The start of a new year means the chance to add to your travel bucket list and while many tourists will be flocking to trending activities elsewhere, others will be looking for more budget-friendly trips yet still get the real feeling of nature at its best.

In order to help you identify the places that will get you the most bang for your buck in 2018, we teamed up with Gorilla hub tours a reputable safari company the does cheap gorilla trekking tours along with other wildlife to Uganda Rwanda and DR. Congo.

Gorilla hub tours limited has come up with 10 top destinations staying at the lowest overall budget accommodation. The travel dates and search dates that Gorilla hub tours looked at fell within the one-year period. Keep scrolling to see the most wallet-friendly trips you can plan for this year.

  1. Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National park is Uganda’s closet park to Kampala Capital and is one of the beautiful savannah parks with lots of wildlife species including large herds of zebras, Impalas, Water and Bush bucks, Buffalos, Giraffes, Eland, Leopards and Lion. Primates include Olive baboons, Vervet Monkeys and lots of birds. All these can be spotted while on a game drive but the night game drive is the most captivating since it enables you view big cats like leopards on hunt. The boat cruise along the lake Mburo exposes you to lots of water birds, Hippos, Crocodiles along the banks. Other activities include nature walks, bird watching. Night game drive among others

Cheapest time to go: February April, May, October, November

Cheapest time to book: three or five months before departure

  1. Jinja Tour

Jinja is Uganda’s oldest city, found in the eastern part of the country. The route to Jinja starts with a visit to Sezibwa falls to see the beautiful waterfalls and the surrounding natural beauty, visit Mabira forest Uganda’s largest eco rain forest here you can do nature walks and first class Zip lining, visit the source of the Nile river, the longest in the world where its waters starts a three months journey to the Mediterranean sea in Egypt. Do Bungee Jumping and white water rafting which are among the thrilling adventures of the Nile River.

Cheapest time to go: January, April, May, October and November

Cheapest time to book: five months before departure

  1. Sipi Falls and Mt Elgon Hike

Watch the spectacular Sipi falls up close from 100m high Far East of the country. The beautiful white waters that originate from mountain Elgon, walk up to the top of the waterfall, if you are a hiker enjoy Mt Elgon 4 day hike to wagagai peak. Enjoy the unique gishu cultural dance; eat the traditional food staffs (malewa)

Cheapest time to go: January

Cheapest time to book: six months before departure

  1. Murchison falls National Park

Murchison falls is Uganda’s largest reserve park, and the trip here is always a big five expedition. The trip always starts with a stopover at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to trek Uganda’s only rhino population before you continue to Murchison falls national park where you expect to see the rest of the big five like Elephant, Leopard, Lion and Buffalo. Other mammals include Uganda Kob, Jackal, hyena, Hipoos, Olive Baboons always seen while on a game drive. The optional Chimpanzee tracking can be done in Budongo forest which is part of the park.

The boat cruise to the bottom of the falls is one of the most captivating activities as it gives opportunity to view a pool with the highest population of hippos in Africa. See crocodiles, lots of colourful bird species, elephants, Buffaloes along with other animals that come to draw water from the river banks.

Hike to the top of the falls as you follow the path Winston church hill used while currying his boat to bypass the falls on his way to Sudan and Egypt. At the top of the falls see how the Nile River forces its self through a narrow gorge 7 meters wide forming spectacular waterfall scenery

Cheapest time to go: April may, October and November

Cheapest time to book: four months before departure

  1. Fort Portal tour

Fort portal found in the south western part of Uganda is among the major tourist destination the country boasts of, the major attraction being Kibale forest national Park with the highest population of primates in Africa, recorded 13 primate species the highest of any eco forest in Africa. The birding experience is so excellent. Primates include chimpanzees, Olive baboons, Red tailed monkey, and Black and white colobus. Chimp tracking being the highlight of any trip here, other activities include nature walk to bigodi swamp, bird watching

Visit the King’s palace; get on Crater Lake experience up the top of the world. Visit Amabere Ga Nyinamwiru (Nyinamwiru breasts), Kalambi tombs (Kings burial grounds) or golf course tour.

From here you can also choose to visit Semuliki National park to see the biggest male and female hot springs as well as a view of variety of wildlife while on a game drive. The night game drive here is another amazing experience.

Cheapest time to go: January

Cheapest time to book: six months before departure

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National park is Uganda’s most popular national Park and second largest reserve park. It’s the most beautiful and most endowed with biodiversity stretching from the beautiful mountain Rwenzori ranges in the north, through the spectacular savannah grasslands up to the thick remote rainforests in the west. The park got its name after the visit of her majesty the Queen of England in 1950s from Kazinga Channel National park. The park boasts of big mammals that include big Elephants, Leopard, Lions, Buffaloes, Hippos Uganda Kob along with other antelope species. For bird lover its heaven for bird watching over 600 species including the migratory ones from Europe.

The Boat cruise along Kazinga Channel is the most rewarding activity of the park as it takes you up close to the highest concentration of wildlife. The channel stretches from Lake Edward to Lake George and it’s the convenient location where numerous wildlife to come draw water

The Ishasha sector south of Queen Elizabeth national park is where you can meet the rare tree climbing lions, the king of the jungle is always found along with queens roaming in tree branches resting after probably a tough hunt at night or early that morning.

Cheapest time to go: January

Cheapest time to book: five months before departure

  1. Mountain Rwenzori National Park

Also called mountains of the moon, mountain Rwenzori with its peak margarita is the 3rd highest point in Africa with 5,019 m above sea level behind Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Kenya respectively. The snow caped top is one of the most amazing. Take 7-10 days hike to this beautiful and most challenging hike of the mountains of the moon. A 5 day hike can take you half of this beautiful mountain which is also a wonderful experience.

Cheapest time to go: January

Cheapest time to book: six months before departure

  1. Kidepo Valley National Park

One of Uganda’s finest National park, located in the top most right corner of the country borders Kenya and South Sudan and the furthest from Kampala, Uganda’s capital. The uniqueness of this park is believed to have the largest herds of cape buffaloes in Africa. If lucky you can spot a cheetah other big mammals always spotted while a game drive include Lions, Hyenas, Giraffe, Eland, Leopard, Elephant and zebras

Cheapest time to go: January

Cheapest time to book: one month before departure

  1. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The less known Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is Uganda’s oldest and smallest park covering 331 sq km. Is one of the very few places in the world where you can meet the world’s rarest and most endangered species the mountain Gorillas, the park is part of the Virunga Volcanoes that harbour Uganda, Rwanda and DR. Congo. The park has a rich biodiversity apart from gorilla trekking you can do Golden monkey trekking, Cultural experience to Batwa community the original forest people, hike either of the 3 extinct Volcanoes, Sunset canoe ride at bilharzia Free Lake Mutanda up to the punishment island.

Cheapest time to go: April May, October and November

Cheapest time to book: four months before departure

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

While in the impenetrable jungles of Bwindi, a world heritage site by IUCN since 1994, enjoy activities like Gorilla Trekking Adventure, also the highlight of any trip to Africa, Nature walks, Cultural and Community experience, hiking, bird watching, Tea and Coffee plantation experience

Cheapest time to go: April, May and November

Median hotel rate in May: $150 full board

Cheapest time to book: at least four months before departure

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