10 Reasons why you should visit Uganda! Here we bring you the reasons why visit Uganda next as your travel destination for an Africa trip. Uganda is one of the best destinations to visit and get to experience the rich culture, beautiful weather, great water bodies, wildlife and the breathtaking landscapes. Sir Winston Churchill an English explorer in awe of the beauty and natural wonders of Uganda he called it the “Pearl of Africa” and indeed Uganda is the whole of Africa in one small country.
Uganda is a home to a half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Uganda hosts endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park (a UNESCO World Heritage site) and Mgahinga national park. Trekking through the lush vegetation and climbing the hills in search of these great apes might get tiring but when you set your eyes on them it’s one of the most beautiful and memorable moments that are got once in a life time. Uganda is one of the only three countries in the world that have these mountain gorillas.
Uganda is blessed with many different wildlife species that live in the country’s conservation areas. Visiting Uganda gives you a chance to see tree climbing lions as well as the big 5 animals including elephants, lions, buffalo, rhinos and leopards. There are other wild animals like hippos, crocodiles, zebras, waterbucks, bushbucks, giraffes, monkeys and so many more. Uganda has more than 1065 bird species scattered all over the countries vegetation and for bird lovers Uganda is a perfect destination to come see these beautiful birds. Some of the bird species are turacos, storks, hawks, eagles, cranes, king fisher and more.
Chimpanzee tracking in Uganda’s Kibale national park. Kibale forest is one of the best places in Africa having about 1500 chimpanzees. Chimpanzees share 98% DNA with humans so visiting Uganda gives you a chance to spend time with our close relatives. Visitors to Kibale have 90% chance of seeing these chimpanzees unlike other places in the country. Visitors can engage in either chimpanzee tracking or habituation and all these are offered in Kibale national park. Chimpanzees can also be seen in other parts of the country like Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth national park, Budongo forest, kalinzu forest and Ngamba island sanctuary.
River Nile is the longest river in the world having its source in Jinja on Lake Victoria “the 2nd largest fresh water body after superior in North America”. While visiting the source of the Nile you can also engage in the different activities along the river Nile for example bungee jumping, white water rafting, boat rides and you can still visit the waterfalls along the Nile or nearby the source of the Nile. These waterfalls include Murchison falls, Sezibwa falls, Karuma falls, Bujagali falls and Itanda falls. Lake Victoria is another beautiful lake with many islands. So visiting Uganda can take you to Lake Victoria to enjoy boat cruises, visit the fishing villages, go to some of the islands like SSese island and Ngamba island for the amazing activities that will give you life time memories.
As land of verdant landscapes. Uganda is a land of beautiful mountains and rolling hills, lakes and rivers, valleys, waterfalls and flat plains. Uganda is blessed with the snowcapped Rwenzori Mountains which is the 3 highest mountain of Africa after Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Kenya. The two are free Standing Mountain. This makes Rwenzori the highest mountain range in the entire Africa continent. Uganda has Mount Elgon of its eastern border with Kenya that has the largest caldera in the world, Lake Victoria the largest lake in Africa, River Nile the longest river in the world, lake Bunyonyi the second deepest lake in Africa to mention but a few. Come to Uganda and get in touch with the beautiful landscapes and great scenery on these natural wonders.
Uganda is an ever green country with an equatorial savanna climate. In Uganda you’re likely to see both rain and sunshine in the same day which keeps the temperatures so favorable for travelling and touring around the country. Uganda has two wet and dry seasons but there is no period where no rain is received at all so expect rain at any time while in Uganda.
Visiting Uganda allows you to meet its friendly people. Uganda has over 50 tribes that have different culture norms, beliefs, languages, staple foods and ways of life. The good thing is most Ugandans are united by English language and Uganda is one of the best English speaking countries in Africa. Visit Uganda and learn about some of these beautiful cultures. Visit the batwa people, the shortest people in the world that are also known as the forest people who used to live in harmony with the mountain gorillas and learn their traditional way of living.
Uganda’s beautiful climate and nature supports the growth of abundant foods and fruits in the fertile soils across the country. With these foods each cultural tribe in Uganda has its staple food so getting to enjoy one of the Ugandan meals is an adventure itself. So tease your taste buds to a few of these meals like luwombo, atapa, matooke, Kalo and more. There is a street quick food called Rolex which is basically an omelet with chapatti, eggs, raw tomatoes and onions, trying this Rolex keeps you longing for more. The fresh fruits are found anywhere along the streets of Uganda.
Visiting any place one must consider the safety and security of that place so worry not, Uganda is a safe country for travel. Since 1986 when the national resistance movement came into power led by H.E YK Museveni Uganda restored its political stability and security. Slowly the negative international image of Idd Amin and Obote times has vanished. Ugandans are also known to be one of the most welcoming and hospitable people in the world. Every Ugandan you meet will be smiling and willing to offer any help. Every visitor to Uganda can testify to this. So feel free to come visit the peaceful Uganda.
Uganda wildlife authority (UWA) is responsible for the national parks and wildlife reserves in Uganda. UWA helps in protecting the nature and its inhabitants. The communities living around these conserved areas have been sensitized on how to feel part of the nature and take part in the tourism industry. A percentage of funds collected from tourism goes back to the communities’ development and conservation of the protected areas. So visiting Uganda allows you to be part of this good cause of preserving nature.