It’s time for a rethink: after years of being in the papers for all the wrong reasons, Uganda has staged a miraculous recovery. The country Churchill once dubbed as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ is widely recognised in travel circles as ‘Africa’s Next Big Thing’, a fascinating country rich in wildlife, diverse environments and big smiles. A Uganda Gorilla Safari is first on the list for most visitors: it’s one of the best places in Africa to see the critically endangered mountain gorilla and a gorilla trekking safari in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park is hard to beat for sheer, raw experience.
But Uganda is more than just gorillas.
Wildlife aficionados will marvel at the diversity of wildlife at the Murchison Falls National Park and the Queen Elizabeth National Park (with its tick-list busting bird count of over 600 species) where, as well as at the primate-packed Kibale Forest National Park, chimpanzee trekking is fast becoming a very popular alternative to a Uganda gorilla safari.
Uganda accommodation is equally varied and rich in choices. There’s plenty of luxury accommodation that will put the finishing touch on your safari experience, and equally there are options for travellers on a tighter budget.
Uganda will constantly surprise you: it’s an ecological crossover between the tropical forests and mountains of Central Africa and the sunny savannahs of East Africa and remains a superb safari destination to get the best of both worlds – we’d just recommend a quick look at our ‘When to Go to Uganda’ section to get your timing right, especially if you want to go gorilla tracking.
These days, perhaps Churchill’s famous phrase can be revisited.
Like a pearl, Uganda remains largely undiscovered and off the main tourist circuits. And like a pearl, those who seek it out will be enriched by one of Africa’s most memorable treasures.