A Safari Honeymoon In Uganda: Planning Guide
A safari honeymoon in Uganda or a honeymoon safari in Uganda is one of the most romantic ways to begin your marriage. If you have been dreaming of an African honeymoon safari holiday with a difference, the pearl of Africa, Uganda might be the perfect choice for you.
As a great all-round destination for safaris , Uganda brims with opportunities to share intimate/special moments with the person you love. And the wildlife viewing is excellent.
But most crucially, Uganda safaris offer exclusivity. There are no queues or crowds here.
Some of travel highlights for your safari honeymoon in Uganda include mountain gorilla trekking to see the giant mountain gorillas, tracking for wild chimpanzees on foot through dense rainforest, boat cruise on the world’s longest river (River Nile), and searching for the iconic Big Five animals of Africa.
Whether you just want to trek for rare mountain gorillas or to indulge in all Uganda has to offer to newlyweds, there are plenty of honeymoon safari packages to match your dreams and desires.
Our Suggested Uganda Honeymoon Safari Packages, Tours, Holidays, & Vacations
These packages ideas give you a starting point for what your safari honeymoon in Uganda could entail. Consider them just as inspiration, since each Uganda safari trip is designed uniquely for you. And there are many more safari options available.
- 8 Days Safari To Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to track the mountain gorillas
- 10 Days Uganda Safari Of Big Apes & Big Cats
- 12 Days Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Forest Uganda Safari
- Dodecagon Thrilling Wildlife Safari
- 16 Days Safari To Murchison Falls, Kibale National Forest and Bwindi
9 Questions About A Safari Honeymoon In Uganda
Why Is Uganda A Great Choice For A Honeymoon Safari Holiday In Africa?
Uganda is a great choice for an African honeymoon safari holiday due to its natural beauty wherever you go.
You will enjoy unique safari encounters in such a marvelous country that is ideal for adventurous honeymooners. Imagine setting out to trek endangered mountain gorillas, one of the biggest bucket-list adventures in Africa, with your loved one.
You can also share a sundowner drink together on the iconic boat cruise on the world’s longest river, River Nile in Murchison Falls National Park.
You can look for the famed tree-climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park’s Ishasha Sector, or head north for an off-the-beaten-track adventure in Kidepo Valley National Park, as well as explore the traditional lands of the tribal Karamojong people.
Uganda is a premier safari destination in Africa, and spending time here with someone close to your heart is a true privilege.
Are There Recommended Activities For A Safari Honeymoon In Uganda?
There are plenty of activities recommended for couples on a safari honeymoon in Uganda.
The country is less well known than Tanzania and Kenya, but Uganda is, in fact, a more rounded Africa safari destination.
The greatest highlight for newlyweds is trekking gorillas in Uganda. It will be a memory which together you will treasure for the rest of your lives.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda is also rewarding. When spending some precious time with chimps, you will be in no doubt of whom our closest relatives are.
These great apes and several other primates live in dense rainforests jungles of Uganda, and being in their pristine natural habitat is a special experience in itself.
But there are plenty of savannah game parks in Uganda too.
On wildlife game drives, you will see lions, leopards, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, large herds of elephants, antelopes, hippos, crocodiles, birds, and much more.
Equally recommended for honeymooners on Uganda tours are wildlife safari boat cruises where you see plenty of hippos and crocodile in water as well other African wildlife on the banks. Boat cruises are best done in afternoon but for a special moment, a sunset boat trip is perhaps the most magical option.
Do not miss the opportunity for a night drive in Lake Mburo National Park. You may see nocturnal creatures, such as bush baby, genet or even the highly elusive African leopard.
Whatever you spot, holding hands and looking up into the night sky away from any light pollution with the sounds of the bush all around is a genuinely wonderful African safari experience.
What Are The Most Romantic Places For A Safari Honeymoon in Uganda?
There are several romantic locations in Uganda that may be included into a safari honeymoon holiday.
You can visit the scenic Queen Elizabeth National Park for a wide range of safari activities, such as game drive in the savannah, boat cruises on Kazinga Channel, community cultural encounters, and Lion tracking, as well chimpanzee trekking in the 100-meter deep Kyambura Gorge, or Kalinzu Forest Reserve.
The wildlife in Queen Elizabeth National Park is diverse and you might be able to witness the very unusual sight of a large pride of tree-climbing lions lazing in a big fig tree in the park’s Ishasha section.
The Murchison Falls National Park is equally recommended for a safari honeymoon in Uganda. This Uganda safari park offers excellent big gem viewing, as well as incredible scenic beauty.
The park is home to the spectacular Murchison Falls – are the world’s strongest waterfalls on the historic Nile River. The waterfall is best seen on an afternoon boat cruise along the Nile to the base of the fall.
A visit the top of the falls gives you a different perspective. You can also take a special boat cruise to the Nile Lake Albert Delta with a breakfast.
While these safari destinations are hardly crowded, you can get even more remote on your honeymoon safari in Uganda when heading to Kidepo Valley National Park in the far northeastern corner of the country.
Kidepo National Park offers a true Africa wilderness feel. It is also home to many wildlife species that do not occur elsewhere in the country, including the graceful cheetah and Ostriches.
You will have to go to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks for gorilla trekking adventures. For relaxation after a relatively tiresome gorilla trekking tour, you can choose the nearby lovely Lake Bunyonyi one of the most beautiful places to visit in Uganda.
The most reliable place to see chimpanzees of Uganda is Kibale Forest National Park. Kibale National Park can get a bit busy.
So, as a honeymoon treat, you could consider booking the more exclusive special chimpanzee habituation Experience (CHEX) program where you get to spend a full day with chimpanzees instead of the standard hour-long experience.
Can We Extend Our Safari Honeymoon In Uganda With A Beach Holiday?
It is easy to extend your safari honeymoon in Uganda with a beach holiday or gateway.
Uganda is completely landlocked, but if you are looking for some chillout time on the water’s edge, you can end your safari with a stay on one of the Ssese Islands in the middle of Lake Victoria – Africa’s largest lake in Uganda.
You will not find any typical beach resorts at Ssese, but small-scale eco-friendly lodges/hotel/resorts blend into the rural village scene. Little touched by tourism, the Ssese Islands are a captivating choice for a safari honeymoon in Uganda.
You will need to travel a bit further to find a more conventional beach holiday destination. You can head to Tanzania’s Zanzibar; a mystical spice island which has everything you could wish for on a honeymoon holiday in Africa.
What Kind Of Accommodation Can I Expect On A Safari Honeymoon in Uganda Honeymoon Packages?
Uganda offers a good range of accommodation options for a honeymoon holiday.
There are hotels providing all services and amenities in the rooms, such as Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, blow-dryer and Television. The hotel may have carpeted rooms and they generally feel like a safe haven from the bush.
Other Uganda safari lodges deliberately offer more of a bush experience. The small, exclusive rustic accommodation in this category is a very romantic choice for a safari honeymoon in Uganda.
They may only have 6 to 10 units available.
There are a lot of various styles, but there is a trend towards using canvas and thatch, either in the form of a traditional standing safari tent under a thatched roof, or something between a room and a tent that has canvas walls on a wooden frame.
These safari lodges are designed to fit into the environment with minimal carbon footprint. They may use solar energy and only have access to electricity during specific times of the day.
Wi-Fi may only be accessible in the communal area, and hot “bush” showers may be offered only upon request.
Despite their rustic appearance, these luxurious establishments usually offer exceptional food and service.
You may even be assigned a private housekeeper who will attend to your every need, such as early morning wake-up calls with coffee and cleaning your shoes after gorilla or chimpanzee trekking.
Are There Special Packages For A Safari Honeymoon In Uganda?
There are many special honeymoon packages in Uganda. Kubwa Five Safaris Experts will put these tours together using their knowledge of the lodges and parks to specifically cater to honeymoon couples.
Each lodge is carefully selected. It may feature an amazing view, a special honeymoon suite, an infinity pool, or a private plunge pool.
The setting should be romantic and the service personable. You will get a lot of private time; maybe a breakfast on your deck, a private bush breakfast in some romantic location , or a candlelit dinner in a secluded area away from other guests.
How Many Days Are Ideal For A Safari Honeymoon in Uganda?
At least 8 to 20 days are ideal for a honeymoon safari in Uganda.
It can be quite hectic getting married. Preparing your wedding involves a long list of decisions: the venue, the cake, the dress, the guest lists, and so on.
When planning a safari honeymoon, it is best to leave it all in the capable hands of a reputable operator like Kubwa Five Safaris, and not get too bogged down in the decision-making and choices.
A honeymoon should allow you to unwind and spend time together. The Uganda safari destinations are perfect for this.
Nature has a relaxing influence on people. However, a safari itinerary can be jam-packed. Never try to cram too much into any given day.
Make sure you have some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful lodges and surroundings, as well as the game drives. For this reason, it makes sense to ensure you have a few extra days. You will be able to have some free time on an 8- to 10-day Uganda safari tours, and longer is even better.
When Is The Best Time For A Safari Honeymoon In Uganda?
The best time to visit Uganda for a honeymoon holiday is during the Dry seasons: Between June to September and December to February.
Known as a short dry season, December and February are mostly dry months in Uganda’s spectacular safari parks, with little rainfall.
Drier ground makes trekking to the mountain gorillas or chimpanzees easier, as the forest ground is more solid, and visibility is better. A perfect honeymoon for primate enthusiasts.
A longer dry season in Uganda (June to September) is the perfect time to explore all the ‘Pearl of Africa’ has to offer. From gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to tracking lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
We also recommend Uganda honeymoon safaris during the rainyseason when the land is lush and teeming with life, but often less visitors.
Read More: Best Time to Visit Uganda
What We Should Carry For A Honeymoon Safari In Uganda?
What to carry or bring is basically whatever you think it is require for your romantic honeymoon safari holiday. But, travelling light prevents dispensing energy meant for happiness and romance on luggage.
It is difficult to keep track of luggage when you are traveling between continents. And when an airline misplaces one of your many bags, you will have to wait at least 48 hours for another inbound flight.
Besides, if you are flying or driving locally between destinations, your transfer car or airline will have a limited luggage allowance.
Each one should take a bag for clothing, and both of you should share another one for accessories and toiletries. You will not need fancy dinner clothing but each other on your safari honeymoon holiday in Uganda.
Essential things to take include a sweater or jacket for the cold evenings when stargazing. You’ll need a light pair of boots for gorilla trekking, a pair of trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt for keeping bugs off your skin during forest treks.
Cary lightweight sandals or canvas shoes for lazy evening walks, bug spray to keep the naughty ones away, as well as a backpack to carry your gear or snacks. A refillable water flask will be great to keep you hydrated during adventures.
Do not forget to carry your important documents like your passport, visa, covid-19 test certificate, and yellow fever vaccine card.
Visit your pharmacist and refill your first-aid box and allergy meds to make sure your fragile health is taken care of during your honeymoon safari in Uganda.
Final Thoughts On A Safari Honeymoon In Uganda
Safari honeymoons should be unforgettable.
They should be full of special moments that stay with you for a lifetime. And they should be tailor-made to exactly what you want. A safari ticks all those boxes and more.
For lovers of wildlife and nature, it is the ultimate holiday. Imagine a herd of elephant wandering past you in the wilderness, or the sound of lion roaring in the night, or how about a mountain gorilla just paces away from you in the rainforest.
All incredibly intimate moments, which for best effect should be shared with your loved one? It’s not just what you do, but where you stay too that makes for the perfect honeymoon.
At Kubwa Five Safaris, we offer a whole range of safari packages and tailor-made trips to suit everyone, whatever the budget or interests. Please contact us for the best safari honeymoon in Uganda.