Uganda is a relatively small in size, but it is big in experience! It is home to the tallest mountain range in all of Africa, the source that feeds the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. It is also home to the rare mountain gorillas, and one of the only three places where they can be viewed (along with neighbours Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo).
Whilst the trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Park is slightly more extensive than in the Volcanoes National Park, the experience is really worth every step. The Queen Elizabeth National park, Kibale forest and the Murchison Falls all form part of the more extensive itineraries and offer a variety of safari and other experiences, a true paradise for wildlife and nature lovers!
Gorilla trekking permits, which are quite pricey, are more affordable on the Ugandan side and they offer discounts during the low season.
Ideal to combine with
Lots to do here, so one could easily do a full 2-week itinerary in Uganda, but it’s popularly added to.
Our top experiences
Bwindi Impenetrable Park (Gorilla Trekking) | Murchison Falls | Queen Elizabeth National Park | Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary Park
Jun–Sep: This is the ideal travel time – not too hot with minimal rainfall.
Jan–Feb: Perfect climate to head for the hills to climb the Rwenzoris or Mt Elgon.
Oct–Nov: Can be rainy, but fewer travellers means gorilla permits are much easier to obtain, and sometimes offered at lower rates.