49,520,445 million inhabitants
Swahili along with Bantu, Central Sudanic, Nilotic and Luganda
Ugandan Shilling
Flight time
7 hours and 44 minutes from the UK
time difference
UTC/GMT +3 hours
best time to go
Dec-Feb / Jun-Aug

Introducing Uganda

Uganda, dubbed the “Pearl of Africa” by Sir Winston Churchill, offers a wide variety of spectacular sights and one-of-a-kind experiences that are exclusive to the country. In addition to mountain gorilla hiking, Uganda also allows visitors to simultaneously stand in hemispheres as the equator cuts through it.
Uganda is home to incredible wildlife, majestic waterfalls, expansive lakes, a rich culture, and adrenaline-pumping activities, and is characterised by its well-known red soil, verdant hills, and impressive Lake Victoria. Visit Uganda’s western national parks to see primates in their natural habitat or the isolated, tribal mountains of the east for breath-taking vistas and unforgettable walking excursions.


Africa’s continent is home to the nation of Uganda. Uganda, located in eastern Africa, is encircled by land. Uganda is bordered by four other nations in Africa. Sudan shares a border with Uganda in the north. Uganda’s eastern border is with Kenya, and its western border is with the Congo. Lake Victoria and Tanzania both border Uganda on its southern side. The country is made of 81.7% land and 18.3% water.


The two dry seasons in Uganda—December through February and June through August—are the finest times to travel there because they offer the best opportunities for hiking to view mountain gorillas and chimpanzees.
This time of year, along with February and March, is also favourable for observing wildlife in national parks. From late September through the beginning of October, waterholes are frequented by large populations of wildlife.


Ugandan cuisine has a variety of regional specialties that draw on flavours from the Arabic, Asian, and English countries. Since the nation is primarily agricultural, its cuisine uses high-quality ingredients, which results in dishes that are both delicious and nutritious. There are many different types of ingredients, including fish, several kinds of meat, yucca, soy, vegetables, and other food including fruits and nuts. One of their most famous dishes is Matoke. It consists of a chicken and green banana stew that has been spiced up. To prepare this dish, a puree produced from bananas is combined with chicken and various vegetables. Other notable dishes you will find may be slightly unusual including fried white ants found in food markets and fried grasshoppers.

History and Culture

Before the Bantu people arrived and brought with them more advanced abilities, Ugandans were foragers. At the same period, the Buganda ruled central Uganda, while the Bunyoro Kingdom seized control of the northern region. Arab traders began to arrive in the 1830s, while British explorers who were searching for the Nile River’s source arrived in the 1860s. It became the British Protectorate of Uganda in 1894 after Protestant and Catholic missionaries arrived there in the late 1870s. Initially, just the Buganda kingdom was controlled by the British, but this quickly spread to include the whole of Uganda. The Buganda people assisted the British as they seized control of other kingdoms by performing administrative tasks including collecting taxes from neighbouring tribes. In 1962 Uganda declared its independence from British rule and became a Commonwealth country.


Although Uganda is a very family-friendly destination for safari travel, please be informed that the main attraction, mountain gorilla tracking, is only open to those who are at least 15 years old. Aside from viewing gorillas, Uganda offers a wide range of family-friendly activities, including thrilling wildlife excursions in Murchison National Park and visits to the magnificent Murchison Falls. If your kids are interested in nature and activity, Uganda is the place to go. There is also the Ngamba Chimp Sanctuary and a variety of family-friendly activities to enjoy along the Nile. Any family visiting Uganda will an amazing holiday since the people are so hospitable.

A rich biodiversity, a jaw dropping varied landscape and impressive safari experiences make Uganda a prime destination for adventure seekers.

Top Locations in Uganda

Ugandan Safari
Safari excursions are among the best things to do in Uganda if you want to explore the continent's wildlife. Numerous knowledgeable tour guides are available that will know just where to take you for the best opportunities to see animals including Cape buffalos, elephants, giraffes, lions, antelopes and chimpanzees. Among the top safari destinations in Uganda are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you can go mountain gorilla trekking, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Murchison Falls National Park.
The Mpigi District's Kayabwe, where you'll discover a scattering of gift shops and eateries, is the greatest location in Uganda to cross the equator.
Nile River
Did you know that the Nile River begins in Uganda? Visit the town of Jinja where the Nile River starts to experience the largest river in the world.
Murchison National Park
One of the greatest spots to watch Africa's Big Five, which includes the endangered Rothschild giraffes, the tallest giraffes, can be found in the Murchison National Park, known as the largest national park in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Observing tree-climbing lions is one of the exciting activities you can only do in Uganda. In the Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National Park, you have the greatest chance of spotting these peculiar lions. You might be able to see lions between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. because they hunt at night and spend the majority of the day sleeping in the trees. At addition to hot air balloon excursions, boat rides on the Kazinga Channel, and picturesque trips to see Crater Lake, Mountains of the Moon, and the Blue Mountains of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, you will have the chance to see various native wildlife.

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