"Uganda - The Pearl of Africa" Top 5 Page for this destination Uganda by TinyTuck

Uganda Travel Guide: 1,227 reviews and 3,071 photos

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Uganda's main attractions:

- Gorilla tracking (alternatively: chimps)
- Other national parks with a variety of wildlife
- A bunch of beautiful (crater) lakes
- Birding (it's a twitcher's paradise)
- White-water-rafting at the source of the Nile
- Murchison Falls, the world's most powerful waterfall
- Hiking the "Mountains of the Moon" (Rwenzoris)
- Beaches at Lake Victoria (Ssese Islands)
- For those with more time: voluntary work

Where I went:

* Kampala (3 days): Strolling around the city, markets, bars, Kasubi Tombs, Uganda Museum
--> Entebbe Botanical Gardens (day trip)

* Rushere, Mbarara District (4 weeks): working in hospital
--> Lake Bunyonyi (weekend trip): walking, canoeing
--> Lake Mburo (day trip): game drive + picnic
--> Kalangala, Ssese Islands (long weekend): relaxing, swimming, walking
--> Katonga Wildlife Reserve (day trip): nature walk + picnic

Round Trip:
* Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest (2 days): Gorilla tracking (didn't find them!!!)
* Queen Elizabeth N.P. (2 days): game drive + launch trip
* Kibale Forest N.P. (2 days): Chimp tracking
* Lake Nkuruba, Bunyuruguru Crater Lakes (4 days): relaxing, swimming, walking
* Murchison Falls N.P. (2 days): hiking at the waterfall, game drive
* Kampala again (2 days): gift shopping
* Jinja (1 day): white-water rafting, source of the Nile
* Banda Island, Ssese Islands (2 days): relaxing, swimming, walking
* Kampala agaaaain (1 day): some more shopping, some things to do

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beautiful nature, friendly people, pleasant climate, tourists are hardly being hassled, low crime rates
  • Cons:Few wildlife (compared to surrounding countries), national park entry fees are quite high
  • In a nutshell:"The Pearl of Africa" offers a great variety of attractions - and it's still a hot tip for relaxed travelling
  • Last visit to Uganda: Apr 2003
  • Intro Updated Jun 6, 2003
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    Feb 2, 2013 at 1:16 AM

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  • RichardM44's Profile Photo
    Feb 2, 2013 at 1:14 AM

    Thanks for this post you can more read related your page Gorilla Safari Uganda This is undeniably one of Uganda’s finest tourist attractions. The highly endangered Mountain Gorillas can continue to survive if only conservation efforts are increased in the habitats they occupy. There are close to 680 of these remaining in the whole world with half the populace dwelling in Bwindi forest, and others in Mgahinga forest, Parc de Volcano in Rwanda and Congo’s parc de Volcans which parks have prioritized Gorilla tracking as their major activity. Gorilla trekking is an exciting life time experience that is comprised of having guided tours in the natural habitats of the tranquil giants. The primates have their natural habitat in the verdant tropical rain forests in southwest Uganda with a total populace of 360 gorillas dwelling in the Impenetrable forests of Bwindi National Park divided into 6 habituated families. And for many visitors entering Uganda, Gorilla tracking has been their number one favorite activity to partake so as to pleasure in the exciting and memorable experience.

  • Jan 16, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Thanks for the advice and taking the time to put up these pages. Do you have recommendations for 6 days in Uganda? If we're on a budget, what transportation should we use to get to/from Bwindi from Kampala?

  • May 26, 2007 at 1:30 AM

    I am traveling to Entebbe in June and am staying at Camp Entebbe. I need to take a bus to kigali, rwanda on the 30th of June. Is this possible? Thanks Jeanne

  • sprdak11's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2006 at 7:52 AM

    Very interesting tips and pictures about Uganda. Best wishes.

  • yumyum's Profile Photo
    Nov 5, 2006 at 5:22 AM

    Excellent page! I know what you are talking about looking for the gorillas. I did that in Zaire and it was tough indeed with ants falling down your neck etc. But nevertheless it's unique experience!

  • Acirfa's Profile Photo
    Oct 24, 2006 at 1:38 AM

    Love your pages on Uganda. Hope one day to get there....Looking forward to meeting you at the weekend in Bonn.

  • Raffies's Profile Photo
    Sep 20, 2006 at 9:42 AM

    great tips and photos , keep it up ...

  • K.Knight's Profile Photo
    Jul 29, 2006 at 6:40 PM

    Hi Stefanie, I really loved reading your Uganda pages. Anne and I have just booked to do a KUMUKA 27 day tour of Uganda, Kenyna & Tanzania departing in March. I hope we have more luck with the gorillas than your hard days walk!

  • jungles's Profile Photo
    May 29, 2006 at 12:28 PM

    Man, I would be so gutted if I trekked for 8 hours and didn't see the gorillas. At least you got most of the money back.

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