A Winter Break Holiday in Uganda

winter break in Uganda
winter break in Uganda
Murchison Falls National Park

A winter break in Uganda

Winter break in Uganda offers a unique blend of adventure and relaxation. While Uganda typically doesn’t experience the extreme cold of winter, it’s still a fantastic time to explore the country’s diverse landscapes and wildlife. You can embark on a safari in one of Uganda’s many national parks, such as Queen Elizabeth National Park or Murchison Falls National Park, to spot lions, elephants, and more against the backdrop of lush greenery.

For a more tranquil experience, you can visit the stunning Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria, where you can unwind on sandy beaches or go kayaking and fishing. Additionally, you can explore the cultural heritage of Uganda by visiting traditional villages, attending cultural festivals, or hiking through the Rwenzori Mountains. Whatever your preference, Uganda offers a winter break holiday filled with warmth, adventure, and unforgettable experiences.

Activities to do on a winter break in Uganda

winter break in Uganda
Game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Safari Adventures: Explore Uganda’s national parks like Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for wildlife encounters including gorilla and chimpanzee trekking, game drives, and bird watching.

Boat Cruises:

Take a relaxing boat cruise on the Nile River in Murchison Falls National Park or the Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park to see hippos, crocodiles, and diverse bird species. Embarking on a breathtaking boat cruise in Uganda, where the lush greenery of the banks frames the majestic waters of the Nile River. Feel the gentle breeze against your skin as you glide past dense forests teeming with exotic wildlife. Marvel at the sight of colorful birds flitting among the trees and keep an eye out for elusive hippos basking in the sun along the riverbanks.

As the boat gently navigates the tranquil waters, immerse yourself in the serene beauty of Uganda’s natural landscapes, an experience that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime 

Hiking and trekking :Hiking in Uganda offers a stunning mix of landscapes, from lush rainforests to towering mountains. One of the most famous hiking destinations is the Rwenzori Mountains, also known as the “Mountains of the Moon,” offering challenging treks amid breathtaking scenery and unique flora and fauna. You can also explore the trails in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to endangered mountain gorillas, or venture into Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for volcano hikes and golden monkey encounters. Uganda’s diverse terrain and rich biodiversity make it a paradise for hikers and nature enthusiasts alike.

Cultural Experiences: Visit local communities and immerse yourself in Uganda’s vibrant culture through traditional dance performances, village walks, and interactions with local artisans.

Relaxation on Ssese Islands: Unwind on the pristine beaches of the Ssese Islands  where you can swim, sunbathe, and enjoy water sports like kayaking and paddle boarding. The Ssese Islands, located on Lake Victoria in Uganda, offer a serene escape perfect for relaxation. Whether you’re lounging on the beaches, exploring the lush forests, or enjoying the tranquility of the lake, there are plenty of ways to unwind and rejuvenate in this beautiful setting

White-Water Rafting: Experience adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting on the Nile River near Jinja, known as one of the best rafting destinations in the world. White water rafting along the River Nile would be an exhilarating adventure. Picture this: a group of friends, adrenaline junkies, embarking on a journey to conquer the mighty Nile. As they navigate through the rapids, they encounter both the beauty and the danger of the river. Along the way, they form bonds, face challenges, and ultimately discover more about themselves than they ever imagined.

Amidst the rushing waters and stunning scenery, the rafting trip becomes not just a physical adventure, but a transformative experience for each of them

Nature Walks and Birding: Explore Uganda’s diverse ecosystems through guided nature walks in forest reserves like Kibale, Mabira, Marabigambo, Maramagambo, Kalinzu, Bwindi Impenetrable and Budongo, ideal for birdwatching and discovering unique flora and fauna.

Cultural Festivals: Check out local events and festivals happening during your visit, such as the colorful Buganda Kingdom’s Kabaka’s Birthday celebrations or traditional music and dance festivals. Among these include the Imbalu among the Bagisu, Kabaka’s Coronation, Enkuka festival on 31st December annually and the Uganda Martyrs’ day Celebrations on 3rd June annually.

Visit Entebbe Botanical Gardens: Take a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Entebbe Botanical Gardens, home to a variety of plant species and a sanctuary for birdlife. Entebbe Botanical Gardens in Uganda is a serene haven bursting with biodiversity. From vibrant flora to diverse bird species, every corner offers a new marvel. Walking along the shaded paths, you’ll encounter towering trees, colorful blooms, and perhaps even some playful monkeys. It’s a perfect spot for nature lovers and a tranquil escape from the bustling city life of Entebbe

City Exploration: Spend time exploring the vibrant capital city of Kampala, where you can visit markets, museums, art galleries, and enjoy the bustling nightlife. Exploring Kampala is an adventure! From the bustling markets like Owino to the serene shores of Lake Victoria, there’s so much to see and experience. Don’t miss out on the vibrant nightlife in places like Kabalagala or the cultural richness of places like the Uganda Museum.

And of course, a visit to the iconic Kasubi Tombs offers a glimpse into Uganda’s history and heritage. With such a wide range of activities, a winter break in Uganda promises unforgettable adventures and experiences for every type of traveller

Games and sports to engage in while on winter break in Uganda

While Uganda’s climate is generally warm, there are still some sports and activities you can enjoy during a winter break there. You could try out indoor sports like basketball, football, golf, cycling, netball, pool, rugby, table tennis, badminton, table games, boxing ,  volleyball, or adventurous activities like hiking in the Rwenzori Mountains, which can have cooler temperatures even in winter, gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee trekking , birding, butterfly identification, fishing, horse riding among others Additionally, Uganda has several indoor entertainment centers where you can enjoy activities like bowling or indoor rock climbing.

What is the nature of a Game drive in Uganda

winter break in Uganda
Game drives in Queen Elizabeth national park

 A game drive in Uganda is an exhilarating experience, offering the chance to encounter diverse wildlife in their natural habitat. One of the most popular destinations for game drives is Queen Elizabeth National Park. As you embark on a safari through this vast park, you’ll have the opportunity to spot iconic African animals such as elephants, lions, buffaloes, and leopards.

Additionally, the park is home to a variety of antelope species, including Ugandan kobs and waterbucks. Birdwatchers will also delight in the park’s avian diversity, with over 600 species recorded, including the striking African fish eagle. Murchison Falls National Park is another fantastic destination for a game drive in Uganda. Here, you can witness the majestic Murchison Falls, where the Nile River squeezes through a narrow gorge before plunging into the Devil’s Cauldron below.

As you traverse the park’s savannah and woodland landscapes, keep your eyes peeled for elephants, giraffes, hippos, and crocodiles, among other wildlife species. A game drive in Uganda offers an immersive safari experience, providing unforgettable encounters with Africa’s magnificent wildlife amidst breathtaking natural scenery.

GENERAL INFORMATION ON A WINTER BREAK IN UGANDA

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

On a winter break in Uganda, all visitors to Uganda must have a valid passport with at least 4 consecutive blanks pages.  Any applicable visa and/or relevant documentation are the responsibility of the traveller.  For further information on Visa requirements visitors are advised to contact their nearest Uganda Embassy or Consulate. Apply Visa online here

LANGUAGE:

English

TIME:

GMT +3

VOLTAGE:

220 Volts/AC50Hz. Sockets are UK style, 3 pin square plugs. Power is from the UMEME in the city/major towns and generator with inverter back up in the Safari Lodges and Camps.

CURRENCY:

Foreign currency must be changed at the Bank, Bureau de Change, and Hotel/Safari lodge/Camp/Resort.   Major Credit Cards, Master card, Visa, American Express, are usually accepted throughout the country.  Where credit cards are accepted, the payment will normally be recorded in US$ regardless of the card’s default currency.

CLOTHING:

Dress is mainly informal and should be comfortable as well as practical. Something warm should be brought along for early morning and evenings. Safari clothes are available from hotels/lodges/camps.

BAGGAGE:

Where possible, travel light. Baggage space on safari is limited to medium suitcase or soft bag per person plus reasonable amount of hand luggage. There is 15 Kilogram per person limit on all flights to the wildlife sanctuaries. Excess luggage must be stored in your arrival hotel.

WATER:

You will find many different of opinion of what is safe and what is not. We recommend for peace of mind, to drink local Bottled Mineral water. It is important to drink plenty of water especially during the hotter months. We would recommend that guests drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water per day to limit the effects of dehydration. 

HEALTH;

East Africa is a safe and secure destination; however, it is a good idea to take a few precautions.  Kindly consult your GP or local doctor at least 6 weeks before you travel, with regards:

Malaria prophylactics. East Africa is a known malaria area and preventive measures are essential. You are advised to take one of the recommended anti-malarial drugs.  Be sure to wear long sleeved shorts and trousers after sunset and spray the exposed parts of your body with a mosquito repellent spray

Remember to protect yourself from direct sun rays with sunscreen cream or safari hat.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:

For those guests with specific dietary requirement, please ensure we are notified prior to travel

GRATUITIES:

As a guideline and dependent on how happy you are, we would suggest the following:

The General Hotel/Lodge/Camp Staff – Approximately U$ 10.00 per person per day

Driver Guides – Approximately US$ 15.00 to US$ 20.00 per person per day

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Please be careful when photographing public buildings, airports, bridges, the national flag and people in uniform.  Ensure that you have sought permission before photographing local people and their villages.  If in doubt, please check with your guide.

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