Thinking of a safari to Africa it may be seen as something out of reach for some, picturing luxurious lodges and extravagance as the only option. In Uganda a safari on a lower budget is possible and you will still get a lot of unforgettable memories with great value for your money. There are some things to think about if you want to make a safari for less. Here are 5 tips for a budget safari in Uganda.
1. DON’T VISIT “ALL” THE NATIONAL PARKS
If you read up on the possibilities in Uganda it might be tempting to combine the untouched wilderness in Kidepo Valley National Park with the mysterious mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. This is off course doable and two great experiences but if you are on a tight budget it might not be the best since Kidepo is in the far north of Uganda and Bwindi is in the south. If you want to travel on a limited budget safari take a look at the map and prioritize what is important to you. Take the distances in to the equation since more transit days means higher costs for the vehicle and keep in mind that it can be nice to spend more than one night in every place.
2. STAY IN BUDGET LODGES
In and around most of Uganda’s National Parks and attractions there are both luxurious and budget options for accommodation. Take the help from your tour operator or look around at TripAdvisor to see what possibilities there are in the areas you want to visit. We arrange a lot of midrange and budget safaris and can testify that there are many great alternatives for the one on a lower budget.
3. CHIMPS INSTEAD of gorilla trekking
If your main purpose of going to Uganda is to see the Mountain Gorillas this is not an activity to take away, but if its not your dream then exchanging gorilla trekking for chimps trekking is an option to get an experience of primates in the jungle at a budget. This will still give you the chance to experience the beautiful jungles of Uganda and the excitement of searching for primates but it will cost you a lot less.
4. TRAVEL DURING LOW-SEASON
Some lodges have special rates for low-season so this can bring down the costs for accommodation. If you are lucky it might as well have an effect on the price of your international flight. As you might have read low season in Uganda equals rain season. In general rain season in Uganda doesn’t mean rain pouring down heavily all day so it is very possible to travel here even though it is rain season, laying on the equator the weather is very even all year around.
5. MAKE A GROUP OF FRIENDS TO TRAVEL WITH, JUST LIKE IN THE JUNGLE, TEAM WORK BRINGS HOME A MEAL!
The more the merrier can be true both for the company and your wallet. If there is more of you sharing the fixed costs of the vehicle and guide the price per person will go down.
Bonus tip: Keep an eye out for promotions from the big airlines to get a good deal on the flight here.
Having these tips for a budget safari in mind can bring down the costs of a safari in Uganda. If you are thinking about coming here and about if it is doable on your budget don’t hesitate to send us an e-mail inquiring for your own tailor made safari, we can supply you with all the info to help you discover your travel dream.