Uganda is Africa condensed, with the best of everything the\r\ncontinent has to offer packed into one small but stunning destination. Uganda\r\nis home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the Mountains of the Moon in\r\nthe Rwenzori National Park. It is the source of the mighty Nile, and around\r\nJinja offers the best white-water rafting in the world. Uganda has the highest\r\nconcentration of primates on earth, including the majestic mountain gorilla,\r\none of the rarest animals on the planet. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers\r\na chance to get close to these great apes, man¡¯s closest relatives.\r\n\r\n
On top of all this, the scenery is so striking that it looks\r\nlike an oil painting. The beautiful national parks now receive an increasing\r\nnumber of visitors, and the capital, Kampala, is safer and friendlier than most\r\nin Africa. In 1907 pioneering tourist Winston Churchill called it the ¡®Pearl of\r\nAfrica¡¯. He was right.\r\n\r\n
Mention Uganda to most people today and the first thing\r\nthey¡¯ll think of is the brutality of Idi Amin. Thankfully, Amin died in exile\r\nin 2003. The reality is vastly different. Stability has returned to all parts\r\nof the country and tourists are welcomed with open arms. Despite the trials and\r\ntribulations of the past, Ugandans have weathered the storm remarkably well.\r\nThe people offer heart-warming hospitality up and down the country, their\r\never-present smile accompanied by ¡®Hello Mzungu!¡¯ They are truly some of the\r\nfinest folk on the continent.