Tourism & Communications
Over 800,000 visitors come to Uganda each year and collectively spend over 700 million dollars (according to the World Tourism Organisation). The tourist industry is an important source of revenue for the country.
A gridlocked capital
In Kampala, the roads are so bad, people joke that if you see a driver going in a straight line, he's probably drunk!
Foreign visitors fly into the international airport at Entebbe. Most then make their way along Lake Victoria to the capital Kampala, where tours to the national parks can be arranged.
Driving in Kampala can be slow. Gridlocked traffic makes getting across the capital tedious at peak times. In contrast, speeding and overtaking are frequent on the open road and Uganda has one of the highest accident rates in Africa.
Traffic accidents are common in Uganda, especially on boda-bodas (motorbike taxis). Boda-bodas and matatus (car taxis) are often poorly maintained and badly driven.
Gorilla-tracking takes place in both the Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks, where the animals can be viewed in their natural habitat. Find out more about the gorillas in Geography & Wildlife.
Mountain gorillas are a major attraction in Uganda. Visitors travel to the extreme south-western corner of the country to see these amazing animals.
Uganda is also home to a number of other primates, including chimpanzees. Some chimpanzee communities have been well-studied. Groups within some national parks (e.g. Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth, Semliki and Murchison Falls) are therefore used to having their human cousins watch them.
Six million cubic metres of water go over Murchison Falls each second.
At Murchison Falls, tourists not only come to see the wildlife but also to enjoy the spectacular scenery. This includes the 43 metre-high Murchison Falls along the Victoria Nile. For those visitors who like to get closer to the water, Bujagali Falls in the south offers white-water rafting, kayaking and bungee jumping.
World Heritage Sites
As well as the National Parks of Bwindi Impenetrable and the Rwenzori Mountains, the Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi in Kampala are also a World Heritage site.
These tombs are housed in the former ‘palace’ at Kasubi, which became a royal burial ground in 1884. However, the surrounding building (known as the 'Muzibu Azaala Mpanga'), made mainly of wood and thatch, was destroyed by fire in 2010.
UNESCO has provided the Ugandan authorities with emergency funds to reconstruct the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga after the fire of 2010. The right know-how and materials are still available. Temporary shelters for the royal tombs will allow for ceremonies to continue, because the site remains a centre of religious activity for the Baganda.