Nairobi in Kenya would
be recommended when entering Uganda from outside of Africa, from there
you could get a flight to Kampala with Kenya
Land & water
Main entry points into Uganda from other African countries include
Kenya (Malaba), Rwanda (Katuna/Gatuna) and Tanzania (Mutukula).
When to Go
January/February and June to September is the best times to visit Uganda
as the weather is generally dry.
Highlights not to Miss
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
One of Uganda's most recently created national parks and home to some
of the remaining habitats of mountain gorillas in the world. Bwindi is
about 331 sq km in the southwest of the country and very close to the
Congo border. The park not only protects the mountain gorilla but also
other mammals and birds. You could go on a gorilla trek in this national
park, there are three habituated groups.
Mt Elgon National Park
It is said that Mount Elgon has one of the largest surface areas
of any extinct volcano in the world. There are cliffs, caves, gorges
and waterfalls so trekking in this national park is a popular activity
by many visitors. The highest peak at 4321 m is Wagagai and the views
from here are across the wide plains and among the most spectacular
in Uganda. The upper slopes are covered in tropical montane forest,
by alpine moorland which extends over the caldera a collapsed crater
40 sq km at the top of the mountain. On the foothills of Mt Elgon you
will find Sipi Falls which is a beautiful sight, not only are
the falls spectacular but the views of the mountain above them are
a visit here.
Mpanga Forest Reserve
The reserve is about 37 km southwest of Kampala and the forest is only
about 50 years old. It is used as a tropical research institute and the
size of the trees attest to the progress of well-managed re-forestation
programmes. Mpanaga Forest Reserve is well known for its many butterflies
of about 181 species and birds.
Lake Mburo National Park
The park is located between Mbarara and Masaka and covers an area
of 260 sq km. The vegetation here is mainly savanna with scattered acacia trees.
The national park has five lakes and Mburo is the largest of them.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park is the best all-rounder in Uganda, with
the Victoria Nile River flowing through the park on its way to Lake Albert.
The falls themselves are easily accessible by boat and are awesome when
viewed up close. There is also the possibility of seeing the rare shoebill
stork and you can go on a lovely walking trail linking the base of the
falls with the top.
Kibale Forest National Park
The national park is covered in a lush tropical forest and it is said
to have the highest density of primates in the world. Kibale is about
560 sq km at an altitude of about 1200 m. The chimpanzees are the main
attraction to the national park, although there is only a 85% chance
of seeing them. You could enjoy a guided walk through the park along
marked tracks of about 3 to 5 km return.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
This national park offers the highest number of mammal species in Uganda
and is about 2000 sq km. Bird-watchers will also not be disappointed
with about 600 species. Activities here include a visit to the Kazinga
Channel, walking safaris at Kyambura Gorge, forest walks and wildlife