Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. It's a safe haven for a plethora of wild mammals and birds. Its abundant wildlife includes the majestic mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary which is popular for its thick rainforest and strenuous gorilla trekking trails. Beyond scenic landscapes and exotic wildlife, Uganda also has rich culture, traditions and undying history worth exploring.
You can feel the vibrant energy of Ugandan life between the sun-cracked streets of Central Kampala. Its Owino market is believed to be the largest in Central-east African. At the Ndere Centre you'll get to experience the traditional dance and music of Uganda through spectacular performances. Uganda National Cultural Centre has an interesting lineup of live music, dance, film and drama in the auditorium. Tour this scenic city in an authentic way on a boda boda (motorbike taxi). Arua is one of the major commercial towns of the country. You can enjoy golfing at the West Nile Golf Club which is located on Weatherhead Park Lane. Its landscape has made it a popular tourist attraction in Arya. To experience the local authenticity of Uganda you must visit Lira.
Kasubi Tombs is an important historic site located in Kampala. This palace consisting of 35 buildings is the burial place of four former Uganda kings and other royal family members. Through display of artifacts you get to learn about the rituals and traditions of the Buganda Kingdom, Uganda's largest tribal kingdom. Lubiri Palace is another interesting place to visit to learn more about Uganda's history and culture. Built in 1914, the Rubaga Cathedral in Kampala is an epitome of architectural beauty. It's also home to two tombs here that contain the remains of the first African Catholic Bishop and the first African Archbishop. Established in 1908, the Uganda Museum is the oldest museum in East Africa. It displays Uganda's cultural heritage through natural-historical exhibitions. You can play the traditional musical instruments featured in the museum. Uganda Martyrs Shrine Namugongo and Guruguru caves are other places with great historical importance.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is covered in some of Africa's oldest primeval forestry. With its rocky peak, endless greenery and exotic biodiversity, Bwindi is a paradise for nature lovers. There are many gorilla trekking tours you can join to see mountain gorillas up close in their natural habitat. Kibale National Park shelters dense jungles, wetland forests, and awesome arrays of wild chimpanzee packs. On your safari excursion you might also spot rare L'Hoest's and the Ugandan red colobus. Murchison Falls National Park is the largest national park in the country. The wilds of the park include lions, elephants, giraffes and more. Also, don't miss the glorious cascades of the Murchison Falls. Lying close to the banks of Lake Edward, the Queen Elizabeth National Park is famous for Congo lions and the swinging chimps that mingle between the Maramagambo Forest and the grassy savannah. Katwe craters are the prime attraction of this park. To explore the sheer beauty of this place you can join lake cruises, Kazinga Channel boat cruise, hot air balloon tours and various safaris. The Explosion Crater Drive is the best way to explore the Crater Lake, Blue Mountains, mountains of the Congo, Lake Edward and exotic wildlife of this park. Mount Elgon National Park near Mbale is bisected by the borders of Uganda and Kenya. The Ugandan part of the park encompasses calderas, waterfalls, rugged canyons, caves, cliffs, mountain peaks and mesas. Ancient cave paintings add to the mystical quality of this park's wilderness. The park is also home to nearly 144 bird species and a variety of animals including elephants, buffaloes, antelope, duiker, and forest monkeys such as blue monkey, red-tailed monkey, black-and-white colobus, among others. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, hidden in the far southern depths of Uganda, is home to the beasts of the highlands: mountain gorillas. From the Virunga Range the views of the green rainforests are simply unforgettable. Game sightings of the rare mountain gorillas alongside other animals such as golden monkeys, wild hogs, woodland elephants and jackals makes your trip to this park enthralling.
The archipelago of the Ssese Islands is one of the best places to visit in Uganda. Dotted along the northwestern shores of Lake Victoria, these islands are considered the country's premier relaxation spot. Bugala Island and Bulago Island will steal your heart away with their sun-kissed beaches and crystal clear water. You can also indulge in watersports, horseback riding, windsurfing and kayaking. Interact with the Bantu people to learn about their culture and history of Uganda.
Gaddafi Mosque, also known as Uganda National Mosque, is situated in an Old Kampala area on the Kampala hill. It features the tallest minaret where the muezzin calls Muslims for prayers. Its beautiful interiors and minaret is a sight to behold. Bahai temple, located on Kikaya Hill, is the first Bahai temple in Africa. It has one of a kind architectural design embellished with beautiful gardens. Built in 1890, Namirembe Cathedral is the oldest Anglican Church of Uganda. Many people come here for Sunday and weekly services. It is a place where you can learn about the history of Christianity in Uganda.
A major chunk of Uganda can be covered in 7 to 10 days. Start off in Kampala spending a day exploring the historical sites, museum and shopping lanes. From here take a detour to Ssese Islands and spend two days relaxing on the white-sand beaches and trying different adventurous activities. Spend a day or two exploring the Queen Elizabeth National Park and surrounding areas in western region. You can spot a variety of animals and birds here. Moving towards the northern region, visit Murchison Falls National Park in the Masindi district. Spending a day amidst nature is the best way to calm your body, mind and soul. Further in the eastern region, feel a chilling adrenaline rush as you make your way to the top of Wagagai Peak. End your trip at the nature-rich Mount Elgon National Park, spotting wild animals in their natural habitat.