If you want to experience wildlife in a good balance between forest and Savannah, a luxury safari to Uganda should be in the top of mind.
It’s no wonder at least 2 million tourists visited Uganda in 2019 with some of them doing so for a luxury safari to different parts of the country starting from Bwindi, all the way to Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls national parks.
Again, the Uganda luxury trip offers you a good opportunity to enjoy the destination with a good balance between vehicles, boats, and walking activities.
Uganda may have fewer parks compared to its neighbor Kenya and Tanzania but as far as I can tell, the few available safari parks in Uganda are unique and really rewarding when it comes to the Africa safari.
The main highlight of Uganda safaris is the world-renowned Bwindi Impenetrable forest where according to Wikipedia, “half the world’s population of the highly endangered mountain gorillas live in its jungles”. With gorilla tracking in Bwindi, Uganda has a lot to offer when it comes to classic walking & boating safaris.
To enhance your luxury safari in Uganda, here are the important details you’re going to need to know while planning for the trip. If you need it, we’re happy to help you plan for your trip from scratch. In this short guide, get to know the following;
Best time for a luxury safari in Uganda
You may have your own reasons to visit Uganda and that may be decisive on the best time to visit but truly, Uganda can be visited anytime during the year depending on your schedule.
However, as far as I can tell, April isn’t the month to do your Uganda safari, this is when the rains are at the peak and doing forest trails for, for example is never going to be as enjoyable as it could have needed to be.
The excellent months to visit Uganda are; January, February, June, July, and August while August, September, October, and December are good with March, May, and November being just fair.
Getting to Uganda
Uganda is easily reached by flights and if you are looking for better places to find flights to this wonderful destination, Sky scanner and Expedia are great places to give you some fantastic flight options.
And when you’re there, the domestic flights from park to park will be through Aerolink and Fly Uganda with the main airport in the country being Entebbe International Airport (EBB)
Uganda Travel requirements
To enjoy your luxury safari at its best, you need these most important requirements;
If you are from a yellow fever endemic country or stay there for more than 6 hours you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine. The yellow fever endemic countries are:
Angola, Argentina, Benin, Bolivia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central Africa Republic, Chad, Colombia, Costa Rica, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ecuador, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guatemala, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Honduras, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principle, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Sudan, Suriname, Togo, Trinidad, and Venezuela.
And of course, Uganda itself.
A valid visa is necessary.
Regardless of your nationality, you can get your visa ahead of time or buy it at the airport upon arrival. Visitors from these countries do not require to buy Visa when visiting Uganda;
Antigua, Barbados, Fiji, Grenada, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, the Grenadines Vanuatu, Ghana, Cyprus, Bahamas, Belize, Gambia, Jamaica, Malta, Singapore, St. Vincent-Tonga, Ireland, Libya and the East African countries of Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania.
You may need to visit Uganda Immigration website here to find more about Uganda Visa
Shorts and a T-shirt are perfectly adequate daytime wear on safari, but long trousers and warmer clothing might be required at mornings and nights, to protect against cold and against mosquitoes. Generally, August/September are hot months (30 °C to 33°C and a little cooler in the mornings and at night).
The predominantly Islamic inhabitants of the coast and offshore islands are used to tourists and are reasonably tolerant of Western dress codes. Nevertheless, it is still advisable for women not to wear too short clothes. Again, avoid clothes with too bright colors (especially blue) as they can attract some insects.
Binoculars are essential to watch distant wildlife in the game reserves. For most purposes, 7×21 compact binoculars will be fine, but birdwatchers will find a 10x magnification more useful, and should definitely carry a good field guide.
If you wear contact lenses, bring all the fluids you need, possibly a pair of glasses as a fallback – many safarigoers find the combination of sun, dust, and dryness irritating their eyes.
Things to do and places to visit on your Uganda luxury safari
There are several good reasons why you should put Uganda on your bucket list and especially, for a luxury safari.
Today I will inspire you with these few among so many things to do in Uganda;
Uganda as one of the perfect boat safaris destinations in East Africa gives you a unique opportunity for boat trips in Lake Mburo National park. Game drives, as well as magnificent horse riding, are also available in this park for you to explore.
Gorilla trekking is the most popular activity in Uganda which is mostly done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park which altogether are said to host nearly half of the world’s remaining endangered Mountain’s gorillas.
Queen Elizabeth National Park, a true savannah reserve of Africa is an ideal place to spot wildlife where the tree climbing lions can be seen around the Ishasha area.
If you want to see Rhinos, there is no better place than Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Elsewhere in Kibale National Park, chimp trekking is at its best than nowhere else.
To complete your Uganda luxury safari, why not pay a visit to Murchison Falls National Park and enjoy wildlife viewing while doing the boat trip to the world’s longest River in Nile?
Whatever you chose to do in your Uganda luxury safari, we can help you build an itinerary from scratch
Where to stay
In your Uganda luxury safari, there are the best places you should consider staying. In fact, the mentioned properties in this guide are our recommendations. And since we have a good business relationship with almost all of them, you’re going to get the best deals if you book with us.
Uganda Luxury Safari Cost.
While the luxury safari in Uganda may differ from a traveller to another depending on the travel style & preferences, the average cost per safari can start somewhere from $400 a day and go all the way to $900 per day per person.