Why Choose a Ugandan Wildlife Safari?
Uganda has all the iconic East African animals: buffalo, elephant, hippo, crocodile, baboon, lion, leopard, jackal, serval, and even cheetah, in Kidepo National Park at least. It has Mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and chimpanzees in Kibale Forest and Budongo Forest Reserve. Along with Ethiopia and South Africa, Uganda ranks in the top three birding countries on the African continent. It is one of the best places in Africa to search for Shoebill Storks.
There is a great deal about Uganda to endorse, and because of its diversity and good value Uganda competes with Tanzania as an excellent choice for a first-ever or family safari.
Unique Destinations and Activities
For travelers with the inclination, time and budget to break away from the herd, Uganda provides unique wildlife destinations such as Kidepo National Park. CNN Travel placed Kidepo among Africa's ten top national parks in recent years.
Uganda offers boat safaris on the Nile River in Murchison Falls National Park and on the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park which surpass in wildlife sightings the boat safari on the Rufiji River in Tanzania's Selous Game Reserve.
A comprehensive Uganda itinerary, which includes gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, boat safaris, two to three national parks, and some relaxation on Lake Victoria requires a minimum of two weeks. Don't hurry through this wonderful country.
Uganda has well-organized community tourism projects. Examples are Bwindi's Bigodi Wetlands Walk and Bwindi's Buhoma Community Walk.
There is a warm and friendly culture in Uganda, much like you find in Tanzania. In fact, you will hear Kiswahili, the poster language for hospitable culture, spoken all over the country as a common language amongst many tribal tongues. For those with an adventurous bent, try a cultural safari to Northeast Uganda to the Karamojong and Ik people.