Scenery to die for!
No wonder Winston Churchill dubbed this the
"PEARL OF AFRICA"
This country, with its dense misty forests, snow-peaked mountains, glassy lakes and sprawling savannas along with its good-natured and friendly people everywhere and astonishing landscapes has rightfully gained the title 'pearl of Africa'. While mountain gorillas are the allure for many visitors, there's an astounding variety of attractions for each and every kind of traveler.
Uganda lies astride the Equator in Eastern Africa at an average altitude of 1,100 meters above sea- level. The total area is 236,580sq/km. It is situated by the Republic of South Sudan to the North, the Republic of Kenya to the East, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the West, and the United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Rwanda to the South.
Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Where else but in this uniquely lush destination can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rainforest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate tropical channels teeming with hippos and crocodiles before setting off into the misty mountains to visit the majestic mountain gorillas? Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as impressive as its selection of plain antelopes. Bird aficionados will be amazed with the vast bird population which boasts more than 1,000 different species.
Uganda's national parks boast all the animals, minus the crowds. Murchison Falls is Uganda's largest park where you can follow up your morning wildlife drive with a cruise on the Nile to the base of the falls – the perfect way to spy elephants, buffalo, crocs and loads of hippos while you relax with a cold drink on the boat. Head to Queen Elizabeth National Reserve Park for a better chance of spotting the elusive leopard or otherwise its trademark tree-climbing lions. Few tourists make it as far north as Kidepo Valley, but those who do are rewarded with, not only the best selection of animals, but some of the most spectacular scenery in Uganda. And, if you are also hoping to round off the Big Five, add Ziwa Sanctuary to your itinerary; it is your chance to get up close to a white rhino and track it on foot!
Having stepped out of the shadows of a deep dark past under Idi Amin and the Lord's Resistance Army, Uganda is no longer a country to be feared. It has since be widely regarded as one of Africa's safest destinations. Whether it's wildlife safaris trekking, volcanoes, white-water rafting or just kicking back on the beach, Uganda has the best of Africa covered.
Adrenaline junkies can get their fix in a number of ways in Uganda. The Nile is a prime spot for white-water rafting enthusiasts; the intense Grade-5 rapids make for an exciting journey for all who wish to try. Kayaking and white-knuckle jet boat rides are also a part of the Nile's water-sport experience open for those who have had prior experience. Those who prefer a different adrenaline rush can opt for the bungee jumping by the Bujagali Falls. Trekkers can test their endurance by tackling the Unesco World Heritage-listed Rwenzori Mountains, evocatively described as the 'mountains of the Moon' with stunning views of the equatorial mist as your reward at the top.
For more treks try Mount Elgon National Park or the dramatic Virunga volcanos where the borders of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda converge.
Uganda is a nature-lover' s paradise
Uganda, was declared" Best Tourist Destination 2012." by Lonely Planet, the leading and largest travel guide book and digital media publisher in the world.
Once again The National Geographic Traveller December 2012 in Grading the Tourist places for 2013 put Uganda among the "Best of the World Our 20 MUST see Places for 2013".
In addition, the National Geographic magazine featured the tree climbing lions of Ishasha as a number one photographs paradise for the year 2011. Ishasha lions are one of the only three known in the world.
Mount Rwenzori was voted among the 15 best hiking spots in the world by the National Geographic magazine.
The Virunga volcanoes in South-Western Uganda in October 2011 were described as the number one place among the 20 places one has to visit in their life time while Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been voted Africa's number one birding site by the African Bird club.
The ranking also put Murchison Falls National Park in ninth position among the top 10 birding sites on the continent.
Uganda is a unique tourist destination hence referred to as the "Pearl of Africa" by the well known British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill 1908 in his book titled:
"My African Journey"
"My journey is at an end, the tale has been told. The reader who has followed so faithfully and so far has a right to ask what message I bring back. It can be stated in three words: concentrate upon Uganda!
Uganda is alive by itself. It is vital, and in my view, despite of its insects and diseases, it ought in the course of time, to become the most prosperous of all our East African possessions, and perhaps the 'financial driving wheel' of this part of the world.
My counsel plainly is – concentrate upon Uganda! No where else in Africa will little money go so far.
Nowhere else will results be more brilliant, more substantial or more rapidly realized.
"Uganda is from end to end a beautiful garden where staple food of the people grows almost without labour. Does it not sound like a paradise on earth?"
It is the Pearl of Africa."