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Uganda Among New York Times’ 52 Destinations to Visit

Uganda Gets Enlisted By the New York Times as One of the 52 Destinations to Visit In 2020- Uganda News

Time and again Uganda has always shown signs of brilliance as a wonderful and exciting Africa safari travel destination that everyone who intends to visit Africa should consider for their ultimate Africa safari experience.

Even this time around, Uganda has done it again as it got enlisted by the New York Times as one of the 52 destinations to visit in 2020.

In their own words, The New York Times described Uganda as a “Landlocked in east-central Africa, Uganda has long been in the shadow of Kenya, Tanzania and other countries more popular with visitors on safari.

But the “Pearl of Africa,” with its own rich wildlife, is set to become more accessible, thanks to the resurrection last summer of the country’s national carrier, Uganda Airlines.


Uganda is one of the world’s primate capitals, with 20 species (four of which are endangered) and the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site, in southwestern Uganda, is home to roughly half the world’s mountain gorillas.

The park’s gorilla-trekking safaris limit contact to eight visitors per gorilla group per day, and proceeds from their trekking permits go towards conservation efforts and protecting the animals from poachers.

The dense forest mountain park, which ranges in elevation between 3,810 feet and 8,880 feet, also features a scenic waterfall trail framed by ancient ferns and wild orchids, and is a birder’s paradise, with 350 species of forest birds.”

Written for by Vivian Song a renowned freelance travel and lifestyle editor who works with numerous international news agencies.
What else makes Uganda a unique destination to be visited in this year?

Uganda the Land of Apes

To primatologists and any other person who is intrigued by these wild cousins of ours, Uganda isn’t only the Pearl of Africa as many of us know it to be but also is truly the home of primates and this is because Uganda is home to over 20 primate species a number that isn’t easily found elsewhere on the planet.

Are you on a search for mountain gorillas? If you’re then getting your bags ready and make that Uganda safari tour because Uganda is home to these elusive mountain gorillas which are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

These gentle giants in Uganda almost constitute half of the world’s gorilla population which is currently standing at around 1063 individuals as per the recent gorilla census results.

Beyond gorillas, Uganda is also home to a healthy population of chimpanzee in different Uganda safari destinations such as Kibale National Park which is home to a chimpanzee population of close to 5000 chimps hence making it the prime destination for epic Uganda chimpanzee safaris.


However, as you search for the chimpanzees in Kibale during your Uganda chimpanzee tour to this “Primate capital of the world”, you have an opportunity to meet 12 other primate species and these include the black and white colobus monkeys, the grey-cheeked mangabeys, the L’hoest monkeys, the olive baboons, vervet monkeys, red tailed monkeys, pattas monkeys and many more.

Other Uganda safari tour destinations where you can have a close encounter with the chimpanzees include Budongo forest in the southern sector of Murchison falls National Park, Kyambura Gorge and Kalinzu Forest in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Uganda an Avian Destination to Die For by All Birders

Birds, just like New York times said that Bwindi is home to 350 bird species with 23 Albertine rift endemics, that’s only a small fraction of what Uganda has to offer in totality since Uganda is home 1073 bird species that call this tropical country their home when you speak of birds in Africa, Uganda should be your first priority.

A Uganda birding safari takes you to any of the numerous birding safari destinations in Uganda such as Semuliki National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidpeo Valley National Park and Kibale Forest National Park and this will give you an encounter with bird species such as the elusive shoebill stork, the Nkulengu rail, the northern double collared sunbird, the Karamoja Apalis, the African finfoot, the great blue turaco, the African green pita, the Rwenzori turaco and many others.

rwenzori regal sunbird

The Stunning Africa Savanna Mammals

Wild mammals- if you are looking for wild mammals, a Uganda wildlife safari to some of Uganda wildlife tour destinations such as Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Lake Mburo National Park and Kidepo Valley National Park will give you an encounter with some of the finest African savanna mammals like you have never seen before.

Many of these destinations have 4 or 5 out of the big five Africa game which includes African bush elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos.

On top of these expect to encounter numerous other mammals such as Roth child giraffes, burchell zebras, elands, Jackson hartebeests, topis, and wide variety antelopes.


Uganda a Hiking Destination With Less Crowds.

If you are a person with a big appetite for scaling mountains, Uganda offers you the best opportunity to engage in an epic Rwenzori hiking safari experience with minimal crowds.

Uganda is home to 2 towering mountains which are Rwenzori mountain in Mountain Rwenzori National Park and this is the 3rd highest mountain on the African continent with an elevation of 5109m, Mountain Elgon at 4321m above sea level, 3 of the 8 Virunga ranges found in Uganda and the forever intriguing Kigezi highlands will excite you on your Uganda safari to Kabale district.

Would like to visit Uganda and witness some of these attractions? Feel free to check out our website which ultimately gives you a preview of some of our safaris in Uganda packages that have been designed to lead you on an adventure to various parts of the country giving you unlimited access to the best of Africa safari attractions in Uganda.

Our Uganda gorilla safaris packages that have been feature here are designed to give you an encounter with the magical gorillas as the major attraction while Uganda wildlife safari packages cater for those that are interested in epic Uganda savanna wildlife as well as our fascinating and quite interesting culture birds and gorillas if you need them to be included.

Regardless of your intended length of stay in Uganda for a Uganda wildlife tour or Uganda gorilla tour experience, we’ve got you covered with our wide range of packages which include short Uganda wildlife safaris, these run from as low 2 days Uganda safari to Lake Mburo or 2 days Uganda wildlife tour to Queen Elizabeth.

Our Long Uganda wildlife safaris, start from 7 days to and run to as long as 18 days, even more, depending on your choice of number of days you intend to spend while traversing this pristine Pearl of Africa.

For those on a Uganda gorilla  safari adventure, we have short Uganda gorilla tours these run from a 3 days Uganda gorilla safari to Bwindi or a 4 days Bwindi gorilla safari and wildlife to Queen Elizabeth to long Uganda gorilla trekking tours that go to start from 6 days to 18 days for example 6 Days Uganda gorilla safari with chimpanzees.

You can also try out our other signature Africa safaris that run through other Africa destinations such as Rwanda, Congo, Kenya and Tanzania and these include Rwanda gorilla safaris and these feature short Rwanda gorilla safaris as well as Long Rwanda gorilla safaris. Kenya wildlife safaris also feature both short Kenya wildlife safaris and Long Kenya wildlife safaris.

Tanzania wildlife safaris and Congo gorilla and wildlife safaris have also been featured on this website.

Here are some of the selling packages in Uganda


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