Uganda safaris can encapsulate much of what’s wonderful about the continent, within the borders of a single nation. Despite its strategic location, bridging the Great Lakes and the classic East African safari destinations, Uganda receives noticeably fewer visitors than either Kenya or Tanzania. This lends an air of discovery and exclusivity to Uganda safaris that can occasionally be missing elsewhere.
A roll-call of Uganda’s key safari destinations contains some of the most evocative place-names in African travel. Bordered by Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania, Uganda offers experiences that are reminiscent of each of these countries, while still being distinctly different.
Uganda has long enjoyed a reputation as being one of the friendliest safari destinations, and has been impressing travellers with its hospitality since the days of Winston Churchill.
From the towering Rwenzori mountains (a living botanical laboratory studded with peaks and waterfalls) to the tangled wonderland that is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (home to half of all remaining mountain gorilla), Uganda really delivers when it comes to exploring upland habitats with unique wildlife.
Queen Elizabeth National Park offers a more conventional – but no less compelling – safari experiences, while Murchison Falls demonstrates Nature’s power in its purest and most undiluted form.