How to Make A Successful Uganda Safari

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Ever dream of seeing an elephant trumpeting its trunk, a lion climbing a tree, or a cheetah sprinting through the grasslands? A Ugandan safari is a thrilling chance to see wild animals going about their daily lives within their natural habitat. Uganda has a huge variety of national parks and wildlife reserves that offer adventurous opportunities to see wildlife up close. A lot of research and planning goes into getting a safari fully arranged, deciding what national park to visit, and finding transportation and accommodation.

The Ugandan safari generally caters to luxury tourists who have a quick vacation and decide to pre-book a packaged all-inclusive trip without thinking too much about the cost. The industry is not normally well-suited to long-term travelers on a tight budget. There are several ways, though, to save money on an Ugandan safari. Just be prepared to spend at least a few hundred United States Dollars. Of course, it all depends on your personal choices.

Package Tours: There are countless companies that offer safari packages for tourists who wish to sit back and not do any planning. These safari tours are very convenient and are worth the money if you don’t have the time to research or if you want to avoid potential hassles.

High-end package deals offer one price and generally cover everything from pickup to drop off (even from the airport), including food, fees, transportation, and lodging.
With a package tour company, you can either join a group with a pre-made itinerary (a great option for solo travelers), or you can customize a safari package with an itinerary to your liking. (This option works best if you are already traveling with a group.)

Two excellent resources for more information on safari tours are the Uganda Association of Tour Operators, which is better known as AUTO and Uganda Tourism Board known as UTB.  Both organizations aim to promote and give credibility to the safari companies that maintain a high level of service and a great value-to-price ratio. You can find a list of companies there.

Do It Yourself Safari: It’s possible to do a safari on your own, here’s how you can organize your own safari.

Rent Your Own Vehicle: Nearly all national parks allow you to drive your own vehicle. This opens up opportunities for saving some money as well as allowing for more flexibility in doing exactly what you want. You can rent a vehicle in Uganda and drive yourself or rent a vehicle with a full-time driver included. The company, for safety reasons, needs a specific itinerary that details where you plan on going, the number of passengers, and the length of time intended to rent the vehicle.

Accommodation: There are many lodges, hotels, and camp options to choose from, depending on the park you choose. Lodge rooms need to be booked a few weeks in advance, especially during peak season.

Camping Options: If you’re an adventurous traveler who loves to be close to nature and can handle the howls of animals at night, personal camping is a great option. The many national parks offer camping options include Murchison falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park among others.

Your safari guide will attempt to show you the Africa BIG 5 — lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and rhinos. However, there are many other animals that are amazing to see, including cheetahs, hippos, giraffes, crocodiles, antelope among others.

There’s always something exciting to experience on a safari in Uganda. If you can make the most of your Ugandan safari by doing some pre-planning, you’ll have the adventure of your life! For more information about Uganda safaris and car hire services, contact us on info@travel256.com or call +256-701367970

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