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The sheen of the Pearl of Africa, a little landlocked country sitting in the east-central region of the continent, has been marred over the past due to its turbulent history. Though immensely beautiful and biodiverse, Uganda made the news for the wrong reasons in the past. If you still associate this country with civil war and AIDS, though, your information is outdated: this resilient little country has since risen from the ashes to become one of the world’s top tourist destinations, frequently ranked amongst the best places to visit by reputable agencies such as the National Geographic, CNN Travel and Lonely Planet.

Sitting north of Tanzania, east of the Democratic Republic of Congo and west of Kenya, Uganda’s unique position means that it offers the best of African natural terrain – from savannahs to jungles, mountains to plateaus, and a huge abundance of lakes and rivers (including the beginnings of the mighty Nile River, lifesource of the African continent). Its diverse geography also makes it home to a huge variety of exotic wildlife; these include mountain gorillas (half the entire mountain gorilla population in the world is located in Uganda), chimpanzees, lions, elephants, rhinos, hippos, crocodiles and many more.

Not bad for a little country not quite 250,000 square kilometres in area!

To make it even more attractive as a tourist destination, Uganda has been rated the Best English Speaking Country in Africa by the World Linguistic Agency.

Getting around

For hassle-free transportation in Uganda, it is best to book a tour operator to take you around for the duration of your trip. This is a popular option for many tourists in Uganda, as such services are generally quite affordable in the country. For those who prefer to go it alone, though, get around like a local on the public buses and ‘boda-bodas’ (motorcycles).

What to see and do

No trip to Uganda is complete without a visit to the ominously-named Bwindi Impenetrable Forests for a look at the country’s prime attraction – its magnificent and highly-endangered Mountain Gorillas, hidden deep within the misty sea of green. Take a Gorilla Safari for a guided trek through the forest searching for known gorilla families - being rather shy and non-confrontational, though, the gentle giants can sometimes be difficult to find. But their elusiveness makes each sighting all the more precious; few people in the world can claim to have seen a 6-foot-tall, 350-pound Silverback gorilla in its natural habitat, without the restraints of bars or cages.

Even without its magnificent inhabitants, though, the Bwindi Forests are an impressive specimen of their own. With an area of 32,000 hectares, the Bwindi National Park is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is a hotbed of biodiversity, being home to hundreds of species of trees, ferns, birds and butterflies.

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