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Overshadowed by the giant neighboring destinations, Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda does not hide easily. Visit Uganda if you’re travelling privately or a solo traveler and want to stay away from the overwhelming crowds, take short savanna game drives and easily find your own way and of course live the iconic experience of seeing the gentle mountain giants. Packed into this small country is a tapestry of beautiful landscapes, a plethora of wildlife species including the rare mountain gorillas and the impressive-to-watch playful chimpanzees. Uganda’s people are commonly known as the most warm and welcoming bunch, Africa’s tallest mountain ranges, Rwenzori Mountains, are found in here, the source of the longest river (Nile river) is found in the adrenaline capital, Jinja, and Uganda harbors the continent’s largest lake which surrounds the capital. And if you choose to drive onto the beaten path or take a boat safari on the Nile to view the Big Five, you’ll see that nature – diverse and resplendent – looms large here. Are you ready to explore the ‘Pearl of Africa’?

Most Visited Attractions Destinations

Kazinga Channel Elephants in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Oldest and most famous of them all, this park vibrates with a rich number of mammal species from the big five (excluding the rhino), the tree lions in Ishasha sector, the chimpanzee bands in Kyambura Gorge and the plethora of animals by the banks of Kazinga channel on a boat safari.

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Boat Safari on the Nile in Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls NP is commonly visited for its ‘Big Five’ animals within the wide savanna plains and of course the picturesque thundering Murchison Falls with an impressive rainbow and school of hippos at the foot. Boat cruises drive up-to the foot of the falls and guides lead you hiking up to the top.

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable NP

One major reason a wild animal enthusiast would visit Uganda is to see the magnificent gentle mountain giants in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Other than mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the oldest and richest montane forest in the world over.

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The Pearl of Africa

Uganda was famously dubbed “Pearl of Africa” by early explorers in the early nineteenth century like Henry Morton Stanley, Hannington Speke, Richard Burton, but it was Winston Churchill who popularized the Phrase in his 1908 Book titled “My African Journey”. Winston Churchill became quite enthused about what he found in Uganda when he wrote “For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for profusion of brilliant life — bird, insect, reptile, beast — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “the Pearl of Africa.” From then on, Uganda has been dubbed the Pearl of Africa online, in literature, film and speeches.

And not just the early explorers that have had publicized interest in the Pearl of Africa, Hollywood has had its take with high grossing movies like Tarzan of the Apes (1918), Sheena Queen of the Jungle (1984), Queen of Katwe (2016) and The Last King of Scotland (2016) shot on site in Uganda, including many others.

Uganda has indeed emerged from its past void in terms of tourism to earn its name “Pearl of Africa” and become an interesting and discerning destination. The visit Uganda offering compared to the neighboring countries is unique, individual and nebulous — and that in itself is perhaps part of the explanation of the recent increasing travelers’ interest.

Uganda is a great choice for Africa Safari if you want to combine both the savanna and the rainforest experience in the same destination without crossing borders. With the many advantages that visit Uganda rewards, being a more fordable option by many is one, less crowds in the park and lodges and great accommodation options are some of the other advantages among many.

Other Attractions Places To Visit

What Uganda lacks in volume it more than makes up with variety, an incredible array of landscapes that range from the snowcapped Mountains of the Moon and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to the semi-desert northeast and water-spangled lake district. Here are some of the other favorite choices on visit Uganda list.

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale National Park

Kibale forest is one of Africa’s foremost research sites and is commonly referred to as the primate capital of Africa. Aside of the chimpanzee that is most commonly visited, Kibale is home to many mammal species but they are rarely encountered. You can take a chimp tracking, birding and nature walk experience in this forest.

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Rwenzori Mountains

The snow peaks of Rwenzori Mountain ranges are known to have the highest peak of any mountain range in Africa at 5,109 metres. Rivers fed by mountain streams form one of the sources of the Nile,[1] for which reason during the European exploration of Africa, the Ruwenzori came to be identified with the legendary ‘Mountains of the Moon’.

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Kidepo Valley National Park

Kidepo National Park

This is a not-so-visited wildlife reserve is located in the extreme north-eastern corner of Uganda. Kidepo is a rugged savannah, dominated by the 2,750 metres Mount Morungole and transected by the Kidepo and Narus rivers. The park being far from the capital is the main reason travelers usually exclude this beautiful park from their visit Uganda journeys.

horse riding safari in Lake Mburo NP

Lake Mburo National Park

This is the smallest park in all the savanna parks in Uganda. It’s commonly visited because it’s also the easiest to access. It’s located on all western Uganda safari routes, making it easy to add to any trip that takes that route.

Lake Victoria, Uganda

Entebbe Town

Entebbe is the entry point to all international flights in Uganda, which means most people get to spend a night in Entebbe before they embark on their visit Uganda safari journey. The Zoo, Ngamba Chimps Island, Golf Course, rich birding spots, a boat ride on the largest lake on the content, lake Victoria, leisure beaches and of course the shopping you need before your Africa safari is all in Entebbe.

Jinja

Jinja

Jinja is where you find the source of the mighty Nile river and is also commonly visited for its adrenaline games like bungee jumping, quad biking, horse riding, kayaking and of course the legendary adventure, whitewater rafting on the grade-5 rapids of the nile.

Kampala City Visit Uganda urban Life Life

Kampala in the evening | @Katumba Badru

Urban Uganda has its own attractions.

With more than 1.6 million people, Kampala is one of the fastest growing cities on the continent. Kampala’s sights range from the recently rebuilt royal tombs to a humungous mosque built by Libyan strongman Moammar Gadhafi and the ghoulish torture chamber of Idi Amin on the grounds of Lubiri Palace. The capital is also known for its vibrant nightlife, which runs a gamut from down and dirty dance clubs to sophisticated jazz venues.

Nearby Entebbe, set on a peninsula stretching into Lake Victoria, is about as laid back as it gets in Africa. Entebbe is renowned for its popular weekend beach clubs, like a little slice of the Caribbean on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Adventure sports hub.

Whitewater rafting and kayaking trips down the Nile, past snoozing crocodiles and snorting hippos. Bungee jumping in Jinja is another adrenaline-packed plunge (44 meters) into the world’s longest river. You can also board surf down rapids, whoosh down rivers on jet-boats and organize sports fishing trips to catch the river monster of central Africa — Nile perch that can grow up to 200 kilograms. Discover 16 more adventures in Uganda.

GORILLA JUNGLE  & SAVANNA WILDLIFE

MOUNTAINEERING SAFARIS

Private/Tailor-made Safaris

What is a tailor-made safari?: A Tailor-made safari or private safari is a vacation trip in Africa that is crafted around the traveller’s preferences—likes, expectations, recommendations and travel style—with the guidance of an expert safari consultant. The trips listed above can all be customized to each individual for a perfect safari holiday.

With a wide range of experiences, attractions and great expectations to choose from, putting together a perfect Africa safari vacation can be a daunting task, especially when it’s your first time visiting Africa. And buying a pre-planned Africa safari package may not cut it.

Nkuringo Safaris consultants will listen and learn about your dream of Africa, what type of traveller you are, what moves your emotions, makes you smile and what lasting memories you expect. We’ll then—with you—craft an Africa safari holiday, take care of all the ground handling and take you to your dream with little or no hustle on your part.

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