Uganda
The Pearl of Africa

Uganda, a country in east-central Africa. About the size of Great Britain, dozens of ethnic groups populate Uganda! The English language and Christianity help unite these diverse people, who come together in the cosmopolitan capital of Kampala, a verdant city whose plan includes dozens of small parks, public gardens, a scenic promenade along the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater lake. The Swahili language unites the country with its East African neighbours Kenya and Tanzania.

 

Uganda is a fairy-tale. You climb up a railway instead of a beanstalk, and at the end there is a wonderful new world,” wrote Sir Winton Churchill, who visited the country during its years under British rule and refered it to as “The Pearl of Africa.” Indeed, Uganda embraces many ecosystems, from the tall volcanic mountains of the eastern and western frontiers to the densely forested swamps of the Albert Nile River and the rainforests of the country’s central plateau.

The land is richly fertile, and Ugandan coffee has become both a mainstay of the agricultural economy and a favourite of connoisseurs around the world. Uganda is bordered by South Sudan to the north, Kenya to the east, Tanzania and Rwanda to the south, and the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. The capital city, Kampala, is built around seven hills not far from the shores of Lake Victoria, which forms part of the frontier with Kenya and Tanzania.

 

What to see & do

To the west, a natural boundary is composed of the Virunga (Mufumbiro) mountains, the Ruwenzori range and the western Rift Valley. The volcanic Virunga Mountains rise to 13,540 feet (4,125 metres) at mount Muhavura and include Mount Sabinyo (11,959 feet (3,645 metres), where the borders of Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Rwanda meet. Farther north is the Ruwenzori Range popularly believed to be Ptolemy’s Mountains of the Moon, rises to 16,762 feet (5,109 metres) at Margherita Peak, Uganda’s highest point; its heights are often hidden by clouds, and are capped by snow and glaciers. Between the Virunga and Ruwenzori mountains, lies Lake Edward and George. The rest of the boundary is composed of the Western Rift Valley, which contains Lake Albert and the Albert Nile River.

 

The northeastern border of the plateau is defined by a string of volcanic mountains that include Mount Morungole, Moroto, and Kadam, which exceed 9,000 feet (2,750 metres) in elevation. The southernmost Mountain Elgon is also the highest of the chain, reaching 14,178 feet (4,321 metres). South and west of these mountains are an eastern extension of the Rift Valley, as well as Lake Victoria. To the north, the plateau is marked on the South Sudanese border by the Imatong Mountains, with an elevation of about 6,000 feet (1,800 metres).

 

Much of southern Uganda has been deforested, but a significant portion of the country’s area has been placed in its 10 national parks. Murchison Falls National Park the largest such park in Uganda, with an area of 1,480 square miles (3,840 square km) is bisected by the Victoria Nile. Queen Elizabeth National Park is about half the size of Murchison Falls and is in the Lake Edward–Lake George basin.

 

Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest National, designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, contains about half of the world’s population of endangered mountain gorillas, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is also home to this rare mammal. Ruwenzori Mountains National Park designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994 contains the country’s highest mountain, Margherita Peak. There is so much more that Uganda has to offer and some of the destinations one shouldn’t miss to visit on their safari in Uganda include the following.

our Other destinations

Tanzania
Kenya
Rwanda
Uganda

Our most sought out Safaris

15 Days Kenya Wildlife & Beach Safari
10 Days Kenya Safari & Beach Holiday to Mara & Mombasa
9 Days Masai Mara, Naivasha, Amboseli & Tsavo (East and West)