Wondering why it is called 'The Pearl of Africa'? Where else can you see lions prowling across the open savanna as day breaks before white water rafting down the Nile; then the next day set off into the misty mountains in search of the majestic mountain gorillas before settling in to watch a local cultural evening around the camp fire?
Uganda has been ranked the number one destination for tourists for the year 2012 by Lonely Planet which is the largest travel guide and media publisher in the world. The following week, Qatar Airways, a member of the five star alliance, announced that it would be launching a service to Uganda's international hub, Entebbe Airport.
Uganda’s total land area is 241,559 sq km. About 37,000 sq km of this area is occupied by open water while the rest is land. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which it shares with Kenya and Tanzania.
The things to do in Uganda are some of the most unique things to do in world. Gorilla Trekking, which Uganda is mostly known for, can only be found in three countries, all of which are found in Eastern Africa. There are also hidden gems in Uganda that most people don’t know about including Africa safaris and a great lake region which is one of the reasons why people say that Uganda is the Pearl Of Africa.
The country is blessed with all kinds of wildlife and many people don’t realize all there is to see. The capital of Kampala will make you feel like you’re in Asia with electronics shops on every corner and the people Uganda are extremely friendly. The new integration of Uganda into the Eastern Africa Community is great for tourism as well. While I was living overseas in Africa I was able to spend a great week in Uganda.
The tourist attractions in Uganda wouldn’t be complete without Gorilla Trekking. Uganda is actually the best place to go as they have the largest number of gorilla families in the Biwindi National Forrest.
The city feels like Africa with an Asian flare and is the center of everything to do in the country. There are a variety of restaurants to try, new things to experience like a ride on a boda boda (motorcycle taxi), or even just get to know what life is like in the capital city in Uganda. Don’t forget to check out the churches, Bahai Temple, and museums in the city.
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White Water Rafting
The Nile River is the longest river in the world and it starts in Uganda. Make sure to check out rafting opportunities which last anywhere from an afternoon to 3 days.
The things to do in Uganda wouldn’t be complete with a little rest and relaxation. Lake Victoria is a very picturesque and also provides secluded beaches that rest on islands that take 8 hours to get to! Definitely check it out.
In addition to the gorilla trekking you can get up close and personal to chimpanzees which can be found in the region. There are many other natural forests as well where you can find plenty more animals.
The best wildlife-viewing months in Uganda are during the Dry seasons from June to August and December to February. Primate walks in the forest are a big part of any safari in Uganda. The habitat of rainforests is, by default, very wet and one cannot avoid rain completely.