With the kids nearly out of school for the summer and the temperatures rising quickly, now is the time to start thinking about a great summer holiday that will be yours to remember forever. Sure, all inclusive getaways to the Spanish islands may be on the cards, but if you’ve been there time and again most summers, it could be wearing a bit thin. Why not consider something truly unique this summer with a trip to Africa – more specifically, Uganda – and be the talk of the town on your return. Here are just a couple of reasons this African nation is this year’s African hotspot for backpackers, luxury travellers and families alike.
It’s no secret that if you’re going to Uganda, chances are you’re going to go on a safari. Going on a safari in Uganda is definitely one of the main highlights on a trip to these parts and for good reason – being located where it is means that the countryside is awash with many, many different types of animals and you can see almost everything in this one region from lions to chimps to various buffalo or antelope and more. Check out the western highlands for the chance to see the rare mountain gorilla, an experience that will leave you simply breathless.
The scenery alone is a great reason to visit Uganda. With lush rainforests, highlands jutting out from the earth’s crust and the shores of the enormous Lake Victoria, for an outdoor lover, Uganda has it all. Truly, this is one country where people come to get out and among the wilderness, either by going on hiking tours in the highlands, on safari through national parks such as Murchison Falls, or boating on Lake Victoria, you need to get out and experience the nature of Uganda for yourself.
If you only have a short time in the country but you want to do as much as you can, consider a day trip from Kampala to Jinja, the source of the Nile. Whitewater rafting is popular here, as is getting out of town on hiking trails, canoeing and kayaking and more. Don’t miss hiking in the highlands and opportunities for camping. If camping is your thing, consider a camping safari – where you literally sleep in tents, sometimes suspended from trees depending on the location.
Jinja is a great location to get out of Uganda altogether. Connected by road to other major African cities such as Nairobi and Dar Es Salaam, Jinja is a hot destination for those both kicking back in Uganda for awhile as well as those who are looking to explore its neighbours.
So if you’re in the mood for something a bit different this summer, consider checking out Uganda. With so many amazing things to see and do, as well as the opportunity to go on some truly stunning safaris, Uganda is a hot destination at the moment, and for good reason. So what are you waiting for? Get those bags packed. We’ll see you in Kampala!