Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty
‘A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.`
You need to leave yourself plenty of time to enjoy the highlights of Uganda as some of the countries highlights are several hours drive. We always suggest viewing the chimps and gorillas two times in their natural habitat, where your entering their world and culture and joining their family gatherings for an experience of a lifetime. There are times when you are unable to view the Gorillas, hence why we always suggest booking two treks. Search out Ishasha’s infamous tree climbing lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park, and view the dramatic Murchison Falls are all treats! If you enjoy the local culture & the people – many opportunities abound to visit local villages and development projects.
Did you know that 2009 was the official United Nations Year of the Gorilla? The UN, and a number of International Conservation Agencies, joined hands with the aim of raising the global profile and plight of Africa’s critically endangered Gorillas and the continued threats facing their survival. Imagine sharing an hour in the company of these incredible animals. What other animal has the power to raise the hairs on your arms whilst melting your heart?
GORILLA FACT FILE
•Gorillas live in the tropical forest of Central Africa: Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea & Gabon.
•The Mountain Gorillas found in Uganda are one of four subspecies of Gorilla: Mountain Gorilla, Eastern Lowland Gorilla, Western Lowland Gorilla & the Cross River Gorilla.
•The Mountain Gorilla is listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List of Endangered Species (IUCN 2008, CRC1).
•Mountain Gorillas face an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild due to their very small population level, continued habitat loss, poaching, human disease and war.
•Thanks to the pioneering work of the late Diane Fossey and her colleagues, Mountain Gorillas have become an icon for the conservation movement.
Uganda’s rich offerings include the following highlights;