Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa, is perhaps East Africa’’s best kept secret. It is quite unlike any other African country, with spectacular mountain scenery along with rain forests, rivers and lakes and areas of open plains, which provide homes for an extraordinary diversity of life. Uganda is a beautiful and diverse country rich in hidden secrets and historical atmosphere.

For those willing to familiarize themselves with this enchanting country there could be a variety of Uganda safari options that will enable you discover much about the Pearl of Africa.

Firstly, one could chose and book Uganda safari package from any of the Uganda travel agents. Uganda travel package would not most usually include a flight but will include hotel accommodation, drives in a 4X4 WD car or all other activities that make a safari a fully inclusive vacation. There could be various cultural programs included in the Uganda travel packages possibly gorilla tracking, game viewing and nature trekking. Usually it is the Uganda travel agent who would advise on such programs. There is a rich choice of Uganda travel agent services providers: there could be online travel agents, corporate travel agents, travel agents for special interest groups and many more.

Once one has chosen the most appropriate provider of tourist services in Uganda it is important to make the trip to Uganda cost effective by means of travel Uganda cheap opportunity. Such travel Uganda cheap opportunity would usually comprise cheap hotel accommodation, cheap car rentals as well as cheap travel insurance.

Top Things to Do

One of the highlights has to be gorilla trekking, an adventure involving hiking to see primates in their natural habitat. Mountain gorillas can be seen at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, at Mgahinga or in the Parc National des Volcans in neighboring Rwanda which is easily accessible from Uganda. You can look at gorilla safaris offered by different tour operators in Uganda.

You can see chimpanzees, go bird watching for the 27 Rift Valley endemics or the Shoebill stork, see elephants, lions and hippos and other great African wildlife in a range of wildlife areas such as the Kibale forest and the Queen Elizabeth (Ruwenzori) National Park.

The local communities also really make a trip here very special, sharing their cultural traditions and welcoming us to their country.

Uganda highlights

  1. Spectacular mountain scenery and other environments such as forests, rivers and lakes.
  2. Treks to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi or Mgahinga.
  3. Excellent wildlife including chimpanzees and other primates.
  4. Superb birdwatching, including the rare Shoebill Stork.


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English is the official language, with Luganda and Swahili also widely spoken.


Visas are required for UK citizens which can be purchased on arrival at the airport. Passports must be valid for at least 6 months.


No compulsary vaccinations but several are recommended and you should take malaria prophylactics.

Best times to go

Due to a mainly equatorial climate, temperatures do not change hugely during the year with an average of between 24-28 C. Main rains are March – May and October – November. Birding is best November – March.

Getting there

Direct from UK flights 3 times a week or daily via Nairobi.