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
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
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.
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.