Uganda

mountain Gorilla and chimpanzee tracking, mist-wreathed mountains, rich game viewing

With its amazing topographical contrasts – from open savannah plains to dense rainforest and tall, mist-wreathed mountains – Uganda provides the setting for an incredible African journey.  Its most famous residents – the mountain gorillas of Bwindi and Mgahinga – are just one of Uganda’s extraordinary range of primates, birds and mammals.

There are some hidden gems here too (although you’ll need an expert to show you where they are): imagine for instance, an area that looks just like the Masai Mara, with even richer game – and then imagine having it all, entirely to yourself.

This is a place to come with expert guidance, an adventurous spirit and a sense of humor: there are few good lodges, bone-shaking roads and efficient service is an oxymoron – although the Ugandan people’s tremendous joie de vivre makes it easy to forgive with the right attitude. With the Idi Amin years now a distant memory, Uganda is making real efforts with conservation and poaching – once rampant – appears to have been considerably reduced.

All itineraries are individually designed, but as an indication, we can arrange ten days in Uganda (excluding  international flights) from $6800 per person.

Stories

As every one of the holidays we create is unique, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. We from c+l are also always travelling to our destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences.

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Exploring the Wildlife of Uganda

It wasn't just the gorillas that excited Louise when she visited Uganda recently it was the tree climbing lion and the huge variety of wildlife. Queen Victoria National Park proved the highlight of her trip.

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the planet of the apes in Uganda

Amon Johnson is the manager of the Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge which acts as the gateway to the nearby Bwindi National Park. Even after many years, he is still in awe of these magnificent creatures and is taking an active approach into their conservation.

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An Alternative way to See Uganda

Henrietta Loyd had the chance to experience Uganda in a totally unique and different way. With her knowledgeable guide and feeling like a current day Katharine Hepburn she explored Uganda by boat, sailing along the Nile up to Murchison Falls.

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Places to Stay

At c+l, we have no vested interest in the hotels and lodges which we select - we review everything and choose the best for a particular client. And because we visit our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with over 90% of our clients on their return, our choices can be refined continually. The choice of what is best for the client is our only consideration.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Gorilla treking is one of the most unique wildlife encounters. Spectacularly situated high on Nteko ridge overlooking the Virunga volcanoes, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in our minds has Uganda’s most impressive location. Clouds offers the exclusivity and wilderness that best befits this once in a lifetime adventure.

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Bwindi Lodge

Bwindi is perfectly located for gorilla trekking as it is only 500m from the National Park. You might however get more than you bargained for as it is not uncommon to see one of the gorilla families enjoying the lodge's grounds. The lodge is rustic but very comfortable, built seamlessly into the surrounding lush forest.

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Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Best known for the tree climbing lion, Ishasha Wilderness Camp is the authentic safari experience: surrounded by pristine, untouched forest in the heart of Uganda. Home to plenty of game only found in Uganda such as the Ugandan Cob. Queen Elizabeth National Park will bring something new to even the most seasoned safari goer.

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Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Kyambura Gorge Lodge

Perched above the Kyambura Gorge overlooking the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park this is the idyllic setting for your safari adventure in Uganda. The lodge itself has been designed in a very modern, fresh way which until now hasn’t really been seen in Uganda. There is also a large swimming pool perfect for a cooling dip after a busy morning tracking chimps.

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Mount Gahinga Lodge

Mount Gahinga Lodge

This rustic eco lodge is fantastic for those who want to get off the beaten track and experience the peace of the great outdoors. Located on the edge of Mgahinga National Park, the lodge is a great base for hiking through the dramatic landscape that surrounds the property and it is also a rewarding spot for birders.

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Apoka Safari Lodge

Apoka Safari Lodge

Like the rest of Uganda, Apoka has the most incredible potential with exciting game viewing and jaw dropping scenery. However although we adored our stay, we found small details were overlooked. Eager and kind, the staff were ready to help and with time the manager, George, and his team will transform this lodge into an absolute 'must' for everyone visiting Uganda.

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Highlights

For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them.

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Bwindi National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to approximately 330 mountain gorillas (almost half of the world's total population).Bwindi is also the only forest in Africa which has chimpanzees and mountain gorillas co-existing. As well as hosting five other species of primate, the forest contains 113 species of mammal, over 200 species of butterfly, 360 bird species, 324 tree species and even a herd of forest elephant.

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Chimpanzee Tracking

Embarking on a trek to find chimpanzees in the wild is an exhilarating experience. With the conservation projects happening in the Kyambura Gorge and Kibale forest there are now over 5000 chimpanzees so hopefully you will get a good sighting.

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HIKING IN MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK

Mgahinga is Uganda’s smallest national park; however, it is also one of the most dramatic. It merits a visit simply to appreciate the scenery. The park lies on the Northern slopes of Mountains Muhabura, Mgahinga and Sabyinyo, three volcanoes that create an unforgettable regional backdrop.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park consists of two thousand square kilometers of bushy grassland, acacia woodland, lake shore, and swamps. Due to the diverse habitats, it makes the perfect home for hundreds of bird species and an excellent spot for birders to catch a glimpse of some rare species.

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Semliki Valley National Park

For those with a little more time, or maybe if its their second visit to Uganda, we highly recommend a trip to Semliki Valley National Park. 220 sq kilometers of wilderness it has a lot to offer and is particularly rewarding for its varied bird population and primate species. It also contains the Sempaya hot springs and one of Africa's most ancient and bio-diverse forests.

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Murchison Falls

Become a modern day explorer and visit this wild and untamed gorge. It breaks the Victoria Nile creating a trademark rainbow, and is part of Uganda's oldest and largest conservation area. Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents, while there are regular visits from buffalo, giraffe and elephant.

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Location

We know Uganda better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return.

Best time to visit
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Best time to go

As with Rwanda, being so close to the equator means that it is possible to visit Uganda all year. The most popular times to travel are in the long dry season from June to September, and the shorter dry season from December to February. If you’re intending to track gorillas, you’ll need to plan your vacation well ahead to secure permits – especially from July to September.

Uganda’s main rainy season is from March to May, with shorter rains in October and November however and it can rain any time of year, especially in the gorilla parks areas. Travel can be slower in the rainy season but the views are often better. Gorilla tracking can also be muddier. Uganda is often combined with Rwanda; it is very easy to be driven between the two countries. It also works well in combination with Kenya.

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