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Uganda Shared Group Tours

4.3/5  –  284 Uganda Reviews

Uganda is an excellent destination for a group safari. Its popular western safari circuit provides a thrilling introduction to Africa's varied habitats and animals. Here you can hike through tangled rainforests in search of gorillas and chimpanzees, watch plains dwellers such as elephant, buffalo and the famous tree-climbing lions of Ishasha, and enjoy boat safaris on some of Africa's most wildlife-rich rivers and channels. Uganda offers group safaris suited to all interests. These range from 3-day gorilla trekking trips to relaxed 2-week itineraries that cherry-pick the finest national parks, as well as more specialized tours that focus on photography or seeking out some of the country’s 1,000-plus bird species.

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6 Questions About Uganda Shared Group Tours

 
 

6 Questions About Uganda Shared Group Tours

Answered by Philip Briggs

What are the pros and cons of a group safari in Uganda?

“For single travelers and couples, joining a Uganda group safari will generally be cheaper than booking a private tour. The main reason for this is that road transport costs work out to be much cheaper when split between several people. For solo travelers willing to share accommodation with another group member, this is another potential saving because single supplements often add 50% to 75% to the ‘per person’ room price. That said, the overall saving on Uganda group packages might not be as much as you expect, because shared accommodation, meals, park fees and most activity charges (including the US$600 gorilla trekking permit) will be the same either way. Joining a group safari adds an element of sociability that might be particularly welcome to solo travelers or gregarious couples. This can pan out both ways. If some group members rub each other up the wrong way, there is a risk of personal politics dominating your trip. But if everybody gets on, it can greatly enhance your holiday. The likelihood of personality clashes developing into a problem increases with the duration of the safari – it's unlikely to be an issue over three or four days, but it could become one over two weeks. Another possible negative of a group safari is that there tends to be less flexibility around travel dates. Even if the departure isn't fixed, it will need to be suitable to all group members.”

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Are there specialized group safaris for bird-watchers and photographers?

“Yes, there are, and dedicated group safaris are particularly worth looking at for travelers with these special interests. This is partly because the itinerary of a specialized safari will be customized for that interest group. Photographic safaris, for instance, are likely to take extra care to be out in the best light, and to line up vehicles for the best angle. Bird-watching tours tend to focus on birding hot spots, to be out and about when the birds are most active, and to engage local guides with specialist bird knowledge. What’s more, many specialized group packages are led by an acknowledged expert, such as a professional ornithologist or published photographer. It is worth noting that serious photographers and bird-watchers (as well as others with special interests) may find it frustrating to join a group safari that isn’t dedicated to that interest group. If no suitable specialist group tour is available, they would be better to arrange a private safari.”

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What types of vehicles can I expect on a Uganda group safari?

“Most group safaris in Uganda use a stretch Land Cruiser or a similarly rugged high-clearance 4x4 to travel between destinations as well as for game drives. These vehicles typically take a maximum of 7 passengers and are reasonably comfortable, but they lack the smoother suspension and speed of a standard car. It is normal for safari vehicles in Uganda to have pop-up roofs, which is great for watching and photographing distant wildlife.”

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What is the maximum group size recommended for a safari?

“If you're traveling in a single stretch vehicle, the maximum group size will be 7 people (one in the front and three rows of two in the back). This can be a bit squashed, especially as the vehicles have limited luggage space. When there is a full quota of passengers, bags will probably need to be carried on a roof rack when driving between destinations. For this reason, a more comfortable group size would be 4 or 5 people. Larger groups are often split between two or more vehicles on specialist group tours led by professional photographers or ornithologists.”

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Is there a minimum age for a group safari in Uganda?

“There’s no blanket minimum age for group safaris in Uganda, but many operators will impose an age limit on clients. In the case of tours that include gorilla and chimp trekking, this might be influenced by the minimum age limit of 15 years old for gorilla trekking and 12 years old for chimp trekking. In other instances, it might be because certain lodges and camps on the itinerary have a minimum age restriction, which could be anything from 4 to 12 years old. Even if the operator does not specify an age limit, parents with young children – especially those prone to tantrums or crying – might want to consider whether it is reasonable to impose this on other group members.”

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How much do Uganda group safari packages cost?

“Typically, you would be looking at around US$200 to US$300 per person per day for a Uganda group safari. But this will depend on many factors including group size, duration, itinerary, accommodation and activities. For instance, a budget camping safari that does not include gorilla trekking (which costs US$600 per person) might be much cheaper. By contrast, packages that use luxury lodges and/or domestic flights, or that employ a specialist tour leader, could be a lot more expensive. Whatever you pay, the rate should normally include all costs related to accommodation, meals, transport, activities and national park visits, but usually excludes drinks.”

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Uganda Reviews

4.3/5 284 Reviews
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Mark Eveleigh  –  
United Kingdom UK

Mark is a travel writer who grew up in Africa and has written over 700 titles for CNN Traveller, Travel Africa, BBC Wildlife and others.

Fantastic wildlife and some of the friendliest people in Africa make Uganda unbeatable
5/5

I spent a month travelling around Uganda with a self-drive, expedition-prepared Landcruiser and visited almost every national park in the country. Uganda was a revelation! I had not expected such a richness of wildlife or such great...

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Ariadne van Zandbergen  –  
South Africa ZA

Ariadne is a renowned African wildlife photographer whose work is featured in many well-known guidebooks and magazines.

Gorilla tracking in Uganda
4/5

Uganda’s biggest attraction is mountain gorilla tracking. Seeing these gentle giants has been one of my best wildlife experiences ever. With Congo being unstable, Rwanda is the only other country where this is offered. Aside from...

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Klaus Hüskes  –  
Germany DE
Reviewed: Jan 25, 2023
I now know what made Winston Churchil say Uganda is the pearl of Africa, and he was right.
5/5

It was our first trip to Africa. We booked through Skyway Expedition in Entebbe and were thrilled. We felt absolutely safe at all times and warmly welcomed. The country is a wonder of nature, a treasure chest for nature lovers. I hope that...

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Ilias Kyriakopoulos  –  
Greece GR
Reviewed: Jan 16, 2023
Awesome nature friendly people
5/5

We booked home for Africa for gorilla trekking . The accomadation was great, our driver William, friendly and helpful. We also went hiking to mountain elgon Awesome nature. And we had a safari at Murchison Falls as well. Brilliant...

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Mariona CL  –  
United Arab Emirates AE
Reviewed: Jan 3, 2023
Uganda is a vibrant, welcoming and peaceful setting for wildlife lovers.
5/5

Home to Africa has been very accomodating and has adapted to all of our requests when planning and budgeting. Our guide, Benon, was fun, kind, patient and knowledgeable. He made us feel very comfortable and was always on the lookout to make...

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Ee Chang  –  
United Kingdom UK
Reviewed: Jan 1, 2023
Uganda is an underrated destination, would deserve better publicity
5/5

We have been fortunate enough to book 2 safari experiences, one going through the Ziwa Rhinos sanctuary and Murchison Falls National Park, where we've been able to see very closely all big five, another going to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest...

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