Western Uganda Tourist Attractions
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 (coaches) only depart when full, (meaning you sometimes 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 Western Uganda tourist attractions 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 below.