Tourism in Uganda is gaining in popularity not least because of a host of awards by organisations such as National Geographic and Lonely Planet recognising it as one of the top travel destinations in the world making tourism growth in Uganda the fastest in Africa. Known as the "Pearl of Africa", today Uganda is a peaceful country especially in the south where you will be staying far removed from the tempestuous days of Idi Amin and the malignant Lord's Resistance Army driven from the country many years ago. Unspoilt by commercialisation you can undertake the best safaris in Africa sitting on top of jeeps, trek through forests in search of mountain gorillas, camp next to chimps and hippos and stop off at museums exploring local heritage and culture as well as visiting craft shops, restaurants and lakes.
One thing to be mindful of when visiting tourism attractions in Western Uganda is travel. Buses only depart when full, even if you have to wait for hours; fourteen seater minibuses (the local method of travel) can be crammed with up to twenty or more people and a family car sized taxi can have four people sitting in the front and six or seven in the rear. Your best bet is to arrange a "special" taxi giving you exclusive travel ~ but negotiate hard on price. Because you are a muzungo (non-African) you will be considered rich!
Below we explore some of the best tourism attractions in Uganda but there's much more to see and do. Complete your journey by checking out what's also available around the main towns and villages here.
The National Parks in Uganda form the backbone of the tourism industry. Check out the parks here.
The ultimate tourism experience in Uganda, gorilla trekking deep in Bwindi Forest in south Western Uganda!
Undertake the safari of a lifetime in Uganda and watch the animals whilst sitting on top of a jeep in Queen Elizabeth National Park!
Go chimpanzee tracking along the scenic trails of Kalinzu Forest in the Rift Valley Escarpment in Western Uganda.
There are a number of lakes in Western Uganda the most stunning of which is Lake Bunyonyi outside Kabale.
Step back in time to see how the Batwa lived in the Bwindi, one of the planet's most beautiful jungles.
There aren't many museums in Uganda for tourists but the few that there are are well worth visiting.
Stop off at Jinja and explore the source of the River Nile before starting your adventure in Western Uganda.
As yet largely uncommercialised, Western Uganda has many tourist attractions for the explorer to visit.
As well as the main tourist attractions there are many other activities to enjoy in Western Uganda.
A guide to the main towns in Western Uganda, where to stay, eat and things to see and do.