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The Pearl of Africa

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Kirsty Saunders

 

Uganda – The Pearl of Africa

It has been brought to our attention that the Ugandan Tourist Board are currently changing their tourism focus. This is an effort to highlight the diversity of their beautiful country, and we thought we’d give them a hand.  Many of you will know Uganda as home to some extraordinary primates, however there is an array of other tourist attractions across the country that definitely deserve a mention. To quote Winston Churchill “The kingdom of Uganda is a fairy-tale. … For magnificence, for variety of form and colour, for profusion of brilliant life – bird, insect, reptile, beast – for vast scale — Uganda is truly the pearl of Africa.”

Wildlife certainly is a big draw for many visitors, and along with primates, Uganda is home to 1061 bird species including the Crested Crane, the Turaco, and the elusive Shoebill.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

This prehistoric looking bird stands five feet tall with its huge distinctive bill.

Along with Africa’s ‘big five’ there is a host of other wildlife, some of which are endemic to Uganda, so a safari is a must!

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

 

Another opportunity for a animal encounter of a different kind would be to help herd, feed and even milk Uganda’s Ankole Cattle.

Picture courtesy of Peter Ellis

And if you are partial to ‘having a go’ take time to visit the fair-trade tea and coffee plantations and experience the production process first hand.

If prehistoric plants are of interest, Mpanga Gorge in the west is believed to be the largest Cycad colony in the world.  This palm like plant species is believed to have existed before prehistoric times, remaining largely unchanged for 200-300 million years!

We must next draw your attention to Uganda’s water orientated attractions. Uganda is home to ‘Lake Victoria’ the World’s second largest lake, and the source of the magnificent river Nile!  Here there are many activities to embark on such as kayaking, white – water rafting, fishing or take a boat trip.

Finally an interesting fact: Did you know that Uganda provides the opportunity to have one foot in the Northern Hemisphere and the other in the Southern Hemisphere? Visit the landmark showing where the equator passes through the country. You will be fascinated to watch a demonstration of how the water drains in opposite directions, depending on which side of the equator you stand!

In order to incorporate all of your preferred activities, you would certainly benefit from a tailor made itinerary. This is where we come in. Africa is one of our specialist countries and our team of experts with first-hand experience can guide you every step of the way.

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The Pedigree of our Ground Handler in Iceland

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Vicki Tester

 

Picture courtesy of G J Travel Iceland

Picture courtesy of G J Travel Iceland

In recent years we have found more and more people wanting to travel to Iceland and we have found the perfect company that has been supplying tours in Iceland for over 85yrs.

G J Travel specialise in group tours with professional guides that speak fluent English.  If you have a group with a special interest, they can build a tour around it that will surpass your expectations.

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Picture courtesy of G J Travel Iceland

They help us put together the very best of accommodation and itineraries to suit our clients needs and budget to ensure they get the very best out of their trip to Iceland.

Combine your own ideas and special interests with their knowledge it enables us to create your own unique tour of Iceland.

For the individual traveller they offer over 200 scheduled guaranteed departures for a seat in coach escorted bus tours. As the company has a no minimum number policy the tour is sure to go and the tours are available all year round.

G J Travel is also our specialist provider for winter and Northern Lights holidays.

Picture courtesy of G J Travel Iceland

Picture courtesy of G J Travel Iceland

If you would like to find out more on bespoke tailor made itineraries to Iceland then please contact us on 01323 446550 or email info@experienceholidays.co.uk

 

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