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Since 1986, when the current government assumed power, Uganda has gradually established itself as one of Africa's finest eco-tourist destinations, with an exceptional biodiversity combining elements of the East African Savannah and Central African rainforest. The main attraction is the opportunity to track habituated mountain gorillas in the forested wilds of Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. Several locations offer excellent chimpanzee tracking, and a diversity of monkeys abounds in Kibale Forest and Semliki Valley. The size of Great Britain, it has an extraordinary bird checklist of 1000-plus species, and is the place to see the rare ...

Since 1986, when the current government assumed power, Uganda has gradually established itself as one of Africa's finest eco-tourist destinations, with an exceptional biodiversity combining elements of the East African Savannah and Central African rainforest. The main attraction is the opportunity to track habituated mountain gorillas in the forested wilds of Bwindi and Mgahinga National Parks. Several locations offer excellent chimpanzee tracking, and a diversity of monkeys abounds in Kibale Forest and Semliki Valley. The size of Great Britain, it has an extraordinary bird checklist of 1000-plus species, and is the place to see the rare swamp-dwelling shoebill along with dozens of rainforest specialists. For more conventional safaris, Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks support good numbers of elephant, lion, buffalo and various antelope. Ishasha is the best place in Africa for tree-climbing lions. For hiking and mountaineering, there's the snow-capped Rwenzori and remote Mount Elgon, while adrenaline junkies flock to Jinja to raft and kayak the Grade Five rapids below the Nile's source in Lake Victoria.

Philip Briggs
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Philip Briggs has written or contributed to 50-plus editions of Bradt, Insight, AA and Berlitz guidebooks to African destinations.

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Facts at a Glance

  • Location: Africa, landlocked in the east, bordering Kenya
  • Language: English, Swahili
  • Currency: Ugandan Shilling
  • Research: Uganda | Uganda
  • Weather: Rainfall | Daylight