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Uganda Travel Guide: Complete Explorers Guide to Animals, Food, Parks, Safety

Uganda is located in eastern Africa, on the northern shore of Lake Victoria – the largest lake in Africa. You can go gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, boating on Lake Victoria, or on a driving safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Welcome to Uganda!

Uganda travel: There is so much to do in Uganda – including natural and cultural attractions.

Some of the top attractions include Kampala (the capital city), Lake Victoria, and the Ssese Islands.

The climate in Uganda is stable and welcoming and the food alone is worth the trip. The currency in Uganda is the shilling.

Here’s our guide to airports in Uganda.

Sun safety in Uganda

Uganda animals: Uganda is home to some of Africa’s most unique animals and birds. Learn about trekking for Uganda’s mountain gorillas.

Travel gear: As you plan your trip, you’ll need to decide what gear you’ll bring. Check out our complete safari packing list (checklist and guide) so you don’t forget a thing, including your travel insurance. And our guides on safari cameras, binoculars, sun hatswater purification, and anti-theft backpacks will help you bring the best gear for your Ugandan adventure.

Here are some of the highlights of visiting Uganda, including animals, travel tips, foods, and more:

Best camera for safari

How to Choose the Best Camera for Safari [Buyers Guide]

Heading on a safari? Congratulations! Here's how to choose the best camera for safari and trekking adventures. We also include a detailed Buyers Guide that breaks down the 9 primary ...
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How Fast Can a Crocodile Run? (And Why You Don’t Need to Be Scared)

So you're going on a trip. And you've been warned about crocodiles. Just how fast can a crocodile run? In this post, you'll learn about the speeds and habits of ...
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Is hippo milk pink?

Is Hippo Milk Really Pink? (Fact Check) Hipposudoric Acid & Blood Sweat

Hippos naturally producing pink milk? Sounds pretty amazing! Sadly, it's false. Here's where the story came from. And the real facts about hippo milk. Plus learn what this "blood sweat" ...
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Murchison Falls Uganda

Guide to Murchison Falls Uganda: 16 Things You Need to Know

As you plan your Uganda trip, Murchison Falls is not to be overlooked. In this post, you'll learn 16 things about visiting Murchison Falls Uganda: including accommodations, how to get ...
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Things to do in Kampala Uganda

14 Things to Do in Kampala Uganda (Bonus: 11 Kampala Facts)

Thinking about visiting Kampala while in Uganda? In this post, you'll learn all about Uganda's capital city - interesting facts and many things to do in Kampala. Looking for facts ...
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Things to do in Uganda

15 Incredible Things to do in Uganda [Culture, Nature, Culinary, Adventure…]

Here are 15 things to do in Uganda. They include gorilla trekking and animal safari, adventure sports, cultural events and much more. 15 Incredible Things to do in Uganda Nicknamed ...
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Uganda National Parks

Uganda’s 10 National Parks & 4 Wildlife Game Reserves [Travelers Guide]

Planning your Uganda trip? In this post about Uganda's 10 National Parks and 4 Wildlife Game Reserves, you'll learn about their topography, animals you can see, and where they are ...
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Facts about Lake Victoria Uganda

19 Amazing Facts About Lake Victoria, Uganda: Location, Cichlids, Map, Size, Islands

Interested in Lake Victoria? In this post, you'll learn 19 interesting facts about Lake Victoria, including size, location, cichlids, wildlife, and the Ssese Islands. Lake Victoria Map But first, here's ...
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facts about uganda

22 Interesting Facts About Uganda: Nature, Politics, Culture…

In this post, you'll find 22 interesting facts about Uganda. These include wildlife, culture, food, politics, and lots of nature. Let's get started! “For magnificence, for variety of form and ...
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spotted hyena running

33 Wild Spotted Hyena Facts (Crocuta crocuta) Diet, Cubs…

Want to learn more about spotted hyenas? In this post, you'll learn 33 spotted hyena facts, including: Are they related to dogs? Do they really laugh? Are they dangerous or ...
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hyena laugh

Why Do Hyenas Laugh? Laughing Hyenas 12 Sounds (and What They Mean)

The maniacal laughing of hyenas is one of Africa's most recognizable sounds. Why do hyenas laugh? Are they actually laughing? What does a hyena laugh mean? Do all species of ...
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Is Uganda safe?

Is Uganda Safe? Guide to Water, Crime, Disease, Sun Safety in Uganda

Is Uganda safe? This question gets asked often by people who are thinking about traveling to Uganda to enjoy its natural attractions and amazing wildlife. The answer is “Yes!” While ...
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African lions

36 Facts About African Lions (Panthera leo)

In this post, you'll learn 36 facts about African lions. They are the world's most iconic cats and one of the most famous African animals. You'll learn about their habits, ...
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Places to visit in Uganda

26 Beautiful Places to Visit in Uganda: Nature, Culture, Wildlife

Looking for the best places to visit in Uganda? In this huge guide, you'll learn about 26 of the most beautiful and most interesting attractions in Uganda. Often called the ...
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Birds of Uganda

18 Birds of Uganda: Birding in the Pearl of Africa (8 Top Birding Sites)

Heading to Uganda? Here are 18 birds of Uganda, ranging from the tiny black bee-eater to the large and weirdly-cute shoebill stork. Uganda is a top birding destination - and ...
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rwenzori mountains

Rwenzori Mountains: 13 Things About “Mountains of the Moon”

Rwenzori Mountains are home to two of the highest peaks in Africa. In this post, you'll learn about these famous mountains in DRC and Uganda. There are national parks, endangered ...
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Cape buffalo facts

23 African Cape Buffalo Facts (Syncerus caffer)

In this post, you'll learn 23 facts about African Cape buffalo. It is one of the most dangerous animals in Africa. You'll learn about its aggressiveness, size, habitat, horns, diet, ...
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cities in uganda

Guide to 18 Largest Cities in Uganda (Attractions, Population)

Planning a trip to the country of Uganda? In this post, you'll learn about 18 of the largest cities in Uganda. You'll learn information like their population, locations, attractions, and ...
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how strong is a gorilla

How Strong is a Gorilla? Silverback Strength vs Humans (Grizzly, Lion, Croc)

Just how strong is a gorilla? How does it compare to a human? In this post, you'll learn about a gorillas strength, including how much it can lift, it's bite ...
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Uganda food

Uganda Food Guide: 17 Must-Try Dishes for Your Visit

Curious about what Ugandan food is like? In this Uganda Food Guide, you'll learn about breakfast, lunch, and dinner - and sauces, desserts, and beverages from around the country - ...
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uganda airports

25 Airports in Uganda: Codes, International, Asphalt, Gravel

Thinking about a trip to Uganda? While it's true that the biggest reason many would want to go there is for the tourist attractions, the first place you'll see in ...
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Best sun protection hats

11 Best Sun Protection Hats: Travelers Guide for Men, Women, Children

In this post, you'll learn how to choose the best sun protection hats for your trip to Africa. We also cover the UV Index for Uganda, answer common questions about ...
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safari hat

The Best African Safari Hat for Jungle, Bush (+13 Runners Up) Men & Women

Safari hats might just be the first thing you think about as you plan your African adventure. (Aside from all the animals, of course.) But which is the best safari ...
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Uganda mountain gorilla facts

19 Amazing Facts About Uganda Mountain Gorillas (Silverback, Baby, Habitat…)

In this post, you'll learn all about Uganda mountain gorillas, including their diet, habitat, silverbacks and more. You'll also learn specific facts about male, female and baby gorillas. And you'll ...
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zebra facts

60 Zebra Facts for Animal Lovers and Africa Travelers (All 3 Species)

Zebras are intriguing animals. They look like horses with black and white stripes. In this post, you'll learn 60 zebra facts. They include habits, habitat, risks, speed, coloring and more ...
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zebra sounds

What Sound Does a Zebra Make? [Audio] 4 Zebra Sounds, Barks, Noises

You might be surprised to learn that zebras are actually kinda noisy. What sound does a zebra make? In this post, you'll learn about 4 primary zebra sounds, barks, and ...
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Tree climbing African lion

Uganda Animals: 27 Amazing Safari Animals of Uganda

Looking for Uganda animals? In this post, you'll learn about 27 amazing animals that you can see while trekking and on safari in Uganda. They include mammals, birds, reptiles, and ...
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Rothschilds Giraffe Uganda

21 Facts About Rothschild’s Giraffe: Part of the Nubian Giraffe Subspecies

In this post, you'll learn all about the Rothschild's giraffe. Facts include range, habitat, diet, height, threats, taxonomy, and much more. Plus lots of photos and videos. Let's get started! ...
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African Rock Python

31 African Rock Python Facts (Both Species) Africa’s Largest Snake

In this post, you'll learn 31 facts about the African rock python. It is the largest snake in Africa - and one to be careful about. You'll learn about its ...
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What Do You Call a Group of Gorillas? Guide to Gorilla Troop Size

What is a group of gorillas called? A group of gorillas is called a troop or a band. Sometimes they are called a whoop (from a comedy skit). The common ...
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Uganda gorilla trek

How to Choose a Uganda Gorilla Trek (Best Time to Go, Tour Companies, Price…)

Planning your Uganda gorilla trek? Perfect! In this post, you'll learn what to expect, the best time to go, prices, and how to choose. I also include a list of ...
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Shoebill Stork facts

15 Shoebill Stork Facts (Balaeniceps rex) Prehistoric, Patient Hunters

The shoebill stork is an impressive and somewhat ugly dinosaur-like bird that is found in Uganda. In the post, you'll learn 15 shoebill stork facts, including diet, population, sibling behavior, ...
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African grey parrot

44 African Grey Parrot Facts (Complete Guide) Talkative Congo Grey Parrot

African grey parrots are famous for their intelligence and vocabulary. In this post, you'll learn 44 African grey parrot facts, including differences between Timneh and Congo greys, ranges, diet, speaking ...
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Lake Victoria Cichlids

9 Fascinating Facts About Lake Victoria Cichlids (Uganda): 45 Species List

In this post, you'll learn about Lake Victoria cichlids. We include a list of 45 popular cichlid species, habitat, diet and more. Plus lots of photos and videos! 9 Fascinating ...
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Best binoculars for the price

Going on a Safari? 12 Best Binoculars for the Money [Buyers Guide]

Are you going on a gorilla trek or safari in Uganda? In this post, you'll learn all about choosing the best binoculars for a safari (including 10 factors that you need ...
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Safari packing list

Complete African Safari Packing List [Checklist and Guide]

What do you need to pack for your upcoming safari? In this guide, you'll get the complete African safari packing list - including 4 factors to consider when packing, how ...
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Best anti-theft backpacks

16 Best Anti-theft Backpacks, Purses, Wallets, and Locks [Buyers Guide]

As you plan your trip, it's good to consider safety and avoiding theft. In this post, you'll learn about the best anti-theft backpacks, purses, wallets, and locks for travelers. We include ...
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Crested crane facts

16 Facts About Crested Crane of Uganda, Africa: (Balearica regulorum gibbericeps)

In this post, you'll learn about the crested crane of Uganda. Facts include population, diet, threats, dancing habits, lifespan, and more. Learn more about the other birds of Uganda. 16 ...
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African spoonbill

13 Facts About the African Spoonbill (Platalea alba)

In this post, you'll learn all about the African Spoonbill, with facts including their size, scientific name, range, diet, lifespan, parenting techniques, population, threats, and protection status. Learn more about the ...
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Marabou stork

15 Ugly Facts About Africa’s Marabou Stork (Leptoptilos crumeniferus)

In this post, you'll meet Africa's Marabou Stork. This has been referred to as Unofficial National Bird of Uganda. Learn more about the other birds of Uganda. 15 Facts About the ...
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Planning a trip? Check out our guide: 16 Safest Countries in Africa

This includes animals, attractions, and facts about the country.

We have both been featured in Ng’aali, Uganda Airlines InFlight Magazine. Here’s the inaugural issue (October – December 2019)

While there is a special focus on wildlife and Lake Victoria, this site also covers the country of Uganda, including gorilla treks and wildlife safaris.