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Uganda, in East Africa, might be landlocked, but it has a substantial part of the beautiful Lake Victoria within its borders. Winston Churchill referred to the country as the Pearl of Africa.
The lush, green forests of Uganda are in stark contrast to the arid terrain of much of Africa. These forests provide an ideal habitat for some of the last remaining mountain gorillas with travellers flocking to watch these amazing, engaging primates. Uganda is also home to two National Safari Parks, the Kibale Forest National Park and the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where big game roam.
Named after Queen Victoria by British explorer John Speke in 1858, Lake Victoria is a powerful sight to behold. At 3,700 feet above sea level and over 223 miles long and 209 miles wide, it is the world’s largest tropical lake. Much wildlife is attracted to its waters and surroundings, such as Nile crocodiles, hippos, mongoose and various kinds of turtles. The lake abounds with five hundred species of fish and also freshwater crabs.
Set in hills, at an elevation of nearly 4,000 feet and bordering Lake Victoria, the capital city Kampala is also the country’s largest city and called the City of Seven Hills because of its stunning setting. Renowned for its buzzing night life with bars open to all hours, it also has flourishing stalls full of budget price street food aimed to help support the poorest elements of the population. Try to visit the Kasubi Tombs, Uganda Museum, Ndere Cultural Museum and Kabaka’s Palace.
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