Despite a turbulent past, Uganda is slowly regaining a reputation as a microcosm of all of Africa’s best characteristics, and deserves to be ranked alongside the more obvious tourist choices of Tanzania or South Africa when considering a visit to the continent. The country holds some of the most stunning natural geography in the region such as the Mountains of the Moon in Rwenzori National Park, which make up the highest mountain range in Africa. Uganda is also home to some beautiful national parks such as Mgahinga, Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth, which due to its understated reputation are far quieter and less tourist-ridden than the parks in neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania, meaning that you can rest assured in the knowledge that your experience of Africa will feel like your own and not like a tourist package.

Perhaps one of the most striking reasons to pack your bags for Uganda is the proliferation of the mountain gorilla, which is present in only two other countries worldwide, making it one of the rarest creatures in the world. Alongside a variety of other primates, the highest concentration of the mountain gorilla is found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Despite the necessity for controls on the amount of tourism in order to protect this majestic species, there is nowhere else in the world where visitors can get this close to the great apes. In Queen Elizabeth National Park, you can even see the rare phenomenon of lions climbing trees to rest from the afternoon sun – something that is rarely if ever seen in any other part of the world.

Uganda is also the source of the river Nile, and the area around Jinja arguably provides the best white-water rafting in the world for extreme sports enthusiasts. Although there have been safety concerns for tourists in past years, the death of Idi Amin in 2003 has improved stability considerably and whilst travel to the north and northeast parts of the country is still not advised due to unrest, the capital of Kampala is one of the safest in the region and the people are some of the friendliest across the continent.

For a unique African tour experience, make sure you explore Uganda before the rest of the world follows suit!

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