Purposeful Wildlife & Cultural Adventure Holidays
Purposeful Wildlife Safaris in Uganda
Explore Uganda's remote country and discover non-traditional safari adventures; get off the beaten path on a discovery expedition into ancient impenetrable forests blanketing slopes of dead volcanoes; visit the mysterious mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and golden monkeys on a trekking experience. Safari to find the Big Five savannah animals and connect with the land, people, and culture. Find new ways to travel responsibly with us. Travel like a local, yet have memorable vacation experiences with Gorilla Junction, an ecologically aware tour company.
What you will enjoy most about Uganda
Gorilla Trekking: Hike into the tropical wooded mountains to find a habituated gorilla family and spend unforgettable moments interacting with the great Apes of Africa.
Chimpanzee Tracking: Follow a narrow rainforest trail awkwardly, listening out for the heart-throbbing pant-hoot chorusing of chimpanzees, and spend unsullied moments observing their intricate social bonds.
Water Safaris: Cruise the Victoria Nile in Murchison or Kazinga Channel in the shadow of the Ruwenzori mountains to watch herds of elephants, hippos, buffalo, antelope, lions, and many more animals converge at the waterfront.
Bird Watching: Watch a prehistoric shoebill swoop down on a lungfish in the reed marshes of Mabamba Bay, and marvel at more than 1000 colorful bird species in the most accessible bird habitats on the continent.
Mountain Climbing: Hike the misty Virunga Volcanos, or explore the snow-capped Mountains of The Moon, the highest mountain ranges, through alpine woods and glaciers, to peaks reaching up to 5109 meters.
Cultural Experiences: Walk through native remote villages and learn one of the 52 native languages; spend moments with a gracious population and experience evocative traditions on a cultural trail.
Uganda Tour Packages
The 8-day forest adventure takes you trekking the endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in Uganda on the misty Virunga Mountains.
$4,097 Per Person
Places you must visit
Kibale National Park
Kibale is the primate capital of Africa, offering encounters with chimp empires and over a dozen other primates on chimpanzee tracking, nature walking, and bird-watching adventures.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
In Queen Elizabeth, you can watch savannah animals on classic safari drives and some of the most rewarding water safaris in Africa, bringing you close to incredible wildlife.
If you have time, include these places.
Lake Mburo National Park
Small park but packed with savannah animals and birds; suitable for wildlife viewing drives, walking safaris, horseback safaris, and extensions from gorilla trekking. Bird-watching is excellent.
Murchison Falls National Park
Up north, bisected by Victoria Nile, Murchison offers excellent safari drives and boat safaris on the Nile. It's the only place to see the Big Five in Uganda and marvel at the powerful waterfalls.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Go to Kidepo Valley to watch the big cats rule the savannah plains—the best place to watch predators like lions, leopards, cheetahs, and wild dogs; cultural encounters with the Karamojong & Ike tribes.
How would you like to explore Uganda?
Big Five Safaris
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Must do safari activities
Uganda offers a range of unique safari experiences perfect for adventurous and open-minded travelers. From the grasslands to the tropical forests and mountains, Uganda provides a variety of wildlife holiday activities that cannot be found in other destinations. It is a must-visit for those seeking a one-of-a-kind safari experience. Take a look at these activities.
Uganda is a premier destination for gorilla trekking, offering a unique and unforgettable experience in the tropical forests of Africa. Guided gorilla tours are available daily in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, and visitors can stay in comfortable to luxurious accommodations at five trekking centers. Don't miss the opportunity to see these great apes in their natural habitat; gorilla trekking is a must-do activity in Uganda.
Walking in the chimp empires of western Uganda is a must if you enjoy watching Africa's primates. Uganda has top-rated chimpanzee encounters with daily guided chimpanzee trekking adventures happening every morning in Kibale National Park, Budongo, and Kalinzu Forest Reserves.
Uganda offers numerous non-conventional safari experiences with fantastic wildlife encounters. Boat safaris rid you of the traditional 4x4 truck to cruise the Kazinga Channel and Victoria Nile and get you so close to elephants, hippos, crocodiles, buffalo, and many savannah animals converging at river shores daily. Between watching chimps and trekking gorillas, you can fix in a water safari on Kazinga Channel, since it's located between the two primate attractions.
Classic safari drives
Uganda offers classic safari drives in four savannah parks; Kidepo Valley in the extreme northeast, scenic Murchison Falls surrounding the meandering Nile, Queen Elizabeth, and Lake Mburo, very famous on the southwestern gorilla tour route. Game drive sightings include familiar African safari players like lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, hippos, giraffes, and antelopes.
Uganda is a paradise for bird watchers, with over 1,000 bird species within its borders. The country's diverse habitats, including rainforests, wetlands, and savannahs, provide ideal conditions for various birds. Visitors can expect to see rare and exotic species such as the prehistoric shoebill, African green broadbill, and the great blue turaco.
Uganda's warm and welcoming people make cultural experiences truly unforgettable. With over 50 distinct tribes and languages, visitors can explore traditional villages and learn traditions, dress, music, dance, art, and craft. Highlights include the Batwa Experience, close to the gorillas, Kamojong & Ike in the remote northeast, and Kampala metropolitan city.
What you must know about Uganda
Uganda is a low-key safari destination with few tourist crowds, making it ideal for off-the-beaten-path adventures. Group tours are small, and popular game-viewing circuits retain an unconstrained atmosphere. The country's numerous reserves and attractions are easily accessible to independent travelers on a limited budget. Uganda also has a healthy reputation regarding crime directed at tourists, making it one of the safest countries to visit in Africa. Don't even worry about visiting Uganda as an LGBTQ traveler; Ugandans, both in the tourist industry and on the street, are warm, friendly, and relaxed hosts who don't care about visitors' sexual orientation. Their genuine hospitality is a highlight of any visit to Uganda.
Top Uganda Safari Lodges
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is a mid-range to luxury forest lodge in the southern section of Bwindi. Its outstanding views of the Virunga Mountains and Bwindi Forest make this property a top choice for gorilla treks in Uganda.
Location: Murchison National Park
Category: high-end luxury
Nile Safari Lodge offers a luxurious and eco-friendly safari experience in the heart of Murchison Falls National Park, downstream from the thunderous falls. Sunsets are golden, cottages are glorious, and service is top-notch.
Location: Murchison National Park
Category: high-end luxury
Ishasha Wilderness Camp offers a bonafide eco-camping experience in a pristine spot on a river bend in Queen Elizabeth NP, where visitors can witness hippos, elephants, and tree-climbing lions.
Location: Queen Elizabeth NP
Category: Mid-range to luxury
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