The Pearl of Africa
Whether you are a first time safari goer or a seasonal African traveller, Uganda with its unique blend of Savannah and forest creatures, its rare wealth of mountain and lake habitats is simply dazzling. Uganda, the pearl of Africa is the meeting point of the East African Savannah and the West African jungle with a unique geographical setting that provides for a rare mix of observing lions prowling the open plains in the morning, tracking the chimpanzees through a rain forest in the same after noon, next day navigate the tropical channels teeming with hippos and Nile crocodiles before setting off into the misty mountains to stare deep into the eyes of a Mountain Gorilla, but wait, there is more to this country than just wild life. The mighty river Nile that flows on a 3,000km journey down stream to Egypt in 90 days punctuated by a series of falls that include Murchison falls and one of the world’s most thrilling commercial white water rafting spots at the Bujjagali falls. Go hiking in the snow capped Rwenzori mountain ranges for an exhilarating challenge through highland scenery. Start or wind up your tour of the Pearl of Africa in the idyllic Ssese islands of Lake Victoria or Lake Bunyonyi.
Sprawling across both sides of the equator, a net work of 10 National parks and several other protected areas offer wildlife enthusiasts a thrilling opportunity to experience Uganda’s biodiversity. Not only the mesmerizing tracts of thorn bush savannah teeming with antelopes, buffalos and elephants one tends to associate with equatorial East Africa, but also lash expanses of tropical rainforest, shimmering lakes and rivers heaving with aquatic life, and the glacial peaks of Africa’s tallest mountain range.
Break off during safari for a day or two in the picturesque forest fringed Crater Lakes that stud the Rift valley floor and escarpment around Fort portal town.