Nature at its most enduring and endearing

Go big or go home rings true in Uganda’s natural splendours – if you’re going to have a lake, it should be Africa’s biggest, if you’re going to cross the path of a river, it better be the Nile. But in terms of large and impressive sights, there’s none here quite as famous as the mountain gorilla. Half the world’s surviving population of these endangered primates lives in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. If sights of charming chimps or the Big Five aren’t enough to capture your heartstrings, there’s always some of the world’s best whitewater rafting and kayaking to give you an entirely different type of thrill.