“For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – plant, bird, insect, reptile, beast – for vast scale … Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.” – Winston Churchill
Uganda is 91, 344 square miles of beautiful, serene, green plateau situated between the eastern and western branches of the Great Rift Valley. More than 80 inches of rain falls on its ever-fertile lands each year and lakes, rivers, and streams, including legendary Lake Victoria and the Nile River, cover 25 % of its surface. Uganda’s lush rainforests, savannah, and semi-desert areas are home to a spectacular array of wildlife, birdlife and flora. This natural gift is one that is highly treasured in Uganda. Laws regarding the preservation of forests, rivers, lakes, wild animals and sites of ecological and historical importance are strictly enforced, ensuring their existence for future generations.
Land Of Gorillas & Primates
Uganda is well known as the home of the endangered mountain gorilla. Fewer than 700 mountain gorillas exist in the world and they can only be found in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over half of these live in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest and Mgahinga Park. Primates in general flourish in Uganda. The forests and swamps of Kibale Forest alone host 11 different species including chimpanzees (closest human relative) and colobus monkeys.
An Abundance of Wildlife
You don’t have to choose between gorilla trekking and a wildlife safari. Uganda offers travelers wonderful safari experiences in its national parks. There are lions, zebras, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, baboons, giraffes, cheetahs, Uganda kobs, the rare situtungas, water bucks, bush bucks, bush pigs, and many more. Birders will delight at the variety they find here. Uganda proudly boasts the largest number of recorded bird species in Africa – well over 1000.