Read about Environment in Uganda and East Africa

Located in the tropical equatorial region of Africa and intersected by the Great Rift Valley escarpments, Uganda is a warm humid country with temperatures around 25-29°C. The country’s hottest days appear around December to February, but still most evenings can feel 17-18°C. She has several beautiful landscapes and sites which have supported the African safaris.

Uganda receives an annual rainfall of 1,000mm to 1,500mm and this tends to appear around the months of March to May and September to November. This rain makes the roads and terrain hard to navigate but these are just seasons we still keep looking forward to the dry seasons from January to February and June to August.

Blessed with such essential geographical and natural features, Uganda has a series of water resources like Lakes, Swamps, Rivers, mountains and beautiful waterfalls within her diverse ecology. The other countries found within the great Lakes region of East Africa are Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania and Burundi, these share with Uganda most of the water resources, some of their rivers channel into Uganda’s Lakes.

There are many natural features in Uganda that offer the best tourism activities, for example, several Lakes, Swamps and Rivers offer boating and cruising, bird watching, nature walks, white water rafting on River Nile, swimming, spot fishing and other adventures which are unique to Uganda.

In the nutshell, East Africa is endowed with a wealth of Natural resources, encompassing some of the most spectacular Wildlife and ecosystems in the whole world. The countries, therefore, have to invest in effective and equitable management of these vast fragile land, water and wildlife resources which in the end highly contribute to the National Economy. Good management and conservation can also improve the lives of the local communities.

Lakes and Rivers in Uganda

Uganda’s River Nile is one of the greatest sources of adventurous tours in the Country which flows its water into Northeastern Africa. This is the longest river in the world with about 6,650km long. It is international as its drainage basin covers several countries. Lake Victoria which is the Source of the River Nile is also the largest Lake in Africa, while at the lake you can indulge in several activities namely; boat cruising, fishing the Nile perch, feeding chimpanzees at Ngamba Island, visit the source of the Nile in Jinja, visit Ssese Islands or relaxation on the other surrounded Islands and resorts. This freshwater body is estimated at 68,800sqkm on the South East border of Uganda with Kenya and Tanzania.

Lake Albert

The Lake lies in western Uganda and was named after the early explorer’s name Sir Samuel Baker. The area is surrounded by Oil wells well known as the Albertaine Rift. The lake is good fishing point and off the route on the Lake is Uganda’s largest National Park Murchison Falls National Park, the Lake extends its waters to the borders of DR Congo from Western Uganda. It has a point where the Nile enters it and it is a very good area for boat cruising.

Lake Edward and Lake George

The two lakes offer an awesome safari tour to the tourists as it is typically located in the Rift Valley escarpment and connected by the Kazinga Channel with some parts found within Queen Elizabeth National Park. The communities around the two lakes benefit a lot from the fishing activities not forgetting their Kazinga Channel which awesomely offers the special sunset cruise for the beautiful wildlife safaris of Uganda in Queen Elizabeth NP.

Landscape and Mountains

Uganda as a country is mostly a plateau blessed with some rolling hills and low mountains. The central region of the country is mainly dominated by the grassland and tropical rain forests and volcanic foothills in the Eastern part. The country’s seasons and her ever-green vegetation favour her tourism activates. The Rwenzori Mountains within the Mountains of the Moon forms much of the Southwestern border between Uganda and DR Congo. The mountain is known as the third highest in Africa and it rises to 16,700 feet above the sea level with its highest peaks overhead the clouds and always snowcapped. Mount Elgon on the other hand on the border of Uganda and Kenya and estimated to be the oldest volcano in East Africa. Both mountains have several unique attractions like the three-horned chameleon, the rare vegetation and lovers of hiking safaris are well catered for here.

Talk about Forests and Reserves

Uganda’s forests are a little bit few and most times not given too much attention but when you visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you get served with the huge giants the gorillas in their own natural habitat as you participate in Gorilla trekking safari, Mpaga forest is a unique place for birding lovers and it caters to birding safaris. Budong Forest Reserve together with Kibale Forest gives trekkers an opportunity to participate in Chimpanzee trekking, nature walks and birding safaris.

TRIP ADVISOR REVIEWS

  •   I spent with my boyfriend 2 weeks in Uganda this august: Home to Africa fit the tour to our requests and everything was perfetc... also thanks to our guide Benon! Nature in Uganda is amazing and people friendly!

    Laur_Bl
    9/14/2019

      What a great time we had on our 2-week safari with Karim in July 2019 visiting the wonderful Uganda National Parks! We chose him as our tour guide because of all the fantastic reviews and we can confirm them 1000%.

    He is a very good and careful driver. He is experienced with the animals and we learned a lot about the Ugandan culture, too. He was always so polite and thoughtful. He always took care of everything and made our trip an unforgettable experience. As well he handled any issue very professionally and always kept his humor up. He went out of his way to fulfill every wish we had, even right on the arrival day in Entebbe when our girls had the idea to get a new African hair dress in the late afternoon.

    Since we took this trip for a very special occasion (my 60th Birthday), we thank him very much for making it an unforgettable experience to all of us.

    We felt very comfortable with him, came as tourists and left as friends. He is an amazing person even in the morning at 5am sharp. -:) We can recommend him definitely.

    neidi
    9/14/2019
  •   I am extremely pleased with this company. The program that they sent me was very professional and very well presented. The agent (Hedmond) was very responsive and VERY prompt with emails when I asked a million questions and changed the program over and over.

    Our guide was Karim and we couldn't have asked for better. Friendly and always with a smile, he ensured that our trip was a total success. He cares about the animals and that is very evident. I have seen other guides who don't so I really appreciate that about him. He was very punctual and always prepared. I felt very safe driving with him. Honestly, he was an excellent guide and a fantastic dinner companion as well. Our conversations were a joy and I learned so much from him.

    Overall, this is an excellent company and I'd absolutely book with them again if I were going back to Uganda. I recommend them without reservation. Thank you so much for a fabulous trip.

    Also, they are registered with AUTO - the Association of Uganda Tour Operators. More

    Italian-bird
    9/07/2019

      The whole trip exceeded our expectations. Our guide spoke very good english, he was capable of answering all our questions, he was very responsible and punctual but most importantly he was very friendly and easy going so it felt more like travelling with a friend rather than with a guide. The programme was outstanding as well
    Would recommend!

    jiri h
    9/02/2019
  •   Thanks to Home To Africa, we had an unbelievable trip through Uganda and Kenya. They were so easy to work with from the very beginning. They answered all our questions, offered great suggestions, and helped to completely customize our trip.

    Once we arrived in Africa, they continued to provide amazing service - making everything incredibly easy. Their guides helped us see everything we hoped for and more: hundreds of animals, amazing sunsets, beautiful scenery, amazing people. It was the trip of a lifetime.

    Our guide through Uganda deserves an extra review himself. Karim was an amazing host and guide. He made us feel at home and helped us see so much of the beauty and love that Uganda has to offer. Thank you so much Karim!!

    Uganda and Kenya are both amazing places. We saw the big 5 on our first day, in and near Murchison Falls NP. Chimp trekking in Kibale and Gorilla trekking in Bwindi were unbelievable. Lake Bunyonyi is a beauftiful place to relax after it all. In Kenya, highlights included views of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Amboseli, animals in Tsavo West, and relaxation on Diani Beach.

    Go to East Africa, it's wonderful. When you do, use Home To Africa - you won't regret it.

    Sam H
    8/27/2019

      Thanks to Home To Africa, we had an unbelievable trip through Uganda and Kenya. They were so easy to work with from the very beginning. They answered all our questions, offered great suggestions, and helped to completely customize our trip.

    Once we arrived in Africa, they continued to provide amazing service - making everything incredibly easy. Their guides helped us see everything we hoped for and more: hundreds of animals, amazing sunsets, beautiful scenery, amazing people. It was the trip of a lifetime.

    Our guide through Uganda deserves an extra review himself. Karim was an amazing host and guide. He made us feel at home and helped us see so much of the beauty and love that Uganda has to offer. Thank you so much Karim!!

    Uganda and Kenya are both amazing places. We saw the big 5 on our first day, in and near Murchison Falls NP. Chimp trekking in Kibale and Gorilla trekking in Bwindi were unbelievable. Lake Bunyonyi is a beauftiful place to relax after it all. In Kenya, highlights included views of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Amboseli, animals in Tsavo West, and relaxation on Diani Beach.

    Go to East Africa, it's wonderful. When you do, use Home To Africa - you won't regret it. More

    Sam H
    8/27/2019
  •   we have just returned from a 12 day tour in uganda led by alex and nicolas. both were great- pleasant, good humored, excellent drivers, attentive, punctual, and fun to be with.
    highly recommended.

    ulitzur
    8/27/2019

      All I can say is the journey was epic, the water falls, landscape, animal and the green scenery oh my God it was truly remarkable

    mustafaaE7618NT
    8/23/2019
  •   The two-week visit to the western part of the country was a truly memorable experience. Everything was well organised by Home to Africa (thank you, Hedmond and team) and the itinerary was perfectly customised to our exact preference, so that we could see a lot of animals and nature and learn a bit about the country, Our driver/guide Tonny was outstanding: very knowledgeable, very professional and a very nice person.
    Looking forward to returning to Uganda and will definitely travel again with Home to Africa.

    VNM123
    8/16/2019

      Home to Africa planned our entire trip where we were able to see all of the National Parks in Uganda. We were so lucky to have trekked with Gorillas and Chimps. We were able to see hippos, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, monkeys, crocodiles, all types of antelope, and many different types of birds. Our guide Derek was an amazing driver and seemed to know people everywhere that we travelled. He was extremely helpful and a lot of fun. Our kids now have an adventure that they will never forget.

    cheryl_woods
    8/12/2019
  •   Home to Africa planned a custom tour for me and 2 family members that included a gorilla trek, Queen Elizabeth Park (including game drives, a channel cruise and chimpanzee trekking), and Mburu Lake. Our guide/driver Kareem gave us a perfect tour. He has years of...More

    Sandra S
    7/15/2019

      We were really pleased with the service at Home to Africa. They were quick to answer our questions before the trip and our guide - Karim - took well care of us. We really appreciated that he took time to explain and teach us about...More

    benjammauritz
    7/04/2019
  •   We did the 11-Day Wildlife Safari (inc. Gorilla and Chimp Trekking) and this all inclusive trip was simply awesome! From the efficient (email response within hours), friendly (from emails between Hedmond and Elias to Karim, our conservation guide / driver and by the end of...More

    jareenandveegs
    7/03/2019

      We went to Uganda in April and had our tour booked through the Home to Africa. We loved everything about it! We all had high expectations before the trip but they were not only fullfilled but exceeded. Everything from the moment we contacted Elias in...More

    kavas08
    6/23/2019
  •   Our experience with Home to Africa has been great! We did a 9 days safari and everything was as planned. Not only we didn’t have any inconvenince, but also everything was greater than we expected! These are private tours were you travel alone with your...More

    lidiaborrell
    6/19/2019

      We just returned from a 9-day Safari in Uganda. We couldn't be happier with Home to Africa. From the start of our online queries, Hedmond was prompt in replies, and it was easy to add an extra day to the 8-day tour as well as...More

    JanetH774
    6/17/2019
  •   We spent 7 days in Uganda travelling with 3 young children (9, 7 and 5 yrs) with Karim from Home to Africa and we loved him! Karim is such an amazing guide with plenty of knowledge and experience every where we went, from wise recommendations,...More

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    6/08/2019

      this is really to review the whole experience that I had with Home To Africa. Given some of the earlier reviews, I just went with the hunch that they would be good. I did not expect outstanding which is what I got. From their response...More

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    5/04/2019
  •   Very well put together package. Lodges in the mountains and forests were very nice, food was good, and the hosts/guides excellent. There were a couple of days travelling on potholed roads between locations which was tiring, but it was unavoidable due to the landscape and...More

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    5/03/2019

      Home To Africa promptly provided answers to all our initial inquiries. They provided a personalized itinerary to meet our safari expectations and goals. At times it felt like one of our driver guides was "clock watching" which meant we had to leave Ngorongoro Crater earlier...More

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    4/09/2019

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