From the verdant sparkling waterways of the Okavango Delta to the arid expanse of the great Kalahari, Botswana is a land of great contrast. This precious, peaceful country offers a plethora of luxury accommodation as well as exhilarating mobile camping and tranquil house boat accommodation.
The verdant, rolling emerald hills hide great reflective lakes in their folds, most notably Lakes Victoria, Albert and Kyogo, while the winding red-earth roads are lined with mango, jackfruit and banana trees and pockets of vivid green tea plantations; Uganda is a veritable oasis.
Uganda is arguably the best destination for gorilla trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga National Park are home to over 50% of the world’s population. It is also possible to track chimpanzee in Kibale and visit the Budongo Research Centre, part of the Jane Goodall institute.
You can also enjoy traditional vehicle safaris in Queen Elizabeth National Park, this huge reserve has over 100 mammals (including tree-climbing lion) and 500 birds residing within it and they can be spotted from a game vehicle or from a boat. The Kazinga Channel which flows between lakes George and Edwards offers the best boating as the wildlife congregates along the banks. The wildlife in Murchison Falls National Park is also excellent, it also happens to be home to the source of the Nile and you could get lucky and spot the elusive and extraordinary shoebill stork.
The tourism scene is relatively young and the infrastructure is still not as efficient as its neighbours but the warm welcome that you will receive and fewer visitor numbers more than make up for this. We highly recommend this up-and-coming safari destination, the possibility to trek Mountain Gorilla and chimpanzee, take a traditional wildlife safari and boat trips all within one beautiful country is remarkable. Uganda is also well placed to combine with a safari in Kenya or Tanzania or some beach time on the shores of the Indian Ocean.