Ganyana Safaris offers quality domestic tours and holidays in Uganda including group travel, speciality tours, corporate MICE travel and inbound travel. Our mission is to provide you with fully customised, exclusive, and memorable experiences in Uganda and we can start the journey together, now.
Whether you are planning a honeymoon, a fun holiday with your family or simply want to get away, we can offer you a personalised, flexibly priced travel package.
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Kidepo National Park
Located in Uganda’s distant northeastern corner, close to Kenya and South Sudan and forming the farthest extremity of the remote, sparsely populated Karamoja region, Kidepo represents one of Africa’s most magnificent wildernesses. Big game favourites, including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, zebra, eland, lion, cheetah and ostrich, roam grasslands that extend towards distant mountain ranges in all directions.
Uganda’s largest protected area is a 5000km2 expanse formed by Murchison Falls NP and the contiguous Karuma and Bugungu wildlife reserves. The Nile traverses this wilderness, dividing grasslands roamed by big game on the northern bank from bush and forest inhabited by birds and primates on the southern side. The centrepiece is the river’s eruption through a narrow gorge at Murchison Falls.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Uganda’s most popular and diverse conservation area, Queen Elizabeth National Park enjoys a fabulous setting on the rift valley floor, surrounded by lakes, escarpments and the snow-capped Rwenzori mountain. A variety of habitats, including grassland, acacia woodland, forest, wetland and open water, sustains a wide range of mammals while the park’s 604 bird species is a quite remarkable tally for a protected area covering less than 2000km2
Scenic drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Lake Katwe visit
Boat Safari along the Kazinga Channel
Kyambura gorge walk
Semuliki National Park
Size: 220km² with an altitude of 670-760m above sea level
Semuliki Forest Reserve was created in 1932 and upgraded to national park status in 1993.
It is the only tract of true lowland tropical forest in East Africa, hosting 441 recorded bird species and 53 mammals.
Large areas of this low-lying park may flood during the wet season,a brief reminder of the time when the entire valley lay at the bottom of a lake for seven million years.
Four distinct ethnic groups live near the park – Bwamba farmers live along the base of the Rwenzori while the Bakonjo cultivate the mountain slopes. Batuku cattle keepers inhabit on the open plains and Batwa pygmies, traditionally hunter gathers, live on the edge of the forest.
Semuliki National Park sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. This is one of Africa’s most ancient and bio-diverse forests; one of the few to survive the last ice age, 12-18,000 years ago.
The Semliki Valley contains numerous features associated with central rather than eastern Africa. Thatched huts are shaded by West African oil palms; the Semliki River (which forms the international boundary) is a miniature version of the Congo River, the forest is home to numerous Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri. As a result, this park provides a taste of Central Africa without having to leave Uganda.
While Semuliki’s species have been accumulating for over 25,000 years, the park contains evidence of even older processes. Hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.
Lake Mburo National Park
This compact jewel of a park is ideally placed for an overnight break between Kampala and the protected areas of western Uganda. Herbivores in the seasonal wetland valleys and acacia grasslands that surround Lake Mburo include species such as topi, eland and zebra that are rare or absent from other parks in Uganda.
Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Ziwa Rhino and Wildlife Ranch is situated in Nakasongola district. It’s a famous home for only wild rhinos in Uganda. It’s a project of Rhino Fund Uganda and Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
The sanctuary is conveniently located 176km (100 miles) north of Kampala on the Gulu highway towards Murchison Falls (branch off at Nakitoma Trading centre). Ziwa is the only place where you will be able to see rhinos in the wild while on a safari in Uganda. While at Ziwa Rhino and wildlife Ranch Sanctuary, below are some of the tourist activities:
Rhino Tracking – Free to roam across the savannah, acacia woodlands and cool muddy swamps, Uganda’s only rhinos spend their day grazing on the thick shrubbery or resting under the shade of tall trees. The well trained and knowledgeable guides always lead the group to see Rhinos and offers security to the guests.
Although you can choose to do a rhino trek at any time of the day, the best time to go is between 8 am and 10 am and 4 pm and 6 pm. Make sure you wear comfortable closed shoes, long trousers, and bring plenty of water.
Shoebill Stork and Canoe ride – At first glance, shoebill stalks have a goofy charm due to their Dutch Clog-esque foot-long bill. Despite first impressions, this stork is an unassuming predator known to feast on baby crocodiles, big fish like tilapia and Nile monitor lizards. Head out on an early morning canoe ride in the adjacent swamp, to see this prehistoric looking bird and enjoy a beautiful sunrise over the Lugogo Swamp.
Bird watching – Those who love birds, Ziwa is an option. For those keen on bird watching, there are four different trails to choose from which take you across the savannah, woodlands or swamps, each a habitat to the various species of bird that live here. Early morning between 6am and 8 am and evening between 4pm and 6 pm are the best time for birding at Ziwa Rhino and wildlife Ranch sanctuary.
Nocturnal Walks – Ziwa is home to many nocturnal animals and some few nocturnal birds like owl. Nocturnal animals like Leopards, bushbabies and so on are so active at night but shy during day. You can target them between 8 pm and 11 pm. During these nature walks you will be accompanied by a ranger to offer you security and knowledge about the flora and fauna present in the sanctuary.
Nature walks often take between one and three hours and can be quite physically demanding. Make sure you have comfortable walking shoes, long trousers, insect repellent, a torch and bottled water.
Kibale National Park
This largely forested park, 795km2 in area, is best known for the number and variety of resident primates. An impressive list of 13 primate species includes Uganda’s largest population of chimpanzees – an estimated 1450. Habituated groups can be tracked with experienced ranger guides at Kanyanchu River Camp.
Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (Entebbe Zoo)
The Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre (Entebbe Zoo) is located 15 minutes from Entebbe International Airport, 36 kilometers from Uganda's capital Kampala. The centre cares for rescued animals, often victims of bush meat trade, habitat destruction, or illegal trade. Individuals that can make it in the wild, are released back. We don't buy animals nor use them for entertainment, but rather as ambassadors to help save and maintain those in the wild, wild! Listen to interpretative talks from our; keepers, guides work with animals every day. You can sign up as an animal surrogate mother for a day, participate in behind the scene experiences or simply spend a night in our hostel or African cottages as you await your flight or meeting!