Where to go, places to visit in Uganda
Uganda is jampacked with everything Africa has to offer and any traveller on a safari trip will not fall short of places to visit or where to go for an exciting and life fulfilling holiday vacation in Uganda. From the small cities overflowing with myriad indiginous and world cultures to the remote countryside unexplored or untouched by modern cultures, from the savannah plains that loom with rare wildlife to the rianforest jungles that protect the largest number of primates in the world and the iconic mountain gorilla giants. Every corner, every place in Uganda is waiting for you to explore.
Uganda is fortunate to be geographical located at the equator which gives it a warm climate all year round making seasonal temperature variations insignificant in choosing which places to visit. The main factor you should consider for where to go on a safari trip in Uganda is the rainfall pattern, especially if you plan on hiking in the Rwenzori Mountains. The wettest months are April, May, October and November. During these months camping isn’t very practical (you’ll be packing up your tent in the rain as often as not), hiking can be an endurance test and some unsurfaced roads may be impassable.
For many visitors, the highlight of a visit to Uganda is the gorilla trekking experience to see mountain gorillas and consequently, most formal gorilla safari itineraries follow an established circuit between Kampala and the gorilla jungle parks in the extreme southwest of the country. This is, fortunately, the area with the greatest density of natural places to visit and associated infrastructure.
The West, Best Safari Circuit
A typical Africa safari in Uganda heads west from Kampala or from the international airport at nearby Entebbe to the scenic Fort Portal area where the main attraction is chimpanzee trekking in the forested Kibale National Park. Followed by a 2-3 night visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains. South of QENP is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which offers no less than four separate gorilla tracking locations or trailheads.
It’s a long haul from Bwindi back to Kampala/Entebbe and many tour operators now offer their clients an overnight break at the lovely, if slightly low key, Lake Mburo National Park.