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Welcome to Uganda

I’ve been writing about life in Uganda and my travels across the country in a random ‘follow my nose’ kind of style since 2009. If you’re new to Uganda, here’s some basic information abut what the country has to offer tourists.

Kampala is the capital of Uganda and known historically as the ‘city of seven hills.’ Click on the link to read an intro to this great and crazy city!

Most tourists head straight to one of Uganda’s ten National Parks: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park and Semuliki National Park.

Safari or bust! Click here to learn more about Uganda’s National Parks.

In addition to the National Parks, the Uganda Wildlife Authority manages twelve Wildlife Reserves and fourteen wildlife sanctuaries. The National Forest Authority manages the Central Forest Reserves. The most popular ones include: Budongo Forest, Echuya Forest, Kalinzu Forest, Mabira Forest and Mpanga Forest.

The Ssesse Islands on Lake Victoria is an archipelago of 84 islands, many with beautiful white sandy beaches. Only half of the islands are inhabited. Some measure just a few thousand square metres. The largest Ssesse Island is Buggala (at 40 kilometres in length), a popular tourist destination.

Other popular Sssesse Islands include: Banda Island and Bulago Island. Ngamba Island is one of our best-known islands for it is home to the chimpanzees and sanctuary of the same name. Ngamba Island is a 45 minute boat ride across the Equator from Entebbe.

If you’re looking for just one book about travel and tourism in Uganda, buy the Bradt Uganda Guide. The latest edition was published in November 2016. You can buy this and many other African travel books via my Amazon shop.