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About Uganda

Uganda is a great destination to experience wildlife viewing in both forest and savannah. Not to be missed is gorilla tracking in Bwindi; while chimps can easily be spotted in Kibale Forest. Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks offer wonderful savannah safaris with good wildlife viewing, but animals are not as abundant compared to the top parks of Kenya and Tanzania.

Getting Here

The main entry point for flights into Uganda is Entebbe International Airport(EBB) located near the town Entebbe, about 46km/29mi from the capital, Kampala. Uganda is a relatively compact country and further transportation within the country is usually done by vehicle. In most cases your local tour operator will collect you from the airport or hotel and will arrange further transportation as part of your safari-package.

Domestic airlines & flights in Uganda
The only domestic carrier running scheduled flights is Eagle Air. Most of its scheduled flights are to destinations of no interest to tourists. Many of the major parks have airstrips and your tour operator can organize charter flights at a very high price. The only destination in Uganda which is often reached by air is Kidepo Valley National Park, since the drive up from Kampala takes two days and the road is considered unsafe.

Wildlife

Uganda is a unique destination offering a wonderful mix of savannah and forest parks. Gorilla and chimp tracking are highlights, but many smaller primates can be seen as well. Uganda also offers great savannah safaris, but not all of the Big Five are present. Black rhino is extinct and the status of the white rhino was the same until they were reintroduced in Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in 2005. Cheetah and Leopard are relatively rarely seen. Lion is quite common in Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks. They can often been found hunting Uganda kob, which give them away with their alarm calls. Giraffe can only be found in Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley national parks, while zebra exists only in Murchison Falls and Lake Mburo. Uganda is also a prime birding destination.

The Weather

Straddling the equator, there is little year round fluctuation in temperature and no real winter or summer. The hottest months are January and February when the average daytime range is 24-33°C (52-91°F) with peaks of up to 40°C/104°F in the far north. The south has two wet seasons: from mid- September to November and March to May. The dry season from December to February means only that it rains less and the gorilla parks remain fairly wet during these months. The second dry season- from June and July- is considerably drier. Still, with 1000 to 2000mm (39.4-78.7in) of rain every year, it can rain at almost any time. The north, including Murchison Falls and Kidepo Valley, has one continuous wet season from March to November and a more obvious dry season from December to February.



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