Travel Hemispheres Uganda safari company offers Uganda safaris of your interest and all budgets be it luxury, upmarket, mid-range, or budget safaris. Our Uganda tours are spot on to primate tours, birding tours, wildlife safaris and in case you are looking for a lodge or tented safari in Uganda or the more adventurous Uganda trip, gorilla safaris, mountain trekking tours, game viewing tours, wildlife Uganda safaris, primate watch tours, Uganda birding tours and safaris, then you at the home of Ugandan safari company. We invite you to look through our tour safari programs and choose from our standard range of Best of Uganda safaris for your African safari holiday, some of which are very popular Uganda safaris are easy to work with to come up with tailor-made safari for you. Or we shall create safari or tour that suits your time frame, interests and of budget.
All our Uganda tours and safaris depart daily with a minimum of 1 or 2 persons and almost all are on a private basis supplemented by tailor-made private tours and safaris to suit that particular group’s interests. We use exclusive 4×4 safari, open-roof vehicles with English-speaking drivers/guides. Our custom tours and safaris are tailored to suit your luxury traveling in Uganda to all other budget cost levels. Whether luxury, upmarket, middle, budget, or low-cost budget level, you will get what suits your budget.
Do not hesitate to inquire with us, we are here to work with you and satisfy your dream of coming to the African safari and in particular doing Uganda safari. We arrange and organize Uganda tours here in Uganda, including Gorilla trekking safaris, Uganda wildlife safaris, Primate Tours in Uganda, tours in Uganda and Uganda tour Holidays to popular national parks of Bwindi where to track mountain gorillas, wildlife safaris at Murchison Falls national park , Kidepo national park, Queen Elizabeth national where will enjoy your holiday.
Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” has a unique description which cannot be close to the truth, situated in the fertile heart of African continent, astride the Equator boasts of wide diverse landscape, from rugged snow-capped Rwenzori mountains, the vast flatlands stretching to the horizon, Uganda offers visitors a wealth of breathtaking scenery in Africa from Uganda gorilla trekking safaris and chimpanzee tracking tours to Uganda wildlife safaris that form the pinnacle of the tourism industry for East African safaris.
Visit Uganda tours enjoy many outstanding attractions: the rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga National parks and many varieties of species of animals and plenty of birdlife to be found in other national parks – Queen Elizabeth National Park is the highlight of Uganda tours, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo National Park form major Uganda wildlife safaris concentrations, Kibale Forest National Park famous for chimpanzee tracking concentrations, Semuliki National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. The spectacular scenery of undulating hills, the legendary mountains of the moon- Rwenzoris that provide challenging climbing expeditions and the Nile offering challenging white water rafting. The warmth of Equator and the cool breezes of Natural forests and mist mountains generate a tender climate throughout the year not to be enjoyed anywhere else in Africa.
Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris | Gorilla Safari Tours in Uganda
Uganda Gorilla Safaris offered are affordable and tailor-made Uganda safaris, mountain gorillas stay in families and are habituated for human interaction. Gorilla safaris include gorilla habituation experience and gorilla trekking safaris and tours inside Bwindi impenetrable forest National park and Mgahinga National Park. Choose from our Uganda gorilla trekking tour packages and Gorilla Safaris in Uganda.
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Birding Safaris in Uganda | Uganda Birding Tours
Uganda Birding tours will avail special bird species like the shoebill stork and numerous endemics of Albertine Rift Valley that are difficult to be found elsewhere on African soils. Our Bird Guides are knowledgeable and will help you to identify more than 100 species in a single day here in Uganda.
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Uganda Wildlife Safaris | Wildlife Tours in Uganda
Uganda is a Holiday paradise for watching wildlife safaris and tours. Uganda offers a wide range of diversity of wildlife animal species in a spectacular natural landscape ranging from lakes, rivers, savannah grasslands, tropical forests, and mountains. Uganda offers the big five in plenty, lion, elephant, giraffe, hippo rhino, and buffalo.
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Chimpanzee Tracking Safaris in Uganda | Uganda Chimpanzee Tours
Uganda is the world’s leading premier primate viewing destination due to its large population of chimpanzees. Uganda primate tracking safaris involve tracking chimpanzees at Kibale forest national park, at Kyambura and Kalinzu at Queen Elizabeth National park and even at Murchison Falls at Kaniyo Pabidi at Budongo Forest.
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Long Safaris in Uganda | Uganda Long Safaris
Thinking about doing a long Uganda safari which will combine many national parks to give you the best of Uganda safari holiday. Uganda offers you beautiful countryside, natural friendly people and lots of wildlife and birdlife to give a very adventurous safari experience.
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Where is Uganda?
Uganda is land locked country in Africa. Uganda is located in the East African region that borders Kenya in the East, Tanzania, Rwanda in the south , Sudan the north and in the west DRC Congo.
Uganda lies along the Equator and the famous lake Victoria the largest fresh lake in the world is located here shared by the 3 east African countries. Uganda is a beautiful country with enviable flora and fauna showcased at different spots and corners of its boundaries. It is home to the biggest population of the prized Mountain Gorilla, the primate chimpanzees, beautiful weather, source of the mighty River Nile, Africa’s largest fresh water body- Lake Victoria, lush greenery, landscapes, vast wildlife, birding experiences, cultural showcase, Uganda is good for adventure safaris , peaceful the with the happiest people in the world. This can be seen where you travel at beaming faces and throughout with enviable nightlife and much more.
When you encounter the world, yet you are asked this question “where is Uganda” For us who are marketing Uganda for Uganda safaris tourism this question keeps on coming and this tells us that less is known about Uganda. A more serious marketing strategy could work to the advantage of the Pearl of Africa. At the Uganda stands in different Travel Expos this question keep on arising in the tourism expos. However, we tour operators keep on telling buyers from all countries of the world that Uganda is the heart of Africa. At one time Uganda was known for bad past associated with its dark past, identified with fallen statesman Idi Amin. Some of the people who have visited our stall are ignorant about Uganda. Some of the tourism agents have asked us if Idi Amin is still living . Some still have stories about our dark past so we are telling them that it is part of our history but it is behind us and that we have a stable country and a diverse tourism product s we as Travel Hemisphere as an indigenous tour operator safari company , usually explain to potential tourists tending to come to Uganda.
You need to visit Uganda many times in order to explore its al attractions marketed and not yet fully exploited. “We have a diverse product. On top of been selling the primates, that is, the chimpanzees and mountain gorillas , we have Mountain Rwenzori, the Victoria Nile, Lake Victoria the biggest second to largest in the world name it, the white water rafting in the Famous River Nile , the Ever best climate along the Equator where can find temperate conditions, the vast Savannah grasslands, Uganda is home of primates – mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, golden monkeys lots of monkey species and a 1000 bird species.
Who are the People of Uganda?
Uganda People are among the most warmly welcoming and gently gracious people in the world. Uganda is home to many ethnic groupings. Around 40 different languages currently spoken in the country. English is the official language in the country and was adopted after independence in 1962 from the British who had colonized Uganda. Luganda and Runyakitara are the popular languages spoken and others follow in popularity as per the size of the ethnic grouping. Swahili is widely spoken in Uganda and another sister East African counties as it was approved to be the official language to be adopted in East Africa. It is now being taught in al East African Schools.
Many ethnic groupings form the country. In the Central, the Baganda take big part, then in the Eastern after crossing River Nile, the Basoga and the Bagisu are another big Bantu group, The Iteso, the Karamajongo, and Kumam form Eastern Uganda groupings. In northern Uganda The Acholi, the Langi also occupy the big party of the country. While in the northwestern, the Madi take center part. In the south and western we find the Bakiga, Banyakole, Batoro, and Banyoro plus the Bakonjo to a small extent.
All these tribal groupings making Uganda have diverse cultural customs that have kept them together and can be witnessed in their colorful ceremonial performances during specific events or national celebrations. Uganda visitors will be treated on different dance and music interludes of many groupings and you are free to join and participate once you are overjoyed. Travel hemisphere once in while at places of stay we arrange for such performances to our guests mostly after taking dinners.
What is the Climate of Uganda?
Uganda is an all-weather country throughout the year. Meaning that Uganda has got the best climate and weather on the African Continent Africa. Although Uganda is located at the Equator, the climate is not modified by this latitude like other climatic patterns. Uganda is generally hot and wet and temperatures rarely rising above 30 degrees centigrade. The heavy rains come in the moths of March to May. Like as we speak now in the month of May 2020 lake Victoria is experiencing rising lake water taking all its shores it last occupied in 1964 56 years ago. Meaning that this period has received lots of rains and usually is taken as low tourist season as some roads are impassable and overgrown bushes make wildlife viewing safaris not the best. Areas around Lake Victoria receive lots of rains than any other part of Uganda. The Northern and northeastern parts of Uganda receive fewer rains and at times face droughts and famine and the vegetation is a semi-desert type of savannah. The Rwenzori region and southwestern part of the country also receive heavy rains. Around Kigezi Highlands in the southwest of the country, the country experiences temperate climate throughout the year being on high altitude above sea level. Tourists to Uganda tours will enjoy a variety of weather patterns hot and wet and there is no reason to postpone your tour to Uganda because of bad weather. Gorilla tracking takes place throughout the year thought it is recommendable to have it in the months of June, July, August, and September when the country is experiencing lees rains to allow visibility clear and less overgrown bushes.
Uganda Food and Culture
Uganda has the best world’s tasteful bananas, pineapples, mangoes, and avocadoes. Uganda is a fruit basket and this can be easily seen on the roadside where women display an array of fruits of different types. A variety of cuisines are served in Uganda due to the many different ethnic groupings. At the renowned restaurants in our hotels, lodges, and many eating places, a splendid menu of continental, Asian, and African local dishes are impeccable, and elegant ambiance is available to choose from. Visitors will choose what to eat. Uganda’s traditional food varies from steamed bananas staple food for Uganda, finger millet, maize, sorghum, rice, wheat, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes, and cassava grow in abundance and are prepared for food into various dishes. Coffee and tea are absolutely available in all restaurants and Uganda is among the countries producing the best coffee and tea beverages in the world.
Uganda ‘s culture is of rich diversity based on a variety of different tribal groupings in the country. Uganda has different cultural patterns and display of this can be seen at Ndere cultural center where lots of cultural dances are performed and different cuisines served. Almost in all performance, drums are beaten while cultural troupes are performing. A drum is of significant importance for music performance and communication purposes in different Ugandan communities.
Dressing up in Uganda is very important and varies for traditional and modern attires. Ugandans generally put on their traditional attires mostly on traditional and public ceremonies. And on other days they will adorn modern attires. At weddings, introduction, giveaway, and public ceremonies, people will wear different traditional attires.
Visitors to Uganda should try to understand different dress codes in order not to conflict with traditional norms. Uganda tour visitors should try to cover up their bodies and mostly women when traveling upcountry and in villages. Bikinis should only be worn in and around hotels, lodges and beaches. Generally, Uganda is a warm country, and T-shits are worn and baggy trousers as casual wear are usually pot on. In Southwestern Uganda it usually cools down to cold temperatures in some seasons in the year, so also woolen and jackets needed to protect you from coldness. Visitors tracking mountain gorillas at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and staying around the park should carry warm dresses and raincoat gears as may rain on them the whole day while tracking gorillas.
What Currency is Commonly Used in Uganda?
Uganda Money Currency:
Uganda has its own currency called ‘ Uganda Shilling currency’ and is convertible to international currencies like US Dollars, UK Pound Sterling and Euros. Cash is easily exchanged at bank counters and foreign exchange (forex) bureaus. Forex Bureaus offer slightly better rates than banks. Small notes, both banks, and forex bureaus offer much lower rates and some do not accept them. For US $ Dollars please carry with you notes denomination of the 50s and 100s which are easily accepted here. Exchange rates in Kampala are better than rates offered upcountry. So it is advisable to change your funds while still in Kampala. Please ask your tour consultant at Travel Hemispheres the amount you need to exchange or carry on you for your personal expenses. VISA and other credit cards are widely accepted in the country and in major hotels and lodges. Travel Hemispheres accept credit cards and can clients can pay us using credit cards wherever you are with easy and will confirm receipt of your funds.
Safari Attractions in Uganda|Uganda Safari Activities
Country Uganda is famous for Mountain Gorilla trekking safaris. Uganda is the home of mountain gorillas found in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga National parks. These 2 national parks are a natural habitat for mountain gorillas and famous for gorilla tracking safaris. We have arranged captivating Gorilla tours of unforgettable mountain gorilla trekking experiences of one’s lifetime. Mountain gorillas stay in families and are habituated for human interaction. Gorilla safaris include gorilla habituation experience and gorilla trekking safaris and tours inside Bwindi impenetrable forest National park and Mgahinga National Park. Uganda Hosts more than half the population of mountain gorillas living in the world.
Before embarking on your Gorilla Safari we invite you to learn more about these incredible creatures and read interesting facts about the various gorilla families. However, keep in mind that the mountain gorillas are wild animals and details such as the group size, location in the forest, and leading silverback might change without notice. As it is in human life, gorillas also have members who also have names and you can know each family by its member names. It may give you a puzzle to someone to ask how do you easily identify from each other. Gorillas like humans also have distinct features on their bodies which you can use to identify them.
Of the few mountain gorillas still existing on earth, half of their population are found and live in Uganda and are found in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga national parks. To track mountain gorillas in their habitat, you require a gorilla permit which Travel Hemispheres will help you to acquire or secure your gorilla tracking permit in time in order to avoid losing out. Gorilla permits are booked in advance – give it a year ahead of your tracking data. At times some months are always sold out upfront before falling. A gorilla permit cost now $700 per single permit for one person for a single visit. Gorillas are very social animals and each group call it a family may have 5 up 30 or 40 members headed by 1 sliver back mountain gorilla. Such a group will have a sliver back or two of them heading the family.
Visiting Uganda for wildlife safaris is overwhelming due to the variety of wildlife abundance. Uganda offers the big five in plenty, lion, elephant, giraffe, hippo rhino, and buffalo. Uganda is a Holiday paradise for watching wildlife safaris and tours. Uganda offers a wide range of diversity of wildlife animal species in a spectacular natural landscape ranging from lakes, rivers, savannah grasslands, tropical forests, and mountains. Large herds of wildlife animals of elephant, buffalo, Uganda kob, and topis, leopard as well as climbing lions at Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth and at Kidepo national parks combined with Murchison falls national park give visitors what long time Explorers called Uganda the “the pearl of Africa” due to the overwhelming wonders and wildlife diversity for wildlife tours in Uganda.
Uganda has one of the highest tourism potentials in the world, with fantastic natural scenery and is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population. It offers world-class white water rafting at the source of the Nile and has some of the region’s most peaceful national parks where wildlife viewing doesn’t involve long waits in the queue behind a dozen or more vehicles. That’s not all. Uganda also has the highest mountain range in Africa, the Rwenzori Mountains; one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world, Murchison Falls; the highest primate density in the world, in Kibaale Forest National Park; and more diverse tourist attractions countrywide.
Chimpanzee tracking safaris or call them chimpanzee trekking tours are rich and yielding much here in Uganda. Uganda primate tracking safaris involve tracking chimpanzees at Kibale forest national park, at Kyambura and Kalinzu at Queen Elizabeth National park and even at Murchison Falls at Kaniyo Pabidi at Budongo Forest. At Kibale Forest will do Chimpanzee tracking and also do chimpanzee habituation experience. Uganda is famous for primate watching tours and all along while tracking chimpanzees will have the chance of viewing other primates including baboons, variety o dazzling species of monkeys including black and white Colobus monkeys, red-tailed and blue monkeys, L’Hoest’s and many more. Uganda is the world’s leading premier primate viewing destination due to its large population of chimpanzees.
Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale forest National park in Uganda is possibly the best as to where to view chimpanzees in the world. Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale has approximately over 1,400 chimps in the forest, about 120 are habituated. The habituated chimpanzees are the ones allowed to be tracked by humans. Tracking is entering deep into the forest and getting ready and soon discover that coming until you face to face with a chimpanzee isn’t something you can ever really be prepared for.
It’s a lot like unexpectedly running into an old friend you haven’t seen in years, or being startled by your own reflection. For a moment you freeze as you try and make sense of it all. Simply put, it’s impossible not to be moved. You will spend some hours with different chimp groups. We will see elders with grey beards, dominant alpha males, and females with newborn babies. But we will see even more wild animals like elephants if you are lucky may encounter leopard mongoose etc. We see how intelligent these beings are when they decide to use their language, tools, and make a ‘home’ to sleep in come dusk. So this is seeing another society you have not seen before focusing on them.
Amazing Birding safaris experiences in Africa are found in Uganda. Uganda has the best diversity of habitats that support over 1000 bird species and the highest in any African country. Uganda Birding tours will avail special bird species like the shoebill stork and numerous endemics of Albertine Rift Valley that are difficult to be found elsewhere on African soils. Our Bird Guides are knowledgeable and will help you to identify more than 100 species in a single day here in Uganda. We shall tailor-make your birding safari to suit your interests. Travel hemispheres have specialized Bird Guides that will conduct you on birding safaris of Uganda a lifetime birding tour.
Uganda avian life is rich in many savannah acacia grassland species, Swamp species, montane forests, and water birds. Our national parks have developed Acacia grass woodlands that harbor many bird species in Africa. So Uganda the best country where to watch woodland, rainy forest species as it is believed in Uganda its where the grasslands, woodlands meet the semi-desert habitats in Africa. shoebill, secretary bird, Abyssinian roller and a ground hornbill, pied Kingfisher, Red-throated bee-eaters lignin at the banks, Goliath heron, saddle Billed stork, sacred Ibis, Fulvous whistling Duck, Senegal, and water Thick Knees, Black-headed and long-toed lapwing, little Bittern, Osprey, red Necked Falcon, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Vinaceous Dove, and Grosbeak Weaver.
Uganda is still predominantly of rural setting people by settlement. Its last decade that most societies are transforming into modern – urban settlements with clusters in small towns spread countryside. Traditional lifestyles and tribal cultural ways of life are still live in many parts of Uganda. Uganda was recently listed among the top countries with the happiest people in the world. Ugandans are generally reputable for openness and very friendly to visitors. There are many various people of different cultural backgrounds who make up Country Uganda each with their traditional customs and way of life. These customs are kept alive in their traditional colorful ceremonies at different historical events while performing dances, or storytelling. The Karamajongo in the northeast of the country still practices traditional rich culture.
While on the Kidepo valley National Park wildlife safari, Visitors will be entertained by traditional dances such as the Emuya dance of the Napore and Nyanga, ethnic groups, and the Lakaraka and Apiti dances of Acholi. Visitors will who do cultural safaris will visit Karimonjong Manyattas (homesteads) and probably Kraals to see traditional customs, stools spears, headdresses, knives, bows, and arrows, and jewelry, some of which may also be obtained from the park tourist offices. Travel hemispheres will help you to arrange guided cultural safari in Karamajongo settlements.
In addition to the cultural experiences, visitors will be choosing souvenirs from traditional cultural art craft shops where they can pick art pieces, handcrafts, skins, usually along the roadside shops and curio shops in Kampala city. Uganda has got a rich history displayed in songs, dance, music theatre, and art. Our Cuisine is as eclectic as her many ethnic groupings. Over forty languages are spoken in Uganda.
Uganda has some rich cultural sites like the Bulange the seat of the Kabaka of Buganda. Kasubi Royal Tombs and other historical sites can be explored while on a cultural tour in Uganda.
Uganda offers the most challenging mountain of all African mountains. The Rwenzori Mountain ranges with its peak at 5109m make it among the tallest in Africa. This mountain was sought by Ptolemy in 150 AD who referred to it as snow-capped mountains of the moon. It comes after mountain Kenya and Kilimanjaro in height in Africa. Uganda is also famous for the volcanic mountains of Mount Elgon with the biggest caldera in Africa.
Uganda volcano mountaineering tour will consist of three challenging peaks to climb in southwestern Uganda to climb up the mountain peaks and include Muhavura, Gahinga, and Sabinyo all situated at Mgahinga national park. Our Mountaineering safaris offer a lot, a variety of mammals and a variety of vegetation and fascinating scenery. The Rwenzoris have snow-capped peaks along the Equator.
This is on the many lakes and rivers in the national parks where different animal species are found along the shore lines like hippo, buffalo, elephaants kob and Nile crocodile It also offers spectacular bird viewing opportunities.
Drive through Uganda Parks to view animals that are unique to the African Savannah like Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes etc. These animals are most visible in the early morning and early evening while on the game drives for the best viewing opportunities.
This is done in Jinja which is also home to the source of River Nile. White water rafting happens on the stretch of the Nile with several rapids for the full day rafting. You can also choose Kayaking and jet boating.
In some parks, you are allowed to take a nature walk with a ranger guide to learn more about the herbs, shrubs, trees and animals that are in the vicinity.