B, Polio, Cholera, Tetanus, Chickenpox, Rabies, and Meningitis, are among the vaccines to consider when planning for an Uganda tour.
Travel/safari itineraries are a great aid when planning for Uganda safaris and tours. A clear itinerary is an indispensable tool for adventure junkies. Once safari activities are highlighted, it is easy to determine expenses and length of the safari in terms of days.
Using a tour operator
Planning for Uganda tours is more seamless when a tour operator is employed. A trusted tour operator like ‘Yaneta safaris tours and travel’ helps with timely bookings, transportation, and creating safari itineraries from an informed perspective.
A Uganda tours and safari is taking a trip to the wild. Tourists should consider packing for a Uganda safari holidays the following:
A medicine kit; including all personal prescriptions and essential drugs like antimalarial and painkillers. The spread of malaria is prevalent in Uganda.
The appropriate attire; this includes both light and warm clothes for the sunny days and chilly nights, respectively. Long-sleeved shirts and ankle-length trousers are best for keeping off mosquito and bug bites that are very common during Uganda adventure tours.
Hiking boots and rain gear. The boots are for gorilla treks and other hikes through Uganda’s dense jungles. Even in the dry spells, it still rains in Uganda especially in the mountains and dense forests. For this reason, rain gear should come in handy.
Sunblock cream, sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat. Tourists should consider packing these for their Uganda safaris and tours, especially when travelling during the dry seasons. One definitely needs protection from the harsh rays emitted by the scorching-hot sun at this time of the year.
Personal toiletries and sanitary kits; all the essentials you need for your personal hygiene. Most Ugandan lodges only offer what is basic. Having antiseptic wipes should come be a priority because most Uganda tours and safaris itineraries include lots of dirt-accumulating adventures.
Uganda tours are more fun and sating with these activities:
Kampala city tour
Uganda’s Capital is alive! Kampala is one city whose heartbeat and pulse is too potent to miss.
There is so much to see and do in Kampala; visiting the historical, religious, and cultural monuments, experimenting with local and exotic dishes (Kampala is Uganda’s food hub), visiting shopping malls, food and crafts markets, and experiencing Uganda’s vibrant nightlife. Kampala never sleeps!
Visiting the national parks and game reserves
Uganda has 10 national parks and over 15 game reserves. Among other wildlife, several of Uganda’s parks like Queen Elizabeth are a habitat to some or all of Africa’s big five; the African elephant, lion, leopard, rhinoceros, and cape buffalo. Visiting the parks and reserves gives tourists a true Uganda adventure tour experience!
Mountain gorilla trekking
Uganda is one of the few destinations in the world where mountain gorillas can be encountered in their natural habitat.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park situated in southwestern Uganda is a habitat to over 400 individuals. The rest of Uganda’s mountain gorilla population is found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Gorilla trekking is done in the parks all-year-round.
Uganda is a habitat to over 1065 bird species. Bird watching is a major Uganda safari tours activity. Uganda receives migratory birds in the month of November which do not depart until late April. Uganda birding safaris are the epic experience for avid birders.
Daytime and nocturnal game-drives are among the prime Uganda adventure tours activities. Almost all national parks arrange these drives for tourists to see Uganda’s wildlife.
Visiting Jinja town (Uganda’s adventure hub).
Jinja town is a ‘must-visit’ Uganda tours destination for adrenaline junkies. Jinja is Uganda’s hub for fun and adventure; bungee jumping, ziplining, whitewater rafting, sport fishing, canoeing, horse riding, mountain biking, quad biking, and cruising to the source of the Nile.
There is a wealth of safari lodges and hotels where tourists can stay when on their Uganda safaris and tours.
All kinds of lodging facilities have been set up over the years to match the high demand created by the great number of tourists who flock the country all-year-round.
Tourists can choose from several high-end/luxury, to midrange, and budget accommodation facilities, spread throughout the country. There are several safari lodges found within the parks and their vicinities.
The best place to stay depends on one’s preference and taste, and the much they are willing to spend on their Uganda safari holidays.
There is no ‘special’ food you will have to eat when in Uganda! Nevertheless, it is in Uganda that every tourist finds something that suits and appeals to their taste buds.
Uganda has wide variety of foods. There are several hotels, restaurants, and eateries spread throughout the country, known for preparing outstanding local, exotic and intercontinental cuisine and dishes. Rolex and Luwombo are among the local delicacies every tourist must try when on a Uganda safari holiday.
Tourists must avoid consuming contaminated food and water as these can bring on cholera and typhoid.
Uganda’s tap water is not safe for drinking. Sealed bottled water is safest to drink when on Uganda tours and safaris.
Uganda is one safari destination you can travel to with your entire family. There are several Uganda adventure tours to suit an entire family including the children. Tourists can have their Uganda tours and safaris tailor-made to suit their children. You can deliberately choose to include child-friendly activities on your safari itinerary.
Also, Uganda safari lodges offer a varied range of accommodation including family rooms and camping facilities favorable for an entire family traveling on a budget.
All visitors to Uganda, with the exception of those from visa-exempt countries are expected to obtain a Uganda visa.
While planning for their Uganda safaris and tours, tourists can access Uganda visas via the official online portal https://visas.immigration.go.ug/. Or, they can acquire it on arrival in Uganda.
A single entry visa valid for 3 months costs $50 while a multiple entry goes for $100 when valid for 6-12 months, $150 when valid for 12-24 months, and $200 when valid for 24-36 months.
Uganda has a staunch religious and cultural background. This fact serves to denote strong moral values.
While on Uganda tours, tourists are better off not getting entangled in morally compromising situations.
Members of the LGBT should for instance, keep their identity a secret since homosexuality is considered illegal in Uganda.
Besides same-sex relationships being a criminal offence punishable by law, most locals find any ‘inappropriate’ sexual behaviour repulsive.
Without getting on the wrong side of the law, visitors to Uganda, regardless of their country of origin can expect to have a great time while on their Uganda safari tours.
Uganda is a multilingual nation. There are over 40 tribes in Uganda with each having its own unique language. English and Swahili are the official languages in Uganda. English is most used by the elite population and is the medium of communication in all formal corporations and institutions.
Swahili is not as widely used and is yet to be adopted by the local population. The language is especially used in the army, police and military forces as a medium of instruction.
The ‘official’ vernacular is Luganda, a language spoken by the Ganda people (Uganda’s biggest and most dominant tribe). Language is barely an impediment for tourists coming from English speaking countries. Uganda safaris and tours are however more fun when foreign tourists are ‘equipped’ with some Luganda or any other vernacular.