Family Vacations in Uganda

Family Vacations in Uganda are perfect for visitors looking to spend quality time with loved ones.  A trip to the Pearl of Africa offers visitors so many activities and adventures that you can engage in along with your family members while creating blissful memories.  Some of the fun filled activities that you and your family can take part in during your visit to Uganda include; visit any of our 10 national parks and engage in fascinating activities such as game drives, boat cruise, bird watching, gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, horseback riding, lion tracking, hiking, nature walks and cultural encounter among others. 

Factors to consider when planning family vacations in Uganda.


Most parents, guardians, and spouses love to prioritize the safety of their loved ones when planning family vacations. As for family vacations in Uganda, it goes without saying that it is totally safe for families to travel to and within the country. National parks in Uganda are safe and can be explored even by large family groups during the day and at night. 

 Age of the children

The age of children plays a big role when planning family vacations in Uganda. Most safari destinations in Uganda have a special rating for entry and activities for children of different age brackets e.g. national parks in Uganda don’t charge entrance fees for children aged 5 years and below. Also activities like gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks are prohibited to visitors aged 14 years and below while chimpanzee trekking can only be done by children above the age of 12 years.

 Company to use

When planning for family vacations in Uganda you should consider booking your trip through a trusted tour operator company like Explore Rwanda Tours. Check out our website for the best offers on family tour packages to various safari destinations in Uganda.  


On your family vacation in Uganda you will 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. Most tour operator companies like Explore Rwanda Tours include transportation in your price quotation.  Our fleet of safari vans are spacious, comfortable and have charging points where you can charge your phones; with large windows and a pop up roof to give you spectacular views of the beautiful scenery and wildlife during your safari. 


It is important that you consider what type of accommodation best suits your family when planning a family vacation in Uganda. It is advisable to choose accommodation types that provide comfortable and spacious room, en-suite bathrooms and 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.


  • Game drives

Game drive safaris in Uganda are great for families on vacation in Uganda. On your family vacation in Uganda, you can go on a guided game drive in any of our national parks like Kidepo valley national park, explore the Buligi game track in the northern sector of Murchison Falls national park, or Kasenyi plains and Ishasha sector in Queen Elizabeth national park

Game drives in 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, oribis, elands, impala, waterbucks, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, giant forest hogs bird species among others.  

Family Vacations in Uganda
Game Drives in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Horseback riding

Horseback riding is a great activity to do as a family during your family vacation in Uganda. Horseback riding safaris can be done in Lake Mburo national park and at the Source of the Nile in Jinja. During the family horseback riding tour, you will get to explore open savannah plains, view various wildlife species in the park, watch the sunset or sunrise and even visit nearby local communities and interact with the friendly locals. 

  •  Boat cruise

Going on a boat cruise is such a wonderful experience especially if you are doing it with family or friends. A boat cruise in Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda will let you explore the beautiful scenery and wildlife within and around the Kazinga channel. You can watch the sunset in the park while sipping down a cold chilled beer or cocktail drink with your loved ones.  Boat cruise tours are also conducted in Jinja city on the Nile River, in Murchison falls national park and Lake Mburo national park.

  • Birding safaris

Uganda is among the top 5 birding destinations in the world. Top birding sites in Uganda include; Queen Elizabeth national park, Mabamba swamp, Murchison falls national park, Mabira Forest, Kidepo Valley national park, Bigodi wetland, Semuliki national park, Kibale national park and Bwindi Impenetrable national park. 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. Some destinations have bird species that are endemic to that given location/site such as Ostriches which can only be sighted in Kidepo Valley national park.

  • Community Cultural Tours

Community cultural tours in Uganda will give you and your family an opportunity to explore different ethnic cultures in the country, mingle with the friendly locals, watch intriguing traditional folk songs and dance performances and also indulge in cooking and tasting some traditional delicacies. Take a guided trip to some of the Batwa communities that live near Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national parks; and get to learn more about their ancient life as hunter-gatherers whose lives are intertwined with one of the oldest tropical forests on the African continent, Bwindi Impenetrable forest.

Best Time for family vacations in Uganda.

Family vacations in Uganda can always be done any time of the year provided that you have some free time to spend with your loved ones away from your busy work schedule.  The months of June to September and December to February are dry hence giving you the best climate to view wildlife in the national parks. 

Conclusion: Family vacations in Uganda are definitely a great way to spend quality time with family and not to mention they are great for families with young children given that there is so much to see and do while on vacation in the country. For more on activities to do with your family and places to visit during your visit to Uganda, please contact out team of experienced tour consultants for the best offers on tour packages.

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