Uganda Budget Holidays And Safaris

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Uganda Budget Holidays And Safaris

Are you looking for budget safaris and holidays in Uganda? Well, booking a budget holiday tour and safari in Africa is a best way to save money as you enjoy a great time in the wilderness.  If you book a budget safari to Uganda with Africa Adventure Vacations doesn’t mean that you will experience a bad service from travel suppliers like safari camps and lodges, however, it means enjoying full memorable trip at a cheapest rate possible. Travel agents and operators in Uganda negotiate good deals and rates with different hotels in a number of travel destinations to get the best rate for their guests. Consequently, you may book budget holidays and safaris in Uganda and end up enjoying a mid-range facility due to good deals executed by the operator from the supplier like the safari lodges.  Therefore, don’t get shocked if we offer you a very affordable Uganda safari and tour at high discounted rate.

If you intend to book budget safaris and holidays in Uganda, Africa Adventure Vacations is always at your disposal to offer services beyond your expectations. At times our rates may be slightly higher than other agencies due to differences in the selection of accommodation and safari activities however be very sure of the unique safari experiences with value for money. Other thing to take note of, prices for our budget holidays and safaris keep changing depending on the travel season. During low season, suppliers like safari camps and lodges offer crazy discounts compared to peak seasons. Therefore, expect to get best travel deals during months of late march, April and May than in late June, July and August.

Uganda Budget safaris & holidays

Guests looking to explore Uganda on safaris and holidays must visit one of the ten national parks managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority. These parks include;  Kidepo valley national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Murchison falls national park, Lake Mburo national park, Kibale forest national park, Rwenzori national park, Elgon national park and Semiliki national park. All the savannah national parks offer best safari game drives, community encounters, bird watching and community encounters while tropical rainforest national parks are good at primate watching adventures such as chimp tracking, golden monkey tracking and gorilla trekking holidays.

Other places you may discover during your Uganda budget safaris and holidays include; cultural sites (Kabaka’s palace, Igongo cultural centre, Kasubi tombs, Sezibwa falls etc.), Entebbe beaches, The Nile in Jinja for whitewater rafting and exploring its source, Lake Bunyonyi and Mutanda to tour different islands, Mabira forest for ziplining and bird watching, Sipi falls for hiking, you can go visit Entebbe botanical gardens located a few minutes’ drive from Entebbe international airport. Here you can go for bird watching, picnic as well as discovering the tranquility in the forest. The Tarzan jungle movie was shot from these gardens so you can look out for insects, monkeys, squirrels and butterflies. You can also visit Uganda wildlife education center formerly known as the zoo to see birds and animals of Uganda. There is also Uganda reptile village in Entebbe so you can go and see reptiles such as crocodiles, vipers, lizards, cobras, mambas and puff adders.

What to do on Budget safaris & Holidays in Uganda

There is a lot of things you can do in Uganda if you book a budget tour and trip such as primate trekking ie encountering mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in Uganda’s tropical forests, Community tours, Bird watching, Launch cruises, rafting the Nile, day and night game drives, mountain climbing and hiking among others. Below are some of the highlights of budget gorilla safaris and holidays in Uganda;

Mountain Gorilla trekking

This is arguably the most done activity in Uganda that’s why it had to be on the top of the list. Gorilla trekking is the most popular tourism activity in Uganda. Mountain gorillas in Uganda are found in 2 national parks in Uganda that is Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. Bwindi national park a lot harbors a half of the total population of mountain gorillas remaining in the world. Mountain gorillas are endangered but their number is slowly increasing and researchers show that there are 1063 now in the whole world. Bwindi impenetrable national park has 19 habituated gorilla families which are open for tourism and Mgahinga gorilla national park has only Nyakagezi gorilla group which is habituated

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park is exciting and this because it’s the only park in Uganda where you can participate in gorilla habituation experience. Gorilla habituation experience differs from gorilla trekking in a way that gorilla habituation requires you to spend almost a full day with the gorilla while gorilla trekking you only spend an hour with them. Gorilla habituation is more expensive than gorilla trekking because they spend more time with the gorillas and researchers as they learn more about these primates. To total distance from Kampala to Bwindi Uganda is approximately 540km taking you about 9 hours. For those that love nature, the journey from Kampala to Bwindi is very rewarding because of the beautiful scenery along the way. The forests, landscape, water bodies, valleys, lakes, rivers and mountains are all seen along the way and this is why the area is referred to as the “The Switzerland of Africa”. Those who hate travelling long distances can book a flight from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi.

Lion trekking and spotting tree climbing lions in Ishasha

Uganda is the only place to find tree climbing lions and Lake Manyara in Tanzania. These tree climbing lions are found in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park in south western Uganda. Ishasha has many tree climbing lions and thee are higher chances of seeing them. Queen Elizabeth national park offers you another opportunity of trekking lions in Kasenyi sector with the help of experienced rangers and researchers. Lion trekking in Kishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park involves the use of GPS. Lions have sensors on their bodies which helps rangers to allocate them. Lion trekking is different from lions seen during the game drives. During the game drives the tourists are not allowed to move out of their cars while lion trekking involves trekkers to get closer the lions, drive deep in the park and the visitors assist in collecting samples from the lions after using a tranquilizer.

Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale

Kibale was named the capital of primates. It is the one of the best places to trek chimpanzees in the world and this is because the chimpanzees are easily to find after a short time trekking them. Kibale national park has the biggest population of chimpanzees over 1,500 in Uganda. There are 100 chimpanzees habituated in 3 communities in Kibale national park. Kibale is one of the parks where you can go and experience chimpanzee habituation. Chimpanzee habituation is more expensive than chimpanzee trekking because you spend more time with the primates. Visitors in Kibale National Park are led by guides and researchers who tell you any information you want about these Chimpanzees. Apart from chimpanzees, Kibale national park is a habitat to 12 other primates i.e. golden monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue and white colubus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, baboons, Vervet monkeys, L’hoest’s monkeys, Uganda red colobus, the pottos and Uganda red colobus. Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park commences with a briefing from head guides at Kanyanchu visitor center. From there you are led by guides and rangers to the forests, it takes you 3-4 hours to allocated the chimpanzees and once you find them you are given an hour to stay with them as you learn about their habits and behaviors, watch them play, feed, groom , mate and relax. Chimpanzees are mobile they don’t stay in one place. They spend a lot of their time on top of trees and this makes it difficult to take those photos

Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga

Golden monkeys are very cute endangered primates. They have the thick golden hair which makes them attractive. Golden monkeys are only found in Rwanda, DR Congo and Uganda. In Uganda, golden monkeys are only found in Mgahinga national park located in south western Uganda in Kisoro district on the borders with Rwanda and DR Congo. The golden monkeys in Mgahinga national park love feeding on bamboo shoots on the slopes of mountain Gahinga, Sabyinyo and Muhabura. The population of golden monkeys in the world is reducing not like mountain gorillas.

Birding Watching

Uganda is among the top best countries for sport fishing.  The country has more than 1066 bird species. The most attractive bird species in Uganda are the rare shoebill stork, African green broadbill, the brown-chest plover, black bee eater, karamoja apalis, purvell’s illadopsis, green breasted pitta, nahan’s francolin and red-fronted antpecker. Uganda has the perfect habitats for birds ranging from forests, swamps to the shores of lakes and rivers. For the best birding experience in Uganda, one needs to go to a national park after which they can combine it with any other activity such as sport fishing, chimpanzee, gorilla or lion trekking or even boat cruise. Birds in Uganda can be spotted anywhere, you begin seeing birds when you arrive at Entebbe international airport.

Sport fishing

25% of Uganda is covered with water so if you are in Uganda you don’t need to worry about angling. Nile perch the biggest type of fish is the most sought of fish by anglers. The Nile perch weighs up to 120 km with an average one weighing about 60kgs. There are Nile perch is mostly found in Lake Victoria or river Nile. The best places to catch fish are River Nile, Lake Victoria, Lake Mburo and Murchison falls national park. The major fish species caught in Uganda are Nile perch, mud fish, silver fish, Nile tilapia and catfish.

Accommodation for Budget safaris & Holidays

Well Uganda national parks are endowed with different accommodation properties ranging from Budget to high end camps and lodges however, for this case, let us look at the features of budget accommodation in Uganda.

They have limited service, low cost, standardized accommodation, simple rooms, low construction and operation costs, simple menu, and fewer rooms.

In regards to maximize visits to Uganda’s national parks, UWA built a number of bandas and dormitories in several game reserves for price sensitive visitors in order encourage travelers book budget holidays and safaris. You may also opt to go lazy camping to have the authentic African experience in wilderness.

Take a look at budget lodges and camps in different travel destinations in Uganda;

Lake Mburo National Park: Leopard rest lodge, Arcadia cottages, Rwonyo rest camp, Mpogo safari lodge, Eagles Nest etc

Queen Elizabeth National Park: Kanzinga Channel View Resort, Simba Safari Camp, Mweya Hostels, Tembo Safari Lodge, Pumba Cottages, Victoria Gardens

Kibale Forest National Park: Kitojo guest cottages, Rwenzori view guest house, · Nyinalibulitwa country resort, Lake Nkuruba Campsite, Rweteera safari park

Murchison falls national park: Red Chill Rest Camp, Global Village guest house, New court view hotel, Shoebill Campsite, Ziwa Rhino Camp, Boomu Womens Group Bandas, Budongo Eco lodge, Masindi Hotel, Parkside safari lodge, Yebo Safari Camp

Kidepo Valley National Park: Apoka Rest Camp, Kidepo Savanah Lodge

Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park: Broadbill Forest Camp, Buhoma community rest camp, Wagtail eco safari camp, Bwindi view bandas, Gift of nature lodge, Nshongi gorilla resort, Ruhija community rest camp, Ruhondeza safari camp

Mgahinga gorilla National park: Amajambere Iwacu Camp, Golden Monkey House, Countryside Guest house, Mutanda Eco community centre, Kisoro Heritage Guest House

Semuliki national park: Reinah tourist hotel, Kirimia guest house, Ruwenzori travelers Inn, UWA Bandas and Cottages

Mount Rwenzori national park: Rwenzori Backpackers, Mihungi Safari lodge, Rwenzori Turaco View Campsite, Tours Holiday Inn, Ruboni community camp

Mount Elgon national park: Crow’s Nest rest camp, Kapkwaki Forest Cottage, Kapkwata Guest house, Moses campsite, Suam guest house, Rose’s last chance, Wimpey hotel, Mount Elgon view hotel, Mosha hotel etc.

Are you still looking for budget holidays in Uganda, just book your safari with Africa Adventure Vacations.

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