Top ChoiceNational Park in Southwestern Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Home to almost half the world’s surviving mountain gorillas, the World Heritage–listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of East Africa’s most famous national parks. Set over 331 sq km of improbably steep...

Top ChoiceMuseum in Mbarara

Igongo Cultural Centre

Located 12km from Mbarara on the road to Kampala, this cultural village features the best museum displays in Uganda. Set on the grounds of a former palace of the Ankole king, this quality museum explores the...

Top ChoiceTex-Mex in Kibale Forest National Park

EcoBurrito

This brilliant and highly unexpected roadside find is likely to elicit squeals of glee from even the most seasoned Africa hands. An American doctoral student studying the chimps in the park trained locals in the...

Top ChoiceAfrican in Fort Portal

Gardens

Quite friendly and popular, this busy corner restaurant has a quality menu of foreign and local dishes including burgers, curries, pizza and African fare such as firinda (mashed skinless beans) and lots of...

National Park in Southwestern Uganda

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

This fabulous national park is on nearly all itineraries, and while you'll never be far from other safari groups, you're guaranteed to see a large range of wildlife, potentially including giraffes, lions, zebras,...

National Park in Southwestern Uganda

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The smallest of Uganda’s national parks (34 sq km), Mgahinga punches well above its weight. Tropical rainforest cloaks three dramatic extinct volcanoes and, along with the contiguous Volcanoes National Park in...

National Park in Southwestern Uganda

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The legendary, mist-covered Rwenzori Mountains were named a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1994 because of both their beauty and biodiversity. It’s the tallest mountain range in Africa and several of the peaks...

Nature Reserve in Kibale Forest National Park

Kihingami Wetlands Sanctuary

This eco-tourism site, set up with the help of Fort Portal’s Kabarole Tours, preserves an attractive 13-sq-km valley that otherwise would have been gobbled up by the surrounding tea plantations. Despite its small...

National Park in Southwestern Uganda

Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park

The 795-sq-km Kibale National Park is a lush tropical rainforest, believed to have the highest density of primates in Africa. It's most famous for being one of the best places in the world to track wild...

National Park in Southwestern Uganda

Lake Mburo National Park

The 370-sq-km Lake Mburo National Park is an increasingly common stop on the safari circuit. It’s the only place in southern Uganda to see zebra and giraffe, which were recently reintroduced. It’s also the only...

Cafe in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Omwani Training Cafe

When you tire of all-inclusive lodge meals, come to this adorable cafe with tables in the backyard and chickens running loose. Service is slow but the end product is good – enormous rolex (eggs wrapped in...

Gardens in Fort Portal

Tooro Botanical Garden

These homegrown botanical gardens have a lot of well-signed indigenous plants and trees, as well as an organic farming project growing herbs, flowers, natural dyes and medicinal plants. Admission includes a tour...

Historic Site in Lake Bunyonyi

Bwama & Njuyeera (Sharp’s) Islands

Many boat drivers will take you to these islands, where British missionary Dr Leonard Sharp founded a leper colony and settled in 1921, but the story is more interesting than the sights. The colony on Bwama was...

International in Fort Portal

Dutchess

Coveted by travellers, this elegant cafe has a creative menu featuring crocodile burgers, Flemish beef stew with Guinness and mash, and a selection of 46 excellent wood-fired pizzas, including a superb calzone....

Museum in Kabale

Great Lakes Museum

Along the highway on approach to Kabale, keep an eye out for this museum. It has a varied collection of artefacts and masks, information on clans, and quirky items such as displays on the evolution of phones and...

Nature Reserve in Masaka

Nabajjuzi Wetlands

Just out of Masaka on the way to Mbarara, these Ramsar site–listed wetlands offer excellent opportunities to spy two of Uganda’s most elusive animals: the shoebill stork and the sitatunga. The observatory, a...

Danish in Masaka

Café Frikadellen

An expat fave, this Danish-owned eatery is best known for its Friday night all-you-can-eat barbecue (USh40,000) with many side salads, but also serves quality à la carte dishes from Greek to Danish, including a...

Cafe in Kabale

Kwanzi Cafe

This 2nd-storey open-air cafe with comfortable divans provides respite from dusty Kabale. A curbside blackboard announces the daily specials, though your meal still might take over an hour to assemble. Mains such...

Wildlife Reserve in Lake Bunyonyi

Kyahugye Island

Run by Lake Bunyonyi Eco Resort, this 35-acre island is worth a visit if you want to see to wildlife such as zebra, waterbuck, ipala and kob up close. All were brought here from Lake Mburo National Park.

Cafe in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Bar

A colourful haven on the main drag, this cute cafe serves organic espresso drinks with brownies and banana cake. For something more substantial, try a rolex (eggs wrapped in a chapatti), they're served gourmet...