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Gorilla trekking aside, what do you think of Uganda as a safari destination?

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I think there are enough threads on trekking in Bwindi that give me a pretty clear picture of that activity, but I'm interested to hear what you think of other destinations in Uganda, such as QENP, Kibale Forest, Semliki WR & NP, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls, etc.

Uganda seems to get relatively little attention on this board compared to some other safari destinations and I'm wondering if it's just because their tourism infrastructure is less developed or is it not as rewarding of a destination (gorilla trekking aside)?

I'm interested to hear about the wildlife viewing, landscape/scenery, climate - it would be particularly helpful if you could compare constrast with Kenya/Tanzania as those are the only other safari destinations I have any level of familiarity with.

In my limited research so far, here's what I think it has going for it (please correct me if my assumptions are wrong) -

- relatively low density of visitors
- unique primate experiences
- availability of relatively low cost comfortable accomodation in each park (at least according to my 2003 edition of the Bradt guide which might be woefully outdated)

That latter point is pretty important as even though I prefer 'bushy' accomodations, I'm not really into real camping and shared bathrooms ;) and if I'm going to try to squeeze this trip into 2006, I'd need to keep costs low.

Also if you could come up with any negatives about Uganda, that would be helpful to balance my perception/understanding of the country. I do know that the roads are rather poor, but I think I can handle a bit worse roads than Kenyan ones. I don't expect the game to be quite as abundant as southern Kenya/northern Tanzania, but that's OK too. The only potential issue I can see so far is the climate. I get the impression that it's more humid/wet in general and possibly hotter due to the lower elevations, is this correct? I really don't like hot/humid weather and that could be where this plan starts to fall apart but I'm hoping you'll tell me it's not that bad ;)

Any comments or insight appreciated! :)

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