Top Reasons to Visit Uganda-The Pearl of Africa

Posted by on March 9, 2014

Top Reasons for visiting Uganda

Here are some of the top Reasons for visiting Uganda – the Pearl of Africa

Uganda-off-the-beaten-Tourist-PathOff the Beaten Path – Africa without the Crowds:

Uganda, though it has received many accolades such the Lonely Planet’s Best Country to visit in 2012 and was one of National Geographic Best Travel Destinations in 2013 is still considered by many Travel Agents as a sort of a Backwater kind of Safari Destination compared to neighboring Kenya or Tanzania.

One comment one hears over and over again from Travelers to Uganda – it is so different from Kenya, Tanzania, it is not commercialized, it feels like Africa is supposed to.

Welcome to Uganda – off of the Beaten Path – Africa – without the crowds – those who come soon realize as why Winston Churchill called it “The Pearl of Africa.” He visited Uganda and aptly stated “Concentrate on Uganda” – the Authentic, non-commercialized, evergreen, Africa condensed into a small country.

Uganda-stunning-sceneryStunning Scenery – A country of Scenic Wonders:

Some have said that Uganda has been gifted by nature.  When you travel throughout Uganda you will be amazed by the stunning scenery that opens up before you like a magical coffee table picture book, only you are here in Africa, in its Pearl – Uganda.

Uganda is the magical heart of Africa, it is where the mystical African Jungles of Central Africa meet East Africa in Uganda.  Uganda where you track lions, leopards, elephants all in the shadows of the legendary Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Uganda where explosion craters abound, some as lakes, some as forests and some of savannahs.  Uganda stunning Western Rift Valley.  Uganda home of the Mufumbiro Mountains – the Virunga Volcanoes, the Mountains that cook. Uganda, home of some of the most beautiful Lakes in Africa – Lake Bunyonyi and Lake Mutanda in particular.  Stunning Scenery abounds from Mount Elgon in the East to the Nkuringo area high up in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the West.

Uganda’s Scenic Wonders – another reason for visiting Uganda.

Hiking-through-rainforests-junglesHiking through ancient Rainforests and Jungles:

Hiking, nature walks, getting out of the Vehicle – getting up close to nature beyond another game drive, that is Uganda.

Uganda is filled with opportunities for hiking, for nature walks from one end of the country to other.

Hike through Jungles at Kibale Forest and down in the Semliki Valley, climb ancient volcanoes in the East and Southwest, hike through the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.  Along the River Nile or the Ntungwe or Semliki.  the opportunities for hiking are endless in Uganda.  One day hikes or longer, some to be combined with paddling in ancient dugout canoes…another reason to visit Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.

Mountain-Gorillas-of-UgandaThe Mountain Gorillas of Uganda:

There are 880 plus remaining Mountain Gorillas in the world according to the most recent census – 480 of them are found in Uganda – of those 400 can be found Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – an ancient rainforest that survived a plate-shift of the Earth, a shift that shaped much of the area surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Thousands of visitors to Uganda make the journey to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and some to Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.  Those who venture into the forest to track the Mountain Gorillas never regret doing so.  For most it is the experience of a lifetime that is without compare.

For many, the Mountain Gorillas are the main reason for coming to Uganda, some do not realize that Uganda is Mountain Gorillas plus so much more.  Uganda is Gorilla Country and one of the main reasons that people come to the Pearl of Africa.

Chimpanzees-of-UgandaThe Chimpanzees of Uganda:

The chimpanzees of Uganda – one of the major reasons that people visit Uganda.  Kibale Forest is undoubtedly the best place in East Africa for chimpanzee tracking.  Kibale Forest is home to 13 species of primates found in Kibale Forest and the most chimpanzee in a park in East Africa

Like Mountain Gorillas you can track Chimpanzees, however you can also spend all day with them on a Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.  This can be done in Kibale Forest and in Budongo Forest – the latter during off-season months of the year.

You can also track chimpanzees in Kyambura Gorge of Queen Elizabeth Park, Kalinzu Forest near Queen Elizabeth Park and in the Semliki Valley with its Congo like Jungle.

Chimpanzees – one of the reasons thousands visit Uganda each year.

Wildlife-Parks-in-UgandaThe Wildlife found in the Savannah Parks of Uganda:

Uganda’s Wildlife Parks are another major reason for people visiting Uganda.  There is Murchison Falls National Park with the River Nile running through it, Queen Elizabeth Park with Kazinga Channel and the Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha.

Murchison Falls Park in Northwestern Uganda is Uganda’s most visited National Park since it is one of most easily accessible Parks from Kampala beside Lake Mburo National Park.

Kidepo Valley National Park in the Northeast corner of Uganda is East Africa’s most remote park and most unvisited and yet it is one of the most fascinating and stunningly beautiful parks.  It is Africa as one imagines it only better.

Boat-Safaris-UgandaBoat Safaris in Uganda:

Boat Safaris are one of the highlights of a visit to Uganda. Uganda has several places where you can take a boat safari and enjoy the wildlife on the shore, hippos and crocodiles in the water and water birds everywhere.

Murchison Falls Park is one of the favorite places for a boat safari up the river Nile to the falls.  Elephant herds, buffaloes, antelopes, hippos, crocodiles, monitor lizards abound along the journey.  At the bottom of the falls there is option of hiking up the most powerful waterfall on earth or stay on the boat for the downriver journey.

Kazinga Channel in the Mweya area of Queen Elizabeth Park is another one that is a favorite among visitors to Uganda.  Elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, crocodiles, hundreds of different water birds – a most amazing boat safari.

Lake Mburo National Park is another option for a boat safari in Uganda’s smallest Savannah Park – here you can observe crocodiles, hippos, 3 kinds of otters, zebras, buffaloes coming to water along with Eland antelopes and others.

The Boat Safaris – another reason that people visit Uganda.


The Birds of Uganda:

Uganda is for the birds and for the birding enthusiasts.  Over 1060 species of birds can be found in the pearl of Africa.  Uganda is simply the best birding destination in all of Africa. Another reason people from all over the world visit the Pearl of Africa, Uganda.

Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest, Bigodi Wetlands Sanctuary, the Semliki Valley are all exceptional places for birding.

The number of birding enthusiasts increases from year to year as the word has gotten out that Uganda is Africa’s premier Birding Destination including one of the best countries to spot and see the elusive Shoebill Stork.


Adventure-in-UgandaAdventure in Uganda:

Uganda is East-Africa’s Adventure Capital – there is no other country like it in East-Africa and opportunities for adventure abound in the Pearl of Africa.

White Water rafting, kayaking from mild to wild, not just on any river, but the historic River Nile. Climbing the Volcanoes at Mgahinga National Park or Mount Elgon National Park. The tallest mountain range in Africa – the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon.

Mountain Biking safaris including the trails of Mount Elgon, abseiling, rock climbing, dug-out canoe safaris, hiking through the jungle and rainforest – the list goes on and on.

Uganda – the East African Adventure capital – another reason people visit Uganda.

Uganda-friendlyUgandans- Some of Africa’s Friendliest People:

Most visitors to Uganda upon visiting Uganda declare that they have never met such welcoming and friendly people as Ugandans.  The African Economist concurs when it declared Uganda as one of the most friendliest nations in all of Africa.

Welcoming and friendly, the perfect backdrop for a visit to Uganda. If you are coming on a safari visit – your Kabiza Wilderness Safaris Driver Guide will greet you with the Ugandan Welcome “you are most welcome.”

Uganda, you are at home in the Pearl of Africa, one of Africa’s friendliest nation.  The world media may not always portray us as such but the reality is that Uganda is friendly and welcoming, another reason to visit Uganda.

uganda-safe-and-secureSafety – Security in Uganda:

You can have all the above reasons for visiting a country, however it comes down to one thing.  Is is safe to Visit Uganda?

The answer is a resounding yes, Uganda is one of the safest and most secure countries in all of Africa.  Not only is Uganda welcoming and friendly, it is one of Africa’s most safe and secure countries.

People remark how safe they felt to walk around Kampala, Entebbe without anyone bothering them, that even the police was helpful – Uganda safe and secure.

This is another major reasons that visitors come on Safari to the Pearl of Africa – it is safe and secure.

Reasons to visit Uganda – all you have to do now is contact us at Kabiza Wilderness Safaris and we will assist you in planning your African Dream Safari in Uganda…from the Pearl of Africa…jon

“The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa….what message I bring back….concentrate upon Uganda – The Pearl of Africa.”  Winston Churchill (My African Journey – 1908)