Before I begin I must make a confession. I lived in Uganda for 4 years guiding people on safari throughout this stunning country. I am therefore totally biased when it comes to views on Uganda but Sir Winston Churchill hit the nail on the head when he described it as the ‘Pearl of Africa’.
The scenery in Uganda is jaw dropping from lush, green forests, to snow-capped mountains, crater lakes and savannah grasslands but the real draw card is the wildlife - the star of the show being the primates.
Whilst the term 'adventure of a lifetime' is often a cliché, it is certainly true when tracking critically endangered mountain gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Be prepared for a testing trek depending on where gorillas are feeding when you’re there but meeting these gentle creatures eye to eye is an emotional experience, one never forgotten.
For pure fun and unforgettable entertainment, trek the chimpanzees in Kibale Forest or Kyambura Gorge with expert guides who bring to life the complexities of their social structure. Capture on camera or film the chimps' humorous hand gestures and facial expressions, their deafening screeches and their death-defying leaps through the forest canopy.
Uganda is often unfairly overlooked as a safari destination. Tree-climbing lions, massive pods of hippos, elephant herds and some of the richest birding in Africa are all within an easy distance of the primates. It is one of the few places to see the threatened, pre-historic shoebill stork and with its 10 foot wing span.
Whether you are climbing the Mountains of the Moon, white water rafting on the River Nile or tracking gorillas, Uganda offers something for old safari hands and first timers to Africa. But what makes us so passionate about safari holidays to Uganda is the Ugandan people. Utterly charming and genuinely warm, you will leave Uganda with a heavy heart. Uganda should be high on everyone’s bucket list – in my honest, unbiased opinion…
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW
- The River Nile is the longest river in the world. It is approximately 4,160 miles (6,670 km) long. Its source is at Jinja on Lake Victoria.
- Great Apes are different from monkeys. They are larger, walk upright for a longer period of time, don’t have tails and have much larger, more developed brains.
- Gorillas are herbivores and eat leaves, shoots, roots, vines and fruits.
- The average church service in Uganda lasts between 4 to 6 hours.
- A favourite treat in Uganda is pan-fried grasshoppers.
- The Shoebill Stork is one of the rarest birds in the world with fewer than 10,000 estimated in central Africa. But it can often be seen on the River Nile below Murchison Falls.