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National parks

Uganda is one of the few countries who have been able to conserve and protect their wildlife by setting up spacious national parks. No less then <10> national parks are dotted around the country with sizes ranging from <> to <>. Every park has a unique feature and some are more visited then others. in the park you will want to venture off the beaten track. After all, generally speaking lions don’t just lounge around roadside in order to show themselves to you. Instead they have their favourite rocks and bushes where they spend their afternoons.

Going off road is only allowed during so called game drives. This is a drive you take with a ranger. The ranger is there to ensure the safety of the wildlife but also your personal safety. They have years of experience tracking the wildlife and have an intimate knowledge of the behavioural patterns of specific animals. Don’t be surprised when your ranger tells you tales about the animals you see that are based on his own experience or historical tales from his people. He will probably sound like he is talking about his best friend.

Uganda offers you the big five (Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Cape Buffalo, Rhinos) and also much more such as Mountain Gorillas, and Chimpanzees. We always make sure that each game drive is world class. Whether it is your first safari and want to see the big five, or if you are an old hand and want to find an rare animal nothing beats the exhilaration of tracking and then finding that elusive creature.

The African bush does not sleep at night! Encounter Africa’s elusive nocturnal creatures on a night drive, you will be surprised by what goes on after dark. Or feel a true part of the bush by taking a walking safari. There is no better way to experience the African bush than on foot, where the tracks, beetles and bugs spring to life. It is likely that you will get close to larger mammals with our experienced walking guides but this is the chance to take a closer look at the little things and appreciate nature from the earth upwards.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS:

Murchison Falls

About a 4 hours drive from Kampala this is one of the most visited parks in Uganda. It is teaming with wildlife and offers various landscapes including Savannah and wetlands. Visitors will marvel at herds of buffalos, dozens of elephants, warthogs and towering giraffes, along with bushbucks, reedbuck, duikers, kobs, oribi and the unusual-looking hartebeest. You may even spot a leopard at dusk!. → More

Lake Mburo

Only a 2 hour drive away from the capital Kampala , this is a smaller national park with some amazing hills. There are viewpoints and picnic spots along some of the tracks. The main feature of the park is the many zebra’s that graze the plains together with the cobs and other animals. → More

Kidepo Valley

Often thought of as dangerous and far away this is one of the best preserved and largest national parks. Many visitors have told us that it is pristine like the serengeti was 10 years ago. It offers all the wildlife including Giraffes, Elephants and Lions. Come and meet BullBull one of the lone male elephants travelling the landscapes. Other wildlife includes leopard, bush duiker, jackal, bushbuck, bush pig, Kavirondo bush baby, buffalo and much more. The landscapes are immense and impressive be it day or night. It really is a different world. → More

Queen Elizabeth

For a classic African safari experience, the tracks through Kasenyi, the North Kazinga Plains and the Ishasha Sector offer virtually guaranteed buffalo, antelope and elephant sightings, along with warthogs and baboons. Taking an experienced guide in the early morning or at dusk is the most successful way to track down a pride of lions, and maybe even the odd leopard. Queen Elizabeth has the only tree climbing lions in the world! A true sight to behold. → More

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Meet the primates

One of the treasures that has earned Uganda <> by lonely planet for 2012 is the presence of primates. Mountain gorillas and chimpanzees are the most famous amongst many others that are widely present. So where can you see them?

The mountain gorillas can be found in the remote Bwindi Impenetrable forest in Kibale, in the south west of the country. The population is estimated to be about 880 individuals. In order to make sure they can live in peace you can only visit them on a guided tour for which you must secure a permit. We can arrange everything for you, transport to Bwindi, accommodation and of course the gorilla permit. It can be part of your safari tour through Uganda or it can be a one of quick 2 day trip during a business trip. We will make sure you can greet our ancestors.

Are the gorillas a bridge to far? Then visit the Chimpanzees. Tides Africa Safaris has unique contacts with the Kanyanchu Primate walk. Near Fort Portal and the Rwenzori Mountains, Kibale forest hosts not less than 13 different species of primates. Priced much more friendly then the exclusive gorillas people often choose to the Kibale forest walk to be part of their experience. After all you can’t have experienced Uganda without seeing the primates. → More

Bird watching

Uganda has more than half of Africa's bird species making it your ultimate birding destination. Uganda's favourable year-round climate which is warm and varying vegetation coupled with wetlands is the main reason why it is a favourite spot for a variety of bird species. The country has more than 1000 indigenous bird species, in addition to those that seasonally migrate to take refuge here due to bad weather and harsh conditions in different parts of the world. Among some of the eye-catching bird species include shoebill stork, white napped pigeon, king fisher, falcons, eagles, black bee-eater, green-breasted pitta, and Karamoja apalis among others. The major birding spots in Uganda include Mabamba bay wetland, and most of the national parks. → More

Mountain Climbing

If you’re interested in mountaineering, then the (5,119m) high, snow covered Rwenzori Mountain, which is protected as Rwenzori Mountain national park and a World Heritage site, will offer you the unique experience you will savour for a lifetime. The mist-surrounded peaks provide stunning backdrops to this magnificent mountain. It is not just the Rwenzoris alone that you can hike in Uganda as there is also the famous Mount Elgon National park, which straddles the Uganda-Kenya Frontier in Eastern Uganda. The park boundaries contain 1147 sq. km of mountain. Most of this area is covered with typical afro-montane vegetation, complete with giant groundsels and bamboo forest. Many hikers find Mt. Elgon one of the most exciting and fascinating climbs in East Africa. In fact many climbers climb Mount Elgon as preparation for climbing the Kilimanjaro. It has many of the same attractions, with milder climate and lower elevation. For climbing the peaks no special equipment or technical climbing experience is required. It is possible to reach the summit of the mountain in as little as three days, but a slightly longer visit will permit a more thorough exploration of all that Mt. Elgon has to offer. → More

Water rich tours

Contrary to many expectations Uganda is a country rich is watery landscapes. Not only does it border Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa. It is also home to the source of the Nile. As such we encourage you to not forget this amazing aspect of Uganda.

To take refuge from the hustle and bustle of the modern world, escape to lake Bunyonji, an undisturbed mountainous wilderness near Kabale, where tranquil mountain lakes and snow-capped peaks stand sentinel over sleepy mountain towns. By many it is refered to as paradise. The Nile can be viewed in all its glory in Jinja where you can also challenge it during a exciting white water rafting expedition. And ofcourse Entebbe is not only the most likely place of your arrival if you arrive by plane, it is also famous for its neighbour; lake Victoria. Also the national parks such as Murchinson Falls and Queen Elizabeth are home to wetlands and rivers, so please take time out to explore!