Few places in the world have ever inspired as much awestruck in me as Africa. Not only is the continent huge with an incredible diversity of ecosystems and culture, it is a friendly, beautiful and otherworldly place. I have had the tremendous fortune to spend time in countries in West Africa, East Africa and North Africa and I cannot speak highly enough of the experiences.
A lot is made of the alternates while travelling. For instance, many recommend you track chimpanzees in Uganda instead of gorillas since it’s less expensive. but I’ve always wondered if the alternates truly measure up. We set off to climb Mount Elgon in Uganda to figure out how travel alternates measure up.
Few things can harsh a traveller’s Zen more violently than getting sick on the road. It can be difficult just to get around and meet your needs in a strange place, but doing so when you’re sick is even more challenging.
To that end, my resolve was pushed to its limits when I came down with a mystery illness during a trip to Uganda. Having pushed myself physically with hikes in the Rwenzoris and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and whitewater kayaking on the Nile, I felt strong and in good shape for our 4 day climb up Mount Elgon, but an illness nearly flattened me.
Safaris in Murchison Falls National Park are much less busy than the crowded parks in other parts of East Africa so we were keen to add it to our itinerary on our trip to Uganda. We opted for 2 days in Murchison Falls; check out our post and guide on the wildlife you can see in Murchison Falls National Park.
As travellers venture out to enjoy the many sights and scenes the wide world has to offer, it is important that they to try to give back while on the road. Many tourist destinations are such because they are home to something special or rare. This is the case for the rhinos at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary in Uganda.