Uganda, a small landlocked country in East Africa, is called the Pearl of Africa because it has some of the best scenery in Africa with its lush greenery, vast lakes, stunning green valleys and mountains.
For a small country, Uganda has over half of the world’s mountain gorillas, Lake Victoria (one of the world’s largest lakes and the source of the Nile, the world’s longest river), 10 national parks, 7 game reserves and about 30 national forest reserves. And then there’s the culture- Uganda has more than 50 ethnic tribes, all with different cultures. I saw a decent amount of Uganda, but not nearly enough or everything that the country has to offer.
Gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Uganda’s and Africa’s major highlights. Most people visit Uganda for this and then realize that the country has so much more to offer.
Chimpanzee trek in the Kalinzu Forest Reserve. You can go trekking in the jungle along the ridges and valleys of the Great Rift Valley to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Chimpanzees are the closest living evolutionary relatives to humans, so that makes them extra interesting and fun to watch.
Uganda is part of the East Africa Tourist Visa, so if you’re also visiting Kenya and Rwanda, definitely get this. It can be obtained on arrival for $100US. It’s a multiple entry visa and it’s valid for 90 days.