Uganda picked by Lonely Planet as Number 1 Country to Visit in 2012
Uganda – The Pearl of Africa regains its Status as an African Travel Destination
It’s taken nasty dictatorships and a brutal civil war to keep Uganda off the tourist radar, but stability is returning and it won’t be long before visitors come flocking back. After all, this is the source of the river Nile – that mythical place explorers sought since Roman times. It’s also where savannah meets the vast lakes of East Africa, and where snow-capped mountains bear down on sprawling jungles. Not so long ago, the tyrannical dictator and ‘Last King of Scotland’ Idi Amin helped hunt Uganda’s big game to the brink of extinction, but today the wildlife is returning with a vengeance. This year Uganda also celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence; Kampala, one of Africa’s safest capital cities, is bound to see off the event with a bang. Still, Uganda still isn’t without its problems. Human rights abuses aren’t uncommon, and the country breathes a collective sigh whenever President Museveni thinks of another ruse to stay in power for a few more years. But now, as ever, explorers in search of the source of the Nile won’t leave disappointed. Lonely Planet Article picking Uganda as the Top (#1) Travel Destination
Uganda – a country that in the past relied mostly in what I refer to as Accidental Tourism – has received a well deserved boost from the Lonely Planet – source of the World’s most read Travel Guide Books and one of the largest online Travel Information Sources. For 2012 – Uganda is Lonely Planets Choice, Top Travel Destination. It is certainly an endorsement that will have an impact on the number of visitors to Uganda in 2012 – the good news is that more and more International Airlines have added Entebbe Airport in Uganda to their flight schedules – the only thing missing are direct flights from North America.
Uganda – the country that Winston Churchill called the Pearl of Africa, a country that was in the 1960’s a top African Travel Destination – after years of being off of the map for most Africa Travelers is being looked at once again by those contemplating a Holiday, a Safari, a trip to Africa. Uganda is Authentic Africa – it is Africa in the Raw, Lonely Planet calls it African – Condensed into a small Country – Uganda is safe, Kampala one of the safest cities in all of Africa.
For years – I have written about this Hidden Pearl called Uganda and it is good to see that the Grand – Daddy of Travel concurs, that Lonely Planet recognizes Uganda as the top choice for Travelers to Africa in 2012 – it is also the year of the 50th anniversary of its independence – the endorsement by Lonely Planet will also help toward its economic independence.
Uganda, home of half of the Mountain Gorillas, 4000 Chimpanzees, over 1040 species of Birds including the most sought after in bird in Africa – the shoebill stork. Uganda, the place to find the rare Tree Climbing Lions, Golden Monkeys awaits you in the year 2012.
No other country in Africa is as bio-diverse as Uganda, you can climb and hike 3 of the fabulous Virunga Volcanoes, take a 4 day trek up to the peak of the extinct Volcano – Mount Elgon – Climb the Mystical – Mountains of the Moon – the Rwenzori Mountains – or simply hike in the foothills, Uganda home of the only true jungles found in East Africa such as Kibale Forest home to 13 kinds of primates including 1500 chimpanzees. Uganda – the source of the Lake Victoria Nile – you can raft from mild to wild, Kayak on it, surf it, take a jet boat up the rapids, see it explode with all of its might at Murchison Falls Park. Uganda with its lakes and rivers – lakes such as the magical Lake Bunyonyi, the second deepest lake in Africa, its shores dotted with terraced gardens – its surface dotted with islands – Lake Victoria’s sandy Island Beaches – there is much more than the brief article in Lonely Planet covered.
Then there is the Uganda beyond Wildlife, beyond Gorillas, Chimpanzees and other primates, there is the rich Ugandan Culture – there are the people of Uganda – some of the friendliest and gentlest people in Africa (unless they get behind the wheel of a car). Uganda – untouched, off the beaten tourist paths, does not have the artificial cultural tourist spots where people dress up in their traditional costumes, however you can visit and stay in real villages, experience the real and ongoing culture in Uganda – the number one Choice by Lonely Planet for 2012.
In 2012 – Visit Uganda and experience its Pearl – Uganda…from Kampala…jon
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If I have ever seen magic, it has been in Africa.” John Hemingway, African Journeys