Why Uganda

WHY UGANDA?

From the stunning natural beauty, the fascinating warm culture of the people, to the ultimate endorsement by British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill, we could offer an endless list of reasons why Uganda ranks as one of the world’s best travel destination and why it should be your first or next family vacation. Here are some highlights.

 

  • Uganda is a safe country and traditionally (very) welcoming of tourists
  • Out of the 54 Countries in Africa, Uganda was listed among the top 4 destinations in Africa by the National Geographic Traveler’s list for 2019.
  • In her bestseller, thirty years Veteran Travel Journalist Patricia Schultz could not forget Uganda when she unveiled the first edition of 1000 places to visit before you die.
  • Arguably, one of the only “Truly Authentic” African nation remaining, Uganda is worldly known for being a top destination for mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park are sanctuaries of over 17 habituated gorilla families that can be tracked by ranger-guided groups.
  • Gorilla Tracking park permits can be pricey, however as an incentive, Uganda has a lower cost requiring $600 per permit to spend an hour with gorillas compared to $750-1500 changed by its main competitors Rwanda and Dominican Republic of Congo depending on the season.
  • Uganda offers fewer crowds and a lot more variety than any of the other neighboring countries.
  • Most major airlines service to Uganda.

THE WILDLIFE

Uganda is rich and greatly diversified in wildlife. In the western region, Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park are known to be home to 1 of 3 remaining Gorilla sanctuaries in the world. In addition, these parks also offer a ray of other primates such as rare apes, chimpanzees, golden monkeys, baboons, and colobus all which visitors can enjoy during their adventure in the parks. Additionally, Uganda’s diversity in wildlife also stretches far beyond expectation, as game viewing is another thrilling activity for tourists

Other wonderful parks to visit include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Kibale National Park in the western region where visitors can catch a glimpse and enjoy watching rare-mammals such as the tree climbing Lions, leopards, cheetahs, african elephants, hippos, rhinos, warthogs, endangered Rothschild Giraffes and many more.

For those that love birds, there is plenty of exotic birds to see. Located in the northern part of the country, the long journey from the capital city through the wild frontier region of Karamoja to Kidepo Valley National Park will most likely be worthwhile. With hundreds of bird species, Uganda becomes an obvious choice for bird watchers. The Park boasts over 77 species of mammals and nearly 500 species of Birds. This must-see isolated gem was recently nominated as the best game viewing park on the entire continent of Africa.

Another attractive national park for tourists to visit include Semuliki National Park which is one of newest parks in situated in Bwamba county, a remote part of the Bundibugyo district in the western part of Uganda. It is most known for hot springs with a water temperature being recorded up to 1000 Celcius. Semuliki is one of the richest areas of Floral and Faunal, and is East Africa’s only lowland tropical rainforest. Here, primates such as mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, elephants, chimpanzees, de Brazza’s monkey and pygmy antelope also call this park their home.

In the Eastern region, you will find Mount Elgon National Park. Mount Elgon is an extinct shield Volcano situated on the border of Uganda and Kenya just north of Kisumu. It has the largest surface area of any extinct volcano in the world, and without strong evidence for its earliest volcanic activity, geologists estimate this ancient wonder to be at least 24 million years old, which makes it the oldest volcano in East Africa. Bird watchers will have plenty of photo opportunities, and mammals, invertebrates, as well as flora and fauna are also very plentiful here.

BREATHTAKING LANDSCAPES

There is only a few countries in the world that can offer an incredible array of landscapes ranging from tropical landscapes, rain forests, mountains, waterfalls, lakes and rivers. Uganda is unrivalled on the continent as a place that offers breathtaking sceneries and landscapes which are well suited for an unforgettable safari experience. Despite Uganda being landlocked, approximately 15% of it consists of some of the World’s greatest freshwater bodies in the world with Lake Victoria being the second largest freshwater lake (68,800 km2) on earth.

The shores of the lake is filled with natural beauty, scenic mountain views and fishing boats. The lake also boasts one of the largest ecosystem and hosts various islands which include Ssese Islands, Bugala Islands and others. Each of these island differs in size, exotic flora and fauna and offers many enjoyable adventures such as horse riding, windsurfing and white sand beaches. The world’s longest river, River Nile starts in the northeastern part of Africa and flows in the eastern part of Uganda.

The river has contributed to the modernization of the country as it provides energy to the local people. Here, visitors can visit the energy dam, enjoy boat cruises, water rafting while also enjoying the breathtaking sceneries. . In the western part of Uganda is where one of Africa’s top hiking mountains, Mountain Rwenzori (5,109 m) resides. This mountain is surrounded by attractive waterfalls, glaciers and lakes and gives an opportunity for visitors to hike.

There is also a number of forests in the different regions which harbor different unique species including Kibale forests and Budongo forests which offer the opportunity to engage in chimpanzee tracking, bird watching and ziplining. Some other must-dos include visiting Murchison’s Falls in the north east where one can witness enormous waters crashing in roaring cascades, wildlife such as African lions, giraffes and enjoy a hike or sport fishing. Finally, whether your decision to visit Uganda was triggered by the National Geographic nomination for Uganda being among the top “African destinations” OR veteran travel journalist, Patricia Schultz’s inclusion to the world as one of he must-see places to visit before you die. Uganda is magnified with so much natural beauty, scenery, variety in wildlife, breathtaking landscape to provide you with a unique experience and great adventure. 

THE PEOPLE

Uganda is one of the most hospitable places to visit in the world. What makes Uganda so remarkable is the warmth, kindness, generosity of its people and the diversity of the culture within the country. Uganda has over twelve unique kingdoms with Buganda kingdom being the largest, 28 tribes and over 50 indigenous languages. So it is not surprising that every region across the Uganda offers a unique cultural experience.

While visiting Uganda, you are more likely to encounter a distinctive cultural experience with hospitable people  in each region. This level of diversity has helped the country maintain its position as one of the best tourist destinations in the world.