Explore Uganda – The Pearl of Africa!
Uganda is one of the best tourism destinations in East Africa. Apart from hosting a lot of amazing attractions, it is one of the most friendliest country in Africa. Its reputation of being Africa’s friendliest country originates from the fact that traditionally hospitality is a key element to its diverse population. Uganda well is known for its low level of crime and hassle towards tourists.
As one of the mysteries of the Victorian age you can go back in time as you view the source of the Nile that starts here and flows all the way to Egypt. Be part of the history that was once here. Within an area comparable to that of Great Britain, Uganda is Africa’s most complete bird-watching destination with more than 1,000 species recorded here.
Spread across both sides of the equator one can have the opportunity to experience the biodiversity of the various national parks and protected areas across the country. Uganda’s star attraction lies divided between the Bwindi National Park and the Virunga Mountains! Here lays the endangered mountain gorilla the bulkiest of all living primates. Uganda is the best destination to see the mountain gorillas and it offers the best value safaris given its incredibly affordable gorilla safaris in Africa.
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This country is endowed with mesmerizing tracts of thorn-bush savannah teaming with various rainforests, lakes and rivers heavy with aquatic life and the glacial peaks of Africa’s tallest mountain range. Uganda chose to embrace eco-tourism, based on the fact that it promotes low-impact tourism and avoids the adverse environmental effects of traditional tourism and from the sale of natural resources. Adding to this choice of tourism is the fact that it also appeals to different groups of people such as tourists, environmentalists, businesses as well as governments.
Given the ever rising concerns and threats that global warming poses, Uganda has continued to practice eco-tourism to minimize the negative effects that global warming would not only cause to her environment but also her tourism industry. Uganda’s tourism industry is growing annually and globally.
Area: 236,040 Km²
ISO Code: UG
National Flag: Uganda Flag
Democratic Republic of Congo (formerly Zaire), Rwanda, Tanzania, Sudan, Kenya
Capital city: Kampala
Major Towns or Cities: Jinja, Mbale, Gulu, Arua, Mbarara, Entebbe Masaka.
Languages: English, Swahili and Luganda
Local currency: Uganda shilling
International time zone: GMT +3
International dialing code: +256
International Airport: Entebbe, 35 km from Kampala
Principal airlines: Emirates Air, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines
For starters, a safari in Uganda will be rewarding to you but September is the perfect time to visit the pearl of Africa since the weather is scorching, the crowds have abated and there are food festivals aplenty. Holidaymakers can work up an appetite basking on the country’s fine sandy beaches before imbibing Kampala’s gastronomic offerings at the annual street jam which features live music, cooking competitions and, of course, an abundance of couscous. September in Uganda is prime time for any kind of tour activity. Beaches are blossoming with tourists and holiday makers something that is very appeasing.
With beautiful beaches and great weather and a lot of wild game to look at, Uganda is a popular holiday destination all year round. But if you’re good at cycling, September is the best time to visit; the surf is good but the professional surfers have yet to arrive and hog the waves.
Music and dancing fill the streets of Kampala almost the whole of September during holidays since holiday makers are full to capacity and tourists are all over the place.
Over the course of a week, there are street performances, exhibits and music. The highlight, though, is the theatrical re-enactment of Amakula film festivals. The Rocky Mountains are, arguably, at their best during September; the weather is fine, the wildlife abundant and the browning leaves make for excellent photographs. Visitors can drive along scenic mountain passes, picnic amongst the highest peaks in especially Ruwenzori and Elgon and trek along various hiking trails. The more adventurous can set up camp in the lofty wilderness.
During this time, visitors can expect to see each and every kind fauna that this pearl of Africa has to offer especially the big five which include; elephants,lions,leopards,buffaloes,rhinos and other animals like zebras,warthogs,antelopes, and every kind of marine life like crocodiles, hippopotamus and so many others.
Come to Uganda and see history that’s already been written in one of the city’s many museums and historical buildings, which offer free access on weekends throughout September. There are two galleries of “heritage objects.” The lower gallery houses contemporary art and illustrates the Ugandan way of life and how this country has evolved through various times through painting, sculpture and machetes. The upper gallery tells “a glowing story of Uganda’s development,” from ancient times through to present life. There’s also a children’s corner on the upper floor and a live demonstration in the art of traditional pottery making.
The city of Kampala comes alive every September with several festivities given the rampant night clubs that surround this city.
The revelry continues in much the same vein for three more weeks. If the party gets too much, you could slope off to Uganda’s world-class museums, take a relaxing river cruise, eat your way around the city or treat yourself to several massage parlors.