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.
Part 1: General Information
Chapter 1: Background Information
Chapter 2: Natural History
Chapter 3: Practical Information
Part 2: Entebbe, Kampala & the Lake Victoria hinterland
Chapter 4: Entebbe, KLA-EBB Road & Murchison
Chapter 5: Kampala
Chapter 6 : Around Kampala & Entebbe - Ngamba Island, Fort Portal, Ziwa Rhino Reserve, Jinja Road, Mabamba Swamp, Masaka Road
Chapter 7: Masaka, Lake Nabugabo & Ssese Islands
Chapter 8: Jinja & The Upper Nile
Chapter 9: Mbale and the Mount Elgon Region (includes Kumi, Soroti & Pian Upe)
Part 3: The North
Chapter 10: Bunyoro
Chapter 11: Pakwach & West Nile
Chapter 12: Murchison Falls Conservation Area
Chapter 13: Gulu and the Northeast (includes Kidepo Valley National Park)
Part 4: The Southwest
Chapter 14: Fort Portal & Surrounds
Chapter 15: Kasese & the Rwenzori Mountains
Chapter 16: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Chapter 17: Kabale, Kisoro & the Rwanda border area
Chapter 18: Bwindi National Park
Chapter 19: Mbarara & Lake Mburo NP
3: Further information
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.
"Bradt's Uganda guidebook has the most up-to-date information on trekking companies and basic travel resources, as well as some trekking route information. [...] Whatever corner of Uganda your next trip takes you to, this new guide will provide perfect company"
– Travel Africa
"If seeing gorillas in the mist appeals, this is the book for you. Primarily concerned with wildlife viewing opportunitites, it gives formidable in-depth information on native mammals and birds."
– The Times
"We had a successful filming trip, and the guide was great. I found it full of useful information, it was relevant, up to date and comprehensive. A good reference for anyone visiting Uganda with loads of interesting background information and tips."
– Emma Richards, Smith & Watson Productions, UK