Uganda is definitely Africa’s best kept secret, a one-stop shop with everything from Mountain Gorillas to the Big Five, whitewater rafting on the Nile to horseback riding. Everything from coffee and tea to vanilla and bananas are grown here and everyone who visits will say it was the most surprising place they’d ever been.

Perhaps it was those surprises that prompted Winston Churchill to call Uganda the “Pearl of Africa.” Please click here to view Alene Castro's pictures from the group I recently escorted to Uganda.