Uganda’s star attraction is the endangered mountain gorilla, the bulkiest of living Primates, and among the most peaceable. Staring into the pensive brown eyes of these gentle giants, who share 95% of their genes with humans, is as humbling as it is thrilling. However, it doesn’t stop there, you can see big game, the wonderful safari parks like Queen Elizabeth NP and the still unknown Kidepo Valley NP, the primates in the rainforests, the amazing waterfalls and the beautiful lakes.
Uganda is called “The pearl of Africa” for many good reasons. As Winston Churchill wrote: “For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life — birds, insects, reptiles, beasts — for vast scale — Uganda is truly “The Pearl of Africa.”

Location

Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. Uganda is the world’s second most populous landlocked country after Ethiopia. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally modified equatorial climate.

People and culture

The official languages are English and Swahili.
The culture of Uganda is made up of a diverse range of ethnic groups. Lake Kyoga forms the northern boundary for the Bantu-speaking people, who dominate much of East, Central, and Southern Africa. In Uganda, they include the Baganda and several other tribes. In the north, the Lango and the Acholi peoples predominate, who speak Nilotic languages. To the east are the Iteso and Karamojong, who speak a Nilotic language, whereas the Gishu are part of the Bantu and live mainly on the slopes of Mt. Elgon. They speak Lumasaba, which is closely related to the Luhya of Kenya. A few Pygmies live isolated in the rainforests of western Uganda.

Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is a National Park in southern Uganda, protecting moist evergreen rain forest. It is 766 square kilometres in size and is located between 1,100 metres to 1,600 metres in elevation. Despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest, it contains a diverse array of landscapes. Kibale is one of the last remaining expanses to contain both lowland and montane forests. In eastern Africa, it sustains the last significant expanse of pre-montane forest. The park was gazetted in 1932 and formally established in 1993 to protect a large area of forest previously managed as a logged forest reserve. The park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park. This adjoining of the parks creates a 180 kilometer wildlife corridor. It is an important eco-tourism and safari destination, popular for its population of habituated chimpanzees and twelve other species of primates. It is also the location of the Makerere University Biological Field Station.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a bio-diverse, mountainous area in southwest Uganda. Its home to many of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, who feed on roots, leaves and fruits from the park’s many tree and fern species. Restricted numbers of viewing permits help protect the endangered gorilla families. In the park, rough paths weave amid dense forests, which are home to many butterflies and birds.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park sits on the shore of Lake Albert, in northwest Uganda. It’s known for Murchison Falls, where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop. Park wildlife includes elephants and hippos, and there are chimpanzees in the Kaniyo Pabidi mahogany forest. The Lake Albert Delta is home to rare shoebill storks. There are game fish in the cascades of Karuma Falls.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is in southwest Uganda. Leopards roam the Mweya Peninsula, which lies beside Lake Edward. Nearby Lake Katwe is a huge volcanic explosion crater. Boats on the Kazinga Channel float past hippos and Nile crocodiles. Chimpanzees inhabit the Kyambura Gorge. Trails lead to bat caves in the central Maramagambo Forest. The Ishasha area is home to tree-climbing lions and shoebill storks.

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park is a Ugandan national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site located in the Rwenzori Mountains. Almost 1,000 km² in size, the park has Africa’s third highest mountain peak and many waterfalls, lakes, and glaciers. The park is known for its beautiful plant life.

Kampala

KAMPALA SERENA HOTEL

Serena’s Uganda flagship, the Kampala Serena Hotel is an inspirational blend of 5-star polish, pan-African panache, social style and business reliability. Ideally located at the very heart of Kampala, our luxury business hotel stands amidst 7.2 acres of landscaped grounds and water gardens. An oasis of cool and green, encircled by the seven hills of Kampala, this 152-room world-class hotel is the focal point of national, regional, business, political and social life. Drawing its architectural inspiration from the abundance of Uganda’s lakes and rivers, the hotel has been created around a central water theme, which manifests itself both in the extensive water gardens and in the hand-carved panels and shimmering mosaics with which it is decorated. Inspirationally styled as a Kampala showcase for Ugandan art, this unique 5-star hotel offers; an international conference centre, a garden auditorium, a roof-top terrace, a rock-sculptured pool terrace, three restaurants, two bars and the Moorish palace of the ‘Maisha Mind Body and Spirit Spa’.

Bwindi national park

RUHIJA GORILLA SAFARI LODGE

Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge welcomes you to enjoy the scenic, beautiful, calm and natural environment with forest-fresh air, while experiencing the luxury and serenity of our lodge. It welcomes you with a breath taking scenery of the forest, peace and tranquility – a home away from home! Come enjoy the great melodies of insects, birds and butterflies plus the surprise visits of monkeys or even gorillas.

Kibale forest national park

PRIMATE LODGE

Experience the world renowned Ugandan hospitality amidst unrivaled nature, scenery and serenity in the heart of Kibale rainforest National Park, Uganda’s primates’ paradise and home to over 13 different species of primates, numerous other mammals, reptiles, butterflies and birds. Primate Lodge Kibale’s principal edge is our location, tucked deep in the forest and right next door to the starting point for Chimpanzee Tracking as well as the incredible Chimpanzee Habituation Experience, arguably, two of the most genuinely breath-taking wildlife experiences on the planet. As well as the cool weather, amazing natural surroundings, our staff’s astounding service, nice and well furnished rooms, great lounges and free Wi-Fi.

Queen Elizabeth national park

MARAFIKI SAFARI LODGE

At Marafiki the sun rises from behind the dark silhouette of the Kyambura Gorge resting on the far shores of Lake George. As the Savannah Plains come to life – with Elephants moving silently across the savannah grasslands, birds darting between the trees sounding the morning chorus and hippos yawning lazily in the shimmering waters of Lake George – from the comfort of your luxury safari tent, you will be greeted by a truly perfect African morning. Marafiki Lodge is beautifully situated overlooking Lake George in the Queen Elizabeth National Park in western Uganda. The park spans the equator and is one of Uganda’s most popular tourist destinations; it extends from Lake Edward in the southwest to Lake George in the northeast with the Kazinga channel connecting the two lakes. It covers an area of approximately 1,978 km2 (764 m2) and was named after Queen Elizabeth II.

ISHASHA WILDERNESS CAMP

Ishasha Wilderness Camp offers quality accommodation in the unspoilt, remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, famous for its tree climbing lions. It’s an idyllic retreat for people who truly enjoy the wilderness. The camp is next to the Ntungwe River, nestled under shady trees. Each of the ten spacious canvas rooms is comfortably furnished and boasts a large verandah. The en suite bathroom and dressing area have running water for hand-basins and hot ‘bush’ showers, plus a flushing ‘eco-friendly’ toilet. A central lounge and dining area, under a cool thatched roof, provides a comfortable environment for meals and to relax in during the heat of the day. Under the trees, next to the river, we often serve meals ‘al fresco’ and there is an evening ‘fireplace’ for guests to relax with sundowners and share their day’s experience.

Lake mburo national park

MBURO SAFARI LODGE

Mburo Safari Lodge is a luxury and eco friendly lodge in Lake Mburo National Park. Relax in one of our luxurious cottages, all raised on a wooden platform and covered by a grass-thatched roof, perfectly blending with the natural environment, stylishly and thoughtfully designed for your absolute comfort, convenience, and pleasure. All cottages have a private balcony with a great view and chances to see the wildlife of Lake Mburo. The luxury cottages are spacious, very comfortable and equipped with a clean private bathroom with hot shower and flushing toilet. Comfortable king-sized beds with mosquito nets will make sure you have a perfect night.

Lake Victoria

LAKE VICTORIA SERENA GOLF RESORT & SPA

Styled to replicate a pastel-shaded Italian hillside village, The Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa stands out among hotels in Uganda. Situated amid terraced rose gardens above its own boating marina, which has been sculpted from the sparkling waters of Lake Victoria. A gently rounded bay, studded with acacia trees, the marina is encircled by the immaculate greens of the resort’s own PGA-affiliated championship golf course. Spanned by rustic bridges and enhanced by gentle bays where a wide array of water birds gathers, the course is the ultimate fusion of natural beauty and professional challenge.

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