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Uganda

Nicknamed the “Pearl of Africa,” by Winston Churchill due to its abundant beauty, Uganda shines with stunning greenery, deep lakes, soaring mountains and perhaps the greatest natural treasure of all — half of the world’s last remaining mountain gorilla population. Travel deep into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and experience close encounters with these incredible, endangered creatures.

Visit Kibale Forest National Park, renowned for having the highest primate density of any other region on earth. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, spot plains game, including the rare Uganda kob, buffalo and lion. Nominated by Lonely Planet in 2012 as the best tourist attraction country, Uganda is full of surprises – sparkling crater lakes, abundant wildlife and plenty of adrenaline activities for adventure seekers. 

Located in the northern Albertine Rift Valley, Murchison Falls National Park covers just over 1,400 square miles / 3,800 km². Here, chimpanzees, baboons, and colobus monkeys add to your primate checklist, while predators include lion, leopard, and cheetah. River cruises are ideal for viewing the eponymous Murchison Falls. Keep an eye out for over 500 bird species. Blessed with a tropical climate, it is one of the best banana, avocado and pineapple producing countries.  The land is richly fertile, and Ugandan coffee has become both a mainstay of the agricultural economy and a favourite of connoisseurs around the world. Still authentically African and home to the friendliest people on the continent.

Gorilla Trekking – experience close encounters trekking these gentle giants.

Chimpanzee in Kibale National Park – the world-renowned Chimpanzee capital.

Murchison Falls National Park – offers fabulous fishing and ideal for viewing birdlife, primates and abundant elephants, rhinos, lions, giraffes, zebra, topis, water buck.

Queen Elizabeth National Park this charming park is situated in the foothills of Mt Rwenzori in green savanna grassland and plains that stretch to two beautiful lakes Edward and George.

White Water Rafting – experience the exhilaration of grade 5 rafting on the Nile at its source in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Uganda holds close to half of the total population of Gorillas and the majority live in this remarkable forest.

GOOD TO KNOW

UGANDA AREA

241,038 km²

POPULATION

45.2 million

Capital of UGANDA

Kampala

Currency

Ugandan shilling

ClimatE

The average temperature is 26 °C with a minimum of 8 and maximum of 35 °C. The relative humidity is 70 – 100%.  The best time to travel to Uganda is during the dry seasons, June to August and December to February. At this time, dirt roads are in a better condition, mosquitos are at a minimum and the weather is dry and pleasant for trekking.

People

Inhabited by a large variety of ethnic groups, a division is usually made between the “Nilotic North” and the “Bantu South.” Bantu speakers form the largest portion of Uganda’s population. Of these, the Ganda remain the largest single ethnic group, constituting roughly one-sixth of the total national population. 

Official language

English, French, Kinyarwanda

Time

GMT + 3hours

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Ernest Hemingway