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Known as “the pearl of Africa”, Uganda is a relatively small nation home to a wide variety of landscapes and wildlife. From the modern suburban city of Kampala, to the source of the legendary River Nile in the gigantic Lake Victoria of Jinja, there are plenty of reasons to book a Uganda safari.

Home to all of the Big Five, as well as the tallest mountain range in Africa, Uganda offers something for everyone within easy travelling distance. For anyone looking for the full African experience, a safari holiday in Uganda ticks all the boxes.

Uganda Safari Attractions

  • Take part in gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is home to half of the world’s population of mountain gorilla, and they are one of the main reasons people choose to go on a Uganda safari.
  • Visit the unforgettable Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Santuary. This marvellous place is home to about 40 orphaned chimpanzees, as well as monitor lizards and several species of birds. Tours operate from the mainland, and it is well worth seeing these fascinating animals interact with each other.
  • Spot the Big Five in Lake Mburo National Park. The park is home to more than 300 different species of bird, as well as crocodile and hippopotamus. At 250 square kilometres, it is Uganda’s smallest savannah national park. Few places in Africa offer the same variety in such a compact territory.
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park is another highly recommended safari destination for all kinds of animal lovers. The park holds around one quarter of Africa’s bird species, as well as the unmissable tree climbing lions.

Best time to visit

Uganda is unusual compared to other African nations in that it has no real winter or summer. The northern and southern parts of the country also tend to have separate wet and dry seasons. The north has a long dry season from March to November, whereas the south is at its wettest from March to May, and again from September to November. The best time to go on a safari holiday depends on the regions you plan on visiting.

Uganda is generally less humid than some of its neighbouring countries, with rainfall a common sight throughout the year. Average temperatures don’t see the same changes between the seasons, and the country remains quite hot year-round.

In terms of weather, June/July, or January/February would usually be the best times for a Uganda safari. There is little rainfall, making animal tracking much easier. The peak months are between June and September, so be sure to book your safari holiday long in advance as the parks will be at their busiest.

Some of the gorilla parks are located at high altitudes of over 4,000ft, meaning it can be considerably colder. Temperatures in the morning can often be around 10°C, so an extra layer of clothing might be needed.