Uganda Travel, Backpacking & Gap Year Guide
Visitors to Uganda are usually moved by this country which is famous for its exotic wildlife including mountain gorillas. Uganda is a very safe destination to visit and if you are passionate about animals you will not be disappointed. There are lots of trips where you can see endangered creatures up close in their nature habitat.
Activities & Things to Do in Uganda
Travel to Uganda
Find inspiration for the best things to do if you would like to book a holiday, travel, go backpacking or take a gap year in Uganda.
- Capital: Kampala
- Currency: Ugandan Shilling (UGX)
- Country Size: 236,040 km2
- Population: 33,399,000 (approx)
- Language: English, Luganda, Swahili + local languages
Most people book gorilla watching holidays which are a once in a lifetime experience. Don't leave the country without seeing the impressive Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is one of the best places to see apes. One of the benefits of an adventure holiday in Uganda is that far less tourists visit compared to Kenya and Tanzania, get here before the tourist crowds arrive and search our trips today.
Uganda has had a difficult past but is a very much forward looking country now, the undoubted highlight of any holiday in Uganda is seeing the exotic mountain gorillas which are located in remote regions of Uganda and on the border with Rwanda. On our website you can arrange a magical experience possibly visiting the mountain gorillas in this magical country. We highly recommend planning a gap year here, this is one of the world's best destinations if you have a passion for wildlife.
You will be able to trek through remote areas of Uganda in search of these rare creatures and seeing them up close in their natural habitat is a fantasic experience and one which is hard to match.
Gap Year in Uganda
You will really be able to make a difference by participating on a gap year pogram in Uganda, there are so many options you just need to decide what you would like to do. Our programs are open to individuals, groups, couples and families.
You could travel and teach in Uganda, placements can be found at schools or within communities. When you spend a gap year in Uganda you will get to experience the real daily lives of local people and there is usually a great atmosphere and team spirit on programs where you will work with other international participants who are all wanting to do good. This will be a life changing experience but please research all trips before applying, this is a very rustic country and the living conditions are not as high as Western standards you might be used to.
There are lots of local and international operators who offer organised trips in Uganda, this is also the safest way to travel not to mention the most fun. Usually you will travel in a small group of no more than 18 people traveling and seeing more of the country. Traveling independently can be really difficult due to an unreliable public transport system. We list tours on our website where you can see just Uganda, or join an overland trip which passed through Eastern Africa or the whole continent.
Most trips will need you to stay for a minimum of 2 weeks but longer experiences are available. You can travel and join programs all year round and book in advance to secure a place. Uganda is a really amazing country to visit on a gap year, if you need any advice or information please contact us.