Uganda is a land gifted by nature in so many ways
Uganda is blessed with a rich animal kingdom, breath taking nature and welcoming people. Below you can find information on what to see in Uganda.
Uganda is the Source of the Great River Nile; longest river in the world rooted it finds its source in one of the largest fresh water lakes in the World – L. Victoria. This largest lake in Africa is fed by a multitude of rivers and streams some of them as far away as Burundi; the lake has some of the most beautiful islands in the world – the Sesse islands in Kalangala district. The clear waters around these islands are safe for swimming. The river itself begins its great journey to Egypt in Jinja interrupted by power stations Owen falls and Bujagali falls dams respectively. White Water rafting and bangy jumping for adventure seekers can be readily arranged.
When Travelling through Uganda papyrus swamps are a dominant feature, a sign that Uganda is water drenched. This situation has made Uganda a regional food basket sustaining a dense population. All the food grown is organic.
The rivers in many ways have contributed to shaping the landscape of Uganda which is quite diverse; finding most of their sources in high mountains like the Rwenzori Mountains.
Rwenzori Range, mountain range in central Africa, located alongside the Great Rift Valley, on the Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC, formerly Zaire) border, between Lake Albert and Lake Edward. The Ruwenzori Range was visited in 1889 by an expedition that was led by the British-American explorer Sir Henry Morton Stanley, and the major peaks were explored and climbed in 1906 by the expedition of the Italian Luigi Amedeo, duke of Abruzzi. Several peaks rise above 4877 m (16,000 ft); the highest peak is Margherita Peak at 5,109 m (16,762 ft). Mountain Climbing is an activity that takes 7 days.
The mountains and undulating hills give way to vast plains especially in the Western Arm of the Rift Valley where most National Parks are found.
Murchison National Parks
The Murchison falls national park one of the biggest in East Africa provides an opportunity to see Uganda at its best. Forests like the Royal Budongo along with grass land plains; are home to an amazing variety of plants and animals from the reception of Baboons and monkeys scavenging by the roadside to the more sophisticated human like Chimpanzees. The grasslands are populated by the elusive Lions-one of the chief attractions; these thrive on herds of Buffalo and a variety of antelopes. Elephants are abundant here. A boat ride upstream will bring you to the foot of the Murchison falls one of the natural wonders as the Mighty Nile squeezes through a deep chasm only 7 metres wide – the power is enchanting!
The Queen Elizabeth national park
This park nestled in the shadow of the Ruwenzoris boasts one of the most serene sights in the world the Kazinga Channel; a boat ride as you leisurely slide along reveals a variety of game and birds awaiting your inspection -thanks to the digital camera – you never run out of exposure. Make sure your batteries are fully charged for hippos, Crocodiles, Buffalos and mighty Elephants will be seen at very close quarters. Then the resident people of the park provide deep reflection on their co-existence with the animals – dispelling all fears of wild animals. Kyambura gorge part of this park provides yet another opportunity to see Chimpanzees; Tree climbing Lions a species that has adopted to this environment await you in Ishasha as you exit the park on your way to the Gorillas in Bwindi.
Gorilla trekking Bwindi impenetrable forest Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla National park is home to these highly endangered primates ( about only 850 are alive). Living in small families governed by one dominant male – a silver back; these giants have attracted the most visitors to Uganda; bookings to see the Gorillas are made in advance because the demand is so high and yet visits can only be made in small groups. Mountain Gorillas live up in the thick tropical rainforest giving you a chance to see insects, birds, monkeys and other forest more as you ascend the steep mountain paths.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
This park found on Muhabura Volcanic mountain it is in the south western corner of Uganda in Kisoro district; the Gorilla families in this park sometimes cross over into Rwanda territory. The journey to this park reveals a great variety of birds of impressive colour and song; the area is a bird watchers paradise. The scenic mountains of this area are partly to blame for giving this part of Uganda the tag of “Switzerland of Africa.”
This lava dammed lake is also the second deepest in Africa after L. Tanganyika, its deep blue black still water holds a lot of mystery; the beautifully terraced hills and the agricultural patchwork of the surrounding hills provide a spectacular environment. However it is the birds that give this lake its name, breaking out into massive chorus the birds hangout in the marshes, the local people whose participatory energetic dance to the regular rhythm of the drum sing a message of welcome and appreciation for your visiting Uganda.
Lake Mburo National Park
This park hardly 25km from the main road gives you one of those rare opportunities to camp in the open park, Hippos run through the camp in the middle of the night as Antelopes huddle close to people for safety. The Park is the epitome of a holiday as it is by far the most accessible from Kampala and has a clear camping site. You get the rare excitement to take a walk in the park with the ranger to giving in-depth knowledge of the park animals, Zebras, Elands, Buffalos, Antelopes, Hyenas, Leopards and much more. Access to the park is through the cattle ranches of Ankole.
Other places of interest.
Other attractions to Uganda without prejudice to their splendor and value include;
Mt. Elgon National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, Kidepo Valley National Park, Semliki National Park, Mabira Forest, the Snake park in Entebbe and the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary,
Arrangements can also be made for a closer interaction with the people through community visits; Shopping for souvenirs, swimming, horse riding and the Cinemas in the big towns;
Tea plantations, Sugar plantations and other farms;
Places of cultural value like the Museum, the National theatre, Kasubi tombs and Namugongo martyrs shrine.