Welcome to Uganda!

There is sometimes a strange and un expected reward for places isolated by political climate or conflict: blockades and war zones do not apply to nature. Having endured a civil war, Idi Amin’s bloody rule and decades of ethnic conflicts, Uganda has finally found its silver living, as off-limits areas have become havens to wild life that might otherwise have perished. Its most famous residents are the critically endangered mountain gorilla, of which half the world’s surviving population lives in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable forest.

Aside from gorillas, chimps, and the Big Five, accessible and affordable Uganda is also the much-sought – after source of the Nile river, as mythical as ever- now for its white water rafting and kayaking. Uganda is Africa condensed with the best of everything the continent has to offer packed into one small but stunning destination. Uganda is home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the mountains of the moon in the Rwenzori national park. It is the source of the mighty Nile river, and around Jinja offers the best white water- rafting in the world. It has the highest concentration of primate on the earth, including majestic mountain gorillas, one of the rarest animals on the planet.  Head to Bwindi Impenetrable national park for a chance to get close to these great apes.

One top of all this, the scenery is so striking that it looks like an oil painting, the beautiful national parks see far  fewer visitors than in neighboring Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and the capital, kampala., is safer and friendlier than most in Africa. In 1907 pioneering tourist Winston Churchill called it the “pearl of Africa” he was right. Mention Uganda to most people today and the first thing they will think of is the brutality of Idi Amin, their naivety is their loss as, thankfully for Uganda, the big man died in exile in 2003.

The reality is vastly different. Stability has returned to most parts of the country and tourists are welcomed with open arms ( some areas, particularly in the north, remain safe recently for travelers- see more in the health and safety sections). Despite the trials and
tribulations of the past, Ugandans have weathered the storm remarkably well. The people offer heart-warming hospitality up and down the country, their ever-present smile accompanied by ‘hello Mzungu” they are truly some of the finest folk on the continent. Take the plunge now, before the world wakes up to this magical microcosm of Africa.