Uganda

Country Profile

Uganda is an extremely diverse, landlocked country in eastern Africa best known for its mountain gorilla populations in the Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks. From the tranquil shores of Lake Victoria to tree climbing lions in the Queen Elizabeth National Park to snow capped mountains in the Rwenzori mountain range, Uganda also has a large range of other amazing places to visit and is quickly becoming a hot destination for adventure tourism.

Home to around 420 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s remaining population, Uganda is a fantastic place to visit to see these animals in their natural habitat. Given the prices involved with acquiring a permit, lodges that specialise in gorilla trekking are traditionally towards the top end of the scale. The only two places to see gorilla are in the south west of the country, near the border with DRC and Rwanda - the only other countries in the world to have populations.

Biodiverse

The volcanic lakes around Fort Portal in Uganda’s west, home to the African Shoebill and large number of other primates are great place for hiking and birding. Further north, Murchison Falls and Kidepo National Park both offer a more conventional savanna safari experience with good game viewing and some fantastic big fishing.

The less visited Queen Elizabeth National Park in southwest Uganda is home to a diverse spectrum of wildlife. With leopard, hippo, chimpanzee, tree-climbing lions and over 600 species of bird all living around huge volcanic crater lakes, this national park is a wonderful place to visit.

Above all, Uganda is home to incredibly hospitable and friendly people. Combine this with it’s stunning scenery and you are sure to leave Uganda with lasting memories.

When to Go

Uganda is best to visit during its two dry seasons between December and February and later in the year between June and September. Outside of these periods the temperature remains warm, however there is more rainfall.

Prices during the wet season reduce considerably. Birding is fantastic in Uganda all year round.

Practical Information

Time Zone: UTC +3

Currency: Ugandan Shilling (UGX)

Visa: Most nationalities require a visa to enter Uganda.

Travel Advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/uganda

Health: http://www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/africa/uganda

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