Fall in love with Uganda
From green forests, wetlands, and snow-capped peaks to dry savannahs and exceptional safari expeditions- Uganda’s attractions don’t stop there. It boasts a rich natural diversity in landscapes and indigenous wildlife such as mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, rare golden monkeys, leopards, lions, elephants and hippos. While rural Uganda has no electricity and running water, Uganda is worth venturing with many natural wonders to be revealed, including the famous river White Nile.
The small country that lies between Kenya, Tanzania, Sudan and Congo has opened its tourism doors to the world. If you are thinking of a captivating trip to the African continent, and want to avoid the sketchy souvenir booths and tourist villages, it’s time you ask yourself: ‘Why not visit the great Pearl of Africa, Uganda”?
Uganda is an incredible destination for individuals, families with children, bar/bat-mitzvah tours, young adults, honeymooners and more.
In addition, we offer exciting daily and weekly excursions for people currently volunteering in Uganda.
See below some of the main attractions in our Uganda Travel Guide:
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls, located on the shores of Lake Albert in north-western Uganda, spans an area of 3,485 square kilometres. This is a spectacular nature reserve with breathtaking views of waterfalls, where you can see and hear the crashing waters. The waterfalls are reached by boats which go downstream and you may catch sight of the plethora of animals roaming around the area: hippos, chimpanzees, elephants, giraffes, red-tailed monkeys, macaws, storks and crocodiles along the sandbanks.
The tropical forest is a feast for the eyes, as it is an habitant for various mammal species and hundreds of different bird species- an excellent opportunity for birdwatching and sighting riverbank wildlife.
Travellers may combine a walking tour in the reserve with a forest ranger.
Kibaale National Park
The Kibala National Park has an area of 795 square kilometers and most of it is covered with patches of grasslands and tropical forests. It is home to no less than 1,450 chimpanzees and monkeys who roam freely in the reserve. The most popular activity is chimpanzee tracking and forest trekking, accompanied by a guide. Here you will have a rare opportunity to observe the chimps in their natural habitat and encounter a variety of monkey species, including: the red colobus monkeys, Black- and-white colobuses, and “bush babies” known as huge-eyed monkeys.
The park’s varied altitude attracts different varieties of habitat and wildlife including elephants, tigers, wildcats, buffalo and many other animals. It comprises of 351 species of trees over 200 years old, some of which rise to a height of 55 meters.
This magnificent nature reserve is by far Uganda’s most famous attraction and a definitive “must-visit”.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Near the town of Kisoro, located in southwestern Uganda, is one of the country’s most famous attractions: The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a thick and dense tropical rainforest accessible only on foot.
The park is a sanctuary for the endangered mountain gorillas, which consists of hundreds of gorillas. It is one of the world’s most remarkable wildlife encounters, where nature lovers are given a unique opportunity to track mountain gorillas, view the exceptionally rich birdlife and explore the scenic waterfalls and rift valley viewpoints.
Entrance to the reserve is limited to a small number of visitors per day, accompanied by armed guards. All visitors must hold an Uganda gorilla permit.
Lake Bunyonyi is undoubtedly one of the beautiful lakes in Uganda, a magical place to sit back and relax. The lake was formed as a result of a volcanic eruption and is famous for swimming in the fresh waters, bird-watching and canoeing while enjoying the beautiful scenery of lush green terraced hillsides surrounding the lake. During your visit, stop by the islands and nearby villages and explore the authentic Ugandan culture and interact with the locals in the markets.
Lake Victoria is the largest freshwater lake in Africa. The lake stretches between Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya and offers plenty of exciting activities. Enjoy a sensational boat ride down the lake! Here you will see a plethora of wildlife, so keep your binoculars ready and get a closer look of the variety of bird species and animals in the region. Visit one (or more) of the dozens of islands and enjoy the cultural and vibrant life of the local people.
The Ssese Islands are considered the most beautiful and famous with stunning white-sand beaches and exotic plants and flowers. A natural paradise where you can take a stroll along the pristine sands with monkeys, antelopes and exotic birds surrounding you.
On Ngamba Island, visit the sanctuary shelter for chimpanzees and orphaned monkeys who have been victims of poaching.
Additionally, you can also take a ferry, cross the border and continue your trip in Kenya or Tanzania.
Tour of Kampala, the capital city
Kampala is the largest city in Uganda is considered a safe, vibrant city with exciting nightlife and delicious cuisine. It offers many attractions for sightseeing:
Lubiri Palace which includes an educational and historical tour of the Uganda culture, a visit to Idi Amin’s torture chamber located in the palace, and a trip to Mengo Hill- one of Kampala’s 7 unique hills.·
A visit to the torture camps of the dictator Idi Amin.
- Uganda Museum and Tombs of the Kings – Kasubi Tombs.
- Visit to Uganda National Mosque, which was donated by Colonel Gaddafi (who governed Libya).
- Explore the local market which offers a variety of goods: from exotic fruits to car parts.
- Enjoy local street food or visit the city’s Chabad center.
Visit one of the Uganda safari tours with exciting wildlife and nature.
Why choose “Travel With Rachel” for your Uganda tours?
In a country seamlessly filled with endless adventure, I invite you to embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with affordable tours tailor-made just for you! Your entire holiday is designed around your requirements.
Together, we will create an itinerary that meets your goals and expectations which will include comfortable accommodations, superb local guides and great cuisine.
I work with a vast local network who will ensure you experience incredible and unforgettable encounters with locals and wildlife.
Your trip and lodging will be accommodated to your budget, without compromising on service and experiences.
The tours are accompanied by a local professional guide who is well acquainted with the best times and locations for wildlife viewing, thus allowing you to maximize your safari experience.
If you have a question or requirement before /during your trip, no worries! I am at your disposal for whatever you may need, from the planning stage to your safe return home.
Additionally I offer unforgettable, Uganda private tours upon request.
General information about Uganda
- This landlocked country is relatively small and extends to over 241,038 square kilometres.
- Uganda is located west of Kenya, south of South Sudan, east of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and north of Rwanda and Tanzania.
- Uganda was under British rule for many years until 1962, when it gained independence.
- In 1908, Winston Churchill named Uganda the “Pearl of Africa”.
- The currency in the country is Ugandan shilling.
- Locals speak English and Swahili.
- Bwindi National Park was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1994.
- Uganda has substantial natural resources such as gold and copper. Its soil is fertile and rich in minerals.
- Uganda has a warm tropical climate and therefore travelling is convenient all year round. Wildlife viewing is best in June-August and December-February, when the game is more concentrated around water sources and chances of seeing them increases.
- During your trip you may hear the word Muzungu, a term used to refer to people of European descent (“White Man”).
- The Abayudaya (Bnei Yehuda) is a community in Uganda who practice Judaism and observe Jewish customs. In their schools, they learn the Hebrew language and study the religious bible stories from the holy Torah. On Saturdays and Jewish holidays, the villagers gather in the synagogue to chant sacred prayers.
“Travel with Rachel” will connect you to the real Uganda like no other.
Travel with us and unlock the infinite possibilities of the Pearl of Africa.