today is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets. Here, in a country roughly
the size of Great Britain, one finds a rich tapestry of traditions and
cultures encompassing 45-plus languages, and topography ranging from semi-arid
savannah, to lush rainforest, to the largest glaciated area on the African
continent, which, it so happens, sits astride the equator! In terms of
wildlife, Uganda has species found elsewhere in Africa, like impala and
plains zebra, along with those found nowhere else, like the Ugandan kob,
an antelope. But it is Uganda’s wealth of birdlife (nearly 600 different
species have been recorded in the country) and abundance of primates (12
different species) which provides unique appeal. In fact, Uganda offers
visitors the rare privilege of viewing in the wild both chimpanzees, fast
becoming endangered, and the already highly endangered mountain gorilla.
Still, this country, dubbed by Winston Churchill “The Pearl of Africa,”
remains largely under-discovered as a Safari destination.