Uganda, known as 'The Pearl of Africa', is a country filled with rolling hills, adventurous activities, beautiful scenery, and most famously, the Mountain Gorillas.
Uganda, The Pearl of Africa.
Uganda lies astride of the equator, surrounded by Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Sudan and the DRC. It is known as ‘The Pearl of Africa’ due to its snow-capped mountains and it hosts a part of the Nile River. Travellers from around the world visit Uganda to visit amazing primates like the endangered Mountain Gorilla's in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park and the Chimpanzees in Kibale National Park. Guests travelling to the country will be amazed by its bird species, hot springs, forests, national parks and scenery. The Uganda Safari is complete with a safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park to spot tree climbing lions and Kidepo National Park.
Uganda offers natural beauty and is rich in tribal culture with over 30 indigenous languages and 5 linguistic groups. Locals in Uganda are of the Batwa and Bambuti Pygmy tribes, showcasing their unique music art and handcrafts for visitors. Popular sites within Uganda include the UNESCO World Heritage Sites; Nyero Rock Shelter, Kasubi tombs, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the newly discovered homes of early mankind in Karamoja.
Uganda is home to the second largest lake in the world, Lake Victoria, which forms the source of the Nile.
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park is a once in a lifetime experience, walking through dense rain forests in search of the gorilla families. Other primate species and many birds are also spotted on a gorilla trek.Uganda has ten national parks, ten wildlife reserves and seven wildlife sanctuaries.Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale National Park and tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park are top reasons to visit Uganda.
Lake Victoria is the third largest lake in the world and is the main reservoir of the Nile River. The lake is known for its abundance of fish, which are exported by local fisherman and traders. Uganda is dotted with deep crater lakes.
Kampala is the capital city of Uganda and is home to a range of exciting attractions, including The Uganda Museum; Kasubi tombs, where the remains of the Kings of Buganda are buried; Nommo art gallery; and the National Theatre.
Fort Portal is a gateway attraction to explore the Ruwenzori Mountains and the hot springs at Bundibugyo as well as Kibale National Park and the chimpanzees and other primates found here.
Bwindi National Park is situated in the south-western part of Uganda. Popular activities in the national park include nature trail walks, cultural visits and of course, gorilla trekking.
Mgahinga National Park is located in the south-west of Uganda and on the border of Rwanda. The national park is renowned as part of Uganda’s Virunga Volcanoes eco-system and is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas, the other are found in the forests in Bwindi, in the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the DRC.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is located in the western part of Uganda. In parts of the park, one can find the tree-climbing lions, only otherwise found in Lake Manyara. There are 612 species of bird in QE National Park, making it a bird-watcher's paradise.
How to Get there
Sun Safaris can arrange all scheduled flights for visitors to one of the many airports in Uganda, but primarily international guests enter the country at Entebbe Airport, about 50km outside of the capital city, Kampala. Once guests arrive at Entebbe, they will connect with their road or light air transfers that will take them directly to their safari destinations.
Most of the major game parks are remote and have private airstrips for scheduled fly-in safaris, which will also be booked by your Sun Safaris agent. Hiring a private guide and safari 4x4 are also popular ways to explore Uganda.
Uganda Game Viewing and Activities
Eco-tourism is a primary focus in Uganda, concentrating on the natural and cultural attractions that empower the local communities. Guests can look forward to visiting the local villages and learning about the customs and traditions. The unique Nyero Rock paintings are not to be missed.
Ten National Park’s can be found within Uganda, showcasing flora and fauna, including unique species of bird, wild animals, butterflies, aquatic life and vegetation. Most famously, Uganda is the home of rare Mountain gorillas.
Enjoy horse riding along Kampala Gardens, Lubowa and Jinja or go rafting, canoeing, boat riding and bunjee jumping. Visit Lake Bunyonyi, known as “Place of many little birds”. The lake lies in south western Uganda and is safe for swimming and water sports.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Located in the furthest northern corner of Uganda bordering Sudan and Kenya, Kidepo Valley National Park offers a remote and rewarding safari experience, with special wildlife features including cheetah and African wild dog. Known as the long forgotten Eden of Africa.