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Ugandan camps

Ugandan campers.

Ugandan campers Whether you are travelling on a budget, love the outdoors or just don’t want to book your accommodation ahead of time – road tripping in Uganda with a full set of camping gear in the back of the car gives you lots of flexibility.

The things to know/ notice when camping in Uganda #Ugandan campers

Campsites are widely available in Uganda

Ranging from basic campgrounds inside the national parks managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), to private campsites operated by lodge owners, often with great facilities like a restaurant and swimming pool. Moreover, there is opportunities to camp for a year around! thanks to Uganda’s warm weather.

Camping fees

Staying at a UWA public campsite with pit latrine, water, firewood and ranger security costs USD 5,50 / person, per night. Pitching your tent at a fancier, privately owned campground costs about USD 10 / person. Camping at a basic campsite outside a national park can costs as little as USD

reserving campsite

Contrary to such countries as Namibia and Botswana, staying at a campsite inside a natural park does not require any advance arrangements. You just arrive at the park entrance gate and mention you want an overnight permit.

Bush camping

also known as special campsites, is not common in Uganda. It refers to having a permit from the UWA allowing you to pitch your tent on a private spot in a national park with no facilities and no other campers. As far as we know, Ugandan campers this is only possible in Murchison Falls National Park. A bush camping permit including ranger costs USD 40 / person, per night.

Which guidebook covers campgrounds in Uganda

The Brandt Travel Guide that comes with your road trip rental car having detailed and updated information about campsites in Uganda.

Which apps to use

Download the free apps Maps.me and ioverlander before you travel to Uganda to enjoy driving on GPS. Most campsites are plotted on ioverlander.

Camping & hippo’s

If you want to set up your camp next to a river, look for any animal paths from the river. These are most probably hippo trails. Hippos leave the river at night along these paths to graze. Make sure not to get in between the hippos and the water: when hippos get scared they run for water.

Where to set up a camp

Don’t set up your tent under a thorn tree, they don’t go well with airbeds….

Camping & rubbish disposal

To avoid attracting animals, Ugandan campers make sure that you do not leave food lying around and never leave food in your tent. Also, do not throw your leftover food in the bush, thinking that you are doing the local animal population a favor. If there are no bins in the area where you are camping, you should pack the rubbish and take it away with you in the car.

Hiring camp gear for your road trip in Uganda # Ugandan campers

We can equip your Hilux or Land cruiser with a rooftop tent, or you can hire a dome tent. Both options come with a full set of quality camping gear, at a cost of € 20 / day for the rooftop tent or € 5 per person / per day for the dome tent. Taking an electrical fridge is an optional add-on, and costs € 5/ day. Kindly note that Road trip Africa does not provide camping gear rental as a standalone service.

The ample storage space in the Toyota Hilux makes it the perfect vehicle for bush camping, and the custom canopy with side drawers gives you easier access to your camping equipment and personal luggage.

Ugandan campers A full set of quality camp gear consists of the following items:

  • Tent (dome tent or rooftop tent)
  • Folding foam mattresses
  • Blanket or sleeping bag, pillows and bedsheets
  • Table and chairs
  • Cool box (non-electrical)
  • Gas tank and burner, BBQ roaster
  • RVS cups, plates & bowls
  • Cooking pots and frying pans
  • Cutlery set with forks, knives, spoons, can opener, cork screw
  • Coffee percolator
  • Cutting board
  • Dish towel, detergent, washing line & pegs
  • Headlights and solar table lamp.

NOTE: It can get cooler at night in certain areas, Ugandan campers especially when camping at higher altitudes, such as Fort Portal, Sipi Falls, Lake Bunyonyi. The sleeping bags provided are thin. It’s advisable to bring an extra fleece blanket.

Ugandan campers The advantages & disadvantages of a rooftop tent

A rooftop tent is the easiest way to sleep off the ground. This is helpful when your campsite is uneven, Ugandan campers the soil is wet or rocky. In wilderness areas, people tend to prefer rooftop tents for putting some distance between themselves and wild animals lurking around at night.  Although we understand that perception of safety plays a role here as well….

Advantages #Ugandan campers

  • You feel safer, which is an argument if you camp inside a game park. Yet, many beautiful campsites are nowadays privately owned sites outside safari parks.
  • Rooftop tents are quick and easy to set up (although the ground tents are also set up in a blink of an eye).

Disadvantages #Ugandan campers

  • You need to wrap up your rooftop tent every time you want to use your vehicle.
  • Hiring a rooftop tent is more expensive than the ground tent, and requires going with a Toyota Land cruiser.
  • Most times getting up and down the stepladder of a rooftop tent can be uneasy.

Uganda Campsites #Ugandan campers

Camping is one of the easiest way to save on accommodation. Below are some of the places to consider for camping, Ugandan campers although the list of nice places to stay is endless.

Rushaga Gorilla Camp Bwindi #Ugandan campers

One of the best places to stay for gorilla trekking in Rushaga sector. It is about 3o minutes’ drive from Nkuringo, meaning, one can spend a night in Rushaga and go gorilla trekking in Nkuringo sector. It has all classes of accommodation, ranging from basic camping (without tent), to deluxe and luxury cottages.

Red Chili Rest Camp# Ugandan campers

Red Chili has two locations, Ugandan campers one in Kampala while another one in Murchison falls. It is mainly known for the rest camp in Murchison falls national park which has been offering exceptional services for the last 20 years.

Broadbill Forest camp Bwindi #Ugandan campers

Broadbill forest camp Bwindi is one of the best places to camp in case you are tracking in Ruhija sector.

Buhoma community rest camp Bwindi #Ugandan campers

Buhoma community offers accommodation services in terms of camping, and lodges. It is one of the idealistic accommodation sites in case you are gorilla trekking in Buhoma sector

Ruhija Community Rest Camp #Ugandan campers

It is a beautiful community based, self-sustainable enclosure, adjacent to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Ugandan campers suitable for gorilla tracking and birding in Ruhija sector. Has a wide range of accommodations with beautiful view of Bwindi Jungle.

Rweteera Safari Park #Ugandan campers

The park offers Lodging and camping services in Kibale National Park. It is an ideal destination in case you are chimpanzee tracking the next morning and birding adventures in Uganda.

Buhoma Community Rest Camp #Ugandan campers

Located in northern Bwindi National Park, 3 hrs. drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park. It is one of the best places for gorilla trekking in Uganda, Ugandan campers with beautiful view of the Jungle. You can camp with your own tent, or use permanent tents at the campsite as well as Bandas and cottages.

Bunyonyi Overland Resort #Ugandan campers

Lake Bunyonyi is one of the breath taking gems of south western Uganda. It is mostly considered as the ideal destination after finishing your gorilla trekking in either Bwindi or Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Bush camping #Ugandan campers

Bush camping at the UWA special campsite on the Nile Delta near Paraa in Murchison Falls National Park is so sweet looking with elegant view.

Fort portal #Ugandan campers

Camping on top of the world viewpoint at the Crater Lakes, Fort Portal area calls for the incredible memories.

Enjojo Lodge #Ugandan campers

The camping facilities at Enjojo Lodge, Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park are the most elegant place of view.

UWA Mweya Public Campsite #Ugandan campers

Camping with elephants and hippos at UWA Mweya Public Campsite, Queen Elizabeth National Park is the best option.

Kidepo national park #Ugandan campers

Kidepo Valley National Park is one of the places with the spectacular landscape, Ugandan campers having Roaring lions in the background at Nagusokopire Campsite.

Hyena Hill Lodge (Campsite in Sanga)






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