Family Safaris in Uganda and Rwanda
Chimpanzee trekking and habituation. Kibale National park is the best place to see habituated chimpanzees in the wild. The treks take place in the morning and in the afternoon, while habituation takes a full day or until a traveler decides they want to go back to the lodge. Seeing the chimpanzee- man’s closest cousin in the wild is so fascinating. You will see how chimpanzees live and communicate with each other, just like human beings. Please note Family members coming for gorilla trekking/chimpanzee and habituation must be 15 years and above as per guidelines from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Bird watching. Uganda is home to over 1000 bird species making it a great bird watching destination. Families that love bird watching together can include a bird watching safari to their itinerary. All the national parks are home to different bird species which can be seen with our expert bird watching guides. Birds include African Green Broadbill, Africa fish eagle, green breasted pitta pied king fisher’s, malachite king fisher’s, African spoon bills, palm nut vultures, superb sterling, fox weaver, Great blue Turaco, and the list goes on. Safari game drives are great for family get-a ways in Uganda. These take place in different savannah national parks in the country like Kidepo Valley National park, Murchison Falls National park, Lake Mburo National park and Queen Elizabeth National park. You will see big and small game like elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, and warthogs among others. Rhino trekking. Tracking the endangered southern white rhinos on foot with a ranger guide is one of the best experiences for families on a Uganda safari. This only takes place at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary located in Nakasongola district, enroute to Murchison Falls National park. Southern white rhinos are one of the big five animals in Africa.
Boat safaris are a highlight in Uganda and are perfect for families on safaris in Uganda. The best boat safaris take place at the bottom of the raging Murchison Falls and Lake Albert delta point in Murchison Falls National park, Kazinga channel boat trip in Queen Elizabeth National park and Lake Mburo boat cruise in Lake Mburo national park. Families will watch animals come to the water banks to drink water, and so many birds come here too. You will spot countless hippos, elephants swimming, buffaloes, crocodiles, and variety of birds like the African fish eagle; different types of king fishers, and more. Boat safaris also take place on different lakes of Uganda, including Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Victoria, Lake Albert, Lake George and so many others. White water rafting. This is among the best safari activities for families in Uganda. White water rafting in Uganda takes place on River Nile, the world’s longest river. There are different white water rafting packages for different family groups and ages. The pearl of Africa is the best place to enjoy true comfort in the best accommodation facilities, but at the same time take pleasure in the various adventurous activities for a happy vacation. Most safari lodges, guesthouses and tented camps are well organized, cost efficient and very children-favoring.
Some hotels/lodges also have exclusive Family Rooms / bandas / cottages, which are either larger than normal or have adjoining bedrooms for the children. You will need to decide whether your child/children is/are old enough to sleep on their own “remember, accommodation units can be some distance apart. Most Adventure Camping tents are spacious enough for 2 adults and at least one or two children. Family fun time is very important, and it’s on that basis that we recommend you to carry Sensible shoes if on safari, beach shoes, games and diversions for lengthy travel times, hats, child-sized binoculars if you plan a safari, relevant guide books on animals, birds, trees, travelling medical kit, mosquito repellants, snorkels, flippers and masks, light long sleeved clothes and so many other necessary equipment. Don’t let your family miss out; Uganda has got all it takes to put a smile on your family’s face. Take a step and adventure Uganda - the pearl of Africa, where there is abundant peace and stable security all year through.