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Uganda Overland Travel

Gorillas, lions, elephants, thundering waterfalls and shimmering lakes: a general description of Africa? No, Uganda - the Pearl of Africa and home to an extraordinary range of environments and experiences.

Dispel all those negative images you may have of Uganda: the catastrophic 1970s and 1980s are well and truly over and Uganda has risen from the ashes stronger than before and is fast reinventing itself as a must-do safari destination, and it’s classic Overlanding country.

Small enough to get around easily and diverse enough to never get bored, a Uganda Overland adventure can blend adventure activities as varied as gorilla trekking, bungi jumping, big game viewing and hiking. Its dripping rainforests are home to an astonishing range of primates, butterflies and birds while elephants, lions and buffalo roam the savannahs. The local Ugandans are friendly, English widely spoken and the country combines well with neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania which means an Overlander can experience all that East Africa has to offer.

Uganda Overland Travel Guide

• Uganda, home to lakes, glaciers, deserts, mountain ranges, tropical forests and savannahs was christened ‘The Pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill due to its astounding natural beauty.
• At 236 580 sq km Uganda is marginally bigger than Great Britain but almost 25% of the country is covered by freshwater in the form of lakes and rivers.
• The source of the Nile is found at Jinja, on the Ugandan shores of Lake Victoria.
• Besides a good range of classic African plains game species, Uganda has one of Africa’s greatest diversity of primates and is home to over 1 000 species of bird making it a naturalist’s delight.
• Uganda straddles the Equator but its raised topography, essentially a plateau between the 2 arms of the Rift Valley, makes for a cooler climate than you might think.
• Uganda’s green and fertile appearance is no coincidence:  it’s a wet country and you can expect rain at virtually any time of year in the popular western region.
• Gorilla trekking is best during the drier months of January to February and June to September.
• 33 local languages are spoken in Uganda by around 50 ethnic groups but English is widespread.
• The capital city is Kampala though nearby Entebbe is the town with Uganda’s international airport.

Travel Tips:

  • Most nationalities can get a visa at the border, but check before you go
  • The Uganda Shilling is the official currency, but the US dollar dominates
  • Most activities like bungee jumping and white-water rafting can be paid in US dollars
  • Don’t feel pressured to give things away to people, even when they ask - it cultivates begging
  • Rather, give a give a gift in exchange to advice they may give, like directions!

Dont forget to:

  • Go on a game drive in the Serengeti
  • Go White Water Rafting on the River Nile from Bujagali Falls
  • Sit with a gorilla family in the rainforest
  • Ride a boda-boda taxi in Kampala
  • Track Chimpanzees at Kibale Forest
  • Go game viewing at Queen Elizabeth or Murchison Falls national parks
  • Take a scenic boat trip on a river




Quick Facts:

  • At 236 580sqkm, Uganda is bigger than Great Britain but covered by forests, lakes and rivers!
  • The source of the NIle is found at Jinga, on the Ugandan shores of Lake Victoria
  • Uganda has Africa’s greatest diversity of primates, including the mountain gorilla
  • Expect rain at any time of the year in the popular western region
  • The capital city is Kampala, but Entebbe has the international airport