Incredible wildlife experiences and the warmest of welcomes await amongst Uganda’s a rich patchwork of diverse habitats.
Comparatively small, on the scale of Africa, Uganda has more than its fair share of the biggest and the best. Within its borders you’ll find the source of the Nile, the continent’s biggest lake (Lake Victoria), its tallest mountain range and many of the giants of the animal kingdom. This is the most bio-diverse country in Africa, with vast tracts of rainforest, marshland, plains and snow-capped mountains. There are over twenty nature reserves to explore and opportunities for wildlife spotting abound, from hippos wallowing in the waters of the Kazinga Channel, to gorillas in the misty highland forests.
Top three things to do in Uganda
There are many wonderful experiences to be had in the "Pearl of Africa". For further inspiration take a look at the trip ideas put together by our trusted local experts at the foot of this page, but in the meantime here are our top three things to do in Uganda.
One of the many charms of Uganda is the warmth of its people. In the capital, Kampala, you’ll be welcomed into the cafes and guesthouses with wide smiles and cries of ‘Welcome Mzungu’ an endearing term for ‘foreigner’. Very much a tribal nation, you’ll find a colourful mix of traditional customs and dress that change frequently from region to region. Spending time with Ugandans in their villages offers a fascinating glimpse of an older way of life.
Wild encounters on the Nile
At the mighty Murchison Falls in Uganda’s northwest, the Nile plunges almost fifty dramatic metres down into the churning waters below. Soak up the best of African wildlife from a safari boat downstream. Here the river draws lions, giraffes, leopards and elephants to its shores, while crocodiles glide through the waters and hippos wallow in the shallows. Venturing away from the river still brings fascinating safari experiences, with all of the Big Five to be found.
A chest-beating experience
Tracking gorillas deep in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not just a highlight of Uganda, but probably one of the most rewarding wildlife encounters in the world. These incredible creatures are powerful, but gentle and seeing them in their natural habitat is a truly humbling, and for many, profound, experience. Look out for the huge male silverbacks and keep your eyes peeled for infants cradled in their mothers' arms.
Tailor-made holiday ideas for Uganda
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