About Uganda

Uganda unsurprisingly attracts visitors looking to experience the country’s incredible natural beauty. From lush, tangled rainforests and terraced hills covered in tea and tobacco plantations to sweeping grasslands and sparkling lakes, Uganda is filled with opportunities for adventure.

More than half of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas live in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; one of ten national parks which also protect the natural habitat of chimpanzees, rare golden monkeys and more than 10% of all the world’s bird species. Classic safari wildlife can also be seen in the low-lying savanna areas, including leopards, lions, elephants and hippos.

The capital city, Kampala, sits near the northern shores of Lake Victoria; the largest lake in Africa and the source of the River Nile. It is one of the fastest growing cities on Earth, home to approximately 2.5 million people. Although Uganda is very much a tribal nation with more than 40 recognised languages, all of its people are known to be remarkably welcoming and friendly which makes any visit, whether for gorilla trekking or white water rafting on the Nile, even more memorable.

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Uganda is considered a year round destination, the best time to see the Gorillas or for safari in general is over the dry season, June to September. There are two rain periods to avoid for gorilla trekking are the “long rains” April – May and the “short rains” in November.

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Our insights on Uganda

  • Uganda is the land of tea and tobacco plantations: one reason it’s a wonderful destination for travellers who love to learn and buy local produce on their trips.

  • For primate enthusiasts, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the natural habitat of chimpanzees, rare golden monkeys and hosts half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas.

  • Uganda is also a bucket list spot for twitchers (bird watchers) as more than 10% of all the world’s bird species can be found here.

  • More adventurous travellers can opt for white water rafting and game fishing on Africa’s famous Nile River, or visit its source, Lake Victoria.

  • Winston Churchill dubbed Uganda the ‘pearl of Africa’, which may explain why Queen Elizabeth National Park is its most-visited National Park. Enjoy a classic big game safari while also spotting up to ten primate species and over 600 bird species.

  • Kampala is Uganda’s capital and the ancestral capital of the Buganda kingdom. See the Kasubi Tombs, visit throbbing markets or its echoing mosques. On the edge of town is Nakasero Hill, where well-to-do villas house the country’s elite and expats chatter in dilapidated bars.

Guest Feedback
"A bucket list dream materialized! Our trip to Uganda was the most memorable experience. We successfully trekked the gorillas two days in a row as well the chimpanzees. Our entire trip was organized professionally and seamlessly."

Christel Viljoen, SA | Ugandan Trip

Guest Feedback
"The entire trip was brilliantly organised and I enjoyed every second. Our guide in Uganda was Moses and he was fantastic, making sure that we knew what to expect, arranging additional gorilla tracking permits and trips and his knowledge of the wildlife and birds was great, he also had a great sense of humour."

Kerry Henderson | 9 Day Ugandan Trip

Guest Feedback
"With their intimate knowledge they helped us decide on a wonderful itinerary. The local guides were extremely efficient, helpful and knowledgeable. We enjoyed a blissful 10 days in Uganda. We will definitely be using Timeless Africa Safaris again."

Amanda Muir, UK | 10 Day Ugandan Trip

Guest Feedback
"A bucket list dream materialized! Our trip to Uganda was the most memorable experience. We successfully trekked the gorillas two days in a row as well the chimpanzees. Our entire trip was organized professionally and seamlessly."

Christel Viljoen, SA | Ugandan Trip

Guest Feedback
"The entire trip was brilliantly organised and I enjoyed every second. Our guide in Uganda was Moses and he was fantastic, making sure that we knew what to expect, arranging additional gorilla tracking permits and trips and his knowledge of the wildlife and birds was great, he also had a great sense of humour."

Kerry Henderson | 9 Day Ugandan Trip

Guest Feedback
"With their intimate knowledge they helped us decide on a wonderful itinerary. The local guides were extremely efficient, helpful and knowledgeable. We enjoyed a blissful 10 days in Uganda. We will definitely be using Timeless Africa Safaris again."

Amanda Muir, UK | 10 Day Ugandan Trip

Guest Feedback
"A bucket list dream materialized! Our trip to Uganda was the most memorable experience. We successfully trekked the gorillas two days in a row as well the chimpanzees. Our entire trip was organized professionally and seamlessly."

Christel Viljoen, SA | Ugandan Trip