Back in 1909 Sir Winston Churchill called Uganda “the Pearl of Africa” – a century later, Lonely Planet www.lonelyplanet.com voted Uganda the No. 1 destination for 2012.
Uganda offers a multitude of adventures that are best experienced on an organised tour or safari.
Lying in a basin between the eastern and western branches of the Rift Valley, Uganda’s elevated position means a more temperate climate than its equatorial location might suggest. Most of the country is over 1 000m in altitude and relatively flat apart from the forested mountain ranges that often define its borders. One of Africa’s most well-watered countries (25% of Uganda is covered by lakes, rivers and wetlands) the landscape is lush and green for most of the year though northern Uganda grades into semi-desert.
Such a setting makes for staggering biodiversity. Uganda’s montane and lowland forests are home to mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and other forest animals while its savannah parks.
Queen Elizabeth – Located in south-west Uganda, the park’s famous tree-climbing lions are its undisputed wildlife stars but visitors on a Queen Elizabeth National Park safari can also expect to see elephants, hippo, crocodiles, buffalo and plenty of antelope species.
But the park’s real reward lies in its ability to offer a diverse range of safari activities. A boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel is almost obligatory, given the rewarding game viewing and bird watching en route, while Kyambura Gorge offers a green sliver of forest to explore, home to chimpanzees and other primates. On-foot chimp tracking through the forest is available twice a day and makes a wonderful contrast with the savannah game viewing in the rest of the park.
Murchison Falls – Uganda may be most famous for gorilla trekking adventures in mountainous rainforests but Murchison Falls National Park (sometimes referred to as Kabarega National Park) is the kind of place that is making safari travellers sit up and take notice.
Uganda wildlife highlights include gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest, chimpanzee encounters in Kibale Forest and bird watching – with over 1 000 recorded species, Uganda is one of the world’s top birding destinations.
Our selection of Uganda tours and safaris include both affordable and luxury options but if you can’t find what you’re looking for, one of our East Africa Safari Experts will happily tailor-make a trip to suit your needs and budget.