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UGANDA TOURS & SAFARI HOLIDAYS

Have you ever wanted to explore the beautiful sights of Uganda? Our Uganda tours will show you the best of this compact African country, which boasts the highest concentration of primates on the planet.

Uganda is a unique and exciting destination which should be on any traveller's bucket list. From breath-taking wildlife to authentic culture, Uganda will leave you with lifelong memories that you will cherish forever.

On a Uganda tour, you will have the chance to experience an authentic Uganda safari. From beautiful nature parks to the jungles which home mountain gorillas and chimpanzees - our Uganda tours will have you immersed from day one. Get a chance to explore Uganda's breath-taking National Parks through immersive game drives and safari tours.

Uganda attracts 1.5 million visitors each year and with good reason. This fascinating country is home to beautiful lakes, unique wildlife and friendly locals. Locals in Uganda are welcoming and friendly towards visitors and are usually quite happy to see visitors in their country enjoying the amazing sights.

Uganda has an exciting array of wildlife including elephants, rhinos, crocodiles, hippos, chimpanzees and gorillas. Enjoy a Uganda safari and set your sights on some of the most incredible and unique wildlife in the world.

Primates are a primary highlight during a Uganda tour, however, Uganda is also home to some incredible scenery and activities. See the incredible lakes, waterfalls and waterways and trek in lush greenery during a Uganda tour. The country also has an abundance of bird-life which light up the jungles and forests with their songs - perfect for those who enjoy bird watching.

Away from the mountains, Uganda has stunning freshwater lakes, dreamy rolling hills, expansive grasslands and bustling cities filled with welcoming and friendly locals to be found anywhere in Africa.

Packed with amazing experiences, Uganda is well set up for visitors and this combined with great wildlife, beautiful picture-perfect landscapes and smiling locals makes it the perfect destination for your next African adventure.

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Do you want to know more about Uganda and its beauty? Or do you need accurate visa information?

Contact the Uganda tourism board for more information.

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Min: 4 | Max: 20

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B- 26, L - 21, D - 24

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Masai Mara Reserve safaris, Masai tribe, Lake Nakuru, the equator, Muchison Falls, chimpanzees, Lake Bunyonyi, mountain gorillas


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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is the official currency of Uganda?

The currency used in Uganda is the Ugandan shilling (UGS), which is subdivided into 100 cents.

When is the best time of the year to visit Uganda?

From June to September is the best time to visit Uganda, as it is not too hot and there is minimal rainfall. The best time of the year for gorilla trekking is during the country’s two dry seasons: January and February, and from June to September.

Should you tip in Uganda?

Tipping is highly appreciated in Uganda, especially for safari guides. A 5-10% tip is expected in upmarket hotels, restaurants and lodges.

Can you drink the tap water in Uganda?

The tap water in Uganda is not safe to drink, and you should not even use it to brush your teeth. Bottled water is readily available.

How do I plan a trip to Uganda?

Planning a trip to Uganda isn’t as tricky as it seems – although there are several factors to consider, such as how long you plan on staying, what all you’d like to accomplish, and most importantly your budget.

How much is a meal in Uganda?

The cost of an average meal in Uganda can vary but the basic cost of a meal when dining out can around USh8,285 per person. Breakfast prices are usually cheaper than lunch and dinner

Is it safe to travel to Uganda?

Yes, Uganda is a very safe country but like in any other country, opportunistic crimes such as petty theft, credit card fraud and home robbery do occur. It’s always best to be mindful of your surroundings and to always travel in a group than alone.

Do people in Uganda speak English?

Uganda's official language is English, which is spoken by most well-educated Ugandans. The three major indigenous language families are Bantu, Central Sudanic, and Nilotic. Swahili and Luganda are also widely spoken.

Do you need vaccinations to go to Uganda?

Yes, there are recommended vaccinations for Uganda. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccinations: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis), chickenpox, shingles, pneumonia and influenza.

How much would a trip to Uganda cost?

How much you spend on a trip to Uganda depends on how long you’re staying, the type of accommodation you’re interested in and most importantly your budget.

Where should we go in Uganda?

Uganda is an all-round top African adventure. Here are a few of our favourite places to visit:

  • Kampala
  • Gaddafi National Mosque
  • Kibale National Park
  • Ssese Islands
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Entebbe
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Mount Elgon National Park
  • Mbale

What is the best month to visit Uganda?

The best time to visit depends on what you plan on doing and seeing although, some of the best months are January and February then from June to September – the weather is perfect. The dry season kicks in with little or no rainfall.

Is Uganda expensive?

It depends, Uganda is not expensive when it comes to the basic needs like food, transport, and accommodation but for the tourist, some activities like gorilla tracking and safari tour can be quite pricey.

TOUR REVIEWS

Everything about the trip was thought through, fine-tuned , and marvelous. From Ant Horribin helping us arrange the trip, to rep Waled Ali, and our guide Big Mo, we could not have asked for a better team. Our sincere thanks to them.

Encounters Travel did such a superb job in organizing this tour. I had never heard of them before going on the Maldives Magic tour, however now I will recommend them to friends/family and use them for my future planned trips.
Our tour is what made the trip that much more memorable. Rather than being plopped at a westernized resort, we were able to get a taste of how the locals live, eat and entertain themselves. We stayed in quaint guesthouses on the islands amongst the locals, ate authentic Maldivian cuisine (one day even with a Maldivian family who made us breakfast), and viewed a traditional dance/singing performance which was absolutely delightful. This was a trip of a lifetime that I will never forget.

This is our first travel through Encounters Travel and so far the arrangement is working very well. Our travel is not until April 2017 so I am more than hopeful all will continue to run as smoothly as it has so far.

I liked the fact we were met at the airport and helped thru customs and getting a visa and then upon leaving taken to where we needed to go. Its always tough to figure out where everything is in a foreign airport when you do not travel much
Everything was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and liked that we were interested in what he was telling us. We were lucky to be in a group with like minded people who also wanted to stay in places longer of which our guide accommodated. Only negative thing was the sitting train. Best to just take the flying option. Train was not bad but has no services, no alcohol, and breakfast was all carbs and an egg. Egypt really seems to like their breads and pastries....

Excellent from the initial planning to every step along the way on the trip! Worry free in every way! Islam, Hussein and Mahmoud were the greatest! Please check out my review on Trip Advisor! FIve stars from this girl!
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Time: GMT+3
Dial Code: +256
Area: 241,037 km2
Elevation: The lowest point in Uganda is Lake Albert at 621m 9 (2,037 ft.) | The highest point in Uganda is Margherita Peak on Mountain Rwenzori at about 5,110m (16,762 ft.) above sea level.
Population: 44,270,563 (2018)
Capital: Kampala
Governemnt: Democracy, Republic, Presidential system, Semi-presidential system
Language: Swahili, English

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East-Central Africa. This country is bordered by Kenya to the east, South Sudan to the north, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Rwanda to the southwest, and Tanzania to the south. Lake Victoria covers a large part of the southern part of the country and lies within the Nile Basin.

The name Uganda derives from the Buganda Kingdom, which covers a substantial portion of the south of the country, including Kampala, the capital. This sovereign state gained independence from the UK in 1962. The official languages spoken in Uganda are English and Swahili. Luganda, a central language, is also spoken across the country. Swahili is widely used in the police and military forces.

Scattered throughout Uganda, there are 60 protected areas, including 10 national parks. The south of the country is largely influenced by Lake Victoria - one of the world's biggest lakes. Most of the country's main cities are situated in the south near the lake, including Kampala, the capital, and Entebbe.

The most prominent religion in Uganda is Christianity, and Christians make up most of the population, followed by Muslims. The northern region of Uganda is predominately Catholic The country has a vast number of communities, resulting in a diverse country. Uganda has continued to experience consistent economic growth. The country's main export is coffee and it has untapped reserves of both crude oil and natural gas.

Highlights

  • Kidepo Valley National Park - an expansive savannah in the Karamoja Region, with cheetahs and caracals.
  • Rwenzori Mountains - a mountain range and World Heritage Site on the border of Uganda.
  • Ssese Island - an archipelago of 84 islands on the northwestern part of Lake Victoria.
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park - Uganda's most visited national park, known for the famous tree-climbing lions.
  • Igongo Cultural Centre - a museum displaying artefacts, cultural village replicas, and a restaurant offering traditional dishes.
  • Mengo Palace - constructed in 1922, this small palace is the former home of the king of Buganda.
  • Jinja - a town on the shore of Lake Victoria in southern Uganda, popular for adventurous activities.
  • Ngamba Island Chimpanzee National Park - a sanctuary on the shore of Lake Victoria, housing 47 orphaned chimpanzees from East Africa.

Tips

  • Wear lightweight clothing for the warm climate, and women should dress conservatively.
  • Presoak your long pants and long-sleeve shirts in Permethrin to deter mosquitos.
  • There is a high risk of malaria in Uganda, so you should check with your doctor before you go.
  • Avoid ice in your drink or salads that might have come into contact with unhygienic water.
  • Bargaining is acceptable in markets, stalls and family-owned stalls in Uganda.
  • Traveller’s cheques are not recommended, as they are often difficult to exchange.
  • Stay hydrated, wear a hat and don’t overexert yourself in the hot temperatures.
  • Do not swim in the lakes in Uganda, as they contain a parasite, which causes bilharzia.

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