Uganda Travel

Immerse yourself in the evergreen country on the East African plateau on a trip to Uganda. With its pleasant climate, it lies at an average altitude of 1100 meters. The often untouched nature provides a habitat for highly endangered animal species such as gorillas, chimpanzees and Rothschild giraffes.

In the southwest of Uganda, in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, there are around 460 of the world’s 1,100 remaining Mountain gorillas. There are also a large number of reserves such as Queen Elisabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park with its famous waterfall, the virtually untouched Kidepo National Park and Lake Mburo National Park where you can experience the “big five” up close.

You can plan your vacation in Uganda with Avali Tours individually or in a small group. We are also specialists in Uganda self-drive tours. If you want to travel independently and privately, you can explore Uganda on your own with your own four-wheel drive rental car – of course with pre-booked lodges and pre-booked permits for gorilla and chimpanzee tracking.

Why travel with Avali Tours?

  • We know accommodation, lodges, hotels and camps from our own experience
  • You are traveling with German or English speaking drivers
  • We offer you professional advice
  • We can customize any trip to your wishes
  • You will be traveling with mostly German-speaking guides and drivers
  • Vehicle fleet maintained according to German rules

Your travel expert

Rainer Bockmann

Experience the fascinating wildlife, national parks and primates on Uganda safaris

Whether you want to see elephants, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, hippos, crocodiles or antelopes – the safari dream becomes reality in Uganda. Countless lakes and rivers such as Lake Victoria, Lake Bunyonyi or the White Nile are scenically impressive and offer opportunities for sporting activities and relaxation in the midst of pristine nature.

The countries of East Africa areideal for a combination of countries. Whenever we hear the question: “Uganda or Tanzania?” – we ask back: “Why not both?”.

Simply combine the most beautiful highlights of East Africa on one trip. In Uganda, encounter the majestic gorillas and lively chimpanzees in their natural habitat of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, marvel at the roaring Murchison Falls and observe the unique wildlife of Queen Elizabeth National Park, which is home to the Big Five, among others.

In Tanzania, the incomparable sight of Mount Kilimanjaro, the Ngorongoro Crater and the vastness of the Serengeti awaits you. In September and October you can also see the Great Migration in Tanzania, the spectacular animal migration in which millions of wildebeest and zebras cross the Mara River.

Kenya attracts visitors with relaxation on the white sandy beaches of Mombasa and the diverse culture of the Maasai and wildlife spotting in the national parks. The species-rich Amboseli National Park is known for its elephant population and at Lake Nakuru you can be enchanted by the bright pink flamingos.

Rwanda is the least developed tourist destination in our country mosaic. The landlocked country is an oasis of peace and beauty – you will experience this at the latest when you see the rolling landscape in the “Land of a Thousand Hills” for the first time.

In the capital Kigali, you can stroll through the lively and colorful markets and learn about the tragic chapters of the country’s history at the Genocide Memorial. The real highlight of Rwanda are the majestic mountain gorillas in the Volcanoes National Park. An encounter with these gentle giants in the mist is an experience you will never forget

With a combination of Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya and Rwanda, you will experience the authentic Africa, filled with wonders, wilderness and unforgettable experiences. Each of these countries offers numerous impressive moments that together tell the fascinating story of this breathtaking continent. Do you already have a clear idea of the highlights you would like to discover?

Do you already have specific ideas about which highlights you would like to explore? We will be happy to organize a tailor-made trip for you.

Interesting facts & frequently asked questions

Wann ist die beste Reisezeit für Uganda?

The best time to travel to Uganda depends on individual preferences and planned activities. In general, however, the dry seasons between December and February and from June to September are the best times to travel. During these months, the roads are well passable and the game drives on safari are particularly rewarding as the animals congregate around the remaining waterholes and the less dense vegetation allows for better visibility. In addition, the average temperatures of 22-25°C are pleasantly warm, but not too hot. Although the landscape is particularly lush and flourishing in the rainy seasons from March to May and October to November, the heavy rains can affect travel plans. The dry seasons are therefore considered the best time to travel to Uganda.

Klimatabelle und Wetter

The climate is determined by its location on the equator and the altitude of the country. The relatively moderate temperature conditions are fairly constant throughout the year. There are two rainy seasons, a stronger one between March and May, and another from October to November. During these months, heavy rainfall is heaviest in the mountainous regions of the west and southwest and around Lake Victoria. The average temperatures in the capital are a balanced 22-25°C throughout the year.

JanuaryfebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyaugustSeptemberoctobernovemberDecember
Average daily temperature in °C22,2 22,822,622,221,721,521,321,722,022,122,022,2
Precipitation per month in mm86,784,4184,5264,4253,8116,272,177,879,0127,6171,7120,6
Source: German Weather Service

Einreise

To enter Uganda, you need a passport (which is valid for 6 months after departure), proof of a yellow fever vaccination and a visa, which you must apply for online in advance .

Geld & Währung

The official currency in Uganda is the Uganda Shilling. Euros and US dollars can also be exchanged locally. In most cases, it is also possible to pay with US dollars. You can withdraw cash from ATMs in larger cities and at the airport using your EC card and credit card. Payment by credit card is not common and is usually only possible in large hotels and restaurants.

Wie viel Trinkgeld ist in Uganda üblich?

Tipping is a common practice in Uganda and an important part of the income for many service providers. Drivers, guides and rangers are happy to receive a tip of USD 5 per person per day. For porters who help you with tracking, a tip of 5-10 USD is appropriate. Remember that tips are always voluntary and are primarily intended to express your appreciation for good service. It is customary to hand over the tip in an envelope in order to maintain discretion.

Gesund reisen

All travelers must provide proof of a yellow fever vaccination – the only exception is children who have not yet reached the age of one. In addition to a hepatitis A vaccination, the Federal Foreign Office also recommends adhering to the vaccination recommendations of the Robert Koch Institute and dealing with the issue of malaria prophylaxis. If you have any questions, it is best to consult your family doctor or a travel medicine specialist.

Welche Kleidung sollte ich einpacken | Packliste für Uganda

  • Light, breathable clothing: T-shirts, blouses and pants made of cotton are ideal.
  • Long pants and shirts: these not only protect you from mosquito bites, but also from the sun.
  • Light-colored clothing: Dark colors can attract insects, so light colors are preferable.
  • Light jacket or sweater: For cooler evenings or excursions to higher altitudes.
  • Robust clothing: If you are planning a safari, you should pack robust clothing.
  • Hat or cap: A hat protects you from the sun and helps prevent sunstroke.
  • Comfortable hiking boots: These are essential for longer walks or hikes.
  • Sun protection: Sunglasses and sun cream with a high protection factor are important.
  • Rain jacket: As the weather in Uganda can change quickly, you should always have a rain jacket with you.
  • Swimwear: For a dip in the pool at the lodge or if you plan to swim in Lake Victoria.
  • Underwear and socks: Sufficient to change, ideally also made of cotton

Ortszeit

During summer time, you have to set your watch one hour ahead on a trip to Uganda (Central European Summer Time +1). In winter time, Uganda is 2 hours ahead of us (CET +2 hours).

Sprache

In addition to English, Swahili is also an official language, although the latter is rarely used. The locals speak a total of 50 different national languages – of which Luganda is the most widely spoken.

Essen und Trinken

Ugali (maize porridge), sweet potatoes, manioc, beans and cabbage are popular side dishes in Uganda, which are usually eaten with fish or chicken – all spiced up to make a typical meal in Uganda. You can especially look forward to the fresh fruit, which is also ideal for snacks: Avocados, papayas and oranges with a wonderful aroma. For a snack between meals, try the sweet mandazis (small dumplings) or samosas – a savory version of dumplings. Tea is grown in Uganda and is mainly drunk with milk. When drinking water, you should always use bottled water. The water from the tap is not suitable for consumption.