A Family Safari to Uganda

Uganda is a wonderful choice for a family holiday safari. Uganda offers the most memorable wildlife experiences on the continent, game drives without the crowds, island and lakeside beaches and more outdoor activities than you can shake a GoPro stick at.

A Family Safari to Uganda

Uganda is a wonderful choice for a family holiday safari. Uganda offers the most memorable wildlife experiences on the continent, game drives without the crowds, island and lakeside beaches and more outdoor activities than you can shake a GoPro stick at.

More people are discovering the magic of going on safari adventures with their families. It is an exciting way to introduce your children to other cultures and other ways of life. The children will discover places beyond the borders of their hometowns.

What to keep in mind as you plan a safari for your family in Uganda?

First, some activities have an age limit. For Instance, gorilla trekking and chimpanzee tracking allow a minimum age of 15 years. Children who are below 15 years old cannot go gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Some activities are just too tiring and exhausting for children.

Western Uganda is the top region for a family holiday visit. It is home to most of the country's national parks, reserves and natural attractions. Western Uganda, therefore, offers spectacular wildlife, astonishing landscapes to explore and lots of outdoor activities. For families with older children, mountain gorilla and chimpanzee trekking are two top highlights, while children of all kids can enjoy wildlife spotting in the most popular national parks of the region such as Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls. The kids can also take guided nature walks to spot birds and monkeys in the beautiful rainforests, such as in Budongo Forest Reserve.

Central Uganda also has wonderful attractions for families. Children aged six years and above can track rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino sanctuary and also go in search of shoebill storks in canoes on foot. For children under 15 years who cannot go chimp trekking, a visit to Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary is a great alternative. Scattered in Lake Victoria, the Ssese Islands also make for a relaxing beach destination with some fun activities, such as windsurfing and fishing.

Visit Eastern Uganda, home to the adrenaline capital of East Africa, Jinja, which lies at the source of the River Nile. For children above eight years, white-water rafting is a heart-pumping adventure. There is also plenty more fun on the river that includes boat cruises, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Whereas on land, the family can enjoy bungee-jumping, horseback riding, quad biking and also mountain biking—enough to keep even the most energetic children entertained.

Travel tips

Tracking mountain gorillas is a wonderful activity to do as a family, but note that there is a minimum age limit of 15 for gorilla safaris and the same age limit applies for chimp trekking.

Uganda's roads are mostly rough and unpaved, so travelling by car can sometimes take a lot longer than you would expect. If you are self-driving or hiring a driver to travel around with your family, it is better to limit your itinerary to fewer places. Spend more time at each destination, rather than trying to see all the highlights on one trip.

There is a risk of contracting mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria. Most especially children are susceptible to catching severe and fatal malaria while on the tour. You must consult your doctor before travelling. The doctor should advise about taking antimalarial medication for your children. While on the tour, try to prevent them from getting bitten by mosquitoes. Let them wear suitable clothing, insect repellent and sleep under mosquito nets.

Before booking any lodging, check up on the minimum age policies for lodges in Uganda. Many of them cannot accept children under a certain age and some do not allow any. Some lodges are child-friendly, offering family rooms and children's menus and guided nature walks for children. Before your trip, it is, therefore, worth researching the best lodges for families.

Family holiday memories are always something held close to the heart because it is time well spent with the people you love the most in the world. A Uganda family safari will be that kind of holiday, the kind none of you will ever forget, the adventure that you will always talk about.

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