Uganda is Africa condensed, with the best of everything the continent has to offer packed into one small but stunning destination. Uganda is home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the Rwenzoris dubbed Mountains of the Moon.
It is the source of the mighty River Nile, the world’s longest river, offering the best white-water rafting in the world. It has the highest concentration of primates in the world, including the mystic mountain giants, the mountain gorillas, one of the rarest animals on earth.
On top of all this, the scenery is so striking that it looks like a watercolour, the beautiful national parks see far fewer visitors than in neighbouring Kenya and Tanzania, and the capital Kampala is safer and friendlier than most in Africa. Winston Churchill called it the ‘Pearl of Africa’. He was right.
However, Idi Amin’s antics and Uganda’s long string of tragedies in the 1970s and ’80s is etched into the Western consciousness to such an extent that some people, wrongfully, still regard the country as dangerously unstable. The reality is vastly different. Stability has returned to all parts of the country and tourists are welcomed with open arms.