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A trip to Uganda is truly life-changing. The sheer amount of excitement and incredible places in just a 10-day Uganda itinerary will completely astound you! From the tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park to the crater lakes formed by volcanoes, you’ll fall head over heels for the Pearl of Africa.

We should know, because we had our own 10-day Uganda travel itinerary, and it was truly breathtaking. We trekked to find mountain gorillas in Bwindi, went on an epic safari without anyone else in sight in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and were lucky enough to explore the countryside to see some jaw-dropping views. 

In this Uganda itinerary in 10 days, we’re going to cover some of the best places to visit in Uganda. Sure, you won’t have time to see everything, but you’ll get to experience a ton of this amazing country! 

So let’s talk all about how to have the perfect 10-day Uganda safari itinerary! 

Best Honeymoon Destinations in Uganda | Forest of Bwindi

Ultimate 10-Day Uganda Itinerary You’ll Ever Need

Before we dive into all the details on how to spend 10 days in Uganda, here is a quick Uganda itinerary in list form you can refer back to during your planning! 

  • Day 1: Arrive to Entebbe, Uganda
  • Day 2: Relax in Entebbe and Take a Sunset Cruise on Lake Victoria
  • Day 3: Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Settle In
  • Day 4: Forest Walk and Local Tour of the Town
  • Day 5: Gorilla Trek
  • Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari
  • Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari With Option For Kazinga Channel Cruise
  • Day 8: Journey to Kibale National Park
  • Day 9: Chimpanzee Trek
  • Day 10: Depart Uganda

Now that you have an overview of what to do in Uganda in 10 days, let’s talk about all the details. 

Pro-Tip: Book a Uganda Travel Planner For Your Uganda Trip

Sunset in Queen Elizabeth National Park | Uganda Honeymoon Destinations

There are a lot of logistics when it comes to planning a safari, so I highly recommend a safari planner. 

To make your trip to Uganda even smoother, it helps to have someone take care of the transportation and activities so you can just enjoy your trip.

We used Go2Africa for our journey, and they arranged all the transfers, tours, guides, accommodations, activities, etc. for us. 

Also, in places like Queen Elizabeth National Park if you want to go on a safari, you either self-drive or have to hire your own guide. So it just helps to have a company do all this for you. 

Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park | Antelope

Go2Africa works with local guides to ensure you have a fantastic trip! We had several fantastic guides who both drove us around and took us on safaris! 

Also, for other trips we’ve taken to South Africa and Zimbabwe, we loved Safari365. They also do a fantastic job and can help you plan your trip to Uganda. 

Okay, now let’s talk about a perfect Uganda itinerary for you!

Day 1: Arrive in Entebbe, Uganda

Boma Hotel Entebbe Pool

I’ll be honest in that it is a trek to get to Uganda. We flew out of our hometown of Cleveland, Ohio in the US to get here and it was no small feat. We first flew into Dulles in DC and then from there to Brussels, which was about a 7-hour flight. 

Then, we flew from Brussels to Entebbe with a short stop in Bujumbura, Burundi to pick up and drop off passengers. Note that Brussels Airlines either stops here or in Kigali, Rwanda on the way to Entebbe. 

Basically, it takes quite a bit of time to get here. So you’re likely arriving pretty late at night or even in the wee hours of the morning the following day. 

Either way, you’ve finally made it for your Uganda itinerary, and don’t worry- the trip is beyond worth the effort! 

As the main international airport is in Entebbe, you’re going to base yourself here for a couple of nights. 

Where to Stay in Entebbe

Pool Area Boma Hotel Entebbe

We ended up staying at the Boma Hotel in Entebbe and it was delightful! They have a restaurant, pool, and lovely rooms that are so comfortable and welcoming, especially after a long journey. It is also just an adorable hotel. 

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The Protea Hotel is another popular spot for your stay in Entebbe, which is right along Lake Victoria. 

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Day 2: Relax in Entebbe and Take a Sunset Cruise on Lake Victoria

Entebbe Botanical Garden

Chances are you’re going to be really tired as you’ve likely arrived late at night or super early in the morning. So today you’re going to want to relax. 

We enjoyed fresh Ugandan coffee and tea by the pool as we read a book about Ugandan customs and phrases given to us by our guide from Go2Africa, our safari planner. 

We also slept in to try to get on Uganda time and ready for the following Uganda itinerary adventures! 

So enjoy time this day to adjust, relax, and get ready for the following days.

However, if you want to go exploring a bit, you can certainly go check out the Botanical Garden nearby during the day. Either way, you’ll want to wrap up your day with a sunset cruise on Lake Victoria

Lake Victoria Honeymoon

The largest lake in Africa is massive, and well worth a visit during your time exploring Uganda. So why not take a sunset cruise and see the beauty of the area? 

There is ample flora and fauna, including the chance to spot various bird species, Nile crocodiles, and even Monitor lizards. 

It is the perfect way to end a day in Entebbe before you embark on the more adventurous part of your trip tomorrow. 

Day 3: Fly to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Settle In

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park welcome sign

This morning, you’re going to embark on your first tiny plane. I recommend flying to your next location versus driving because it is way faster, and when you only have 10 days in Uganda, time is certainly precious. 

So you’ll be flying on AeroLink toward Bwindi and land at the Kihihi Airstrip. Also, the views from the plane are so cool! I will say that if you’re a nervous flyer like myself, the tiny planes won’t help. These planes fly lower in altitude and you’ll feel more of the wind, so while it could be a smooth journey, it could be a little bumpy too.

Outside our cabin at Mahogany Springs Lodge in Bwindi

If you’re a nervous flyer, just go ahead and talk to your doctor ahead of time and figure out your options to ease your anxiety. That’s what I did and it worked like a dream. Plus, the pilots were all super nice and calm, so it made the experience much better. 

The length of the flight could vary, as sometimes these lighter aircraft make stops along the way to various airstrips. A direct flight should take a little over an hour… which is far less time than driving, which could take at least 9 hours. 

So once you land, you’ll be picked up by your next guide and driven to your lodge near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. 

The airstrip is only about an hour from Bwindi and close to Queen Elizabeth National Park. So, if you’re lucky and the guide hears about some tree-climbing lions nearby, you may even get to head into Queen Elizabeth National Park for a bit to take a peek at them! 

Tree climbing lion in Queen Elizabeth National Park

We were lucky enough to do this before continuing our journey to Bwindi. It was a great first look at the wildlife of Uganda! 

So today you’re going to be settling into your lodge. We stayed at Mahogany Springs Lodge and absolutely loved it. 

This place has stunning views of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, is close to the start of the gorilla trek in the Buhoma sector, and sometimes sees the occasional gorilla family pass through. 

We really enjoyed our stay here and would highly recommend it. At this lodge, you even stay in your own private bungalow with a view facing the forest. The lodge itself even has a lovely balcony and cozy fireplace for chilly evenings.

Inside our room at Mahogany Springs Lodge

Other great lodges in the area to check out include Buhoma Lodge and the luxurious Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp.

Luckily, most lodges in the area tend to include all your meals and most of your beverages. So you don’t have to figure out where to go out to eat that evening. 

This will take a large chunk of the day just to fly in, potentially pop into Queen Elizabeth National Park, and then get to your lodge. So spend the afternoon and evening exploring the lodge area and perhaps trying your first local beverage: a waragi and tonic!

Bwindi Impenetrable National PArk

Waragi is a local gin made from bananas. It is delicious! We also took some time to explore the grounds where we stayed, which but up against the Munyanga River. 

After a day spent at your lodge, head to bed and begin exploring Buhoma and Bwindi tomorrow!

Day 4: Forest Walk and Local Tour of the Town

creek in Bwindi

After a scrumptious breakfast at the lodge, you’ll be off on a fun forest walk. This is a pretty easy trail where you’ll spend a couple of hours with a guide walking in the forest and going to a waterfall. 

While you’re on a trail here, it is easy to see why this forest is in fact called “impenetrable.” The trees and plethora of plants and vines do indeed make it appear as if it is impenetrable. 

But this morning you’ll get to take a fun hike to the lovely waterfall in the midst of the forest, perhaps spotting other primate species and birds along the way. 

Waterfall hike in Bwindi
Massive waterfall in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Sometimes, and if you’re truly lucky, you may even spot the local gorilla family that lives nearby! 

Sadly, we didn’t on the day we hiked it, but both the day before and after the gorilla family was spotted! 

After a nice hike and lunch, you’ll have a bit of free time before you explore the town of Buhoma with a local guide. 

Walk a little around the town and even past the tea plantations during your tour. 

Tea farm in Buhoma

Visit the local Batwa tribe and learn about their customs as well as how to make their local bread, coffee, and waragi. 

You also get to listen to stories and music too. Your tour wraps up with a visit to Ride 4 a Woman, a local charity that empowers women by teaching them skills to make a living as well as microfinancing to help women start their own businesses. 

Woman making bread in Uganda

It is a great place to check out, and you can purchase souvenirs made by the women here or arrange activities in advance like a traditional cooking class, weaving baskets, learning the Kiga Dance, a traditional dance of the Bakiga Tribe, or even learning how to use the pedal swing. 

The tour around the town with a local guide is a great way to get to know the Buhoma area! 

After your tour, head back to your lodge for dinner and a good night’s rest, as you’ll certainly need it tomorrow on your Uganda itinerary.

Day 5: Gorilla Trek

Kat and Chris after gorilla trekking

Okay, today is the day you’ve likely been dreaming of the most: the gorilla trek

I highly recommend that when you’re arranging your gorilla trek with your safari company to try to get the Buhoma sector as Mahogany Springs Lodge is close by. 

But if you want to see more of the park, you could also do a trek elsewhere. With the gorilla permits in Buhoma being sold out when we booked our tour, we ended up having to go to the Ruhija sector of the park which was quite a drive away and we had to get up super early for it.

View of Bwindi from our lodge

So if you get a permit for Buhoma, you get to sleep a bit more before going to the meeting point. 

Either way, the trek begins at a meeting point in your sector with everyone to discuss safety, the rules, etc. After that, you’ll meet with your guide for the trek and be given an option for a porter.

I recommend getting a porter as they’ll carry your supplies, and they are super helpful if you’re clumsy like me. 

You get sorted into a certain trekking group based on your physical fitness level. And this is where your driver/guide who you’re with most of the time during this part of the trip will really advocate for you. So if you’re an avid hiker and want to do the tougher trek, be sure to let your main guide know and they’ll try to get you on the harder hike. 

Close up of a gorilla

There are treks for almost every level of hiker, from beginners to advanced. The easier hikes take a lot less time and usually only take about 30 minutes or so to find the gorillas who are closer to the edge of the park. 

The tougher ones can seriously take hours to find. It all just depends as the gorillas don’t ever stick to one place.

And for those with a lot of limited mobility, you can even hire people to carry you. You’ll pay a lot for this, but if you are elderly or can’t hike, this is an opportunity for you to see the gorillas as well. 

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Cost | Baby gorilla riding on its moms back

Our trek was definitely a challenge, with only the first 30 minutes being on an actual trail. Then, it was time for our guide to start hacking away with his machete as we climbed over vines and through the dense jungle for another hour and a half. 

In total, it took us about 2 hours to find our gorilla family. 

And once you’re with the gorilla family, you have 1 whole hour to see them before you have to leave. So just be sure to get your photos and videos, but also save plenty of time for just watching and taking it all in! It truly is a bucket list experience. 

Breastfeeding mother gorilla and baby

Oh, and don’t think that once you’re there you’ll be sitting and staring at them for an hour! Ours moved quite a bit so we had to keep following them around the hillside in the forest! 

Honestly, the babies were the cutest and funniest part. They were all over the place, whereas the adults sat and hung out for the most part. So if you’re lucky enough to get a family with a lot of young ones, you’re in for a real treat! 

Silverback and female gorillas
Kat and Chris on a gorilla trek

After a magical hour with these amazing gorillas, we hiked a bit to a picnic spot to have our packed lunch from the lodge and then continued on our way back to the meeting point. 

In total, we spent about 5 hours doing our trek including the 1-hour with the gorillas. 

By the time we got back, it was the late afternoon. We got some massages afterward and had some drinks before dinner to celebrate our time trekking to see the mountain gorillas! 

Close up of a baby gorilla in Bwindi

PS- Check out what to wear gorilla trekking here!

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari

You’ve had a few days to enjoy the beauty of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. So enjoy your last breakfast and last glimpses of this mountainous, green place before getting in the car to go to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

It is about a 2-hour drive to your next lodge, which is in the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park. This sector of the park is great for going on safari drives! 

Herd of elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park

And in just that 2-hour drive, you’re going to go from the mountainous landscape to a flat, savannah landscape where you can even see for miles in certain places! 

This sector of the park is also known for its tree-climbing lions. You’re probably wondering what is the big deal about lions in trees. Well, there are few places in the world where you’ll see lions hanging out in trees. The Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of them. 

Two lions sleeping in a tree in Uganda

They tend to prefer the sycamore fig trees or acacia trees. These are wide-branched and large trees that can support their weight. And they like to climb and hang out in these trees for a number of reasons. 

The first is to escape the tsetse flies that tend to bite them when they’re on the ground. They also like the view. As the topography here is flat, being in the tree allows them to see prey from far away. 

And lastly, it is nice and cool under the shade of the tree versus out in the open. Even the ground is warmer, so they like to hang out in the trees during the heat of the day.  

So you’re definitely going to want to visit this part of the park in order to find them. And if you’re lucky, you may just catch some snoozing in a tree right next to the road! 

lion yawning in a tree
Lion sleeping in Uganda

You’ll spend some time getting to your lodge as you’ll do a bit of a game drive on the way in. That is where we spotted the tree-climbing lions so we stopped and hung out before continuing on to our lodge.

As far as where to stay, there is only one lodge located within the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park: Ishasha Wilderness Lodge

This is where we stayed and it was fantastic! It is a little more rustic than other safari lodges, but it was absolutely perfect at the same time. You stay in glamping tents of course, complete with electricity, comfortable beds, and bug nets. 

Tent at Ishasha Wilderness Camp

But it is a canvas tent on the bottom half and roof and just a screen on the top half of the tent. You do have curtains for privacy during the night, but you’ll hear wildlife during your stay! 

You also have to order a shower. Because while you’ll be able to use the toilet and wash your hands, for a shower, they’ll heat up water and attach it to your bush shower in the bathroom so you can shower. Just be quick- it is only about 5 minutes’ worth of warm water! 

Your stay here also includes all food and most drinks. 

Chris in his safari outfit standing along the river

The lodge is right along the river though, and there is plenty of wildlife watching to be done from the lodge itself! We saw elephants across the river, a hippo in the river, buffalos on the property, and several monkeys! 

There is also a fantastic sandy fire pit area right next to the river at this lodge, which is perfect for a sundowner drink and for playing cards. 

Chris in front of the Queen Elizabeth National Park sign

But you’ll spend the afternoon settling in before going on a late afternoon game drive.

During the game drive, you can try to spot 4 of the Big 5. We only managed to see 3 of the Big 5: elephants, lions, and buffalo- so no leopards for us! 

But there are plenty of other animals to see too including Uganda kobs, topi, bushbucks, waterbucks, hyenas, hippos, and monkeys! It is a lot of fun to go on a game drive here to see the vast amount of animals! 

Ugandan kob

After your game drive, you’ll have time for some drinks and dinner before you head to bed. 

Other Lodges Near Ishasha Sector: 

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National Park Safari With Option For Kazinga Channel Cruise

Hyena with a meal Queen Elizabeth National Park
Beautiful bird in Queen Elizabeth National Park

After your night of glamping, you’ll head out on a game drive in the morning to see more wildlife! 

Here we got to see a pod of hippos in the river, several buffalo, hyenas, and even vultures drying off their wings. 

Then, you have time to relax during the day, have lunch, play games, or even take a much-needed rest. 

After this, you have a couple of options. There is the option to drive up near the Kazinga Channel and do a boat cruise. This would take up the rest of your day.

Or there is the option to stay in Ishasha and do another game drive. That is what we did because we love game drives and didn’t want to drive all the way up to the Kazinga Channel and back. 

Herd of buffalo in Queen Elizabeth National Park

However, the Ishasha sector isn’t terribly large, so we saw all of it within the game drives we had the day before and this morning. So I wish we had booked a boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel. 

The Kazinga Channel links Lake George to Lake Edward. It is here where you can see a ton of great wildlife including hippos, elephants, several birds, crocodiles, buffaloes, and more! Several animals come to the shores of the Kazinga Channel, so you’ll likely get to see a lot. 

So you can spend the rest of the afternoon doing this before driving back to Ishasha for the night. 

If you choose to stay in the Ishasha sector for the rest of the day, you’ll have an afternoon game drive before coming back to the lodge for the night. 

hippo out of the water in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 8: Journey to Kibale National Park

Red Colobus monkeys grooming each other in Kibale

This morning, you’re going to hop on a tiny plane again at Kihihi Airstrip and be transported to Kasese for the next leg of your journey. 

Now I remember this flight taking a bit longer because even though the Kasese Airport isn’t too far away, our flight took a couple of stops along the way before we got off in Kasese. 

I will note that we did get to fly over the Kazinga Channel during the flight, which was pretty epic! 

After that, we were met with a new guide for this leg of our journey, and they drove us to our next lodge near Kibale National Park

After landing in Kasese, it is about a 2+ hour drive to get to the lodge. However, it is a scenic drive through many towns and villages, as well as several crater lakes in Uganda.

This area has quite a few crater lakes, that were formed by volcanic activity a long time ago. And on your drive, there is even a Crater Lake View Point overlooking Lake Nyinambuga. It is honestly stunning. And once again, you’re back in the mountains with greenery everywhere on this drive. 

Beautiful lake in Uganda
Crater lake in Uganda

So this drive takes quite a bit of time as you make a couple of scenic stops along the way! 

Then, you’ll end up at your lodge near Kibale National Park in time for lunch. We stayed at Turaco Treetops Lodge which was fantastic! 

This place has both rooms and its own luxury forest cottages, which is what we stayed in. It is in line with the treetops, and it has a balcony overlooking the forest. We even saw monkeys from our balcony! 

Pool at Turaco Treetops Lodge | Uganda Honeymoon
Our cabin at Turaco Treetops Lodge

This place also has a huge area to hang out with an upstairs and downstairs lounge at the lodge, a bar serving local beers, and a cozy fireplace. There is also a pool for a swim on hot days.

Rates here include breakfast, but the full meal plan can be added. If you book through Go2Africa, it should have all meals included.

Spend the remainder of your day getting settled in, having lunch, perhaps going for a swim, and lounging by the fire in the evening. 

Then, you’ll head to bed before another action-packed day tomorrow! 

Turaco Treetops Lodge fireplace and lounge

Other Nearby Lodges: 

Day 9: Chimpanzee Trek

Monkey in the tree Kibale

Begin your morning with breakfast and then you’ll be off to explore the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. As Kibale National Park is known as the Primate Capital of the World, you’ll potentially see several species of primates while here.

And you can increase your chances by visiting the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. It was here that we saw red tail colobus, black and white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabeys, and baboons. We also saw the beautiful great blue turaco, which is a large and stunning blue bird. 

Red Colobus Monkey perched in the tree
Monkey in the tree

It was a great area to explore to see a lot of primates before coming back for lunch and departing on our last trekking adventure that afternoon: chimpanzee trekking! 

Luckily, this is far easier to do as 1) it is a pretty flat area and the vegetation isn’t nearly as thick, making it an easier trek, and 2) they live in huge packs, meaning you don’t have to go far to find them.

chimp looking up

We only hiked for about 30 minutes to see the chimpanzees and then we got to spend about an hour with them as well. 

Sadly, it did rain, so most of the chimpanzees were high in the treetops while a select few males were on the ground looking pouty about the rain. 

After a while though, the rain stopped and more chimps came down. Most of the females and babies were still up in the trees, but we did get to see quite a few males on the ground. 

Chimpanzee in a tree | Kibale National Park
Chimpanzee sitting with arms crossed | Kibale National Park
Male chimpanzee sitting at the base of a tree

It was still a really cool experience to see our closest living relative species! 

Once you finish this, you can head back to your lodge and hang out for the evening! We celebrated with a couple of local Banange beers to wrap up our last full day in Uganda! 

Day 10: Depart Uganda 

Stork about to take flight in a swamp

On your final day in Uganda, you’ll have to make the trek back to Entebbe. So you’ll have to drive the 2 hours back to Kasese Airport and then board the tiny plane again to get to Entebbe. 

This can take between 1-2+ hours depending on if the plane makes stops along the way at other airstrips. 

But once you’re back in Entebbe, you can either make the long journey home or if you’re like us, continue your journey of East Africa and head to the Masai Mara in Kenya

Female lion walking in the Maasai Mara

If you’re doing this, prepare for a full day of these tiny planes, because you’re going to be getting back on one in Entebbe, crossing over Lake Victoria, landing at a small airport in Kenya to go through customs, and then you’re on your way to the Masai Mara, where there may be quite a few stops before your landing strip for wherever you’re staying. 

We spent the last few days of our trip to East Africa in the Masai Mara, going on game drives and even going on a sunrise hot air balloon ride. It was a great way to wrap up our time in Africa before ending in Nairobi and going home. 

Cheetah laying down in the savannah in the Maasai Mara

Regardless, this is your time to say goodbye to Uganda. This trip that we took was seriously so cool and beyond our wildest expectations. We absolutely loved all the people, the cultures, the wildlife adventures, and so much more. 

Uganda is a place we won’t soon forget, and we hope you will feel the same! 

If You Have 2 Weeks in Uganda or More

Baby gorilla scratching itself in Bwindi

You could easily spend 2 weeks in Uganda, whether you plan to road trip in Uganda or explore even deeper. After our trip, we felt like we had only scratched the surface. 

This is because, while we certainly saw and did a lot, aside from Entebbe, we were only in the southwestern part of the country the whole time! 

You could easily add several days to your Uganda itinerary by visiting Murchison Falls National Park and going on game drives and cruising in the area. You can stay at Paraa Safari Lodge with views of the Nile from the resort.

There is also the opportunity to visit Jinja, known as the source of the Nile! Here you can go white water rafting, jet boating, kayaking, tubing, and even bungee jumping. You can stay at Wildwaters Lodge which is located on an island in the middle of the river! 

Jinja | Uganda Honeymoon Destinations

You can also check out Lake Bunyonyi in the southwest as well which is full of islands! 

Go birdwatching, hiking, canoeing, or even ziplining here. A stay at the Birdnest Resort is great with rooms and cottages overlooking the mountains and lake.

And for a more remote safari experience, check out Kidepo National Park. This is where you can go on game drives to see giraffes, zebras, buffaloes, lions, elephants, gazelles, oryx, and possibly even leopards and cheetahs. Apoka Safari Lodge is a great place to stay here.

Lastly, if you want to go to a lesser-visited place for gorilla trekking, there is Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. You can also spot golden monkeys here! You can stay at Mount Gahinga Lodge while here! 

Obviously, in 2 weeks in Uganda, you can’t do all of this, but you can certainly add on 1-2 of these destinations to your Uganda itinerary! 

If You Have a One Week Uganda Itinerary

Animals in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Only have one week in Uganda? You’ll likely need to cut one of the destinations in this Uganda itinerary above. 

If you want to see the primates, you may want to eliminate Queen Elizabeth National Park from your Uganda trip. This isn’t a bad idea, as you may be able to see the tree-climbing lions on a short detour from the Kihihi Airstrip if the guide has heard of them in the area that day. 

Or, if you want to see the gorillas and go on game drives, then you can take off Kibale National Park and the chimp trekking. 

When to Visit For Your Uganda Itinerary

Baby gorilla in a tree in Bwindi

The dry season is the best time to visit, as you’ll encounter less rainfall and inclement weather than during the wet season. However, there is still rainfall during the dry season and days without rain during the wet season. 

That being said, accommodation prices tend to be more expensive during the dry season as this is a popular time to visit, and less expensive during the rainy season. 

The dry season tends to fall between June through August and December through February. 

Shoulder season isn’t a bad idea, either, which is around September. 

Getting There and Getting Around During Your Uganda Itinerary

Owl in the tree at Queen Elizabeth National Park | Uganda Honeymoon Destinations

Most likely, you’ll be flying into Entebbe International Airport in Uganda. 

We flew in from Brussels on Brussels Airlines. However, there are several airlines that travel here including Emirates, Ethiopian Airlines, Turkish Airlines, Qatar Airways, KLM, along with many other airlines throughout Africa, especially East Africa. 

Once you’re in Uganda, you’ll likely want to fly to get to a lot of places like Bwindi, Kibale, etc. It is just more efficient to do it this way rather than a Uganda road trip. However, if you have the time, you can drive. 

Again, I recommend having a guide or driver as they know the way far better. But if you fly, I recommend having all your guides and drivers booked in advance to pick you up and take you where you need to go. 

This is where a safari planner like Go2Africa or Safari365 comes in handy as they’ll handle all of this. 

Other Tips For Visiting Uganda

Silverback gorilla at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Here are other tips for planning a trip to Uganda:

  • Bring USD. For tipping, USD is appreciated. Be sure to carry USD printed after 2006, and bring various-sized bills for tipping.
  • Don’t forget to tip! Tipping is a great idea for all your guides, drivers, trackers, etc. So be sure to bring cash with you for all your excursions to be able to do this. 
  • Budget: I have a whole guide on how much it costs to go gorilla trekking as well as how much a safari in Africa costs to consider while planning your trip to Uganda. Note that neither gorilla trekking nor chimp trekking are cheap. The permits just to trek are $800 and $200, respectively. 
  • You’ll likely need a visa. As of publishing, US citizens, you’ll need a visa to visit Uganda. Check here for updates, and be sure to check your own country’s travel government site to see if you need a visa too. For Americans, you’ll have to apply online for your visa here. The cost is $50 for a single entry visa. Alternatively, if you’re going elsewhere in East Africa in addition to Uganda like Kenya or Rwanda, you can apply for the East African Tourist Visa for $100. 
  • Pack light. This is tough with all the things you’ll want to bring for trekking, safaris, etc. However, for these light aircraft, you can only bring up to 15 kg (33 lbs) of stuff. This includes a carry-on, personal item, etc. Also, they typically require soft-sided luggage. Check here for what to pack for a gorilla trek
  • Don’t forget insect repellant and sunscreen. You’re near the Equator, so sunscreen is key!  Also, mosquitos can be dangerous here in some parts of the country. So you’ll want to pack mosquito repellent with DEET.
  • Head to a Travel Clinic ahead of time. Visitors need a Yellow Fever Vaccine to enter Uganda. So be sure to find a travel clinic and get all the vaccines and antimalarials you’ll need ahead of time. We go to Passport Health. Check here for more information about required and recommended vaccines for Uganda.
  • Don’t forget travel insurance. In fact, most safari planners will require it. We either go with SevenCorners for Cancel For Any Reason Insurance or World Nomands. Note that Cancel For Any Reason Insurance only works if you have bought it within a short amount of time after booking your trip. Check out SevenCorners for their policy here.

There you have it! This is the ultimate 10-day Uganda itinerary including Uganda travel tips, Uganda tourist attractions to check out, and more! We fell in love with the Pearl of Africa during our time there, and we hope you do too! 

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