Uganda Fishing Safaris

Uganda- the pearl of Africa has been referred to as one of the loveliest countries in Africa and the World at large. The beauty of the country does not only reside in its friendliest people but also the interesting scenery which the country and fresh water bodies. The country is a home the largest lake in Africa and the second largest fresh water body in the world.

The lake has been shared by Uganda with Tanzania and Kenya. These offer great opportunities for fishing trips. The second longest river in the world- the Nile, also offers opportunities for fishing at various points.

The adventure in wild safaris Uganda Safari offers you professional trips in Uganda and the Nile in Murchison falls park to participate in fishing activity.

Where to do Sport Fishing in Uganda

Sport Fishing trips and safaris in Uganda is a life time experience that allows visitors to explore the country’s fishing spots especially Lake Victoria including numerous Ssese Islands, River Nile that are all situated within Jinja; Murchison Falls National Park and Lake Mburo National Park. The fishing techniques used during this adventure are modern to ensure safety and promote sustainable fishing practices.

Murchison falls national park

Fishing Safari in Murchison falls involves the use of live baits and casting lures and visitors have a higher opportunity to catch amazing fish species like the Nile perch and cat fish as well as tiger fish. Therefore anglers need to come with three meter or 2.4 meter rod with a mounted spool or multiplier fishing reel, seven spinning rod with 3/5 kilogram line for catching small fish species and for cat fish and the Nile perch, you can use any fixed spool or multiplier with 30 to 35Ib line. You will need a sport fishing permit to allow you partake this most exhilarating adventure in Murchison falls national park which will also offer you opportunity to catch at least a 108 kilogram Nile perch.

The site is reachable using a boat or by simply walking down the gorge to the River from the top of the falls. The terrain is steep as you hike and this means you need some physical fitness.

Lake Victoria

Sport fishing on Lake Victoria is an all year round adventure but from October to March is considerably the best period for fishing tours. Traveling during this season offers anglers opportunity to at least cat a Nile perch of about 10 kilograms to 80 kilograms. The major fishing techniques used in Lake Victoria include trolling with lure. As well, there are chances of catching the Tilapia of about one to two kilograms using fly fishing methods. Anglers can therefore set off for fishing Safari on Lake Victoria with an 18 feet boat with a single foam filled hull which is managed by a Yamaha 140HP that takes about four people or simply take up a canoe or 24 ft fiber glass.

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo is one of the best spots in Uganda for fishing safaris. It is situated within the stunning Lake Mburo National Park, western Uganda and consists of 6 distinct fish species that are all thriving in its water including the tilapia. FISHING in Lake Mburo are best conducted around Mazinga. You can come with your own gear and don’t forget to get a fishing permit that is issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority. Sport fishing permits in Lake Mburo National Park cost $15

Mount Elgon and the Sipi falls area

Sport fishing is such exhilarating adventures that you shouldn’t miss out in life. In Mount Elgon it is conducted within the three Sipi waterfalls that are found near national park. A safari to this site is an opportunity for anglers to challenge themselves with the rainbow fish species together with its striking colourful and fighting skills. It weighs about three kilograms. For anglers who are interested in sport fishing in Sipi falls and Mount Elgon, permits can be obtained at Sipi River Lodge but don’t forget to carry your gear.

Spot fishing equipment

For the nile perch and other various cat fish, spot fishing is done using casting lures, the rod should be 11feet which is 3 meters, 8 feet that is 2.4 meters. This is used together with a fixed spool or multiplier real depending on the preferred skills of a traveller.

At same time travellers can bring themselves their own equipment which are recommended for spot fishing or else these will give to a traveller at a fee but normally if damaged or spelt, the traveller has to pay according to the rules and regulations of spot fishing safari as you will brief by the guide.

Best season for Uganda fishing safaris

Just like any other Uganda safari, fishing safaris in Uganda is a year round activity however the best recommended season is during the dry season when there is less rain in the months of December, February, and June to mid-October. For more information please contact  Saso Uganda Safaris and we shall get back to you as soon as possible.

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You need a visa to enter Uganda. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. You can also apply for these, and other types of visa, at the Uganda High Commission in London.

The charge for the visa on arrival is US$50 in cash while the charge for processing the E-visa application yourself via the correct Uganda government website (http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html) is US$52.53 including credit card fee.

Single Entry Visa is allowed to Indian travellers who wish to stay in Uganda for a short period. … Indians who travel to a Uganda for tourism purpose or business purpose or medical purpose. The applicant needs to mention the purpose of his visit. Uganda tourist visa and Uganda work visa are the single-entry visas.

The official processing duration for a Ugandan visa as per the official Ugandan Consulates’ site is 14 business days. However, this duration does vary between 2 and 15 days depending on the Embassy to be contacted.

The Best Time To Visit Uganda is pretty much all year round. The country straddles the equator so there are no particular seasons, despite the fact that March to May an October to November are wetter – which can be less pleasant for gorilla tracking. Wildlife can be seen in Uganda National Parks throughout the year, while gorilla permits are often heavily discounted in the rainier months.

Although it’s regarded as a year-round activity, the Best Time To Visit Uganda for gorilla trekking is during the country’s two dry seasons: January and February and from June to September.

Game viewing in Uganda’s savannah parks is best at the end of the dry seasons – February and March and September/early October – when wildlife is concentrated around water sources. Birding Safaris Uganda is fantastic all year round but is at its peak between November and April when migrant species are present. We’d recommend avoiding Uganda Safaris entirely during the heavy rains of April and May.

The average Temperatures of Uganda are at 21.5 C and 71 F, these also drop at night time to around 54 F which affects the altitude. Rainfall in Uganda ranges between 1000-2000mm every year. Be that as it may, during the time the skies in Uganda are clear which underpins most safari excursions. These climate changes have brought about changes in climate patterns hence making it harder to predict the seasons of the tourism year.

The Rainy Season

March, April & May and September, October & November

There are two rainy seasons in Uganda—March through May is the long rains with heavy downpours that are no fun for a Safari In Uganda. The months of September, October & November see short rains that show off the emerald plains dotted with the most impressive wildlife.

The rainy season does not mean that it rains throughout the day hampering human activity. A heavy downpour or thunderstorm may last for an average of 3 hours and rest of the day remain winter-like but during the short rains the sun may show up and heat up the moment is just a few minutes changing every living thing’s mood. And you should note that a downpour can stick to a regular pattern once the season starts, for example stick to raining late in the night or particular hours of the day throughout the season.

The Dry Season (Best time)

June, July & August and December, January & February

There’s plentiful sunshine in drier months from June to August and December to February and these are considered the best time for viewing wildlife in Uganda. During these months there’s little or no downpour especially in the northern region of Kidepo Valley and Murchison Falls National Parks.

In the south where the gorilla trekking activity takes place, trails are dry and not slippery therefore making this the most preferred time for a gorilla trek or chimpanzee tracking experience. Wildlife is easier to spot as animals gather around water points and there is also little undergrowth for the animals to hide. You will also have enough time for bird-watching.

Guide To Uganda’s Tourism Seasons

  1. High Season Months: June – September, December – February
  2. Low Season Months: March – May, October to November
SEASONMONTHPROS OR CONS
Dry seasonJanuaryBest Time, Trails dry, best wildlife viewing, migratory birds
Dry seasonFebruaryBest Time, Trails dry, best wildlife viewing, migratory birds
Wet seasonMarchLow season, not crowded, migratory birds
Wet seasonAprilLow season, not crowded, migratory birds
Wet seasonMayLow season
Dry seasonJuneHigh Season, Best Time
Dry seasonJulyHigh Season, Best Time
Dry seasonAugustHigh Season, Best Time
Dry/ Wet seasonSeptemberHigh Season, lesser rainfall
Wet seasonOctoberLow season, lesser rainfall
Wet seasonNovemberLow season, lesser rainfall not crowded, migratory birds
Dry seasonDecemberBest Time, Trails dry, best wildlife viewing, migratory birds

Our African safari consultants have this information and would love to guide you through planning your Safari Trip to Uganda. Talk to one of the experts to help you consider what is the Best Time To Visit Uganda and also give you important information about where to stay and how to get to your Uganda National Parks. Here we short listed Tours to Uganda are great examples that can be tailored to your exact style to give you maximum experience.

For the best Uganda Safari Experience, Saso Uganda Safaris is the best tour operator in Uganda organizing affordable Uganda Safari Tours in different destinations. Our Uganda Travel Tips that we provide is well articulated and you won’t miss any necessary things or equipment in your trip.

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You need a visa to enter Uganda. You can either get a visa on arrival at the airport, or before you travel. You can apply for single entry and transit visas on the evisas website. You can also apply for these, and other types of visa, at the Uganda High Commission in London.

The charge for the visa on arrival is US$50 in cash while the charge for processing the E-visa application yourself via the correct Uganda government website (http://evisa.go.ke/evisa.html) is US$52.53 including credit card fee.

Single Entry Visa is allowed to Indian travellers who wish to stay in Uganda for a short period. … Indians who travel to a Uganda for tourism purpose or business purpose or medical purpose. The applicant needs to mention the purpose of his visit. Uganda tourist visa and Uganda work visa are the single-entry visas.

The official processing duration for a Ugandan visa as per the official Ugandan Consulates’ site is 14 business days. However, this duration does vary between 2 and 15 days depending on the Embassy to be contacted.