Popular Group Tours in Uganda & East Africa
Described by the former British premier, Winston Churchill as the “Pearl of Africa”, Uganda is undoubtedly every traveler's dream destination. There is so much to offer in a Uganda safari itinerary. With its diverse natural endowments and extreme beauty, Uganda is home to over 11% of the global bird diversity and 50% of Africa's bird species, 53.9% global population of the remaining Mountain Gorillas, 7% of the global mammal species diversity and 39% of Africa's mammal wealth, 19% of Africa's Amphibian species, and 14% of Africa’s reptile species, 750 culture heritage sites and 5 public museums like the Uganda National museum, Sate-lite Greatlakes Museum, Soroti museum, Igongo cultural museum, Fort Lugard Museums and other 16 private and community owned museums well distributed across its various regions.
Having your Uganda safari in January, May, March, June, November or any other month doesn't guarantee bad or good weather. The best time to visit Uganda is all year round but travelling during specific months is highly recommended. High season months usually get lots of bookings and safari parks get crowded especially in primate and game viewing destinations. Visitors are usually recommended to book their flights and make a deposit for their Uganda safari tours & holidays several months in advance. Lodges and camps also get fully booked easily. During this time, your packing list can include more of light clothes but a few thick clothing should be packed as well. Tipping is highly recommended and you should budget for it.
Group wildlife safaris in Uganda
Need reasons why you should book an African safari in uganda? Uganda iconic wildlife is made up of the Big 5 mammals, abundant birdlife, primates and more; all which are concentrated in its protected areas, including the national parks, wildlife reserves / sanctuaries, wetlands, zoos/wildlife education centers, forest reserves and more. Uganda has a total of 10 fully fledged National Parks. Each of these parks has Uganda safari lodges for budget, mid-range and luxury travellers. Among other attractions include 12 game reserves including the recently opened private conservancy, 13 wildlife sanctuaries, gazetted wetland systems, waterbodies, all enabling visitors to enjoy exhilarating wildlife group safari adventures. This is more reason to have your safaris in Uganda, Africa.
People & Culture
Ugandan people have for several times been voted as the most hospitable and heart-warming in Africa, and as a result; the formation of the country was born out of the unification of ancient kingdoms and chiefdoms. This common heritage still lives on in the people's hearts. The traditional lifestyle, food, clothing, dialect and native practices are still alive till today. With over 40 different languages spoken, Uganda is regarded as a cultural melting pot of Africa and world at large. This is also evidenced by the existence of so many indigenous dialects belonging to only five distinct linguistic groups, coupled with equally a diverse cultural mosaic of music, art and craft work. A group tour in Uganda can help you explore all these stunning cultural and historical features that the pearl of Africa boasts on your Uganda group safaris.
When to visit Uganda for a group safari
Budget safaris are good for low season months where as Uganda luxury safaris are best for high season months. Uganda can be visited anytime of the year because of her ever conducive climate that favors tourists from all walks of life. Uganda's ideal climate ranges from the warmth of the low-lying areas in the north and north western Uganda to relatively cool weather in the highlands of Kigezi, near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. However, in Uganda most months are dry with daily temperatures averaging between 23-27 degrees and in rare circumstances even reaching 29 degrees in some places. Cold months include November and May characterized with temperatures ranging between 17-20 degrees, especially in the south Kigezi region.
Due to the cool moist winds from mountain ranges and water bodies, most parts of Uganda have equatorial climate characterized with heavy rains and lush vegetation. There are ideally two rainy seasons (peaks) – one that starts from Mid-October to early December and the another rainfall peak happens from March – May. The dry season on the other hand happens between June to Mid - October and from mid-December to February. This is a high / peak season for tourism, due to the fact that it falls within the summer holidays. The dry season is a great time for epic game viewing and trekking in national parks. Uganda's climate generally depends on its own topography and that of the neighboring regions. Towering mountain ranges like the Rwenzoris and Virunga mountains along its margins, the rift valley and abundant waterbodies including Lake Victoria and River Nile all exert a great influence on the climate patters of Uganda.
Choice of Accommodation
There are so many budget, moderate and luxury safari lodges in each Ugandan national park. However, try to request for comfortable lodges in your Uganda safari packages irrespective of the price to ensure your comfort. Whether you need a private room in a budget jungle lodge, a villa, a lavish resort or an ultra-modern hotel in the heart of any of Uganda’s big cities, hostels, dorms, safari tents, African styled Bandas, or anything else; Uganda has never run short of these! Just mention your budget, and an appropriate accommodation will be arranged exclusively for you. We are one of those Uganda safari tour operators that will offer you huge discounts on accommodation. Whether you are a group of backpackers looking for an expanse camping ground or dormitories, a couple on honeymoon or private family in need of maximum privacy and exclusiveness, a group of students looking for cheap lodging, nature-oriented / eco-friendly travelers or just an open minded fella; Uganda is simply a place of everyone regardless of their budget and status.
Travelling solo means to travel completely alone and we have extraordinary prowess at interlocking and combining group tours with independent travel – the best of both worlds! There will be those seasons when you need a group of friends by your side, either to take in a view from top of a 4000m mountain or trek to meet the primates in Uganda’s scary jungles, or having fun at the beach. When this happens, then you definitely need to join a group on your next Uganda safari. There are endless reasons why we advise travelers to join groups for their safaris to Uganda.