Uganda family safari

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Uganda family safari

Uganda is an enchanting destination for family safari holidays with children.

Uganda has got captivating, adventurous, and safe destinations for your wanderlust and curious kids to get adored and enriched. A family safari holiday in Uganda opens your child’s mind and heart to different cultures and the natural world.

A family safari to Uganda will bring your kids’ senses active and close to nature and wildlife in the jungle forests and savanna parks.

Family safaris are tailored to keep the excitement of being on a wildlife and birdlife-spotting safari alive and interactive for everyone.

Uganda is a thrilling destination for a family safari holiday, offering beyond extraordinary wildlife experiences on the continent, fabulous game drives in national parks, lakeside beaches to while away relaxing days and more outdoors activities.

Where to go for family safaris in Uganda?

Looking for a family holiday in Uganda, Western Uganda is awe-some region that unveils the hidden treasures of Uganda best suitable for family holiday makers to explore the outstanding national parks, reserves and natural attractions, it offers spectacular wildlife, captivating landscapes to explore and exciting outdoors activities for families.

Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga national park

The two stunning parks are located in southwestern Uganda and are home to the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas.

For families with older children over 15 years, mountain gorilla, golden monkey and chimpanzee trekking are charming activities for you to engage in that offers a life changing experiences.

Queen Elizabeth and Lake Mburo national park

Also located in western Uganda, queen Elizabeth and lake Mburo national parks give an opportunity to children of all ages to enjoy wildlife and bird spots like tree climbing lions, elephants, buffaloes, zebras among others while on the game drives and fancy boat cruises on water.

UWEC and Ngamba Island

The Uganda family safari to the island gives an opportunity to children who are under the age of 15 to track chimpanzees, a visit to Ngamba Island chimpanzee sanctuary is a great alternative, to cruising to island Scattered in Lake Victoria, in addition the Ssese Islands also make for a relaxing beach destination with some fun activities, such as wind surfing, beach games and fishing for children to engage in while on their safari.


Eastern Uganda is home to the adrenaline capital of East Africa, Jinja lies at the source of the Nile River in eastern Uganda.

Jinja is more of fun and active families with children above the age of eight, white-water rafting is a heart-pumping adventure and as well as including boat cruises, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Then on land there’s bungee-jumping, horse-back riding, quad biking and mountain biking that give joy and excitement to children.

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Things to do on a family safari to Uganda.

Family game drive.

Taking a family drive helps children explore the savanna and rivers of Queen Elizabeth National Park and Murchison Falls National Park to sightsee the African big 5, lions, elephants, Buffaloes, and other wild animals like giraffes, leopards, and hippos, experiencing and learning about the amazing primates, birds and butterflies is such fascinating not to be missed while on a family safari to Uganda.

Cultural experience.

A cultural tour visit to the local village might treat your kids to memorable vacation lessons on how to shape and use a bow and arrow, make a fire weave a basket, or even draw milk from cows using their hands.
Enjoy watching your kids’ excitement as they try on the colorful beaded jewelry and gaily woven kitenge and join in the pure delight of their laughter as they engage and interact outside their comfort zone.

Family boat cruise.

When on a family holiday to Uganda, Boat cruises can be undertaken with family on the fancy water bodies.

The most interesting boat cruise is at the Albertine Nile which takes you to the bottom of the Murchison Falls, the world’s strongest waterfall as children experience the roaring cascades of the waterfalls and misty water droplets filled in the air.

Other captivating boat cruises are on Lake Mburo and Kazinga channel giving thrilling eye spot of the wildlife like school of hippos, elephants, and giraffes coming to quench their thirst and also buffaloes wallowing/ mud-bathing that is quite amazing for children.

Primate tracking

For families with children over 15 years, Uganda is the only destination that will bring you nearer to the closest relatives of human beings.

Most interestingly is mountain gorilla trekking in a realm of captivating jungle forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park that involves wandering through thick vegetation with rangers crossing water streams and valley to encounter the intelligent and powerful primates on the planet, Seeing these gorillas bring your mind and senses to normal and active as you take pictures and interact with the gorillas.

In addition to gorilla trekking, one can opt to go golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga National Park and Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale National Park which will give a once-in-a-lifetime experience to your family.

Besides, gorillas and chimpanzees, there is an amazing display of other primates in these forest parks such as Black and white colobus red colobus, red-tailed monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabeys, baboons, and bush babies. In the forest area, you’ll see butterflies and various bird species like the native Great Blue Turaco.

Horse riding

Horse riding is one of the thrilling activities to do on a family tour that will bring you and your children close to wildlife and nature.

Horse riding can be done during a wildlife viewing experience at Lake Mburo National Park which gives a close view of animals like zebras, buffaloes, and antelopes, or at a visit to the Nile River at Jinja that takes you through tea farms and villages.

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Quad biking is such an epic and thrilling experience that families can undertake while on a family tour in Uganda.

The quad biking on Lake Mburo National Park allows guests to see the wildlife and Ankole’s long-horned cattle while riding through the local community around the park.
The bikes around Lake Bunyonyi take through the area of a thousand green rolling hills with spectacular views of Lake Bunyonyi and terraced crop farms that are quite interesting for family photos.

Best time for a family safari in Uganda

The best time for a family safari holiday in Uganda is between June, July, August, September, October, December, January, and February.

The weather during these months is favorable, with no guaranteed downpours, dry walking trails, and plenty of animals on the arid plains.

In conclusion

The Uganda family safari offers transformative family holidays that aren’t only about inspiring our passion for nature and the wilderness but also about making unforgettable memories together, bonding family ties, and having a fun time on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with the whole family.



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Tony Kizito

Tony is an enthusiastic and self-motivated tour Consultant with over 5 years in delivering professional tailor-made Trips across East Africa. I am keen to offer strong attention to detail, understand the travelers' needs and then craft unforgettable African safari experience.

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