Virunga Mountain Ranges – One of the World’s Best Tourist Sites

Virunga Mountain Ranges – One of the World’s Best Tourist Sites

Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” was recently ranked by Lonely Planet the world’s largest Travel Guide Book and Digital Media Publisher as the world’s most preferred tourism destination for the year 2012.

Uganda emerged number one out of 10 other countries surveyed, followed by Myanmar (Burma), Ukraine, Denmark, Bhutan, Cuba, New Caledonia, Taiwan and Switzerland.

Uganda is singled out as the place where Savannah meets the vast East African lakes and where snow-capped mountains bear down on sprawling jungles.

Apart from being home to half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas, Uganda is also blessed with half of Africa’s bird species, beautiful waterfalls, hot springs, forests, national parks and a unique climate. 


Barely a month after this ranking, the National Geographic society has listed the Virunga Mountain Ranges as the World’s Best Tourist Site. National Geographic Society 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 Mountains are a chain of volcanoes in East Africa, along the northern border of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Uganda.  In Uganda the Virunga ranges are located in Kisoro, South Western Uganda, and comprise of Muhabura, Mgahinga and Sabinyo mountains.  

The mountain range consists of eight major volcanoes. Most of them are dormant except Mount Nyirangongo 3,462 meters and Mount Nyamuragira 3,063 metres both in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Recent eruptions occurred in 2006 and in January 2010.

National Geographic Society also recently featured Uganda’s tree climbing-lion as the photo of the day in its, ‘50 Greatest Pictures’ section.

Uganda is therefore ready to host visitors to its diverse and rich natural and cultural attractions as well as the abundant flora and fauna.


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