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Uganda travel guide

Uganda is a land of biggies: visit for big mountains, big waterfalls, big white-water rafting rapids and big primates – the matchless mountain gorillas

Although it was once synonymous with Idi Amin, these days Uganda has a different headline act: the mountain gorillas that roam Uganda's dense jungle interior. The dark days of dictatorship are long gone and a spell in this mesmerising country will make your heart beat faster for all the right reasons.

Uganda doesn’t do things by halves and there is a smorgasbord of heavyweight attractions – the source of the Nile, the highest mountain range in Africa, the world’s most powerful waterfall and, of course, opportunities to come face to face with one of the most awesome creatures on earth: the mountain gorilla.

Wanderlust recommends

  1. Eyeball a muscle-bound mountain gorilla in the Impenetrable Forest at Bwindi.
  2. Seek out another of man’s relatives and track chimpanzees in the Kibale Forest National Park.
  3. Take in the dramatic sight of thundering Murchison Falls.
  4. Tumble down the wild rapids at Jinja. The source of the Nile offers world-class white water rafting.
  5. Stride out into the legendary Mountains of the Moon in Rwenzori Mountains National Park.
  6. Get your cameras at the ready to capture the curious spectacle of Ishasha’s tree-climbing lions.

Wanderlust tips

Don’t underestimate the Rwenzori Mountains – hikers must be fit as the trails are tough and you could end up, quite literally, knee or waist deep in mud. Pack warm clothing for high altitudes.

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