Mostly known for its troubled history, in the heart of Africa, Uganda is a country very relaxed and easy to travel. It definitely represents an ideal introduction to a too little known yet fascinating continent and is definitely accessible even for inexperienced travelers.
Uganda is an incredibly pleasant country, for its gentle, friendly and warm-hearted people; for the very diverse wildlife; for the evergreen and very lush landscape, and last but not least for the number of highlights for visitors.
Unfortunately, as many countries in Africa, Uganda is not a cheap place to travel. True, some kind of “Backpacker Trail” is currently developing, but some of the highlights are difficult to reach without your own wheels and are expensive (a “Gorilla Permit” costs no less than 500 USD).
Nonetheless, the 3 weeks I spent there were some of the most rewarding I ever experienced, and offered me some of the best Photo Opportunities I ever had! Here are my favourite highlights of Uganda:
1. Gorilla trekking Uganda: Biwindi Impenetrable National Park & spending one hour with the Habinyanja family and Makara, the impressive Silver Back.
2. Meeting two-year-old Obama, the first White Rhinoceros born in Uganda after 26 years at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.
3. Watching Fighting Hippos and Giraffes in Murchison Falls National Park
4. Finding Lions early morning in Murchison Falls National Park
5. Discovering Chimpanzees in their natural habitat at Kibale & Budongo Forest
6. Enjoying the boat ride along Lake Bunyonyi to visit the Batwa people
7. Experiencing the frontier town-feel in the fishing village of Butiaba
8. Tumbling through grade 5 rapids on the Sources of the Nile
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