A landlocked country in East Africa, Uganda shares its borders with Kenya, the Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, and Tanzania. Because of the large number of ethnic groups sharing this former colonial territory, Ugandan culture is remarkably diverse. With a great variety of landscapes, excellent wildlife and birdlife and welcoming locals, Uganda packs a lot into one small country.
Ten national parks protect over half of the world’s mountain gorillas, together with a formidable variety of wildlife: chimpanzees, rare golden monkeys and healthy populations of savannah species including leopards, lions, elephants and hippos. Over a thousand species of birds inhabit its mountains, forests, wetlands and lakes. Here you can also find Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile, as well as the iconic Rwenzoris or the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ including Africa’s third highest peak, complete with equatorial snow. Rafting the Nile offers a world-class adrenaline adventure, but the country's most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their misty habitat.
The 'Pearl of Africa' is best known for its highly endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees but the country is also home to many diverse species, some of which are rarely found elsewhere in Africa. Uganda is mostly a plateau straddling the equator, resulting in a mild climate with three wet seasons that nourish its rich rainforests. Uganda boasts of ten national parks, ten wildlife reserves, seven wildlife sanctuaries and thirteen community wildlife areas, allowing travelers to enjoy truly spectacular and diverse scenery from snow covered mountains to dry savannah grasslands and tropical rain forests bisected by the majestic River Nile.
Half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population reside in Uganda and the country is also home to man's closest relative, the chimpanzee. A number of habituated mountain gorilla troops and chimpanzee communities can be tracked and visited by a limited number of tourists daily.
Uganda remains one of the safest destinations in Africa, offering excellent value and with fewer visitors than its neighbors in East Africa.
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