TOURISM AND WILDLIFE
Back in 1909 Sir Winston Churchill called Uganda “the Pearl of Africa” – a century later, Lonely Planet www.lonelyplanet.com voted Uganda the No. 1 destination for 2012.
Uganda is a fast growing tourist destination 'Gifted by Nature.' Political stability, hospitable communities and a high quality range of wildlife products offered at a competitive price, provide an awesome holiday experience.
Where else but in this uniquely lush destination can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rain-forest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate tropical channels teeming with hippos and crocodiles before setting off into the misty mountains to visit the majestic mountain gorillas?
Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as impressive as its selection of plain antelopes. Besides the wide biodiversity, Uganda is also blessed with a vast bird population of more than 1,000 species.
While the cultural diversity and effortless warmth of Ugandan people are remarked upon by all who visit the country, most itineraries revolve around the protected areas under the direction of Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA).
These are magnificent. They encompass not only the conventional Savannah - mesmerizing tracts of African bush teeming with antelope, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, zebra, forest hogs and big cats – but also the snow capped peaks of Africa’s tallest range of mountains, tropical rain forests of mind boggling biodiversity, and atmospheric lakes and rivers heaving with hippos, crocodiles and birds.
As yet untouched by mass tourism, Uganda’s parks are ideal retreats for the discerning eco-tourist. Uganda is the world’s premier primate viewing destination, home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas, large populations of chimpanzees and a dazzling variety of monkeys.
For bird lovers, Uganda is practically peerless: it has a record of more than 1,060 bird species, 50% of the continent's species. Each park offers a memorable experience!