Uganda is one of the most sought after tourist destinations in Eastern Africa. This less known destination is endowed with incredible attractions some of which can’t be seen elsewhere in the world. Recently it was in the news when an American tourist was kidnapped in the country doing a safari in Western Uganda and this is what prompted to do a research about this little Eden.
This relatively small country is located in the East African Region. It lies just astride the Equator. It is bordered by Kenya in the East, the Democratic Republic of Congo in the West, South Sudan in the north, Rwanda and Tanzania in the South.
Must See Things
There are lots of things to do in this country. According to the Uganda Guide, an online portal with resourceful information to help you plan a perfect safari, the must do things include
- gorilla trekking in the impenetrable jungles of Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks
- chimpanzee tracking in the tropical rain forests of Kibale, Kalinzu, Budongo and the Kyambura Gorge
- Rafting the River Nile in Jinja, the adventure capital of Uganda
- Hiking the famed Rwenzori Mountains
- Game Viewing in the savanna plains of various national parks that include Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park,. Kidepo Wilderness Area and Lake Mburo National Park.
What You Need to Know to Plan Your Trip
Uganda is gifted with a tropical climate and its temperatures always change all through the year and Uganda does not experience winter or summer and it can be visited any time of the year, although many tourists prefer visiting Uganda during the dry season.
The hottest months are January and February when the average daytime range is 24-33°C (52-91°F) June –October is also known as dry season and the wet season run from March to May and November, although even during the dry seasons, it can still run. Uganda neighbors countries like Sudan, Kenya, Lake Victoria, Tanzania, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Experience a Traditional Safari
Uganda is gifted with 10 national parks and over 12 game reserves, mountains, museum, lakes and rivers good for relaxation that’s this reasons that Sir Winston Churchill named Uganda the ‘’pearl of Africa’’. Each of Uganda’s attraction is gifted with unique attractions and many attractions are still virgin just waiting for you to explore. You can Plan in advance and visit at least one or all of the Uganda’s attractions depending on your budget, interest and the number of days you have in Uganda.
Guided Vs Self Drive Tours
You can explore Uganda on self-drive or on a tailored made tour and visit Uganda’s national parks, game reserves and mountains as well as lakes and stand a chance to catch up with incredible attractions including endangered gorillas, the man’s closest relatives the chimps, different species of animals and birds, enjoy cultural experience relax on beautiful lakes and Rivers just to mention but a few. Exploring the park on your own gives you the chance to discover a lot of attractions, you have the chance to drive at your own pace and you can choose to visit one park after another on the same safari. Below are the ten Uganda national parks let us examine one by one.