Why You Should Take a Safari in Uganda

Kimberly R. Cammack

Uganda is a small, land-locked country in Eastern Africa. It borders Kenya, Sudan, DR Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania and is home to one of the most diverse landscapes in all of Africa. Within Uganda’s borders lie lush mountains, vast lakes and dry grasslands that teem with all sorts of wildlife, making it a wonderful safari destination.

Unspoiled Wonders. Unlike some of its neighbouring countries, Uganda is not as popular a tourist destination. This means that adventurous visitors here can enjoy a type of authentic African landscape and culture that is less available in the more well trodden countries such as Kenya and Tanzania.

Wild Gorillas. One of Uganda’s most famous and unique aspects are its abundance of wild gorillas, many of which are accessible on Ugandan safaris that take visitors into the national parks where they live. It is only because of Uganda’s uniquely lush environments that gorillas can be observed up close here.

Cheerful Chimps. Another of Uganda’s unusual wildlife spotting opportunities is the chance to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat. Typical Ugandan safaris also incorporate a chimp element, in addition to gorilla treks.

Murchison Falls. See the Nile River in a very different setting on a safari through Murchison Falls National Park. Here, the massive river plunges down 45 metres into an amazing waterfall and wild hippos and crocodiles roam the waters.

Safety. Despite the rocky reputations of several of its neighbours, Uganda is one of the safer countries for tourists to visit in the entire Eastern African region. The nation boasts a stable government and lacks the insurgents and war that characterize many African nations, making it the perfect place to experience an African safari without worry.

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