Where to Visit
The second largest of Uganda’s Great Lakes, Lake Albert is located in the north of the Western Rift Valley, bordering both Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Commanding views of both the Semliki Valley and Congo’s Blue Mountains, Lake Albert is known as a home to the elusive shoebill.
Once the capital of Bunyoro kingdom, Masindi developed into a trading hub in the early 20th century, with transport links with the railways and nearby port. Famous names such as Ernest Hemmingway, Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart all stayed in the town, and the film The African Queen was shot at the port
Known as the Mountains of the Moon, this snow-capped mountain range in western Uganda along. The peak, Mt Stanley, is the third highest mountain in Africa, standing at 5,109m. Aerial shots for the Marvel film Black Panther were shot here. The movie also stars two actors of Ugandan descent, Daniel Kaluuya and Florence Kasumba.
The oldest extinct volcano in Africa, Mount Elgon is famed for its arabica coffee, which grows in it high altitudes. The town of Mbale was founded at its foot at the beginning of the twentieth century, and became a thriving market town, as it is situated along the eastern trade route to Kenya.
The oldest and largest of Uganda’s national parks, Murchison Falls was established in 1952, and is home to 144 species of mammals including the Big Five, and around 556 bird species The Falls after which the park gets its name funnels the Nile water through a 7 metre gap, before descending 43 metres.