Once regarded as a dark place under the reign of Idi Amin and the Lord’s Resistance Army, Uganda today is no longer to be feared. On the contrary. With its dense, lush and green jungle, snow-peaked mountains, accessible wildlife, and welcoming, curious and hospitable people, Uganda today has become the “pearl of Africa.”

Geographically it is surrounded by conflicting neighbors, yet it counts among the safest destinations of Africa. Traveling like the Ugandans do, discovering the local cuisine and remote landscapes, was pure joy. Making conversations and close friendships unforgettable. It is easy to fall under the tourist umbrella in Kenya and Tanzania; it is easy to escape it in Uganda.