The Pearl of Africa
Uganda is known as the pearl of Africa, and for good reason, it has so much to offer. You can quite easily see Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Golden Monkeys, Lions, Elephants and even a Shoebill in a very short space of time. The parks are beautiful, diverse and well worth visiting. A relatively small country, Uganda is 241 136 sq. km. in extent, of which 44 000 sq. km. is fresh water. Situated astride the Equator, it enjoys a mean annual temperature of 22 deg C. The basic infrastructure is sound and rapidly becoming better. The ecology varies from savanna to forest to snowcapped mountains, a great diversity which shows in its recorded bird list of over 1000 species.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park covers 33,100ha of improbably steep mountain rainforest and houses almost half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas
The forest has thrived right through the last Ice Age, with its incredible diversity of flora and fauna intact
Go chimpanzee trekking in the Kibale Forest, or in search of the Big 5 in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Kampala’s streets are jammed with throngs of shoppers and hawkers, livestock clip-clopping along, and mind-bogglingly packed taxis
Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake
Uganda has left behind its tragic past and has reinvented itself, making it one of the most hospitable places to visit in Africa today. Its people are friendly and welcoming, eager to show visitors the wonders of their country. The diversity of Uganda is truly its tour de force: nowhere else in Africa can you trek gorillas one day, chimpanzees the next and lions and elephants the next. Uganda has everything you could want out of a safari. There are large areas to traverse between destinations and camps, requiring a certain amount of driving, but it is possible to charter flights as an alternative..
WHEN TO VISIT UGANDA
Straddling the equator, Uganda experiences very little year round fluctuation in temperature and no real winter or summer. The hottest months are January and February when the average daytime range is 24-33°C (52-91°F) with peaks of up to 40°C/104°F in the far north.