Volunteer in Uganda

Uganda is one of the most spectacular and inspiring countries in the world and it has provided many a visitor with incredible lifelong memories. A location that can provide the intrepid explorer with rewarding sights such as the imposing Lake Victoria, volcanic landscapes and perhaps most specular of all the luscious forests which remain in the country is one not to be missed!

One of Uganda’s most famous animal residents resides in these thick forests, but the Mountain Gorilla is coming under increasing pressure as more and more of its forest home is being taken away. This is where you come in, and as our next volunteer in Uganda, you will have the chance to aid conservation efforts for this incredible ape on the Great Gorilla Project. They are currently classed as critically endangered, so your help as a gorilla volunteer is needed now more than ever.

See Project Location

Projects Do More


Uganda may have 10 different National Parks, 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 human help if they are to survive. However, gorillas are 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
  • Buffalo

As well as its huge variety of mammals, Uganda is also home to over 1,000 different species of birds, 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 if you become our next Uganda volunteer!


Uganda is a melting-pot of different African ethnic groups and languages, and its culture reflects this. The biggest community in Uganda, who form one fifth 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!

Popular Destinations

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!

Where you can go
Contact Info
UK Office
The Great Traveller Ltd,
3 Dairy Yard
Star Street
Ware, Hertfordshire
SG12 9BX
United Kingdom
Opening hours: 9am–5pm

T: +44(0) 208 885 4987

Foreign Office Travel Advice