The Pearl of Africa

It is easy to see why Winston Churchill described Uganda as "the pearl of Africa".  Nestled between the arms of the Great Rift Valley, Uganda is where East African savannah meets West African Jungle. This harmonious situation provides a unique opportunity for safaris.

Where else but in this enchanting country can you venture into open savannah and observe lions relaxing under an acacia tree in the morning, then in the afternoon enjoy the sight of hippos and crocs enjoying the cool waters whilst you cruise down the Nile? The adventure doesn’t stop there, for the very next day a journey into the lush rainforests to track chimpanzees and a guided swamp walk to see the extremely rare and endemic Shoebill stork. The highlight of the safari may be a visit to see one of man’s closest relatives, the mountain gorilla. Staring deep into the eyes of these endangered apes will be a time treasured and not easily forgotten.

The variety of different habitats and environments in Uganda is nearly unbelievable. For not only are there wild, open savannahs and rich, refreshing rainforests, but also shimmering freshwater crater lakes and the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains, (or Mountains of the Moon as Ptolemy called them) – a challenge for the more adventurous among us!

The flora and fauna of Uganda is very diverse and of great density, so a safari to this magnificent and charming country will always be rewarding whether you’re a first-time traveller or a veteran of African safaris.

Geographical Features

The Republic of Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa, bordered on the east by Kenya, the north by Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda and on the south by Tanzania. The country is located on the East African plateau, and although landlocked, has access to several large bodies of freshwater. Uganda is tropical in nature and the climate differs between parts of the country.

Most of the country is over 1,000m in altitude and topography is generally flat. In the southwest of Uganda on the Congo border, the 70km-long and 30km-wide Rwenzori Mountains form the highest mountain range in Africa, only to be exceeded in altitude by Mount Kenya and Mount Kilinabjaro.

The majority of Uganda is well-watered and fertile, except the semi-desert in the extreme northeast. Almost 25% of the country’s surface is covered by water. Lake Victoria is the largest lake in Africa and the second largest freshwater body in the world and is bordered by Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania.

The Nile flows from Lake Victoria and into Lake Kyoga. Still the Victoria Nile, it cuts a raucous passage west across Karuma Falls and through the narrow pillars of Murchison Falls towards Lake Albert. Finally the Albert Nile meanders along a slow, wide corridor into Southern Sudan. The Nile cuts a verdant and often turbulent median south to north through the country.

National Parks

Just Some of Uganda's Treasures

Classic Africa Safaris brings a total of 100 years combined safari industry experience to our travelers. We aim to deliver the experience of a lifetime in Uganda with safety and attention to detail as our top priorities. The country has much to offer with something for every adventurer.

Kibale Forest Chimp Trek

Kibale Forest National Park is home to 13 primate species. The most popular activity here is a guided forest walk in search of one of the most beloved primate species...

Fishing Lake Victoria & Murchison Falls

The fishing trips are open to all anglers, both the novices and also the more serious fisherman, and can range from half to full day or longer overnight trips...

Batwa Experience

Bwindi Forest is home to a fantastic diversity of flora and fauna, including some exotic plants and rare and endangered animals. The forest was also home to the Batwa (formerly called pygmies). These indigenous people...

Gorilla trek

After an early breakfast at your lodge, drive to Park Headquarters and meet with the team of Uganda Wildlife Authority guides and trackers who will...

Lion tracking

Join the Uganda Carnivore Project (UCP) for a morning tracking lions in the northern Kasenyi plains of Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP)...

Boat trips

Several options exist,  sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh river breeze whilst observing a large selection of animals. Those species commonly seen along the riverbank are elephants, buffalo, waterbuck and Ugandan Kob...

Hiking The Ivy River Trail

Depart from either Nkuringo or Buhoma (hike either direction) and quickly enter the dense Bwindi Impenetrable forest. A wide diversity of wildlife can be spotted...

Culture & Community in Bigodi & the Wetland Sanctuary

Tinka’s Local Lunch - Tinka is a prominent community leader in the Bigodi district near Kibale Forest NP. His efforts to bring sustainable tourism to his community...

Birding at Mabamba Wetland

Mabamba extends across more than 100km² from a shallow marshy bay on the northern shores of Lake Victoria.  This large papyrus swamp...
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