EAST AFRICA: UGANDA
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Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. Uganda is bordered on
the east by Kenya, on the north by South Sudan, on the west by the
Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and
on the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a
substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania.
Uganda lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally
Tourism in Uganda is focused on Uganda's landscape and wildlife.
Uganda has a very diverse culture, landscape, flora, and fauna.
Adventure tourism, ecotourism and cultural tourism are being
developed by the country. Although landlocked, Uganda contains
many large lakes; besides Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga, there are
Lake Albert, Lake Edward and the smaller Lake George.
EAST AFRICA: UGANDA
The tourism in Uganda is famous for its multiple National
Parks. The keystone of Ugandan tourism is the Bwindi
Impenetrable National Park. With more than 300 Mountain
Gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has approximately
half of the world's population of Mountain Gorillas.
Game viewing is the most popular tourist activity in Uganda.
Wild animals like lions, buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, elephants
are common in Uganda’s ten national parks. Uganda is one of
only three countries where it is possible to visit the endangered
Mountain gorillas are Uganda's prime tourist attraction. The
vast majority of these are in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park,
with a few others in Mgahinga National Park, both in
Queen Elizabeth National Park is home to the tree
climbing lions. Lions do not normally climb trees which makes
this a truly unique phenomenon.
Boating and Water Sports: With its prime location in the African
Great Lakes region, Uganda has a variety of water bodies that
are popular spots for tourism. White water rafting in Jinja is a
popular activity on River Nile.
Boating which is commonly done on Lake Victoria, Lake Mburo,
Lake Bunyonyi, Kazinga Channel, and River Nile is a perfect
way of exploring the buffaloes, hippos, crocodiles and a wide
variety of bird species that inhabit the banks of these water
bodies. Sport fishing is another favorite tourist activity.
Uganda has many opportunities for mountain climbing, hiking
and nature walks. The Rwenzori Mountains, which are found at
the border with the DRC, boast the snowcapped Margherita
Peak (5109 m), the highest Mountain Range in Africa and also
one of the highest peaks.