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Mountain Gorilla tracking in Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking in Uganda
Track endangered Mountain Gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park..
 

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Tracking Mountain Gorillas – Track the habituated gorilla families in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The Park has been proclaimed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, offering maximum protection to its endangered mountain gorilla population and their habitat. Gorilla tracking is also offered in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Chimpanzee tracking – There are nearly 5,000 chimps in Uganda almost all living in the wild and found in the National Parks of Kibale N.P., Queen Elizabeth N.P. and Murchison Falls N.P.

Birding – It's a small country but Uganda's birding checklist identifies more than 1,000 species.

Adventure and amazing biodiversity - Uganda's numerous National Parks and Reserves provide Africa's highest mountain range, adventure and stunning biodiversity.

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Quick Start Guide to Uganda Travel

This landlocked little country (known as the "Pearl of Africa") lies astride of the Equator in East Africa with Sudan to its north, Kenya to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) to the west and Tanzania and Rwanda to its south. As a safari destination it offers a uniquely diverse experience. Savanna plains host traditional 4x4 safaris and the lush rainforests offer mountain gorilla and chimp tracking, sometimes all in one day.

Although English is widely spoken, there are 30 different indigenous languages in Uganda, making it one of the most culturally rich countries in East Africa.

Travel Safety and Advisories for Uganda
Please always check the latest Travel Safety advisories before and during your travels to countries in Africa. For Uganda:
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Attractions and Adventures in Uganda
For a country smaller than Texas (approximately the size of the United Kingdom), Uganda offers an amazing array of adventures that could fill a month of vacation time.

Gorilla Tracking

Undoubtedly the main attraction to Uganda, Gorilla Tracking is not for the faint hearted. This is a strenuous and at times muddy activity, spent in the forests and hills of Uganda searching for one of the habituated families of this largest of the primates.

Mountain Gorillas are one of the most endangered species in the world. It is estimated that only 720 Gorillas are left in the wild and that half of these are in Uganda.

Only 8 people are allowed to track a family group per day. A total limit of 24 people (4 groups) are permitted to track in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park daily and only one group of 8 is allowed in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park daily. Visitors that are ill (even with a common cold) will not be permitted to participate.

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Chimpanzee Tracking

Uganda is estimated to have 5,000 chimpanzies in the wild. Visitors are able to watch the chimpanzees in their natural habitat and observe how they feed, play and care for their young.

There are 4 main locations for chimpanzee tracking:

1. Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary off Lake Victoria
2. Kibale National Park
3. Queen Elizabeth National Park
4. Murchison Falls National Park

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Uganda's National Parks and Reserves

Uganda's National Parks and Reserves provide the visitor with a wide variety of attractions, natural wonders, adventure activities and stunning biodiversity.

Adventure activities include tracking the endangered Mountain Gorillas or chimpanzees in their natural habitats, rainforest hikes, white water rafting and climbing the Mountains of the Moon. Attractions include the dramatic plunge of the Victoria Nile over Murchison Falls and the huge diversity of wildlife, including Pigmy Hippos, tree climbing lions, forest monkeys, superb birding, hot springs and the most amazing scenery.

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Adventure Activites and Attractions

Mountain climbing, hiking, forest walks, fishing, cultural attractions, white water rafting, bungy jumping, horseback riding, canoeing, boat trips ... all provide interest and excitement to round off your vacation in Uganda.

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Uganda map: CIA - The World Factbook
Mountain Gorillas
Grey Crested / Crowned Crane
Chimpanzee in the wild
Children in a rural African village in Uganda

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How to get to Uganda

By air:
The main airport in Uganda is Entebbe International Airport. Smaller airports are found in Arua, Moyo and Kololo (Kampala).

Airlines that fly into Uganda are Air Uganda, British Airways, KLM, South African Airways, Ethiopian Airways, Emirates, Kenya Airways, SN Brussels, Air Tanzania and Egypt Air.

By road:
Buses regularly run between Kampala and the following cities:
Nairobi, Kenya
Bukoba, Tanzania
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Kigali, Rwanda
Bujumbura, Burundi
Juba, South Sudan

 

Highlights of Uganda's National Parks and Reserves

Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda

The Victoria Nile plunges over a section of Murchison Falls

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An African Superb Starling, Uganda and East Africa

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Uganda's Adventure Activities and Attractions

In addition to Gorilla Tracking and Chimpanzee Tracking, Uganda's menu of recreational/adventure activities and attractions includes:

Mountain Climbing
There are two notable mountains in Uganda that cater to mountaineering enthusiasts: Rwenzori and Mount Elgon. Both are located in National Parks. See Mount Elgon National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park. Climbs vary from 3 to 7 days depending on how much time visitors want to spend exploring. Mount Elgon is a more relaxed climb compared to the more demanding climbs of East Africa’s mountains. It is the 4th highest mountain in East Africa.

Reservations for climbs on Rwenzori Mountain are made with the Uganda Wildlife Authority at their headquarters in Kampala.

Hiking
Hiking is a very popular activity in Uganda and many trails are well maintained and accessible in the National Parks and Reserves. See Mgahinga Gorilla, Kidepo and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks.

Forest Walks
As with hiking, forest walks are a very popular activity for folks who are not necessarily hikers or mountain climbers but who still want a walk to get closer to nature. Almost all of the parks and reserves in Uganda offer forest walks, night walks, primate walks and Springs or Falls walks. Check in with the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, they can help match a particular interest such as a primate or night walk to the appropriate park or reserve.

Fishing
One third of Uganda is covered in water which provides ample opportunity for the avid fisherman to find the perfect spot to spend his fishing hours. Some fish species caught are Nile Perch, Tilapia, Tiger fish, Ngara (Genus alestes), catfish and barbel.

As with the Gorilla permits, fishing permits are limited and it is advisable to book early. The fishing in Uganda is on a catch and release basis only to conserve the fish populations.
Where:
Murchison Falls National Park
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Boat Trips
Also referred to as a launch trip, this is a very different way to go game viewing. Trips take around 2.5 hours and guides will point out various plants and animals on the cruise.
Where:
Murchison Falls
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Lake Mburo National Park
Semliki Wildlife Reserve

Cultural Attractions

A number of cultural attractions are offered to enrich visitor experiences of Uganda. These include traditional village visits and dance performances in Kidepo Valley National Park, or take a look at Ugandan history and music at the Uganda Museum in Kampala.

Rural village huts in Uganda

A Small Rural Village in Uganda (above)

Lake crossing - Bunyonyi lake in Uganda

Lake Crossing - Bunyonyi lake in Uganda

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10 More Exciting Things to do
in Uganda

 1 Look out for tree climbing lions in Kidepo Valley National Park. Their tree of choice is the Sauces tree.
 2 Mountaineering on Mount Rwenzori and Mount Elgon is challenging and a favorite with adventure seekers.
 3 Visit the hot springs in Mount Elgon National Park and Semuliki National Park.
 4 Take the exhilarating challenge of white water rafting on the River Nile. Many rafting companies operate from the town of Jinja.
 5 Visit Murchison Falls National Park to participate in sport fishing. Common catches are Nile Perch.
 6 Elephant back safaris are offered across Uganda, a truly unique way to view the resident wildlife including predators.
 7 Hippos have larger than life physiques and even larger personalities. Take a boat trip on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park for a closer look.
 8 Work off some adrenalin on a multi day canoe trip on Lake Bunyonyi.
 9 Two to three hour horse riding excursions are available near the town of Jinja, a wonderful and relaxing way to take in the beauty of Uganda scenery.
10 For adventure seekers and climbing enthusiasts, a visit to Sipi Falls at the Foot of Mount Elgon for some rock climbing and abseiling is a perfect getaway.


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