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This is about Uganda

All About Uganda

Uganda is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries: home to 13 types of primates and 330 mammals, of which six are found nowhere else, as well as more than 1000 bird species, it also encompasses a startling range of landscapes, from Africa’s highest mountain range and the source of the Nile – the world’s longest river – to the continent’s largest lake.

While most people think of Kenya and Tanzania when it comes to East African safaris, landlocked Uganda has one thing that its neighbours don’t: Mountain gorillas. The country conserves half of the world’s remaining wild mountain gorilla population, and tracking these magnificent primates in their wild habitat is one of the most memorable wildlife experiences on the planet – and a big reason why travellers visit Uganda. This is also of the few countries in Africa where you can track chimpanzees in forest reserves: another primate encounter that you’ll never forget.

Why visiting Uganda

Creating an unforgettable experience isn’t challenging when visiting Uganda and one of those unforgettable experience in the jungles of this small destination is tracking the mountain gorillas in the Impenetrable rainforest of Bwindi National Park. This is a phenomenal experience for any nature or animal enthusiast.

The jungle trek involves hiking through one of Africa’s oldest rainforest that is rated as the richest biodiversity destination, escorted among untouched wildlife in search of the remaining mountain gorillas. At numbers of only 1068, seeing one of these gorillas would be a once-in-a-lifetime memory.

Best time to visit Uganda

Uganda’s raised topography means a cooler climate than its equatorial setting suggests but if you’re planning a gorilla trek, it’s important to know when to go to Uganda for the easiest trekking conditions. Although it’s regarded as a year-round activity, the best time to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking is during the country’s two dry seasons: January and February and from June to September.

Game viewing in Uganda’s savannah parks is best at the end of the dry seasons - February and March and September/early October - when wildlife is concentrated around water sources. Bird watching is fantastic all year round but is at its peak between November and April when migrant species are present. We’d recommend avoiding a Uganda safari entirely during the heavy rains of April and May.

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, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.

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Murchison Falls National Park Uganda

One of the most incredible sights of Uganda is Murchison Falls. The park is famed for the White Nile and the falls from which it takes its name. The falls are located in the north-west of Uganda, six hours’ drive from Kampala. Bird-watching and game drives are possible, as there are hippos, crocodiles, buffalos, giraffes, lions and over 450 bird species in the area.

Apart from being an excellent game-viewing destination, Murchison Falls has a memorable boat cruise of its own. What’s more, you can see the world’s longest river, waterfall, River Nile, exploding through a narrow gorge, which is a magnificent sight!

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Lake Mburo National Park

Located close to Kampala as well as Bwindi Impenetrable and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, Lake Mburo is a popular playground where activities that are often forbidden within national parks can be enjoyed. Walking safaris, horseback safaris, and even quad-biking are available within the park.

The park is home to three of the Big Five (elephants and rhinos are absent), and is especially good for spotting a variety of antelope species including the Ugandan kob and the endangered sitatunga antelope.

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Kibale National Park

Kibale National Park is a national park in Western Uganda, protecting moist evergreen rain forest. It is 766 square kilometres in size and is located between 1,100 metres to 1,600 metres in elevation. Despite encompassing primarily moist evergreen forest, it contains a diverse array of landscapes.

The park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park. This adjoining of the parks creates a 180 kilometres wildlife corridor. It is an important eco-tourism and safari destination, popular for its population of habituated chimpanzees and twelve other species of primates. It is also the location of the Makerere University Biological Field Station.

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