UGANDA- the Pearl of AfricaUganda is situated in East Africa. The country plus Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and Burundi form the East African block. Uganda (236.580 square kilometers) is roughly the size of Great Britain, or state of Oregon or of Ghana. Most of the country is over 1.000 m in altitude. Few countries can match Uganda’s scenery and wildlife diversity. The impressive landscape is so unbelievably green, lush and flat with altitude ranging from 900m/2952ft to 1500m/4921ft. Mystical Landscapes especially in the west wrapped in the morning fog, displays a certain charm. From Rwenzori snow mountains, virunga volcanoes, Uganda has a rich ecosystem that protects 1060 bird species, more than half found in Africa, variety of mammal species, rare primates especially remaining Mountain Gorillas and chimpanzees. Uganda is truly the Pearl of Africa Uganda is an incredibly pleasant country, for its people, the wildlife and the evergreen landscapes When thinking of Uganda, this will always stay in our minds…The people of Uganda are Gentle and welcoming in a country. Relaxed - Nobody is trying to sell you something at any cost. A simple “thank you” or gesture is enough. Pleasant weather l! – Daily maximum temperatures of 36c/98F to 38c/100F and minimums of 14c/57F to 16c/60.8F Delighted - Children get excited over every “Muzungu” (foreigner from western world but not racist) waving and screaming “How are you?” Two Dry seasons - June to August and December to February June and July appear to be the driest months, it can be colder at altitudes above 1500m/4921ft and it can still rain anytime especially south west around the mountain gorilla forest parks. Average temperatures float around 16°C/61°F in the morning and 27°C/81°F in the afternoons. Going far north, up to Kidepo Valley, its much drier with daily maximums up to 42°C /107°F. Two Rain Seasons- March to May and September to November There is rainfall throughout the country during these months, reaching climax in April in the south west. Daytime temperatures average around 28°C/82°F and morning temperatures around 16°C/61°F. It often gets colder at high altitudes areas in the west including Bwindi Gorilla Forest Park and warmer as you get further north. Most evenings tend to be colder. Warm and rain proof clothing are essential for travelers. While rains can make travel challenging especially when navigating rough village roads, advance planning with local tour operator and use of 4x4 vehicles is helpful. “While Uganda’s natural beauty is stunning, the local people are among the friendliest and most open you will find anywhere in Africa”-Lonely planet Guide to East Africa. Birdlife. Uganda as a bird watching paradise boasts a bird list of over 1060 species recorded, on approximately 244,000 square kilometers of land. This represents more than half the bird species that can be found in the whole of Africa. Uganda is home to the source of the Nile. There are more species of primates than you will see anywhere else in the world. Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable Forest. It is in Uganda that more than 50% (400) of remaining population of Mountain Gorilla (gorilla beringei), with many other mammal species representative in both East and Central Africa. Uganda gives you more than an ordinary visit, All will see you through your stay without noticing every single day, hour, minute…that passes. In fact it is all this that made Sir Winston Churchill (the former British Prime Minister) describe the country as the “Pearl of Africa”- My African Journey (1908). Uganda’s countryside is absolutely stunning and only rarely is it boring. explore the people’s cultures, go gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National park or chimpanzee tracking in liable and wildlife in Queen Elizabeth, climb Mt. Elgon or the Rwenzoris, visit the Uganda’s romantic gateway Ssese Islands amidst Africa’s biggest fresh water body- Lake Victoria. Safety and security Uganda is enjoying considerable political stability. Uganda used to be known for its always unending tragedies and wars. This has made people to believe that Uganda is an unsafe tourist destination. The reality is different. click here for our tours and safaris in Uganda
- QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK Located with a stunning view of Mount Rwenzori, the plains and the composite jagged mass of mountains that are good for activities such as hiking. On the other side of Lake Edward, there is a famous hill known as Mitumbe that look out to Congo. Its beauty is signified with changing colors from blue to green, with gentle slopes, distant and this makes it become the center of darkness in Africa. MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK Murchison is one of the largest parks in Uganda split into two parts by the famous River Nile. As you enter the park, a view of Budongo forest, rugged terrain of the western Rift valley and; the top of Murchison falls where water cascades through a narrow gorge 45M deep forming continuous uproar with visible rainbow through the day, all make your dreams come true. KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK The park is located in the remote far northeastern corner of Uganda, nested between Napore and Zulia mountain ranges. This park is the only arid savannah national park in Uganda and it supports a wider variety of mammal species than any other protected area in Uganda. LUTEMBE BAY Lutembe Bay is a Ramsar site positioned on the shores of Lake Victoria, in Uganda, 16km along Kampala-Entebbe Highway and 2 kms off the main road to the lake in the district of Wakiso. The Site is an important area for the conservation of water birds in Uganda, and the survival of an entire population of one species, the White-winged Black Tern (Chlidonias leucopterus) which depends on this bay. Five other bird species qualified this site as a Ramsar site. BOTANICAL GARDENS Entebbe Botanical Gardens, the only national Botanical Garden in Uganda is strategically located at the 'entrace' into this country, that is the Entebbe International Airport. Three minutes drive form the airport and you are always in a welcome environment that will take away all your jetlag and initiate you into Uganda's well known hospitality. MABIRA FOREST One of Africa's last remaining tropical forests, Mabira is home to precious wildlife and is an eco tourist attraction. But it is now under threat from sugarcane production. Esther Nakkazi reports MABAMBA BAY An extensive marsh stretching through a narrow and long bay fringed with papyrus towards the main body of Lake Victoria - the only swamp close to Kampala where one can easily find the globally-threatened Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex). With an average of close to 190,000 birds the site is part of the wetland system which hosts approximately 38% of the global population of the Blue Swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea), as well as the globally-threatened Papyrus Yellow Warbler and other birds of global conservation concern. LAKE MBURO Lake Mburo is one of Uganda's smaller parks mainly consisting; wetland habitats, open savanna, acacia woodland and a wealth of wildlife. A total of 315 birdspecies have been recorded in Lake Mburo National park. The reserve is the only place in Uganda, where you can see acacia-associated birds. Other bird species to watch include; black-bellied bustard, brown parrot , mosque swallows, emerald-spotted wood dove, Lilac-breasted, bare-faced go-away bird, red necked Spur fowl, common quails, Black-billed barbet, Blue-napped Mousebird, MGAHINGA PARK Mgahinga National Park, covering an area of 33 sq km is found in South Western Uganda, about 14km from Kisoro town. The park is occupied by the rare mountain gorillas whose trekking is the major activity. This gorilla habitat is in Kisoro district where tracking takes place in the plentifully forested Virunga Volcanoes. The Safari Itinerary to Mgahinga National Park KIBALE NAITIONAL PARK This 766km² tropical rainforest, made up of a network of shady trails, is the natural habitat for 12 primate species, and contains the highest primate density of any area on Earth. It's also a haven for botanists, bird and butterfly lovers. The delightful and playful chimps are the prime attraction, whilst the elusive forest elephant can occasionally be seen meandering through the forest. RWENZORI MOUNTAINS The Rwenzori Mountains lie along the western border of Uganda and rise to a height of 5,109 metres. Here are the legendary 'Mountains of the Moon'; a World Heritage Site - and these incomparable, beautiful, mist-shrouded peaks provide a unique backdrop to one of our most magnificent national parks. BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, located in south-western Uganda on the edge of the western Rift Valley, lies on the border with the DRC, adjacent to the Parc National des Virungas 9-10 hours drive from Kampala. It is one of the largest (331 sq. km) natural forests in East Africa and contains both montane and lowland forest. LAKE BUNYONYI Located 1962m above sea level and surrounded by steep sided heavily cultivated mountainous scenery. Lake Bunyonyi (the word means 'the place of many little birds') is about 25 km long and 7 km wide. With 29 islands dotting the center of lake and depths varying from 44m to 900m. If the later is true it will make the lake the second deepest in Africa BUDONGO FOREST Budongo Forest, found in Uganda, lies at approximately 1° 45' N, 31° 30'. The Forest Reserve is 428 km2 in size. In Budongo, Chimpanzee tracking starts at Kaniyo Pabidi station, one of two sites set up for chimp viewing - the other being Busingiro. Budongo is good for many species including 24 species of small mammals; nine primates; 465 species of trees and shrubs; 359 species of birds; 289 species of butterflies; and 130 species of moths. BIGODI WETLAND SANCTUARY The Bigodi sanctuary is located just outside the park found in Magombe swamp. This Wetland Sanctuary is known for a wide collection of wildlife that includes primates, like chchimpanzees, black and white colobus,red colobus and other mammals which include the bushbuck, siattunga, otter & mongoose. the wetland Sanctuary is also a home to 138 bird species. SEMILIKI NATIONAL PARK Semuliki National Park (SNP) is situated in the extreme west of Uganda, in Bundibugyo District and lies along the Uganda DRC border within the western arm of the great East African Rift Valley. This Park is an eastern extension of the vast Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa with a combination of the species from West African countries. ECHUYA FOREST Echuya Forest is home to over 140 types of bird, including 18 species which are only found in the Albertine Rift (an area that runs through this region of eastern Africa) and the endangered Grauer's swamp-warbler. There are few mammals left due to poaching, but there are some olive baboons, blue monkeys and Delany's mouse, which is threatened by habitat loss.