KAMPALA - Uganda was recently ranked by Lonely Planet as the world’s most preferred tourism destination for the year 2012. Lonely Planet is the world’s largest Travel Guide Book and Digital Media Publisher. Uganda emerged number one out of 10 other countries surveyed, followed by Myanmar (Burma), Ukraine, Denmark, Bhutan, Cuba, New Caledonia, Taiwan and Switzerland.
Considering the country’s variance in the tourism products, it is little wonder that it was ranked the world’s most preferred. The ranking comes at a time when Uganda is focused on intensifying marketing and promotion of the country both domestically and internationally.
Lonely Planet singles out Uganda as the place where Savannah meets the vast East African lakes and where snow-capped mountains bear down on sprawling jungles, but there is more to this Pearl of Africa. Apart from being home to half to the world’s surviving mountain gorillas, Uganda is also blessed with half of Africa’s bird species, waterfalls, hot springs, forests, national parks and unique climate among others.
Uganda’s history is very rich with UNESCO world heritage sites including Nyero rock paintings, Kasubi tombs (currently being reconstructed after the 2010 inferno), Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the newly discovered home of early man in Karamoja
And barely a month after this ranking, the National Geographic has listed the Virunga Mountain Ranges as the World’s Best Tourist Site. National Geographic in its Travel Section under ‘The Best of the World 2012’ describes the Virunga as evidence of the dual creative and destructive nature of volcanoes.
The Virunga borders Uganda, Rwanda and DRC. In Uganda the Virunga ranges are located in Kisoro, South Western Uganda, and comprise of Muhabura, Mgahinga and Sabyinyo.
National Geographic also recently featured Uganda’s tree climbing-lion as the photo of the day in its, ‘50 Greatest Pictures’ section
Uganda is therefore poised to host visitors to its varied and rich natural, cultural attractions as well as the abundant flora and fauna.