Uganda is a country with outstanding natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Journey to a place where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle, Uganda’s astonishing beauty, abundance of wildlife and enchanting people and cultures captivates and delights. Home to half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas
and half of Africa’s entire bird species. Uganda’s lush waterfalls, hot springs, forests and national parks offer a magnificent experience of nature and wildlife. Travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its beauty, overwhelmed by the friendliness of its people and intrigued by all that Uganda has to offer.

Uganda

  • Situated at the heart of Africa along the sweltering equator, where the East African savannah meets the West African Jungle
  • Home to half the world’s surviving mountain gorillas and half of Africa’s entire bird species
  • Uganda lies almost completely within the Nile basin

The country harbours Lake Victoria, the second largest lake in the world forming the source of the Nile, the second largest river in the world. Although landlocked, Uganda contains many large lakes, besides Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga, there are Lake Albert, Lake Edward and the smaller Lake George.

The island Ngamba is remarkable because it is one of only two African island sanctuaries for Chimpanzees, the other being Tanzanian Rubondo Island in the South of the Lake. The biggest highlight and asset to Uganda is their people. Always warm, hospitable and friendly with diverse and interesting cultures.

Track endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys. Gorilla trekking is an activity that has brought many visitors to Uganda. The only remaining populations of mountain gorillas live in the area that covers the southeast corner of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Mabira Forest Canopy Super Skyway is the first of its kind in Uganda offering a canopy “zip-line” through the tallest trees in the rainforest. Adventure activity offered in Jinja is world class with some of the world’s best Class 5 rapids for river rafting. Jet boating, kayaking and bungee jumping are also popular with budgets of all kinds being accommodated for along the Nile.

Good infrastructure and a decent road network allows for travel within the country to be relatively simple. A single day can take you from the equatorial mountain forest, through the rolling hills of tea and banana plantations to the shores of Africa’s inland sea, Lake Victoria, and its islands and endless horizon.

Explore the many UNESCO World Heritage Sites which include the Nyero rock paintings, Kasubi tombs and the early settlers of Karamoja. Journey to Mount Elgon, the world’s largest free-standing volcanic mountain, or summit Mgahinga Gorilla National Park’s surrounding volcanoes while tracking endangered mountain gorillas and golden monkeys in their natural habitat.

There are various craft villages throughout Uganda with a special emphasis on high quality baskets, jewellery and paintings. Bespoke African fashion shops will tailor make authentic clothing within days if you are looking for something rural. Kilombera Workshop offers colourful cotton textiles (place mats, table runners, bedspreads) for sale around Jinja. These are made on hand-operated looms at this Nile-side workshop.

Visitors are welcome to stop by and watch the process. There is a showroom here with items for sale. Aristoc in Kampala is the best place for English language publications, with a great selection of books on Uganda, as well as novels.