Why Uganda should be on your bucket list

Posted on 14 June 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

Situated in the heart of East Africa, Uganda is home to magnificent beauty which attracts large numbers of tourists each year.

The destination, which is often referred to as ‘the Pearl of Africa’, boasts diverse landscapes, awe-inspiring scenery and vibrant cultures. It is ideal for travellers who seek a unique and authentic adventure.

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If Uganda is nowhere to be found on your bucket list, here are a few reasons why it should be:

The mountain gorillas

The critically endangered mountain gorillas only live in the dense forests in the vicinity of Virunga mountains in Uganda, Image credit: Scott Ramsay

Uganda is one of the three countries where you can see the highly endangered mountain gorilla in the wild. There are two gorilla trekking spots; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Interestingly, Bwindi alone is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas. The best times for gorilla trekking are during the driest months of the year which are between December and February, as well as June and September.

A good dose of adventure

If you are an adventure seeker, a trip to Uganda is worthy of serious consideration. The destination offers a real sense of off-the-beaten-track adventure, as well as some highly exhilarating activities. You can enjoy some Nile River rafting, wildlife safaris, hiking, bungee jumping and so much more.

Incredible scenery and picturesque waterways

Picture: Carla Geyser.

When it comes to incredible scenery, Uganda is not found wanting. There is plenty of breathtaking natural beauty to explore, including dense forests, lush vegetation, open plains and the scenic Rwenzori mountain range.

Water is also prevalent throughout the Ugandan landscape. You can expect waterfalls, picturesque waterways and the popular Lake Victoria which is the main reservoir of the Nile River. It is also the second largest freshwater lake in the world.

The people

Picture: Sourced / Unsplash (Bill Wegener)

The locals in Uganda possess incredible friendliness and openness. When visiting the country, you will be met with warm and welcoming smiles from young and old. As a result of the hospitality, you will feel right at home.

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