Why visit Uganda

Top reasons to travel to Uganda, the Pearl of Africa

What is Uganda known for? why Visit Uganda

Reasons to visit Uganda – A lot will be praised about different countries on the African continent, but Uganda has much more than five or more countries would offer to you. It is the home of all good things and much more that you would expect on your African safari. Because of the variety of amazing things in Uganda and the incredible attractions, it has been described differently by various travelers that have explored the continent but the most popular term that perfectly described it is “Uganda, the Pearl of Africa”. This was the best way Churchill Winston summarized the endless beauty that he encountered in Uganda during his visit to Uganda and Africa at large around 1907. This article gives highlights of the beauty that anyone who wants to travel to Africa ought not to miss because your trip will be complete after visiting the Pearl of Africa.

Mountain gorillas

You can never get enough of watching these incredible primates that are closely related to humans. Uganda harbors more than half of the remaining population of the endangered mountain gorillas. This is the beginning of admission that Uganda is Africa compressed into one country. They are found in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga national park where gorilla trekking takes place at any time of the year. Uganda is the prime gorilla trekking destination with 98% chances to find the gorillas because of the dense population in the forest. It is very rare to trek for gorillas in Uganda especially Bwindi forest and fail to see these giant lovely primates. Visit Uganda and experience the best of Africa’s wildlife. Seeing the gorillas tops as one of the main Reasons to visit Uganda.

Chimpanzees

It is always an exciting moment to meet cousins in the tropical forests of Uganda like in Kibale forest national park. However much the highlight for Uganda trips is mountain gorillas, I can say that encountering chimps is the second more thrilling experience you can have on your Uganda safari. Kibale national park, the primate capital of the world has the largest number of primates in the world and trekking for them here offers very high chances of seeing them. You are led through the forest by an armed ranger who is well experienced at his job and he will follow the sounds of the chimps until to get closer to them. You will watch them play, feed and care about one another and you can thereafter have much more added to the best stories, photographs and memories.

Wildlife

Uganda has an overwhelming range and population of interesting wildlife in its national park. It is a home to the “big 5”- lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant. All these can be seen in Uganda national parks apart from the rhino which can be seen at Ziwa rhino sanctuary and Uganda Wildlife Education Centre. Uganda has 10 national parks and each offers unique thrilling experiences to different visitors. Other animals in these parks include giraffes, waterbuck, Uganda kob, hippos, eland, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi and waterbucks among others. Animals that live in groups are often seen in large herds in the national parks of Uganda and this is how amazing wildlife enthusiasts enjoy their Uganda safaris.

Uganda is the best destination for bird enthusiasts. There are over 1,000 bird species that have been recorded in Uganda and it has popular bird watching destinations though you can spot a variety of birds from anywhere. Visit Uganda and see lots of reptiles including the huge Nile crocodiles, monitor lizards, snakes and many other small reptiles. Tours in Uganda mainly involve trips to Uganda national parks where you discover this vast wildlife. if you are wondering why visit Uganda, then the amazing wildlife in Uganda should inspire you to come for a Uganda safari.

Source of the world’s longest river, the Nile

River Nile is estimated to cover a distance of 6,600 kilometers from its source to where it pours into the Mediterranean Sea and this makes it the longest river in the world. On august 3rd 1858, John Hannington Speke discovered that Lake Victoria was the source of the Nile during his expedition to Africa. He was also the first European to reach Lake Victoria.

You can visit Jinja in eastern Uganda to see the source of the Nile. The experience of cruising on the longest river to its source alongside watching beautiful sites, birds and animals is very exciting. Other adventurous activities done along the Nile include white water rafting, jet boat rides, kayaking and bungee jumping among others.

Murchison falls

Murchison falls are the most powerful water falls in the whole world. They are located on the river Nile in Murchison falls national park in the northwestern part of Uganda. The mighty Murchison falls are one of the things you must add to your bucket list when planning for your African safari because you need to see this breathtaking site where a big volume of water finds its way through a 7 meter gorge, bursting out with thunderous roars.

The people of Uganda

Knowing that you are going to travel to a new country for the first time brings a bit of anxiousness because you are not sure of how you will connect and interact with them. Their attitudes, culture, lifestyle and languages are different and all practices are totally different. Regarding this, Ugandans are the most friendly, welcoming and hospitable people in Africa. They do not segregate visitors due to their national origin or race and they are always ready to help, guide and offer all services equally and in the very best way. Ugandans have learnt more foreign languages to improve their communication with visitors, for example French, Chinese, Japanese and Kiswahili among others.

Lake Bunyonyi

Bunyonyi means “small birds”. The lake was named so because of the numerous small-sized birds that live around the place and on the various islands on the lake. Located in the southwestern part of Uganda, Lake Bunyonyi is the second deepest lake in Africa. It is a beautiful lake dotted with 29 beautiful islands which can be visited while canoeing on the lake. The canoe experience also offers spectacular views of the Virunga volcanoes and the various hills in the region. The cool breeze on a canoe on the waters of the small but second deepest lake in Africa is an experience that you ought to enjoy after you gorilla trekking activities in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.

Affordable tours

In comparison to the rest of the safari destinations, Uganda still has a growing tourism industry with many unspoiled attractions. The destinations in Uganda do not have crowds of people even in the high season like most neighboring destinations. This gives travelers good opportunity to enjoy the sites with perfect sights. In addition, the prices of services and facilities, park entrance fees, gorilla permits are less than those of Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.

With all this and more beautiful things that exist in Uganda such as beautiful and favorable climate, numerous water bodies including lakes, channels and rivers, a variety of locally produced delicious foods, magnificent mountains such as the Rwenzori mountains and the Virunga volcanoes, safety and security, to mention but a few, Uganda is the finest African destination for your African safari.