Every African country has a calling card; Uganda has a whole deck. Think giant lakes, grassy savannas, dense rainforests, towering mountains and a capital city that buzzes with renewed excitement. Kampala has long since moved on from its past, and is now one of Africa’s safest and most welcoming cities. Get a feel for the local culture by immersing yourself in the bustling Owino Market, which offers everything from homemade fabrics to tangy African street food. Learn about Uganda’s ancient history at the Kasubi Tombs. Or go on a thrilling white-water rafting ride along the headwaters of the River Nile, in the nearby town of Jinja. This is where the world’s longest river originates – from Africa’s largest mass of inland water, Lake Victoria. Views over the lake are best from Kampala, but the most spectacular sights, believe it or not, are found elsewhere. In the north, Murchison Falls National Park is known for its 45-metre-high waterfall and wildlife that includes the ‘big five’ – lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhino – while to the west, Rwenzori National Park is home to Africa’s tallest mountain range. But the main attraction is nestled in the southwestern corner of the country: Bwindi National Park, where you can track mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Accommodation is plentiful in Uganda. Choose from hotels and apartments in Kampala, lakeside lodges in Jinja, and a range of camps, hostels and more lodges near the national parks.
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