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Travel to areas of northeast Uganda, is not recommended – seek specific advice if you are trying to travel to Kidepo Valley National Park.

Uganda is Africa condensed, with the best the continent has to offer packed into a small but stunning destination. Uganda is home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the Mountains of the Moon in the Ruwenzori National Park. It is the source of the River Nile and around Jinja offers the best rafting in the world. It has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the majestic mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. Head of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for a chance to approach these great apes.

Above all, the scenery is so stunning that looks like an oil painting, beautiful national parks to see far fewer visitors than in neighboring Kenya and Tanzania, and the capital, Kampala, is safer and friendlier than most in Africa. In 1907, a pioneer in tourism Winston Churchill called the “Pearl of Africa”. He was right.

The mention of Uganda for most people today and the first thing they will think of is the brutality of Idi Amin. His naivete is the loss which, fortunately for Uganda, the great man died in exile in 2003. The reality is very different. Stability has returned to most parts of the country and tourists are welcomed with open arms (in some areas, particularly in the north, remain unsafe for travelers: see more in the Health and Safety section). Despite the trials and tribulations of the past, Ugandans have weathered the storm quite well. People offering comforting hospitality across the country, accompanied by his ever present smile ‘Hello mzungus’. They are truly some of the best popular on the continent.
Take the plunge now, before the world wakes up to this magical microcosm of Africa.


Of his influences from North Africa and Arabic (listen carefully to the local language) in the Sicilian-inspired cuisine, Malta is a microcosm of the Mediterranean. Few European countries have concentrated this background architecture, and, yes, beaches in so small an area.

There has been an eclectic mix of influences and the roll call of rulers over the centuries, but had no doubt: Malta is not just a nominal place in Italy or a relic of colonial Britain. This island nation (all of 316 square miles of it, comprising the islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino) has a unique character all their own. From prehistoric temples, baroque architecture of Valletta, the feasts of rabbit to festas noisy fireworks, rattling buses colorful fishing boats, this nation has lots of charm.

When the Unesco World Heritage granted to Valletta, called it “one of the most concentrated historic areas in the world” wee Malta’s capital, and the city is certainly known for its fortifications and architectural excellence. Activity boils Triq go around and Triq il-Repubblika Merkanti, but walking through the quiet narrow streets, back to get a feel for daily life. The city overlooks the stunning Grand Harbour to the Port of Marsamxett southeast and northwest.
Elegant, aristocratic Mdina (Silent City aptly named) is perched on a rocky promontory to the southwest. Fortified by more than 3000 years old was the political center of Malta, today’s visitors can spend hours wandering the narrow streets and quiet. Rabat is the solution of the city outside the walls.