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.
Our Uganda specialist recommends...
"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
This trip had a great itinerary and Emmy was a fantastic guide who could answer any question about the wildlife, people and country. He worked tirelessly to provide us with the best experiences possible. The gorillas and chimps were particularly awe-inspiring, but we had difficulty picking just a single highlight every day.
We had many excellent sightings of wildlife - in particular gorillas, chimps and a leopard. Our British and Ugandan guides had excellent knowledge of birds and it is unlikely we will ever get two such expert bird guides on another holiday! We achieved our goals - to see the gorillas and the chimps. An experience we will never forget.
Emmy is an excellent birder and trip organiser and very personable. All the staff at the venues from waiters to receptionists to forest rangers were very helpful and pleasant; excellent tourism. A beautiful country and stunning wildlife. Uganda has clearly changed a lot since the years of troubles; despite much deforestation there are still some beautiful bits of forest left and some excellent national parks. The parks were very under-booked; I would advise anyone thinking of an African nature holiday to consider Uganda - there is so much to see and local people are so welcoming and reliable.