Uganda is the pearl of Africa and many people have traveled to this beautiful less known country in the heart of Africa. Located between Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Sudan, Uganda is one of the upcoming travel destinations in Africa. The Lonely Planet was voted as the best place to visit in 2012 and today many travelers have taken a safari to Uganda in order to enjoy the unique attractions which are found within the country.
Though most renowned for gorilla trekking safaris, Uganda boasts of many tourist attractions including various primates, natural monuments, historical sites, and incredible wildlife. Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable Forests and Mgahinga National Park host nearly half of the remaining mountain gorillas, the main attraction that attracts most tourists! There are also several safari parks for game viewing, nature trekking, and sightseeing and the top parks include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, and Kidepo National Park. Here are the top reasons why you should visit Uganda at least in your lifetime;
1. Mountain Gorillas and other Primates
Uganda is home to almost half of the total remaining population of the mountain gorillas and this is the main star attraction that has continuously pulled the tourists to the country. Gorilla safaris are the most popular adventure activities and several tour packages are offered by tour operators at good price deals!
Gorilla tourism is the single most tourism product that will continuously bring travelers to Uganda who is interested in watching the mountain gorillas in the wild! Within Bwindi impenetrable National park and Mgahinga National Park, there are several habituated gorilla groups where travelers track the gorillas, and these include; Rushaga, Ruhija, Nkuringo, Mubare, etc. Many tourists have traveled to Uganda in order to enjoy gorilla trekking within the Pearl of Africa.
Apart from the mountain gorillas, Uganda has also got 12 other primates! These include chimpanzee populations which are found in Kibale National park, Kaniyo Pabidi, Budongo Forest, Semuliki Forest, and also in Queen Elizabeth National park. These chimps have greatly attracted many tourists who would like to go chimpanzee tracking in Uganda.
2. Peaceful Kampala City
Kampala, the capital of Uganda, is the most friendly and peaceful city to stay in Africa. This city has got many attractions which include; religious sites, historical sites and natural monuments. The most popular places to visit are the Kasubi tombs, Kabaka’s Lake, Bulange building, Uganda museum, Gadaffi Mosque, Makerere University, Wamala tombs, Naggalabi Coronation site, and, many more which have continuously attracted many people to come for safaris to Uganda.
3. Incredible Wildlife in Safari Parks
Uganda has got many safari parks that have hosted incredible wildlife species including the big five. Top national parks include; Queen Elizabeth National park, which has many animals including the kobs, antelopes, buffaloes, crocodiles, hippos, and the chimpanzees which are found in Kyambura Gorge in Maramagambo Forest, Kibale National park which harbors many chimpanzees and other primates, Murchison falls National park, the most scenic park which has also got many animals including the crocodiles, hippos, monkeys and the elephants. Lake Mburo National park is another rewarding place, the best place to see zebras, elands, antelopes, and kobs. Rwenzori National park, host to the legendary mountains of the moon has greatly attracted many tourists to come for hiking in Africa.
4. Unique Culture and Hospitable People
The unique culture of the people of Uganda is a great tourist attraction and this is so unique given the more than 52 different tribes which live in Uganda. A safari to Uganda is a rewarding experience of the traditions of various people including the Baganda, Banyoro, Banyankole, and many others. There are also many cultural attractions that have attracted many people to come for safaris to Uganda. Top cultural sites to visit include; the Kasubi Tombs, Wamala tombs, Bulange building, and many more.
5. Uganda’s Nightlife
The country has also got many entertainment places which have continuously attracted many tourists to enjoy their holiday in Uganda. There are several clubs, theatres, cinema halls around Kampala which include; Amnesia, Club Silk, beaches, and many more. There are also many golf courses, natural parks for meetings, classic hotels, and many other happening places.
We wish you a nice safari to the Pearl of Africa!