Known as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ Uganda offers more than just primates. Uganda is a land of astonishing diversity and one of the last refuges of the endangered mountain gorilla. It can lay claim to both the highest number of primate species, some of the richest birding in Africa, as well as plains game and elusive big cats. No other country in Africa ticks all these boxes. The stunning ‘Mountains of the Moon’ are mist-swathed volcanoes that tower above Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where half of the world’s remaining 600-odd mountain gorillas live. The rainforest is dense, with thick undergrowth, vines and colourful clouds of butterflies.

Whilst Uganda’s primary attraction is its primates it also showcases shy sitatunga, great herds of Uganda kob, spotted hyena & leopard in Queen Elizabeth National Park, tree-climbing lions in Ishasha and an opportunity to see elephant, hippo & waterbirds galore on Kazinga Channel. The more remote Murchison Falls National Park offers spectacular waterfalls and some of the most exhilarating white water in Africa and you can view the source of the Nile in Jinja.

Why we like it

  • Gorillas, gorillas, gorillas!
  • Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest
  • Predators in Ishasha
  • Exceptional birding
  • Fabulously friendly people
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