Uganda
Tree climbing lions, Ishasha
Rwenzori mountains
Ugandan Cob
Lake Albert
Murchison Falls

Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as the “Pearl of Africa” in My African Journey in 1908. The country’s warm tropical climate and fertile land provides a perfect habitat for the chimps and gorillas that the country is best known for, but it is also home to a profusion of lesser known wildlife, flora and fauna.

One of our favourite places in Uganda is Kidepo National Park in the north with its lions, elephants, kopjes and vast herds of buffalo. The landscape is stunning: rolling plains dotted with sausage trees and punctuated by white sand rivers.

Any journey to Uganda must revolve to some extent around the Nile and its sources. The Ruwenzoris, also known as the Mountains of the Moon, boast extraordinary high altitude vegetation. The rivers that flow from the mountains feed both Lake Edward and Lake George. The Nile feeds into Lake Albert below Murchison Falls and these combined flows head off towards the Sud and the vast deserts of the Sudan and Egypt.

Murchison Falls - Uganda’s best known natural splendour - is deserving of its world renown. The combination of river and savannah habitats is incomparable to anywhere in Africa. How often does one get to camp in a private luxury tented camp on the banks of the mighty Nile? Journeying up the Nile in your own boat amid elephants that come down to the river to drink and hippos snorting as you pass is a truly remarkable experience. You can power right up to the base of Murchison Falls, where the whole Nile is forced through a cataract, and feel the force of this mighty river.

There are incredible birds throughout Uganda, including in Ishasha, Queen Elizabeth National Park, home to tree climbing lions, and if you want to see chimpanzees there is a lovely lodge at Semliki. We feel that a trip to Uganda works well in combination with a visit to Kenya or Tanzania.

Ungandan farmland Uhuru Falls, Murchison National Park Chimpanzee

Want to read up on Uganda before you go? Lowis & Leakey and Longitude Books have partnered to create lists of classic, new and hard-to-find books and maps to help you get the most out of your adventure. Click here for suggested reading on Uganda.

 

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