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Uganda and mountain gorillas are synonymous: mention of either will spark the other as a response. These gentle giants have been drawing people for decades to the mountainous slopes of the Virungas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an ominous name, and rightly so, as thick jungle looms before you as you set off in search of our hairy cousins. Even if it is hard work getting there, nothing is as rewarding as the magical hour you spend with them. The close proximity changes you and images of doting mothers caring for their young, cheeky babies clambering through the trees and the awesome sight of a massive silverback will remain with you forever. Dip into Uganda for this sole reason and you will feel rewarded. But there is an overwhelming amount to see in Uganda that more than justifies giving it a whole visit to itself. Chimp trekking at Kibale Forest offers a glimpse into the lives of our primate brothers. Catch your jaw as you witness the incredible power of Murchison Falls, where the mighty Nile squeezes through a tiny seven metre gap. Uganda may not be thought of as a safari destination but why not look for tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, or cheetah at Kidepo Valley? Finally, for a bit of down time with a difference, take a few days by the Nile at Jinja –the ideal place to relax or scare yourself silly on a raft. Whatever floats your boat.
Uganda with A&K
As Uganda's loyal visitors will testify, its safaris are an intoxicating affair with a greater diversity of animals, people and landscapes than any other African destination. That doesn't mean however, that we take our foot even slightly off the gas. Far from it. Just ask our guests who'd previously explored the Tanzania wilderness with our guide, Elvis. At their request we flew the brilliant and passionate wildlife specialist to Kampala, where he joined them to track gorillas in the lush mountain rainforest of Bwindi.
Whatever the request to make your Abercrombie & Kent Ugandan safari and gorilla trekking holiday that extra bit special, we'll do our very best to help. Our acclaimed multi-centre East Africa team has spent over fifty years offering luxury travel across the region. A one stop shop with over 400 staff, many of them multi-lingual, it offers seamless trans-African itineraries and superb driver guides selected for their specialties from bird watching to families to first time safari-goers, along with 24-hour emergency contact and the best vehicle fleet around.
We'll use it to show you a country where West African jungle meets East Africa savannah, with semi-desert in the Northeast, verdant lowlands on the shore of Lake Victoria, and the rainforest of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and the Southwest's Mountains of the Moon. Unsurprisingly it provides habitats for a vast smorgasbord of creatures with lions, leopards, buffalo and elephants roaming across the lower grasslands, while chimpanzees, and most famously, mountain gorillas live in the country's higher reaches. And if you're interested in bird watching, Uganda is an often under-rated paradise. Experts believe it's actually the continent's finest birding destination with around 1,000 species including the extremely rare shoe-billed stork.
It's all waiting to be seen - you can even request the imported skills of Elvis - but at A&K we're confident we already have the perfect team to offer you the ultimate Ugandan safari.
Our experts can tailor-make the perfect holiday to suit your individual requirements, however, if you need inspiration or a starting point, below are some of our suggested trips and experiences:
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Located deep in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in western Uganda, this intimate lodge offers luxury in the midst of one of Africa's most amazing natural...Find out more
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I had wanted to go to Egypt and the Nile for 45 years, and with the help of the most amazing lady Lynne Cooke in Cheltenham, she helped me achieve my dream, she is knowledgeable, kind courteous and caring, and put up with all my changes of plans, without batting an eyelid!
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Best time to travel
December - March, June - September
With a tropical climate, the hottest months are December to February. The main rainy season tends to be between April and May and then again from October to November. Due to the altitude the mountain air is a lot cooler. The best times to visit are Uganda are from December to March and from June to September.