by Philip Briggs


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The Bradt Guide to Uganda, now more than 500-pages long, is the definitive travel handbook to this wonderful but oft-neglected destination, not only providing comprehensive background information to its varied national parks, towns and other cultural attractions, but also including detailed reviews of the ever-growing selection of world-class lodges and budget hotels that service them.
Uganda boasts the most varied - and arguably the most exciting - safari circuit in Africa. The lush montane forests of Bwindi protect the world's largest remaining population of mountain gorillas, many of which have become habituated to tourists and can be tracked to within a few metres on foot. Elsewhere, Queen Elizabeth National Park, set below the snow-capped Mountains of the Moon, is renowned for its tree-climbing lions and abundant buffaloes. Elephants abound in Murchison Falls National Park, coursed through by a dramatic stretch of the White Nile dense with hippos, crocodiles and waterfowl, while Kibale Forest offers superb chimpanzee tracking as well as the opportunity to see ten other monkey species in their natural jungle habitat. For birders, an astonishing checklist of more than 1,000 species - in a country similar in size to Great Britain or the state of Oregon ¬- includes dozens of Western rainforest specials difficult to see elsewhere, as well as the iconic great blue turaco and shoebill.
Philip Briggs is the world's foremost writer of guidebooks to Africa. He has been exploring the continent's highways, byways and backwaters for over 30 years.

About the author

Philip Briggs first backpacked around Uganda in 1988, two years after the end of the civil war, when access to the Impenetrable Forest (now Bwindi Impenetrable National Park) was limited to a twice-weekly tractor-and-trailer, and gorilla tracking cost the princely sum of US$1. He returned to the country in 1992 to research the first edition of the Bradt Guide to Uganda and has since revisited it on numerous occasions, both to update the Bradt Guide and as a tour leader. Uganda aside, Philip has written and co-authored numerous Bradt guides to other African destinations, and he has contributed to many other books, travel and wildlife magazines.

Contributor to this edition
Andrew Roberts has lived and worked in Uganda since 1993. He has worked with Uganda Wildlife Authority on tourism and conservation projects in all ten of the country´s national parks. As the creator of the Uganda Maps series that shows the parks, reserves and other tourism sites, Andrew is constantly up to date with tourism developments in Uganda.

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Chapter 1 History and background
History, Government, Economy, People, Language, Religion, Education
Chapter 2 Natural History
Geography, Climate, Conservation areas, Mammals, Birds, Reptiles
Chapter 3 Practical Information
When and where to visit, Tourist information, Tour operators, Red tape, Getting there and away, What to take, Money, Getting around, Accommodation, Eating and drinking, Public holidays, Shopping, Media and communications, Crime and security, Cultural etiquette, Getting involved
Chapter 4 Health
Preparations, Common medical problems, Unusual medical problems, Other safety concerns
Overview, Highlights
Chapter 5 Entebbe
History, Getting there and away, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Entertainment and nightlife, Other practicalities, What to see and do, The Kampala Road and Murchison Bay
Chapter 6 Kampala
Getting there and away, Getting around, Embassies, Tourist information, Tours and tour operators, Where to stay, Where to eat and drink, Nightlife and entertainment, Shopping, Other practicalities, What to see and do, Day trips out of Kampala
Chapter 7 Around Entebbe and Kampala
Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, West towards Fort Portal, North towards Masindi and Gulu, East towards Jinja, Southwest towards Masaka
Chapter 8 Masaka, Ssese Islands and Environs
Masaka, Lake Nabugabo, The Ssese Islands
Chapter 9 Jinja and the Upper Nile
Jinja, Bujagali and the Upper Nile
Chapter 10 Mbale and the Mount Elgon Region
Busia, Tororo, Mbale, Mount Elgon, Kumi, Soroti, Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve
Overview, Highlights
Chapter 11 Gulu and the Northeast
History, Gulu, Lira, Kitgum, Karamoja, Kidepo Valley National Park
Chapter 12 Pakwach and West Nile
History, Pakwach, Panyimur, Arua,
Arua to Gulu via the Laropi-Umi ferry
Chapter 13 Bunyoro
Hoima, Kabwoya Wildlife Reserve, Masindi, Budongo Forest Reserve, Masindi to Wanseko via
Lake Albert
Chapter 14 Murchison Falls Conservation Area
General information, Getting there and away, Where to stay and eat, What to see and do
Overview, Highlights
Chapter 15 Fort Portal, Kibale National Park and the Toro Crater Lakes
Fort Portal, Toro Crater Lakes, Kibale National Park
Chapter 16 The Semliki Valley
Further information, Toro-Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Semliki National Park, Bundibugyo
Chapter 17 The Rwenzori Mountains and Kasese
Kasese, Rwenzori Mountains National Park
Chapter 18 Queen Elizabeth National Park
General information, North-Central QENP and the Kasese-Ishaka Road, Ishasha Sector
Chapter 19 Kabale and Kisoro Districts
Further information, Kabale, Lake Bunyonyi, Kisoro, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Chapter 20 Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
General information, Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo
Chapter 21 Ankole and Lake Mburo
History, Mbarara, Igongo Cultural Centre, Lake Mburo National Park
Appendix 1 Language
Appendix 2 Glossary
Appendix 3 Further Information