Family safaris in Uganda
Family safaris in Uganda are exciting and adventurous safari packages which you can engage in together with your family. A Ugandan family tour will give you and your family thrilling, breathtaking and lifetime experiences as you explore in the national parks, engage in fascinating activities such as game drives, boat cruise, cultural encounter among others. Achieve Global Safaris organizes family safaris in Uganda and national parks like Kibale forest national park, Lake Mburo national park, Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park among others.
What to consider during preparation for family safaris in Uganda
Age of the children
Children are those who are below the age of 15 years therefore on family safari visitors pay entrance fees to enter or access a national park and children below the age of 5 years are not charged entrance fee. when planning for family safaris in Uganda age is an important factor in that there are activities such as gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park which only allow children who are above the age of 15 years and chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park which allows children above the age of 12 years therefore if parents want to engage in gorilla trekking and chimpanzee trekking on a family safari, children will participate in other activities in the park such as viewing wildlife such as trees, monkeys, birds, baboons among others.
Company to use
When planning for a family safari in Uganda you should consider the tour company to use for example the company should be registered with tourism associations such as AUTO, UTB among others, capable of organizing family tours, price for the family tour among others. Achieve Global Safaris is a registered tour company that organizes family safaris to destinations at an affordable price therefore if you are interested in a family package you can contact our experienced tour consultants to organize a suitable family tour and advise on exciting activities that you can engage in while on a family safari.
On your family safari you need to consider the type of vehicle to use on a safari such as a 4WD safari van which accommodates a family of 8 people. Achieve Global Safaris owns a fleet of safari vans which are spacious, comfortable, charging points, large windows and pop up roof to give you a clear view during the game drive.
When planning a family safari in Uganda accommodation is a key aspect because it’s advisable to choose accommodation types that provide comfortable and spacious room, en-suite bathrooms, laundry services among others hence favoring both the young children and old people. Some lodges do not provide side beds for young children therefore when booking a lodge ensure that the room is big enough to accommodate a side bed for your young child.
Activities to participate in on your family safari
Family game drive
Game drive is an interesting and thrilling activity where you explore the national parks in the comfort of a safari van with great views of wildlife. On your family safari you can go on a game drive in Kidepo valley national park, Lake Mburo national park, Murchison falls national park in Buligi game track northern sector or Queen Elizabeth national park in Kasenyi plains. game drives in the above national parks are done in the morning at around 7:00am or in the evening and during the game drive, you will be able to view abundant wildlife such as the big four mammals which are the elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards and other animals like giraffes, zebras, warthogs, oribi, elands, impala, waterbucks, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, giant forest hogs bird species among others. On family game drive in Queen Elizabeth national park you will get an opportunity of viewing tree climbing lions which will be lazily lying up in the acacia, fig trees in Ishasha sector.
On your family safari you can engage in horse riding activity which is carried out in Lake Mburo national park and at the Source of the Nile with experienced guides where one will be in front to guide you and another one at the back to help you in case of any difficulty. During the family horse riding you will explore open savannah plains, wild animals on a horse back as children ride ponies in Lake Mburo national park and at the source of the Nile you will explore beautiful scenery, landscapes, children swimming, local communities among others as you ride horses and ponies at the edge of the water.
Family boat cruise
Boat cruise is another adventurous and fascinating activity for family safaris where you and your family will cruise on the water in a boat with great views of wildlife, birds among others. Boat cruse trips in Uganda are carried out at Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth national park which is the second largest national park in Uganda, Lake Mburo national park and Murchison falls national park which is the largest and most visited national park in Uganda. Family boat cruise on Kazinga Channel takes about 2 hour and you will be able to cruise near water animals such as hippos, crocodiles, other animals along the water banks such as elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, lions and bird species such as pink backed pelican, saddle billed stork, black crake, African jacana, long tailed cormorant, open billed stork, African shoebill among others. Boat cruise in Murchison falls national park is done up stream at the bottom of the falls and downstream at Victoria Nile Delta. During the family boat cruise in Murchison you will have great views of the crocodiles, hippos in water, monitor lizards, elephants, buffaloes, waterbucks, Uganda kobs among others along the water banks, water birds such as the elusive shoebill stork, malachite kingfisher, handsome francolin, red throated bee-eater, grey heron, African fish eagle, cormorants among others which gives you and your family exciting and lifetime memories.
Family Birding safaris
Uganda is blessed with various bird species with some species not found anywhere. On your family safari you can engage in birding which is carried out in different destinations such as Queen Elizabeth national park, Kidepo valley national park, Murchison falls national park, Mabamba swamp, Mabira forest, Bigodi wetland, Bwindi impenetrable national park, Lake Mburo national park among others. during your family birding safari you will spot out bird species like the elusive shoebill stork, green breasted pitta, great blue turaco, short tailed warbler, standard winged nightjar, saddle billed stork, grey crowned crane, Abyssinian ground hornbill, black headed lapwing, goliath heron giant kingfisher among others.
On your family tour you can engage in cultural tours where by you will visit local communities near the national parks such as the Batwa/pygmies in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. The Batwa are interesting people in that during your interaction you will learn about their hunting skills, how they used to live in the forest among others. Cultural encounters are filled with entertainments and traditional performances in form of music, dance, songs, learning about the lifestyles of the local people, tasting local dishes among others.
On your family safari you can also engage in other activities like quad biking, nature walk, hot air balloon in Murchison falls national park or Queen Elizabeth national park, cycling, canoeing or visit destinations like Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking, Sesse Island, Ngamba Island, Source of the Nile and many others to make your family safari adventurous and unforgettable.
When to go for family safaris in Uganda
Visitors can go for family safaris all year round though the best time is during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February. During the dry season there is less rainfall in the national parks therefore there will be short grass hence you will have clear view of the animals during the game drive, access roads to national parks will be passable and wild animals will gather around the water bodies to drink water which gives you and your family clear views and also take beautiful photos.