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10 best beautiful places to visit in Uganda

Uganda is called the Pearl of Africa. It is full of mouth-watering scenery, natural wonders and exotic wildlife. If you love nature and the things associated with it, then Uganda is one of the interesting places that can catch your attention. 

Reasons to Visit Uganda:

  1. Experience deep tanning from moderate sun lasting all year
  2. It’s cheap to holiday
  3. Huge cultural diversity
  4. Opportunity to view live chimps and gorillas
  5. Taste real East Africa Cuisine
  6. See clusters of Hippopotami 

What makes Uganda Unique for Tourism:

  1. It houses famous endangered mountain gorillas
  2. It is one of the safest countries in Africa
  3. Uganda claims the tallest mountain range in Africa

All right! Let me take you through the list of ten (10) most beautiful places you can visit in Uganda.

Murchison Falls


It is in the northwest of Uganda. It is one of the places where you can have fun with nature. In Murchison Falls, you will witness water naturally bursting through a narrow gorge and crashing in roaring cascades. You can also visit it for a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile or a safari tour. Another thing to explore is the surrounding protected area that makes up the Murchison Falls Conservative area. From this point, you can view some wildlife like African lions, giraffes, leopards, buffalos, elephants, and many more.

Lake Victoria


Lake Victoria reveals the heart of Uganda because it is where the story of Uganda starts. Lake Victoria is the birthplace of the Nile River. It is Africa’s largest lake and the world’s largest tropical lake. 

It has so much natural beauty and wildlife. If you want to explore nature at its fullness, visit Lake Victoria, and you will experience scenic mountains, islands, beaches, fishing boats, and many birds and animal species.



Jinja is a colonial town found at the start of the Nile River. It is East Africa’s adrenaline capital. From there, you will view where the world’s longest and most remarkable river begins. In Jinja, you can enjoy activities like whitewater rafting, kayaking and mountain biking. It also has hotels if you plan to stay longer in Jinja.

Ssese Islands


It is one of the major tourist attractions in Uganda. Ssese Islands consist of about 84 islands scattered along the northwestern seashore of Lake Victoria. Each of the islands differs in size, shape, flora and fauna. In this place, you can relax and have a feel of nature. You can see chimpanzees walk on white-sand beaches and enjoy horse riding as well as windsurfing. You will have the opportunity to interact with Bantu people and understand their culture. 



Kampala is the capital of Uganda. It has a lot to offer as a capital, so missing it would be like a big blow. You can visit beautiful temples, cathedrals, art galleries, and the national museum in Kampala. 

 It also has posh restaurants and bars for relaxation. There are different markets where visitors can shop for clothing and crafts.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park


It has spectacular mountain views, verdant landscapes, and much African wildlife. Mountain gorillas make Bwindi Impenetrable National Park their home. You can embark on a gorilla trekking tour that avails you the opportunity to see gorillas in their natural habitat. There are lodges in the park where one can lodge and enjoy his stay to the fullest.

Lake Katwe Explosion Crater Drive


It is one of Uganda’s charming drives. It is about two and half hours drive from Queen Elizabeth National Park. When you visit this drive, you will have the opportunity to see wildlife like buffalos and elephants. Other attributes of Lake Katwe Explosion Crater Drive include natural landmarks like Mountains of the Moon, the Blue Mountains of the Congo, Crater Lake and Lake Edward. Viewing all these will make your visit to Lake Katwe Explosion Crater Drive worthwhile.

Lake Mutanda


It is Uganda’s jewels. It is near Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in the African Great Lakes region. It is surrounded by the Virunga Mountains and allows wildlife sightings, bird watching, hiking, biking, and trekking with Batwa people. They are the native people of the nearby forest, and I bet that before you end your visit, you may have learnt one or two of their languages or culture.

The Equator


It is another special place in the heart of the Ugandans. The equator gives you the chance of standing in between two hemispheres concurrently.

 It is just a few countries that have equator running across them and Uganda is one of them. The best equator sign is in Kampala-Masaka road, where there are several restaurants and shops for you to get what you want. Visiting The Equator avails you the opportunity to see face to face what was taught in geography class.

Kumi Town


A trip to this town allows you to see the historic Nyero Rock Paintings. The paintings depict animals, canoes and concentric circles and add to the beauty of the town.

There are other activities that can make your stay enthusiastic. Hiking is one of those activities to undertake in Kumi Town as it avails you the opportunity to see monkeys, lizards and birds along the way. Needless to say that hiking in Kumi Town is very easy and you might not need a tour guide.

Chinonye Ikebaku

This article was written by Chinonye Ikebuaku.