Uganda Ranked 4th Best Destination In the World

Uganda Ranked 4th Best Destination In the World

2024 has begun with great news and for enthusiastic travelers in search of unusual experiences in Africa, there is one place to look out for and that is Uganda. Lying in the heart of East Africa, Uganda has been listed by Bradt Guides as the 4th best place to travel to for you to enjoy a holiday.

Uganda was not only recognized but also 4 of its 10 national parks also featured among the most outstanding places to visit. They include Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park –lying in the Southwestern part of the country, Bwindi is home to unique mountain gorillas and a visit to this park brings you on a close interaction with these massive apes while in their natural habitat. Over 459 out of 1063 endangered mountain gorillas all live in Bwindi alone and treks are conducted on any of the 20 habituated gorilla families.

Go marvel at the scenic Murchison Falls and abundant wildlife surviving in the various habitats of the park. The Murchison Falls is renowned for its powerful roar and while here, get a chance to witness this magical natural wonder as it squeezes itself into a narrow rock measuring about 7-8 meters forming a surging cascade.

Visit Rwenzori Mountains- conquer the great heights of this snow-capped block mountain. Getting to the summits of Rwenzori Mountains is possible on the Central Circuit, Kilembe trail and Bukurungu trail. Aside from hiking/mountaineering adventures, there are some interesting fauna to encounter including l’hoest monkeys, chimpanzees, Rwenzori duikers, black and white colobus monkeys, hyrax and birds, especially Albertine rift endemics.

Uganda featured on Bradt Guides top picks for 2024 considering its diversity and uniqueness. Besides, Uganda was recognized by its ever growing infrastructure a significant factor that promises a new blend of luxury and convenience for business and leisure visitors. There are plenty of state-of-the-art conference facilities and emergence of new 4-star and above hotels not only in Kampala but also other surrounding cities like Entebbe.

Bradt Guides is an international agency and it positioned Uganda behind Switzerland, the Falkland, Antarctica, and Madagascar -5th and Zanzibar -7th position. Uganda features among the few destinations in Africa to be listed on the top 13 places to visit in 2024.

Aside from Bradt Guides, there are multiple international tourism rankings where Uganda has featured. They include the 2023 CNN listing where it was among the best tourist destination to visit; the National Geographic which positioned Uganda as one of the world’s best travel destinations;

The New York times which places Uganda among the 33 locations in the world to consider when planning travel; UNESCO where in 2012, Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was declared among the world’s best birding destinations and lastly, the Lonely planet 2012 where Uganda was named as one of the world’s best countries to visit.

Other places to visit in Uganda; Semuliki National Park –best for birding experiences and exploring some of the world’s powerful hot springs –Sempaya hot springs; Mount Elgon National Park (UNESCO man and biosphere reserve), Lake Mburo National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Mgahinga NP and Kibale National Park –the Primate capital of the world.

Still in Uganda, you also have a chance to visit Mabira Forest, Budongo Forest, Sipi Falls, Kyambura Gorge, Kalinzu Forest Reserve, Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Uganda Wildlife Reserve, Mabamba Wetland and more.

How you can be part of Uganda experiences

You can take off from the UK to Uganda on a flight from London Heathrow/Gatwick up to Entebbe International Airport (EBB). The flight may cover between 8 and 10 hours. There are other destinations served by Uganda Airlines that offer easier connections to Entebbe where you can begin your road trip to any remotest part of the country or still connect to your favorite destination by flight.

When to visit Uganda

Uganda’s destinations are most accessible during the dry seasons or months that is from June to September or December, January to February. During these peak dry months of the year, the weather conditions are favorable for gorilla trekking, game viewing, chimpanzee tracking, golden monkey tracking, mountaineering, and other experiences.

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