Winston Churchill called it “The Pearl of Africa” and emerging from a dark and bloody past, Uganda today is indeed heralded as one of Africa’s glittering gems. Relatively small in stature compared to its neighbours, it is a microcosm of all that is best in Africa. Home to the continent’s largest lake (Lake Victoria), it can also boast half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, the highest mountain range in Africa and a rich list of wildlife that includes lion, leopard, elephant and the endangered common chimpanzee. Politics aside, it is also one of the safest countries on the continent to visit.
A more ‘authentic’ experience of the continent than some of the more developed African destinations, Uganda still offers up a sense of adventure for those willing to experience the delights and frustrations of African travel. The rewards are tremendous, with opportunities to track rare mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park and Golden Monkeys amongst the spectacular landscapes of the Virunga Mountains. At the dramatic setting of the Murchison Falls you can watch the mighty Nile force itself through a seven metre wide cleft in the rocks, whilst the lush jungles of the Kibale Forest, famed for their chimpanzee trekking, can boast the highest concentration of primates in Africa. From the bustling markets of Kampala, to the mist-shrouded “Mountains of the Moon” in the Rwenzori National Park, Uganda promises some of the most complete African adventures imaginable.
Many come for the gorillas, but Uganda is so much more.