Wildlife holidays in Uganda
Tell me about Uganda …
Once the fertile but isolated land of such relatively sophisticated medieval kingdoms as the Buganda, Bunyoro, Ankole and Toro, Uganda’s 72 years as a British protectorate saw a peaceful and prosperous nation pass into the hands of Dr Milton Obote at independence in 1962. Yet the subsequent murderous regimes of both Obote and Idi Amin saw 24 years of chaos and anarchy rip this inheritance apart, before a benevolent President Yoweri Museveni came to power in 1986, backed by his highly disciplined National Resistance Army.
Today, after 19 years of peace, Museveni’s achievements in rebuilding his country are remarkable. Uganda’s large human population is happy, peaceful and optimistic, and its mammal population is fast recovering.
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"Our ‘Uganda – Mammals & Mountains’ holiday is a 13-day wildlife safari in search of mammals, particularly the primates of Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Of course the highlight is the chance to see the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest."Paul Stanbury
Whats special about its wildlife?
Uganda remains a most beautiful country – a luxuriant land of great lakes, abundant swamps, a snowclad equatorial mountain range, and rolling grasslands.
Above all, it is the countrys tropical forests that provide the greatest attraction for the naturalist. Here, among an unrivalled population of primates are over 300 Mountain Gorillas.
Naturetrek tour to Uganda
Naturetreks wildlife holiday in Uganda offers the chance to search for the countrys mammals, particularly primates and birds. These include the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Shoebill Storks of Mabamba Swamp.
WHAT YOU'VE BEEN SAYING ABOUT OUR Uganda HOLIDAYS
The service from the Naturetrek staff was excellent, and mailings were prompt. The flights could hardly have been better - punctual and with the expected level of service. The planned range of habitats visited provided opportunities to find a good number of birds, mammals and other wildlife. The trip leader, Hamlet Magabi, was excellent. He was able to communicate his knowledge and enthusiasm very well. Uganda is a very beautiful country and it was good to have had the opportunity to visit it in the company of group members who readily shared their sightings with everyone.
For a week's holiday I felt that the itinerary was good as it gave us three different habitats with their correspondingly different birds. The guide Emmy Gongo was a brilliant birder and an excellent person, hardworking, personable and a great sense of humour.
This was an excellent trip and Tony was an outstanding leader of it. To see Mountain Gorillas in the wild at such close quarters was the most memorable wildlife experience of my life.