Major Tourist Attractions: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kasubi Tombs, Ssese Islands, Bujagali Falls, National Stadim
Called “the pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill, Uganda is a destination that will enchant you with its natural beauty. Uganda is the meeting point between the East African savannah and the West African jungles, giving the country a highly diverse topography that includes lush forests, powerful waterfalls and rivers, impressive mountain ranges, and several untouched islands. And when it comes to wildlife, Uganda doesn’t stay short. You can track chimpanzees in the forest, watch lions catch their prey in the wild, see the “big 5” on a safari, see hundreds of hippos and crocodiles share the same waters, and last but not least, stand close to the mountain gorillas in the impenetrable forest.
If you’re a thrill seeker, you can go hiking and climbing in the highest mountain range in Africa on the Rwenzori Mountains National Park, or kayak and raft the rapids along the Nile River while looking for hippos, crocodiles, and monkeys along the way. Sounds exciting, right?
It’s easy to go camping in the wild or on a safari, but you can also stay in budget to luxury accommodations in Uganda’s well-developed urban side. Kampala, the capital, sits on its famous seven hills that house some of the most important sights in Bugandan history. You can easily jump from one hill to the other as you hunt for sights with matatus (public buses) and boda bodas (moto taxis). These transport options are not for the faint hearted, but they will surely add some adrenaline and adventure to your trip.
With this kind of interesting diversity and the high hospitality of its people, it’s no surprise Uganda is growing as one of the most popular destinations in Africa.
Here are a few of the activities you should do to enjoy this top destination:
- Trek along Kisoro and Mount Elgon to enjoy the mountainous landscape and volcanic peaks.
- Watch the chimpanzee at Kibale’s National Park.
- Visit rhinos at the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
- Be a thrill seeker in the adventure capital of Uganda, Bujagali Falls.
- Camp close to the hippo-full river in Murchison Falls National Park and watch the dramatic waterfall that gives the park its name. Also, keep an eye open for lions, buffalos, elephants, and leopards, among other animals.
- Visit Jinja, the second largest city in Uganda, to see the source or start of the longest river in the world, the Nile River.
- Head to Fort Portal to see one of the country’s most attractive towns, and the hub for travellers wanting to explore some of Uganda’s best wildlife destinations.
- Visit the special forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; a UNESCO site and sanctuary for half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. Go on a trekking adventure to get up close to them.
- Stroll around the Botanical Gardens in Entebbe to see black-and-white colobus monkeys.
- Visit the Kasubi Tombs in Kampala.
- Head to the remote Ishasha Plains in Queen Elizabeth National Park for a rare opportunity to see tree-climbing lions - only found here and a few other places in Africa.
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