Often described as “the Pearl of Africa,” Uganda has the best of everything Africa has to offer. From the highest mountain range on the continent to the longest river in Africa, there is something here for everyone. Wildlife abounds in the abundance of national parks including exotic bird species, chimpanzees, and the rare mountain gorilla. In addition to its environmental biodiversity, Uganda is home to diverse cultures and incredible food.
Join Wilderness Inquiry and outstanding guide Charles Morgan on an unforgettable adventure in the heart of Africa. With more than 17 years of experience, he is sure to show you the best the country has to offer. Read stories from Uganda on our blog.
- Incredible wildlife viewing: gorillas, chimps, rhinos, lions, zebras, and more
- Over half of Africa's bird and butterfly species
- Professional safari guides
- High-quality guest houses and safari lodges
- Meals and snacks provided
- Transportation in safe, quality, four-wheel drive vehicles
Coffee and Gorillas
This customized safari adventure is rich with biological and cultural diversity with an insider perspective visiting the American Refugee Committee (ARC) camp Nakivale. You will track gorillas and chimpanzees and see elephants, rhinos, lions, buffalo, and giraffes during the more traditional safari portion of the itinerary. This impressive list of animals is due to Uganda’s location between east and central Africa at the headwaters of the River Nile in the Great Lakes region. This trip is complete with a visit to the coffee rich area of Sipi Falls. Walk through the whole process from picking coffee berries to roasting the beans on an open fire.
Gorilla Safari Adventure
This safari adventure visits four national parks through a wide range of habitats–from dense forest in misty mountains to wide-open savanna. See the Big Five, rare bird species and the rare mountain gorilla in “the Pearl of Africa.” The trip takes you to the most famous parks of western Uganda.
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Winston Churchill famously described Uganda as the "Pearl of Africa" in 1907, and that description still holds to this day. Located between east and central Africa, Uganda is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife, ecosystems, culture, and history. Its biological diversity is unmatched for a country of its size. Uganda is home to the world's largest population of gorillas and other primates. It is also home to East Africa's famous Big Five game: lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros. Over 50 percent of Africa's bird and butterfly species are found in Uganda.
The country lies almost completely within the Nile basin. The Victoria Nile drains from Lake Victoria into Lake Kyoga and then into Lake Albert on the Congolese border. It then runs northwards into South Sudan. Over 40 percent of its land mass is covered by lakes, rivers, and wetlands. The most visited national parks in Uganda lie in the western part of the country where the savanna of East Africa meets the jungle of Central Africa.
Uganda's history and topography have resulted in an astonishing array of cultures. Cultural tourism sites celebrate the diversity of some 40 ethnic groups, including members of traditional kingdoms dating back to the 14th century. In a country the size of Oregon, there are 36.8 million residents.
The country takes its name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the south of the country including the capital Kampala. Beginning in 1894, the area was ruled as a protectorate by the British. As such, English is widely spoken as the lingua franca. Swahili is the other official national language, and there are dozens of local languages spoken.
Uganda gained independence from Britain in 1962. The period after was marked by intermittent conflicts, including protracted civil and guerilla wars. The country has enjoyed relative political and economic stability since 1986 and is considered a safe place to travel.
The once-flourishing tourism sector has been rebuilt in the decades since 1986. The standard of accommodations has largely improved nationwide. Historical hostels have been refurbished and many new ones built. Luxury lodges and tented camps serve the major protected areas. Paved highways run from Kampala to the western part of the country, where reliably maintained dirt roads go between the national parks.
The altitude bestows a pleasant tropical climate with daytime temperatures from 75-85º F. There are two dry seasons, December through February and June through August. Our itineraries are timed to coincide with the dry season for best wildlife viewing.
Lonely Planet featured Uganda as the "Best in Travel for 2012." It has been featured recently in the best travel destinations in Fodor's Travel Guide, The New York Times travel section, National Geographic's Top 10, and CNN Travel.