UGANDA “THE PEARL OF AFRICA”
Uganda was voted the number one destination in 2012 by the Lonely Planet travel magazine (http://www.lonelyplanet.com/). From the moment you set your foot on Ugandan land, the equatorial ambience together with the forested shores of island strewn Lake Victoria welcome you, making it clear that Uganda is no ordinary safari destination.
Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Where else can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning, track chimps through the rain forest the next day, navigate the tropical channels teeming with the hippos and crocodiles before setting off into the misty mountains to stare deep into the pensive brown eyes of mountain gorillas? Uganda’s verdant biodiversity is attested to by Uganda’s status as by far the smallest of four African countries whose bird check-list tops the 1000 mark with a bird list of 1,066 bird species.
And yet there is more to Uganda than the wildlife. There is the mighty river Nile, punctuated by the spectacular Murchison Falls, and the setting for some of the world’s most thrilling white-water rafting. There are the snow-capped peaks of Rwenzori which provide a tantalizing challenge to dedicated mountaineers, as well as the Virunga Volcanoes and Mount Elgon, all of which offer highly rewarding hiking opportunities through scintillating highland scenery. More sedately, the myriad islands of Lake Victoria and Bunyonyi are idyllic venues, as are the myriad forest-fringed crater lakes that stud the rift valley floor and escarpment around Fort Portal.
Uganda is also known as Africa’s friendliest country which stems partly from the tradition of hospitality common to its culturally diverse populace and its relatively low levels of crime and hassle directed at tourists.
Whether you are a first-time safari goer or a seasoned African traveller, Uganda – with its unique blend of savannah and forest creatures, its rare wealth of montane and lake habitats – is simply dazzling.
With 22years’ experience of organizing Private and Group safaris in Uganda, The Tourist Centre will happily tailor the ultimate Uganda safari or recommend one of the scheduled safaris to Uganda for you.