All persons intending to come to Uganda for holiday, tourism, business, study, visit, medical are required to apply and obtain a visa online. The type of visas include;

Uganda Ordinary/Tourist Visa – This allows Single Entry and visa fees is 50 USD. Documents required include; Passport copy (bio-data page) Recent Passport-size Photograph, Vaccination Certificate (Yellow Fever)

East Africa Tourist Visa– This permits you to visit Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda and the fee is 100 USD. Documents required include; Copy of the passport (Bio-data page), Copy of recent Passport size Photograph, travel itinerary, Vaccination Certificate (Yellow fever), Return Ticket

Transit visa– The fee is 50 USD; Documents required include; Copy of the passport (Bio-data page), Copy of recent Passport size Photograph, Vaccination Certificate (Yellow Fever) and A letter stating reason for transit and country of destination

Multiple-Entry

N/B all the online payments are subjected to a 3% surcharge fee

Murchison Falls National Park

This is the largest National Park in Uganda covering approximately 3,877 sq km and one of the most spectacular in Africa.  At the Murchison Falls, the Nile River plunges through a narrow crevice and over a 40-metre drop. East of the Murchison Falls within the park, are the Karuma Falls, where the Nile River cascades over a breathtaking 23 km of rapids. The scene creates one of the most exciting white-water rafting opportunities in Africa. Your cruise upstream the Nile to the fall is would definitely be an unforgettable experience.  On the banks of the Nile River you will find prolific wildlife including elephant, crocodile, hippopotamus, lion, giraffe, buffalo, and countless antelopes and birds can be observed.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO. Located in the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, Queen Elizabeth covers approximately 2,056 sq. km. You will find a remarkable variety of ecosystems within the park; from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, Savannah and swamps. Queen Elizabeth National Park is the home of a species including: the famous tree-climbing lion, the Uganda Kob, antelope species, elephants, baboons, hippos, buffalos, chimpanzees and over 500 species of birds. The park would definitely make you a wonderful Uganda birding Safari.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi is Impenetrable because of its dense ground cover of vines and shrubs. The Park is home to the world famous Mountain Gorillas, of which they are less than 600 still left in the entire world. You will need to reserve a Gorilla Permit at least 3 months in advance as a requirement for tracking these Uganda Gorillas. Bwindi is one of the richest areas for flora in Eastern Africa. The forest is also sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many bird types including some endangered species.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

Mgahinga National Park is yet another haven for the persecuted Mountain Climbing Gorilla. Located on the slopes of the Virunga Mountains, in the extreme southwest corner of Uganda, the park has been set aside to provide a secure habitat for these Uganda gorillas. Besides the gorillas you can view other wildlife within the park including the leopard, the giant forest hog, bushbuck, buffalo, and the golden monkey. You will also find the summit of Mount Muhavura with Mgahinga National Park, about 4,127 m high, with a small crater lake.

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale rainforest is situated to the north-east of Queen Elizabeth National Park. In addition to forest, you will also find areas of grassland and swamp. The park is popular for its impressively varied primate population. You will find 13 different primate species inhabiting the park including many families of chimpanzees, Colubus monkeys, Bushbuck Waterbuck Duiker and Giant forest hog may also be seen. You will find the forests and grasslands supporting almost 300 species of bird life and over 140 types of butterfly.

Kidepo National Park

Kidepo National park is located in North Eastern Uganda and covers a good 1,436 sq. km. The park is inhabited by various wildlife including elephants, buffalo lion, leopard cheetah giraffe various antelope species baboon, bush baby and over 200 species of bird.  Two game viewing routes connect the rest camp with the prime wildlife areas near the Winwing River and the rock escarpment to the southwest. On the park’s northern borders are the Kananorok Hot Springs.

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon is an extinct volcano located on Uganda’s eastern border. The Mountain boasts of numerous interesting features including gorges ancient caves waterfalls and hot springs Bird life is abundant on the mountain although various wildlife may also be encountered.

Semuliki National Park

Semuliki is the only park in Uganda composed primarily of tropical lowland forest. The forest is very dense and quite flat, creating a startling contrast to the rugged Rwenzori Mountains nearby. The Semuliki River attracts many animals and the park is home to 8 species of primates, 400 birds 300 butterfly species. Elephant, buffalo, leopard, civet, bush baby and flying squirrels.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National Park is situated between the towns of Masaka and Mbarara. When compared with other parks Lake Mburo is a comparatively small on measuring only 371 sq. km is The park is primarily grassland, wetland and acacia woodland. At the center lies the Lake Mburo, which together with 14 other lakes, forms part of an extensive wetland area. The animals you will find in the park include the Impala, Eland, Rock hyrax, Zebra, Waterbuck, Buffalo warthog, leopard, Civet, Hyena, Hippo, and Crocodile. The park has over 357 species of birds including the marabou stock and the crowned crane.

Ruwenzori Mountains National Park

Located on the Western Ugandan border, the mist-shrouded peaks of the Mountains of the Moon give you a stunning backdrop to the magnificent Rwenzori park. In the center of the range, some of the peaks are permanently covered in snow and glaciers, while the lower slopes are covered with dense forests. The Rwenzori Mountain ranges host the third highest mountain peak in Africa, Mt. Magherita. Magherita rises to approximately 5,100 metres above sea level. You have the opportunity of making a Walking tour in the foothills of the Rwenzoris however, only the experienced and fit should attempt an ascent on the peaks. The difficulty in climbing these mountains is second to none and only comparable to the Alps. Some of the wildlife to be found in the mountains include the chimpanzees, the blue monkey, hyrax, the giant forest hog and many unique bird species such as the Rwenzori turaco, the francolin and the olive pigeon.

The Ssese Islands

Consisting of 84 islands in the north-western section of Lake Victoria, the Ssese Islands have, for a long time, only been visited by local people and campers because of lack of tourist facilities.  As of today, three campsites have been opened and you book them through your local tour operator. Nonetheless, many of the Ssese Islands are uninhabited, you can only find a few fishermen there. Forests and swamps on the Ssese Islands are therefore ideal for birding Safaris. The wildlife you will find on the Ssese islands includes hippos, crocodile, waterbuck, Sitatunga, antelope, chimpanzees and monkeys. The islands can be reached by a nine-hour steamer trip from Port Bell or a 45-minute ferry trip from Bukakata.

Uganda has heaviest rainfall in March, April and May with shorter rains in October to November. This doesn’t affect your chances of spotting gorillas, although be prepared for a soggy, slippery trek! Waterproofs clothing and foot wear is essential. It’s also believed that the gorillas linger on the warmer, lower slopes during wetter weather, so your trek may be shorter. Uganda’s wildlife is not migratory so you can still see plenty of game in parks such as Queen Elizabeth, although thicker vegetation makes spotting the animals a little harder. Be aware that the already appalling roads will become even more bone shaking. Murchison Falls in the northeast has a drier climate, so is a good place to head during the wetter months.

The Uganda Wildlife Authority, which issues gorilla tracking permits, offers discounts in April, May and November which is well worth it if you’re on a budget.

June, July, August and September are the peak tourism months as they are generally dry (though rain can fall at any time), and coincide with school holidays. This is the best time to visit Uganda, but book well in advance, especially if tracking gorillas – as permits will sell out months in advance.

December, January and February are also great months to visit. Generally dry (though rains can linger into December), the wildlife will be lured to waterholes, making this a great time for boat safaris. Migratory birds are also present.

Uganda’s temperature drops quite considerably at night so you will need a jumper or cardigan. This makes it much easier to sleep. But it never reaches the chilly extremes of places such as Kruger of the Kalahari.

In conclusion, the June to August and December to February dry season is the best time for gorilla tracking because these are the dry months. In the savannah reserves, vegetation is less and animals gather around water sources, making wildlife easier to spot. Even during the high season (June to September) the parks don’t feel crowded. The skies are clear; there is less rain and more sunshine.

The March to May and September to November Wet Season the scenery of the savannah reserves is greener – it’s low season, resulting in lower rates. Although wildlife in the savannah reserves is easier to spot in the dry season, you’ll still see plenty, including newborn animals. Some of the roads get very bad and cars often get stuck; forest trails can become slippery and challenging. You won’t be able to change your expensive gorilla permit if it pours with rain; departures go as scheduled

Uganda’s lodges are commonly grouped into three: Luxury/up-market safari lodges, standard/moderate lodge and budget game lodges.

 

Up-market/luxury accommodation; it is the best type of accommodation but highly priced. Booking is very essential for luxury lodges since there are few rooms available. Comfort and elegance spells the service provided in Luxury lodges. Excellent dining is often part of the lodging package.

 

Standard/moderate accommodation: This is a more popular accommodation option for most tourists with better accommodation facilities like running water and fully furnished rooms.

 

Tented camps are classified under this style of accommodation. Some lodges have both tented camps and cottages for overnight.

 

Prices for the different safari lodges are determined by the quality of accommodation and/or dining. Tourisme will give you advice before choosing your style of accommodation that falls into your Budget. Budget lodges often have basic accommodation. There are some lodges with options like designated outdoor camping space for backpackers, running water and private baths for some

 

Uganda beach hotels and resorts in quiet environment that enables everyone to relax and enjoy every bit of the beach including the chanting birds, fine sand as well as the calm Victoria water waves. The accommodation is superb, affordable and provides excellent services to its clients. The resorts are suited on the shores of Lake Victoria giving a perfect view of the lake as well as the surrounding islands. Beaches and Resorts are the best places for your family vacation or holiday.

Uganda is often called ‘The pearl of Africa’ because of its beauty, freshness and vibrant spirit. Uganda is a magic country, only recently discovered as a great safari destination. Come and see for yourself, Uganda has it all: The beautiful Rwenzori Mountains, the idyllic lake Bunyonyi, the great savannas of Murchison Falls and Queen Elisabeth National Park and the tropical rainforests of Bwindi and Kibale. Uganda offers the best of everything in East Africa.

It is home to the tallest mountain range in Africa (Rwenzori Mountains), the source that feeds the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. And with half the planet’s remaining mountain gorillas residing here, as well as the Big Five to be ticked off, wildlife watching is huge.

Uganda has been awarded best Tourism Exhibitor INDABA 2015; The National Geographic Society has named Uganda among the World’s Top 20 tourist destinations for 2013. CNN Travel, one of the world’s top news groups has ranked Uganda’s Kidepo national park in 3rd position on its first list of Africa’s 10 best national parks. Lonely Planet, the world’s largest travel guidebook and digital media publisher, and New York Times, nominated Uganda in December 2011 and January 2012, respectively as the best place to visit in the year 2012.

Uganda has also been called a land of lakes because almost one third of the country is covered by water. Lake Victoria is the largest fresh water in Africa, dominates the southern border of the country. Lakes Edward and Albert lie to the west. Linked to Lake Edward is the Kazinga Channel. Lake Mburo is 230 km to the west of Kampala, is the only lake entirely within a National Park. Lakes Kyoga and Kwania in Center are fed by the waters of the River Nile.Other lakes include Lake Bunyonyi near Kabale and Lake Bisina in the shadow of Mt. Elgon. Uganda’s fresh water lakes offer opportunities for water activities and sports including white water rafting.

The Ugandan people are traditionally hospitable. This population is united in providing a warm welcome to foreign guests. You will find that even in the smallest of villages local people will go out of their way to make you feel at home. Ugandan society is still predominantly rural with 80% of the population living in rural areas. Traditional customs and lifestyles are still alive in many parts of the country, and these can spice up your tourism experience. Ugandans generally have a reputation for openness, and a friendly attitude to visitors. The customs of various Ugandan tribes are kept alive by many colorful ceremonies marking specific historical events.

Spontaneous dancing and music are typical of life in Uganda and visitors are often welcome to observe these ceremonies. As a courtesy, you should always seek permission before taking photographs. In addition to the rich cultural experiences, you can choose souvenirs from countless local traditional art pieces and handcrafts. These are sold in most villages, along the roadsides, and also at specific tourist curio shops within Kampala. You also have the opportunity to visit a number of cultural sites.

Uganda Day Excursions

Bujagali Falls/ Jinja Golf Club/ Jinja Sailing Club

Bujagali Falls - Jinja Golf Club - Jinja Sailing Club

Duration: Full day Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
Ssezibwa Falls/ Mabira Forest/ Source Of River Nile

Ssezibwa Falls - Mabira Forest - Source Of River Nile

Duration: Full day Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
Entebbe Zoo And Beach

Entebbe Zoo And Beach

Duration: Full day Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
Wamala Tombs/ Kabaka's Lake/ Kabaka's Palace & Office

Wamala Tombs - Kabaka's Lake - Kabaka's Palace and Office

Duration: Full day Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
Naggalabi Buddo Coronation Site / Uganda Martyrs Shrine

Naggalabi Buddo Coronation Site - Uganda Martyrs Shrine

Duration: Full day Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
Kibuli Mosque/ Crafts Villages/ Kasubi Tombs

Kibuli Mosque - Crafts Villages - Kasubi Tombs

Duration: Full day Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
Uganda Museum/ Bahai Temple/ National Theater

Uganda Museum - Bahai Temple - National Theater

Duration: Full day Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala

Uganda Two Nights Safaris

2 Nights Murchison Falls National Park;

Two Nights Murchison Falls National Park

Duration: 3 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
2 Nights Kibale Forest National Park

Two Nights Kibale Forest National Park

Duration: 3 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
2 Nights Queen Elizabeth National Park

Two Nights Queen Elizabeth National Park

Duration: 3 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
2 Nights Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Park

Two Nights Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Park

Duration: 3 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala

Uganda Three & Four Nights Gate Aways

4 Nights Murchison Falls And Kibale National Parks

Four Nights Murchison Falls And Kibale National Parks

Duration: 5 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala

Four Nights Queen Elizabeth & Lake Mburo National Parks

Duration: 5 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
4 Nights Queen Elizabeth National Park And Bwindi Impenetrable Park

Four Nights Queen Elizabeth National Park And Bwindi Impenetrable Park

Duration: 5 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
3 Nights Lake Mburo National Park And Bwindi Impenetrable Park

Three Nights Lake Mburo National Park And Bwindi Impenetrable Park

Duration: 4 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala

Uganda Five & Six Nights Safaris

6 Nights Uganda Birding Safari

Six Nights Uganda Birding Safari

Duration: 7 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
5 Nights Uganda Wildlife Safari

Five Nights Uganda Wildlife Safari

Duration: 6 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala

Uganda Seven & Eight Nights Gate Aways

8 Nights Uganda Big Game Safari

Eight Nights Uganda Big Game Safari

Duration: 9 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala
7 Nights Mburo-Bwindi- Queen Elizabeth- Kibale

Seven Nights Mburo-Bwindi- Queen Elizabeth- Kibale

Duration: 8 days Country: Uganda Departures: Kampala