National Geographic Traveller UK once again features Uganda.
In 2019 it was Uganda on Uganda National Geographic Traveller Cool List
Twice in a Decade – Uganda on National Geographic Traveller Cool List – UK. In 2013 Uganda was featured as one of the Best Destinations, and in 2013 Uganda garnered the attention of National Geographic by being on their Cool List for 2019 (UK). Below is what Lonely Planet says about the Pearl of Africa – Uganda
Marvel at mountain gorillas in the wild
Why now? When Rwanda doubled the price of its gorilla trek permits from $750 to $1,500 (£572 to £1,144) in 2017, neighboring Uganda responded by freezing its rates at $600 (£458) until mid-2019.
Main attractions: If you’re longing to see mountain gorillas in the wild, but Rwanda’s ultra-luxe lodges and high permit fees don’t suit your budget, head for Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest instead. The steady growth of its gorilla population is one of Africa’s great conservation success stories, with tourists playing an important role. Guided groups of up to eight can now visit almost 20 families. Trekking fees raise funds for gorillas, their habitat, and Uganda’s other national assets, including Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks, Home to chimps, giraffes, and hippos.
Don’t miss Exploring Bwindi’s birdwatching trails, cycle routes, and craft scenes after your gorilla trek.
Uganda on National Geographic Traveller Cool List in 2019 UK- National Geographic asked:
“Why now?” The answer is quite simple, and it is about money. You can take a total 3-Day Gorilla Safari for less than the Rwandan Permit Price, including an upmarket Lodge. The average person saves over 1,000 USD on a Gorilla Safari in Uganda by lodging at exclusive Lodges such as Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge.
The Great Gorilla Trekker from Migration from Rwanda to Uganda began in May of 2017, and it has not let up yet. The availability of Gorilla permits is now almost double the number of what is available in Rwanda. We refer to Uganda as the T.J. Maxx of Gorilla Tourism, while Rwanda chose to be the sort exclusive Nordstrom’s Department Store. Amazingly the number of clients selecting a luxury has increased dramatically since 2017.
Lonely Planet hit the nail on the head; it is about the money, your money, and your Gorilla stretches further in Uganda.
National Geographic Traveller Cool List – Uganda – where Authentic Africa still awaits, it has become Africa’s Premier Primate Destination, and yet it is much more than Mountain Gorillas in the Mist; it is more than the Chimpanzees that you will see here in the wild of Kibale Forest and other parks, it Africa under the Radar of many including many a travel expert.
Uganda has been known as the Pearl of Africa for over 100 years, a term popularized by Winston Churchill in his book “my African Journey” in 1908. it is Africa condensed into a small country; it is one of Africa’s most bio-diverse countries, Home to Africa’s tallest Mountain range that exceeds the alps in height, the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon, there is the river Nile, one of Africa’s 7 Natural Wonders,
Uganda is Home to the Big 7 – Lions, Elephants, Buffaloes, Leopards, and Rhinos that you trek on foot, and Gorillas and Chimpanzees. The Elephant population is thriving, and the most significant number of Rothschild – now most often Nubian Giraffes- is thriving, with over 1,000 of them.
There is Kidepo Valley Park which is Uganda’s best-kept secret and considered by CNN to be the third-best park in all of Africa, Africa as it used to 50 plus years of authentic Cultural Experiences that are not staged, including a visit to the Ik People who live on Mount Morungole where the only way to get there is an ancient footpath. In 2019 – Discover Uganda, Africa, without the crowds, where Gorilla Trekking is still affordable.
In 2019 it was Uganda on National Geographic Traveller Cool List.
Making the National Geographic Traveller Cool List is great for Uganda – The pick by National Geographic will lead to more visitors coming to Uganda. Gorilla Trekking, for many visitors, is the main reason they come.
Over the last ten years, Uganda has received all kinds of Tourism Accolades, and each one helps to nudge some to consider Uganda, which we are thankful for.
Plan to visit Uganda, where its natural wonders will amaze you during your time here, and one cannot forget the Welcoming people of Uganda – Uganda will be safe, secure, stable, friendly, welcoming, and affordable in 2019.