Lying in a basin between the eastern and western branches of the Rift Valley and known for its diverse landscapes which were formed millions of years ago by intense volcanic activity, Uganda unsurprisingly attracts visitors looking to experience the country’s incredible natural beauty. From lush, tangled rainforests and terraced hills covered in tea and tobacco plantations to sweeping grasslands and sparkling lakes, Uganda is filled with opportunities for adventure.
More than half of the world’s critically endangered mountain gorillas live in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; one of ten national parks which also protect the natural habitat of chimpanzees, rare golden monkeys and more than 10% of all the world’s bird species. Classic safari wildlife can also be seen in the low-lying savanna areas, including leopards, lions, elephants and hippos.
The capital city, Kampala, sits near the northern shores of Lake Victoria; the largest lake in Africa and the source of the River Nile. It is one of the fastest growing cities on Earth, home to approximately 2.5 million people. Although Uganda is very much a tribal nation with more than 40 recognised languages, all of its people are known to be remarkably welcoming and friendly which makes any visit, whether for gorilla trekking or white water rafting on the Nile, even more memorable.