Uganda, the “Pearl of Africa”, has ten national parks displaying the best of East Africa. Their Rift Valley landscapes and tropical forests make dramatic backdrops to an extensive variety of flora and fauna.

Managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), the parks offer ‘traditional’ savanna safaris along with boat tours, forest hikes, mountain climbing and wildlife research activities. Uganda is unrivalled on the continent as a bird watching destination with over 1,000 species of birds – several of which are found nowhere else on the planet. It is also home to 13 types of primates including over half of the world’s endangered  mountain gorillas ; and our closest relative – the chimpanzee.

Discover first hand why Uganda is often referred to as the Pearl of Africa. From the world famous Murchison Falls to the lesser know Kidepo Valley, Uganda offers something for everyone.

Price per person: $545

Kidepo Valley Budget Safari

Kidepo Valley used to be one of the most difficult national parks to reach, but with recent improvements in the road infrastructure, this park is far more accessible. It offers quite possibly the wildest and most stunning scenery amongst all of Uganda’s national parks. Highlights: described as “Africa’s most picturesque national park” one can encounter lions, leopard, cheetah, ostrich, elephant, giraffe, zebra and more. Dinner under the night sky and sunrises over the Morongole mountains. Beautiful Karamoja and PianUpe Reserve.

Duration: 5 days
Type: Group or private

Price per person: $360

Murchison Falls Budget Safari

Murchison Falls became one of Uganda’s first national parks in 1952. At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges with a thunderous roar into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow Highlights: Boat trip to the thundering Murchison Falls, lions, leopard, elephant, hippos, crocodiles, giraffe, kob and more, cooling off in the pool. Sunset over the Blue Mountains of Congo.

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Type: Group or private

Price pp: from $1095

Quick Gorilla Trekking

Get up close and personal with one of nature’s most gentle of giants Highlights: Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and seeing these magnificent primates at close quarters. The peace and quiet and safe swimming at Lake Navubugo.

Duration: 3 days, 2 nights
Type: Group or private

Price pp: from $2395

Big Cat Adventure

Highlights: Uganda’s four premier savannah parks, the famous leopard drive at Queen Elizabeth, tree climbing lions at Ishasha, magnificent Murchison Falls, lions sunning themselves on the rocks and the chance of cheetah amid the unrivalled beauty of Kidepo Valley

Duration: 12 days/11 nights
Options: Budget/Luxury/Fly-In

Price per person: from $2780

Uganda Extravaganza-All the best bits

Highlights: Gorilla trekking at Bwindi, tree climbing lions, beautiful crater lakes, magnificent Murchison Falls, leopard, lion, giraffe, zebra and more at Murchison, unrivalled beauty of Kidepo Valley with it lions, cheetah, buffalo, elephant, zebra, ostrich and more. Cool mountain air and beautiful falls at Sipi.

Duration: 13 days/12 nights
Options: Budget/Mid-range/Luxury/Fly-In

Price pp: from $1150

7 Days The Glorious North; Murchison Falls & Kidepo Valley

This safari takes you away from the crowds and off the beaten track to the wildernesses of northern Uganda. It offers the chance to see a huge variety of wildlife amid stunning and varied scenery. It is an ideal safari for budget, mid-range, luxury or bush camping trips.

Duration 7 days/ 6 nights