UGANDA

EAST AFRICA

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Oh Uganda, Land of Beauty

‘A man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.`
George Moore

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.

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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;

What to visit and explore in Uganda

The following features are found in this bountiful region:

  • Walking through Toro-Semliki Game Reserve

Toro-Semliki Game Reserve

Found in the Semliki Valley in Western Uganda, Toro-Semliki offers a combination of tropical rainforest and savannah that join wetlands giving way to lake Albert, the flat plains are punctuated by deep river valleys and the rise of the Rift Valley Escarpment and the rolling foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains. This unique geography is reflected in the diversity of wildlife species in the reserve such as the Central Africa forest buffalo, a darker leopard sub-species and the smaller forest elephant, and key savanna species of East Africa: lion, elephant, various antelope species, warthog, buffalo, etc. The birdlife is unique with [...]

  • Shoebill Stalk at Mabamba Bay and Swamp

Mabamba Bay and Swamp

Mabamba bay is a spectacular site for bird watching in Uganda. Mabamba bay which is very close to Entebbe and is a good destination for the elusive Shoebill Stalk that can generally be spotted at almost anytime there, so if this bird is on your life list, this is certainly your destination.

  • Chimps at Mahale National Park

Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary

Ngamba was stablished in 1998 for orphaned chimpanzees that have been rescued by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Many of the chimpanzees were rescued from poachers and are unlikely to survive reintroduction to the wild. Ngamba Island is 100 acres (approximately 40 hectares) of rainforest situated 23 km from Entebbe, near the Equator in Lake Victoria, Uganda. It supports a rich diversity of natural wildlife and provides a variety of natural foods for the chimpanzees. The island is set up as an eco-friendly project with compost toilets, rainwater collection, proper waste management practices and solar energy for electricity and hot water. [...]

  • Mt Elgon and the Sipi Falls

Mt Elgon and the Sipi Falls

Sipi Falls is a series of three waterfalls in Eastern Uganda and located on the edge of Mount Elgon National Park near the Kenyan border. The area has a cooler climate than most of the country and Sipi Falls is a nice place to unwind, relax and literally chill out away from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities. Located on the foothills of Mt. Elgon, Sipi offers a number of alternative activities to the mainstream river activities in and around Jinja. Activities in the area include abseiling, and especially hiking to the different falls offering stunning views [...]

  • Ssese Islands – Bugala Island

Ssese Islands – Lake Victoria

The Ssese Islands are an archipelago of eighty-four islands in the northwest of Lake Victoria in Uganda. The islands lie in two main groups. The south west can be referred to as the Bugala Group group, after Bugala Island, the largest in the archipelago. The northeastern group can be referred to as the Koome Group, after Koome Island, the largest in that group. The two groups are separated by the Koome Channel. Other inslands in the Bugala Group include: Bubeke, Bufumira, Bugaba, Bukasa, Buyova, Funve and Serinya. The main islands in the Koome Group include: Damba, Koome and Luwaji. The [...]

  • Lions climb trees at Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park

In western Uganda, the park is named after Queen Elizabeth II and known for its wildlife, although many animals were killed in the Uganda-Tanzania War many species have recovered, including hippopotamuses, elephants, leopards, lions, chimpanzees and over 500 species of birds identified. The area around Ishasha is famous for its tree-climbing lions, whose males sport black manes, a feature unique to the lions in this area. The park is also famous for its volcanic features, volcanic cones and deep craters, many with crater lakes such as Lake Katwe, from which salt is extracted. The national park includes the Maramagambo Forest. [...]

  • Murchison Falls at Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls is a waterfall on the Nile which flows across northern Uganda from Lake Victoria to Lake Kyoga and then to the north end of Lake Albert. At the top of Murchison Falls, the Nile forces its way through a gap in the rocks, only 7 metres (23 ft) wide. Sir Samuel Baker named them after Sir Roderick Murchison, president of the Royal Geographical Society. Ernest Hemingway crashed a plane just downriver from Murchison Falls. Boating safaris up the river to the mouth of the falls enjoy sightings of many birds and mammals. A nearby bat colony is something [...]

  • Red Colobus at Kibale Forest

Kibale Forest

Kibale National park is acknowledged to have one of Uganda’s most gorgeous tropical forests. Its home to much forest wildlife and among these include the primates such as the chimpanzees. The rainy months are generally March-May, then September-November. Kibale Forest National Park is one of the best safari destinations in Africa for chimpanzee tracking. Kibale contains one of the most beautiful and most varying tracts of tropical forest in the whole of Uganda and my first trek there over 12 years ago still is imprinted on my mind. It is possible to view upto 13 species of primate here. Anyone [...]

  • Gorilla infanct at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Located in southwestern Uganda in East Africa and part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, and the diversity of species is a feature of the park. The park is a santuary for the 300 plus Bwindi gorillas, half the world’s population of the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas. There are four habituated Mountain Gorilla groups [...]

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Information about Uganda

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  • Capital: Kampala
  • Official language: Swahili, English
  • Currency: Ugandan shilling (UGX)
  • Time zone: EAT (UTC+3)
  • Drives on the: left
  • Calling code: +256
  • Motto: “For God and My Country”
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