Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, rainforests and beautiful inland lakes, including the immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. With such a varied landscape, Uganda provides so many travel options.
Why visit Uganda?
Uganda is a small country, compared to neighboring Tanzania and Kenya. It is newer to the tourism trade, so you will find that it may be less expensive and less crowded than other leading countries in Africa for tourism. Below are just a few recommendations while in Uganda:
- Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, in the southwestern part of the country, is probably one of the biggest draws to Uganda. It is home to approximately half to the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas. Gorilla tracking amongst dense rainforest is the attraction, but there are a wide variety of other mammals and birds to experience as well.
- Kibale National Park in southern Uganda is an excellent location for chimpanzee tracking.
- Uganda gives rise to the origin of the Nile River, the longest river in the world. There are excellent rafting opportunities.
- Murchison Falls, a spectacular 43-meter waterfall, is located in a national park in northwestern Uganda. Here water rushes down the waterfall as the Victorian Nile River narrows quickly to less than 7 meters wide, resulting in a spectacular site as it empties into Lake Albert.
- Sightseeing via boat on Lake Bunyonyi in southwestern Uganda is breath-taking, where 29 green islands of various shapes, heights and sizes provide a beautiful contrast to the water and the sky.