Benefits of Solo Travel
Take your time nailing that perfect photograph or spend a few extra hours soaking up the sun by Lake Bunyonyi. Wake up at the crack of dawn to see the elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park, or lie in and listen to the abundant birdlife that make their home in the canopy of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
One of the greatest things about travelling solo in Uganda is the ability to experience the country on your terms and at your own pace. The rat race doesn’t exist here.
Solo travel doesn't have to mean without support, booking with us means you will have experts on your side from the get-go. From helping you create your perfect bespoke itinerary to providing you with ongoing support, knowledgeable guides and private vehicles once on the ground, we'll ensure your time in Uganda is just how you dreamed it.
What To Expect
What makes Uganda so great for solo-travellers is its ability to combine such diversity of experience and activity into a single itinerary.
Gorilla and chimp trekking will always be at the top of the list for most first-time visitors to Uganda, but there's so much more on offer game drives, boat safaris, camping, relaxing, and adrenaline activities like white-water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping and quad biking are all on the menu in Uganda.
And don’t forget the big 5, as well as the elusive and Shoebill stork.
Solo Travelling Safely in Uganda
- Save and write down all your emergency contacts in case you need to access them quickly or lose your phone.
- Stay aware of your surroundings by keeping an eye on what's going on around you.
- Keep your valuables separate. If you are using cash, only carry enough for the day and consider using a money belt.
- Learn some key phrases in the local language. Although Uganda’s first language is English, Luganda is more widely spoken and can go a long way in helping you make friends or find help.
- Dress conservatively. It is best to wear clothes covering the shoulders and the knees, as Uganda is still very traditional.
- Don’t walk alone at night. If you go anywhere by yourself, let someone know where you are going and when to expect you back.
- Don’t flash valuables or money in public places. There may be opportunists hanging around popular spots.
- Don’t leave valuables unattended. Even if they are in a locked car, it is best to keep them on you. Decide ahead of time what is essential and what can be left in your accommodation safe.
- Don't hike alone. Uganda has some fantastic hikes, especially in the Rwenzori Mountains, but don't be tempted to do it alone. If hiking is something you would want to include during your travels, this can be organised for you by specialists with the required training.
The costs associated with private solo travel in Uganda will of course be higher than if you brought some friends/family along to split some fixed costs.
The unavoidable costs are gorilla/chimp permits, guiding fees, scheduled light aircraft flights, and vehicle and transportation costs.
You have more control on accommodation costs as Uganda has a range of properties available, ranging from budget to luxury options.
Planning a solo trip to Africa is exciting, but it can be a nerve-wracking experience when it comes time to make payments. If you book with us, we'll deal with the complications of sending money to Africa, and you can book with confidence knowing your money is safe and protected.
How It Works
We can put together an itinerary to fit any time frame or budget. Whether you've got some fixed plans and need help with the detail, or don't know where to start, here's how we can help:
We'll talk about what your dream Uganda adventure might look like, how much time you have and your budget.
We'll discuss any places to go or things to do that you've already got in mind and send you a few suggestions of our own.
When you've decided what you want to see and do, we'll put together the perfect itinerary that covers all the destinations you're most excited about, and moves at just the right pace. We'll select the accommodations that are right for you, and we'll make any adjustments until you're confident it's the perfect itinerary for you.
When you're happy with your trip and the cost, we'll get your adventure set up, make all the bookings and reservations, and provide all the pre-travel information you need.
Once you're on the ground in Uganda, we'll be here to look after you every step of the way.
Travel solo on these trips
The tours below showcase just some of what is possible. Use these itineraries as starting points, or to draw inspiration. Then get in touch, and let our expert team help craft the perfect itinerary for you.
Combine gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with beautiful lakeside retreats at Lake Mutanda. Tough treks and primate encounters paired with idyllic, calming lakes and oases make for an unforgettable experience in this remote pocket of Uganda.…
- 6 Days
Combine chimp trekking in Kibale Forest with mountain gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. A well-paced highlights tour unlocking some of Uganda's most impressive experiences. Consider breaking up the journey from Kibale to Bwindi with a classic safari at…
- 7 Days
Light adventuring and charming safaris in Lake Mburo National Park coupled with lakeside retreats and days of reflection and exploration around Lake Mutanda. Close out the trip with a few days canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking and more in Jinja, Uganda's…
- 12 Days
Board a Cessna light aircraft and head into the southwestern pocket of Uganda. Trek through the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of the mountain gorillas. Retreat to luxury lodges for sundowners and delicious food. Hard days, soft…
- 4 Days
Beautiful landscapes, diverse wildlife, and a undercurrent of the wild vastness of central Africa that lies just beyond the borders, the north of Uganda beckons adventurers who dream of exploring the frontiers. It's proper adventuring, but luxury lodges mean you…
- 9 Days
Discover the exceptional bio-diversity of Uganda by combining the beautiful savannah grasslands of Murchison Falls National Park with chimpanzee trekking in the forests of Kibale National Park. Connect the dots with epic road trips looping through northwestern Uganda.…
- 7 Days
Trek the Rwenzori Mountains where forests morph into ice-clad mountain peaks, cut through jungle thickets to hang out with mountain gorillas, and finish your trip relaxing lakeside amongst the staggering beauty of Lake Mutanda. This is Uganda.…
- 15 Days
The quintessence of Ugandan exploration. Start your adventure in the wild Kidepo Valley in the northern tip of Uganda before weaving down to meet the gorillas in southwestern jungles. Epic landscapes, incredible safaris, and luxury lodges; this is a proper…
- 20 Days
Open top road trips looping through Uganda's epic southwestern pocket; this is the safari adventure of your imagination. Track chimpanzees in Kibale Forest, go in search of gorillas in Bwindi, cruise the savannah plains of Queens, and look out for…
- 14 Days
Travel to the farthest corners of Uganda where towering volcanoes mark the border between the thick jungles of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and the untamed vastness of central Africa. After trekking the gorillas in Mgahinga, head inland for a couple…
- 6 Days
Thinking about visiting Uganda?
We'll spend some time listening to your aspirations, then discuss the kind of experience that might suit you.
Next we'll discuss the options, shortlist the best trips for you and present you our impartial recommendations.
We'll place a 24 hour hold on your preferred option - without obligation - whilst we talk through the details.