Uganda the elegant adventure
Adventure Uganda from the moment you land at Entebbe’s modern and efficient international airport. With its breathtaking equatorial location on the forested shore of Island strewn Lake Victoria; it’s clear that Uganda is no ordinary safari destination. The country is also dominated by an expansive golf course leading down to the lake shore, and a century old botanical garden alive with the chatter of acrobatic monkeys and colorful tropical birds, Entebbe itself is the least obviously urban of all comparably sized African towns. Then, just 40km distant, sprawled across seven hills, there is the capital Kampala. Also the bright modern feel of this bustling, cosmopolitan city reflects the ongoing economic growth and the political stability that characterizes Uganda since 1986, and is complemented by the sloping spaciousness and the runaway greenery of its garden setting.
And ecologically, Uganda is where the east African savannah meets the West African jungle. Where else but in this impossibly lush country can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning; then track chimpanzees through the rain forest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate the safari tropical channels teeming with hippo and crocs before setting off into the misty mountains to stare deep into the eyes of a mountain gorilla. Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as impressive as its selection of plains antelopes. And this verdant biodiversity is further attested to by Uganda’s status as by far the smallest of the four African countries; whose bird checklist tops the 1000 mark
Yet there is more to the country than wildlife, there is the mighty Nile; punctuated by the spectacular Murchison falls, and the setting for some of the world’s most thrilling commercial white water rafting. There are the snowcapped peaks of the Rwenzori; which provide a tantalizing challenge to dedicated mountaineers, as well as the virunga volcanoes and Mount Elgon; both of which offer highly rewarding hiking opportunities through scintillating highland scenery. More sedately, the myriad Islands of Lake Victoria and Bunyonyi are Idyllic venues, as are the myriad forest fringed crater lakes that stud the rift valley floor and escarpment around fort portal. These unique features have greatly attracted many tourists to come for safaris to Uganda.