Uganda has so much to offer. The country, which is also referred to as the ‘Pearl of Africa’ is popular for watching the mountain gorillas. East Africa is the richest in terms of its people’s culture, natural vegetation and animals. Below are some of the attractions and reasons why you should visit Uganda.
Over half of the remaining gorilla population in the world is found in Uganda. These endangered animals are found in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in South Western Uganda. Visitors come in large numbers in Bwindi National Park just to track the primates in the thick impenetrable forest.
The Murchison Falls on the Nile River provides a wonderful scenic view at all times of the year. Located on the Murchison Falls National Park, you will have a chance to see animals such as the antelope, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, giraffe including many bird species.
Jinja, the source of the great river Nile is a beautiful place to visit. Jinja is one of the best places in East Africa for white water rafting, horse riding, kayaking, and jet cruising. Visit the Ishasha plains and watch the tree-climbing lions. There are only two places in the world where you can see tree-climbing lions and Ishasha is one of them. It is not clear why the lions in this place prefer to rest on trees.
Kibale National Park is popular for spotting the Chimpanzee. These primates live in groups and are found deep in the Kibale thick forest. Although tracking the chimpanzee is a bit challenging, watching the animals is a memorable experience. Visitors must obtain tickets in order to track the primates. They must also follow all the rules and regulations laid down by the ministry of tourism in Uganda.
The chimpanzee, also known as the common chimpanzee, robust chimpanzee, or simply “chimp,” is a species of great ape, with four confirmed subspecies and a fifth proposed subspecies. The chimpanzee, along with the closely related bonobo, is a species in the genus Pan.
Queen Elizabeth National Park in the south-west of Uganda is famous for large numbers of animal and bird species. For bird watchers, this is an excellent place. There are more than 600 types of birds in this park alone. Wild animals in this area include; bushbuck, leopard, buffalo, elephant, lion, Uganda knob, jackal and the hyena. Reptiles such as turtles, crocodiles, green snakes, python, spitting cobra, puff adder and Gabon ripper are commonly found on the Mweya Peninsula.
The Ruwenzori Mountains, also called the mountains of the moon are the highest mountain ranges in Africa. they are also one of the toughest mountain ranges to hike and, this requires a minimum of 710 days to do that. The glaciers, waterfall, and lakes from the mountain provide adequate water for wild animals. Animals commonly seen here include the giant forest hog, elephant, chimpanzee, buffalo, and the bushbuck. Margherita(5109m) is the highest peak.
The cultures and traditions of the people of Uganda are very interesting. The Kasubi tombs are a spiritual center for the Buganda people. This World Heritage Site has one of the largest huts in the world. Experiencing their culture will add more fun to your tour.
The Ssese Islands, located on the north-western side of Lake Victoria are a good place to adventure. The 84 islands are so attractive, you may never want to leave their site. You will have a chance to see, fish and swim in Lake Victoria, which is the largest lake in Africa. The lake is shared by Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania. It is a good source of water and food for the three countries. You can also choose to go for a nature walk or just relax.