BUDGET SAFARIS IN UGANDA
Budget Safaris in Uganda: Are you planning a budget safari to any destination in Africa, then look no further than booking your safari to Uganda the pearl of Africa one of the landlocked country in Africa, such but with amazing and breath taking attractions that will make your budget safari so rewarding and memorable. Uganda the pearl of Africa is situated in the East African region bordering Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, DRCongo and South Sudan. The pearl is such a beautiful country to explore while on your budget safari. Uganda is gifted with 10 stunning national parks, Game reserves, Sanctuaries and many other fascinating attractions that make Uganda one of the top destination in East Africa and Africa at large. Since Uganda has several parks, to fully explore the best of the country, one may need at least 2 weeks to a full month to be able to visit most of the parks. Each of the parks has both budget accommodations that enable budget travelers to also enjoy their Uganda safaris. However, there are also available midrange and luxury accommodations for those who need something better than budget. Unlike other countries, Uganda’s rates are always fixed be it in low season, high season or pick season thus once you confirm your trip, it remains valid even if the season changes you may not incur any extra cost.
Here are the national parks to visit while on your Budget Safaris in Uganda;
All the 10 national parks in Uganda are managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) a responsible body for all protected wildlife areas in Uganda the pearl of Africa thus most of the park activities are paid for direct to UWA though we always do this on behalf of all our clients to ensure that they enjoy all their safari during their stay in Uganda. Below are the top 10 destinations to visit while on Budget Safaris in Uganda;
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of the most visited destination in Uganda and a home to the largest population of the endangered mountain gorilla species. With over 1000 mountain gorillas, more than 50% reside in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable national park. You may take a minimum of 2 days safari to trek mountain gorillas to and from Kigali Rwanda and 3 days gorilla trekking safari from Kampala. Gorilla trekking safari is always the top activity on most of the safari itineraries to Uganda. Other mountain gorillas reside in Mgahinga gorilla national park also in Uganda, Volcanoes national park in Rwanda and Virunga national park in DRCongo. Of all these destinations of gorilla trekking, Uganda offers a budget friendly gorilla trekking permit unlike Rwanda who permit is more than twice that of Uganda yet the experience with gorillas is almost the same. Apart from gorilla trekking, Bwindi impenetrable national park is as well a best destination for forest walk via lots of well designated forest trails. The park as well enables tourists to engage in the Batwa experience which is cultural experience that allows tourists to visit the homesteads of the Batwa and learn more about their previous life style when they lived in the forest with the apes.
Mgahinga gorilla national park is yet another national park to explore while on Budget Safaris in Uganda. Mgahinga gorilla national park enable tourists to as well enjoy gorilla trekking adventure. The park however is a home to only 1 habituated gorilla family, the Nyakagezi thus only 8 gorilla trekking permits are available on a daily basis. Other activities to enjoy in Mgahinga gorilla national park including Golden monkey trekking, in fact this activity is only conducted in this park and similar primates can be trekked in Volcanoes national park Rwanda and Virunga national park in DRCongo implying that golden monkeys mostly reside within Virunga massif that is shared amongst Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Mgahinga gorilla national park is also a suitable destination for volcano hiking safaris in Uganda. Tourists are rewarded with 3 stunning volcanoes to hike including Mount Muhavura, Mount Gahinga and Mount Sabyinyo. You ought not to miss out the Batwa Trail that takes tourists into the wilderness of Mgahinga gorilla national park through a well maintained trail that was used by the batwa when they resided in the forest before they were forced out.
Kibale forest national park is yet another fascinating destination to explore especially for primate lovers. Kibale forest national park is also known as the primate wonder of the world and it’s a home to 13 primate species including Chimpanzees the major primates of the park. Chimpanzee trekking and habituation are the major and highlights of any Uganda safari to Kibale forest national park. The park is a well a best destination for birding and bird watching within the forest and the bigodi wetland where tourists enjoy a guided walk. Kibale forest national park can be visited for as low as 2 days and more depending on one’s wish.
Murchison falls national park known as the oldest and largest savanna park is amongst the 10 protected national parks in Uganda that one can visit during Budget Safaris in Uganda. Murchison falls National Park is atop safari destination in Uganda for wildlife viewing safaris. It offers breath taking game drive safaris throughout the day. Murchison falls national park is one of the best destinations to encounter all the big 5 game after having a stopover at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for Rhino trekking then the other big 4 including Lions, Elephants, Leopards, and Buffaloes can be spotted during the game drive in the park. The park as well enables tourists to view the world’s most powerful waterfall, Murchison falls national park that is easily seen while on a boat cruise up stream to the base of the waterfall to watch the waterfall as it gushes out water through a tinny hole making thunderous sound. While on your Budget Safari in Uganda to Murchison falls national park, you may as well take a hike to the top of waterfalls. This is a 45minutes ascensions though usually managed by the physically and mentally fit travelers. This is usually combined with the boat cruise since the hike starts at the base of the waterfall after the boat ride. Murchison falls national park also offers a boat cruise downstream to the Nile delta, however, this is basically enjoyed by the birders with an opportunity to watch lots of warbirds including the rare shoebill stork. Murchison falls national park also offers Chimpanzee trekking that is conducted in Budongo forest which is a stretch of Murchison falls national park.
Queen Elizabeth national park is another breath taking savanna destination to explore on a Uganda budget safari. Some of the activities to enjoy in Queen Elizabeth national park including game drives like any other savanna destination. Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park are conducted within Kasenyi plains which is the richest savanna part of the park that offers abundant of wildlife species including lions, elephants, buffaloes, lions, Hippos, warthogs, antelopes and many more. For those who wish to have a glance at tree climbing lions, then Ishasha sector is an ideal part of the park to explore. Those combine queen Elizabeth national park with Bwindi national park are rewarded with a visit to Ishasha sector on the way to Bwindi from queen and vice versa. Queen Elizabeth national park is as well the only savanna park in Uganda and Africa which offers lion tracking experience that enables tourists to get a closer watch of lions in their natural habitats. The park as well offers breath taking boat cruise along the Kazinga channel that enables tourists to watch the Nile crocodiles, a huge school of hippos and many other animals along the shores of the channel. For those that wish to spend time with chimpanzees in Queen Elizabeth national park then Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest got you covered though the experience can never be equaled to that in Kibale forest national park.
Kidepo valley national park is the most beautiful savanna park in Uganda but guess what?, it’s the least visited of all reason being that it is located far in the remote area of Karamoja region thus mostly visited by tourists on a longer uganda safari or luxury traveler that can access the park by air. The vegetation cover of Kidepo valley national park is so beautiful and harbors lots of wildlife species making it a suitable destination for game drive safaris in Uganda.
Lake Mburo national park is as well such a small savanna park situated closer the city, Kampala and can be explore while on your budget uganda safari. The park is best for different activities including Game drives, boat cruise, horseback ride, cycling, guided nature walk and many more.
Semliki national park is best for nature lovers who wish to explore the Sempaya hot springs both the male and female hot springs that are the major attractions of the park. Semliki national park is also the best destination to visit for a night game drive and well as primate viewing safaris while on your Budget Safari in Uganda.
Finally Rwenzori mountains national park and Mount Elgon national park are the best parks for tourists who wish to enjoy memorial mountain climbing/ hiking safaris. Mount elgon National park is situated in the North Eastern part of Uganda bordering with Kenya’s Mount Elgon National park thus tourists can hike up Mount Elgon from either side. One may as well choose to hike from Ugandan side and descend into Kenya. On the other hand, Rwenzori mountains national park is situated in the western part of Uganda just near semliki national park.
Other activities to enjoy while on Budget Safaris in Uganda include a tour to Jinja for white water rafting, a visit to source of the Nile, zip lining in Mabira forest, beach activities along lake Victoria, a visit to Ngamba island, Entebbe botanical and finally city tour to various cities including Kampala, Entebbe, Jinja and many more.
Uganda remains the most affordable country to visit for a budget safari this is attributed to the fact that most of the park activities are affordable, the entrance fees are low, and the accommodations are always budget friendly. Book your Budget Uganda safari today to watch gorillas, chimpanzees, wildlife, mountains and many more.