Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania. Uganda is a name after the Buganda kingdom which surrounds a large portion of the south of the country. Luganda is the main language spoken throughout the country.

Uganda was named the “Pearl Of Africa” by Winston Churchill who was an explore travelling the world. He visited the country in 1907 and named it because of its beauty, abundant wildlife and diversity.

Uganda was ruled by the British beginning in the late 1800s and it gained independence on 9th Oct 1962. Before independence, Uganda was ruled from London, with British governors appointed by the Queen’s government. But after 1962, it saw self-government based in Kampala and by run Ugandans.

Uganda’s climate is largely tropical with two rainy seasons per year, March to May and September to December. The northern region, which forms one quarter of the country lies outside the tropical belt, and hence experiences only one rainy season, March to October.

Main Activities While on A Safari in Uganda

Gorilla tracking,

Uganda is blessed with over 500 gorillas some found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and other small population found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Gorillas are amazing primates and carry 98% of human DNA therefore no one should miss an opportunity of visiting them while on a tour in Uganda.

A Safari in Uganda

Chimpanzee tracking,

These primates the chimpanzees are also amazing and also carry the same DNA of human beings. The main destination of tracking chimps in Uganda is Kibale forest National Park with the largest numbers of chimpanzees. Other tracking destinations include; Budongo Forest, Kyambura Gorge and Kalinzu forest

Bird watching,

Uganda is a birding site for birders with a variety of birds including; shoebill stock, African Thrush, Marico Sunbird, Red-eyed Dove, Black-Headed Gonolek, Marabou Stork, Crowned Hornbill, Hamerkop, Weaver Birds, African Open-Billed Stork, Lizard Buzzard, Blue Turaco, Yellow-Billed Barbet to mention but a few. Some of the birding destinations in Uganda include; Mabamba bay wetland which is a home of the shoebill stock, Murchison Falls National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Botanical gardens, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Bigodi wetland.

Boat ride,

Some mammals and birds can be spotted while on a boat ride during a safari therefore travelers should not me this ride. Boat ride can be done on some of the water bodies in Uganda like Lake Victoria, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mburo, Kazinga Channel, the bottom of Murchison falls and many others.

Nature walks,

Uganda is the best place to do nature walk because of its cool weather, green pasture and hospitality. Some of the place to do nature walk include; Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National park, Bigodi wetland, Botanical gardens, Ssese Islands to mention but a few.

Kampala city tour,

Kampala is Uganda’s capital city with a lot of tourism attractions including; Kabaka’s Palace, situated on a hill overlooking Kampala, this palace is enclosed in a ring fence covering close to a thousand acres. Kasubi Tombs, a UN heritage site which was unfortunately burnt down in 2010 and is still in the process of restoration.  It was the largest grass thatched structure in the world and the burial place to several befallen Kabakas/ Kings of the Buganda Kingdom, Namugongo Martyr’s Shrine, Its a memorial place from where 22 Catholic young men/martyrs were officially burnt to ashes after rebelling against Kabaka Mwanga when he ordered then to stop worshiping the missionary`s preached God of heaven but in vain. Every 3rd June the Catholic Church and their counterpart of Anglican persuasion flock this place from all over Africa most of them by foot to commemorate this day in honor of their Religious heroes, there is also Gadaffi mosque, Namirembe church, Rubaga church, The Bahai temple, Amin’s torture chamber, the museum, and many others

Jinja city tour,

This city is a home of many tourist attractions and the main is the source of the Nile (River Nile) which starts from Uganda, passes through Sudan and pours its water in Egypt. A lot of activities take place on the Nile and include; white water rafting, Bungee jumping, boat ride, tubing, fishing and many others.

Cultural tours,

Uganda has a variety of cultures with different tribes, languages, dressing code, food, music dance and drama, and so on, I advise travelers to come to Uganda and experience our culture with no regret.

Mountain climbing,

Uganda shelters many mountains including Rwenzori mountains the highest non-volcanic mountains in the world with the highest peak along the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. These mountains ware formed about three million years ago in the late Pliocene epoch and as a result of an uplifting block of crystalline rocks. Another visited/climbed mountain in Uganda is Mountain Elgon the second highest mountain in Uganda after Rwenzori mountains. It has the largest volcanic base in the world located on the Uganda-Kenya border

Spotting the big five,

While on a wildlife safari in Uganda, travelers should never miss sighting the big five. The big five animals include, Buffalo, Elephant, Lion, Rhino and Leopard. On a trip to Murchison Falls National Park, you can spot Buffalo, Elephant, Lion and Leopard but Rhinos are spotted on your way to Murchison falls at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary the best and most wonderful destination that harbors wild and endangered rhinos in Uganda.