Uganda Tours: Natural Encounters Await!

There is a time and a place to monkey around – and that’s during one of our private Uganda tours! Experience an awesome encounter with chimpanzees and endangered mountain gorillas.

Discover the ever-changing views of the iconic African savannah, stunning waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, picturesque villages, carpet-like tea country, breathtaking volcanoes and countless lakes on your Uganda tours.

Most visitors come for gorilla trekking in Uganda, but you can also enjoy a leisurely cruise and explore the remote villages along the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake.

Taste the thrill of Africa’s most challenging white water rafting on the Nile River, and watch hippos, crocodiles and buffaloes on a relaxing boat safari in Queen Elisabeth.

Walk along the thundering Murchison Falls and explore the pristine wilderness of Mt Elgon. Swim across the border to Rwanda in the crater lake atop the Mgahinga Volcanos or climb above the snowline in the mighty Rwenzoris.

Let one of our custom Uganda tours be as adventurous as you!


 History of Uganda

Human settlement in Uganda started as early as the 13th century, when the Bacwezie, an indigenous Bantu group, settled around Lake Victoria.

Other settlers arrived in the 19th century, first the Arab slave traders who introduced Kabaka, the country’s the largest tribe, to Islam, followed by British and French missionaries.

These three groups fought against each other for control of Uganda, and when several young boys were martyred at the royal court, the Christian church flourished.

The kingdom of Buganda (an area within what is modern Uganda) became a British Protectorate in 1894.

In 1962, Uganda became independent, however, this did not ensure peace within the country. A struggle for power by Milton Obote forced Kabake into exile in the UK in 1966.

Welcomed by all, Idi Amin then overthrew Obote in 1971, however his economic policies were destructive and he began using terror to reign.

With the aid of neighboring Tanzania, Amin was overthrown eight years later.

Obote regained power but a guerilla group called the National Resistance Army (NRA), led by Yoweri Museveni, started a five year civil war that brought much heartache and bloodshed, particularly at the Luweero Triangle.

Uganda was in despair but Museveni successfully seized power in 1986.

Since then, attention has been on restoring infrastructure and national identity, as you will notice during one of our Uganda tours.

Many child soldiers who were abducted during the conflict are now rehabilitated, while a democratic approach has been established from village to parliament level.

Discover the rise of this wonderful destination – especially the rare and unique experience of gorilla trekking in Uganda.

 Uganda's Culture

The Ugandan culture is a fusion of its many ethnic peoples – from the Bantu speaking people around Lake Kyoga to the Lango and Acholi people in the north and the Iteso and Karamojong in the east.

You will also find pygmy communities in the same rainforests where you might enjoy gorilla trekking in Uganda.

The official languages are English and Swahili but many Ugandans speak Luganda or one of thirty other native languages.

The majority of Uganda are Christian and there are few returning Asian people with their Sikh and Hindu faiths after Imin’s expulsion four decades ago.

Even with conventional faith, many Ugandans practise traditional belief systems simultaneously.

The elderly are revered in Uganda and are given a special title, mzee.

Men wear the national dress of the kanzu, whilst women wear gomesi, a sash-tied dress with exaggerated shoulders or a busuti, a floor long dress, introduced by the European missionaries.

Ugandan people are conservative when it comes to public affection and are non confrontational, even during dancing, an important part of the culture. The Basogo people have a lovely dance called Tamenhaibunga that literally translates as ‘good friends drink together and don’t fight in case they break the gourd holding the drink’!

Football is popular in Uganda and is also the national sport.

Top Uganda Travel Tips – Culture:

  • Ensure you wash your hands before eating a meal if you are invited home during one of our Uganda tours.
  • Witness Kiganda, a renowned dance where performers swoop low to a drum beat is a skilled dance. There are different versions based on the occasion.


 Cuisine in Uganda

Ugandan cuisine is similar to the rest of East Africa, focusing on starch such as ugali (maize) and a bean or meat stew, often flavored with peanut or sim-sim (sesame) and usually served with local leafy greens.

During one of our Uganda tours, you will have plenty of opportunity to try yams, sweet potato and cassava and rice, which are popular staples.

Dried and fresh fish, as well as pork and chicken, are important proteins for Ugandan people.

Do try some of these Ugandan dishes:

  • Nyama choma: roasted meat, usually goat, mutton, or bushmeat but not eaten on a daily basis.
  • Luwombo: chicken, beef, fish or mushroom stew that has been steamed in banana leaves.
  • Nsenene and nswaa: grasshoppers and white ants – a seasonal delicacy for adventurous gourmands!
  • Malewa: a bamboo shoots dish that is native to eastern Uganda.
  • Ormatoke: boiled and mashed green banana.
  • Kikomando: chapati (Indian flatbread) cut into pieces and served with fried beans
  • Mugati naamaggi: a traditional Arabian fried and thin pancake filled with mince and egg.


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