Volunteer in Uganda

Is Uganda a country that you would like to visit? Do you want to see the stunning natural attractions, like Lake Victoria? Do you want to experience the rich diversity, from volcanic landscapes to the beautiful beaches to the lush mountains? Uganda holidays offers all of this and more - including the fantastic mountain gorilla.

These majestic animals live in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, but they are critically endangered. When volunteering in Uganda you get to experience this great country while also helping to conserve and protect the gorillas. If this is something you would like to do you should find out more about The Great Gorilla Project and become a Uganda volunteer.

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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.


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!

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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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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

Australian Office
The Great Projects,
39 Cairngorm Street,
Carrara, 4211

T: +61(0) 755020457