Winston Churchill on visiting Uganda in 1907 described this small country the size of the UK as the “Pearl of Africa”. Today, it is still one of the Dark Continent’s most beautiful and exciting destinations with shimmering lakes, grand mountain ranges and impenetrable forests where chimpanzees and mountain gorillas still roam wild.
The country’s lofty altitude brings the benefit of cooler temperatures than its equatorial neighbours and, for the moment, game viewing remains free of mass tourism and there is also great scope for adventurous outdoor activities ranging from climbing and trekking for all abilities in the mountains whilst both the Nile and the expanse of Lake Victoria promises all type water sports from energetic white water rafting to restful angling.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The highlight of visiting Bwindi is of course the chance to track mountain gorillas. Over half the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population is resident in the park with 15 troops in all made up of over 400 individual mountain gorillas.
Kibale Forest National Park
Kibale Forest National Park is dominated by rainforest which gives way in places to grassland and swamps and is home to a total of 13 species of primate – the most found in any part of East Africa as well as a variety of birds. The highlight of visiting is the chance to track chimpanzees, which has led to Kibale being seen as the premier destination to view them in their natural habitat.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison Falls National Park shares its name with the world’s most powerful waterfall which is formed as the Nile is squeezed through a narrow gap in the Albertine Rift Escarpment. Uganda’s largest national park, Murchison Falls has a healthy game population with elephants, leopard, lion, buffalo and rhino all found here as well as plenty of plains game.