THE PEARL OF AFRICA | ADVENTURE

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Uganda’s landscape is comprised of beautiful sceneries, Tropical forests, savanna grasslands, lakes and Rivers, swamps, wetlands and mountains. This touristic nature gives us a rich wildlife encounter with animals like Elephants, Buffalos, lions of the savanna and the primates of the forests. In addition to this you can find an abundance of different forests birds with over 1500 species. It is also well known that different groups of people of Uganda are in general friendly and welcoming to other groups of people from other historical backgrounds. As your are on your travel journey always expect to have children with great smiles and also waving to you along the road in the countryside and will probably not leave the country without being asked “How are you muzungu?, bye bye Muzungu. This word is used across different communities.

During your travel Journey in Uganda, expect to have culture encounter that can bring something extra to your safari. Possible visits include for instance like the Karamojong cattle herders in the northern part or a Batwa culture experience ( also known as The Forest Keepers) in the southern part to see how this indigenous people used to live in Uganda’s forests. Along the way communities walk or stop in a market brings a feeling for Ugandan countryside life.



OVER VIEW ABOUT UGANDA’S NATIONAL PARKS

Uganda is a land of dramatic contracts. Here, the forests of Central Africa merge with East African Savanna while hot, open plains sink beneath great lakes, snow capped mountaintops. Tourist activities in our ten spectacular national parks are also excitingly varied. Track the endangered mountain gorilla through the dense forests of the Bwindi impenetrable National Park in the morning, before looking for lions on the open, rift valley grasslands of nearby ishasha, spend the morning following chimpanzees through the shady forests of Kibale National Park prior to a relaxing cruise past yawning hippos on the Kazinga Channel in nearby Queen Elizabeth Park. Trek to the summits of the Virunga Volcanoes in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and upto the snowy peaks of the 5100m Mount Stanley in the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. And compare the Dark, shady depths of the forested Semuliki National Park, Home to numerous rare Central African Birds, with the vast, semi- arid plains of Kidepo, roamed by big game and punctuated by a multitude of rugged mountains. It is with good reason that Uganda is becoming established as one of Africa’s most varied and memorable tourist Destinations.

 

MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK - THE WORLD’S GREATEST WATERFALL.

Murchison falls National park lies at the northern end of the Albertine Rift Valley where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment merges into a vast, savanna grasslands. Gazatted as a game reserve in 1926 and declared as a National Park in 1952, It is one Uganda’s oldest protected areas. It is also considered to be among the largest National Parks within Uganda. Combined with the contiguous Karuma and Bugungu Wildlife Reserve it covers 5072km, home to 76 species of mammals and over 451 bird species. The Victoria Nile bisect the National Park, racing westwards for 80km over a series of rapids before exploding through a narrow (6m) gap in the remnant rift valley cliffs. This 45m plunge drains the last of the river’s energy transforming the torrent into a broad, placed stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor towards lake Albert.
The river below the falls provides one of Uganda’s finest wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbank include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes while hippos, Nile crocodile and birds are permanent residents within this animal home. Some of the main activities done include Murchison falls boat cruise, Game drive and viewing, Birding and also community encounter.

 

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK – THE ULTIMATE HOME OF GORILLA EPERIENCE.

Uganda’s foremost tourist attraction, and also one of the world’s most remarkable Wildlife encounters, tracking mountain gorillas across the misty slopes of the remote areas of Bwindi Impenetrable forest of south western part of Uganda. These magnificent apes are both rare and endangered, their total population numbers less than 800 animals divided between the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable and the nearby Virunga Volcanoes. With fifteen groups habituated for tourism, the impenetrable Forest is the world’s primary mountain gorilla tracking destination.
Due to its great age some 25,000 years and an altitudinal range spanning 1400m 1,160m, Bwindi’s forests contain an exceptional variety of flora and fauna. Species counts list 310 butterflies, 88 moths, 200 trees, 120 types of mammals. The latter includes several primates among them monkeys and the mountain gorillas. Birdlife is also exceptionally rich with 357 species including African green broadbill and the blue – headed sunbird. In order to safe guard wildlife from being hunted by the Batwa community people within this remarkable biodiversity, Bwindi Forest was gazatted as a National Park in 1991.
Some of the main activities done include Mountain Gorilla Tracking, Birding, Nature Walks and Community Walks.

 

MOUNTAIN ELGON NATIONAL PARK - THE WORLD’S LARGEST CALDERA

Mountain Elgon National Park is located in the Eastern part of Uganda. The border with Kenya bisects the mountain and national parks in both countries protect the flora and fauna on the higher contours. This trans – boundary conservation area has been declared a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
A massive, extinct volcano, 80km in diameter, its vast form rises 3000m above the hot dusty plains of Karamoja to provide a cool respite for humans and a refuge for flora and fauna. Wildlife includes large mammals, including elephant and buffaloes (though rarely seen) and 300 species of birds. The curious Afromontane plants peculiar to East Africa’s highest mountains are found on the mountain’s higher slopes.
Mountain Elgon’s Highest peaks lie along a jagged rim that encloses a giant caldera, 8km across, The mountain of illusion tag derives from historic confusion regarding the true summit of Mount Elgon. The Local Bagisu people named their candidates – as seen from their side of the mountain as Masaba after their founding diety. European climbers then found Masaba to be a 4165m high volcanic plug on the mountain’s flank, lower even than the 4209m Mubiyi peak named after Masaba’s supposedly diminutive wife. Subsequent expeditions made cases for various high spots along the cadera rim before the 4321m wagagi, overlooked in the south west corner of the cadera rim, was finally identified as the True Summit.
Some of main activities done include Mountain Climbing, Forest Walks and outside the park there is Sipi Falls, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and Coffee Tour.

 

KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK – THE AFRICA’S FINEST WILDERNESS.

Uganda’s most isolated National Park is found in the country’s distant North-eastern corner, Close to Kenya and South Sudan in the farthest extremity of the remote, sparsely populated karamoja region. One of East Africa’s most magnificent wildernesses, the Kidepo landscape is one of tremendous drama with grasslands roamed by big game favorites extending towards rugged mountains in all points of the compass. It is also an area of rich cultural interest for plains around the park are dotted with the homesteads of karamoja’s traditional pastoralists.
An impressive variety of wildlife species survive in Kidepo’s harsh, semi-arid environment, Grassland, bush and forest habitats in the 1442km squared park support 86 mammal species and 475 bird species-
Mountain Elgon’s Highest peaks lie along a jagged rim that encloses a giant caldera, 8km across, The mountain of illusion tag derives from historic confusion regarding the true summit of Mount Elgon. The Local Bagisu people named their candidates – as seen from their side of the mountain as Masaba after their founding diety. European climbers then found Masaba to be a 4165m high volcanic plug on the mountain’s flank, lower even than the 4209m Mubiyi peak named after Masaba’s supposedly diminutive wife. Subsequent expeditions made cases for various high spots along the cadera rim before the 4321m wagagi, overlooked in the south west corner of the cadera rim, was finally identified as the True Summit.
A number second in Uganda only to Queen Elizabeth National Park’s 604 species. Kidepo is the only Ugandan wildlife home for cheetah, bat-eared fox, hyaena and caracal while eland and zebra only occur in Kidepo and lake Mburo, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, Lion, Leopard, spotted hyaena and black backed and side striped jackal are also present.
Some of the activities done include Game Drive, Nature Walks and Community Encounter.

 

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK – A MEDLY OF WONDERS

Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) IS Uganda’s most popular area. Diverse ecosystems including sprawling savanna grasslands, shady forests, sparkling lakes and lush wetlands, provide idealhabitats for clssic big game, forest primates and birds. These varied habitats support a wealth of wildlife with more mammal species (95) than other Ugandan park and over 600 bird species a phenomenal number for such a small area. Expect to see safari favourites such as elephants, buffaloes and hippos while the chances of finding lions on the plains of Kasenyi and Ishasha are also good.
An abundance of magnificent sceneries include the jagged backdrop of the Rwenzori Mountains, rolling hills pocked with extinct volcanic craters, open rift valley grasslands at Kasenyi and Ishasha, the hoppo- lined Kazinga Channel and the Mitumbe mountains in Congo rising above the distant, western shore of lake Edward.
Some of the activities done include Game Drives, Boat Cruise, Forest walks at Kyambura Goerg and also birding activities overlap with the wildlife viewing at Kazinga Channel.

 

RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK - THE MYSTICAL CHALLENGE.

Many years back, The geographer Ptolemy wrote about a snow capped mountain range in the heart of Africa, which he claimed represented the source of the Nile and which he named Montes Lunae- the mountains of the Moon. Seventeen centuries passed before the Explore Herry Stanley located such a mountain in western Uganda and established that, though Lake victoria is the primary source of the mighty River Nile, the great river is also supplied with equatorial meltwaters. Stanley mapped the ranges of Rwenzori, a local name that he recorded as meaning ‘rain maker’ or ‘cloude king’ in the years since Stanley’s 1888 visit, the Rwenzori has become established as one of Africa’s great mountaineering adventures, offering the chance to ascend snow peaks and walk on equatorial glaciers that represent the highest an most intriguing source of the Nile.
The high Rwenzori mountains consists of six distinct mountains, Stanley, Speke, Baker, Emin, Gessi and Savio. Mount Stanley’s 5109m Margherita Peak, which stands on the Uganda – Congo border, is the third highest point in Africa. The Ugandan section of the mountain was gazatted as the 995km squared Rwenzori Mountains National Park in 1991 and was also recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1994.
The National Park is a wildlife homestead to 18 mammal species, 217 bird species, 9 species of reptiles and 6 species of amphibians.
Some of the activities done include Mountain Hiking, forest walks and Birding plus Peak climbing.

 

SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK – A TRUE BIRDERS HAVEN

Semuliki National Park lie on the floor of the Semuliki Valley, the 160km long part of the Albertine Rift Valley between lakes Edward and Albert. The Valley, which is shared between Uganda and the Democratic Republic Of Congo, contains wildlife from both central and East Africa. Forest species from the Congo abound in the national park, while classic East African Game is found in the wildlife reserve.
The Semuliki forest boasts a remarkably rich biodiversity. This is partly because it is extremely old, being one a few patches of forest refugia that predate the arid millennia of the last Ice Age, 12-18,000 years ago. Secondly, it represents the Eastern limit of the jungles of the Congo and species from the Congo- Guinea and East African biomes are both found here. The park contains almost 53 mammal species, including an impressive 11 primates, the Central African red colobus, forest buffalo and the water chevrotain; occur nowhere else in East Africa. There also 435 bird species, the national park also contains evidence of older processes hot springs bubble up from the depths to demonstrate the powerful subterranean forces that have been shaping the rift valley during the last 14 million years.
Some of the activities done include forest walks and Birding, hot springs and also nature walks.

 

LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK – THE ZEBRA PARADISE OF UGANDA

Lake Mburo National Park is ideally placed for an overnight break between Kampala and the protected areas of western Uganda. A mosaic of habitats includes rock outcrops, savanna grasslands, acacia woodland, bush, forest, swamp and lakes that support a wealth of wildlife including species that are rare or absent from other parks in Uganda. Birding is also rich with papyrus and acacia species being particularly well represented. Visitorsneed not limit themselves to game drive, the park can also be explored using mountain bikes, by boat, on foot and on horseback.
Lake Mburo National Park’s 370km squared area is small compared to many East African Parks it contains an impressive diversity of wildlife with 69 mammal species and 332 bird species. A number of the park’s is herbivores are rarely, if at all, found elsewhere in Uganda. Lake Mburo is the only park that contains impalas and the only one in western Uganda with zebra and eland. Topi are only found elsewhere in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The species list was expanded in 2015 when a number of Giraffes were relocated to Lake Mburo from Murchison Falls National Park. Leopards and hyenas are also present and after years of absence, lions are once sighted. Hippos and crocodiles live in the park’s five lakes while the fringing swamps hide secretive wetland creatures such as the sitatunga antelope. The birdlist contains additional swamp specials such as the papyrus gonelek, papyrus yellow warbler, white- winged warbler and shoebill.
Some of the activities done include Game viewing, Game drives, forest walks and Birding.

 

KIBALE NATIONAL PARK – PRIMATE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

Kibale Ntional Park was established as a forest reserve in the 1940s, it was upgraded to National park status in recognition of a biodiversity that includes 350 tree species, 71 species of mammal and 370 bird species. The park is best known for its primates which include Uganda’s largest population of Chimpanzees, an estimated 1450. The localized red colobus, and other large mammals such as elephants, buffalo and giant forest hog are present but rarely seen.
The park’s birdlist includes six species that are endemic to the Albertine Rift Region, namely blue headed sunbird, purple breasted sunbird, yellow rumped thinkerbird, blue breasted kingfisher.
Some of the main activities done include Chimpanzee tracking, nature walks and birding plus Chimpanzee Habituation Experience.

 

MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK – WHERE GOLD MEETS SILVER.

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park covers the Ugandan slopes of three of the Virunga Volcanoes, Muhavura, Gahinga and Aabinyo. Though small in size just 33 km squared. It adjoins Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Congo. Collectively these three parks from the transboundary Virunga Conservation Area which protects half of the world’s 780 mounatin Gorillas ( the rest live in nearby Bindi Impenetrable National Park).
Gorilla conservation on the Virungas dates back to 1925 when the Belgians gazatted the portion of the rage in present day Congo and Rwanda as a National Park. The British administration declared the Ugandan section as a game sanctuary in 1930. This was upgraded to national park status in 1991.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is a home to 76 mammal species, including the endangered mountain gorilla and golden monkey.
Some of the main activities done include Gorilla tracking, Golden Monkey Tracking, The Batwa Trail and Birding.

 

TOURISTIC ACTIVITIES IN UGANDA BY LOCATION

• White water rafting- on the Might River Nile in Jinja.
• City Tour – experience Kampala.
• Gorilla trekking – in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
• Chimps trekking – Budongo Forest, Murchison Falls NP, Kibale Forest NP, Kyambura gorge in Queen Elizabeth NP or Kalinzu forest by Queen Elizabeth NP.
• Golden Monkey trekking – in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
• Rhino trekking – at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
• Boat-cruise – on Kazinga channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Nile in Murchison Falls National Park
• Game-drives – in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Lake Mburo National Park
• Mountain hiking – in Rwenzori Mountains National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Mount Elgon National Park
• Birding – Several recognized birding locations across Uganda including lake Mburo NP, Budongo Forest, Semuliki NP and also Murchison Falls NP.
• Community tourism – Batwa people visit by Bwindi or Mgahinga and Karamojong people visit around Kidepo.
• Safari walk – Lake Mburo National Park, Ziwa Rhino sanctuary or Kidepo Valley National Park.


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