The first time you see a gorilla in the wild in Uganda will stay with you forever. Your quest to find these amazing animals will start with a hike into the muggy jungle. As you struggle through the impenetrable forest, mounting steep trails and wading through muddy ravines, the suspense rises. Like a dream, gorillas will appear, sometimes surrounded by more gorillas, scratching their heads, walking around the forest, or climbing trees looking for some food. Your first gorilla encounter will stay with you forever!
Wild chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, and black and white colobus chimps may all be found in Kibale’s tropical jungle. These stealthy primates might be difficult to see among the thick greenery. But, just as you’re about to give up, you hear a high-pitched cry reverberating through the jungle, and a furious parade of chimps rushes towards you. These wide-eyed critters play behind a veil of emerald green leaves, unfazed by your presence, before gently withdrawing back into the forest.
In addition to gorillas and chimps, Uganda is home to a diverse range of other animals. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, herds of water buffalo frolic in the shallows of the Kazinga Channel while elephants march along dusty dirt roads. On a game drive in Bwindi National Park’s Ishasha area, keep a watch out for secretive tree-climbing lions and beautiful antelope frolicking through the high grasslands.
Ugandans are exceedingly polite and welcoming, greeting guests with a wave, a large grin, and a fantastic sense of humor. As they travel down the sandy roads towards Bwindi, local youngsters look immaculate in their school uniforms, and they show a feeling of pride in sharing their home with gorillas who occasionally saunter into the little community. Younger generations are educated about conservation and the need to preserve these amazing species for future generations.
You may imagine that a nation in Sub-Saharan Africa would be arid, dry, and golden. In Uganda, however, this could not be further from the truth. The environment is dominated by emerald green banana, tea, and coffee plantations. More than 1,000 blooming plant species and 200 distinct trees, many of which are indigenous, may be found in Bwindi National Park. On your excursions, keep an eye out for African green broadbills, colorful butterflies, and a plethora of uncommon animals.
Uganda, unspoiled and undeveloped, offers a genuine sense of off-the-beaten-path adventure. Travel through Uganda’s isolated and lonely regions and enjoy the undulating ride as you bounce over underdeveloped roads and over grassy plains as if you were an adventurer. Families go about their errands in mud-hut settlements, while basic market booths made of twisted tree branches sell a range of locally grown products.
Take a guided stroll in the Rwenzori Mountains’ foothills to see far-reaching views of rugged peaks and green hillsides climbing into the cloud-strewn azure skies. As we make our way to the stream of a massive cascading waterfall, colorful butterflies flutter down the paths, and exotic birds fill the air with pleasant sounds.
Water is abundant across Uganda’s environment, including the source of the magnificent Nile River. In this water-rich area, lush flora grows, with lakes, waterfalls, and gorgeous streams typical. This results in a rich and attractive landscape throughout Uganda.
By visiting Uganda, you are assisting in the conservation of one of the world’s most endangered species: the gorilla. Eighty percent of the money earned from gorilla licenses goes to conservation efforts to help one of our closest relatives survive. Additionally, the local economy benefits from the economic and job opportunities brought to the region by visitors.
Your Explore trip to Uganda will help to raise the level of living for the locals. Responsible tourism is an important component of our fundamental beliefs, and we help the local community by using local group leaders, guides, and drivers for our Uganda tours.