Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. This is where the East African savanna meets the West African jungle! Also known as the “Pearl of Africa”, Uganda is a great destination to visit. It is the best destination for gorilla trekking, trips into the impenetrable forest to see the mountain gorillas.
Things to See in Uganda
Anybody who is a serious traveler and a seeker of the finest places to visit would know that the Uganda has everything that would constitute a great traveler’s paradise. Uganda is blessed with a multitude of tourism assets ranging from historical monuments, national parks, mountain ranges to water bodies such as Lake Victoria – the largest tropical lake in the world and river Nile – the world’s longest flowing water body.
The variety of Uganda biodiversity is immense; it hosts rare species; prolific animal populations in national parks and game reserves. The most spectacular feature within this gifted area is the rare mountain gorilla that is jealously protected in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
Several other primates are commonly seen here and these include several species of monkeys and wild chimpanzees. Kibale Forest National Park boasts a dozen of such primates.
Uganda National Parks
Other national parks where you can enjoy a wildlife safari include;
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
- Lake Mburo National Park
- Kibale Forest National Park
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
- Mount Elgon National Park
- Queen Elizabeth National Park
- Rwenzori Mountains National Park
- Semuliki National Park
Things to Do
Go Birding in Uganda
The country hosts over 1,000 bird species. If you are a bird lover, Uganda is a great destination to visit.
The country has breathtaking water falls such as the Murchison Falls in Northwestern Uganda, Sipi Falls in Eastern Uganda and the Aruu Falls.
Go Hiking in the scenic mountain ranges of the Rwenzori, Mount Elgon and the Virunga volcanoes.
The Republic of Uganda is a land locked country located in the Great Lake Region of East Africa. It is bound by Sudan in the North, the Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, Rwanda in the Southwest, Tanzania in the South and Kenya in the East. It gained its independence on 9 October, 1962 from Great Britain.
Uganda’s topography can be described as unique. Much of the country’s landscape is classified as a plateau punctuated with a multitude of small highlands and depressions (valleys), and extensive savannah vegetation. The south is tickly forested while the north is largely savannah with some pockets of barren areas in the north east. The outlay of Uganda’s landscape is a major determinant in residents’ settlement.
Uganda experiences an equatorial climate. In reality, Uganda’s climate can be categorized into 3 sub-climatic division mainly differentiated by altitude. Most of the country is a plateau more than 1,000m above sea level bounded by mountain ranges of Rwenzori in the West and Elgon in the East. The lowland areas of the country as well as the lake shores enjoy a warm climate. It is becomes cooler as you move towards the highlands.
The country experiences two distinct rainy peak seasons namely; March to May and October to late November.
Where to Stay
Accommodation facilities in Uganda are ample and range from hotels, privately managed lodges, tented camps, hostels, Guest houses to self-catering apartments. In the capital, you can choose from a number of classy hotels for instance Kampala Serena Hotels, Sheraton Hotel Kampala, Hotel Triangle, Equatorial Hotel, Grand Imperial Hotel, Hotel Africana and so much more. There are also several classy accommodation options in serene environments upcountry. Travelers here are advised to make their reservations well in advance.