Referred to as the 'Pearl of Africa' by Winston Churchill, Uganda is a mesmerizing nation of sheer natural beauty and a treasure trove of historical attractions exhibiting the strong cultural heritage. This landlocked country in East Africa is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the southwest by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. Uganda is a fascinating mix of rich natural diversity, hospitable natives and a thriving cultural scene, that are all responsible for drawing tourists to its fold.
Kick-start the trip by heading out to Kampala, the capital city of Uganda and is perched in the South Central part close to the shores of Lake Victoria. Some of the attractions worth seeing are: the Uganda Museum, Kasubi Tombs (where the remains of the Kings of Buganda are buried), Nommo art gallery, National Theathre and so forth. Kampala has a happening night-life, so feel free to let your hair down and groove the night away in a plethora of trendy clubs and bars dotted in the city.
Drop by at the town of Jinga if if you wish to view the Source of Nile. The nation's second-largest town is also the point for hoards of adventure activities on and around the river. Another town worth visiting is Fort Portal. It is the center for those travellers who wish to explore some of Uganda's finest wildlife destinations including Kibale, Semliki, Bigodi, Rwenzori and Lake Nkuruba. Do take some time out to look at nearby crater lakes, Karambi Tombs and the recently restored Toro Palace.
Wild-life enthusiasts ought to visit the Kibale National park, where the most popular inhabitants are its chimps. Apart from that, there are around 33 bird species and at least 60 species of mammals in this incredible park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a sanctuary for about half the planet's remaining mountain gorillas. The park also houses colobus monkeys, various species of chimpanzee, hundreds of species of birds and many other animals, including snakes, lizards, chameleons and butterflies.
Do stop over and spend some time at the magnificent and ethereal Lake Victoria. It is one of the Great Lakes of Africa and the third biggest lake in the planet, spanning as much as 68,800 sq kilometers. Perched in Tanzania and Uganda with a small portion extending into Kenya, it is the main reservoir of the Nile River and the biggest fresh water lake in Africa. Over 200 species of fish can be found there. Tourists can wander around the lake via a boat trip.
When it comes to shopping, be on the lookout for souvenirs such as local musical instruments, woven goods such as baskets, wooden carvings, batiks and ceramics. Locally-produced jewellery, including bangles and necklaces, and packets of local tea and coffee are also popular buys. As for cuisine, do dig into delicious delicacies such as Chapati (Indian-style flat bread fried in oil; Luwonbo - stew prepared from meat, vegetables or fish steamed in banana leaves).
The stay options in Uganda are abundant with the best luxury hotels, rental apartments and cheap accommodations available for tourists to decide which kind to opt for depending on their budget and taste. Uganda experiences tropical climate. The best time to visit would be from June to September, one of the dry seasons.