There are plenty of accessible vacation highlights in Uganda. Uganda, dubbed the “Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, is known for its stunning scenery and kind people. Uganda is still one of the poorest nations in the world, and it is still rebuilding from some terrible years, but it is now an accessible place to visit and really experience Sub-Saharan Africa. Tourism is increasing, but it is still genuine, and Uganda has many of tourist attractions. It is not a destination for magnificent architecture or a plethora of metropolitan attractions; rather, its treasures lay in its incredible diversity of animals, landscapes, and culture. Wildlife viewing is by far the most popular activity, with half of the surviving mountain gorillas and all of the Big Five residing in the country’s beautiful national parks.
Natural beauty abounds in this region, with vast, dry savannah in the north, dense rainforest in the center, and lush, snow-capped mountain vistas in the east. The Rwenzori Mountains National Park, which is included on the Unesco World Heritage List, is home to Africa’s highest mountain range, which is covered in dense rainforest on the lower slopes and icy moorlands on the upper ones. Several of the tallest summits are covered with snow and glaciers all year. Mt. Stanley is the tallest peak in the country and the third highest in Africa. Rise early to watch the morning fog dissipate over beautiful Lake Bunyonyi. From the banks of Africa’s biggest lake, Victoria Lake, you may watch fisherman at work; the pristine beaches of Kalangala are a great place to do it. The Ssese Islands, which are also on Lake Victoria, are ideal for some beach time.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a one-of-a-kind safari destination in the world. The 340 wild mountain gorillas in Bwindi, half of the surviving population of this critically endangered species, are a significant attraction. The thick woods of the park are home to 10 primate species, 110 other animal species (including African elephants), over 350 bird species, 200 butterfly, and 220 tree species, making it one of Africa’s most diverse eco-systems. Queen Elizabeth National Park is the most accessible and therefore most popular safari destination, with dozens of big species often sighted. The population of tree climbing lions that live here, a behavior observed only here and in Tanzania, is of special interest. An early morning excursion to the plains surrounding the Kazinga canal, which draws animals of all sorts all year, is your greatest opportunity of viewing the vast diversity of species in this region.
The variety of Uganda’s bird life is incredible. While most national parks have excellent birding opportunities, Kibale Forest National Park is particularly exceptional, and is also known for its chimpanzee tracking. Murchison Falls National Park is home to several spectacular waterfalls.
Although Uganda’s urban life offers a limited number of attractions, the twin towns of Kampala and Entebbe are worth a visit. Despite being just 35 kilometers apart, these two villages have very distinct personalities. Kampala, Uganda’s sole real metropolis, is safer and less hectic than most of its African equivalents, and the Kasubi Tombs (albeit ruined) and National Museum are worth seeing. Entebbe, the previous capital, is much smaller and more attractive. If you’re flying in or out, its beautiful position on the beaches of Lake Victoria and the verdant National Botanical Gardens make it a great spot to stay.