Uganda at a Glance

Reasons why you should visit Uganda

Stunning marine attractions

  • Four of East Africa’s great lakes: Lake Victoria, Lake Kyoga, Lake Albert and Lake Edward
  • Lake Victoria is the world’s second largest fresh-water lake at 68,000 sq. km
  • Ssese Islands is a paradise with an array of white sandy beaches, birds and beautiful vegetation
  • Lake Bunyonyi is believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa with a depth ranging between 44m and 900m.
  • River Nile which is the longest river in the world, covering 6695 kilometers (4184 miles) in length flows and has its source in Uganda.
  • Murchison falls (huge volumes of River Nile waters force their way into a gorge which is less than 10 meters wide (other falls include; – Sipi, Kalagala, Sezibwa, Itanda falls etc.)
  • 12 wetlands of International Importance designated under the Ramsar Convention (RAMSAR sites)

Scenic landscape and mountains

  • Kigezi region is referred to as the Switzerland of Africa because of its scenic landscape & weather
  • Rwenzori (5,109 m) is permanently snowcapped, a rare condition in equatorial Africa.
  • Mt Rwenzori was voted among the top hiking places in Africa and among the top hiking spots in the world
  • Virunga volcanoes in south-western Uganda were voted “A must see place for 2012” and among the 12 places one has to visit in their life time
  • Other interesting mountains for hiking include: – Mt. Elgon (Africa’s 17thhighest mountain), Mt. Mgahinga, Mt. Muhabura, Mt. Moroto, etc.

Gorillas and other primates

  • Uganda has the largest mountain gorilla population in the world (over 400 of them). Less than 800 gorillas survive in the world today.
  • There are over 5,000 chimpanzees found in Uganda (Kibale forest alone holds a population of more than 1,000 chimpanzees).
  • Other primates include: – monkeys, baboons and nocturnal primates such as Bush babies and Pottos etc.

A diversity of bird species

  • With more than 1,000 bird species, Uganda is home to over 50% of the entire bird population in Africa.
  • Queen Elizabeth national park has over 605 species, the largest of any protected area in Africa
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was voted Africa’s number one birding site (2012) by the African Bird club.

A diversity of wild game

  • A total of 10 national parks
  • Big five (Lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo, rhinoceros)
  • The best place to see tree climbing lions in Africa is in Ishasha in Queen Elizabeth National park
  • Other game includes: – antelopes, cheetah, giraffes, warthogs, crocodiles, hyenas, hippopotamus etc.