Uganda is Africa condensed, with the best of everything the continent has to offer packed into one small but stunning destination. Uganda is home to the highest mountain range in Africa, the Mountains of the Moon in the Rwenzori National Park. It is the source of the mighty Nile, and around Jinja offers the best white-water rafting in the world. Uganda has the highest concentration of primates on earth, including the majestic mountain gorilla, one of the rarest animals on the planet. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers a chance to get close to these great apes, man's closest relatives.

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 number of visitors, and the capital, Kampala, is safer and friendlier than most in Africa. In 1907 pioneering tourist Winston Churchill called it the  Pearl of Africa. He was right.

Mention Uganda to most people today and the first thing they'll think of is the brutality of Idi Amin. Thankfully, Amin died in exile in 2003. The reality is vastly different. Stability has returned to all parts of the country and tourists are welcomed with open arms. Despite the trials and tribulations of the past, Ugandans have weathered the storm remarkably well. The people offer heart-warming hospitality up and down the country, their ever-present smile accompanied by  Hello Mzungu! They are truly some of the finest folk on the continent.