Uganda Heart of Africa – 8 Days
“The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale” Winston Churchill wrote in 1908. “The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anywhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa.”
Until the 1960’s, Uganda was a premier destination for tourists wanting to experience the best of Africa, then for two decades the world avoided Uganda while Idi Amin plunged the nation into a bitter civil war. For decades tourism came to a standstill, but today visitors from around the world are finding their way back to this “fairy tale” kingdom in increasing numbers, and for very good reason. Not only does Uganda feel fresh and unspoiled compared to the hordes of tourists now descending on Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa, but it has so much more to offer.
Uganda is truly gifted by nature with nearly a quarter of the country covered in fresh water, Only in Uganda can you dip your feet into the source of the Nile, the world’s largest river, beside Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest lake – a lake so large that it affects the weather pattern of several nations that surround it.
Western Uganda is bordered by the spectacular, glacier-capped Rwenzori mountain range with an appearance so different, and vegetation so unearthly, it is often referred to as the “Mountains of the Moon”. The countryside is an extravagant velvety green, thanks to rainfall throughout the year and the country enjoys a delightfully cool climate due to having a higher elevation (average 1,200m) than most of Africa.
Wildlife has come back from almost total destruction during the war years to outstanding concentrations and diversity today. Uganda has the widest variety of primates found anywhere in Africa, including chimpanzees and half the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. With over 1,000 recorded bird species, many of them endemic, Uganda boasts the richest birding on the continent. From placid crater lakes to savannahs teeming with game, from the hippo pools and roaring falls of the Upper Nile where the world’s largest crocodile can be found to the unique tree-climbing lions of Ishasa, Uganda has a diversity unparalleled in Africa.
The title ‘Heart of Africa’ really applies to the people as Uganda’s 26 million inhabitants, representing many different tribes, are considered to be some of the friendliest people in all of Africa. Being a former British Protectorate, the people are often fluent in English, making communication easy. “You are most welcome” are the words a foreigner is most likely to hear. Ugandans have a strong sense of family that they cherish all the more following the war years, You simply do not meet a stranger here for by the time you leave you will feel as if you are leaving family.
UGANDA- The Heart of Africa is a safari unlike any other. It combines the best destinations and national parks in Uganda with service learning for students. Nowhere else in Africa can you find an experience quite like it.