How to Plan a Luxury Safari in Uganda

A safari in Uganda is one of the most amazing journeys you will experience in a lifetime. This tiny East African country is a great destination for gorilla trekking, chimpanzee watching, and traditional safaris!

Situated in the heart of Africa, the country is dotted with 10 national parks that offer amazing adventures depending on different individual interests.  Many travelers look for a luxury treat in Uganda. A luxury safari in Uganda is possible depending on how and where you would like it to be considering a number of factors. For any successful luxury Uganda safari you need minimal research and time to decide between a few factors;

Choosing a destination

The kind of place or destination you choose will determine how luxurious it will be, remember that it should be worth the time and cost. Either way, you could combine destinations to make it exclusive and worth a safari in Uganda. Among the destination there is a range of selections including Mgahinga gorilla national park, Bwindi forest national park, Murchison falls national park, Kibale Forest National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Bunyonyi Island, and Lake Mburo National Park among many other places.

Uganda safaris present tourists with lots of options to choose their best. Ten national parks in Uganda are all open for visitor exploration without excluding several wildlife reserves, sanctuaries, Lakes, Rivers, waterfalls, etc.

Adrenaline adventure seekers are also not left out, there are countless experiences to enjoy at the Source of the Nile in Jinja. They include boat cruises, white water rafting, bungee jumping, jet boating, and more.

When to Go

Timing matters when planning an exclusive luxurious safari, however, it also depends on an individual’s schedule. Your tour consultant should have the best knowledge to advice on this. Peak seasons are crowded and usually, it is during the dry season in June, July, August, September, January, and February. During this period of time lodges are crowded, most safari activities are fully booked.

If in any case this when you plan for a luxury safari in Uganda, it is recommended to book as early as a 6months to a year in advance. On the other hand, the low season would be good as it’s associated with low turn up of travelers, it is then easy to plan for an exclusive luxury private safari with fewer people on board especially the tour activities or hardly any shows. This period covers March, April, May, October, and November.

Choose Accommodation

Across the 10-national park in Uganda there are well-established accommodation facilities for a cozy feel on a luxurious Ugandan safari, the lodges are 5 stars with state-of-the-art design and amenities such as gym and sauna, swimming pool, 5-course meal, and an ambiance environment. Some of these lodges include Elephant plains, Kyambura lodge, Ishasha wilderness, Mweya safari lodge in Queen Elizabeth national park whereas in the most visited place Bwindi forest national park there are options like Buhoma lodge, clouds mountain gorilla lodge, Rushaga gorilla lodge, 4 gorilla’s lodge. For an exclusive stay at the facility, other visitors could be blocked at extra pay.

Accessibility/ Transport

How to access your chosen tour destination is important when you are planning a luxury safari, Ugandan tour destinations are far located in the countryside East, West, North, and south. You, therefore, need a 4×4 safari car pop-up roof that comes with a fridge for refreshment, is well air-conditioned, and is spacious inside. Alternatively, there are local charter flights connecting to the tour circuit Pakuba Airstrip, Kihihi Airstrip, Kisoro Airstrip, Mweya airfield among many others, however, you will still need a good comfortable car for pick up to the lodge and your destination.

Most Visited Destination

Here is a tip on the most visited tourist destination for your luxury feel, it includes Bwindi Forest National Park for gorilla habituation experience or gorilla trekking, Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park for game viewing among other activities, and Kibale forest national park for Chimpanzee tracking. It is even possible to plan for private activities in the mentioned national parks although it includes extra costs and you may need advance booking as early as possible for an exclusive luxurious safari.

Purchase travel insurance

If you plan to visit Uganda for your African safari holiday, travel insurance is of great significance. It can save you a lot in case of flight cancellations, health since most hospitals are not up to date. The insurance also covers trip cancellations, theft, baggage loss, and valuable loss, etc. Note; undertaking an Uganda safari is a great investment as it all requires money to meet the costs of safari, accommodation, flights, and others.

Organize travel medication

Before you leave for a Uganda safari about 2 months earlier, make sure that you visit a travel clinic or health center to be certain which vaccination is recommended for which destination. Visiting Uganda for a holiday may require tourists to carry a yellow fever vaccination certificate, vaccinate against rabies, hepatitis A, B; typhoid, and others. A negative PCR COVID 19 test is also necessary and it is an important entry requirement into Uganda.


There’s a lot on offer in Uganda. Planning the perfect trip is tremendously exciting, but it can be hard to know where to start. Read this quick guide to planning your Ugandan adventure, then contact Primate Safari Experiences for a memorable luxury trip.


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