Uganda lies on the equator, east of Tanzania and Kenya and west of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is smaller than the United Kingdom but boasts a spectacular array of landscapes - from snow-capped mountains and savannah to lush swampland and impenetrable forests.
Its remote, unspoilt parks teem with wildlife such as the famed East Africa big game species of lion, elephant and buffalo as well as primates and over a thousand species of birds. Uganda, and its neighbour Rwanda, share the unique responsibility of conserving a population of critically endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, funded in no small part through the trekking fees levied on visiting guests. Arriving at Entebbe airport in the capital Kampala visitors can embark on a full safari itinerary encompassing the best of the diverse parks, or simply a short excursion to the southeast for gorilla trekking.
Your adventure starts in Uganda tracking the rare mountain gorilla, then continues on to Rwanda with further opportunities to visit the gorillas.
- The Virunga Volcanoes and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest are home to the last of the mountain gorillas.
- Home of the renowned Murchison Falls – see the mighty Nile river and encounter big game.
- Kidepo Valley - the rising star of safari destinations, remote and untouched.
- Queen Elizabeth National Park - boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any reserve in the world, this park is home to almost 100 animal species as well as more than 600 types of birds.
- Experience the breathtaking beauty of Africa’s Rift Valley.
Long Rains are from March to May, although in many places it rains lightly every day for a large part of the year.
- Best time to travelUganda is close to the equator so weather conditions remain fairly similar throughout the year. However, peak booking season is during the winter months.
- Guest SafetyBasic safety precautions should be taken in all countries. Do not carry excessive jewellery and money. Please use safe deposit boxes where available to secure travel documents and valuables.
- Flying to UgandaSeveral International flights land at Entebbe, near the capital city of Kampala. Networks of domestic light aircraft flights provide access to airstrips adjacent to all major parks. Road transfers are also available but due to poor road conditions, this may take considerably longer.
- LanguageThe official language in Uganda is English. However, limited English is spoken beyond the main centres.
- CurrencyThe currency is the Ugandan Shilling (USh), US Dollar (USD) is widely accepted
- WildlifeMountain gorilla, golden Sykes monkey, Birdwatchers will delight in the over 1 000 bird species
Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to almost a hundred animal species and boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings in the world.
An ancient rain forest, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest extends over a series of steep ridges in the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range.
At an altitude of between two and four thousand metres above sea-level, lies the spectacularly scenic Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Uganda's capital city of Kampala is famed for its seven beautiful hills.
International flights land at Entebbe, near the capital city of Kampala. Networks of domestic light aircraft flights provide access to parks
Basic precautions should be taken, as in all countries. See more advice on travel in Uganda.
Frequently asked questions on travel in Uganda.