Uganda also known as the “Pearl of Africa” according to Sir Winston Churchill is a beautiful country offering travellers wonderful real African adventures with a rich cultural experience. You will find lush, unspoiled rainforest jungles, snow-capped mountains of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, Mt. Elgon, virgin crater lakes, waterfalls that make you catch your breath, the vast savannahs, the historic River Nile, the tree climbing lions, water rafting at the source of the Nile, the sandy Beaches of the Ssese Islands on Lake Victoria.
The country has over the years gained political stability and is a peaceful nation to visit and adventure. Even the Lonely Planet named it on it’s “Must Visit List” and declaring the Pearl of Africa as the best County to visit in 2012 and National Geographic as one of its best Destinations for 2013.
What Makes Uganda the best choice for Safari in Africa
The Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees: The country provides a habitat to over half of the Mountain Gorilla in the world – with over 10 gorilla family groups habituated for tourists to see in Bwindi national park and 1 gorilla group in Mgahinga Gorilla Park which is situated within the shadows Volcanoes mountain ranges provide a perfect setting for gorilla tracking in Uganda.
The Pearl of Africa is also home to almost 5000 chimpanzees in the different National Parks located within the country. These include:- Kibale national park having a large population of almost 1500 chimpanzees, Ngamba Island home to orphaned chimps, Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park.
Abundant Wildlife: Uganda offers you lovely opportunity to see the wildlife during game drives in the different national parks. The country is home to the big 5 including Rhinos located within the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, lions in ishasha and Murchison falls other wildlife include Primates such as the Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys plus 12 other species of primates.
Birder’s destination: Uganda is a birders’ paradise – starting from Kampala, on to Entebbe, Mabamba swamp – the list is endless over 1040 species of birds are found in a country the size of Oregon State and ample of opportunities to see the most sought after Bird in Africa – the Shoebill Stork. There are many spectacular endemic species found in the Albertine Rift Valley area that not found elsewhere.
Eco tourism & Culture: uganda has many opportunities for tourist activities taking place in respect of the environment as well as promoting and preserving culture. Among these are Sipi Falls trail down Mount Elgon National Park, the Boomu Women Group in Budongo forest which walks you through the traditional homes of surrounding villages, Katwe village and Katwe salt lake are found on the shores of Lake Edward in Queen Elizabeth National Park, the community developed the idea of the “Katwe Salt mining trail”. Local guides take visitors along the paths and huts where hundreds of workers are working along the salt lake, the Buhoma Community Rest Camp with local guide who take you through local small plantations of banana, to see the banana brewing process, the blacksmith, the traditional healer
Mountain Climbing: The Rwenzori Mountains are the biggest mountain range in Africa, including six main mountains with peaks exceeding 4.500 m. The best way to experience the Rwenzori is to take the so called “central circuit trail”. This starts from the village of Nyakalengija, where the park quarters are found. Other Mountains to hike are Mt. Elgon and safaris to climb the mountain are organized.