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Choosing a Trip
Which trip is right for me?
Our set itineraries illustrate some of the most popular options for travelling in Uganda. However, in most cases we will create a bespoke itinerary for you, perhaps using a set itinerary as a starting point. We will talk to you about what excites you about visiting Uganda, your travel history and preferences, and then go away and design an itinerary that's right for you. We'll keep working on it until you're happy with every detail.
The main factors we consider when designing an itinerary are:
- Your preferred dates and travel window
- The availability of gorilla and chimp permits
- Your budget and accommodation preferences
- Your wider interests and what is drawing you to Uganda
- Your fitness and preferred activity levels
- Your travel pet peeves
The quintessential Ugandan experiences. A synthesis of the very best on offer in Uganda's vibrant, exotic, and humbling southwest. These trips are our most popular adventures.
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.…
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…
2-3 Week Adventures
Uganda is a country of infinite variety. Combine a range of experiences along a multi-week adventure. Here are some of our favourite combinations.
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…
Luxury Uganda Trips
Wilderness adventuring meets luxury travel. Perfect if you're celebrating, honeymooning, or simply like to travel in comfort and style. Below you'll find just a snapshot of what's possible, and we can tweak, tune, and tailor any trip so that it matches your definition of luxury travel.
Trekking Snow-capped Peaks
Few countries in Africa can combine savannah safaris with forest walks and alpine trekking. Uganda can. The Rwenzori Mountains are one of the continents most exciting trekking destinations, and hiking here fits seamlessly along a wider southwestern adventure.
What's on offer in Uganda?
Uganda is most famous for its large population of gorillas and chimpanzees. Tracking the gorillas and chimps is one of the most enthralling wildlife experiences in the world, and the majority of trips to Uganda will include one (or both) of these experiences. Beyond the primates, Uganda is one of the bio-diverse countries in Africa and its national parks are excellent safari destinations.
Uganda also has some extraordinary trekking and hiking routes, most notably in the Rwenzori Mountains, one of the few places in Africa where thick forest vegetation morphs into snow-capped peaks and dangling icicles as you ascend. The lakes and rapids of Uganda also provide opportunities for outdoor activities like white-water rafting, kayaking and canoeing. Boat safaris and horse riding is also possible, and you can even witness Uganda from above via hot-air balloon or bungee jumping.
Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
Uganda is home to half the world's mountain gorilla population. Seeing these animals up close in their natural habitat is one of the most impressive wildlife encounters in Africa. Visiting the gorillas directly supports conservation efforts and population growth.
We've written a comprehensive guide to gorilla trekking in Uganda including where and when to go, costs involved and how to get set up on a gorilla trek.
Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda
By no means a support act to the gorillas, Uganda’s chimps are a draw in their own right. Occupying different habitats to the gorillas and living within distinct social structures, the chimps are close to us - not just in terms of DNA. They have a dark side that enthralls just as much as their more charming characteristics.
While chimp trekking is often combined with a visit of the gorillas, it can also be done as a standalone trip and is much cheaper than the gorilla trekking. The chimps are found in a few different spots around Uganda, but Kibale Forest National Park is the primary location to see them in the wild.
Safaris in Uganda
Uganda is one of Africa's best safari destinations. What wildlife comes to mind when you think 'Africa safari'? Chances are you will find it and much more in one of Uganda's national parks. From giraffes and elephants to tree-climbing lions and leopards, a game drive or boat safari in Uganda is unmissable.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most popular safari destination in Uganda and Murchison Falls another attractive option. These parks are popular due to their proximity to Bwindi and Kibale (the primary destinations for gorillas and chimps), but they are by no means the limit of what Uganda's national parks have to offer.
What our customers think
I contacted Brilliant Uganda about a safari tour and within 24 hours they had turned around a great trip for me. They arranged a 3 day tour to the Gorillas for me. I hope to come back to see more of what is an amazing country.
Kiera February 2019
Mark and the team were really helpful and I had a fantastic time. The trip ran smoothly and I was happy with the lodges and hotels. The wildlife at Murchison and queen elizabeth park were particularly good. Thanks for organising this for us.
Howard & Jazz March 2019
We're both well travelled both in and out of Africa and we both agree Uganda has left the biggest impression on us. Tracking the Gorillas was wonderful, and our guide was professional and enthusiastic throughout.
James and Helen June 2019
Brilliant Uganda helped organise a 10 day trip for our family. Communication was good and they answered all of our questions quickly. The trip itself was perfect for us and they took lots of time to help us understand the details.
Julia January 2019
Incredible trip. I've come home to a very jealous family! Thank you for all of your hard work. I absolutely loved the trip and couldn't have hoped for a better itinerary.
Kristen September 2019
Incredible trek to Margherita peak. After doing Kili last year I wanted another challenge and Uganda did not disappoint. Awesome experience.
Kevin November 2018
Discover More of Uganda
A pearl is cold, hard and smooth. Uganda is vibrant, colourful and exciting. The welcome is warm; the ice clad heights of the mountains are cold. It is a land of infinite variety.
Things to do in Uganda
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Places to visit in Uganda
Track mountain gorillas in the dense forests of Bwindi, hang out with the chimps in Kibale Forest, hike the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Mountains. Discover big cats, …