When it comes to booking a holiday, most people get drawn to popular destinations such as the US, Canada or Europe. Uganda probably does not appear on their list, but it should.
Visited by notable figures such as Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemingway and Katherine Hepburn, Uganda is waiting to be explored.
For those who know very little about the African region that travel experts such as Lonely Planet write about, here are 10 reasons why you should visit.
1. The gorillas
Gorilla trekking in Uganda, which can be booked through a specialist company such http://www.steppestravel.co.uk/uganda, is definitely a highlight of any trip.
The largest population of chimps in the world resides in Kibale National Park.
It is sometimes easy to forget there are lots of other incredible wild animals to see in addition to the gorillas and chimps. Ranging from buffalo to elephants, these should not be missed.
Protecting endangered creatures such as gorillas is vital. Gorilla permits are not cheap, but buying one will help to keep these marvellous primates alive.
5. National parks
With so many wonderful national parks on offer, such as Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Murchison Falls National Park, you will be spoilt for choice.
The mighty Nile is just one of many Ugandan marvels. Lakes, waterfalls and the Nile itself are the source of much beautiful scenery.
7. Marvellous mountains
Uganda will always be known for its primate trails; however, a trek on the slopes of the Rwenzori Mountains can be just as spellbinding.
8. Remote but safe
Finding a remote, unspoiled trail is becoming increasingly difficult in many parts of Africa; however, the bumpy, rough roads in Uganda are edgy and fun.
9. Green dream
When you think of Africa, you probably think of yellow and dust; however, you are in for a pleasant surprise in Uganda, where green leaves and luxurious rainforest await.
10. The people
The locals can help to make a trip enjoyable and you will be welcomed by friendly people with a warm, hospitable nature in Uganda.
As Winston Churchill said in 1908: “For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – bird, insect, reptile, beast – for vast scale, Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.” What are you waiting for?