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Gorillas, chimpanzees and the Impenetrable Forest

Dense, dark forests home to wild mountain gorillas and sociable chimpanzees, tree-climbing lions and crocodiles meandering through the waters of the start of the Nile river; Uganda is home to a range of phenomenal wildlife experiences.

Often nicknamed the ‘Pearl of Africa’, Uganda is a lush, green mountainous region kept watered by all the lakes and streams. The town of Jinja, on the banks of Lake Victoria, is the source of the Nile river - the world’s longest river.

Take a boat cruise to see the Nile crocodiles or go white water rafting to explore the start of Africa’s most important waterway, then head to Sipi Falls, a beautiful waterfall on the slopes of Mount Elgon.

Visit local tea and coffee plantations in the region, or explore the nature by foot with our local guide and learn more about the flora and fauna around the extinct volcano.

While Uganda is home to Africa’s Big Five animals, it also offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet a mountain gorilla in their natural habitat.

Trek through the dense jungle to see these beautiful animals at rest and play, and carefully observe them for around an hour.

If you want to spend even more time with them, you can join the Gorilla Habituation Experience and support the crucial work habituating gorillas and ensuring their survival.

Immerse yourself in their world to understand our distant cousins, and watch how the troop interact with one another. This is also a great opportunity for close up photographs. 

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Best times to visit Uganda

Uganda has pleasant temperatures all year round, usually ranging from 20-25°C. Like its neighbours, there are two rainy seasons, a long and a short one, and rain makes safaris and road travel in remoter areas difficult or delayed. The main rains fall from March to May, with lighter rains in October and November. The best time for bird watchers to visit is during the rainy season as this is when many species will migrate. The dry season is best for game viewing, especially towards the end of September where the vegetation is low and animals are easy to spot. The best time for gorilla and chimpanzee trekking is in the dry seasons, as they retreat into the dense forest during the rains. This is also the best time to climb to the summit of Mount Elgon, which can be dangerous during the rains.

Where To Go

One place every visitor should go to is Bwindi National Park, home to the famous mountain gorilla. Come face-to-face with a wild gorilla, and track them and their troop through Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest. Your local guide will also take you through the forest to meet the Batwa Pygmies, an ancient forest tribe of Uganda. Learn about their history, culture and traditions that make them unique in the region. Move to the jungles of Kibale Forest to search for wild chimpanzees, then explore the vast savannah lands of Queen Elizabeth National Park from above with a sunset hot air balloon flight. Walk through the ‘Valley of the Apes’ in Kyambura Gorge and meet more chimpanzees, as well as baboons, colobus monkeys, red-tailed and vervet monkeys.

Covering a sizable area of the country is Lake Victoria, and you can take a sunset cruise from Entebbe to explore the waters or visit Mabamba Swamp, an area of wetlands home to the Shoebill Stork. Head North to Murchison Falls National Park and take a cruise to see the mighty river tumbling through a narrow gorge, or stand on the waterfall rim to fully appreciate its ferociousness. 

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