The Pearl of Africa, Gorilla tracking, Game viewing and Culture
A safari to Uganda is unforgettable and should be on one’s to do list. Uganda is a beautiful country found in the East of Africa is famously known for the mighty mountain Gorillas found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which harbors half of the remaining giants in the world.
In 1908, Sir Winston Churchill had a visit to Africa and as he explored he found Uganda an impressively beautiful country with natural wonders from the incredible scenery, the great weather, the wonderful wildlife, interesting history, unique rich and ancient cultures and all he could conclude with what he had seen was calling Uganda the “Pearl of Africa” due to its uniqueness.
Why Visit Uganda?
It being the pearl of Africa means it is among Africa’s top tourist destinations, it is where the source of the Nile is found as well as a home to over 400 mountain gorillas. In the recent years Lonely Planet and National Geographic regarded Uganda among the top destinations for those interested in wildlife and birds.
It is an added experience of a lot of things while in Uganda from tracking Chimpanzees, tracking Gorillas in Bwindi, white water rafting, boat cruises and hikes, wildlife experiences, climbing mountains like the snowcapped Rwenzori among others. The gorilla permit in Uganda costs 600 USD each and the Chimpanzee permit costs 150 USD each.
On the visit to Uganda you experience the natural wonders of like the rivers, lakes, wildlife, savannah grasslands and the different communities with the authentic African way of living. You will be in line to see almost everything found in Uganda’s neighbors like Kenya and Tanzania’s the only distinctive line with Uganda is because it is not crowded and hence the best way you can view animals well!
There is enjoyment of the climate which is mainly tropical since Uganda is crossed by the Equator; you can visit the country any time of the year, the temperatures vary but mainly at 22 degrees Celsius hence perfect for a holiday.
What to see and do
Travelers who love nature and are enthusiastic about wildlife! Uganda is the place to visit since it has varying habitats for the wildlife such as thickets, tropical rainforests, lake, rivers, swamps, open grassland and savannah. In these lie the 10 national parks which are governed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority which protects and conserves the well-being of wildlife.
Uganda is a true birders’ haven since various numbers of them are found there. The animals include; Elephants, mountain gorillas, lions, buffaloes, chimpanzees, crocodiles, hippos, zebras, rhinos, giraffes, water bucks, bush bucks, hartebeests, antelopes, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards among others.
Wildlife can be observed in the natural or the manmade habitats while on a safari hence they include; the 10 National parks such as Bwindi Impenetrable home of the Gorillas, Murchison falls, Lake Mburo, Semuliki, Rwenzori, Mount Elgon, Mgahinga, Queen Elizabeth, Kidepo Valley and Kibale forest National Parks.
Others are Ngamba Island on Lake Victoria (Home to orphaned chimpanzees), Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC), Lake Bunyonyi among other places. All the above areas are habitats for wildlife in Uganda and every area comes with its wonders that live you amazed.
Scenery and Adventure
Uganda is gifted with amazing landscape features and these same have been modernized and various activities are carried out; this is an unforgettable experience as you can enjoy white water rafting and bungee jumping in Jinja, hiking to Sipi falls, zip lining and nature walks in Mabira forest, canoeing on Lake Bunyonyi, hiking to the top of the Snowcapped Rwenzori, trekking gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable among others.
Basically even just standing on a hill in Kampala and look north to south all you see are wonders to your eyes and a memories to keep.
People and culture
It’s a country with over 56 tribes and each tribe has a unique culture, this uniqueness comes with the way of living, music, drama, dance, dressing codes, among other things, and majorly the central part of Uganda is occupied by the Baganda who are led by the Kabaka in their Kingdom, a visit to the Kabaka’s palace in Mengo is worth your time. Other tribes like Batoro, Basoga, Banyoro, Bakonjo, Bakiga, Banyankole, Acholi, Itesot, and Bagishu among others have kingdoms and some chiefdoms.
You get to learn more about the county’s culture when you visit the areas with them such as when one is on a safari to Bwindi a visit to the Igongo cultural Centre and the Batwa community would do him good he will experience the true African sense of culture.
Most people in Uganda are farmers and grow crops in the lowlands and mountainous areas such as Arabica coffee, matooke, millet, maize, sorghum, rice, beans, sweet potatoes, Irish potatoes; all these foods are very delicious. And not leaving out the famous “Rolex” which is not a watch as many think but a fast food which is a chapatti wrapped with eggs and some vegetables; it is quick to make and very tasty, you should also try it while in Uganda!
You cannot wonder and worry about where to stay while in Uganda because every destination has comfortable and affordable hotels and lodges of which you are advised to mike prior bookings especially during the peak seasons.
Lastly, Uganda is a safe and secure country even most people still hold on the past conflicts, in fact it is the most secure country in Africa and Kampala (capital city) ranks among the safest cities in the whole of Africa.