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Uganda Family Holidays

Take your family on an Eco-adventure - experience the people, culture, and wildlife of Uganda

Family holidays in Uganda require taking it easy with slow travel kind of safari to national parks. Whether by road or fly-in, traveling with kids in East Africa needs an all inclusive safari. From having ideal hotel amenities and activities to being with both a tour guide and driver. One will focus on safe driving and the other takes care. The reason for that is to ensure kids stay comfortable sitting in a vehicle during long distances drives from one place to another. Usually the right tour operator provides private transportation which keeps you together. It will be easier to make decisions for rest stops along the way.

Uganda national parks to visit with children

Most of Uganda safaris begin from Entebbe town or Kampala. Getting to Murchison Falls is 305 sq.km (6-hour drive), 389 km to Queen Elizabeth N.P. and 254 km (4-hour drive) to Lake Mburo. Both of these savanna protected areas in western Uganda offer wildlife viewing activities including boat cruise and game drives. In particular, Lake Mburo offers a safe walking safari, cycling and horseback ride to watch giraffes, zebras and impalas. Kids can also go for village walks The places are good for family holidays in Uganda given that the age limit is 15 years to see gorillas and chimps. Those planning a trek should pick a lodge with kid-friendly alternate activities.

The dry seasons, from June to September and then December to February, are the best times to see wild animals. The sunshine is usually hot, so be sure to pack sun protection and appropriate clothing for a safari. You will be leaving the lodge early in the morning for game drives in the African bush. There you might encounter elephants, buffaloes, lions, leopards, Nubian giraffes, hippos, Uganda kobs, water bucks. Visitors to Murchison Falls should include a stop at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary to observe rhinos up close.

Uganda family holidays
Lion cubs, Murchison Falls National Park (c) Courtesy

The Concept of Family room in Uganda

The idea of a family room in Uganda is wide ranging. A single room can accommodate a family of four to five people. Some hotels in Kampala capital city have rooms with four single beds or twin beds to share while others have two rooms that are connected together. The choice of space is influenced by places you’re visiting and travel budget. Safari lodges in national parks offer a variety of family rooms.

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Primate Lodge Bunglow, Inside Kibale Forest National Park (c) Courtesy

Some of the Family holiday lodges in the parks

In the following find some tips for lodges which are suitable for a family stay. To start with the parks mentioned above, there are luxury and medium range lodges that deliver value for money. Whether a large family or single parent. Dedicated room service for children is given on request such as having a separate room for kids. The family room can be connecting to each other or it can be a single room with multiple single or twin beds.

Mihingo Lodge in Lake Mburo N.P. accepts kids below 2 years. Therefore, baby and toddler friendly lodge. Usually, these babies share with an adult thus accommodated freely. Kids above 12 years are considered adults and are subject to the full rate of accommodation while those between the age of 3 & 12 who are sharing an adult’s room, 50 percent of the full adult fee will be charged. Check out Mihingo safari

Ndali Lodge, Fort Portal

The family operated Ndali luxury lodge was built on a hill surrounded by crater lakes between Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Parks western Uganda. So, you could have both game viewing and chimp trekking. The lodge has every amenity you could want for family holidays in Uganda. From the beautiful setting, delicious food, swimming pool to spacious rooms with hot water in the bathrooms (tub and shower), fluffy towels, and organic soaps and shampoo.

Lodges with river or lakeside views

Ihamba Lakeside Safari Lodge, Queen Elizabeth N.P.

Situated on the shores of Lake George, Ihamba lakeside safari lodge is giving your family a local and wild touch. Their African styled cottages come with en-suite facilities such as AC, King and Queen sized beds, wardrobe, reading table and mosquito nets. In addition, there’s a nice view of the Lake George and the sound of the birds, and a grunting of the hippos are soothing whilst in your room.

Sambiya River Lodge, Murchison Falls N.P.

Located on the banks of the Nile River, Sambiya river lodge offers a calm environment and peaceful stay. Quality and cleanliness is their passion.The lodging consists of huts and bandas with nice food including french toast, pancakes, fish curry and activities like the forest walk.

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