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Uganda

Image of Ankole cattle with distinctive large horns in Uganda - KILROY
Image of a silverback gorilla in Uganda - KILROY

Travel to Uganda - the Pearl of Africa

Uganda is called “The Pearl of Africa” and with good reason. Among the highlights you will find the endangered mountain gorillas, tree-climbing lions, rafting on the source of the Nile, mystical villages hidden in the mist, volcanoes and a smile on every face.
Uganda is situated in Eastern Africa, bordering Kenya and Tanzania in the east, Sudan in the north, Rwanda in the south and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the west. It is a landlocked nation, but borders the biggest lake in Africa, Lake Victoria, which is rich in fish. While travelling in Uganda you will realise that the locals are proud and very polite people and they are world-class when it comes to hospitality.

Entebbe and Kampala

If you arrive in Uganda by air you are most likely to land in Entebbe. Entebbe is a small but lively city next to Lake Victoria. Beautiful gardens fantastic for birdwatchers and a nice view of the lake are some of the highlights here. Around one hour away is the capital Kampala. The largest city in Uganda is bubbling with life, though the traffic can be a pain and small distances can take a long time. 

Tree-climbing lions and chimps

Uganda has a total of 10 national parks. Many of them offer a variety of game watching and scenery. Queen Elizabeth National Park lies in the west of Uganda and is Uganda’s most visited game reserve. This park is well-known for its wildlife, but especially the tree-climbing lions, which aren’t found in many other places. It's still not known what exactly makes these lions climb trees, and it's not common thing for lions to do. If you want to see chimpanzees, Kibale National Park is the par for you.

Gorillas in the mist

The endangered mountain gorilla might very well be the biggest wildlife adventure you will experience. Roughly, there are about 700 gorillas left in the world, and they are only to be found in Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. In Uganda they can be spotted in two places - Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has almost half of all the mountain gorillas in the world, nearly 340 individuals. Gorilla tracking is an intense experience, and costly as the trekking fee is currently 600 USD. But this is truly well-spent money. Upon the start of the tracking you will be informed of which group of gorillas you are heading towards, and more or less how far away they are. Bring lots of water, and long pants. You are not walking in open areas, but straight through the rainforest. After hours of walking you will find them. And the sight takes your breath away. To be sitting 2-metres away from a huge silverback is pretty awesome. After spending a total amount of 1 hour with the gorillas you will head back.

Kisoro

Southwest in Uganda you will find the little town of Kisoro. It is an 9-10 hours' drive from Kampala. The bad road takes you through a beautiful landscape called the "Switzerland of Africa". You pass mountains, lakes, hills with cultivated terraces, tropical rainforest and bamboo forest. On the last hill the landscape unfolds beneath you with the Virunga volcanoes dominating the view. Here is where the famous Travellers Rest Hotel is situated. 

Rafting

If you want to experience some first-class rafting, go to Jinja. Here you can raft the source of the Nile. And here the Nile is verified as a rank 5 river, which offers some extreme experiences.

Climate

Uganda is situated on the equator and here you can experience tropical climate with the rainy season lasting from March – May. This is also known to be one of the best times to visit the country, as it never becomes greener than this and the rain is not that extreme anyway. Going down south-west to Kisoro will give you a more temperate climate due to the elevation.

How to get around

Quickest and easiest solution is to join an adventure tour in Uganda. The country has a poor infrastructure and extremely bad roads, so be prepared for “shortcuts” and bring an open mind.

Best places to visit in Uganda

Our top recommendations on where to go in Uganda are coming soon

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