Uganda may not instantly spring to mind when planning a relaxing holiday; however, look a little deeper and you will discover that although there is much to delight the adventure traveller, there is also a slower, chilled-out side to Uganda. From sun-drenched white powder beaches to peaceful misty terraced hills and tranquil riverside lodges, Uganda offers relaxing and blissful destinations in which to kick back and unwind.

1. Lake Bunyonyi and its 29 Islands

The vibrantly-coloured landscape of Lake Bunyonyi and its surrounding terraced landscape is breathtaking. Boasting 29 islands, you can unwind in your waterside accommodation and enjoy the exotic bird life. A gentle paddle in a canoe or leisurely swim may be the order of the day; alternatively, visit the nearby volcanoes, try Uganda gorilla trekking or unwind at the hot springs near Kabale.

2. Ssese Islands

A legendary chill-out spot in Uganda, the Sseses are remotely situated in the middle of Lake Victoria and are famous for their exquisite sunsets, beach bonfires and pristine white sand beaches. While 84 islands make up the archipelago, most visitors head for Bugala Island, which boasts the best beaches and an extensive range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

3. Kidepo Valley National Park

Located in the north-east of Uganda, Kidepo is a rugged savannah overlooked by Mount Morungole and dissected by the Narus and Kidepo rivers. This beautiful national park is dotted with luxury lodges providing exceptional game viewing. Revive tired bodies in an outdoor bubble bath and gaze in wonder at the nearby grazing zebra and buffalo; alternatively, for a truly magical experience, try Gorilla trekking holidays through

4. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Known for both its spectacular birdlife and mountain gorilla populations, this fascinating national park should be on any nature lover’s destination list. With around half the world’s population of mountain gorillas, this park offers luxury accommodation and leisurely treks to see these rare creatures.

5. Jinja Riverbanks

While Jinja is renowned for its white water rafting, it is also a destination for chilling out. The calm waters found just a few kilometres downstream offer some of the most serene riverside lodges ever encountered. From luxury havens to laid-back guest houses, this is as gentle and peaceful a place as you can find overlooking the Nile.