The Great Mountain Gorillas, Culture and exclusive conservancies

I grew up in Uganda and always associate it with my childhood. Since 1986 is a safe and well organized destination to bring your family on safari. The Bwindi Impenetrable forest, Murchison Falls, Kidepo Valley and Queen Elizabeth National Parks are full of wildlife. Many camps and lodges offer family friendly activities and the Ugandans just love children! The Ssesse Island in the middle of Lake Victoria offers white sandy beaches and turquoise sunset boat rides for a rest at the end of your safari.

Uganda is a very special destination for a safari and our team of Africa experts will help this magical country come alive for you with a private, personalized tour.

With a country as popular as Uganda it’s very important to keep away from the crowds and mass-market tourism. That’s why, with Gorilla hub tours, you’ll experience a genuine and rewarding safari with visits to special, private conservation areas, owner-run camps and intimate luxury lodges. We’ve found the very best of Uganda and its hidden secrets for you to enjoy.

Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable forest N. Park

In this vast and varied landscape, you can witness some spectacular game.

Experience the visceral excitement of the world famous Gorilla trekking adventure in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest (which we’ll help you enjoy in private conservation areas).

Pop into Murchison falls for spectacular magical waterfalls and variety of wildlife species continue the western route for stunning views over the snow-capped Mount Rwenzori or further west to Kibale forest for another unique experience of human closest cousins the chimpanzee tracking.

Beautiful mighty Murchison Falls inside Murchison falls National Park in Uganda

In the south western part of Uganda along the rift valley route is where you will meet the unique Batwa people and learn about the remarkable insight into the lives of the Batwa who lived and depended so much on the forest.

Venture north to the romantic Kidepo Valley National park with expert guides to help you seek out the hard to find cheetah, Leopard, Lion as well as beautiful landscape of Savanah grasslands.

Visit Queen Elizabeth National park for a variety of landscape where lion and leopard stalk their prey. Enjoy the spectacular boat cruise along Kazinga channel that connect Lake George from Lake Edward and experience the highest concentration of wildlife like the largest pool of hippos in Africa, Elephants, and big herds of buffaloes, over 600 bird species recorded and different antelope species.

In the south is the Ishasha sector which is one of the few places in the world where you can spot the rare tree climbing lions. They are mostly seen roaming in the big fig tree branches relaxing and trying to spot their prey. It is also believed that they climb trees to escape from the hot ground of the savannah

The Tree Climbing Lion of Isasha, south of Queen Elizabeth National Park

With something for everyone, the game and culture rich country Uganda can be as action packed or as relaxing as you wish, in absolute comfort and luxury. Lake Bunyonyi which is the third deepest lake in the world also provides a perfect relaxation especially after a hard gorilla trek in the thick and hilly forest of Bwindi. Also name Switzerland of Africa because of its coolest temperatures, Lake Bunyonyi provides spectacular views especially the numerous highlands, the boat cruise to most of the highlands including the punishment highland, bird watching and cultural experiences are a must do while there

Beautiful Lake Bunyonyi in the Western Uganda

Get inspired by browsing through some of our most popular per-designed trips here. Then get in touch with one of our expert Uganda Travel or safari Designers to start planning the journey of a lifetime.

In the Eastern part of the the country are numerous thrilling adventure activities like grade five White water rafting, Bungee jumping, grade five Zip lining up in the tree branches as well as spectacular views of Waterfalls like Sipi falls whose waters stem from the Wagaggai peak of Mountain Elgon

How to Plan a Gorilla Safari in Rwanda

Gorilla tracking is an amazing activity that every tourist would wish to do as soon as he visits the East Africa. If you wish to track gorillas, contact your safari expert and they will be able to arrange for you a successful amazing safari to see the mountain gorillas.

The tour operator will be able to make a booking for hotel/ lodge after knowing which permits are available and the gorilla families. In order to ease the movement, accommodation should be near the tracking starting point. Even after booking and making a payment, you need to keep in contact with these lodges for the updates and any changes that may occur.

Transportation is so essential in any safari. Having booked for the permit and the lodge, you have to get the means of transport. There are several car hire companies from which you can book with for the airport pick-ups and transfers including all the days you will be on a trip. Also, there are public means of transport, the buses, Matatus, bodas that can take you to the final destination. These public means of travel are in most cases cheaper hence the best for budget travelers. But to avoid inconveniences its better to contact a tour company.

You have to be well prepared for forest life and get to know what to pack before starting the activity. Mountain gorillas live in forested areas with unpredictable weather, slippery grounds and much undergrowth with thorny bushes. You must therefore pack hiking boots, long sleeved shirts and panties, hat, hand gloves, rain coats to mention but a few. These help in case of unpredictable weather changes. Putting in mind that photographing is the only activity allowed while with the gorillas that you should not forget a non-flash light camera.

Despite the fact that the tour company can arrange for your safari, you can also plan for a gorilla trekking tour yourself. Mountain gorilla safaris offer lifetime experience no matter who makes the arrangement but preparing it yourself makes it feel extraordinary. Get to know whether there are available gorilla permits. The information about permit availability can be accessed from the websites of any government body responsible for issuing out these permits. For the case of Uganda, the Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) provides the information whereas the Rwanda development board provides permit information for Rwanda. After knowing the available permits, book through any of these bodies and then pay for the deposit in advance. Booking should be at least 6 months before the trekking date. This is due to the amplified demand for these permits and for the purposes of timely allocation of the gorilla families among trekkers.