Uganda Named as Number 1 Destination in Africa

January 09 2017

Each year, Rough Guides authors and editors travel tens of thousands of miles, searching out the best destinations, sights and experiences, and just this week their annual Top Travel Destinations for 2017 were announced, and Uganda has come in at number 4 - the top Africa destination.

Lottie Gross, Web Editor at Rough Guides said: “I'm extremely excited to launch this year's Rough Guide to 2017 – it's our biggest and most in-depth annual list yet. After canvassing our on-the-road authors and expert in-house editors for their top picks, we whittled it down to ten countries.”

"The small but incredibly diverse nation of Uganda remains a fascinating yet vastly under-explored destination, earning its name the “pearl of Africa”. However, due to investment into its tourism infrastructure, this is all set to change in 2017 and Rough Guides predict Uganda to “vie with Kenya and Tanzania for international visitors, drawing more and more travellers with its astonishing wildlife.”

Home to over half of all bird species in Africa and to the iconic mountain gorilla – now more accessible than ever thanks to a recent gorilla-tracking initiative that allows trekkers to spend more time in the presence of these beautiful creatures, it’s no wonder Rough Guides has titled Uganda number 4 in the Top 10 countries to visit this year. 

Where else in the world can you track gorillas in dense jungle or climb snowy mountain peaks in the morning, visit a traditional Batwa village in the afternoon, and then watch the sunset across the river Nile? Only in Uganda.

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