20 October, 2008

Safari Notes: Uganda

Few places on Earth, can match Uganda's natural beauty. From the flat savanna lands of the North, to the dry, but still strikingly beautiful, dry lands of the North East; to the rolling hills and mountains of the East and West - Uganda is a feast for the eyes. Mount Elgon is as unforgettable as Bwindi.

One of the most unforgettable sceneries one can see, is driving from Kampala towards the West - through Masaka, Mabarara, Fort Portal, Kabale and the Queen Elizabeth National Park; or from Kampala towards the east through Kigumba, Murchison Falls and on to Gulu and Lira; or through Tororo and on to the stunning slopes of Mount Elgon at Mbale.

For those intending to visit the Lake Albert area, there are very good facilities at the Lake Albert Safari Lodge. And the scenery around, is just breathtaking.

And for those visiting Kampala, there is the fine Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel right by Lake Victoria - offering excellent facilities.

Except for malaria, which can be deadly, most parts of Uganda are very safe. And people are very friendly and helpful. With Uganda's population rapidly growing and modern structures coming up in many parts of the country, many of its stunningly beautiful attractions are being spoilt. Still, Uganda is a place very much rewarding to safari in; and worth visiting.

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