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National Geographic Picks Uganda in 2013 – Best of the World Trips

Posted by on October 26, 2020

National Geographic Picks Uganda in 2013 what about now? It remains one of the best in the World Destination.

Uganda Makes the National Geographic list of “Best of the World Trips 2013.”

National Geographic Picks Uganda in 2013In 2012 Uganda was Lonely Planet’s Best Country to visit. In 2013 National Geographic picked Uganda as one of their “Best in World Trip.”  Is Uganda still worth a visit presently? Since 2013 the Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Rothschild Giraffe, Elephant population has increased in the parks.  Even the Lion Population is on the rise in Kidepo Valley Park.

Uganda for Tourists is Safe and Secure. Most of all, it is welcoming and friendly. Ugandans are some of the friendliest people on the African Continent.

Uganda is the Pearl of Africa. It is Africa condensed into the most bio-diverse country in Africa. A country that is the size of the State of Oregon but has times as many inhabitants.

Uganda, the Pearl of Africa has become the destination of choice for many African travelers, especially primate trekkers.

National Geographic Picks Uganda in 2013 what about this year?

The Pearl of Africa is picked once again by an esteemed organization such as National Geographic as part of their “Best of the World Trips – 2013.”

During the 1960s, Uganda was the Premier African Safari Destination or, as National Geographic states, “ the cornerstone of Africa’s Grand Tour.” All was well in the early 1960s. The newly independent Uganda was reaping the benefits of a thriving Tourism Industry, but then came the winds of political overthrows, wars, conflicts, led by men who saw themselves part of the “Big Men of Africa Group” such as Idi Amin and actually were little men, with low vision of destroying the Tourism sector, closing parks, and wildlife reserves and creating an Uganda in their image without regard to the people of Uganda, commerce, democracy and foresight what was best for Uganda.

Uganda – the Pearl of Africa became the lost Pearl of Africa – lost from visitors’ sight to Africa, off the radar of international travel agents.  Uganda became synonymous with “Idi Amin, War, AIDS, Joseph Kony, and the Lord’s Resistance Army while Kenya’s and Tanzania’s Tourism sector thrived – there was virtually no tourism Uganda.

Today, many things have changed, and the luster of the lost Pearl of Africa is restored to its former glory and beyond.

National Geographic Picks Uganda in 2013 what about now?

In 2018 Uganda was as incredibly beautiful as always.  It is irresistible, breathtaking Uganda, gifted by Nature with scenery, wildlife, primates, birds like no other African country – it is the Pearl of Africa.

In the last few years, Uganda has become Africa’s New Frontier when it comes to African Travel with countless people, some inspired by Lonely Planet, now by National Geographic to visit Uganda.  Uganda is being recognized as an African Safari add-on where one comes on a whirlwind visit to trek the Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees. Still, Uganda is today a stand-alone full safari destination for visitors from around the world.

Uganda is safe and secure for travelers, one of the safest and secure countries in Africa, and safari tour companies such as ourselves will do everything in their power to make sure of your safety and well-being during your stay in Uganda.  Getting to Uganda has become much more comfortable with more international carriers putting Entebbe International Airport – Uganda as one of their African Destinations.

National Geographic Picks Uganda in 2013 what about this year? Uganda has become a destination country with many choices, fish for the largest freshwater fish in Africa, the furious Nile Perch, canoe across lakes in a dugout canoe, partake in an adventure on the Nile with some of the best wild water rafting in the world.

Visit the Mountain Gorillas at Mgahinga Gorilla National Park or Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, the chimpanzees in the Rainforest Jungle of Kibale Forest, or one of the wonders of the Western Rift Valley in Uganda – Kyambura Gorge at Queen Elizabeth Park.

Climb Volcanoes on Day-Trips, Kayak on Lakes or Rivers, hikes, and nature walks through ancient forests such as Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.  Uganda, home to tree-climbing lions, abundant wildlife, and more birds than any other country in Africa, all framed by Uganda’s incredible scenery, makes Uganda so irresistible.

Uganda’s Culture and People are often left out when Uganda is highlighted internationally as a travel destination.  There is nothing as enriching as a village stay or village visit in Uganda, learning old and present ways in the African Village.

This page, like the announcement on National Geographic, is mere words. Hopefully, they and others will arouse a curiosity within you that places a desire to visit Uganda – the Pearl of Africa in 2013 and now …enjoy Uganda…

2019 – National Geographic UK – Traveller – place Uganda on “the Cool List.”

Twice in six years, National Geographic chose Uganda. In 2019 Uganda was the first choice for its UK-Traveller Cool List. Since 2013 a lot has happened in Tourism. Uganda is not the Premier Primate Destination.  It is the preferred choice for Gorilla Trekkers. It is the best Chimpanzee trekking destination in East Africa.

The Wildlife population in Uganda has not been plagued by poaching of Elephants like other countries, and the elephant population is coming back to 1960s levels.  Kidepo Valley Park, one of the best wildlife parks in Africa, has become an attraction drawing visitors from around the globe.

Uganda remains one of the most popular destinations in East Africa.  It is the Premier Primate Destination in all of Africa.  Uganda is primates plus – offering what no other East African country can. 


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