From the moment you land at the Entebbe’s modern and efficient international Airport, with its breath taking equatorial location on the forested shore of island – strewn Lake Victoria, its clear that Uganda is no Ordinary safari destination.
Dominated by expensive golf course leading to the lakeshore, 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 40kms distance, sprawled across seven hills, there is the capital Kampala. The bright modern feel of this bustling, cosmopolitan city reflects the ongoing economic growth and political stability that has characterized Uganda since 1986 and complemented by the sloping spaciousness and runaway greenery of its garden setting.
Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African Savannah meets the West African Jungle. Where else but in the impossibility lush country can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rainforest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate the tropical channels teeming with hippo and crocs before setting off into the misty Mountains of the moon to stare deep into the eyes of a mountain gorilla? Certainly Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is an impressive as its selection of plains antelopes. And this verdant biodiversity is further attested to by Uganda’s status as far the smallest of the four African countries whose bird checklist tops to a mark of 1070.
Yet there is more to the country than wildlife- far more, there is the Might 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 snow capped peaks of the Rwenzori, which provide a tantalizing challenge to dedicated mountaineers, as well as the virunga Volcanoes and mountain Elgon, both of which offer highly rewarding hiking opportunities through scintillating highlands 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.
Whether you are a first time safari-goers or a seasoned African traveler, Uganda – with its unique blend of savannah and forest creatures, its rare wealth of montane and lake habitats is simply dazzling and exclusive.