A Tree loving nation and home of the Gorillas, Uganda is known as the “Pearl of Africa”, as named by Winston Churchill because of its magnificence. Boasting 10 national parks all showcasing the best of what East Africa has to offer including an extensive variety of flora and fauna, tropical forests and their Rift Valley landscapes, making this a truly lush place to visit and explore.
Uganda’s 10 national parks managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) offer the traditional savannah safari, sedate boating tours, forest walks, mountain climbing and the greatest bird watching experience with over 1,000 species of birds, many of which are found nowhere else on the planet. Or, you could just relax and watch the odd wallowing hippo at your campsite.
With its prime location in the African Great Lakes region, Uganda also has a variety of water activities that are popular spots for family holidaying. The Nile River starts in Uganda so why not try your hand at White water rafting and kayaking on the rapids at Jinja – the adrenaline capital of East Africa.
Explore the profusion of big game across the wild rugged semi-arid Kidepo Valley and learn about the local pastoral Karamojong people, trek up the Virunga where eight major volcanoes lie in wait, most of them are dormant except the vast Mount Nyiragongo. However, if this is to “hot” for you, summit the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains or take on Bwindi’s “impenetrable forest” by foot. Where you can visit the endangered mountain gorillas, of which are currently estimated to be less than 750 in population in the world.
Bwindi Park is a sanctuary for the cute faced colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos but most notorious for the 340 endangered mountain gorillas, an estimated half of the world gorilla population.
Emerging from the shadows of its dark history, Uganda remains one of the safest destinations in Africa with some of the happiest and friendliest people on earth who love to express themselves through dance. For then dance plays an important part of ceremonies and various special occasions. The people in eastern regions practice the Basonga, a dance known as Tamenhaibunga which reveals the importance of love and friendship. The translated name literally means ‘good friends drink together and don’t fight in-case they break the ground holding the drink’. That sounds reason enough to celebrate to us!