Uganda the Pearl of Africa
Uganda; known as the pearl of Africa, straddles the equator and embraces the shores of the world’s largest inland lake, the mighty Lake Victoria. Host to the source of the Nile at Jinja; Uganda is also home to the world second largest lake- Lake Victoria, and one of the most ancient volcanoes on earth: Mount Elgon. Uganda is also blessed with one of the most delightful climates in the world. Land locked Uganda occupies a serene green plateau. This lies between the eastern and western branches of the great Rift Valley. These have greatly attracted many people to come for safaris to Uganda.
25% of the country’s entire surface is covered by glittering skein of lakes, Islands and the rivers. All these earn her the tittle; the land of lakes. They include; the mighty Nile. This rises in Jinja, and the world’s second largest fresh water Lake, Lake Victoria. Uganda also hosts the snow-capped mountain which is the Rwenzori; and the immeasurably ancient Mount Elgon, the mountain of illusion. This forms the boundary between Uganda and Kenya. These have greatly attracted many people to come for safaris to Uganda.
Uganda’s vegetation is also immensely diverse stretching from snow-capped peaks and the Afro alpine moorlands to dense rain forests, golden savannah and the semi-arid land scape. Incredibly fertile, agriculture is the most dominant sector of Uganda’s economy, contributing more than 70% of the gross domestic product and providing a livelihood for 90% of the population. The rain forests in Uganda also protect a wealth of wildlife including over ten species of primate. Uganda is also one of the top places in the world to see chimpanzees, which are abundant in the Kibale Forest National park, the Budongo Forest and also in Queen Elizabeth National park. These have also attracted many chimpanzee trekking safaris to the country.
The other famous tourist attractions in Uganda also include; the mountain gorillas, national parks, chimpanzees, waterfalls, the big five, adventure, the rich culture, rock paintings to the royal tombs, and the warm and gracious people who welcome all the safari tourists.