Uganda holidays

Uganda is culturally rich African country with stunning scenery and vibrant cities, and as a result there are a lot of options available when looking at Uganda holidays! For most people the volcanic landscapes and attractions like Lake Victoria are must-see places, but for others activities like white water rafting are high on the agenda. Last but by no means least, there are of course Uganda's famous gorillas.

Here at The Great Projects we offer gorilla conservation opportunities in Uganda, and on The Great Gorilla Project you will take part in initiatives that protect these critically endangered animals. You will have the chance to go on trekking expeditions in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to see them in their natural habitat, and you will also play a role in helping to educate the local community about how important animal, and in particular gorilla, conservation efforts are. All of this adds up to an incredible expereince, so what are you waiting for?

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Uganda has 10 different National Parks filled with animal life, but without a doubt its most famous animal resident is the mountain gorilla. These animals, with which we share around 98% of our DNA, are found in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and desperately need our help if they are to survive. However, gorillas are certainly not the only animal to be found in Uganda, and if you venture over to the “Pearl of Africa” you may be able to see:

  • Cheetah
  • Elephant
  • Leopard
  • Zebra
  • Jackal

As well as a huge variety of mammals, Uganda is also home to well over 1,000 different species of bird life, so no matter what kind of animal you prefer, you will be able to spot them in this green and pleasant land. Ugandan wildlife very rarely if ever disappoints, and if you visit you will be sure to get your animal fix!



Uganda is a melting-pot of different ethnic groups and languages, and its culture reflects this. The biggest community in Uganda, who form 1/5 of the 37.5 million population are the Baganda who live in the Kampala region and speak Luganda. Other Bantu speaking groups include the Ankole, Toro, and Basoga. Some notable elements of Ugandan culture include:

  • The smart yet conservative dress style which is popular in the big towns. You will never see a Ugandan in tracksuit bottoms here!
  • The delicious food, which focuses on various stews which use the freshest ingredients.
  • The religious element to the country. With 4/5 Ugandans regularly visiting a church or temple of their chosen religion, please be aware of the conventions which come with this if you visit!

There is a lot to see and do in this wonderful country, so make sure you leave enough time to test all of the food and meet as many of the friendly locals as possible, and volunteering in Uganda gives you the perfect chance to do this!

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Uganda is very much a country which can offer everything you could possibly want from a trip abroad. Winston Churchill was the one to call it the Pearl of Africa, and you will see just how right he was when you take a look at what you can do here. Highlights include:

  • Kampala – This hilly capital city is one of the best places to go to fully immerse yourself in Ugandan culture. You can try the local cuisine, learn more about the history of the country in the museum, or even just relax by a swimming pool!
  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – As we already mentioned, this is the place to go if you want to see mountain gorillas. Take a trek deep into the forest and you could be greeted with the sight of a gorilla staring back at you!
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park – This world-famous safari park is home to all manner of big game and primates, so this is definitely the place to spot some wild animals!

We wish you the best of luck fitting all of this into one Ugandan holiday!

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