Best Safaris to Uganda

Top 10 Best Safaris to Uganda with Photos and Prices

The list features our carefully handpicked safari packages to Uganda based on their popularity and uniqueness. Here is our Top 10 Best Safaris to Uganda and the activities on each.

All these Best safaris to Uganda are available on both budget and luxury safari offers and they start or end in Kampala city or Entebbe for those tour packages that do not include other countries.

Top 10 Best Safaris to Uganda

3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari – From $1,450

Gorilla Trekking Experince UgandaMountain Gorillas are some of the world’s rarest species (endangered) that can only be found in 3 countries, Uganda topping the list. For travelers seeking the adventurous Gorilla tour usually choose Uganda as their ideal Gorilla Trekking destination.

This 3 days Gorilla trekking safari happens in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a prime natural habitat for the rare primates, the mountain gorillas.

The safari also involves Batwa community or cultural encounter, bird watching experiences, canoe riding at nearby Lake Bunyonyi and of course nature walks depending on your itinerary.

This gorilla trekking safari to Uganda is usually designed to start and end in Kampala city or Entebbe but, it can sometimes start or end in Kigali city of Rwanda, (this usually includes Kigali city tour on the itinerary).

7 Days Uganda Safari – From $ 2,200

Ziwa Rhino SanctuaryThis is one of the most sought Best Safaris to Uganda that takes you to more than one park. The 7-day trip can be customized at 7 Days Uganda wildlife Safari or 7 Days Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife Safari or more depending on travelers’ desires.

Usually, this week long safari to Uganda takes you to 3 to 4 national parks and or one game reserve. An example of a 7-day Uganda wildlife safari can take to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Murchison falls, Kibale forest and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.

The 7 days Uganda Gorilla and Wildlife safari can take you to Ziwa and Murchison falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Bwindi Impenetrable National park.

While on either of the 7 days Uganda safari, expect to encounter the African big 5 game, different primates, hundreds of bird species, different cultures and aquatic life among others. There is also a 7-day Uganda birding safari for birders.

4 Days Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari – From $1,000

Tree climbing lions in queenCouldn’t list the best safaris to Uganda without a tour package to the most popular national park in Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park. Some may opt for the 3-day safari to Queen, but here is why the 4-day is better.

You will need a day to transfer from Kampala or Entebbe to Queen and another one to transfer back leaving you with 2 days to explore the Medley of Wonders, Queen Elizabeth National Park.

There are several sectors/Attractions to explore; Kasenyi plains, Ishasha sector, Kyambura Gorge, Maramagambo forest, Kazinga channel, lake Edward and lake George and Mweya peninsular.

Among the activities in Queen Elizabeth park are; wildlife game viewing through game drives and boat cruises, hot air ballooning, bird watching, nature walks, chimpanzee trekking, community encounter, Wildlife Conservation and Research Tours, forest walk, Visiting the Lake Katwe Salt Mines, and lion tracking.

3 Days Murchison Falls National Park Safari – From $710

Murchison Falls National Park This is a Uganda wildlife safari to the home of the strongest falls in the world. For a complete adventure, we recommend adding Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary en-route for the white rhinos hence a complete African big 5 game safari.

Murchison falls national park offers a several number of  experiences from hiking to the top of the Falls, to boat cruises, game drives, birding, sport fishing, to nature walks to chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest.

The 3 Days Murchison falls safari is available for backpackers with numerous camps and budget lodges within the park. With lodges such as Chobe Safari lodge, high-end travelers and honeymooners are also sorted not forgetting the standard travelers, they are most welcome too.

This wildlife safari package starts and ends in either Kampala or Entebbe and can be done all year round regardless of the season. Dry season being best for convenience and game and wet season for discounts.

10 Days Uganda Safari – From $3,200

Queen Elizabeth National ParkThis is the safari that involves the best safari activities in Uganda, from gorilla trekking to game drives to chimpanzee watching to birding. The safari is for both big five and primates encounter and it goes to several parks.

Whether you are interested in adrenaline activities or simple safari activities, the 10-day Uganda safari package is the option. The most popular 10-day Uganda safari is the one that involves gorilla trekking, cultural encounter, bird watching, chimpanzees and game viewing.

Our pick is the one that goes to Murchison falls, Kibale forest, Queen Elizabeth national park, Bwindi forest and lake Mburo national parks. Other places includes Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, the Equator and Kampala city.

5 Days Gorilla Trekking and Wildlife Safari – From $2,550

Mountain Gorillas in BwindiThis of course goes to the 2 most popular safari destinations in the Pearl of Africa. Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park both in South Western part of Uganda.

You will do wildlife game drives, boat cruises and bird watching in Queen Elizabeth National park and then do mountain gorilla trekking and Batwa cultural encounter in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 1 is for transferring, day 2; game drives and boat cruise, day 3; chimpanzee trekking or morning game drive and transfer to Bwindi, day 4; gorilla trekking and Batwa cultural tour and lastly, day 5; transfer back to Kampala or Entebbe.

7 Days Bird Watching Safari In Uganda – From $ 3,350

Bird Watching Safari In UgandaAlmost 11% of all the known bird species reside in Uganda. It would be un fair not to include among our top 10 Best safaris to Uganda a birding experience.

There are different Bird Watching Sites in Uganda that can only be covered in at least one week. In our 7 days Uganda birding safari, we take you to the most important birding sites that returns value for money.

Some of the best birding spots in Uganda include; Mabamba bay Swamp at Lake Victoria, Semuliki, Botanical gardens, Queen Elizabeth National park, lake Bunyonyi, Lugogo Swamp and Murchison Falls national park.

All the national parks in Uganda offer a great bird watching experience although in our 7 days Birding safari, we chose the best birding spots.

10 Days Gorilla Trekking and Wildebeest Migration Safari – From $5,560

Wildebeest Migration SafariThis safari involves some of the best Africa safari adventures that is, gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and Wildebeest migration in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

Note: This safari is tide to seasonal migration of the wildebeests in Tanzania that is late June to August, or from January to March when it happens in Serengeti. This time coincide with the dry season in Uganda which is also the best time for Gorilla Trekking.

14 Days Uganda and Rwanda Safari – From $8,700

gorilla trekking experiences in RwandaThis 2 week-long Rwanda-Uganda Safari offers visitors an unsurpassed opportunity of enjoying double gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National Park and Bwindi forest, cultural experiences of both countries, chimpanzee trekking adventures in Nyungwe Forest and Kibale Forest National Park, rewarding game viewing opportunities in Akagera national park and Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Technically, this safari is about comparing adventures of the 2 neighboring countries hence making to my list of Best safaris to Uganda although Rwanda is included in this itinerary.

This safari if started in Uganda, it ends in Rwanda and vice verse, so, you have to be careful when booking your flights while coming for this adventurous Africa safari.

5 Days Uganda Primates Tour – From $3,450

Uganda Primates TourPrimates lovers, your ideal tour is also on the list. This is the opportunity to see Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys and other primates in just 5 days.

The brief itinerary for the 5 Days Uganda Primates Safari will be as follows: Day 1: Drive to Kibale Forest National Park and Bigodi wetland walk, Day 2: Chimpanzee tracking and transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Day 3: Mountain Gorilla trekking and Transfer to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Day 4: Golden monkey tracking and cultural tour and Day 5: Return to Kampala.

Besides mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and golden monkeys, expect to see the black and white colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, vervet monkeys and L’Hoests monkeys among others.

Bonus Trip

1 Days Gorilla Trekking Uganda – From $1,100

Trekking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National park on 1 day Gorilla Trekking Uganda Tour plan is designed to start and end in Kigali city, Rwanda for international tourists.

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