Uganda - the Pearl of Africa
Instinct Safaris picked up operations as a small village-based walking eco-safari operator in south-western Uganda. From Rubuguri village in the Kigezi highlands, we explored the surrounding rain forests, lakes Mutanda and Murehe, and started expeditions to the Virunga volcanoes. Located at the borders to both Rwanda and DR Congo, Instinct Safaris carried out canoeing, hiking, and even mountain biking throughout the region. Even today, most of our eco-safaris concentrate on the border region of these three countries.
Uganda is situated around the equator and hugs Lake Victoria, the world's largest inland lake. Uganda is an ecological hotspot where the east African Savannah meets West African jungles. Our active eco safaris allow our travelers to engage with untamed wilderness, the local people and cultures. Your safari to Uganda is a once in a lifetime experience. Besides mountain gorilla tracking in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable rain forest, Uganda offers ten more national parks. Kibale National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda's largest national park, are among the most popular destinations in the Pearl of Africa. However, journeys to Kidepo Valley National Park, the Rwenzori mountains, Sipi falls, and Mount Elgon, as well as Lake Mburo National Park are also extremely rewarding. Please explore our safari plans or contact us for a tailored safari experience in Uganda!
Track the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Bwindi National Park, home to more than half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. On Ape's Unity, we will also visit Kibale forest, a rain forest how to the world's densest concentration of primates. Game viewing in Queen Elizabeth National Park will take us face to face with lions, buffaloes, hippos, elephants, and other wildlife.
The Lion’s Prey Journey extends your stay in the Pearl of Africa to fourteen days. Not only will you track the endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and visit the tree-climbing lions in Ishasha among myriad other wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park. On this tour, we will also experience the Murchison falls, find rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, and meet the large chimpanzee families in Kibale national park. Two weeks of safari will give us the time we need to explore Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, fully.
Our Gorilla Escape offers a superb way to get close to the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is home to more than half of the remaining mountain gorillas and since 2016, it offers the opportunity to embark on a mountain gorilla habituation experience. Here, travelers will spend four hours with the gentle giants compared to only one hour during regular gorilla tracking at the other park sectors, Rwanda, and DR Congo. Conducting this safari as a fly-in journey gives us time to breath in the local culture. On a trip on lake Mutanda, we will visit several islands with our traditional dug-out canoe before checking in at our luxury lodge bordering the rain forest.
Our three day Murchison Falls adventure serves as the perfect getaway from the busy city of Kampala. We will visit Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary on our way to in Murchison Falls. We will experience a number of game drives at different times of day. A boat launch and hike to the top of the falls at will take you close to the natural powers at work! On the last day, we plan to top off your experience with a hot air balloon ride within the national park, offering unmatched views of the wildlife, below.