Come face to face with the mountain Gorilla in Uganda

Uganda, often referred to as the 'Pearl of Africa', is a country of striking beauty and home to the deepest crater lake in all of Africa, Lake Bunyoni. Its national parks and wildlife reserves boast over 300 species of mammal and more than 1000 species of birds, though Uganda's major attraction is the approximate 600 remaining mountain gorilla. You will need a gorilla permit to do the trek to see the gorillas, which we organise for you. The permits are vital in helping finance patrols that are responsible for protecting the gorillas from poachers.

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Uganda presents a unique experience for overland camping safaris and gorilla trekking safaris to get up close and personal with our closest living relative.

Upcoming Uganda Trips

Trip NameStartsDepartingFrom USDDealMap
Great African Expedition - 57 days Nairobi, Kenya 10 Jun 2017 USD $5,035 Great African Expedition - 57 days Map
The Big Overlander - 47 days Nairobi, Kenya 10 Jun 2017 USD $4,405 The Big Overlander - 47 days Map
Big Five Safari Explorer - 36 days Nairobi, Kenya 10 Jun 2017 USD $3,505 Big Five Safari Explorer - 36 days Map
Gorilla and Game Trek - 15 days Nairobi, Kenya 10 Jun 2017 USD $1,615 Gorilla and Game Trek - 15 days Map
Gorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days Nairobi, Kenya 10 Jun 2017 USD $2,785 Gorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days Map

Uganda Overland Safari Tours

Mountain Gorilla | Uganda | AfricaGorilla and Game Trek - 15 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Gorilla and Game Trek

15 days | FROM USD $1,615

Trek through lush jungle in search of mountain gorillas. Experience of...

Gorillas | Uganda | AfricaGorilla Trek and Tanzania - 25 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Gorilla Trek and Tanzania

25 days | FROM USD $2,785

From the wilds of the Masai Mara, to gorillas in Uganda, safari in the...

Herd of Elephants | Africa Safaris | AfricaBig Five Safari Explorer - 36 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Big Five Safari Explorer

36 days | FROM USD $3,505

Adventure overdrive. Trekking for gorilla, game-spotting, kicking back...

Zebras | African Safaris | AfricaThe Big Overlander - 47 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

The Big Overlander

47 days | FROM USD $4,405

Experience the contrasts and raw appeal of this majestic continent up...

Lions in Samburu National Park | Kenya | AfricaGreat African Expedition - 57 days MapOver Land, Under Stars

Great African Expedition

57 days | FROM USD $5,035

An epic expedition that heads south from Kenya via Uganda to Cape trek...

With an excellent visitor infrastructure and slowly increasing population, Uganda is one of the best places on the planet to visit the mountain gorillas and we include Uganda on a number of our overland safari expeditions. Camp beside Lake Bunyoni and trek picturesque jungle in small groups for the chance to spend a few hours with these incredible creatures. Combine your visit to Uganda with neighbouring Kenya for the Masai Mara or consider a two month-long adventure heading as far south as Cape Town.

Uganda tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.17 out of 5 based on 6 recent reviews — See All Uganda Reviews

Fantastic! Great group and tour. Mackenzie, Tom and Mwai were brilliant. Great, fresh meals, good driving even on very rough "roads" and good instruction. You need to very carefully read your trip notes to get the best out of this tour. Also apply for the (new?) East African visa which lets you into Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda on a multi-entry basis. There are a lot of early starts and long drives on this tour. There was only one real relaxing day but I'm so glad I went. The gorillas were amazing as was the rest of the wildlife. All the locals we met were very friendly and obliging - even if it cost you a dollar!”  

Timothy Atkinson • Submitted 7 Mar 2017

Incredible tour, great group of people, fantastic experiences and opportunities offered. Gorillas were incredible, saw Lions, Cheetahs, Leopard & more at the Masai Mara. Visiting Rwanda was an unexpected opportunity and one that you can't easily forget. Mwangi, Jared & Nick were a fantastic team - I don't think we could have had better. Exceeded my expectations!”  

Emma Sprong • Submitted 19 Dec 2016

I fell in love with Africa the minute I arrived. I thought the tour was fantastic but the reason I rate it 4/5 is because it is too fast paced. Some days I felt like all I experienced was the truck. If the long drives were broken up with a few extra nights here and there so we arrive at our camp in the day light and can go for a walk or relax it'd be 5/5.

Chris my guide was exceptional. He gave us so much information about Africa and its culure. And he answered all our questions even though he must get asked them all the time. He was also a friend to us by playing uno on the truck or just chatting with us.”  

Sarah Beck • Submitted 23 Jun 2016

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Gorillas in the Mist
A bucket list wildlife adventure

With a population of just 700 inhabiting the volcanic mountain ranges and dense forests of the Uganda - DRC - Rwanda border triangle, trekking to see the mountain gorillas is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With our range of overland camping safaris to Uganda, you can come face-to-face with these mighty apes and see the best of East Africa and beyond from Nairobi all the way south to Cape Town.

Uganda Travel Guide

Prepare for a once-in-a-lifetime gorilla trekking adventure in Uganda with our handy travel guide resources from visas to weather.

Gorilla Trekking

Close encounters with these gentle giants of the jungle

Best Time to Visit

Information on climatic and weather conditions in Uganda

Top Travel Tips

Details on everything from vaccinations to currency

Tourist Visas

Visa requirements for Uganda and info on getting your visa

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Overland Safaris

What to expect on an overland camping expedition

Get to know Uganda

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Facts about Uganda

  • One of the most popular snacks in Uganda is a plate of pan fried Nsenene grasshoppers.
  • Uganda is one of the youngest nations in the world with around half of the population being under 14.
  • When using the bathroom in Uganda, people excuse themselves by saying "I need to make a short call".

Uganda Travel Advice:

We closely monitor current travel guidance for Uganda and follow advice as set out by the British Foreign Office. Safety of our travellers is paramount and we recommend that you check the latest travel updates from the relevant advisory body in your country.

Useful Online Resources:

The official Uganda Tourist Organisation site and the latest Uganda Weather Updates from the BBC.

Overland budget accommodation upgrade

If you’re interested in our adventurous Overland Safaris in Uganda but don’t fancy camping, there is the option to upgrade to budget accommodation. You will be travelling with our overland camping passengers, sharing the truck, equipment and the chores with them and enjoying your meals together as a group. Accommodation is in basic twin share rooms, with a single supplement applicable if you require your own room. Where a budget accommodation upgrade is available it has been noted on each itinerary page.

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