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"The river and the forest were like presences, and much more powerful than you..."

V S Naipaul

The Pearl of Africa is more like an uncut diamond: raw, rough around the edges but rich with potential.

Don’t expect a touristy sheen; Uganda doesn’t run like clockwork. This is the real Africa, where roads are bumpy and things happen in their own time – so if it’s spontaneity and authenticity you’re after, pack your bags. Crammed with superlatives, Uganda holds both Africa’s largest lake as well as its tallest mountains. Opportunities to encounter wildlife here are incredible, there are adventure sports to get the pulse racing, and cultural sights aplenty. The people are friendly but, above all, genuine – a mirror of their nation.

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A chest-banging experience
Less than one thousand mountain gorillas remain in the wild and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half of them. Trek into the forest with expert guides and observe the intriguing social behavior of the large family groups – sometimes from just metres away.

Visit the locals
The real charm of Uganda is its people. Spending time with ordinary Ugandans in their villages is humbling and rewarding, and a glimpse into an older way of life.

Take a boat trip in Murchison Falls
At Murchison Falls the Nile plunges almost fifty dramatic metres. Soak up the best of African wildlife from a safari boat downstream of the falls where the river draws lions, giraffes, leopards and elephants to its shores, while crocs and hippos glide around the prow.

Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa
The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
The White Nile by Alan Moorehead
A Bend In The River by VS Naipaul
My Secret History by Paul Theroux

Useful Facts:
Main international airports: Entebbe
Cost of a restaurant meal: About 10 USD
Cost of a beer: About 1.5 USD

Trip ideas for Uganda

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  • 8 days
  • from £2,930
Mountain Gorillas & Virunga Volcanoes
Trip idea by Kombi Tours

  • Uganda
  • JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +3
  • Walking/ hikingWildlifeSafari, +2
  • 10 days
  • from £3,590
Rainforest & Savannah of Western Uganda
Trip idea by Kombi Tours

  • Uganda
  • JanuaryFebruaryMarch, +3
  • FamilySafariWildlife
  • 10 days
  • from £7,490
Primates & Predators Luxury Safari
Trip idea by Kombi Tours

  • Uganda
  • DecemberJanuaryFebruary, +3
  • LuxurySafariHoneymoon, +1
  • 10 days
  • from £3,560
Wilderness & White Waters of the Nile
Trip idea by Kombi Tours

  • Uganda
  • SeptemberOctoberNovember
  • WildlifeSafariCultural, +1
  • 12 days
  • from £4,250
The 'Big Five', Gorillas & Chimps
Trip idea by Kombi Tours

  • Uganda
  • JanuaryFebruaryDecember, +3
  • SafariWildlifeFamily
  • 12 days
  • from £3,660
Early Birds
Trip idea by Kombi Tours

  • Uganda
  • JanuaryFebruaryJune, +2
  • WildlifeAdventureOff the beaten path, +1
  • 21 days
  • from £7,040
The 'Pearl of Africa' Safari
Trip idea by Kombi Tours

  • Uganda
  • JanuaryFebruaryJune, +2
  • SafariWildlifeWalking/ hiking, +2
  • 8 days
  • from £2,520
Best of the West on a Budget
Trip idea by Kombi Tours

  • Uganda
  • JanuaryFebruaryJune, +2
  • ClassicSafariAdventure, +2
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Incredible trip and amazing guide!

– Gemma from UK

Travelled with Kombi Tours

  • Uganda
  • September
Wonderful trip through a country that is amazing for both primates and birds but most of all for the friendliness of its people.

– Sally and Tony from London/Herefordshire UK

Travelled with Kombi Tours

  • Uganda

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An interview with Edwin Sabuhoro - Gorilla conservationist of Rwanda

Article by Kati Taylor

We met with the remarkable man behind a conservation effort that protects Rwanda's population of Mountain Gorillas whilst supporting and helping the local community, guiding them away from the need to poach.

  • UgandaRwanda
  • SafariWildlifeCultural
  • Sep 25, 2017
Your Ultimate Guide to Uganda

Article by Samantha Fergusson

This is the ultimate guide of what you need to know before you go to Uganda. We've put together a brochure of information about currency, highlights, when to travel... if you have a question, we've answered it.

  • Uganda
  • WildlifeSafariOff the beaten path, +1
  • Sep 22, 2017
Top 5 Coffee Destinations

Article by Samantha Fergusson

Travel to the wonderful, exotic locations around the globe where coffee is raised from shrub to bean to brew. From volcanic foothills to thick, mountainside jungle, discover the best coffee destinations in the world.

  • UgandaColombiaEthiopia, +2
  • Food and Drink
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