Flights to Uganda
Uganda offers many natural attractions and tourists mainly visit to see the wildlife and tour the safari parks. There are three main parks in Uganda, each one at a far corner on the country’s borders, and Uganda itself is situated in East Africa.
The main airport that handles international flights to Uganda is the Entebbe International Airport (airport code: EBB) which is about 35 kilometres away from the capital of Kampala. You can get a non-stop flight to Uganda if you fly with South African Airways from Johannesburg, or have one connection in Dar es Salaam with Precision Air Services. If you catch a flight to Uganda with Kenya Airways, you will be travelling via Gaborone as well as Nairobi.
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The Tourist Attractions of Uganda:
The capital city of Uganda is Kampala and it has several great attractions of its own. The Uganda Museum is an excellent stop to learn more about the history and culture of the country, and the Uganda Crafts 2000 craft market is the place to visit for handmade souvenirs. The city isn’t that close to the main safari parks in Uganda but the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary is just a short drive from the city and a very good spot to see otherwise rare Black Rhinos.
Kabarega National Park
Also known as Murchison Falls National Park, Kabarega is in the north-west of Uganda near the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (though it doesn’t actually cross the border). It’s Uganda’s largest park and the only one that has a regular population of the “Big Five” African safari animals. You will be able to see elephants, leopards, lions, buffalo and possibly rhinos. The Murchison Falls on the Nile River is another place to visit within the park.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
The smaller Queen Elizabeth National Park is at the south-west corner of Uganda, between Lake Edward and Lake George. In this park, you can see chimpanzees, buffalo, hyena, elephants, lions and more than 600 species of birds. Because of the lakes, there are regions of grassland as well as swampland so there are many landscapes to see.
Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National Park crosses the border with Kenya, and is at the eastern corner of Uganda a little north of Lake Victoria. Within the park is Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano that makes up the centre of the region. Because of the altitude, there are heavy forests here rather than the more typical grasslands in the other parks. You can also see caves, waterfalls, gorges and some amazing cliff faces. Elephants and buffalo are the common animals here.
When Should You Visit?:
Though some months are rainier than others, the weather and temperature is generally consistent across the calendar in Uganda. It is very warm without being too uncomfortably hot, though there can be variation in different parts of the country. Around Kampala, it will reach a high of 26C (78F) all year long though it will get slightly cooler in July and August by a couple of degrees. It also drops in the evenings to be much cooler. In terms of rainfall, it will be very rainy in April and May, and driest in July, August and September.