20 Best Uganda Safaris and Tours for 2023/2024
Best budget Uganda safaris with unforgettable gorilla safaris and tours, short Uganda tours, photographic and group safaris, and prices. At AA Safaris and Tours, ltd, we take you to explore and visit Uganda the Pearl of Africa. Our safaris to Uganda are tailored to your interests which may include; the popular gorilla tracking, wildlife safaris, cultural tours, mountain hiking , bird watching tours and adventure trips. When we talk about the unforgettable Uganda safaris, we take you to the untouched wilderness at friendly prices.
Our tour consultants are on hand to put together a package that best suits your travel requirements. Whether you have a day, or multi day interest in Uganda, we shall together design the most favourable vacation for you.
Uganda is an undiscovered landlocked country with diverse biodiversity, culture, and attractions making it a bucket list worthy country for your Uganda holidays. With one of the best weather in the world, Uganda can be visited for Uganda safaris anytime of the year. The excellent weather all year round, allows for existence of diverse biodiversity and among these are the endangered mountain gorillas.
With all Uganda has to offer you can-not see it all in just one visit, no wonder Sir Churchill referred to it as the pearl of Africa. We invite you to have a look at the some of our popular safaris. Please note that these can be tailored to your interests and budget.
Before you travel to visit Uganda or any other country, there are always a number of questions, that popup in your mind and below we have provided answers to some of them.
Frequently Asked Questions about Uganda safaris
Is Uganda good for safaris ?
Uganda is one of the best countries in East Africa in terms of climate ranging from lush vegetation to the abundant swamps, lakes, rivers and the snow capped mountains of the moon. All your safari needs are catered for with a visit to Uganda, whether it is visiting the gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park or Mgahinga gorilla national park or enjoying the vast wilderness of Kidepo Valley national park, down to the mighty Murchison Falls national park with its roaring falls, game viewing in the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo national park or bird watching in Semliki national park.
In addition, Uganda boasts the highest population of chimpanzees in an area at Kibale forest national park, which is situated closer to Rwenzori Mountains. Further east, there is Jinja, dubbed the adventure capital of Uganda with a variety of water sports, and also the Sipi falls close to Mountain Elgon on the border with Kenya.
What is the price of a safari in Uganda?
The price for a Uganda Safari depends on the variants which include; length of stay, type of safari choice, type of accommodation choice, the vehicle type, the activities in a safari program, as well as number of people traveling in the group. Short Uganda safaris attract a lower rate compared to longer Uganda tours. Uganda gorilla tracking safaris start from USD 700 for that is the cost of a gorilla permit. All in all our Uganda safari and tours consultants are on hand to offer guidance on how best you will spend your holiday in Uganda. Inquire for more information.
Is Uganda safe to visit?
Yes Uganda is safe to visit and has been safe for the last 15 Years. You might read a lot online about how Africa or Uganda is unsafe, but we want to assure you that we are on ground and can never put your life at risk. Uganda is safe and has been for a while now, and therefore the country is safe for your Uganda safari.
The best time to visit Uganda on a safari is between the months of June and September and from December to February because these are the drier months of the year. During these months it easy to see wildlife and also hikes and nature walks are easier compared to the other months. However, the country can be visited all year round any time of the year because all tourists’ sites are open all year round and activities are open and possible including the famous gorilla tracking.
How long is a Uganda trip?
The length of a safari in Uganda is dependant on the list of activities you want to do and the places you want to visit. However our tours and safaris start from 1 days to as many days as you wish to stay in the Beautiful Pearl of Africa. However, on average, we recommend that you spend at-least 10 days in Uganda, that way you will be able to see and explore at-least a little bit of everything that is unique to Uganda. This 10 days uganda safari can ofcourse, include culture, gorilla tracking, water adventure, wildlife and sight seeing.
How do I Book a trip to Uganda?
In brief these are the 10 steps on how to book a safari to Uganda.
- Search for a tour operator online
- Select a reputable tour operator with experiences Like AA Safaris and Tours Ltd . Ensure that the operator has excellent guides and vehicles and deliver services as promised like us. They should also be socially responsible and should be committed to sustainable tourism.
- Discuss and customise your trip with them, to make Sure you see the best of what you want from a trip to Uganda.
- Confirm the program proposed to you.
- Pay a deposit in-order to Purchase your gorilla tracking permit for your trip if your trip requires one. Payment can be by bank wire transfer or by credit card depending. You can choose to pay a deposit, or make full payment depending on how close your trip is to the start date.
- Obtain your travel documents, and necessary Visa. You will need a passport that is valid for at-least 6 months. And then you can apply for a Visa online 2 to 1 month before your departure date.
- Health requirements; find out and take the different shots, necessary to enter Uganda and get them. Yellow fever certificate is mandatory.
- Pack and Prepare: Prepare the right gear and clothes for your trip and do not forget to park the essentials, like warm sweaters, sunscreen, camera and of-course your passport.
- Depart and arrive the pearl of Africa to start your long awaited tour.
Do I need a visa to visit Uganda?
It is mandatory to obtain a tourist Visa before entering Uganda. A tourists visa can be obtain online or on arrival at the point of Entry. A single entry tourist’s visa costs USD 50 and is valid for 90 days. Clients visiting other countries like Rwanda and Kenya are advised to obtain the East Africa Tourists Visa such that they can benefit from it. The East African Tourists Visa costs USD 100 and is valid for 90 days. Follow this link to apply for the Visa Online.
However , if your passport is from the following list of countries, you do not need to obtain a Visa. List of countries exempt of Visa include; Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Burundi , Comoros, Cyprus, Eritrea , Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius , Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Solomon islands, South Sudan, St Vincent Tonga, Swaziland, Tanzania, Trinidad and Tobago, United National Laissez-passer ,Vanuatu, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Is it safe for homosexuals or lesbians?
Despite the recent news about homos, Uganda is safe for Guys and lesbians, however due to the fact that the country and people and conservative, it is advisable to be discreet.
Can I use credit or debit card in Uganda?
Yes, a number of banks currently provided ATM machines where you can draw Cash. However you have to note that you will not be able to drawer in any other currency apart from Uganda Shillings. Most noteworthy is that these Bank have daily limits and they are not readily available up country.
Some hotels and tourists accept Cards but these are subject to a service charge which ranges between 5 to 10 % of the total amount charged. We therefore advise that if you have a large amount to pay, you make payment by ban wire transfer to avoid charges.
Other places accept cash and dollars are commonly accepted. On that note therefore we recommend that you carry some cash on You. Bills below the year 2013 are not accepted whereas small bills attract a poor exchange rate.
Are there mandatory vaccination requirements for Uganda?
There are a number of vaccinations recommend or required to visit Uganda. Whereas we recommend that you get vaccinations against DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio) and Hepatitis A. Malaria is Rampant in Uganda and therefore we recommend you get Malaria prophylaxis 9 Take Anti – Malaria drugs) before you Travel.
How much should I tip while on tour in Uganda?
Tipping in Uganda is not mandatory. The decision to tip is entirely left to the client and is dependent on the client’s satisfaction. Unlike other East African countries tipping in Uganda is the client’s decision. It is not mandatory. However for guidance you can opt to tip as follows;
- Guides / Drivers – USD 10- 20 per day
- Gorilla trekking Porters and Park rangers – Between 50 – 100 per group
- Waiters – USD 5- 20 per person
- Cleaners -USD 5-20 per person