Also known as the pearl of Africa, Uganda is a country rich in landscape variety, wildlife, nature-culture, heritage, and history. Uganda is the home of the world largest population of the mountain Gorillas which can be trekked at the Bwindi Impenetrable National park. Other animals trekked also include the Chimpanzee among other mammals found in the national parks and a game reserve. The country is a bird’s paradise as well with over 350 bird’s species of which 18 birds are listed in the ICUN red list. The country has three UNESCO World Heritage sites. Uganda has a strong Cultural heritage with Kingdoms including the Buganda, Busoga, and Toro with amazing cultural songs and dances.
3 Days: Gorilla Trekking Uganda
Connect morning scheduled flight from Jomokenyatta International Airport or fly direct to Entebbe International Airport (Uganda) from Masai Mara Game Reserve, connect an outward afternoon direct flight to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at (Kihihi Airstrip), upon arrival, you will be transferred to your lodge for check-in.
7 Days: Uganda Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari
Welcome to Uganda, upon arrival you will be met by our airport representative at Entebbe International Airport and transferred to your city hotel at Entebbe irrespective of the airline and time of arrival.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Bwindi impenetrable national park is a true rainforest, an ancient habitat next to Virunga National Park in Rwanda and on the edge of the western Rift Valley which extends up to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburo the smallest (only 260 sq) of Uganda’s savannah national parks was gazetted in 1933 as a controlled hunting area and later was upgraded to a game reserve in 1963. The locals believe on Ankole myth where two brothers named Mburo and Kigarama lived in a big valley.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the second biggest (1,978 square kilometers/774 sq mi) national park in Uganda after Murchison’s Falls National Park.
BWINDI NATIONAL PARK
Mahogany Spring Lodge
Mahogany Spring Lodge is located along the fresh waters of Munyanga Rivers.
Engagi Lodge Bwindi Uganda is located in Buhoma area in a large tract of land.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
Sanctuary Gorilla forest camp is located in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Katara Lodge Uganda is situated on the Great Rift Valley Escarpment.
Mweya Safari Lodge
Mweya Safari Lodge is located in the heart of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa
Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa Entebbe has been styled to echo a Roman villa.
The Boma Entebbe
The Boma Guest House sits in a leafy suburb just a few minutes away from Entebbe International Airport.
LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Mihingo Safari Lodge
This is a luxurious family-owned lodge located adjacent to Lake Mburo National Park.
Rwaboko Rock Safari Lodge
Rwakobo Rock Lodge is a peaceful and secluded retreat situated 1km from the Nshara gate of Lake Mburo national park.
Uganda “The Pearl of Africa”
Uganda Tourism Diversification: Located at the heart of Africa, the country is rich in landscape variety, wildlife, nature, culture, heritage, and history. Its biological and cultural diversity is unmatched for a country the size of Great Britain or the US state of Oregon. With almost 40 percent of its land mass is covered by water, rivers, and wetlands, it is little wonder that Uganda is home to the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river.
Uganda Wildlife Tourism: Out of a total surface area of 241,551sqkm (both land and water), 25,981.57sqkm (10%) is gazette as wildlife conservation areas, 24% is gazetted as forest reserves and 13% is wetlands. Uganda has 10 National Parks, 12 Wildlife Reserves, 10 wildlife sanctuaries, 5 community wildlife areas, 506 central forest reserves, and 191 local forest reserves. There are 30 species of antelope, 24 species of primates including charismatic species of Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees, and more than 5,406 species of plants so far recorded of which 30 species of plants are endemic to Uganda. Currently, Uganda has 159 species listed in the IUCN Red List, 2008; which includes 38 plants, 21 mammals, 18 birds, 6 amphibians, 54 fishes, 10 molluscs and 12 being other invertebrates.
Gorilla Trekking Uganda Bwindi: Uganda is the home to the world’s largest population of Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) where half of the World’s 880 mountain gorillas are found spread among 11 habituated groups, which can be visited by tourists, they can be trekked at and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks and Mgahinga. The other half of gorillas is in the Virunga Mountains which is shared by Rwanda, Uganda and DR Congo.
Chimpanzees Trekking: Kibale Forest in the northeast of Queen Elizabeth National Park is the best place for trekking chimpanzees in the world. At Kibale Forest, you will also have an opportunity to view grey-cheeked mangabeys, blue & red-tailed monkeys and red-colobus mangabeys.
Bird watching: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also a birding paradise with around 350 species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. Over half of all bird species in Africa can be found in Uganda, making it one of the richest birding destinations on the continent. There are more than 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species in the country especially in and around Bwindi.
Three UNESCO World Heritage Sites namely; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, it’s an isolated forest of outstanding biological richness where more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns are found and half of world mountain gorillas are found there. Rwenzori Mountains National Park, it’s Africa’s third highest peak at 5109m asl, it’s the richest montane flora in Africa. Kasubi Tombs built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884 where four tombs lie was the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda.
Cultural Tourism: Uganda has a very strong cultural heritage and hail from a diversity of rich cultures and lifestyles. Many regions in Uganda have kingdoms including Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro, and Toro. Ndere Troupe in Kampala captures the amazing cultural songs, dances and unique instruments from the 56 nationalities (tribes) of Uganda.
Leading Tourist Destination: Uganda was chosen as a top tourist destination for 2012 world rankings published on ‘Lonely planet ‘website showed a list of the ‘top TEN countries’ for 2012, WITH Uganda emerging ahead of both Myanmar and Turkey.
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Uganda is all year round tourist destination with temperatures barely changing throughout the seasons. The country is located along the equator; hence the rainfall ranges between 1,000 and 2,000 millimeters annually. For those interested on mainly on Gorilla and Chimps Trekking as well as safari adventures, we recommend travel during two dry seasons between December and February and between June and August. Average temperatures in Uganda are around 21°C/71°F and might drop to 12°C/ 54°F at night.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR:
December to February
- Weather: Less rain might be experienced though we do expect more of sunshine. There is less vegetation to obstruct your view and trekking of Gorillas.
- Animals: Good timing for Gorilla trekking. Wildlife also gathers in and around rivers and swamps, Migratory birds are also present.
- Quotation: Safari price High, its high season.
- Population: Though its high season, the parks don’t get crowded.
- Recommended: Good time for Gorilla Trekking and safari. Book Gorilla Permits early in advance to avoid disappointment.
March to May
- Weather: This is the Peak of the wet season. Expect the heaviest rainfall in Uganda
- Animals: Babies have been born for those who are doing safari adventure. Everything is turning green again hence great time for photography including ornithological adventures.
- Quotation: Safari price lowest, Affordable (Low or Green season)
- Population: Fewer people travel hence you will often have facilities largely to yourself.
- Recommended: Good time for safari though be careful if it rains no refund for Gorilla permits.
June to August
- Weather: These are the dry months hence less vegetation on the paths while trekking for the Gorillas. Sometimes it might rain though we do expect more of sunshine.
- Animals: The perfect timing for Gorilla trekking as these are the dry months. Wildlife also gathers in and around rivers and swamps.
- Quotation: Safari price Highest, It’s the peak season.
- Population: Though its peak season, parks don’t get crowded.
- Recommended: Good time for Gorilla Trekking and safari. Book Gorilla Permits early in advance to avoid disappointment.
September to November
- Weather: It’s towards the rainy season so you might expect any weather.
- Animals: Animal concentration within the rivers and swamps is fair though some have moved.
- Quotation: Safari price average.
- Population: The parks are less crowded hence private and exclusive tours.
- Recommended: Good time for safari but slightly harder for Trekking.
Kindly contact us for guidance on the best time to travel based on your needs and expectations.
Please accept our welcome in advance of your arrival here in our beautiful homeland. We look forward to being your tour guides across Uganda and beyond, and we extend our services to helping you plan your trip to Africa. As a reference, we offer this brief overview for arranging your adventure of a lifetime.
Our Planning at Your Service
DK Grand Safaris stands above the rest by providing personalized service that starts with your first inquiry. When you plan your trip with us, you’re assured of access to every option from group safaris to private touring. We make sure your traveling experience with us is everything you want it to be.
Our staff turns your dreams into wonderful realities with detailed planning that includes transportation, accommodations, activities, and relaxation. Our all-inclusive packages cover the finest hotels, safari lodges and tented base camps. You tell us about the kind of travel adventure you envision, and we take care of the arrangements.
Preparing for Your Safari
Entry into Uganda requires a valid passport and visa. There are exceptions to the visa requirement, and we cover this kind of information as we answer all your questions during the safari planning process. Any person intending to enter into Uganda should do so only for lawful purposes and in accordance with national immigration laws, guidelines and formalities.
Foreign nationals intending to enter Uganda for purposes of employment should comply with requirements for expatriate employment in Uganda. All visa prone nationalities must obtain Uganda visas to facilitate their entry into the country. Uganda visas may be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on arrival at the ports of entry in the country and all travelers to the Republic of Uganda MUST have a valid Yellow Fever Immunization card. You can apply for your visa online at https://visas.immigration.go.ug/. List of visa exempt nationalities i.e. nationals of countries that do not pay for Uganda visas https://immigration.go.ug/content/visas-and-passes
Upon Your Arrival
Once you’ve finalized your plans and booked your flight, you can look forward to our complimentary roundtrip airport transfers upon your arrival. We provide this service regardless of the time you touch down or which airline brings you to our home, and we take care of your departure as well. These major airlines serve Entebbe International Airport here in Kampala – Uganda.
- Asante Aviation
- British Airways
- Brussels Airlines
- Eagle Air
- Egypt Air
- Emirates Airlines
- Ethiopian Airlines
- Kenya Airways
- KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
- Skyjet Aviation
- South African Airways
Throughout Your Journey
From our warmest greetings upon your arrival and our attentive service throughout your entire journey, our concierge personnel is here for you 24/7. Working with our partners with well-trained guides most of who have more than 10 years of experience.
Our professional safari directors and driver guides put our knowledge and love of our country to work for you to make sure your visit is truly the trip of a lifetime. We trust that when we say goodbye at your departure, you’ll already be making plans to return to us very soon.
Always at Your Service
Because each journey is unique, we suggest that you contact us for detailed information. For more than 10 years, our dedicated staff has assisted clients from around the world as they plan their trips to Africa. We offer an unparalleled depth of expertise and our sincere commitment to making all your safari dreams come true.
Population – Approximately 41.1 Million
Language – English, and Swahili
A valid passport (6 months minimum and at least 1 blank page) is mandatory for all visitors to Uganda. Effective July 1, 2016, visas and residency permits will no longer be available at Entebbe Airport upon arrival.
Please only apply for your visa online within the last 90 days to enter Uganda. Otherwise, your visa will expire 90 days after issuance and then you will need to apply and pay for another visa.
Uganda online visa application: https://visas.immigration.go.ug/
Nationals (Passport holders) of the following countries do not require visas to enter Uganda: Antigua, Barbados, Fiji, Grenada, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, Solomon Islands, The Grenadines, Vanuatu, Cyprus, Bahamas, Belize, Gambia, Jamaica, Malta, Singapore, St. Vincent-Tonga, COMESA, and EAC.
Any person intending to enter into Uganda should do so only for lawful purposes and in accordance with national immigration laws, guidelines, and formalities.
Foreign nationals intending to enter Uganda for purposes of employment should comply with requirements for expatriate employment in Uganda.
- All visa prone nationalities must obtain Uganda visas to facilitate their entry into the country.
- Uganda visas may be obtained at Uganda missions abroad or on arrival at the ports of entry in the country.
- All travelers to the Republic of Uganda MUST have a valid Yellow Fever Immunization card.
All visa and work permit (E-Visa and E-permits) applications must be completed via the https://visas.immigration.go.ug. Under the new application process, you must apply online for all immigration services such as visas, permits, and passes at least two weeks prior to travel.
Single Entry Visa – From 22nd of July 2016, Single entry Visa is 50USD apply online
East Africa Tourist Visa – 100 USD apply online
The Embassy of the Republic of Uganda, USA Contact:
The Embassy of the Republic of Uganda:
5911 16th Street NW,
Washington, DC 20011
Phone: +1-(202) 726-7100
Fax: (202) 726-1727
Email: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Monday – Friday – 9:00am to 4:00pm (EST)
Monday – Friday – 9:30am to 3:00pm (EST)
Uganda High Commission Canada:
Uganda High Commission
350 Sparks Street, Suite 1210
Tel: +1-613 789 7797
Fax: +1-613 789 8909
E-mail Address: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Please be aware that a visa does not determine how long you may remain in Uganda. The Ugandan immigration officer at the port of entry determines the length of authorized stay, which is generally from two weeks to three months for tourists. Immigration policies are not always consistently applied and may change without notice. Pay close attention to the validity of your visa or special pass to avoid fines or travel interruptions. Ugandan immigration imposes a fine of up to $100 per day for visa overstays and sometimes detains individuals who overstay their visas until the fine is paid. Extensions of your stay may be requested at Ugandan immigration headquarters on Jinja Road in Kampala.
TIPS FOR HEALTHY TRAVELING TO AFRICA
A proof of YELLOW FEVER vaccination is required to enter Uganda.
DK Grand Safaris wants you to have the most enjoyable touring experience possible when you travel with us. While you’re here, your health is one of our top priorities, and we make sure that all your accommodations meet the very highest standards. Whether you’re planning your first trip to Uganda or a return visit, we offer this brief guide with tips for traveling in good health.
Get an Early Start
While we’re always happy to answer your questions about an upcoming safari, we strongly recommend that you confer with your doctor well before your departure date. As the two of you discuss your itinerary, he can explain all necessary vaccinations and advise you on additional health safeguards. Plan on visiting your doctor four to six weeks in advance before your adventure travel starts
Uganda requires all visitors to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Your doctor will provide the necessary documentation and may also recommend vaccines or medications for addressing these common health concerns.
- Hepatitis A
If you currently take any prescription medications, let your doctor know how long you plan on being out of the country. He can make sure you have an adequate supply to cover your needs until your return home.
Keep Your Papers Handy
Along with your passport and visa, keep all health records and vaccination documentation at the ready as you travel. Be sure to carry the following:
- Your health insurance card and/or proof of supplemental travel health insurance
- Copies of all prescriptions for medications you bring with you
- Copies of prescriptions for eye glasses or other medical supplies
- A list of names and numbers for emergency contacts back home
Pack with Your Health in Mind
The CDC provides a comprehensive list of health care items that you may want to pack for your trip to Africa. Again, confer with your doctor, and follow his recommendations. While we always maintain an inventory of vital health provisions on every tour, we suggest you assemble a compact first-aid kit that includes these personal items.
- Bandages and blister pads
- Aspirins, antihistamines and anti-malarial pills
- An antibiotic cream and a cortisone cream
For personal comfort, you might also want to bring eye drops and non-fragrant hand lotion as well as non-fragrant sunblock and lip balm.
Practice Sensible Precautions
While vaccinations and medications can prevent some illnesses, common sense is one of your strongest allies for staying healthy while traveling. Our safari guides do everything possible to ensure your good health, and we approach every touring activity and accommodation with the highest standards for your personal safety.
By following our recommendations and precautions, you can enjoy meals and drinks without worry. We can’t prevent insects from biting, but we do protect your sleep at bush camps with mosquito netting. Our suggestions also include wearing socks and bandanas treated with repellants.
Confirm Conditions at Your Destination
We always keep you current on any health issues that develop before you make your trip, and you can check information online with the CDC. Their Travel Health Notices are updated daily with the latest reports from around the world. You can search for current notices by country.
The site uses a three-color code system that makes it easier to identify potential problem areas. It also features a menu of resources including an extensive disease directory, U.S. locations for yellow fever vaccinations and mobile apps that help you travel safely wherever you go.
In Case of Emergencies
When you travel with DK Grand Safaris, you’re assured of emergency medical care through our partnership with the internationally accredited AMREF Flying Doctors. This professional organization has provided health services in all types of settings across Africa for more than 60 years.
The globally recognized air ambulance server provides emergency health care and transportation to the nearest medical facilities. Flying Doctors are on call and available 24/7 to handle any kind of medical emergency. We’re proud of the role they play in keeping us all safe every day. Comprehensive travel and medical insurance is essential for covering yourself and any travelling companions for the entire safari which includes covers for but not limited to medical expenses, emergency evacuation expenses, repatriation expenses etc. Make sure you understand the terms and conditions of your travel insurance and take any relevant documentation with you.
We’re ready to Welcome You
As long as you take sensible precautions, traveling to Africa is considered very safe. For more than 10 years, our clients from around the globe have enjoyed their time in our homeland, and we know you will too. We’re happy to address your concerns and answer any questions.
It’s our pleasure to provide you with as much information as possible to ensure your trip is the experience of a lifetime. Everyone here at DK Grand Safaris stands ready to welcome you to our home with open arms and a firm handshake. We look forward to sharing the adventures that come from turning your travel dreams into wonderful realities.
Some ATM machines will take cards with a MasterCard logo and some hotels will accept American Express through Visa is the predominate card. ATMs sometimes will give you money and at better rates than from the bureau de changes
Some banks now offer extended banking hours (8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Monday to Friday) they include Diamond Trust Bank other banks in Uganda include; Stanbic Bank, Crane Bank, Citi Bank, Eco Bank, Bank of Africa, Orient bank.
Most hotels, lodges, camps, shopping malls will accept credit cards. Visa is much more widely accepted than other cards. Banks will advance local currency against your credit card if need be.
You can exchange any foreign currency at any authorized banks and bureau de change. There are many bureaus in East Africa, Just enquire from your guide for any assistance. However we do recommend you stick to your US dollars, they are universally accepted in all the destinations you will be visiting. If you are bringing cash, U.S. dollars should be “big head” dollars dated 2009 or later. Larger denomination notes (the 50s or 100s) give you a better exchange rate than 20s or below.
Currency Import regulations:
Foreign currencies: unlimited, provided declared on arrival. Prohibited: local currency (Uganda Shilling-UGX)
Currency Export regulations:
Foreign currencies: up to the amount imported and declared on arrival. Prohibited: local currency (Uganda Shilling-UGX)
The basic unit of currency in Uganda is the Shilling (UGX). The currency structure of Uganda consists of banknotes and coins and is denoted in Uganda Shilling (UGX). Bank Notes are in denominations of UGX 1,000 UGX 2,000 UGX 5,000 UGX10, 000 UGX 20,000 and UGX 50,000. We highly recommend you travel with US Dollars, don’t exchange into the local currency to avoid getting confused as all tourist related destinations do accept US Dollars. US banknotes with the series date before the year 2006 will be declined in East Africa, Kindly make sure all your dollars bills that you bring along with you are post year 2006.