"The river and the forest were like presences, and much more powerful than you..."
V S Naipaul
The Pearl of Africa is more like an uncut diamond: raw, rough around the edges but rich with potential.
Don’t expect a touristy sheen; Uganda doesn’t run like clockwork. This is the real Africa, where roads are bumpy and things happen in their own time – so if it’s spontaneity and authenticity you’re after, pack your bags. Crammed with superlatives, Uganda holds both Africa’s largest lake as well as its tallest mountains. Opportunities to encounter wildlife here are incredible, there are adventure sports to get the pulse racing, and cultural sights aplenty. The people are friendly but, above all, genuine – a mirror of their nation.
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A chest-banging experience
Less than one thousand mountain gorillas remain in the wild and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half of them. Trek into the forest with expert guides and observe the intriguing social behavior of the large family groups – sometimes from just metres away.
Visit the locals
The real charm of Uganda is its people. Spending time with ordinary Ugandans in their villages is humbling and rewarding, and a glimpse into an older way of life.
Take a boat trip in Murchison Falls
At Murchison Falls the Nile plunges almost fifty dramatic metres. Soak up the best of African wildlife from a safari boat downstream of the falls where the river draws lions, giraffes, leopards and elephants to its shores, while crocs and hippos glide around the prow.
Abyssinian Chronicles by Moses Isegawa
The Last King of Scotland by Giles Foden
The White Nile by Alan Moorehead
A Bend In The River by VS Naipaul
My Secret History by Paul Theroux
Main international airports: Entebbe
Cost of a restaurant meal: About 10 USD
Cost of a beer: About 1.5 USD
When to go
Temperatures in Uganda are pleasant year round, so the most important consideration for visitors is the timing of the wet and dry seasons. The driest months are June to August, with December to February close behind. Most choose to visit Uganda during these periods as it is ideal for gorilla trekking and other outdoor activities. Unlike other African nations, tourist attractions in Uganda don’t grind to a halt in the wet seasons, so visits during the rest of the year are possible. April, the wettest month, is best avoided, but those seeking the authentic may enjoy the lower tourist ratio of the rainy months.
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