Uganda is known as the pearl of Africa for a reason — it’s natural beauty. Covered with dense, misty forests, snow-peaked mountains, dazzling lakes, and stunning savannas, it’s a place of brilliant colour and jaw-dropping scenery. It’s also home to a number of incredible landmarks, both natural and man-made. So if you’re planning a trekking trip this year, be sure to check out the most astounding landmarks Uganda has to offer.
To get a look into the Ganda history and culture, be sure to visit the Kasubi Tombs located in Kampala. This area is regarded as a major spiritual centre for the Buganda people, the largest Ugandan ethnic group. These mighty tombs were the burial grounds for the four preceding Buganda kings. Tourists can visit the area but due to a fire in 2010, the main thatched structure, which was the largest grass-thatched hut in the world, was burnt down with a majority of the reconstruction work to be completed. Regardless, there are many interesting and engaging sites to be seen here, making it one of the most visited sites in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Popular among tourists, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is famous for its gorilla population. With lush forests and winding waters, this area supports 50% of the world’s mountain gorilla population, as well as a number of incredible species. Bwindi is also the only place in the world where gorillas and chimpanzees live together.
Kidepo Valley National Park
Another astounding landmark in Uganda is the Kidepo Valley National Park. Regarded for its raw beauty, this secluded park will allow you to fully immerse yourself in the quiet, natural surroundings that Uganda is known for. You can also interact with the nomadic Karamojong community here that is very similar to the Maasai of Kenya.
You can even visit the grounds outside the residence of the Buganda King while on your visit. At the top of Mengo Hill sits the stunning British inspired colonial with beautiful sprawling grounds and a number of hidden treasures, like an underground prison, tunnels, and chambers for weapons storage and torture chambers.
Inside Uganda’s oldest and largest national park lies the Murchison Falls. Tumbling 43 meters before flowing into Lake Albert, you can watch as the massive falls rumbles across the rocks. You can take an up close and personal tour on a boat cruise that offers excellent wildlife viewing of crocodiles, lions, hippos, and buffaloes.
When you’re looking to up your travel plans with some serious beauty and adventure, check out Bushman Safaris — we offer an assortment of incredible tours across Uganda!