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Long after western explorers first walked the vibrant red soil of Uganda and coined the well-established epithet “Pearl of Africa”, modern-day visitors still travel here to marvel at the country’s natural beauty, diverse wildlife and fascinating cultures.
Uganda’s landscape is uniquely diverse. From the wildlife inhabited savannah plains to glacier covered mountains, from tracking endangered mountain gorillas in the rainforest to rushing down the rapids of the mighty Nile, no two days in Uganda are ever the same.
On your journey you can visit our closest living relative, the chimpanzee, or go searching for the prehistoric-looking Shoebill, one of over 1000 bird species to be found in the country. For the more adventurous travelers, mountain biking, volcano hiking and kayaking awaits!
PLACES TO VISIT!
Uganda Gorilla tracking In bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga gorilla park: Gorilla tracking ranks among one of the absolute highlights
of a trip to Africa for most travelers, and the spine-tingling feeling that you get being so near to one of our closest relatives is hard to describe.
Mountain Gorillas are one of the world’s most endangered apes. It is estimated that there are only about 880 left throughout the world. Almost half of them can be found in Uganda, and populations can also be found in neighboring Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gorilla tracking permit rates:
The official price for a gorilla permit in Uganda is $700 per person. The official price for a gorilla permit in Rwanda is $1.500 per person.
The official price for a gorilla permit in DRCongo is $400 per person. Gorilla tracking can be done the whole year through and is evenly as good. There is no higher or lower success rate in the different seasons (95% guaranteed to see them).
In rainy season the tracks in the rain forest might be a bit muddier and your tracking might be a bit longer/ tougher because of that. However; it's a RAIN forest, so difference is not all that big compared to dry season. In rainy season you are more likely to track in smaller groups.
How to book a Gorilla Permit?
Gorilla permits are very popular and not many permits are available (a total of 80 permits per day in Uganda).
The permits get sold out far in advance, especially in high season (June - October + December - february).
We advise you to book your tour and your permits far in advance.
Can I book a gorilla permit without booking a tour?
Yes, an Ultimate wild safari offers the service to book a gorilla permit for you, even if you don't book a tour with us. We charge a handling fee of $40 per person to arrange this for you
We can as well organize this for you at no additional handling fee. This is when we take you for a tour. We will make sure all the paperwork is done and easily get your permit.
Murchison Falls National Park:
Covering an area of over 3,840 km², Murchison Falls National Park is the largest conservation area in Uganda. The park’s name derives from its famous waterfall: the mighty Murchison Falls, which are formed where the Victoria Nile powerfully forces its way through a narrow cleft before plunging 43m down with a thunderous roar.
1). Murchison Falls! The mighty Nile River divides the park into its north and south sections.
At the spectacular Murchison Falls the world's longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. As the river attracts large numbers of game, a boat safari up the Nile provides the perfect opportunity to see and photograph the animals. Carefully watched by crocodiles, hundreds of hippos, buffaloes, water birds, apes and all the other thirsty wildlife that the Nile attracts, you go to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, which approaches you with a thunderous sound.
By car or after a short hike you can reach the “Top of the falls” from where you have a perfect view of the impressive falls and the river snaking below.
2). Murchison Falls Wildlife & the Delta
Most of the park’s wildlife is found north of the Nile, so all game drives take place on the tracks in the northern section. A game drive in the park allows you to be eye-to-eye with the African animal kingdom featuring elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, different species of antelope and many bird species.
The Nile Delta is the area where the Victoria Nile flows into Lake Albert. A boat safari down the river towards Lake Albert is a “must do” for every birdwatcher as the banks of the delta are home to hundreds of bird species including the rare and prehistoric-looking shoebill stork.
4). Budongo Forest
Budongo Forest is located in the south of Murchison Falls National Park and it is known for its impressive biodiversity: more than 20 mammal species, 350 bird species, 250 butterfly species and over 450 plant species have been recorded!
During a hike in the forest, you will most probably see red-tailed, blue, and black-and-white colobus monkeys as well as hundreds of tropical birds and butterflies. Birdwatchers should follow the “Royal Mile”, a beautiful track through the forest and one of the best locations for birding in East Africa. As Budongo has a population of chimpanzees, it is also possible to do chimp tracking here.
Kibale National Park, Home of chimpanzees.
Chimpanzees share 98% of human genes making them our closest living relatives. They are found in 21 countries throughout Africa, but are most easily sighted in Uganda due to their dense populations. Kibale Forest is especially good for tracking trips, but chimps can also be seen in the Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park and in Budongo Forest in Murchison Falls National Park.
1). Kibale Forest National Park chimpanzee Tracking.
Chimpanzee tracking experiences are excellent thanks to several well maintained walking trails and a large number of resident chimp families in the forest. Is also a wonderfully diverse concentration of other primates (more than any other forest in East Africa, in fact), including: Red colobus, red-tailed guenon, white-nosed monkey, gray-cheeked mangabey, blue monkey, L'Hoest's monkey, and the black and white colobus monkey.
In addition, you may see olive baboons, bush babies and nocturnal photos. Chimpanzee Tracking at Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kyambura Gorge, is part of Queen Elizabeth National Park and hosts its unique variety of wildlife, including chimpanzees.
The area is an important water source for many animals and is surrounded by savanna, but is generally noted for its high concentration of primate life located in the gorge. Kyambura Gorge spans a distance of 16 km and links to the Kazinga Channel. Kyambura is the only place in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Where you can see habituated chimpanzees and other types of primates including red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, baboons and vervet monkeys. The park is also known for its variety of avian species including various falcons, the blue-headed bee-eater, and the African Fin foot.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most visited game reserve and certainly the most scenic.
The park has a big variety of habitats including savanna grassland mixed with various kinds of trees and grassy plains, but also tropical rainforest, different swamps and volcanic features, comprising volcanic cones and deep craters. Queen Elizabeth National Park is an excellent place to sight large game, track the chimpanzees in the Kyambura Gorge, go bird watching on the Kazinga Channel, and see the famous tree climbing lions in Ishasha.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Aminals.
The wide variety of habitats in Queen Elizabeth NP leads to many different of species finding their home there. The park includes almost a hundred types of mammals, dozens of different reptiles, and more than 600 different types of birds. The park is home to large groups of hippos, buffaloes, elephants, lions, leopards, but also to smaller mammals like antelope, warthogs, giant forest hogs, topis, bushbucks and hyena’s. A host of primate species like baboons, red tailed monkeys and the famous chimpanzee also roams the territory of this park.
In the Ishasha sector of the park you can see the famous tree-climbing lions. Some tracks in the park pass through large mating grounds of great herds of Uganda kob. The big number of different bird species makes this park a must for birders visiting Uganda. Kazinga Channel boat tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Connecting Lake Edward with Lake George, the wide, 32-km-long Kazinga Channel is an excellent place to experience nature in Queen Elizabeth Park. The channel attracts a rich array of animals and birds, with one of the world’s largest concentrations of hippos and numerous Nile crocodiles.
Along the banks, you will see other typical Ugandan wildlife like elephants, antelopes and buffaloes from the surrounding savannah while they are drinking and searching for some fresh grass.
Birders can easily spot 60 species of birds during a boat trip including the great white and pink-backed Pelicans, African shoebill, yellow-billed stork and long-tailed cormorants. Chimpanzee tracking in the Kyambura Gorge-Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Kyambura Gorge – also called the ‘Valley of Apes’ - is located in the far eastern corner of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
The gorge is drained by the Kyambura River and includes some of the most impressive landscapes you will find in Uganda. The area is an important water source for many animals and is surrounded by savanna, but is generally noted for its high concentration of primate life.
Spanning a distance of 16 km and linking to the Kazinga Channel, the gorge is another world on his own. The rich tropical rainforest is home to a variety of wildlife. Here you will find chimpanzees, baboons, colobus, vervet, and red-tailed monkeys as well as many other mammals and birds.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Tree-Climbing Lions in Ishasha
The Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park lies in the southern part of the park and is home to the famous tree-climbing lions. While lion cubs around the world frequently climb trees for fun, adults rarely do. In Ishasha it is thought that they sit in the branches to get away from the tsetse flies and to enjoy a cool breeze. But Ishasha offers more than arboreal felines. Buffalo and Uganda kob can be seen when driving over the plains and even elephants are frequently seen in the area, but they tend to be quite aggressive since they have probably just migrated from the Virunga National Park just across the border in Congo where poaching the a serious threat. Queen Elizabeth National Park Landscapes.
The rolling grasslands are set against the backdrop of the jagged, snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains making the breathtaking landscapes a photographer's dream. Lake Edward and the much shallower Lake George are often visited by local fishermen, and small crater lakes are home to many buffalo and flocks of pink flamingo.
Kidepo Valley National Park
With great savanna landscapes and mountains rising up in the background, the remote Kidepo Valley National Park is a true gem of Uganda's nature. The park spans 1,442 km2 and ranges from 900 to 2.750 m in altitude. Because of its remote location on the border with South Sudan, Kidepo Valley is possibly the only national park left on the whole continent where you can almost have the park to yourself (average of six visitors per day).
Game viewing is possible by vehicle on dirt roads that crisscross the southern and western parts of the park. A few trunk roads are improved with murram and are passable in all weather. Kidepo Valley National Park is also home to almost all of the animal species present in the Uganda National Parks system, including lion, giraffe, elephant, buffalo, leopard, ostrich and cheetah.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo is the smallest of Uganda's wildlife parks and very centrally located a few hours' drive from Kampala and less than one day's drive from the southwest of Uganda (home of the mountain gorillas). Lake Mburo national Park has rich animal life with more than 315 different bird species and 68 different mammals (including impala, buffalo, leopards, hyenas, jackals, etc). Lake Mburo is also the only park in Uganda where you can find zebras.
Lake Mburo National Park Walking Tours.
Lake Mburo National Park is one of two parks in Uganda where it is permitted to go for a bush walk with an experienced ranger. And this opportunity should not be missed. From footprints and animal droppings the ranger will tell you which animal has left it and how long ago. It is exciting to approach the wildlife at such close range.
Lake Mburo National Park Horseback Safari
If you are in or passing near Lake Mburo National Park, don't miss the chance of going on a safari on horseback. You'll ride for two full hours sighting zebra, gazelle, buffalo, while also enjoying wonderful landscapes along the way. The horses are very well trained and maintained by their German owners. There are horses available for riders of different levels of experience.
Sitting in the foothills of Mt Elgon and overlooking a vast plain, Sipi Falls is arguably the most beautiful chain of waterfalls in all of Uganda. There are three levels, and though the smaller two are beautiful, it is the 95m main drop that attracts visitors to this area, and most of Sipi's lodging looks out over it. It is well worth spending a night or two in this spectacular yet peaceful place whether it is a part of your Uganda tour or in connection with a climb of the nearby volcano.
Sipi Falls Walking Tours.
A network of well-maintained (though often muddy) local trails give you beautiful views of the area and on your way to the bottom of each of the three levels of waterfalls.
It is possible to walk off on your own, but we recommend taking a local guide who can explain the flora and fauna and also negotiate the passage through private property. Village and forest walks are also possible at Mt Elgon National Park's Forest Exploration Centre nearby, though you will incur the national park fees to hike there. click here for our tours with Sipi Falls.
Sipi Falls Coffee Tours,
Aside from the falls themselves, a highlight to visiting Sipi is a tour that takes you through the entire coffee process at a nearby family farm. You will pick the coffee berries, to deshell and grind them with a traditional mortar and pestle, and roast them on an open fire, before - the best part - finishing with a fine cup of strong Arabica coffee.
Lying on the border between Kenya and Uganda, Mount Elgon is the extinct volcano with the largest surface area in the world. The highest peak is Wagagai, at 4,321m. The full trekking circuit to the peaks takes five days to complete, following either Sasa or Sipi trails. Ultimate wild safaris can organize your trip departing and returning to Sipi Falls with all equipment included.
Undeniably the loveliest lake in Uganda, Bunyonyi ('place of many little birds') contains 29 islands, many of which are inhabited and terraced for agriculture. Wake to school children paddling dug-out canoes through the morning mist as crested cranes fly overhead. Lake Bunyonyi Activities. Activities include swimming, walking, and bird watching as well as canoe and motorboat rides.
Cultural and historical tours of nearby villages can also be arranged.
The lake stretches out for you and is navigable by canoe skippers per canoe, shuttling back and forth between the 39 islands in this lake. Children go to school by canoe, and market products are transported in this way. Lake Bunyonyi is the perfect place for relaxation! Only the countless birds provide still warm melodic sounds on this island.
Lake Mutanda Tour Activities.
This scenic lake lies just north of Kisoro and makes for a relaxing base from which to explore the area and track mountain gorillas in nearby Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. With the misty Virunga volcanoes as a backdrop and ringed by papyrus swamp, there are plenty of hikes, birdwatching, and water activities to be enjoyed around this lake. Hiking lake Mutanda at Lake Bunyonyi.
This amazing hike or canoe trip is passing 3 wondeful lakes in the south-west of Uganda:
• lake Bunyonyi • lake Mulehe
• Lake Mutanda.
Start from Lake Bunyonyi or Lake Mutanda moderate hiking, motorboat & canoe
three lakes fantastic views
most untouched areas hike through the Valley of No Living
traditional healer nursery school fun
You can do this tour either from Bunyonyi to Mutanda or the other way around. Lake Mutanda BIRD Watching. Contemplate your day as you enjoy a nice drink whilst listening to the engage traditional guitar and relax watching birds.
Mukozi Village Tour
After Kyangushu Island with an ancestral burial place you will anchor near the picturesque village of Mukozi. You will be warmly welcomed by the children of the nursery school, pay a visit to a craft maker and a traditional healer and finally stop for a sip of something outrageous in the local bar,the tour may take 3 to 4 hours.
Lake Melehe Tour.
The boat takes you to Kyangushu Island where in former days the ancestors were buried. Back on the mainland the children of the nursery school will give a short performance. After the school visit, an experienced local fisherman will explain his ways of catching fish. Your local lunch will be served in the village, where you will also see a craft maker at work. The trip will end with a visit to a traditional healer; this boat tour may take 6 -7 hours. Kyangushu Tour on Lake Mutanda.
Our ride to the burial place of Kyangushu will be followed by Mutanda Island, the biggest and the only inhabited one. On a clear day it offers views of Bunagana (Congo border), Lake Mulehe and Bwindi National Park. On a Sunday you can dance with the 70 villagers in their church. Tour takes 2-4 hours.
Batwa Tour -(Pygmy) hideout at Garama Cave
A new tourism trail, result of a collaboration between the Uganda Wildlife Authority and the United Organisation for Batwa Development in Uganda, is helping the indigenous Batwa pygmy people to keep their culture alive, following their eviction from the forests of southwest Uganda more than two decades ago.
The Batwa are Uganda’s traditionally forest-dwelling pygmy people. About a century ago, there was a conflict between the Batwa and the Bantu speaking people in the region. The Bantu tried to expel the Batwa people from the area, so they hideout in Garama Cave. The Bantu had no idea there was a hidden cave in the forest and therefore could not find the crafty Batwa.
Your guide will explain how the Batwa lived and fought out of this cave. The cave is 342 meters in length and 14 meters deep, and is now only inhabited by bats. The walk to and from the cave passes through mountain woodland with plenty of opportunity to enjoy the scenery or watch birds.
Difficulty: Moderate - Hiking time: 3 - 4 hours – Distance: 3 km – Elevation gain:
Mountain Sabinyo Gorge Hike.
This hike takes you deep into Sabinyo’s lush gorge. It is moist, with thick vegetation and there is a beautiful moss-lined stream along the walk. This trail reveals the true height of Mount Sabinyo.
At the end of the gorge you find yourself looking straight up at the peaks. With the peaks up and a small waterfall by your side, the end of the gorge is a great spot for a rest. Keep your binoculars ready! The gorge is one of the best birding spots of the park. Look for the Rwenzori Turaco,
Duikers, and Golden Monkeys.
Difficulty: Moderate - Hiking time: 4 - 5 hours – Distance: 6 km – Elevation gain: Little
Mount Sabinyo hike (‘’Old Man’s Teeth’’)
Mount Sabinyo offers three challenging peaks to climb. The trail takes you up a ridge along the Eastern side of peak 1. If you wish to continue, the climb to peak 2 involves walking a ridge with breath taking drops into the gorges of Rwanda and Uganda.
Finally, the hike up to peak 3 is steep with several ladders and much scrambling. You are sure to get your hands dirty en route to peak 3. On top of peak 3 (3669 meter) you will be in Rwanda, Uganda and Congo at the same time!
The Sabinyo hike takes you through all different vegetation belts, and you have good chances of seeing Golden Monkeys, Duikers, Rwenzori Turaco and Sunbirds. Difficulty: tough, very steep! - Hiking time: 8 - 10 hours – Distance: 14 km – Elevation gain: 1300 m.
Mount Muhavura hike.
Mount Muhavura is located in Kisoro district, truly acts as a guide. Towering above the land, this typical cone shaped volcano provides some of the best views in Uganda.
On a clear day one can see all the other Virunga volcanoes, Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi and the peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. Muhavura does not have the thick forest that Mgahinga and Sabinyo offer. Much of the climb is gradual incline up a rocky surface covered by grasses and small shrubs.
The low vegetation gives you excellent views of the area throughout the day. At the top (4127 meter) you are awarded wit fine views over Congo and Rwanda, and a clear crater lake about 36 meter wide.
Look out for scarlet-tufted malachite sunbirds among the giant lobelias. Difficulty: tough, very steep! - Hiking time: 8 - 10 hours – Distance: 12 km – Elevation gain: 1700 m.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park
It is one of the most biologically diverse areas on Earth, where half the surviving population of the endangered Mountain Gorilla lives in its jungles. The forest has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its biological significance
Bwindi is a large primeval forest located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Albertine Rift.
Designated as a national park in 1991, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park now covers an area of 331km2 and ranges in altitude from 1100 to 2600m.
The climate in the park is tropical with annual mean temperature ranges from 7 to 27°C and rainfall ranges from 1,400 to 1,900 millimeters. The park's forests are afro-montane, a rare vegetation type found only on the African continent.
The park has more than 220 tree species and 100 species of fern. Bwindi forest is thought to have one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa. There are an estimated 120 mammal species in the park, ten of which are primates. It also contains more than 350 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species.
Bwindi Forest Gorilla Tracking Entry.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi is the absolute highlight of any trip to Uganda. Entrances to the park and access to the various gorilla groups are as follows:
Buhoma Gorilla Tracking Section Fund in the northwest corner of the park, and currently hosting three groups of gorillas, this was the first section to open up for gorilla tracking.
Ruhija Gorilla Tracking Section It is located in the remote east of the park; this entrance is home to two groups which can be visited by non-researchers.
Nkuringo Gorilla Tracking Section It is located in se a spectacular portion of the southwest of the park; though there is only one group in this section of the park, it is considered one of the most entertaining and relaxed.
Rushaga Gorilla Tracking Section The is the newly opened portion of the southeast of the park; includes three groups available for tracking.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is located in west-central Uganda just east of the Rwenzori Mountains, near the town of Fort Portal. The 766 km² park predominantly covers evergreen rain forest and ranges between 1100 and 1600m in elevation. Kibale Forest is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests and forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Kibale Chimpanzee Tracking
Tracking experiences in Kibale are excellent thanks to several well-maintained walking trails and a large number of resident chimpanzee families in the forest. There is also a wonderfully diverse concentration of other primates (more than any other forest in East Africa, in fact), including: red colobus, red-tailed guenon, white-nosed monkey, gray-cheeked mangabey, blue monkey, L'Hoest's monkey, and the black and white colobus monkey. In addition, you may see olive baboons, bush babies and nocturnal pottos. Bigodi Wetland Walk- Kibale forest Park.
This swamp 6km south of the Forest is home to around 200 species of birds, as well as butterflies and eight different species of primates, including grey-cheeked mangabey. Two- to three-hour swamp walks will take you through grassland, small communities and some beautiful scenery, where the locals are likely to greet you with enthusiastic waves. Many visitors spot three or four different primate species during this walk, though the highlight is catching a glimpse of the great blue turaco!
Jinja Tourism Activities:
Jinja has a vibrant downtown and broad leafy residential streets set next to the Nile River. Tourism has grown to compete with the manufacturing past of the town as nearby watersports draw visitors from all around. Here you can get your fix of kayaking, whitewater rafting, bungee jumping, horseback riding, and mountain biking.
Before the arrival of Europeans, Jinja was a small fishing village on the edge of the mighty Nile River which constituted the border between two distinct peoples - the Baganda to the east and the Basoga to the west. With the arrival of British colonial rule in 1906, the town began to grow as a trading centre and important river crossing.
By mid-century, the town had grown significantly with Indians, Africans, and Europeans living in somewhat segregated neighborhoods on the west side of the river. With the arrival of hydroelectricity (from Owen Falls dam) and the railroad, Jinja was ideally situated to become the industrial capital of the country with sugar and cotton processing making up a large part of employment. During the difficult political crises of the 1970s, Jinja's trading and manufacturing economies suffered.
White-Water Rafting on the Nile
The stretch of rapids along the upper Nile near Jinja is considered one of the most spectacular places in Africa to go white-water rafting. Despite the intensity of some of the rapids (grade IV and V), most people who venture here are first-time rafters seeking an adrenaline rush as part of their tour in Uganda. Safety standards are impeccable; with all rafting trips accompanied by a fleet of rescue kayaks and a safety boar you can retreat to if you find things a bit too adventurous for your tastes. In addition to the standard big water runs, there are also less extreme options including a family float trip.
Kayaking At River Nile.
Another way to experience the white water is by solo kayak. Full-day packages include a training course, lunch, and guided trip through the raging rapids. Those seeking a quieter and more effortless experience can choose a tandem or sit-on-top kayak trip.
Source of River Nile Boat Cruise
Some prefer to take in the sights and sounds of the river at a more leisurely pace. Sunset and half-day cruises can be arranged with or without drinks and snacks included. A trip to the source of the Nile is another popular option.
Jet Boating- Source of River Nile.
For those seeking a big motorized thrill on the Nile, an exhilarating 90 km/h speedboat trip over the rapids is definitely the preferred activityin Jinja.
Quad Biking Tour In Jinja.
Quad biking along the beautiful banks of the Nile is a thrill you won't soon forget. Trips ranging from one to 3.5 hours including visits to local villages can be organized though reputable providers who also giving lessons on their practice circuit.
We can arrange a range of guided tours including visits to the villages between Bujagali Falls and Jinja, which can finish with a boat ride to the source of the Nile River. More intense trips through Mabira Forest Reserve and tailor-made trips can also be organized.
Horseback Ride along the River Nile
When you're in or near Jinja anyway you don't want to miss the chance to ride horseback for a different perspective. A two- or three-hour ride on these great healthy horses is just one of those special experiences you will not soon forget. The views over the Nile are great and the people waving to you as you pass their local villages will surely bring a smile to your face. The horses are very well trained and maintained by their Australian owners. There are horses for riders of all experience levels.
Bungee Jumping Along River Nile.
Uganda's only bungee jumping at Klagala falls near wild water lodge is one of Uganda’s best experiences. For those with the stomach, this will be an unforgettable experience.
Fishing on River Nile
Fishing on both River Nile and Lake Victoria are home to one of the largest freshwater fish species in the world, the mighty Nile Perch. We can now offer you the opportunity to pursue these fish on both water bodies. You can either book full day, morning, or afternoon trips which cater for either the first-timers or the experienced anglers. Multi-day camping trips can also be organized. All fishing gear, camping equipment (if staying overnight), safety gear and drinking water are provided.
Jinja Community Tour.
If you'd like an authentic Ugandan experience, we strongly recommend that you join one of our hiking and cycling tours through the village of Namwendwa just east of Jinja. During your visit, you will learn how to cook the local food (such as the banana mash known as "matoke"), brew your own Ugandan Gin ("waragi"), and of course meet the local people and experience how they live day-to-day. You can choose to either stay at a local homestead or camp on the farmer's land. Our trained local guides will accompany you and introduce you to the members of the community. This is a great opportunity to mix with local people and experience the true flavor of Uganda!
Please Note: This is one of our programs of supporting the community because some of the proceeds go straight to support community projects.
Entebbe town being small in size and relative low level of development, this town retains a distinct charm. Most of the broad tree-lined residential streets will eventually lead you to the lakeside or to one of the town's two golf courses. Though it is tempting to head straight to Kampala from your flight, Entebbe has a few attractions of its own that are worth your time.
This town is located on a peninsula of Lake Victoria just 2 hours drive from Kampala, Entebbe is a pleasant town of 80,000 inhabitants. This was once the capital of Uganda during British colonial rule, the town continues to host the official residence of the president, a small number of ministries. Entebbe is often the first town in Uganda visitors see since it is also where the international airport ('EBB') is located.
Entebbe Tourism Activities:
Botanical Garden Tour Located on 40 lakeside hectares (98 acres), the Entebbe Botanical Garden is an excellent place to relax and observe nature. Visitors are given the chance to see a wide variety of flora endemic to Uganda and other tropical climates.
Bird watchers will marvel at the sounds and sights of so many species. And several monkey families also call the garden home. This is a lovely place to spend a few hours or even enjoy a picnic on the peaceful grounds.
Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Tour
It is located on the shores of Lake Victoria this former zoo boasts of a wide variety of indigenous wildlife housed in natural settings. Lions, rhinos, giraffes, birds, and many more are spread out over a large area with beautiful walkways. The charges (entrance fees) go to support the maintenance of the centre as well as animal conservation efforts throughout the country.
Uganda Reptile Village Tour
It is located on the edge of a village just north of Entebbe, a home to many species like, African rock python, three-horned chameleon, and forest cobra. Founded and run by a local boat captain with a vision, the "snake park" makes for a fun and educational visit.
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
It is located on a small rain forested island a short boat ride from Entebbe, this sanctuary provides the perfect habitat for the rehabilitation of chimpanzees. Some of the rescued chimps are orphans and others were born into captivity without the required skills to make it on their own. The sanctuary staff care for the lovable apes and, in time, attempt to reintroduce them into wild populations. Day and overnight trips to this amazing experience can be organized. Just ask Enquire from here..
Lake Victoria Sunset Cruise Tour
Lake Victoria is one of the largest lakes in the world. Why not go on a late afternoon boat cruise among small islands on your way towards the equator line as you view the sun sink towards the horizon?
Watch the fishermen cast their nets and enjoy the snacks and drinks provided on board. If you are an avid bird watcher and have a bit more time we can also incorporate a visit to the Mabamba papyrus swamp area – home to several pairs of the rare shoebill stork. As well as the possibility of seeing these elusive birds, there is an abundance of other water birds, wildlife such as otters and much more to view amongst the tranquil waters of this area.
Fort Portal Town
It is located 320km drive west of Kampala; Fort Portal makes for an ideal base from which to begin discovering this side of Uganda. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest Park, and Semiliki National Park are all within easy striking distance and with an altitude of 1480m, the evenings are cool and the views over the nearby Rwenzori Mountains are spectacular.
Fort Portal acts as the cultural centre for the Toro kingdom and as agricultural processing centre for the nearby hinterland, especially the beautifully verdant tea plantations. The downtown is quite clean and well-maintained allowing for comfortable evenings strolls or a browse in the local markets.
Tooro Botanical Gardens Tour- Fort portal.
This wonderful public garden is a unique environment where a variety of flowers, medicinal plants vegetables and fruits are grown. It is a magical place to wander around, taste locally grown fruits and vegetables and get to know the rich biodiversity of the region. For bird watchers this another intresting spot for this activity, only few minutes away from the centre of Fort Portal.
Fort Portal Crater Lake
The Bunyaruguru Crater Lake region is located in Western Uganda, only 26km south of Fort Portal. Many of the verdant hillsides containing rich black volcanic soils are still farmed using traditional methods producing diverse plants and herbs and a bewildering variety of crops from tea and coffee through pineapples, passion fruits, bananas, mangoes, avocado; to millet, sweet potato, cassava, sorghum, peanuts, yams and hot chilies.
Hikes of varying lengths among the crater lakes can be organized. Depending on your interest and fitness level, the experience can include waterfalls, crater rims, coffee terraces and even banana gin brewing in oil drums. There are also plenty to see for those fascinated by birds, butterflies, and primates.
Fort Portal Local Market
This is an opportunity to get to know the friendly local sellers and sharpen your bartering skills. The Fort Portal market is located in the lower part of town between the Mpanga River and the junction of the Mubende Road opposite the Pepsi depot. There is always a large choice of fresh vegetables and a huge selection of second-hand clothes.
It is located on the border between Uganda and DR Congo, this impressive range includes the third highest mountain in Africa, Mt. Stanely which includes snow-capped Margherita peak (5109m). Stretching about 110 km long, the Unesco World Heritage Site includes an extraordinary range of landscapes, from thick tropical rainforest on the lower slopes transitioning to the bizarre afro-alpine moorland, before finishing in glaciers at the highest reaches. The quantity and variety of rare plants and animals are still being researched, with new species discovered every year.
Two mammals are endemic to the range, the Rwenzori climbing mouse and the Rwenzori red duiker, as are 19 of the 241 known bird species.
Mountain Rwenzori Hiking Routes.
The Rwenzoris are considered a much more demanding climb than Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya with many of the trails being wet, muddy, and slippery. Treks to suit all levels and needs are available, from one-day jaunts in the forest to 10-day treks with technical climbs and even visit queen Elizabeth National park.
Mount Elgon National Park.
Lying on the border between Kenya and Uganda, Mount Elgon is said to have the largest surface area of any extinct volcano in the world and a caldera which covers over 40km2 at the top of the mountain.
The highest peak, Wagagai, sits at 4,321m and is the second highest in Uganda after magharita of mountain Rwenzori and the eighth highest in Africa, though millions of years ago it was the continent's tallest.
Its cool heights offer respite for humans from the hot plains below and its higher altitudes provide diverse habitats for flora and fauna. The lower slopes are clothed in tropical montane forest with extensive stands of bamboo. Above 3000m the forest fades into heath and then afro-alpine moorland, which blankets the caldera. Rare plant species present here include the giant groundsel and the endemic Lobelia elgonensis.
As far as mammals, the duikers are more commonly seen, but lucky visitors may catch a glimpse of leopard, buffalo, hyena or elephant. Birdwatchers will enjoy the endangered Lammergeier vultures, Jackson's francolin, and white-starred forest robin.
Mountain Elgon Hike
Numerous day hikes depart from the Forest Exploration Centre near Sipi Falls, which the most popular being a trio of short loops taking in valleys, ridges, and caves. From the Mbale side of the mountain it is possible to access the Wanale Ridge where day-long hikes can be organized to pass through a variety of heath and moorland landscapes with caves along the way.
Mountain Elgon Peak.
Mt Elgon is considered a good alternative to climbing Rwenzori in Uganda or Kilimanjaro in Tanzanis since it offers a milder climate, lower elevation and much more reasonable prices. The full trekking circuit to the peaks takes five days to complete, following either Sasa or Sipi trails. Ultimate wild Safaris organizes this tour and it start from Sipi Falls just Enquire from here.. The best times to climb Mount Elgon are during the dry seasons of June-August and December-March.
No technical climbing equipment or skills are required to reach the main caldera or the peaks. A choice of trails are available, making for interesting and unique flora, fauna, waterfalls, lakes, caves, gorges and hot springs.
Set on a large plateau between the mountains of Sudan and the Eastern Rift escarpment of Kenya, Karamoja has been the home of a proudly unique people still surviving as pastoralists. The climate is dry and windswept, but reveals beautiful panoramas, sunsets over the mountain peaks and amazingly starry nights.
Karamoja Culture Activities
The colorful blankets, piercings and beads they wear, as well as the language and other cultural traits of the Karamajong set them apart from other tribes in Uganda. These differences and the cattle raiding that is practiced across the border in Kenya has been a source of tension in the region.
Karamoja remains one of the least developed areas and one which few tourists venture into. Safety was once a serious issue, but things have calmed down significantly in recent years encouraging visits the regional capital, Moroto and Kidepo Valley National Park Those interested in a cultural scene reminiscent of the American Wild West will want to head to Kotido for the Wednesday morning cattle market.
Father Ambrosoli and Kalongo
Kalongo is a small and relatively unknown town in Northern Uganda with a fascinating history centering on the local medical clinic and its founder. In February 1956, Father Giuseppe Ambrosoli was sent to Kalongo to be of service at a small dispensary with limited capacities. In only a few years, he was able to transform the Kalongo clinic into a modern medical facility with 345 beds capable of providing a range of medical services to the local population and in particular more vulnerable such as women and children. During those years, Father Ambrosoli carried out intensive work for lepers revolutionizing the method of care.
He was at the same time the surgeon, midwife, radiologist and pediatrician, and sometime even the manual laborer. The 1987 civil war that raged through the northern districts of Uganda led to the forced evacuation of the hospital by the army, who gave 24 hours to Father Ambrosoli to clear the hospital and take away the sick. On 13 February, a convoy of 34 vehicles departed Kalongo carrying medical staff (including 23 Italian citizens), 1.500 soldiers and civilians, 150 patients, and many students, whilst behind them columns of smoke rose from the hospital as supplies and medicine were burnt to avoid them falling into the hands of the rebels.
After securing a future for the midwifery school in which he had believed so strongly, Father Giuseppe died in Lira on 27 March 1987. Father Ambrosoli's three decades of missionary work in Uganda were showed his dedication to the mission. After his death the cause of beatification was begun and is still in progress. The hospital was rebuilt and is today owned and operated by the regional Archdiocese and is very worthwhile to visit. Even though the civil war has ended, the economy and the medical care in this area are in constant need of improvement.
Because of Kalongo's excellent location at the foothills of Mount Oret, AVSI and Ultimate Wild Safaris have partnered to train local hiking guides that can take you through this place.
For the time Ultimate Wild Safaris have been in the business of tour and travel: We visit all accommodation in Uganda ourselves to be able to select the best accommodation for you and to give you advice from personal experience!
Our selection criteria are focused on the view, service, location, style and price of each lodge. We give options in different standards and budgets. On this platform you will find our selection of the best hotels and lodges Uganda has to offer.
“Budget Option”: Accommodation such as simple guesthouses or dormitory rooms are available throughout Uganda. Service and amenity standards won't be high and you are likely to share facilities with other guests, but choosing this standard can make a big difference in the price of the tour. Alternatively, you can choose to camp. Some campsites have wonderful locations and Ultimate Wild Safaris can provide you with tents and mattresses.
“Mid-range Option” : Ultimate Wild Safaris originally focused mainly on the mid-range market and therefore has a special ability to choose the best accommodation of this standard. This is your best option for comfortable, self-contained ('en suite') accommodation set in stunning locations that don't cost a fortune.
“Semi-luxury Option” : Accommodation falling in this category is more comfortable than the mid-range. The locations are similar, but the details are further refined. These lodges often have a swimming pool, as well.
“Luxury Option”: The luxurious accommodation is fully equipped, comfortable and usually more spacious than the mid-range options. They often have facilities like swimming pools, masseurs and sometimes even private butlers.
Kampala Serena Hotel
The Kampala Serena Hotel is located in a secure environment in the centre of Kampala, 40 km (approximately 20 minutes by car) from Entebbe International Airport. With its central location, our 5-star hotel provides the perfect accommodation from which to explore all that Uganda has to offer during your holiday or business stay.
Le Petit Village
Serena Lake Victoria Resort
Serena Lake Victoria Resort is set on the shores of Lake Victoria between Entebbe and Kampala. Styled to replicate the lines of a classically rustic Roman villa, which might just as easily stand amid the sunflowers of the Tuscan Hills, as on the shores of Africa's largest lake, Lake Victoria.
Beyond the mosaic frescoes of the main restaurant, a clocktower rises above the pool-deck where colonnades of white arches offer the perfect frame for the hazy blue of the lake and the encircling green of the Lweza Hills. Widely spaced amongst the rose gardens, clusters of pastel-painted villas offer a choice of rooms and suites, all with panoramic lake views.
Lagoon Resort is located just outside Kampala on a peninsula in Lake Victoria. It can be a perfect place to relax at the end of your tour and can be reached by 25-minute boat ride from Munyonyo marina just south of Kampala.
The resort is located in a large bay, giving visitors a wonderful view of Lake Victoria, as well as making the resort home to a many birds, and some cheeky monkeys too. There is a swimming pool as well.
Your visit to Lagoon Resort will make you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and you'll return home refreshed and relaxed.
Hotel Bougainville offers you a unique Mediterranean flair: surrounding a lush terraced garden with a swimming pool and plenty of private hide-away to sit and relax, our hotel rooms are accommodated in a number of luxurious bungalows that combine the comfort of international hotel standards with the charm of a village Provencal.
Emin Pasha Hotel is located in the heart of Kampala, close to the busy city center and for instance the Uganda Museum. The hotel has a wonderful garden full with flowers, palm trees and of course a swimming pool. All rooms have different decoration; all in African/colonial atmosphere and all luxury you need. The restaurant offers a mix between continental and Indian food. Its privacy and the amenities make it a perfect base for each traveler.
Budget / Mid-range
Orchidea Guesthouse is a cozy guesthouse with an Italian management. You won't miss the feeling of a country resort due to a blend of hospitality and comfort. The guest wing area has well tendered mini cottages, each one with their own compound and sitting room. There is a great Italian Restaurant on the compound and you are close to Kabalagala, a famous area in Kampala with lots of restaurants, bars and nightclubs.
Laico - Lake Victoria Hotel
Spacious and elegant, entirely refurbished and redecorated, this classic colonial style 4-star property is a true oasis of tranquility. It nestles in lush tropical gardens, amidst majestic Royal palm trees, while its verandas and terraces overlook the calm beauty of Lake Victoria. There is a great swimming pool as well. The hotel is 10 minutes driving from the airport.
From the moment you arrive, you are warmly welcomed and cared for. With all luxurious rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool, this is a great option for guests looking for an intimate stay in a tranquil setting.
For one of the most flavorsome dining experiences in Entebbe, carefully planned menus are paired to an international wine list, and served with pride. Attention to detail and an attentive guest experience are synonymous with Hotel No.5, making it the perfect choice for a restful stay in this bushing city.
Make yourself at home - unwind beside the swimming pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or work up a sweat in the hotel gym.
2 Friends Entebbe
Airport Guesthouse is an affordable place, just outside the town of Entebbe. It's only a 10 minute drive from the airport. The guesthouse offers comfortable and clean self contained rooms and a cozy restaurant in colonial style. The garden is just wonderful! Airport Guesthouse offers a mid-range stay for budget rates, so probably one of your best picks!
Via Via Entebbe
Budget - Mid-range
ViaVia Entebbe is a very costly accommodation in Entebbe, only 10 minutes away from the airport. All the rooms are self-contained and have a private terrace overlooking the dazzling garden. Relax in one of the hammocks while the resident monkeys play around in the trees, you can bath in your hot-tub, enjoy a romantic sunset and sit aside the campfire at night.
The restaurant serves you fresh and healthy food, spiced with world flavors for a well-balanced international and local menu. ViaVia will give you a truly heartwarming experience that’s very hard to beat!
Budget / Mid-range
Lacam lodge is beautifully located right at the edge of the cliff and has the most amazing views of the valley and the biggest waterfall in this area. The rooms are rather basic but comfortable and bar and view will make up for that. The Staff is super friendly and very helpful in arranging all things in the park including guides for hiking.
Sipi River Lodge
Sipi River Lodge is located on the foothills of Mount Elgon, famous for the three spectacular waterfalls. Home to an incredible number of bird species, ground for some of the best Arabica coffee in the world and famous for the magical sunsets.
Sipi River Lodge is by far the most comfortable place to stay in the area. Within the picturesque setting you will experience the view on one of the Kapsurur Falls right from your veranda. The restaurant serves hearty home-style meals that celebrate the local produce.
The freshly baked bread and garden-grown coffee will trigger your taste buds at breakfast to get you ready for a wonderful day in the beautiful Sipi region!
Home of Friends guesthouse
Budget or Mid-range
Home of Friends is a convenient mid-range accommodation, just outside Kapchorwa Town, located on the flanks of Mount Elgon (2.000m. altitude). With its panoramic views and leisure opportunities such as hiking and mountain biking, it is a perfect getaway from the hectic city life. The amazing Sipi Falls are located only 20 min. from the Guesthouse. In its restaurant, Home of Friends offers healthy and affordable meals, a tasty mix of Ugandan and Western food.
Not many people stay in Mbale and we normally advise people to stay in Sipi Falls instead. However, Sipi falls doesn't have many semi-luxe options. Only Sipi River Lodge offers semi-luxe accommodation, but has only 3 self-contained rooms. When it's full or when we have bigger groups we sometimes choose to stay in Mbale and do the Sipi Falls activities from here (1 hour driving each way).
Mbale Resort Hotel presents itself as a deluxe five star hotel, but Ultimate Wild Safaris doesn't see it this way. However, they do offer comfortable accommodation and the service and swimming pool are nice, so we rate it as Semi-luxury.
Rated as one of the best accommodations in Jinja region, The Haven is a peaceful and relaxed eco-friendly River Lodge. Enjoy the tranquil environment and the breath-taking view over the White Nile waterfall from this beautiful retreat. The fish eagle, otters, monitor lizards, monkeys and incredible bird species will accompany you during your stay.
You can enjoy the delicious food from the spacious terrace overlooking the gently flowing river. Take a refreshing dive in the swimming pool or take your chance to dip in the Nile!
Situated on the banks of the Victoria Nile, just downstream of its source, overlooking the spectacular Bujagali Falls, the Nile Porch offers a unique experience in comfortably appointed semi tented en suite accommodation.
Unwind and relax next to the crystal blue swimming pool and enjoy the abundance of native fauna and flora and look forward to a sumptuous meal at the Black Lantern restaurant before retiring to a peaceful night sleep with the sound of the Nile flowing by on its journey to the Mediterranean Sea.
Nestled in luxuriant rainforest on its own private island, mid-stream in the mighty Nile, Wild waters Lodge is breathtaking. Thick River in forest naturally covers the island and each of the ten timber-floor rooms is nestled amidst the forest with private, breathtaking views over the River Nile and its rapids.
The expansive, canvas walled, traditionally thatched, rooms each boast private decks with elegant free-standing baths and wash basins carved from the local pink granite. Softly lit with hand-made furniture, you can relax in comfort on this island paradise listening to the thunder of the Nile rapids, and the calls of the many species of bird who call the island home.
Source Of The Smile
The source of the river Nile & 5min from Jinja-town. The Guest House have fantastic art & design all over the place, great breakfast & free fast WIFI! Relaxing swimming-pool area, self-contained rooms & suites! Almost all rooms have their own relaxing terrace/lounge.
Camp on the Nile
Nile River Camp is located just 6 kilometers from Jinja town with a spectacular view of the Nile, brilliant sunsets and beautiful surroundings. Nile River Camp offers accommodation in safari tents with beds; nothing more, nothing less. All tents overlook the River Nile and the cozy restaurant and bar will make your stay comfortable. There is even a small swimming pool!
Nile River Camp is also home to Nalubale Rafting which offers all the rafting options on the Nile at a substantially discounted price for the Full Day Grade 5 trips.
Bomah Hotel Gulu
Gulu is rather new on the tourism map and not yet many nice and cozy lodges have been built. There are plenty of opportunities to stay in comfortable and clean places, but it won't give you the "out of Africa" experience.
Bomah Hotel Gulu is one of the oldest hotels in Gulu and famous with volunteers and expats. The rooms are clean and comfortable, the restaurant serves simple, but fine meals and the restaurant/bar is rather cozy. There is a sauna, but this is not very needed as Gulu can be very hot on sunny days. The hotel can be quite noisy when weddings or functions are scheduled and in the weekend a band plays loud music until midnight.
Gulu is rather new on the tourism map and not yet many nice and cozy lodges have been built. There are plenty of opportunities to stay in comfortable and clean places, but it won't give you the "out of Africa" experience.
One of the most comfortable hotels is Churchill Courts. It's a new hotel with spacious air-conditioned rooms (useful, because Gulu can be very hot). The restaurant isn't all that cozy, but the menu is good and the service is warm and nice, as usual in Uganda.
Brownstone Country Home
The Brownstone provides an easy to reach quiet location for your comfortable stay and is just 5 km (7 minutes’ drive) to Lira Town. It's set in a quiet location for your comfortable stay. The accommodation is situated in vast well laundered undulating compound interspaced with a variety of natural trees and organically nurtured orchards that provide sweet mouth-watering fruits you never forget after staying at Brownstone.
Kidepo Savannah Lodge
Being just 500 meters away from Kalokudo gate, this lodge is literally on a stone’s throw from the beautiful Kidepo National Park. It is apparent that the architecture is inspired by its savannah surroundings, the grasslands, rocky outcrops, and the Karamajong tribe with their typical manyattas and colourful blankets.
Each of the spacious tents have a private veranda overlooking the mighty savannah. The views into the park are magnificent with an occasional herd of elephants or buffaloes passing by. Don’t forget to take a look at the sky on a clear night. As you are sipping a glass of wine after your dinner on the wooden restaurant lounging deck, you might just witness the milky way galaxy and hear the roaring of lions in the distance!
From Apoka, the beautiful lodge at in the heart of the park, a savannah landscape extends far beyond outlined by distant mountain ranges. The rooms at Apoka have been built with comfort in mind and everything is handmade by local craftsmen, everything is large and capacious.
The rooms have natural canvas walls and an endless view across the savannah. When you step outside on your private veranda you have your own outdoor stone bathtub. Also the swimming pool at Apoka Lodge has been carved out of the big rock.
Bush Camping in the middle of the park
We only recommend camping when the location is adding something extra. This is the case in Kidepo Valley National Park.
Bush camping is the most spectacular way of visiting Kidepo Valley National Park. Because the 2 campsites are both located on a hill you have a wonderful view over the park. The campsites are often be visited by wildlife, including lion. There is a ranger with you 24 hours a day to keep you safe. Ultimate Wild Safaris can provide tents and mattresses + as well as cooking equipment, as there are no restaurants.
Hoima Cultural Lodge
Surrounded by beautiful vast gardens, The Hoima Cultural Lodge is situated in Hoima district, the northern part of Western Uganda opposite the Bunyoro Palace. The lodge offers spacious en-suite grass thatched cottages ideal for couples and families with each room brightly colored and furnished with African Art pieces which give you an African feel.
A kid’s entertainment center with multiple bouncing castles, trampolines, slides and fun indoor activities, a well stocked restaurant, sports center and internet facilities are also available. You may choose to take pleasure in relaxing in the beautiful gardens thereafter proceeding to kibale the following day.
Budget or Mid-range
At KonTiki a harmonious balance between old and new has been created. Tradition blends seamlessly with contemporary, from the architecture to the furnishings and soft touches, to those modern amenities that today's business and leisure traveler requires.
The lodge has a wonderful large garden with a small swimming pool. The cottages are spacious and the restaurant serves simple but fine meals.
Lake Albert Safari Lodge
Lake Albert Safari Lodge is situated on the banks of Lake Albert in the Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve. The main lodge with pool and thatch cabanas faces Lake Albert with magnificent views of the Blue Congo Mountains to the West.
The Lodge has been designed and furnished with nature in mind creating a feeling of comfort and relaxation in the African bush. Meals are prepared with fresh fruits and vegetables supplied by local farmers. There is a swimming pool as well. Lake Albert Lodge is one of these places where you can stay for days to relax in the middle of your tour or to break up the journey between Murchison Falls National Park. and Kibale Forest.
Paraa Lodge Luxury tents
Paraa Lodge is overlooking the River Nile from the northern bank of the river. Set in an area of landscaped gardens, the lodge recreates a mood that we have come to associate with the famous explorers of East Africa. From most of the rooms, the restaurant and the pool you have a stunning view over the River Nile.
As a new addition to their standard rooms they have build some luxury tents. The tents are superbly furnished with modern interiors and linens - still reflecting and creating a mood of being ‘in the wild’. Get closer to the River Nile and have some more intimacy! Because Paraa Safari Lodge is located on the northern bank of the Nile, you can start your game drives straight away, as you don't have to take the ferry.
Para Lodge has standard rooms (semi-luxury) - established in 1954 - is overlooking River Nile from the northern bank of the river. Set in an area of landscaped gardens, the lodge recreates a mood that we have come to associate with the famous explorers of East Africa. From most of the rooms, the restaurant and the pool you have a stunning view over the River Nile. Because Paraa Safari Lodge is located on the northern bank of the Nile, you can start your game drives straight away, as you don't have to take the ferry.
Kabalega Wilderness Lodge
Inspired by the breath-taking splendor of the wild landscapes of Murchison Falls National Park and the history and culture of the Bunyoro region of Uganda, Kabalega Wilderness Lodge will amaze you with its allure and its unique location adjacent to one of the biggest natural reserves in Uganda. It comprises of individual Safari Cabins spread throughout 7 acres of bristling bushes on the banks of the streaming waters of the mighty River Nile.
All the lodge structures are made from an architectural balance of mud and wood, and the roof is thatched with handpicked grass from the rolling plains of the neighboring villages. The lodge is tastefully decorated with rustic safari furnishings and fixtures handcrafted from carefully selected local and natural materials. The cabins and dinning all feature an open design to offer you a feeling of oneness with nature and breathtaking uninterrupted views of the magnificent and wild surroundings.
Fort Murchison - rooms
Fort Murchison revokes the idea of an outpost from times where Arab traders frequented the African hinterlands and explorers led expeditions in search of the source of the Nile. The fort tower, earth coloured walls, and Swahili style make this lode a very unique one in Uganda.
Set on the eastern banks of the gently flowing Albert Nile and just outside the northern park boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park you find these en-suite rooms with private balconies. First take a dip in the lovely swimming pool, sip a refreshing sundowner drink on the rooftop terrace enjoying the scenic views across the river followed by a four-course dinner in the very atmospheric restaurant.
Fort Murchison still offers budget accommodation in the form of non self-contained tents. Furnished with 2 single beds, the tents share communal ablution blocks.
Bwana Tembo is set just outside the park overlooking the mighty River Nile. It's just 15 minutes drive to the park gate from where your safari starts. The lodge offers a unique blend between spacious self-contained rooms and safari-tents in a wonderful setting and affordable rates. The Italian owners will spice your stay up by their great cuisine!
Murchison River Lodge - Lazy camping
Murchison River Lodge has been built on the edge of the mighty River Nile overlooking pods of hippos and stunning Murchison Falls National Park.Your safari tent will be pitched in a beautiful bush-location. Enjoy the swimming pool and the great hospitality! If you have binoculars, bring them! The bird life is incredible.
The main lodge area provides a bar and restaurant and sits on a raised bank providing magical panoramic views of the magical River Nile as well as the park. You know that you are really in the bush having a guide leading you back to your safari tent after dinner because of the active wildlife at night!
Bush camping on Delta
This might not be the most comfortable option, but it actually might be the most beautiful and spectacular option. When you go for bush camping on the delta of Murchison Falls, you are sure to have the most beautiful part of the park all for yourself. Giraffe, buffalo, jackal and lion will be just around you, so there will be a ranger with you to take care of you.
It will just be you, your ranger and your iglo tent, so be aware that there will not be any toilet or shower facilities (It all has to be done in the bush). However; the luxury bush dinner that Ultimate Wild Safaris will organize for you will make up for everything!
Mweya Lodge, luxury tents
Mweya Safari Lodge - located on a peninsula in the heart of the park - offers visitors an unforgettable experience. To the east lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward, filled with hippo, crocodile and bathing elephant.
As a new addition to their standard rooms they have build some luxury tents. The tents are superbly furnished with modern interiors and linens - still reflecting and creating a mood of being ‘in the wild’. Get closer to the Kazinga Channel and have some more intimacy!
Mweya Safari Lodge has standard rooms - located on a peninsula in the heart of the park - offers visitors an unforgettable experience. To the east lie the guardians of the birthplace of mankind, the Great Rift Valley hills, separated from the Mountains of the Moon by the meandering Kazinga Channel. Here the water flows endlessly into two giant lakes – Lake George and Lake Edward, filled with hippo, crocodile and bathing elephant. The lodge is built in colonial style and surely offers one of the best views, service and food in Uganda. The lodge has a swimming pool and a spa. Besides standard rooms, a/c rooms and luxury safari-tents are available. The lodge is quite big and lacks some intimacy.
Kyambura Game Lodge
Kyambura Game Lodge is situated at the eastern edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park, in the western part of the great East African Rift valley.
Accommodation is provided in seven spacious and tastefully designed self contained grass-thatched cottages, with bath tubs/showers with views to the park, running hot and cold water, and a private wooden balcony perched over Queen Elizabeth National Park. There is a swimming pool, adjacent to the campfire where a local traditional dance is often performed.
The restaurant and the lounge/bar/fireplace are opened towards a sundowner deck overlooking the park for relaxation in the evenings while winding up the day’s activities. The kitchen features international and local cuisine, several-course meals are mainly prepared with organic vegetables from their own garden.
Ihamba Safari Lodge
Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge reserves exclusive, private accommodation consisting of African styled cottages with extensive living areas overlooking the magnificent Lake George.
There are six cottages that comprise of twin and double bed cottages plus a family cottage; each containing full en suite facilities, and private decks and an indoor shower. The bathrooms boast of large glass windows, offering a unique game viewing of breathtaking Lake George. Sweeping vistas over the savannah and ever active water hole can be enjoyed. There is a small swimming pool at the lodge.
Enjojo lodge is bordering the Ishasha sector of Queen Elisabeth National Park. Birdlife is amazing and herds of elephants, buffaloes and antelopes are regularly spotted. Vervet monkeys, baboons, black- and white colobus have become residents to the lodge.From the grass-thatched restaurant and bar you can enjoy the tasty homemade food and the view on a small scenic natural lake in front of you. The thatched cottages at have an en-suite bathroom and an outdoor shower. On the wide verandas you can really take a moment to enjoy the tranquil environment overlooking the surrounding bush and savanna.
Enjojo lodge has budget option; it is bordering the Ishasha sector of Queen Elisabeth National Park. Birdlife is amazing and herds of elephants, buffaloes and antelopes are regularly spotted. Vervet monkeys, baboons, black- and white colobus have become residents to the lodge. From the grass-thatched restaurant and bar you can enjoy the tasty homemade food and the view on a small scenic natural lake in front of you. Although not self-contained, the huts and tents are solar powered, comfortable and equipped with beds, bedlinen and towels. You can use the clean campsite showers and toilet facilities. On the wide verandas you can really take a moment to enjoy the tranquil environment.
Ishasha Jungle Lodge
Ishasha Jungle Lodge is located 2km off Katokye Gate of Queen Elizabeth National Park along River Ntungwe. This is the perfect location for your photographic safaris in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge is surrounded by riparian forest vegetation and acacias Savannah.
Ishasha Jungle Lodge is a small eco-friendly lodge, entirely made with local materials and African art, with its raised en-suite wooden deck cottages (now they are 4), spacious rooms and bathroom, all finished with canvas. The restaurant offers international standard menu and dining area.
Situated on the Great Rift Valley escarpment with uninterrupted views of the savannah, Lake Edward and the Virunga and Rwenzori mountain ranges beyond, Katara Lodge is a 20 minute drive away from the main entrance of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lodge offers accommodation in seven luxurious thatched cottages on a beautiful stretch of hills overlooking the open savannah in a serene and relaxing atmosphere.
Each spacious cottage was hand crafted using locally available materials and carved into the hillside. The cottages combine wooden floors, grass thatched roofs and canvas that can be folded away for uninterrupted views of the park stretching out below. The lodge offers a personal service and there is a swimming pool too!
Papaya Lake Lodge
Papaya Lake Lodge is located between kibale and fort portal, offers nine spacious and bright cottages. They are all situated on the extinct volcano crater’s slope and have breath-taking views of the Lyantonde Lake. Each of the cottages offers complete privacy, hidden from view by a green wall of sympathetic treetops. Calm colours, subtle accessories, and original interior design, simple but comfy furniture: these are Papaya Lake Lodge’s trademarks. But first and foremost, it is the lush, green vegetation that makes it easy to relax after an adventurous day.
Ndali Lodge is located between kibale and fortportal, perched on the rim of an extinct volcano which, since its demise, has filled with water to become the breathtaking Lake Nyinambuga – 250 acres in size and 130 meters deep.
There is a main thatched lodge with spacious sitting room, reception area and dining room flanked by 8 cottages providing luxurious accommodation for 16 guests. The cottages offer a panoramic view of the spectacular 'Mountains of the Moon' and were built of local stone and thatch. The interiors are imaginatively and comfortably furnished where the decor emphasis in on the use local materials. Each cottage has en suite facilities with bath, shower, WC and hand basin and a private verandah.
Primate Lodge - luxury cottages
Primate Lodge is situated in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park. The lodge is surrounded by a lush tropical forest home to 13 different species of primates, including the chimpanzees. The eight luxury cottages are raised on wooden platforms and covered by a grass-thatched roof, perfectly blending with the natural environment. Each cottage has a private veranda with a splendid view of the surrounding forest.
The interior is tastefully decorated in African style, with comfortable queen-sized beds, brightly colored bedspreads and large windows to take in the forest. En suite bathrooms are finished with a natural touch of local stone, bamboo and wall paintings.
Between Kibale Forest and Fort Portal. The lodge is located between kibale forest and fort portal with an exceptional design and sheer scale of the main lodge is immediately apparent from the moment one crests the hill and Kyaninga Lodge comes into view. Once inside, the lodge offers comfortable seating areas set around an imposing double-sided open fireplace where one can enjoy a cozy evening over a good book, a board-game or a drink from the bar.
The main building also houses the restaurant, where delicious meals compete with stunning views on both sides. Two raised galleries offer intimate spaces for those wishing to absorb the panorama in a more private setting. On the lake side, the main lodge leads to two decks furnished with comfortable loungers, while steps hewn from local volcanic rock lead down to the swimming pool and on to two lawned terraces overlooking the deep blue water and primeval forest of Lake Kyaninga itself.
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse
Chimpanzee Forest Guesthouse & Campsite, the lodge is located just outside kibale forest, sitting on 100 acres of manicured lawns, beautiful gardens, tea plantations, pasture and indigenous forest. Enjoy beautiful panoramic views of Kibale Forest National Park, ancient crater lakes and the Rwenzori Mountains. Motorbike tours will camp on flat grassy sites away from the house with shade and seclusion and partial views of Lake Nyabikere.
Kibale Guest Cottages
Kibale guest cottages is located in the middle of kibale forest, offering private cottages in western Uganda and offer a spectacular view of low moist tropical forest, a few hundred meters from the Park's main tourist centre of Kanyanchu.
The cottages have capacity of 10 rooms, fitted to high standards with solar powered hot showers.Each cottage balcony offers a spectacular view of Kibale forest; home to chimpanzees, black and white colubus monkeys and over 40 bird species. The Garden bar provides an assortment of wines and spirits embedded with a good ambiance during day and night for a relaxing and soaking up hot sun in a friendly tropical environment.
Kibale Forest Camp - lazy camping
Away from the main accommodation, Kibale Forest Camp offers a more budget option in the form of non-self-contained tents. The lazy camping product consists of a basic camping tent furnished with 2 single beds and a solar lantern. No need to bring your own linen as all bedding and towels are provided. The tents share a communal ablution blocks with hot showers and flushing toilets.
Dutchess Guesthouse and Restaurant in Fort Portal is known for their cozy rooms and wonderful food. Enjoy the beautiful garden and quiet environment just 300 meter from the city centre. The guesthouse is owned and managed by a Dutch couple and offers excellent international cuisine including pizzas.
Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular and uninterrupted views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The comfortable cottages have been carefully built, each with its own private verandah, allowing wonderful views of the forest canopy of the National Park.
Inside the spacious cottages you will find comfortable beds, a well appointed en suite bathroom with flushing toilet and a hot shower and also some rooms with bath tubs. An elevated lounge area, complete with bar and dining facilities, offers a cozy, comfortable environment, to discuss the day’s activities around the fireplaces which add atmosphere and warmth in the cool evenings.
Engagi Lodge in Bwindi is a modern lodge in a breathtaking setting offering stunning views over the forest canopy. The lodge is situated in a large tract of land contiguous to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and runs from the main road to the Park Headquarters down to the Munyaga river. The lodge has been built using local materials and a local workforce.
It is constructed from rocks found in and around the site and eucalyptus trees while the rooms are thatched from banana fibre sourced from local farmers. The lodge consists of just 8 en-suite cottages, spaced out and hidden in the foliage.
Each cottage has either double or twin beds, a bathroom with flushing toilets and hot and cold running water. All have private verandahs where guests can enjoy their morning tea or coffee as they watch out over the forest canopy.
Windi Safari Lodge
Bwindi Safari Lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest, home to gorillas. The lodge has recently been completely refurbished and now offers unequalled comfort and style. Eight bandas overlook the forest canopy, each with a private terrace from which guests can watch birds and monkeys in the tree tops.
Each ensuite stone bathroom consists of double sinks, hot running showers, low flushing toilets and the same unique, stylish décor. The main lodge building also maximizes on the beautiful views of the forest canopy, with both open and covered terraces providing optimum viewing platforms facing the forest.
A cozy fireside bar and lounge area enables guests to enjoy a drink while swapping stories of their gorilla tracking experiences
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
As the only concessionaire luxury camp within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the perfect base from which to track the park's most famous resident - the mountain gorilla. The main area features a comfortable lounge and bar area as well as the main dining area while the mini spa offers a wide selection of treatments.
Located within the National Park, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp offers guests an unrivalled location, including the best bird and wildlife viewing in the Bwindi area. In fact Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp often receives regular visits from the gorillas themselves.
For the lucky guests in camp at those times, they may have the chance for a gorilla encounter without even leaving Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.
Mahogany Springs offers privacy and serenity blended with optimal comfort in a spectacular setting. At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained management team.
All the rooms at Mahogany Springs are suites. These suites are spacious with large double doors and beautiful windows. Each suite has its own private terrace with panoramic views of the surrounding area. All suites have large en suite bathrooms with open terracotta shower.
For added comfort and peace of mind all the suites have an advanced mosquito net system that wraps around the entire area of the beds.
Silverback Lodge is perched on high, atop the valley overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The view is absolutely stunning and the best place to enjoy après-tracking cocktails.
Bird watching and sometimes primate viewing is possible right from the front door of your room. They have 12 rooms. The rooms are a bit small, but they are sufficient and affordable. The view however will make up for it; it's without a doubt the best view in Buhoma.
Buhoma Community Restcamp
Located at the entrance to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Buhoma Community Restcamp gives outdoor enthusiasts a taste of safari-style living and is an excellent base camp for gorilla tracking as well as observing the many endemic bird species that inhabit the region.
This pleasant and well-kept camp provides guests several lodging options such as bandas, self-contained safari tents, dormitory style accommodations, and leveled terraces for those with camping equipment.
The camp has an open-fronted restaurant where guests can enjoy exceptional views of the magnificent forest. It's a basic camp providing a comfortable bed.
Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
The main lodge feels like someplace else – soaring ceilings, massive exposed wooden beams, big picture windows with endless views of treetops, volcanoes and mountains. It feels like a ski chalet in the Alps or a stone palace in the Rocky Mountains. But with the gentle and warm welcome, the quiet dedication of your personal butler and the smiles on the faces of virtually all the staff, this can only be in Uganda.
Built of local volcanic stone, every cottage has a large sitting room with fireplace, vast overstuffed armchairs, and hand-woven carpets. Each individual cottage features the work of one of Uganda’s most respected artists (we call them the ‘Clouds 9’). Their work has been so highly regarded by guests that they have commissioned their own pieces and now the work of these artists graces the walls of homes and offices in New York, Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles and London.
Situated between Mgahinga and Bwindi Nationalparks and Kisoro – you will find a place full of inspiration and enjoyment called Chameleon Hill Lodge. Located on the shores of one of East Africa’s most beautiful lakes – Lake Mutanda, you will enjoy spectacular views across the lake with its islands and surrounding hills.
In the backdrop the Virunga Vulcanoes greet you. You have arrived. The “arty” design of the lodge has mainly been influenced by the location of the site itself. The most important element is undoubtedly the breathtaking view! The lodge and every single Chalet are positioned in a way that the view across the lake and volcanoes is unobstructed at all times.
Mutanda Lake Resort
Mutanda Lake Resort offers one of the best views in Uganda! Perched on a peninsula in Lake Mutanda, isolated in the shadow of the Virunga Mountain Range, this lodge offers comfortable accommodation in a very unique corner of the country.
Their cuisine is listed amongst the best in Uganda. Situated between Kisoro town, Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks the Resort makes a perfect base for a gorilla trekking, volcano hikers, bird lovers as well for those looking for a secluded magical place in nature.
Don’t forget to take your chance to dip in the lake as its Bilharzia free, so safe to swim, peddle board or canoe amongst the locals going about their daily business on the lake! The sunset scenes are spectacular so make sure to be on one of the verandas (with a sundowner drink in hand) at that time.
Gorilla Safari Lodge
Gorilla Safari Lodge comprises of 8 cottages with two of these being double-roomed family units for people traveling together. All rooms view Bwindi Forest.
The discreetly serviced and superbly appointed cottages have a wonderful setting to relax and unwind and each room has its own en suite bathroom, with hot and cold water, as well as solar lights and a cozy fireplace.
It is the ideal base from which to trek the Nshongi group of Gorillas. The lodge is locally owned and managed.
Gorilla Valley Lodge
Budget - Mid-range
Located on the border of the impenetrable forest and set on a steep slope the lodge has a truly unique setting. Imagine waking up with the sounds of the forest, having your cup of coffee or tea on you private terrace, experiencing the forest coming alive and the mist mysteriously giving way for a lush jungle.
Gorilla Valley Lodge consists of 12 en-suite rooms, built on a steep slope, ensuring the best views on Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. All rooms have a private terrace from where to experience the splender of the forest.
One minute South
This is the perfect place to stay with a family or group of friends. One Minute South Island Villa is situated on Bulago Island just one minute south of the equator. The residence is on 20 private acres offering seven bedrooms with serene island views.
The entire property is rented out to group and no individual rooms are available. Relax in the cliff top infinity swimming pool or spend the day on the deserted golden beaches. Take part in Talapia fishing from the jetty and enjoy nature walks while spotting over 300 bird species. Meals are prepared by the internationally trained chef, Bosco.
Pineapple Bay is the only full-service lodge on the 500-acre (202-ha) Bulago Island where tropical forests and sweeping grasslands combine with rocky cliffs which look over sandy beaches.
The resort is built & furnished with locally made materials and the 8 cottages feature unique Lamu beds and fantastic views. A lovely pool that looks into the lake with lounge beds and a bar make this the perfect way to enjoy Lake Victoria.
Brovad Sands Lodge
Located on the fore-front white sand beaches of the Ssese Islands, Brovad Sands Lodge is the a great beach getaway on the Ssese islands, providing the finest first-class beach accommodation that blends well with the traditional hospitality of the native Ssese Islands.
Enjoy the exclusive setting and unique lifestyle at Brovad Sands Lodge an amazing Ssese Islands resort beach hotel. Picture the gorgeous rich airy gardens, the precious artwork, the exotic décor as well as the white sand beach.
Mid-Range / Semi-Luxury
Lagoon Resort is located just outside Kampala on a peninsula in Lake Victoria. It can be a perfect place to relax at the end of your tour and can be reached by 25-minute boat ride from Munyonyo marina just south of Kampala.
The resort is located in a large bay, giving visitors a wonderful view of Lake Victoria, as well as making the resort home to a many birds, and some cheeky monkeys too. There is a swimming pool as well.
Your visit to Lagoon Resort will make you feel a million miles away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and you'll return home refreshed and relaxed.
Gorilla Friends Camp
Gorilla Friends Resort & Campsite is a nice budget accommodation conveniently located for tracking Bitukura and Oruzongo gorilla groups. Indeed, the Ruhija briefing point is only 500m from the campsite. The campsite has furnished safari tents, a restaurant and bar.
The tents and restaurant overlook the deep forested valleys making ideal places to relax and observe the nearby wildlife. The camp shop offers local tourism products offered by the different groups within the area.
This would be our pick for your Ruhija accommodation. Bakiga is a non-profit lodge in Ruhija : the heart of Bwindi Forest, Uganda. They offer 2 nice twin tents and 2 family Cabins, all self-contained with ensuite bathrooms. Bakiga Lodge is part of Bakiga Community Project, a registered NGO in Uganda and a registered charity in the UK.
They work across Kabale to help communities access water. As such, all profits of Bakiga Lodge are used to finance the water projects. Bakiga Lodge is just a five minute drive to the Ruhija Gorilla trekking meeting point and from the start of birding guided walks. With stunning views across the valley onto Bwindi forest, the lodge is an ideal location to base your Gorilla trekking or bird viewing tour.
Mid-range / Semi-Luxury
Bird Nest is located at the main land on the shores of Lake Bunyonyi and is by far the best lodge around Lake Bunyonyi. This part of the lake is not perfect for swimming, but the swimming pool makes up for that. The lodge offers spacious rooms, great views over the lake and a cozy restaurant known for its great food.
Heritage Lodge is located on an island in Lake Bunyonyi. The lodge offers nice accommodation in self contained safari tents on high pillars, each with a private balcony. Unfortunately, the many eucalyptus trees block most of the views, but this is made up by the friendly staff, great food and cozy restaurant.
Budget / Mid-Range
From this lodge you will have the best view over Lake Bunyonyi compared to any other option. High up on a ridge overlooking Lake Bunyonyi, the eleven self-contained cottages are arranged around a central lodge building, where guests can enjoy the tasty dishes in our restaurant or relax and take in the truly breathtaking view. The rooms are well located, but rather simple and the food will do, but do not expect too much.
Crater Bay Cottages
On the lake shores of popular Lake Bunyonyi, Crater Bay cottages offers a base to explore the beautiful surrounding nature and fun activities on and around the lake. Here you find a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the spectacular landscape, especially at the small dock right on the lake you will enjoy a very serene environment with plenty to look at. The lake-view cottages have private toilet and bathroom facilities and cozy gardens where you can sit and read a book, enjoy a picnic or listen to the many birds singing.
Rwakobo Rock is the ultimate place to breath in the essence of wild Uganda. This lodge’s aim it to ensure responsible tourism in every way. The secluded and peaceful retreat has spacious private cottages which are strategically placed around the hill to ensure a magical sunset view.
The cottages celebrate the natural lines of surrounding wilderness, providing comfort and luxury in an eco-friendly way. The zebras, warthogs, impalas and bushbucks often gather around the lodge to drink water beneath the dining area.
At night you can sit at the campfire while enjoying the beautiful starlit sky or hang around in the restaurant with an dining area overlooking an expanse of rock that borders the park.
Mihingo Lodge absolutely one of the most wondeful lodges in Uganda! Each luxury tented room is nestled on a private piece of the lodge's property, enabling guests to enjoy the tranquil environment in complete seclusion. Placed in varied settings, some rooms are situated in a forest, some with a lake view, and some on rocky outcrops.
The main dining area is a large thatched structure built of rocks, the wood of dead weathered olive trees found on the land, and native grasses.
Below the dining area, an infinity swimming pool stretches out from the rocks and seems to disappear into the vast landscape beyond. From the dining and pool area, guests can enjoy the view of a westward oriented valley and its stunning evening sunsets over Lake Mburo National Park.
Eagles Nest is located just outside Lake Mburo N.P. on the top of a hill with great views over the park and is often visited by bush buck and zebra. It has a large restaurant with seats overlooking the park. The safari tents are simple with two single beds, a private eco toilet, and simple shower with hot water on request.
Bushara Island is a wonderful accommodation in Lake Bunyonyi. Accommodation and restaurant are simple, but the view is great, and the food is amazingly good! The island is full of trees, scrubs and flowers, which attract many colorful birds. If simple accommodation is not a problem for you, we recommend this place. All profits go to the local community.
STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN
Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari.
Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people
UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER
We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE).
They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smart phones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.
Population: 35.7 million (July 2012 EST.)
Capital: Kampala Largest Cities, with Population (2012)
Uganda is located around the equator. Because of this, the climate is pleasant the whole year through! Traveling in Uganda is, for this reason, not limited by climate! The temperatures average between 22 and 32ºC. In the higher location areas the temperature drops quite a lot (mainly at night).
This is in areas like Bwindi, Kisoro, Lake Bunyonyi, Mount Elgon, Sipi Falls and Rwenzori Mountains. Due to climate changes it’s hard to predict when the rainy seasons will be. However; the heavy rainy season is normally in March – May, light rainy season is November – December, though there will always be plenty hours of sunshine.
WHEN TO VISIT UGANDA.
Worst Weather March, April and May during these months its when almost the whole country receives heavy rain fall. Dry season, June to August and December to February. Marked the best period for gorilla tracking because these are the drier months. In the savanna reserves, vegetation is less and animals gather around water sources, making wildlife easier to spot.
Even during the high season (June to September) the parks don't feel crowded. The skies are clear; there is less rain and more sunshine Gorilla permits need to be booked very early in advance to avoid inconveniences. Wet Season March to May and September to November – The scenery of the savanna reserves is greener – it's low season, resulting in lower rates.
Although wildlife in the savanna reserves is easier to spot in the Dry season, you'll still see plenty, including newborn animals. Some of the roads get very bad and cars often get stuck; forest trails can become slippery and challenging. You won't be able to change your expensive gorilla permit if it pours with rain; departures go as scheduled.
You can apply for your Ugandan single entry visa or East Africa Visa (Uganda, Kenya and Rwanda) online, trough the Ugandan E-visa System via the following link: www.visas.immigration.go.ug/
You will pay the visa fee of USD 50 for a single Uganda Entry visa (or USD 100 for an East Africa Visa) online by credit card.
If the application is accepted, a letter of approval will be send by E-mail. This letter of approval has to be showed – together with a valid passport and/or travel document - at the point of entry.
You can only apply for the East Africa Visa via Uganda, if Uganda is your first country of visit. If you enter East Africa via Rwanda or Kenya, you will have to apply via the E-visa system of the country you will enter first. With your booking you will receive more information and the necessary documents from Ultimate Wild Safaris for your online application. Please Note: You check with your embassy if any different rules apply.
The Ugandan currency is the Ugandan Shilling. In Uganda they do NOT accept US dollars given out before 2006. When you exchange money, use big notes (50 or 100 US dollar). The exchange rate of smaller notes is much lower. Make sure notes are not cut, or damaged in any way. They will not be accepted. We advise that you budget your cash needs per person:
You can change dollars, pounds and Euros everywhere in Uganda, but the best exchange rates are found in Kampala. It’s good to have some US dollars with you at all times.
ATM & Credit Cards
In all cities ad big towns you find ATM machines from Stanbic Bank and/ or Barclays. They accept most international bank cards and Visa. Do realize that the amount you can withdraw per day is limited to about $100,-. Realize as well that ATM's can be empty or not working due to power cuts. Make sure you always have enough cash with you as a back up!
Credit cards are not yet used much in Uganda. Only at mayor hotels and up market lodges this can be used.
Traver cheques are only accepted in a few banks in Kampala and they will give you an unfavorable rate for it.
If you’re happy with the services of your guide and driver then we would recommend leaving a tip for them at the end of your trip. The amount is entirely up to you, but a reasonable amount for a group to tip would be between $150-200 – however, it is not obligatory and if you do not wish to tip then this is up to you.
UGANDA VOLTAGE AND PLUGS.
British-style plugs with three pins: 240 V,50 Hz. as shown in the image on the side. Charging camera and phone.
You can charge your cameras, phones and other electric items in most hotels/ lodges. Not every hotel/lodge offers charging facilities in the rooms. If that is the case they will offer charging options in the lobby or restaurant. Some lodges Hotels run on either solar power or generator. Those lodges often don't have power all day, but only at specific hours in the morning and evening (when it's dark). If you bring a couple of chargeable items you might consider bringing an extension with extra outlets, since the amount of outlets is often limited. We advise to bring extra batteries for your camera, since some hotels don’t have power and power cuts might occur.
There are several mobile providers in Uganda. You can purchase a SIM card for relatively low cost (3 US dollars). SIM cards and airtime for the different companies are available all over Uganda. MTN has the best network. Make sure that your phone is SIM-Lock-Free. You have to bring your passport and a passport photo to sign up. The country code for Uganda is +256.
Internet cafés are found all around the country and are now even to be found in remote areas. Realize that internet speed is often very slow. Most up market lodges provide wifi, but not all of them. some mid-range lodges provide wifi as well. If you bring your own laptop you can buy a 3 GB wireless internet stick from MTN. This Internet is relatively quick. The cost for this stick is about 50 US dollars per month (minimum 1 month). This stick can be bought in Entebbe, Jinja and Kampala and you need to bring your passport and a passport photo to sign up. When you buy a MTN simcard (register with passport and passport photo) you can use the 4G option to provide internet to your smartphone or tablet.
We request you to bring a bag or suitcase from soft material. Hard cover suitcases are difficult to place in the car and are likely to break on the bumpy roads in Uganda. When traveling in a group or private tour with 4 persons or more we request you to limit the weight of your bag/ suitcase to 15 kg.
SAFTY AND RISKS.
Uganda is in general a very safe country to travel in. Ugandans are considered among the friendliest among planet earth and are very welcoming. Kampala is known for one of the safest capital cities in Africa. Do feel free to meet and talk to Ugandans, as they will be most honored. Be however always careful to your belongings. Be responsible and sensitive during your tour and use taxi's (called 'special hire') when you are going out at night. Traffic in Kampala can be rather hectic and sometimes even dangerous when using boda boda's (motor bike taxi's). During Election time it can be dangerous around the city center of Kampala. It's easy to avoid going to the city center, and we strongly advise to do exactly that during election time.
There is an Anti-gay law in Uganda and being gay is absolutely NOT accepted in Ugandan culture. It is very safe to travel in Uganda being gay, but make sure you don’t openly speak about it and surely not show it.
Kindly contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country-by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices. Medical facilities in Uganda are limited, particularly outside Kampala. Medical help at the scene of an accident is likely to be limited. In the case of serious accident or illness, evacuation by air ambulance may be required. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation. Make sure your Yellow Fever vaccination is up to date before arriving in Uganda.
Air Ambulance Scheme.
Medical facilities in East Africa are limited. This is especially true for some of the remote places where your safari may take you. In case of a serious medical emergency, getting to the nearest full-service hospital may mean a long ground transfer over poor roads. For registered clients with AMREF Flying Doctors we may help to contact them in case of any emergency, they will respond swiftly and without delay in the event of an incident and coordinate directly with work with the client’s overseas insurance company (though it is not necessary to have such insurance to qualify for the scheme).
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The condition of medical facilities in these areas varies and Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd makes no representations and gives no warranties in relation to the standard of such facilities or medical treatment in those regions.
6). SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS
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7). PRICES, SURCHARGES AND TAXES
Due to the nature of the tourism industry in Africa the prices of the resources on which it depends, the published price of any tour product is subject to change at any time, before or after booking confirmation, up to 30 days before the departure of such a tour. Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd reserves the right to impose surcharges on any tour products, but only for reasons arising from increases in accommodation costs, transportation costs, fuel costs, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as third party supplier costs, currency and exchange fluctuations, park fees, increases in taxes, or government action which impacts the price of the applicable tours, but only where the increase in question is substantial enough to warrant the right to impose these surcharges. Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd shall provide notice to the affected client as soon as reasonably possible upon learning of the necessity to impose a surcharge in accordance with this section.Upon receiving notification from Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd. the affected client(s) may elect to either: (i) cancel the applicable tour booking without incurring any penalty; or
(ii) accept the change in price. The client must notify Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd. of their election within 14 days of receipt of notice of the increase, or they shall have been deemed to have accepted the price change and have accepted liability for payment of the increase. From time to time Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd may offer reduced pricing on selected tours. The reduced pricing applies strictly to new bookings. Bookings that have already been confirmed (which for these purposes shall mean bookings in respect of which payment of at least a deposit has been received by Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd) are not entitled to the reduced pricing.
8). GUARANTEED DEPARTURES & CANCELLATION OF A TOUR BY ULTIMATE WILD SAFARIS LTD
Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd guarantees all scheduled group tour departures that have been booked by a client shall depart as scheduled (subject to reasonable itinerary changes). Brochures and other printed materials displaying tour information and departure dates are subject to change, and such dates are excluded from this guarantee. A departure shall become guaranteed once at least one client has a confirmed booking. This guarantee is not applicable in Force Majeure situations.
If a tour is canceled by Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd before the agreed date of departure for reasons not arising from Force Majeure or the fault or negligence of or within the reasonable control of the client, the client shall have the choice of: (i). accepting from Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd a substitute tour product of equivalent or superior value, where such substitute is reasonably available; or
(ii). accepting from Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd a substitute tour of lower value if no tour of equivalent or superior value is reasonably available, and to recover from Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd the difference in price between the price of the tour originally purchased and that of the substitute tour; or (iii). accepting from Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd a full refund of all monies paid for the canceled tour.
Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd is not responsible for any incidental expenses or consequential losses that the client may have incurred as a result of the canceled booking such as visas, vaccinations, non-refundable flights or rail, nonrefundable car parking or other fees, loss of earnings, or loss of enjoyment, etc. Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd reserves the right to issue a full refund in lieu of the choices above, in its sole discretion. Where after departure a significant element of the tours as described cannot be provided, Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd will make suitable alternative arrangements for the continuation of the tours.
If it is not possible to provide a suitable alternative or the client reasonably rejects any suitable alternatives, Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd will provide the client with a refund of unused tour products or tour product portions.
9). CANCELLATION OF A TOUR BY THE CLIENT
If the client is prevented through reasons completely beyond such client’s control from proceeding with a tour as booked the client may, if possible, transfer his/her tour booking to a person who satisfies all the conditions applicable to the tour, provided that the client gives notice to Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd of the client’s intention to transfer no less than 14 days before the date when the tour departure is due to take place. Where such a transfer is made, the transferring client and the transferee client shall be jointly and severally liable to Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd for payment of the price of the tour (or, if part of the price has been paid, for payment of the balance) and for any additional costs arising from such transfer. For private tours, Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd can also reserve the tour for a client should they decide to postpone the tour to a later date.
The client however will be responsible for paying cancellation fees as per the cancellation policy and also for any unforeseen extra costs which arise until the client does the tour at a later date (i.e. – accommodation costs, transportation costs, fuel costs, dues, taxes or fees chargeable for services such as third party supplier costs, currency and exchange fluctuations, park fees, increases in taxes, or government action which impacts the price of the applicable tours).
10). CANCELLATIONS AND CHANGES
The client acknowledges by booking a tour with Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd that the nature of adventure travel, especially in Africa, requires considerable flexibility and acknowledges that they will permit reasonable alterations to the tour and/or itinerary by Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd. The client acknowledges their understanding that the route, schedules, timings, accommodations, itineraries, amenities and mode of transport may be subject to change without prior notice due to circumstances or events, which may include sickness or mechanical breakdown, incidents in the location where the tour will be operated, flight cancellations, strikes, events emanating from political disputes, entry or border difficulties, extreme weather and other unpredictable or unforeseeable circumstances which are beyond the reasonable control of Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd and that Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd is not liable to any client for such changes or amendments.
Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd shall not be liable to pay any discounts or refunds for missed or unused services which were missed or unused by the client due to no fault of Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd, its suppliers, or representatives, which shall include any termination of the client’s participation in the tour due to the client’s own fault, negligence or breach of these Terms and Conditions. Although Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd will strive to ensure that the tour you have booked goes as planned, we do not guarantee that we will abide by the agreed tour itinerary and we, therefore, reserve the right to amend the tour itinerary where doing so may be necessary or advantageous. We will strive to notify you of any changes prior to the tour departure. However, Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd is not obligated to do so, nor shall not be liable to pay any refunds that may be claimed to result from such changes.
Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd is not in control of the management of the accommodation providers we use on our tours. Therefore, in some circumstances, we may be notified by our accommodation providers that our reserved accommodation is no longer available, due to reasons that are beyond our control and not the fault or negligence of Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd. In such circumstances, we will provide alternative accommodation of at least the same standard or higher standard. Where it may be absolutely necessary to amend the tour itinerary during the tour, the tour guide will arrange the best available alternative. The decision to do so will rest on the tour guide and his/her decision is final. This is mainly applicable but not limited to mountain climbing products where the guide believes the client is not able to continue with the climb due to illness, injury, extreme weather, or other factors beyond the guide’s control.
The client acknowledges that the nature of our tour products is adventurous and may involve a significant amount of risk to clients’ health and/or safety. There are dangers inherent to adventure travel generally and the client acknowledges they have considered such risks to health and safety and are willing to assume it to the full extent legally possible, by confirming their booking of this tour.
The client hereby assumes all such risk and does hereby release Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd from all claims and causes of action arising from any losses, damages or injuries or death resulting from these risks inherent in travel, including adventure travel specifically, visiting wild and remote areas, and participating in adventurous activities such as those included in the tour itineraries.
Standards of hygiene, accommodation, and transport in some areas where the tours take place are often lower than comparable standards than what the client may reasonably expect in their home country or region. The client acknowledges that the degree and nature of personal risk involved depends on the nature of the tour booked or the location(s) in which such a tour is to operate, and that there may be a significant degree of personal risk involved in travel on the tour, particularly if such a tour involves physical activities, travel to remote locations, high altitude activities or other high-risk activities, or travel areas of Africa with under-developed infrastructure.
The client acknowledges they have considered the potential risks, dangers and challenges in light of their own personal capabilities and needs, and expressly assumes the risks attendant to travel under such conditions. The client acknowledges and agrees that Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd will provide, to the best of its ability, information or guidance to the client with respect to local customs, weather conditions, specific safety concerns, physical challenges or laws in effect in any locations where tours are operated, but will not be liable if the client does not act according to the information provided.
The client must at all times strictly comply with all applicable laws and regulations of the country and regions visited on the applicable tour. Should the client fail to comply with the above or commit any illegal act when on the tour or, if in the opinion of the Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd (acting reasonably), the client’s behavior is causing or is likely to cause danger, distress or material annoyance to others, Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd may terminate that client’s travel arrangements on any tour immediately without any liability on Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd part and the client will not be entitled to any refund for unused or missed services or costs incurred resulting from the termination of the travel arrangements, including, without limitation, return travel, accommodations, meals, and/or incidentals.
Clients agree that they are responsible for any costs incurred by Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd, as a result of damage, destruction, theft, or excess cleaning fees caused or occasioned by the client while on tour. Clients agree to immediately report any pre-existing damage of this kind to staff of the accommodation, transportation service, or facility (as appropriate) and/or an Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd representative as soon as possible upon discovery by the client.
Client agrees to take all prudent measures in relation to their own safety while on any Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd tour, including, but not limited to, the proper use of safety devices such as seatbelts, harnesses, and helmets, and obeying all posted signs and warnings in relation to client health and safety. Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd, nor its Third Party Suppliers shall not be liable for any failure on the client’s part to comply safety instructions or recommendations of Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd or its Third Party Suppliers.
Client agrees to bring any complaints regarding a tour to Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd as soon as possible in order to provide Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd with the opportunity to address such complaint properly. Client agrees to inform the head guide or other designated Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd representative at the earliest opportunity. Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd assumes no liability for complaints that are not properly brought to the attention of Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd with sufficient notice for Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd to resolve or attempt to resolve any client complaints. Any complaint made after the completion of a tour must be received in writing by Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd within 30 days of the end of the tour in question.
13). THIRD PARTY SUPPLIERS
Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd makes arrangements with accommodation providers, activity providers, airlines, coach companies, transfer operators, shore excursion operators, tour and local guides, and other independent parties (“Third Party Suppliers”) to provide you with the travel services and other services you purchase or which form the component parts of your product Tour. Third Party Suppliers may also engage the services of local operators and/or sub-contractors for the provision of travel services that form part of the tour(s). Although Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd takes all reasonable care in selecting Third Party Suppliers, Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd is unable to control Third Party Suppliers and do not supervise Third Party Suppliers and therefore cannot be responsible for their acts or omissions.
The travel services and other services provided are subject to the conditions imposed by these suppliers and their liability is limited by their tariffs, conditions of carriage, tickets, and vouchers and international conventions and agreements that govern the provision of their services. These may limit or exclude the liability of the supplier. Client acknowledges that Third Party Suppliers operate in compliance with the applicable laws of that particular country visited and Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd does not warrant that any Third Party Supplier is in compliance with the laws of the client’s country of residence, or any other jurisdiction. To the fullest extent permissible by law, Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd is not liable and will not assume responsibility for any claims, losses, damages, costs or expenses arising out of inconvenience, loss of enjoyment, upset, disappointment, distress or frustration, whether physical or mental, resulting from the act or omission of any party other than Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd and its employees. For clarity, neither Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd nor any carrier is liable for the acts or omissions, whether negligent or otherwise, of Third Party Suppliers or any independent contractors.
Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd is not responsible for any damages, expenses, losses, or claims which are attributable to the fault of any client, the unforeseeable or unavoidable act or omission of a third party unconnected with the provision of any services that form any part of the tours, or a force majeure event. Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd shall have no liability for loss, theft of or damage to baggage or personal effects of Clients while participating in a tour. Clients should not leave personal belongings unattended in any public areas, on board any mode of transportation, or elsewhere, and are responsible at all times for their own effects and belongings. Ultimate Safaris Ltd cannot accept responsibility for and in no event shall be liable for loss or damage of valuables or other articles left in or on facilities used by Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd such as hotels, homestays, vessels, expedition vehicles, or any other mode of transportation.
In the event that any loss, death, injury or illness is caused by the negligent acts and/or omissions of Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd or of the third-party suppliers of any services which form part of the Contract Then Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd limits its liability, where applicable by all applicable International Conventions.
15. FORCE MAJEURE
Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd shall not be liable in any way to the client for death, bodily injury, illness, damage, delay or other loss or detriment to person or property, or financial costs both direct and indirect incurred, or for Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd failure to commence, perform and/ or complete any duty owed to the client if such death, delay, bodily injury (including emotional distress or injury), illness, damage or other loss or detriment to person or property is caused by Act of God, war or warlike operations, mechanical breakdowns, terrorist activities or threat thereof, civil commotions, labor difficulties, interference by authorities, political disturbance, howsoever and where so ever any of the same may arise or be caused, riot, insurrection and government restraint, fire, extreme weather or any other cause whatsoever beyond the reasonable control of Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd; or an event which Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd or the supplier of services, even with all due care, could not foresee.
16). IMAGES AND MARKETING
The client agrees that while participating in any Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd tour, images, photos or videos may be taken by other clients and/or Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd representatives or Guides that may contain or feature the client in part or in whole. The client acknowledges that they consent to any such images, photos and videos being taken and grants a perpetual, royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable license to Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd, its affiliates and assigns, to reproduce for any purpose whatsoever (including marketing and promotions), in any medium whatsoever, whether currently known or hereinafter devised, without any further obligation to the client or compensation payable to the client.
Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd reserves the right to update and/or alter these Terms and Conditions at any time and shall post the amended Terms and Conditions on the Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd Website. Any such amendment shall take effect 10 days following their posting to the Website. The latest Terms, as amended, may be accessed any time on the Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd website, or will be sent to clients upon their written request to Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd. Clients shall be deemed to have accepted any amendments to these Terms and Conditions on the date that is 10 days after their posting on the Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd website. Ultimate Wild Safaris Ltd recommends that all clients refer to the Terms and Conditions prior to their travel to familiarize themselves with the most up-to-date version of the Terms and Conditions.
FIVE REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD VISIT UGANDA!
Gifted with abundance of wildlife including chimpanzees, golden monkeys, big five and best destination in the world to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
Home to over 1000 recorded bird species including the rarer shoebill this is a birder’s paradise.
Gifted with a number of landscapes offering a unique range of adventure experience, from savanna in the east rainforests in the west.
River Nile, Uganda owns the source to most likely the longest river in the world that offers adventure activities like bungee jumping, kayaking, tubing and white water Rafting one of the best in the world, pass about a dozen rapids of 4 and 5 water levels.
With less tourism than other African destinations there are fewer crowds, more authentic experience on offer, the highest standards of hospitality, and the highest level of safety.