One of the world’s top travel publishers – Rough Guides, ranked Uganda 4th of the top 10 countries to visit in 2017 in its special feature titled “the Rough Guide to 2017”. This comes as the country has embarked on rigorous marketing and heavy investment in infrastructure to boost the tourism industry.
Uganda has beaten its East African counterparts including Kenya and Tanzania as well as some of the African giants like South Africa. Gorilla trekking still tops the list of activities that drive tourists to Uganda but there are more to do and experience in Uganda including many less explored destinations with a whole lot of adventures.
Besides the famed Gorilla trekking in Bwindi, Chimpanzee tracking provides an equally thrilling adventure and these elusive primates can be found in Kibale forest national park which has the highest number of Chimpanzees in the world, Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest in Queen Elizabeth national park, as well as visiting the orphaned and rescued Chimpanzees at Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary.
The fact that Chimpanzees share 98.7 % DNA with humans makes them our closest cousins, giving us a more compelling reason to visit them and they exhibit similar characteristics that a visit to the Chimpanzees will be a rewarding experience as you watch them play, compete and mate!
For adventure lovers, the Nile River in Jinja and Lake Victoria present real adrenaline adventures including Nile high Bungee jumping and white water rafting. There is a lot of fresh organic foods and fruits which you will enjoy on all your Uganda safaris and to spice it all up, the country has some of the friendliest people in Africa!
Many people know Uganda to be a poor country which is true but its people are truly welcoming and visibly happy under the circumstances and every traveler knows that the attitude of the locals add up a lot to the success of the trip and the experience. While on a safari in Uganda, kids will wave you on and chant “Muzungu” referring to a white person and in a good and happy way.
The country has 10 national parks including natural wonders and Snow capped Mountains. It is also the best birding destination in Africa with more than 1000 bird species including endemics and migratory birds making it the giant star of bird watching in Africa.
Uganda is the only East African country on the Rough Guides’ 2017 list and deservedly so. The only other African destination there is Namibia on 9th position. Read the full article here