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.