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Kagera Safaris Limited is an Eco tourism company offering memorable safaris and tours in Uganda and Rwanda, as well as safaris through the East Africa region. We plan Uganda and Rwanda gorilla trekking safaris, big game safaris, birding, hiking, and cultural tours in East Africa. We also provide high quality destination management services (DMC) in Uganda and Rwanda for travel companies from across the globe.
Visit Uganda - The Pearl of Africa
Most people come to Uganda for gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking safaris but leave with memories of the people and the beautiful landscape. Uganda is in many ways a miniature Africa giving you a glimpse of the many activities, landscapes and different cultural experiences to engage in while on a visit here. Explore the pearl of Africa for birding tours, cultural experiences, hiking and wildlife safari trips in our custom made cars for safari.
Tour Rwanda - The Land of a Thousand Hills
Rwanda also known as the land of a thousand hills is tucked away in the heart of Africa. Most people know Rwanda for the 1994 Rwandan genocide or the mountain gorillas tucked away in Volcanoes national park but Rwanda is much more than that. Visit Rwanda and enjoy the break taking landscape of its many hills, forests and savannah areas. Akagera national park is now home to the Big 5 i.e. Elephants, Rhinos, Lions, Cape Buffaloes and leopards. Remember to visit Nyungwe forest which is home to large troops of Colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and a beautiful canopy walk for you to walk.
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A Uganda Safari Guide - What to consider when planning your safari
Africa is by the far the best safari destination for anyone interested in authentic experiences watching wildlife in their natural habitat, cultural experiences or simply a foodie wanting to partake in different culinary delicacies. Uganda is a minitur Africa providing all these and more.
Activities - Top things to do on safari
There are various activities you can engage in while on a safari in Uganda. Some will bring out your adrenaline drive whereas others will require you to sit back and relax while enjoying the experience.
Gorilla trekking – You can do this is Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park and Congo’s Virunga national park. This requires you to purchase a gorilla tracking permit before you embark on this hike through the jungles with the help of your ranger guide. You are only allowed 1 hour in the presence of the gorillas once you locate them. Alternatively you can choose a gorilla habituation experience which accords you 4 hours in the presence of the gorillas.
Chimpanzee trekking – Just like gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking is done in various forests in Uganda with the most famous being Budongo forest, Semliki reserve, Kalinzu forest, Kyambura gorge, Kibale forest. In Rwanda, chimpanzee trekking happens in Nyungwe forest where just like gorillas, you are allowed 1 hour with the chimps after locating them while on a chimp trek.
Hiking/Mountaineering – You have opportunities for multi day hiking in the Ruwenzori mountains, Mt Elgon, Karisimbi. There are other opportunities of hiking especially the Virunga volcanoes shared between Uganda, Rwanda and Congo.
Game drives – For those interested in the savannah national parks to watch wild animals as they go about their day, then game drives in the custom made safari vehicles is what you want. Your tour guide drives through different game tracks in search of the most sought after animals like Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes etc.
Boat trips – This is on the many lakes and rivers around the country. Sometimes it is for birding, game viewing or sunset cruises. While in the national parks you can take an afternoon boat ride and watch different animals as they come to water and others that are resident there like Crocodiles and Hippos
Nature walks – 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.
Community/Cultural experiences – Uganda is home to over 40 different tribes that have unique languages, foods – or at least a unique way of preparing it, songs and dance, rituals and rites of passage. Taking part in a cultural tour will allow you to interact with the people at close range getting involved in their day to day activities.
Bird watching – Uganda is home to over 1050 bird species where you are able to sight over 500 species while on a 21-day birding safari. Birding is done in both protected areas and non protected areas, in agricultural areas, wetlands, forests, savannah etc.
Water rafting – 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.
Budget - Choosing the level of comfort while on safari
You can choose the level of comfort while on a Uganda or African safari by determining your budget way before the trip. You can mix up your budget but most of it is divided in 4 major categories i.e. high-end/luxury (this various in cost of lodges), midrange, low budget and shoestring. We highligh 3 major types as referered to in our pricing.
High end Luxury Budget - You can choose to go all out luxury by staying at the top luxury camps and lodges while flying to most of your destination to redeem time and avoid the bumpy roads known for most safari destinations. Please note that the highend camps and tents differ depending on location and ownership but in all of them you can be sure of spacious rooms, hot water, 3 - 5 course meals, WiFi etc.
Midrange – Here you use accommodations that have hot water in the showers and flush toilets but will not be top notch. They will mostly travel by road and could choose to use a safari van or a jeep depending on your preference.
Low Budget – Here you can choose to use some accommodations that might not have en suite bathrooms, or if they have they are basic and nothing fancy. Their menu’s could also be limited. Some might have Wi-Fi whereas do not have.
Places to visit in Uganda and Rwanda
Uganda has a variety of places to visit with unique activities to engage in, some of the activities are in more than one park but the experience is unique because the scenery will be different.
If you are thinking of gorilla trekking in Uganda, then Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park are the places to visit. Mgahinga is also home to the golden monkeys with their beautiful golden mane. In Rwanda gorilla trekking happens in Volcanoes national park which is also home to the golden monkeys. Chimpanzee trekking is the second most sought after activity after gorilla trekking, trekking happens in Kibale national park among other areas. Kibale forest is also home to unique birds for those interested in bird watching. In Rwanda, chimpanzee trekking happens in Nyungwe national park.
For game drives you can visit all or some of these parks; Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park, Lake Mburo national park or Kidepo valley national park for Uganda and in Rwanda you would need to visit Akagera national park.
For those excited about scaling mountains then Ruwenzori mountains is yours to conquer in about 7 days and Mt Elgon in about 3 days depending on your experience and fitness. Margarita is Ruwenzori,s highest peak at 5109 m and the 3rd highest in Africa. Mt Elgon has the highest peak at 4321m at the Wagagai peak.
If you are looking for unique bird species form West Africa, then Semuliki national park is your park of choice. Otherwise birding is done in all the national parks with Bwindi impenetrable being great of Albertine Rift endemics.
Other areas to visit in Uganda
Lake Bunyonyi – for amazing scenery, culture and canoe rides; Jinja – Source of the Nile and Water rafting; Sipi falls – the most beautiful water falls, hiking and scenery; PianUpe game reserve – best place to see cheetahs’ and Ostriches; Moroto – Beautiful Karimajong culture; Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Rhino trekking; Igongo Cultural Museum – Ankore culture; Bigodi Wetland – Birding and community engagments; Fort portal – Amabere caves and crater lakes; Mabira forest – Birding, zip lining and hiking; Ngamba Island – Chimpanzee; Ssese Islands – Beach, beach volleyball, forest walks, fishing, boats; Sezibwafalls – Nature walks, falls; Uganda Wildlife Education Centre – Behind the scenes experiences feeding animals; Mabamba Wetland –Birding especially the sought after shoebill
When to Visit?
Uganda has near perfect weather all year round and therefore you can visit whenever you want. That said, there are months with higher rains than others however please note that Uganda being a tropical country, the sun soon comes out after the rain. Most people prefer to travel here in Jan – March and June – mid October and December. The rains are more common in April & May and then mid October – November.