Uganda Travel Destinations & Suggested Accommodation


Uganda sits astride the equator in Eastern Africa and as the “Pearl of Africa” it is the destination that inspired Hemingway and Churchill in earlier times. As a country it offers spectacular scenery and a rich and proud melting pot of tribes and cultures. More recently Uganda was singled out by the much respected Lonely Planet travel guide as “The world’s most preferred tourism destination for 2012”.   The country boasts an impressive selection of wild primates including half the world’s surviving Mountain Gorilla population in Bwindi and certainly when one thinks of Uganda one typically thinks of the Mountain gorilla, but there is so much more to Uganda - where else can you watch lions on the open plains in the morning, track chimpanzees through the lush undergrowth of the rainforest the very same afternoon, and the next day navigate tropical channels teeming with hippos and crocodiles before setting off in the mysterious misty mountains to visit the majestic and endangered mountain gorillas?  Uganda is heaven for avid bird watchers as it offers an impressive bird population of more than 1000 species.  Uganda’s enjoys a favourable tropical location which offers year round summer weather conditions making it the perfect all-year, all-round destination.

Uganda will deliver the Africa of your desires with memories to last a lifetime.  DesireAfrica Travel have a selection of interesting and varied journeys that will inspire and ensure you maximize your Uganda experience to the fullest or let us tailor make your own special Uganda dream journey … Enquire now!

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park


Bwindi is home to the majestic Mountain Gorilla; almost half of the world’s total population find sanctuary here.  It is also the only continent on the planet where you will find Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees co-existing.  Bwindi is an ancient highland forest in south western Uganda and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The sanctuary boasts 275 bird species and many plants, trees and insects that are endemic to the area.  Few visitors to Africa have the privilege of interacting with the majestic Mountain Gorillas but it is an experience that will resonate with you forever. 

Highlights

Getting up Close to Mountain Gorillas
Guided Walks Through The Forest
Stunning Views of the Forest and Beyond
Cultural and Community Visits
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Queen Elizabeth National Park


Set against the backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains amidst Lake Edward and Lake George, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is Uganda’s most popular National Park, reaching from Ishasha in the south, to the “Central Sector”, and the Northern Queen Elizabeth.  The terrain boasts open savannahs, papyrus swamps, forested gorges, grassy plains, tropical forests, volcanic craters and crater lakes of which there are at least ten within the park, and a prolific variety of game including the highest concentration of elephants found in Uganda.  The park boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world.

Highlights

The World`s Highest Concentration of Hippos
Kyambura Gorge, with Habituated Chimps
Tree Climbing Lions in Ishasha
Queen Elizabeth National Park

Kibale Forest National Park


Kibale Forest National Park covers an area of 766km² and is made up of rainforest in a network of shady trails and canopies with some trees reaching heights of 50 to 60 metres.  Further south the forest gives way to open grassland towards the plains of the rift valley; fields of beautiful crater lakes, waterfalls and tea plantations are situated between the forest and the nearest town, Fort Portal.  The forest is the natural habitat and home to the greatest variety of primates in East Africa, 13 species in total.  Chimpanzees can be tracked throughout the year and you will delight in their naughty antics as they chitter-chatter, swinging gracefully through the trees with their boisterous youngsters in tow.   This is an experience not to be missed.  In addition to the abundant primates you will also encounter a host of mammals as well as the elusive forest elephant.  Kibale provides a natural haven for a variety of endemic bird and butterfly species as well as an impressive assortment of flora and fauna which is sure to impress avid Botanists.

Highlights

Chimp Tracking
Views of the Rwenzoris
The Bunyaruguru
Kibale Forest National Park

Murchison Falls National Park


Murchison Falls is one of the oldest and largest protected nature reserves in Uganda - lying at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley, it offers a variety of ways to experience its abundant wildlife - all set against the backdrop of the Nile.  The show piece of the park has to be the impressive waterfall considered to be one of the most powerful set of waterfalls in the world - it follows a culmination of 80km of white water rapids - then explodes through a narrow cleft in the rock face, and drops 43 metres before continuing its journey towards the Mediterranean.  Murchison’s plains are dotted with exotic Borassus Palms - a particular habitat for Ugandan Kob - expect to see elephant, lion, Rothchild’s giraffe, buffalo and warthog, to name a few. The birdlife is prolific, and includes the enigmatic and unique ‘dinosaur bird’, the Shoebill.

Highlights

A leisurely cruise on the Nile to Murchison Falls, spotting wildlife all along the way. Disembark at the base of the Falls and hike up the gorge for glorious views-or take the less strenuous option and drive to the top of the Falls to enjoy the same! Game drive to the Buligi circuit and Delta Point, then take a Delta cruise around where the waters of the Victoria and Albert Niles meet. Spot a Shoebill hiding in Papyrus from a Sundowner or Delta cruise on the river Nile. Track Chimpanzees in Budongo Forest. Visit Boomu Women’s Group for an excellent and tasty ‘food walk’ and lunch. Stay at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en route to Murchison; learn about rhino conservation and track wild rhino in the bush; take a birding safari to spot Shoebill and more.
Murchison Falls National Park



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