With one week in Uganda, you can race around the country, ticking off the must-see sites in Entebbe, Kibale National Park, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on a highlights tour, or go in search of mountain gorillas and chimpanzees on a wildlife-focused trip. Those eager to get their heart rate up and see the country from all angles can opt for an active adventure, while those looking to minimize time spent in the vehicle should split their time between the cultural delights of Entebbe and Kampala.
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Mix cultural activities with some relaxing downtime over a week in Uganda. After arriving in Entebbe, you'll embark on community tourism activities that involve music, dance, crafting, cooking classes, and more. Not only will you meet local tribespeople, but you'll immerse yourself in their culture on food tours, visits to art galleries, and local markets before finishing the trip with a relaxing day on the beach.
Pack in the highlights of beautiful Uganda over seven unforgettable days. There's much to see and do here, beginning with a city tour of the capital of Kampala, followed by a visit to Kibale National Park, where you'll go on nature hikes to see the resident chimpanzees. But that's not all—you'll also venture into the highland jungles of Bwindi to view wild mountain gorillas in their natural environment.
If your idea of a vacation is adrenaline-pumping adventures in exotic locales, this weeklong escape to Uganda is for you. Discover the wild beauty of East Africa as you embark on exciting tours in scenic locales that include ziplining, quad biking, whitewater rafting, and more. During these seven days, you'll also hike to thundering waterfalls, tour coffee plantations, and go bungee jumping over the Nile River.
Prepare for an unforgettable trip through Uganda to experience its natural beauty and meet its resident primate species. This is one of the only places in the world where you can see wild mountain gorillas in their natural environment, which you'll do on jungle hikes to their community. As a bonus, you'll accompany researchers and guides on excursions into the forest to meet wild chimpanzees.
Landing in the middle of Uganda's shorter dry season, January is a great time to explore Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi National Parks. As the main tourist season is yet to arrive, you can enjoy quieter trails and better accommodation options. However, as it's also the hottest month of the year, you'll want to stick to areas of high altitude, searching for wild mountain gorillas, golden monkeys, and leopards.
February is one of Uganda's hottest and driest months, making it an ideal time to trek through the lush jungle in search of mountain gorillas. Stick to Kibale, Queen Elizabeth, and Bwindi Imprenable Forest National Parks to avoid the heat of the north, and be sure to book ahead for permits. In return, you'll be able to enjoy the quieter shoulder-season trails with very reasonable prices for food, flights, and accommodations.
As long as you pack quality rain gear, March is a great time to visit Uganda. While some roads in the country's south become impassible, and trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has its challenges, in return, accommodation and permits will both be easier and cheaper to book. To avoid the wettest regions, stick to central and northern Uganda and embark on bird-watching excursions and visits to museums and markets.
April may be the wettest month in Uganda, but if you pack quality rain gear and don't mind bumpy roads, it's a good time to take advantage of the quiet national parks, cheaper accommodations, and wildlife permit deals. Plus, as mountain gorillas, elephants, and chimpanzees can be seen all year round, you can still tick off most of the country's highlights.
May is an excellent month to visit Uganda for budget-conscious travelers and those looking for a more authentic experience. While May falls in the rainy season, if you pack quality rain gear and plan accordingly, you can still experience the wildlife and landscapes Uganda is renowned for. Plus, toward the end of the month, rains begin to ease, and you can continue to take advantage of the quieter trails and cheaper accommodations.
Falling at the beginning of the dry season, June is one of the best months to explore Uganda. Muddy roads and trails will have dried, yet forests will be beautiful and lush, making trekking an incredible experience in June. Book ahead to avoid missing out on permits and lodging, and expect more people out on the trails compared to the previous months, but in return, you'll enjoy plenty of warm, dry days perfect for exploring.
Due to warm temperatures and minimal precipitation, July is one of the most popular times to visit Uganda. Book in advance, and you'll be able to embark on game drives and walking safaris, watch mountain gorillas up close, and spot magnificent birds feeding in the country's rivers and lakes. Pack layers for the cooler evenings, especially in the south, and you'll find hiking and wildlife-watching very pleasant.
August is one of the best times to visit Uganda, thanks to its warm temperatures and lack of precipitation. Once deep in forests and savannas, wildlife will be easy to spot congregating at watering holes, and trails and roads will be in good condition. Book accommodation and permits early to avoid missing out and pack layers for the cooler evenings, and you'll find August a superb time to visit Uganda.
September is a great time to visit Uganda to enjoy quieter trails, cheaper accommodations, and plentiful wildlife. You'll want to be prepared for the occasional rain shower, especially in the northern national parks. However, with warm temperatures in the 70s (Fahrenheit) and plenty of sunshine, it's still an enjoyable time to visit. As the rains haven't reached Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, early September is one of the best times to trek in search of mountain gorillas.
Falling at the beginning of Uganda's second rainy season, October is a great time to visit for those who enjoy quieter trails. You'll want to pack along good quality rain gear and be prepared for the unexpected, but in return, you'll enjoy intimate moments with Uganda's incredible wildlife and get to know a more authentic side of the country. Accommodations, flights, and permits will also be less expensive than during the dry season months, making it an ideal time for budget travelers to explore.
With flower-filled savannas and lush jungles, November is the best month for nature lovers to visit Uganda. Expect the occasional rain shower and pack good quality rain gear, as November is the last month of the country's shorter rainy season. Yet in return, you can take advantage of great deals on accommodations and less expensive permits. Stick to the north to avoid heavy rain, or head down to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to spot mountain gorillas in their wet but stunning natural habitat.
At the beginning of one of Uganda's dry seasons, December is a great month to visit Uganda. National parks will be lush from recent rains while roads and trails are dry and easy to hike, making game drives and walking safaris enjoyable. Be sure to plan ahead, as late December can become busy with tourists, but in return, you can look forward to sunny and warm days perfect for exploring.
The best time to visit Uganda is in the dry season, especially from June to August, when gorilla trekking is at its best. Uganda has two dry seasons (June to August and December to February) and two wet seasons (September to November and March to May), bringing heavy rains and muddy trails, but without much fluctuation in temperature as it stays around 73°F (23°C). It has a tropical and relatively humid climate, with January and February being the hottest months.
From mountain gorillas to Rothschild's giraffes and white rhinos, Uganda's untamed wilderness is home to some of the rarest and most remarkable animals on earth. You'll have the chance to see them all on this epic 18-day adventure. Journey through four spectacular national parks, embark on wildlife safaris, game drives, and trekking expeditions, and take part in cultural experiences that help support conservation and the local community.
Combine wildlife experiences and cultural excursions for an unforgettable 11-day journey through Uganda and Rwanda. Explore Uganda's national parks on a series of wildlife safaris, then trek into the jungle to see rare mountain gorillas in the wild. Support community and conservation efforts along the way with visits to local villages, farms, and markets, and spend a day with the Batwa people to learn about their sacred relationship with the forest. Your trip ends over the border in Rwanda, where you'll discover the thriving modern capital of Kigali.
Hop between five of Uganda's greatest national parks on this two-week itinerary for nature lovers. Spot lions in rugged Kidepo, cruise along the Nile at Murchison Falls, embark on incredible wildlife safaris in Queen Elizabeth, and track chimpanzees through the jungle in Kalinzu. After a visit to the lush "Mountains of the Moon" in Rwenzori, you'll trek into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat.
This 10-day tour showcases four of Uganda's most spectacular national parks, with an unforgettable itinerary of wildlife safaris and trekking excursions. Spot lions, elephants, and hippos on the protected savannas of Queen Elizabeth interact with rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, track chimpanzees in Kibale, and discover the lush, flowering mountainsides of Rwenzori.
Southwestern Uganda is home to two jewels of biodiversity and conservation: Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Parks. On this week-long adventure, you'll immerse yourself in the wonders of both—observing lions, giraffes, and elephants on Rift Valley savannas, then trekking through mist-laden jungles to see endangered mountain gorillas in the wild.
This five-day Ugandan adventure takes you deep into the mist-shrouded hills of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park—home to over half of the remaining mountain gorillas on earth. With the help of specialized guides, you'll track, observe, and interact with these gentle giants in an unforgettable and environmentally-conscious way. After two nights in the jungle, transfer to the sweeping savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park, where lions, elephants, and giraffes roam the Rift Valley floor.
Head deep into the magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Located in southwestern Uganda, its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of the country's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests. The purpose of your excursion will be to see wild mountain gorillas, one of the most endangered great ape species on the planet. Expert park rangers will guide you into the forest and help you interact with the gorillas in a responsible and environmentally-friendly way.
On this eight-day tour, you will be visiting some of Uganda's incredible national parks. Begin at Kibale Forest National Park, where you will track chimpanzees and go bird-watching at a wetland preserve. Continue to Queen Elizabeth National Park for land and water safaris. You'll see elephants, lions, leopards, hippos, buffaloes, crocodiles, and more! End with the experience of a lifetime: seeing wild mountain gorillas up close at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Head from Kigali into a UNESCO Natural World Heritage park to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat with this itinerary. You'll follow a ranger into the jungle of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to meet these endangered animals in their home along the western Rift Valley.
With just over a week in Uganda, you can see most of the country's highlights. You'll visit incredible national parks like Murchison Falls, Kibale Forest, and the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. You'll track rhinos, seek out gorillas and chimpanzees, and take a boat ride to the roaring Murchison Falls.
Fall in love with the wild landscapes of Uganda and the animals that live in them on this six-day adventure. Keep an eye out for lions, elephants, and more as you explore two national parks and enjoy safaris on both land and water. You'll also spend a day tracking a family of mountain gorillas through the forest for an unforgettable experience.
If you've ever wanted to see and photograph gorillas in the wild, this trip is for you! Seek out silverbacks, harvest coffee with the locals, and hike into a volcanic crater as you travel through three African countries. Immerse yourself in several distinctive local cultures for the trip of a lifetime.