Uganda, known as ‘the Pearl of Africa’ is a country with fantastic natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Travelling through Uganda you will be captivated by its beauty, overwhelmed by the friendliness of its people and intrigued by all that Uganda has to offer.
Uganda has many opportunities for mountain climbing, hiking and nature walks. The Rwenzori Mountains boast the snow-capped Margherita Peak (5109 m), the highest Mountain Range in Africa and also one of the highest peaks. Mount Elgon, located in Eastern Uganda, offers another great opportunity for hiking, climbing, and also has one of the largest calderas in the world. Year round trips can be arranged to this vast volcanic caldera sitting astride the Kenya – Uganda border. Excellent for acclimatisation before tackling the higher African summits.
Uganda is also one of the most organised countries for Gorilla viewing where just north of the Virunga Volcanoes, in the Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest, several groups of gorillas have been habituated and are visited on a daily basis. Permits must be obtained well in advance. There is an almost 100% chance of seeing the gorillas and it is possibly one of the best animal encounters available.
Uganda offers excellent game viewing including chimp and rhino tracking on foot, a boat trip and a walk up the Murchison Falls Gorge.
The terrain is mostly plateau with a rim of mountains. Its highest point is Margherita Peak on Mount Stanley which stands at 5,110 m. Uganda’s lowest point is Lake Albert at 621 m. The climate is tropical; generally rainy with two dry seasons (December to February, June to August). Uganda can be visited at any time of year. Most of Uganda enjoys the perfect tropical climate. Temperatures average about 26°C during the day and 16°C at night. The hottest months are from December to February.
The International airport is in Entebbe (EBB) from where you would normally overnight in nearby Kampala to begin your trip the following day.
Most visitors will need a visitors visa to enter Uganda. It is advisable to contact your nearest Ugandan Embassy before you travel. A valid Yellow Fever Certificate will also be required in order to enter the country.
Please note: We retail maps for Rwenzori Mountains (main map and routes to summit on one side, information of the area, terrain, climate, vegetation, etc on the reverse). Please visit our BUY MAPS webpage for more details and costs.