Where to go for a Uganda Safari Adventure in December

Travelers worldwide seeking for a Uganda Safari adventure visit Uganda especially in December as they celebrate the festive season. Uganda is popularly known as the pearl of Africa and is a very unique safari destination with diverse wildlife.

As December and the festive season is setting in, many people are preparing for the long holidays and Christmas celebrations. Uganda being on a bucket list of many travelers there is no doubt that many travelers will visit the country.

Let’s explore Uganda Safari adventure destinations you can visit in the coming long holiday season.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This is home to half of the mountain gorilla population with over 12 habituated mountain gorilla families. Its among the most visited Uganda safari adventure destinations but since the lock-down, tourists numbers reduced. This has given way for more exclusive and intimate gorilla safari experiences.

This December, ensure to add Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on your itinerary for unforgettable Christmas holidays. The park has various accommodation options from budget to luxury and you can book one depending on your budget.

You can access Bwindi park from Entebbe international airport if you are flying into Uganda. The drive from Entebbe to Bwindi is a long one taking 9 to 10 hours. You can alternatively fly from Entebbe to Kihihi or Kisoro airstrips near Bwindi in-case you don’t want the long drive. The Uganda and Rwanda border is closed so its impossible at the moment to access Bwindi by road from Kigali.

Silverback Mountain Gorilla. Uganda safari
Silver-back Gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable Uganda. Courtesy Photo
Kidepo Valley National Park

This is the most isolated national park in Uganda and a best place for those who don’t like crowds. Popularly known as the true African wilderness, the park offers classic safari experiences as you enjoy game drives.

A Uganda safari in Kidepo valley national park will enable you see herds of buffaloes, lions, giraffes, waterbucks and others. The park has a variety of birds most of which seen during game drives and guided nature walks.

A visit to Kidepo will introduce you to the real Ugandan country side and an opportunity to get up-close with nature. This December, ensure to add Kidepo on your Uganda Safari itinerary and end the year in ultimate wildlife exclusivity.

Giraffes in Kidepo Valley NP Uganda Safari
Giraffes in Kidepo Valley NP. Photo by Jonathan Benaiah

These are located in Lake Victoria and very good honeymoon destinations in Uganda. They are completely cut off from the main land and have beautiful beaches where one can relax while on a visit.

Lake Victoria itself is among Uganda’s leading tourist attraction and its the worlds’ second largest fresh water body. A boat cruise on this vast lake to Ssese islands is very remarkable offering beautiful views of the lake horizon.

On Islands like Bugala, there large palm oil tree plantations where you can go for day excursions. You can guided walks, quad biking, canoe rides on the lake and sport fishing. You can also play beach sport activities like beach volleyball and beach soccer.

While on a Uganda safari this December and want to escape the crowds in Kampala, Ssese islands would be ideal. Ssese islands can be accessed by boat and ferry that are MV Kalangala, MV Vanessa and MV Natalie. These depart on schedule therefore ensure to crosscheck the schedule and be in time.

MV Vanessa Cruise. Uganda
MV Vanessa in Lake Victoria Uganda. Photo by Nyanza Evergreen Waterways

This beautiful park is located in western Uganda and a home to diverse wildlife species. The park has diverse ecosystems from savanna grasslands, forests, wetlands, lakes and rivers that are homes to 95 mammals and 600 birds.

Some of the most outstanding landscapes in this park include explosion craters some of which have crater lakes. Common tourist activities done here include game drives, primate tracking, boat cruises, nature walks and community visit.

The park is very extensive with the southern sector known as Ishasha most famous for the tree climbing lions. Other wild animals in Ishasha include the topi, elephants, waterbucks, a number birds and others.

This December while planning for a Uganda Safari adventure, a visit to Queen Elizabeth national park is worth it. The park is in between Kibale Forest and Bwindi Impenetrable national parks and you can have a combined itinerary for the 3 parks.

African Fish Eagle Kazinga Channel. Uganda Safari
African Fish Eagle in Queen Elizabeth NP. Photo by Peter Gollner

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