Uganda test

Winston Churchill called Uganda ‘the pearl of Africa, presumably basing his opinion on the country’s great natural beauty. From the moment the visitor lands at Entebbe’s international airport, with its breathtaking equatorial location on the forested shore of island-strewn Lake Victoria, it is clear that Uganda is no ordinary safari destination.

Places to Visit in Uganda

 Kampala: Explore Kampala, the capital city. Set among hills with fine modern architecture, tree-lined avenues, cathedrals, mosques and palaces of the old Kingdom of Baganda, other sights include the Uganda Museum and the Kabaka tombs on Kasubi Hills.

 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: The park is located in southwestern Uganda, on the edge of the western Rift Valley covering an area of 331 sq km (128 sq miles). The forest, which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994, is a sanctuary for around half the world’s mountain gorillas, including the Mubare and Habinyanja groups. It is also famed for being the home of the Colobus monkey, various species of chimpanzees, hundreds of species of birds and many other animals, including forest bird’s snakes, lizards, chameleons and butterflies. As well as animals, the park is home to huge trees covered in creepers, a bamboo zone and rare plants, including mistletoe and orchids. Trekking permits to see the gorillas are strictly limited and must be booked in advance.

Entebbe: Enjoy the botanical gardens and lakeside beach at Entebbe, the major gateaway to Uganda for air travelers.

Forest Reserves: See the forest ecotourism projects at rainforest sites around the country. The Budongo Forest Reserve, situated near Masindi on the road to Lake Albert, is the largest mahogany forest in East Africa. Other forests worth looking at are the Kasyoha and Kitomi Forest, near the Albertine Rift Valley and the Kalinzu Forest Reserve, in the southwest of the country.

Fort Portal: From Fort Portal, explore the Ruwenzori Mountains, the hot springs at Bundibugyo and the Semluke Wildlife Reserve.

 Jinja: Visit the second largest town in Uganda, Jinja, on the shores of Lake Victoria. The town is somewhat under-populated but there is a lively Saturday market.

Kisoro: Set off for a climbing expedition in Kisoro, the starting point for trips to Mount. Muhavura and Mgahinga. Experienced mountaineers should head to Mount Elgon, the Rwenzoris and the Virungas for easy and medium climbs.

Lakes: Go fishing in the many island waters. There are seven lakes around Kisoro, which also offer duck shooting. There is a great opportunity for sport fishing at Murchison Falls National Park.

Mpanga Forest: See a drum- making village and abundant wildlife in the Mpanga Forest, situated near Kampala.

Nile: See the source of the Nile at the Owen Falls Dam near Jinja.

Trekking: Go trekking in high mountains, lush hills, wetlands and arid lands. Treks include the Karamoja, the Central Circuit trail and the Sasa River on Mount Elgon. Set in fertile and lush country near Mount Elgon, Mbale is popular.

White-Water Rafting: Experience huge waves surging around heavily forested islands whilst white-water rafting along the rapids of the White Nile, where the volume of the water is equivalent to 10 times that of Zambezi. Look out for hippos, crocodiles and monkeys along the way.

Wildlife: View some of the best national parks in Africa- Uganda has 10 wildlife reserves and seven wildlife sanctuaries. Ruwenzori National Park is regarded as one of the continents most spectacular.