Once described as ‘the Pearl of Africa’ by Winston Churchill, Uganda is fast returning to its former glory as one of the principle destinations of East Africa. In contrast to Kenya and Tanzania, Uganda is a compact, rich and fertile country which can offer both the savannah plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park as well as the Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi. Where else in the world can you experience tracking the endangered mountain gorilla through the mountain forests and the same day find yourself on the plains in scorching heat searching for the elusive tree climbing lions?
Pearls of Uganda
The variety of Uganda overall is astonishing when compared to the savannah countries of East Africa; not only does one have access to the majority of the savannah game that you would see in the Serengeti or the Mara but you also have over a thousand species of bird, two national parks where you can track the mountain gorillas, a variety of habitats where you can track chimpanzees and a wide variety of forests, lakes and mountains. It is estimated that over 50% of the world’s population of mountain gorillas reside in Uganda’s conservation areas, making it the place to go to experience this astonishingly human-like animal in its natural habitat.
Those looking for a more traditional safari should include Queen Elizabeth National Park in their itinerary. Located between Lake George and Lake Edwards, this huge reserve is home to almost 100 mammals including lions, leopards, elephant and buffalo and well as incredibly diverse flora (with five distinct climatic zones within its borders) and over 500 bird species. Game viewing can take place either by vehicle or by boat, usually along the Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes, where many hippo can be spotted. Lodges and camps within the park are varied in both size and affordability and we can choose those which match your requirements.
Uganda is a completely different destination to other countries of East Africa. Many decide to visit as their second or third visit to Africa, having previously enjoyed a more traditional safari. Tourism is relatively new and does not have the extensive infrastructure of countries such as Kenya and Tanzania but provides authenticity, less crowds and offers a lot more than one would expect in its own individual way. Due to the limited infrastructure Uganda is still a relatively expensive destination, but we can blend the right accommodation and activities to design the perfect itinerary for you.
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