With its diverse landscapes and incredibly rich biodiversity, Uganda is a nature lover’s paradise. You’ll spend your days visiting volcanic lakes and cascading waterfalls, exploring fresh green forests and driving across dusty savannahs in search of rare and unique wildlife.
Holidays in Uganda offer unforgettable experiences such as tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi National park, spotting tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth Park or visiting the Karamajong warriors in Karamoja. No matter what you’re looking for, Uganda holidays are sure to provide you with history, culture and some of the most incredible wildlife adventures that Africa has to offer.
Uganda, ‘the pearl of Africa’
The bustling city of Kampala is a perfect starting point for a holiday in Uganda. Rich in culture and heritage, check out the impressive collection of artefacts at the Uganda Museum and sample some traditional African street food amongst the organised chaos of Brave Orwino Market, before heading out into the wilderness. From Kampala, embark on a Kidepo Valley safari. Named the ‘lost Eden’ Kidepo Valley National Park offers an abundance of raw, untouched beauty and wildlife far away from the usual tourist tracks.
Bird watchers will enjoy a relaxing boat trip through the Mabamba swamp channels, while thrill-seekers can take part in adrenaline-pumping activities such as white water rafting on the great river Nile. For beach lovers looking for a slice of paradise, the picturesque Ssese Islands in Lake Victoria are a must-see. All this is set against spectacular backdrops, such as Murchison Falls, the beautiful crater lakes region and the culturally fascinating Lake Bunyonyi.
Why not combine your holiday in Uganda with neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania for further safari adventures or with Rwanda to continue the search for mountain gorillas? Whatever your holiday wishlist, call our Destination Specialists to plan a tailor made Uganda holiday today.
Great sample itineraries
Some of our favourite Uganda itineraries are listed below. Get in touch for more options.
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The best time to see wildlife in Uganda is during the dry period between June and August or December to February. When trekking through the rainforests in search of Gorillas you’re likely to find the weather is quite wet, and you may not be able to avoid the rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies usually open up to bright sunshine.
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"Uganda is one of the best countries in the world for bird watching, there are over 1,000 recorded species and a wide variety of habitats to find them in.Visit the Ndere Centre in Kampala and enjoy a night of traditional music and dance featuring performances from some of Uganda's many different tribes. The buffet and BBQ at this event offers a chance to sample some of Uganda’s traditional cuisine."
"If you love your home comforts whilst you are away, check out ‘The Deli’ in Jinja. This Dutch European cafe is great for those looking to enjoy their usual treats such as coffee, cakes, salads and sandwiches. The Deli also stocks imported items such as wine, meats and other produce."
"The culture and people of Uganda are truly fascinating, take the opportunity to learn about basket weaving, bark cloth making, clay sculpting and ancient salt mining techniques during your visit. "
Events & Festivals
There are a wide variety of events held throughout the year in Uganda that can be enjoyed by everyone. Here’s a couple of our top suggestions.
Festival on the Nile
Held in August, this festival offers lots of music, dance, theatre, storytelling, folklore and food.
This is Uganda
An annual festival held in December showcasing the diverse cultures in Uganda through music, art, poetry and dance.
Many of Uganda’s traditional dishes are colourful, packed full of flavour and sure to excite even the most cultured palate. A traditional Ugandan meal consists of 'food' and 'sauce', ‘food’ such as steamed mashed green bananas (matoke), potatoes, rice, cassava or sweet potato. The ‘sauce’ is usually a stew of meat, fish, beans, peas or groundnuts.
Luwombo is a delicacy where chicken, beef, groundnuts, dry fish or any other sauce is tied-up in a banana leaf and steamed.
Muchomo is meat (generally chicken) roasted over an open fire. The roasting and smoking process draws out the delicious flavours in the meat.
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