UGANDA THE PEARL OF AFRICA

Officially called the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. The capital city is Kampala; it is located in Central part of Uganda. Uganda is also part of the African Great Lakes where it shares the Lake Victoria with Kenya, Tanzania. Uganda also lies within the Nile Basin. Uganda is bordered by South Sudan to the North, Kenya to the East, Democratic republic of Congo to the West and Rwanda to the South-West. Uganda is covered with a moderate Equatorial climate. The commonly spoken languages are Kiswahili and English. Luganda is also commonly used because the Baganda people settle in the capital city region of central Uganda.

Uganda is also known as the pearl of African because of its beautiful sceneries, it is covered with good attractions that have attracted very many tourists from all over the world. There are a number of lakes, mountains, Forests, Rivers and National game parks. There are a variety of wild animals and birds to see when you visit the Pearl of Africa.

                                               TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN UGANDA

Uganda is blessed with a number of tourist attractions which include; National game parks, Forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, culture, waterfalls, caves, hot springs, and many more.

Murchison falls National Game Park

Murchison falls national park is located in the north western part of Uganda, it is shared in the districts of Nwoya, Masindi , Kiryandongo and Buliisa. It is approximately 283kms, a maximum of 176mi by road from Kampala city. Murchison falls National Park is managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority; the park also stretches to the shores of Lake Albert to the Victoria Nile until the Karuma falls. Murchison falls National Park is the largest national park in Uganda with a variety of wildlife, and mouth watering activities. The number of wildlife include; Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Giraffes, Hippopotamus, Waterbucks, Jackals, Hyenas, gazelles, Antelopes. There are over 451 species of birds at Murchison falls national park, they include; Albertine rift endemic birds, water birds and savannah birds. The park is also blessed with the Murchison falls in the park.

There are a number of activities in the park, they include;

Boat cruise, Game drives, cultural encounters, Nature walks, Hikes to the top of the falls and bird watching as major ones. Sport fishing is an activity there but no so common.

Queen Elizabeth national park

Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds. Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalos and elephants, and the endless Ishasha Plains whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kobs. As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The park was founded in 1952 as Kazinga National Park, and renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!

Activities at Queen Elizabeth national park

There are a variety of activities to do at the park, they include; Birding, Caves, chimp tracking, Game drives, Hiking/nature walks, Launch trips, cultural heritage and nature trail, experiential tourism.

The following are attractions at Queen Elizabeth national park; Lake George, Explosion craters, lake katwe, kasenyi plains, mweya peninsula, kazinga channel, kyambura gorge, kyambura wildlife reserve, Maramagambo forest, and Ishasha sector

Kidepo valley national park

Kidepo valley national park is a wilderness park dry, hot and isolated, yet spectacular, magnificent and virgin, waiting to be discovered, traversed by large sand rivers. The park is reknown for it sdistinctive composition of wild game co-existing with the dry mountain forests, open savanna and hilltops capped by rock kopjes. Kidepo valley is dominated by the 2,750m mountain Murungole and transected by the kidepo and great narus rivers. The park is a home to over77 mammal species and almost 500 birds.

Attractions in kidepo valley national park

The park consists of two valleys in Narus and kidepo, the wildlife filled with mammals like cheetahs, Birds, hot springs. There are varieties of activities in the park too in the park, they include; Game drives, Nature walks, Community walks, Mountain hiking, sand along river kidepo and bird watching.

Kibale national park

Kibale national park is in the fort portal region one of the most pleasing places to explore with stunning cra5ter lakes, tea plantations together shaded with the tropical rainforests. The park is famously known for chimpanzees and a good place for birders.

Activities at Kibale national park

There is a variety of activities that can be done at Kibale national park which include the following chimpanzee tracking, chimpanzee habituation, nocturnal forest walk, Bigodi wetland sanctuary, Bushcraft children activities, bird watching, cultural encounters and nature walks where in most cases on a Kibale tour is also easy to tour fort portal areas since its very near and in the package you can add the visiting of Amabere caves

Semuliki national park

Semuliki national Park is a unique place and the only low land jungle in East Africa, part of Congo eco system remote part of the Bundibugyo District in the Western Region of Uganda.  The park is famously known for its hot springs and as a paradise for birders. The park’s dominant mammal species include forest buffaloes, leopards, hippos, Mona monkeys, water chevrotains, bush babies, civets, elephants, and the pygmy flying squirrel. Primate safaris are also done to the presence of eight primate species including red-tailed monkey, Vervet monkey, blue and De Brazza’s monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, olive baboon, black and white colobus, and Chimpanzee together with over 300 butterfly species.

Activities at Semuliki national park

The park offers the following activities which includes community walks and cultural experiences with the Batwa, nature walks, hiking, bird watching, chimpanzee tracking, chimpanzee habituation, the hot springs, game drives among others. And it has the attractions which include primates, birds and the hot springs.

Bwindi impenetrable national park

Bwindi impenetrable national park is in south-western Uganda next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. The designated World Heritage Site covers an area of 331 sq km of both montane and lowland forest, accessible only on foot. The park is famous for the

Activities at Bwindi impenetrable national park

Bwindi impenetrable national park star attraction is undoubtedly gorilla tracking, visitors can also go bird-watching, mountain biking, canoeing, hiking, or visit nearby villages.

 The park contains riverine woodland, wetland, savannah, tropical forest, Borassus palms, and acacia trees. The park hosts 76 mammals and 451 bird species. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is indeed an ideal tourist attraction for visitors in Uganda. There is excellent gorilla tracking with guaranteed sightings, superb bird-watching, dense conserved rainforest, rich culture and community projects

Mgahinga national park

Mgahinga national park is Uganda’s smallest park. It forms part of the Virunga Mountains and adjoins with the parks across the borders of Congo and Rwanda. The entire park is at a high altitude, and the views are out of this world. The most prominent feature is the volcanic cones of extinct volcanoes in the mountain range. It also offers great views over Lakes Mutanda and Mulehe.

Activities in Mgahinga national park

Mgahinga national park offers the following activities which include gorilla tracking, birding, golden monkey trekking, birding, mountain/ volcano climbing, cultural encounters with the Batwa and caving, hiking and nature walks.

 Mgahinga national park is home to endangered mountain gorilla and to many other mammal species. However, as in all forests, animals tend to be hard to spot. The very rare golden monkey, endemic to the Albertine Rift, can be tracked. Other mammals include black and white colobus, buffaloes, elephant, bush buck and duiker.

Mountain Elgon national park

Mount Elgon National Park is located in eastern Uganda covers an area of 1,279 square kilometers and is bisected by the border of Kenya and Uganda. It became a national park in the 1990s and is also a UNESCO Man and Biosphere Reserve and an important source of water for the Lake Victoria Basin. Together with the fauna and flora, including elephants that mine salt in the caves, the park has a variety of scenery including cliffs, caves, waterfalls, gorges, mesas, calderas, hot springs and the mountain peaks.

Activities in Mountain Elgon national park

Mountain Elgon national park offers the following activities which include vehicle circuits that lead to wildlife viewing, cave exploration, nature walks, hiking, mountain climbing, abseiling at sipi falls  mount Elgon coffee tour, camping and bird watching. Mountain Elgon is one of the parks where walking explorations are possible and where you can spot the webbed foot sitatunga antelope in the saiwa swamps.

Rwenzori mountains national park

Rwenzori Mountains National Park, one of Uganda’s UNESCO heritage sites lie in Western Uganda along the Congolese border where the snow-covered equatorial peaks rise to a height of 5,109m and the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland and rich montane forest. Most of the park is accessible only to hikers although the magnificent scenery and 19 Albertine Rift endemics would be ample reward for Birders.

What to do at Rwenzori mountains national park

Mountaineering and hiking, community encounters, bird watching of over 195 species and Nature guided tours through all the vegetation zones at the glacial peaks.

Lake Mburo national park

Lake Mburo national park is amazingly the closest national park to Kampala, it also doubles as the smallest national park. Situated between Masaka and Mbarara district taking approximately 4 hours’ drive time to arrive. The park covers an area of 370km² including the lakes. Lake Mburo national park is endowed with several wildlife species to mention  recently trans-located giraffes,  buffaloes, elands, waters bucks, antelopes, zebras, oribis, topis , warthogs as you take a boat cruise on lake Mburo you will be in position to observe ,  hippos and crocodiles.  In addition, the park also is home a wide a ray of birds amounting to 350 species some which include water birds, forest and savanna birds.

Activities in Lake Mburo national park

 Lake Mburo national park has got thrilling activities that keep its visitors always on the desire for more.  Some of the most common tourism activities at Lake Mburo include; game drives in the park, boat trip on Lake Mburo, bird watching, Nature walks, the unique horse riding view wildlife, fishing, cultural tours and cycling among others.  Park Can be accessed in two gates, namely Sanga gate accessible when one is driving from Kampala side and Nshara gate accessible when one is coming from Mbarara side.

There are many other attractions in Uganda for example the source of the nile, pian upe game reserve, monuments among others