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!

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Best Time for Travel to Uganda

You can travel to Uganda all year round, but the best climate for your tour is during the dry season

Travel in Uganda is possible throughout the year, but the dry months are considered the best time to travel to Uganda. These months are also best for gorilla trekking. Although Uganda’s climate can be generally described as tropical, it still differs in different parts of the country, and the temperatures in the higher regions of Mount Elgon and the Ruwenzori Range can drop well below freezing.

In most regions of Uganda, you can expect an average of 1,000 to 2,000 millimeters of rainfall, but the rainy season and its duration may vary within the different regions.

Note the seasons when planning your Uganda trip:

  • Long wet season: April – June
  • Short rainy season: October – Decembe
  • Drying time: June – October, December – March.

During the rainy season it rarely rains all day long and the short, violent cloudbursts are replaced by sunny hours. In the basin of Lake Victoria, there is a higher humidity with short rainfall throughout the year, which is due to the high water vaporization rate (75 to 80%). Humidity is rapidly declining in the rest of the country.

Do you have more questions? As an individual travel provider, we are happy to advise you on your Uganda trip.  Contact us for an obligation-free and complimentary quote.

Top 10 Attractions, Activities and Highlights in Uganda

1. Nowhere else in the world is there such a great chance to see the primates in the wild as on a chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park in Uganda. Over 1,500 of these playful animals live here.

2. More than half of all free-living mountain gorillas are at home in Bwindi. In the volcanic mountains that border with Rwanda, the chances are very good to encounter the awe-inspiring gorillas during a trek.

3. Uganda’s most popular wildlife reserve, Queen Elizabeth National Park, is ideal for taking boat safaris and chimpanzee tracking. On classic game drives you will encounter elephants, hippos, antelopes and baboons.

4. For a special highlight, witness the lions in Ishasha climb to the branches of fig trees during the heat of the day They lie lazily around until they can go hunting in the cooler evening.

5. If you are looking for an active Uganda vacation,then head to Jinja, on Lake Victoria. The white River Nile emerges from Lake Victoria, and adventurers can raft into the roaring waters, go quad biking and horse riding.

6. Bird watching in the Semliki National Park is particularly interesting, as there are 40 bird species that are not found anywhere else in Uganda.

7. Bird lovers should also visit Lake Mburu. You can find 310 different bird species, as well as other wildlife including antelopes, zebras, buffaloes, crocodiles and hippos.

8. Experience the magical calm of the River Nile, which flows slowly before you. At the delta of this mighty river you can spot giraffes, elephants, cow antelopes and sometimes also predators. The quiet stream is transformed into a torrential flood at a narrow drop of only 7 meters – a popular spot known as the Murchison Falls.

9. Like a fairytale world, the landscape of the extinct volcano Mount Elgon appears! Deep ravines and rugged rock faces alternate with rushing forests and moorland.The national park, in which leopards, bushbucks, antelopes and elephants reside, is named after this former fiery mountain.

10. On the picturesque Lake Albert, you can observe hippos and pelicans. Visit one of the small dreamy fishing villages and take nightly game drives in a starry sky.

Experience an original and authentic tour of Uganda! Our African specialists will be pleased to advise you. Enchanting Travels – Your travel agent for private travels in Uganda.

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 guerrilla 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.

Culture in Uganda

A highlight on your Uganda tour is meeting the friendly and open-minded people

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 of Uganda

Try Ormatoke, a delicious porridge made from cooked green bananas – yum!

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
  • Samusa: Indian samosas!
  • Mugati naamaggi: a traditional Arabian fried and thin pancake filled with mince and egg.

The Enchanting Travels trip are happy to help plan private and tailor-made Uganda tours. 

Gorilla Trekking Tours in Uganda

Anyone who has faced an overgrown gorilla will never forget this encounter! Because these magnificent creatures are almost extinct, the experience is not only impressive and bound to create a memory of a lifetime, but also most unique.

Fear is a natural feeling when you face an overgrown gorilla – after all, the animals are twice as big as an adult. However, the fear is unjustified, because gorillas are usually peace-loving and tolerant to humans. Unfortunately, this was not always reciprocal. Gorillas were almost extinct and are among the most endangered animal species. Today they are only found in the jungles of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.

The world’s rarest gorilla species live in Bwindi National Park, an authentic equatorial jungle. A total of four mountain gorilla families – and thus almost half of the world’s population – have their home here. A gorilla trekking is not a simple walk. For up to four hours, you will rise up through steep slopes and rough gorge to track these primate families in their natural habitat. An experienced guide will accompany you. On the way you will also meet other monkey species and enjoy a wonderful view of the surroundings.

Gorilla trekking is a highlight of a Uganda tour for those who are active and physically fit.

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