Uganda. It’s still relatively new on the holiday destination scene, especially when compared to neighbouring African countries, but it has much to offer the intrepid traveller, and if you are looking for an action-packed adventure for your next overseas trip, the Pearl of Africa should be your number #1 choice.
While famous for its Mountain Gorillas, an endangered species that thrive in the Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest, there’s more to Uganda than its primates. It homes more than ten National Parks, four of East Africa’s Great Lakes, and the Rwenzori Mountain Range, a UNESCO World Heritage Site where you can trek Africa’s third-largest peak, Mount Margherita, at 5,109m above sea level.
If visiting Uganda is on your Bucket List, here are 5 must-see attractions that you simply shouldn’t miss:
GORILLA TREKKING UGANDA: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
It’s not the be-all and end-all of Uganda, but it should certainly feature on your travel itinerary if you are visiting the Pearl of Africa, as it is one of just three places in the world where you can view some of the world’s last remaining mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. With Gorilla Trekking Permits priced at $600 per person per day, it is by no means a cheap exercise, but all the money raised goes towards the conservation of these magnificent creatures, and so it’s a small price to pay for saving a species.
GAME DRIVE IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Continue your Ugandan adventure with a game drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Offering a vast diversity of wildlife and some of the most spectacular landscapes in Africa, it is the perfect safari destination famous for its leopards, tree-climbing lions, and vibrant, colourful birdlife.
BOAT CRUISE KAZINGA CHANNEL
While you are in Queen Elizabeth National Park, take a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel to get up close and personal with Uganda’s elephants and buffalos. The Kazinga Channel connects Lake George and Lake Edward and is believed to home the world’s largest concentration of Nile crocodiles and hippos.
MTB CYCLING LAKE MUTANDA
Dust of your Lycra and prepare for some downhill adventure with an MTB cycling tour around Lake Mutanda. From your base at Chameleon Hill, one of the most spectacular properties in all Uganda, you can cycle to your hearts content on fully-guided rides by local experts. Easy rides are available for those who prefer to take things slowly, but there are plenty of tougher options for hardcore riders!
TREKKING THE RWENZORI MOUNTAINS
If you dream of climbing Kilimanjaro, why not test your trekking skills on Africa’s third highest mountain, Margherita Peak at 5,109m above sea level. It’s a demanding trek for experienced hikers, but the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ offer a truly spectacular experience. You’ll pass lakes, waterfalls, and glaciers on the way to the top, and when you arrive at the summit, you’ll have the most amazing views of both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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