Uganda, Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’, land of unexpected beauty, volcanoes, plains, friendly, welcoming people, and of course, home to half the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas. Transport links in Uganda are improving all the time, but travel by charter plane is expensive, so some longer drives albeit through beautiful scenery are necessary to avoid the expense of charters.

Uganda’s parks don’t have the sheer concentration of game of its neighbour Tanzania, nor the huge elephant population of Botswana, but what they do have is the beauty of their scenery in abundance, and a real draw-card in being able to view wild, habituated chimpanzees and gorillas up close.

This is one of the great wildlife experiences on earth and an hour sitting in the company of a mountain gorilla family, is something never to forget. Coupled with the chimps of Kibale Forest and the lions of Queen Elizabeth’s Ishasha region, as well as good concentrations of many plain’s game, and some of the finest bird-watching anywhere in the world, make Uganda a destination of choice for the discerning safari traveller.  Recent update : whilst Rwanda have doubled their gorilla tracking permits to US $ 1,500 per person per day, Uganda have announced they will maintain their $600 for at least 12 months as at May 2017.  Expect Uganda’s permits to be harder to get over the coming months – book early!

Uganda’s great wildlife destinations include:  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest, Murchison Falls National Park and Kidepo National Park.

Click below to see a sample Ugandan safari itinerary:

1. Gorillas and Wildlife of Uganda! 13 days from $5,450

2. Uganda and Tanzania, 17 day safari.

3. The Great Migration, Elephants, Chimps and Gorillas: 19 days in Tanzania and Uganda.