Uganda named a top travel destination for 2016

A curious gorilla assesses photographer Petra Kilian-Gehring, who took this picture in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while on an Ujuzi safari to Uganda.
A curious gorilla assesses photographer Petra Kilian-Gehring, who took this picture in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park while on an Ujuzi safari to Uganda.

CNN has named Uganda as one of the top 16 up-and-coming travel destinations for 2016. CNN travel reporter Anisha Shah writes:

Rich in nature, it’s an outdoor sanctuary of crater lakes, white-sand beaches on lake islands, thundering waterfalls and national parks.

A top highlight is Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary, where rescued and orphaned chimpanzees live out their days on an island in Lake Victoria. Visitors can cross the equator by boat there, slicing through Africa’s largest lake.

It also noted that Uganda is one of the few places in the world to see mountain gorillas in their native environment, along with Rwanda and Congo. Seeing these close cousins of humans up close is truly the experience of a lifetime. Ujuzi traveler El Nault calls it “a profound spiritual engagement.”

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A chimp and baby in Uganda.

Lower numbers of travelers in Uganda can also mean better viewing at national parks and sanctuaries. The recently reopened ‘Honey Moon’ game track in Murchison Falls National Park, for example, gives visitors access to the best viewing on the south side of the Nile river. It’s a great road for birding and watching savannah and acacia scrub wildlife, including lions and leopards.

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Petra Kilian-Gehring took this photo of a lioness and cub on an Ujuzi safari to Uganda.

Uganda is where I fell in love with safaris, and I’m glad it’s getting the recognition it deserves! Contact me to plan your tour to this magnificent land.

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