Uganda is one of the most diverse countries on the African continent. With its incredible variety of nature, culture and wildlife, this destination is perfect for an authentic adventure experience. From the wildlife inhabited savannah plains to glacier covered mountains, from tracking chimpanzees in the rainforest to rushing down the rapids of the mighty Nile; no two days in Uganda are ever the same.
The savannah plains of Uganda’s national parks are inhabited by lions, elephants, buffalo, giraffes, leopards, hyenas, hippos, zebras, the unique Ugandan kob and many more. Uganda counts 24 monkey species inhabiting the various jungles, from the nocturnal galagos to the golden monkeys and the endangered mountain gorillas. In addition to the wide variety of mammals, Uganda is one of the most bird-rich countries in the world with over 1000 bird species, such as the prehistoric-looking Shoebill and the Great Blue Turaco.
Uganda’s rich culture is represented by over 45 tribes, offering a variety in languages and dialects, foods, dressing, customs and beliefs. Unique and responsibly developed activities allow genuine interaction with communities and create unforgettable immersive experiences.
For the more adventurous travelers, mountain biking, volcano hiking and kayaking or rafting awaits!
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is thought to have one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa, with an estimate of 120 mammal species in the park, ten of which are primates. It also contains more than 350 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species. Bwindi is home to the endangered Mountain Gorillas, allowing thrilling encounters through tracking and habituation experiences.
The Karamoja region is a hidden gem in Uganda, allowing an authentic insight into the ancient culture of the Karamojong people through responsibly developed encounters. The region as well has a stunning scenery for nature lovers, hikers and cyclists; the perfect destination for the true adventurer.
The Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest conservation area. Its most prominent feature is the Victoria Nile which cuts through the park, running along a series of rapids before forcing its way through a narrow cleft, resulting to be the worlds’ most powerful waterfall. The falls combined with rewarding game drive tracks, ranks the park amongst Uganda’s top-highlights.
The Matoke Tours office is based in Uganda, which allows us to carefully select the best accommodation options available in the country. Regardless of the accommodations’ budget-range, a high service standard is our first priority to ensure a comfortable stay. We prefer to work with small-scaled lodges in an intimate setting and in outstanding locations where possible, in order to provide the ultimate Africa-experience.
Nestled on a peninsula on the fairytale-like Lake Mutanda in the southwest of Uganda, you will find Matoke Tours’ very own lodge at the foot of the Virunga Mountains. The imposing volcanic chain connects the countries of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda. The lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort, can be the base for your activities in either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, or Mgahinga Gorilla Forest National Park. The region offers the opportunity to track the endangered mountain gorillas, hike the volcanoes, explore cultural trails or take a refreshing swim in the lake, among others.
A journey with Matoke Tours means traveling in comfort.
The most luxurious vehicle option, providing 6 window seats with access to the pop-up roof.
Ultimate comfort with 4 window seats that all have access to the pop-up roof for the best game-viewing.
The budget option without compromising on space and comfort, providing 6 window seats with access to the pop-up roof.
For those with limited time & creative itineraries, domestic flights are a great solution.
Uganda is a great destination to visit all year round. Low season is considered to be from March to May & September to November, and the high season is from June to August & December to February. In general, travelers are fewer during the low seasons, making it a very interesting time to travel. Also some lodges offer discounts during low seasons, which is great if you’re looking for a good deal. High seasons are popular travel months, but as Uganda is still a relatively undiscovered destination, you rarely find big crowds.
Regarding weather, it is assumed that Uganda has a more rain during the low season, and is more dry during the high season. In recent years, however, we find that the seasons are not very reliable anymore, as we experience rainfall during ‘dry season’, and dry periods during a ‘rainy season’. Which ever season you decide to travel, Uganda has plenty of sun-hours all year round. When traveling to higher altitudes, such as Bwindi Forest, be prepared for low temperatures, especially at night.
It is important to know, that for the months of July and August, gorilla tracking permits sell out very quickly. We advise to secure your permits at least 6 months in advance.