HIGH TOWN Safaris will be your guide to an amazing journey into Uganda, a country that has been called the Pearl of Africa. You will meet spectacular wildlife and discover why Uganda is a preferred safari destination in Africa. Uganda has good travel connections and prices for tourists’ needs are reasonable.
Uganda lies in East Africa. It is quite a small country with a population of around 41.49 million (2016). Lake Victoria lies 1100 meters above sea-level and the country is surrounded by mountains both to the east and west. The south of Uganda is crossed by the equator.
There are several large and small wildlife reserves in Uganda. HIGH TOWN Safaris offers African tour packages to all the major national parks and African holiday safari attractions in Uganda.
Uganda Gorilla Trekking & African Safaris
Moving down southwest, you will come across Bwindi National Park. Here, you can find about half of the world’s mountain gorillas. It is also easy to get to Bwindi either by car or by plane. The trip from Kampala to Bwindi takes about 8 hours.
There are 880 surviving mountain gorillas in the entire world as of August 2017. It is in Bwindi, that you stand a chance of seeing these incredible Uganda gorillas.
HIGH TOWN Safaris (Africa) organizes Uganda gorilla trekking tours with a limit on the number of tourists that can come along on this exclusive trip. This gorilla trekking tour can be booked online or paid for in Kampala (Uganda) and everything (accommodation, transport etc) is fully organized when you arrive.
During your Uganda gorilla trekking session in Bwindi, you will be assigned to professional guides who will help you track down the gorillas. The majority of tourists get to see the Uganda gorillas at a relatively close range. It is only after a short while that you will see one or a group of Uganda gorillas.
The Uganda gorillas often appear to enjoy the company of tourists. They playfully eat, play, and put on a tree-climbing show. Tourists are allowed to observe the Uganda gorillas for a maximum of 1 hour. No noise, camera flashlight, and food are allowed here.
In Bwindi, 20% of the Uganda gorilla trekking fee goes directly to the inhabitants of the area which creates a basis for further development. It also creates general goodwill towards the Uganda gorilla trekking tourists. The locals are happy to perform local dances and music for their beloved visitors.
Up in the northeast corner of the country, you will find Kidepo, one of Uganda’s most beautiful wildlife reserves. Kidepo National Park borders with Kenya and South Sudan. It is a good distance away from Kampala, so transport is best done by plane. There are good airfields in Kidepo.
Kidepo National Park is not crowded and thus offers a wonderful African wildlife experience. The landscape is surrounded by mountains and both animals and nature are in complete harmony with each other. Kidepo NP offers excellent African safari opportunities and the wildlife is carefully protected by a team of rangers.
In Kidepo National Park, there are about 90 different types of mammals, 30 of which can not be found in other places in Uganda. There are also 500 different species of birds in the park.
Those who travel to Kidepo NP are recommended to spend a day in the village of Kapedo, just outside the park. This untouched community has about 1000 Karamojong tribal people living a very simple existence. Water needs to be carried from a kilometer away, farming is very basic using basic tools, but, everyone is happy and friendly, and there is enough work for everyone.
The people living near Kidepo National Park are very hospitable, and gladly show you into their compounds built inside steady fences with low entrances, an indigenous African form of defense that makes it virtually impossible to launch an attack through the little gates.
Heading southwards in Uganda, you will reach Murchison Falls NP. This is the largest national park in Uganda. There are 3 airstrips (Bugungu, Pakuba, and Chobe) in this park. If you are coming here from Kampala, it is easily accessible by car and would take you about 8 hours by road.
Murchison Falls National Park opened in 1952. There had been no tourism in this area for 40 years due to its inaccessibility at the time.
Safaris in Murchison Falls NP usually start early in the morning. During your game drive, you will encounter elephants and pride of lions lying in the sun during the magnificent morning at the park.
All visits to Murchison Falls NP are monitored and all the African wild animals are carefully protected. This is a good initiative as this wildlife can become one of Uganda’s most important resources in the future.
The healthy adult giraffes at Murchison Falls NP have no natural enemies and this is something you will clearly notice. The giraffes move along in such a confident manner between the trees and planes of Murchison Falls National Park. They feed from tree to tree and nature has it cleverly devised that when one group of giraffes have fed a few minutes on one tree, a special species of flies sitting on the tree is awakened. It attacks the giraffes which then move on to the next tree. This close cooperation between tree and fly helps keep the tree from being completely eaten up.
The River Nile runs through the park and the wildlife in and around it is amazing. Hippos dominate the area but there are also crocodiles and a splendid variety of birdlife.
There are daily excursions up to the large Murchison waterfalls. You board the boat at checkpoint Paraa where the ferry crosses the Nile. It is a 3-hour trip upriver and you can either return the same way or be picked by a car for the journey back. It is probably not recommended to swim during the trip.
Accommodation art Murchison Falls NP can be found at cozy lodges such as the Nile Safari Camp which is tended with full amenities, such as swimming pool, bar, restaurant, and extremely comfortable tents with hot and cold water and a toilet.
Alternatively, there is Paraa Safari Lodge which offers a higher standard. It is situated a little bit further away from the Nile, a couple of kilometers beyond the other location. It also possible to camp in tents here.
From Murchison Falls, you move further south to Queen Elizabeth NP. This national park also offers amazing African wildlife. Over 100 species of mammal and over 600 species of birds inhabit this area. Queen Elizabeth National park is more easily accessible than other parks and the safari trips are well organized.
There are 2 large lakes in Queen Elizabeth NP connected by the famous Kazinga Channel. They are daily boat trips on the channel. They are comfortable and make a nice change from a jeep safari. Remember to bring along a good pair of binoculars. Don’t settle for a cheap one as this is almost as important as your camera.
African Safaris on land are equally magnificent in Queen Elizabeth National Park. You will find beautiful areas with a combination of savannah and tropical rain forests.
All the national parks in Uganda can be visited all year round.
Be sure to visit the Gorge while at Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is an incredible contrast to the savanna above. The river running through the gorge creates a totally different climate which attracts other types of vegetation and animal life.
When at Queen Elizabeth NP, there are incredible places to stay such as the Jakana which is a luxury tented camp or the more the exotic Mweya Lodge which has a beautiful location on a peninsula in Lake Edward. This hotel offers high standard facilities including great rooms, an excellent restaurant, and a beautiful pool area.
It is easy to get around Uganda by car and it is possible to cross the Nile on ferries. You can also hire a small plane since the majority of Uganda’s national parks have airstrips.
Back off to Kampala, you will stop over at the Kalangala Islands on Lake Victoria. These islands are an untouched paradise with beautiful beaches and a pleasant climate.(Uganda, The Pearl of Africa)