Somewhere in his book, My Africa Journey, Winston Churchill describes Uganda as ‘’The Pearl’’. Mainstream has taken it a notch higher to call Uganda the ‘Pearl of Africa’’, which remarkably represents the name accurately. The Equator strands across its plains, dividing the country into two climates with colder south and dryer air as you head further into the northern areas. The southwest, immediately after the equator, raises into jugged highlands blanketed with massive patches of rainforest reserves. Within its rainforest reserves are some of the most precious wildlife jewels on the planet, the mountain gorillas, which attract a healthy flow of tourists into the country.
In the center of two rift valley arms, the geographical position of Uganda and the Equator combine the weather and create a landscape that has none like it in all the world. It is Africa distilled up through six thousand feet, like the vital and refined essence of a continent. The Pearly of Africa views are extensive. Everything that you see makes for greatness and freedom and unequaled nobility.
In the Pearly of Africa’s southwestern corner is the Virunga Volcano Mountains, where more than half of the last remaining mountain gorillas flourish. Gorilla trekking is arguably the most exciting wildlife encounter The Pearly of Africa has to offer - through tracking chimps in the Kibale Forest trample it for some tourists.
There are the Rwenzori Mountains and Mount Elgon, where one can explore East Africa’s bizarre montane vegetation without the goal-oriented approach associated with Mount Kenya or Kilimanjaro’s ascents. And there is Bujagali Falls on the Nile River, which - with its white-water rafting, kayaking, and bungee jump – is revered as East Africa’s ‘Adrenalin capital’.