Tourist Attractions in Uganda - The pearl of Africa

Tourist Attractions in Uganda – The pearl of Africa

February 4, 2022
News Journeys Uganda

Tourist Attractions in Uganda – The pearl of Africa, “For magnificence, for variety of form and color, for the profusion of brilliant life, -birds, insect, reptiles, beasts-for vast scale- Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa” said Winston Churchill when he visited Uganda and was quite impressed with the abundance, endowment, beauty and uniqueness of the country .

Other travelers have experienced the vast beauty of this flourishing land in company of Journeys Uganda. You too can be a part of the experience and you will surely understand and give justification for Uganda as the Pearl of Africa slogan the moment you lay your feet on the red fertile soils and experience the wall to wall Technicolor blue skies, radiant endless green fields, and plantations where the staple foods grow almost effortlessly, the crystal clear lakes and rivers that draw from the numerous small springs and the even more vibrant, welcoming and warm loving people of Uganda.

Tourist Attractions in Uganda

You will be amazed at how much a small country of just 236,040 km² can dish out to its visitors; from the crystal clear lakes among which is the world’s largest fresh water body – Lake Victoria which gives birth to the wild Nile one of the strangest rivers in the world the flow north and takes about three months to reach its destination – the Mediterranean sea, to the misty ice aged tropical impenetrable forests breeding with abundance of nature, up to the snow capped glacier mountains including the Africa’s tallest mountain Rwenzori, and on to emerald hills and the  vibrant numerous yet diverse wild life that grace the golden savanna plains and some forests.

And ohhh the highly sought after cousins of man the mountain gorillas and curious chimpanzees that decorate the daunting mountain slopes of the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and the tropical rainforests of Kibale forest National Park, the Kyambura gorges and Kalinzu forest reserve of Queen Elizabeth National Park then further north in the Budongo eco-tourism site found south of Murchison falls conservation area. More than half of the world’s population of the Mountain Gorillas can only be encountered here in the higher jungles of Uganda.

With 34 Important Birding Areas, 10% of the world bird species, 50% percent of the bird species in Africa and two top birding destinations on the Africa continent Uganda is truly a birding haven for the twitchers, with over 1000 bird species.

25 Albertine rift endemics and 1 endemic to Uganda -the Fox’s Weaver that dwells in the eastern part of the country’s shallow lake basins popularly Lake Bisina and Lake Opeta and the wooded savannahs with whistling thorn acacias within the Magoro and Ngurium grasslands of Katakwi district not leaving out the Awoja river plains.

All the above are sandwiched with numerous savannah, forest and mountain parks where once on a tour in the Pearl – Uganda, each of the 10 National Parks has something unique to offer and each popular for an attraction that is to say; Kidepo Valley National Park for the Cheetah and Ostriches, Murchison Falls National Park for the magnificent falls and Giraffes, Kibale Forest Natioanal Park for the Chimpanzees, Queen Elizabeth National Park for the tree climbing lions, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for the Gorillas, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for the Golden Monkeys and Garama Cave where the Batwa lived, Semliki National Park for the Hotsprings and Debrazza’s Monkey, Lake Mburo National Park for the Elands and Impalas, Rwenzori National Park for the Snow at the equator, Mount Elgon National Park for the Calderas and Giant Lobelias, to mention but these.

Exploring the congestion of Uganda as a tourist destination, when it comes to adventure, the Nile as it flows out of Lake Victoria its source is a magnet for white-water rafting enthusiasts where you can plunge down Grade-5 rapids or otherwise kayak or try the white-knuckle jet boat ride with the neighboring quad biking activities. Those who prefer a different kind of plunge can opt for adrenaline taking bungee jumping at just after the Jinja Nile Resort, an activity only for the young at heart where there is no experience needed but just psychological preparation to have it done.

Once the body needs some room from those long Journeys, Uganda has some beautiful spots for resting up. The magical Lava Dammed Lake Bunyonyi, one of the deepest on the African continent has intoxicating views where the mist hangs low over terraced hillsides within the Switzerland of Africa, on lucky days, the sunsets and sunrises are completely breathe taking beyond imagination, not only this but making it to Kalangala where we have over 80 islands and lying down on the Sesse Island white sandy beaches will mend and amend your soul of adventure and discovery.

Culture tours and diversity in Uganda

The diverse cultures with 4 major ethnic groupings speaking at least 32 languages and close to 52 dialects but having English and Swahili as official languages makes Uganda an unusual destination, these people live together without conflict and are racked as the most welcoming peoples on the entire continent, everywhere as you drive through villages children and older people will always smile and wave at you calling out muzungu a local word always used to mean a white person not racist at all but an expression of wanting to chat you up but they do not know your names they could have used to call out. In that happiness and chanting out, we always advise our clients not to give out pleasantries on the streets or in villages as it affects later generations who would expect free gifts, sweets, money among others thus encouraging laziness within communities, always stick to your guide’s advice on how to donate to Ugandans!

We take this clarion call for many travelers out there to come discover Uganda first hand before the massive flows of tourism get into the know of this barely tapped destination, a tour of at least 10 days will give you great insight but if you have some time on you to appreciate and enjoy the pearl at ease, take off 3 weeks and your travel dreams will come true as you traverse the different destinations gifted by nature and some still intact to a nature explorers perspective in company of our very competent and enthusiastic safari guides .

Uganda is a country that can be visited anytime of the year depending on your interest and focus given that the country has only 2 season, dry and wet where we experience dryness in December, January and February general, the wet seasons are mostly March, April and November but the pearl being surrounded by fresh water lakes and tropical rainforests there might be surprise rains in some parts of the country all year round but these never last a whole day so tourist activities cannot be affected and our daily minimums average between 14 degrees Celsius and 20 while the maximums will not exceed 30 degrees Celsius.

Best time to visit Uganda

Much as many visits are observed in the months of June, July and August of every year, at Journeys Uganda we have had productive and great sightings of wildlife in many off peak months in our destinations, December, January through February is another good time to visit Uganda as it is a dry season and the roads are very drivable, there are few watering halls within the vast savannah parks in Uganda which makes game sighting easier.  You will surely find out that you can explore the whole of Africa in one country yet on so little a budget as Uganda is Africa condensed _ the pearl of Africa indeed, come have a feel of all these with us!

Food and drinks eaten on a trip to Uganda

While on a Uganda safari you will have 3 meals breakfast and dinner will always be at the Lodges and lunch mostly packed and eaten on the road or in the parks where tourist activities will be taking place. Most hotels in Uganda almost have the same breakfast menu with choices of eggs (fried, Spanish omelet, sun side up), sausage, pancake, fresh fruit and juice of your choice (Passion fruit, Orange, Pineapple and Water melon), the Ugandan rolex makes a very great breakfast, so tryout one once in Uganda – this is an omelet served on a soft chapatti wrap which is a flat Indian bread.

The parked lunches always have a sandwich of your choice including among others; cheese, tomato, tuna, ham, peanut butter, jam and jerry always accompanied with a piece of grilled chicken, a banana, juice, a hardboiled egg, a piece of pineapple and a cookie. The dinners are always hot and many lodge always serve soup, pan fried chicken, tilapia fish, spaghetti, vegetables, boiled potatoes and rice. There are always a variety of drinks – I always advise my clients to try out Stoney Tangawuzi  a ginger like soda that helps a lot with stomach upsets due to new foods not always consumed by the body, beers – Nile special is preferred to others and it is locally brewed in Uganda, soda, liquor

What to Bring on a Uganda Trip

Clothing should be earth tone, safari colors. No bright colors for tracking/trekking days. Plan on layers for hot days and cool nights. Laundry services are available at some hotels. Please pack light as you will be moving frequently.  Limit luggage to one bag for clothing and one day pack.

  • Clothing to bring on a safari to Uganda:
    3/4 pairs of quick drying long pants
  • 3/4 quick drying long sleeved shirts
  • 2 short sleeved shirts/ t-shirts
  • 2 pairs shorts/capris
  • 1 sleeveless shirt
  • Fleece pullover or light jacket
  • Rain jacket and rain pants
  • 4 pairs mid-calf socks (long enough to tuck pants into)
  • Sun hat
  • Sleepwear
  • Hiking shoes
  • Lightweight walking shoes
  • Sandals or flip flops
  • Equipment to consider when booking a safari to Uganda:
    Camera (extra batteries)
  • Binoculars
  • Spotting Scope
  • Day pack for day excursions (with waterproof cover)
  • sunglasses
  • Ear plugs
  • Outlet adapter

First aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

  • Headlamp
  • Reusable water bottle
  • Toiletries
  • Plastic bag (for dirty hiking shoes)
  • Sunglasses
  • Cash, debit and credit card
  • Gardening gloves for gorilla tracking
  • Hiking gaiters for pants (optional)
  • Rain boots or gum boots for birding in rainy season
  • Bird or safari book (optional)
  • Snacks (optional)
  • Documents needed on a Uganda safari:
    Passport (with copies)
  • Travel insurance policy (with copies)
  • Required visa application pre-approval (obtain online; see visa information)
  • Flight itinerary (with copies)
  • Yellow fever vaccination proof (with copies)
  • Acceptable hiking shoes