Travel to Africa and Uganda has been on a standstill since the outbreak of the corona Virus. The country has been under lockdown for the last three months and tourism activities were suspended. As Uganda and the tourism sector worldwide move to manoeuvre through the current pandemic, UNWTO and other international organizations are guiding the global industry on various interventions, statistics and forecasts and guidelines for safe travel.
Uganda is endowed with amazing things to look at and is one of Africa’s best safari destinations in Africa. Uganda is a beautiful country located in East Africa boarded by Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda and it is referred to as the “The pearl of Africa”. Uganda has diverse wildlife, rare and endangered species and the Big Five, bird species, and Beautiful hospitable people, the mountains, Lakes, Rivers, Forests where can have a great safari. Uganda is truly one of the best safari destinations as it exposes you to the true wilderness and natural environments.
Tourism activities in Uganda are guided by government bodies, Uganda wildlife Authority, Uganda Tourism Board, Ministry of Tourism in Uganda and now also guided by Ministry of health and World health organization for safe travel post Covid-19.
What to do and see while on safari in Uganda post Lockdown
Uganda has half of the population of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world staying in the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Travellers from all over the world has visited the beautiful mountain gorillas and you shouldn’t miss while on your safari to Africa. To see/Trek the gorillas in Uganda, you will need a gorilla permit that Encounter can help you secure from Uganda wildlife Authority. The gorilla trekking permit costs USD700 per person per trek and the gorilla habituation permit costs USD1500 per person per trek for Non-Foreign Residents, Gorilla permits are discounted for foreign residents and East African citizens. Gorilla trekking is a lifetime experience of visiting the gorillas in their natural environment and interact with them 95% of the human DNA, the activity starts early morning at 8:00am with a briefing at the park headquarters and later start walking into the forest guided by park guides and rangers until you find them.
You are also required to follow the guidelines that have been established for safety of the traveler, the service providers, Park staff and the gorillas. Encounter Africa safaris is following the SOPs that have been put in Place to control the spread of the virus and ensure safety of travel of every client.
Chimpanzee tracking /Habituation
Uganda has the highest population of Primates in Africa, it has the highest population of chimpanzees as well that can be seen in Kibale forest national park, Budongo forest, Kalinzu forest, and Kyambura forest. Kibale National Park is regarded as the “Primate capital” because of the many chimpanzee communities that inhabit in the forest. You will require to have secured a chimpanzee permit in advance to be allowed to see the chimpanzees and you should follow all the guides for safety as we heal from this pandemic. On the day of the trek, experienced guides, researchers and trackers will accompany your party on an early morning trek into the forest to view wild chimpanzees as well as several other species of primates in their natural habitat. You will have an opportunity to be within meters of these amusing and very social apes. Chimpanzees, our closest cousins, are extremely endangered with only an estimated 5000 remaining in Uganda. Choose Uganda as your post lockdown safari destination in Africa to see the chimpanzees.
Uganda is magnificent wildlife destinations in Africa that gives you an opportunity to see the big five during. The diverse wildlife can be seen in the game parks during your morning, afternoon and night game drives in any park your visit, there are also special experiences like the lion tracking, Rhino tracking, and that gives you more chances to see the wild game. Game drives in Uganda are done in National Parks and game reserves on main tracks to spot the animals, you will have chances to see animals in their natural environment in Queen Elizabeth national park, and Murchison falls national park, Lake Mburo national park, Kidepo valley national park, Toro-Semuliki reserve and Pian-Upe wildlife reserve. There is lot of wildlife to see namely giraffes, Elephants, energetic antelopes, buffalos, zebras, hippos, warthogs, Rhinos, Lions, leopards, cheetahs, Antelopes, Ostriches. Book Uganda as your safari destination now to have an amazing time.
Golden Monkey tracking
Golden Monkeys are also rare primates in the world and Uganda is lucky to have them remaining in Mgahinga national park. Golden monkey tracking is one of the primary activities in the park that make Mgahinga gorilla national park a distinct destination and Uganda as a whole. There are two communities of golden monkeys habituated for trekking, golden monkey trekking permit costs USD100 as per the Uganda wildlife Authority Tariff of 2020-2021. The trek starts early morning at 7:00am with a briefing at the park headquarters about the dos and don’ts while in the forest. Later you start your walk into the forest with park guides and Rangers until you find the golden Monkeys and you are allowed to view them for one hour. Book your safari to Uganda post Lockdown with us for an ultimate African safari.
For those interested in hiking safari after the lockdown, Uganda is the perfect destination for Mountaineering which you can do on Mountain Rwenzori the snow-capped mountain, Mountain Elgon with the biggest caldera, the volcanic Mountain Sabyinyo, Mountain Gahinga and Mountain Muhabura and you can make a choice of climbing one of the mountains depending on your fitness. Hiking experience gives you an opportunity to see different tree species, spot birds, Forest Elephants, Primates and Gorillas and other animals. You can hike to different summits/peaks, ranging from one day to two weeks depending on your interest.
Cultural and community Encounters
Uganda has diverse cultures and tribes, with over 50 languages spoken by different people. Every culture in the east, west, south and north has unique and interesting features that can complete your African experience. Some of the cultures include the Batwa people commonly referred to as the pygmies for many years until of recent when they were removed from the Bwindi Forest to the surrounding communities of Bwindi Forest National Park to ease mountain gorilla conservation and tourism, the Ankole culture in the west, the Ik and Karamojong culture in the North, You will explore the languages, the traditions, taboos, Food, way of life and the hospitality of the people of Uganda.
Uganda is one of the hot spots in Africa for Bird watching with about 1000 bird species, for travellers interested in Birding after the Lockdown, The key to Uganda’s diversity is its variety of habitats namely arid semi-desert, rich savannahs, lowland and montane rainforests, vast wetlands, volcanoes and an Afro-alpine zone. You will only pay park entrance fees and birding fees to be able to see the different bird species, there are guided walking trails into the forest, swamps and river streams and you will be able to see and identify birds with your guides, some of the birds to sport include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, Pelicans, African darter, Herons and many others. Visit our website for Birding packages for groups and solo travellers Post Lockdown.
Other activities can as well have boat cruises on different lakes, Rivers and crater lakes, White water rafting, Zip lining, horse riding, Bicycle tours, Plantation tours. We can plan and tailor all activities depending on your budget, time and interest. Book your safari to Uganda for an exclusive African experience.
Why book your Post Lockdown Safari to Uganda with Encounter Africa safaris?
Encounter Africa safaris offers amazing experiences to Uganda and the East African region as a whole. Contact us for our discounted packages and also tailor-made trips now to plan your post lockdown safari. Our magic in organizing authentic experience stems from the fact that we have overtime assembled a team mixed with young and energetic staff guided by well experienced mature managers and directors who are Ugandans and passionate about what they do. Encounter Africa Safaris is highly rated and reviewed on trip Advisor and safari bookings to help you learn on the experiences of the other travellers who have travelled with us.