10 Reasons You Travel to Uganda

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Uganda is a blessed country made up of many good things that you can easily find nowhere else except when you decide to go to Uganda herself. Due to many adventurous places in Uganda and the beauty in those places describe as to why Uganda is called ‘’the Pearl of Africa’’. The following are some of the reasons as to why you need to travel to Uganda:

Uganda protects the rare endangered mountain gorillas one of the greatest apes in the world. Not in very many countries that you can find these endangered primates yet many researchers and tourists look for them but the most appropriate country for the mountain gorillas seem to be Uganda though they still exist in Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

Mountain gorillas are called ‘’rare’’ because they are not easily found in many countries thus they only exist in Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo. What forces you to travel to Uganda is that Uganda protects the greatest number of mountain gorillas compared to other countries. Mountain gorillas are found in two Uganda’s national parks (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park) of which Bwindi inhabits over 500 mountain gorillas out of the world’s mountain gorilla population which is over 1000 gorillas.

The Park consists of 14 habituated mountain gorilla families out of the 15 habituated mountain gorilla families in Uganda of which the other family is found in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park also protects over 100 mountain gorillas thus a tourist taking tours in Uganda will get a chance to view a variety of mountain gorillas and to interact with the 15 habituated gorilla families in Uganda. Habituated gorilla families in Uganda include; Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Nshongi, Busingye, Bweza, Mishaya, Kahungye, Bikingi, Bushaho, Nkuringo, Kyaguriro, Bitukura and Oruzogo of which are all found in Bwindi plus the Nyakagezi family which is further found in Mgahinga national park. These two Parks all lie in the western parts of Uganda and a gorilla permit for each Park costs US$ 600 per permit per person.

Uganda is definitely a country where amazing things originate from because in her Queen Elizabeth national park exist the tree climbing lions. It is not really normal to find lions climbing trees but when you travel to Uganda in Queen Elizabeth national park, you will meet the tree climbing lions which are viewed from the Ishasha sector of the Park. These lions are usually seen during the noon time especially when the temperatures are high due to too much sun rays hence they climb on the branches of the trees to hide the too much sun rays in the noon. Many travelers go to Uganda purposely to view these amazing lions however in the Park they also get chances to view other wildlife such as elephants, buffaloes, Nile crocodiles, hippos, warthogs and over 600 bird species.

Uganda is really a pearl of Africa because it consists of each and everything that a tourist would look for. Chimpanzees and mountain gorillas are the two world’s greatest apes but can all be seen in Uganda’s different national parks thus offering Ugandan travelers to explore these great apes. Chimpanzees in Uganda are best seen in Kibale forest national park and a traveler who will visit the Park will see the chimpanzees in plenty and the tracking of chimpanzees is done in groups of 6 individuals per group. The Park is a home to 13 primate species which include chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkeys, black and white Colobus, blue monkeys, Red Colobus, Uganda mangabay and many more. The Park is also a haven to more than 300 bird species. The Park is best known for inhabiting the largest number of chimpanzees in Africa and Uganda though still in Uganda chimpanzees can still be seen in Murchison falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park and Ngamba Chimpanzee Island though you will enjoy them most when you are in Kibale. A Kibale chimpanzee permit costs US$ 150.

Uganda consists of almost each African wildlife species and they most exist in Kidepo valley national park, Murchison falls national park and Queen Elizabeth national park. Kidepo valley national park is found in the north-eastern Uganda and it is the best Uganda Park to inhabit the most number of wildlife species though in Murchison and Queen Elizabeth national park, the found wildlife species are seen in plenty unlike in Kidepo. Murchison falls national park protects wildlife species in a huge number providing tourists to view them in a large amount well as though in Kidepo there are almost each African wildlife species but some are rarely seen however by chance you will spot them.

Some of Uganda’s inhabitants in her Park are Mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees, Monkeys, Lions, African Elephants, African Buffaloes, African Leopards, Cheetahs, Spotted hyenas, Warthogs, Impalas, Antelopes, Bush dogs, Bush bucks, Oribi, Okapis, Jackson’s hartebeest, Uganda Kob, Nile crocodiles, Hippos and many others plus the Rhinos which are only found in the Ziwa rhino sanctuary on your way to Uganda’s western and Southern Parks such as Kibale, Bwindi, Mgahinga, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison, Semuliki, Lake Mburo and others. Therefore you should travel to Uganda and enjoy its bio-diversity and explore African wildlife species which are kept in most of Uganda’s national parks.

Some tourists like to travel to Africa for birding activity and as it is noted that Uganda is the pearl of Africa, it inhabits almost all of African bird species which are best seen in Semuliki national park. Though Queen Elizabeth protects the highest number of bird species (over 600 bird species) followed by Kidepo which in habits over 500 bird species but Semuliki national park which also inhabits almost 500 bird species is the best destination for Uganda’s birders  because in the Park you will find each of the best African bird species unlike in other Parks, some of which include; White-crested horn bill, Red-billed dwarf horn bill, Piping horn bill, Yellow-throated nicator, Great blue and Ross’s turacos and many others thus Semuliki grabbing a nick name of ‘’The true birders haven’’. In Semuliki you won’t only enjoy its bird bio-diversity but also enjoy other things such as hot springs which are used to boil plantains and eggs while in the Park plus also viewing the elephants, warthogs, Nile crocodiles and Hippos especially at the Semuliki River plus many others.

Uganda consists of some of the best African mountains like Mountain Elgon which has the largest volcanic base in the whole world and Rwenzori mountains which have some of the highest peaks in Africa and one of the mountains with the most pristine and spectacular landscapes in the world due to their snow-capped peaks. The third, fourth and fifth highest mountain peaks in Africa are found in the Rwenzori Mountains of which the third is Margheritah, fourth is Mount Speke and the fifth is Mount Baker. Therefore you need to travel to Uganda to view such great things and for hikers Uganda will be your best place too.

You should also travel to Uganda in order to discover the culture of Uganda. Uganda has got various tribes thus you will enjoy a variety of over 50 tribes in Uganda though the’’ Baganda’’ occupies the large population of all the Ugandans. Some tribes can be spotted out when you do cultural encounters in Uganda’s Parks such as the Batwa in Semuliki national park, Bwindi national park, Mgahinga national park, Karamajongs in Kidepo valley national park, Bagisu in Mountain Elgon national park and many other others. Other tribes include Ankole, Bahima, Bakiga, and Batoro, of which these can be spotted when you visit western and southern Parks of Uganda. When you interact with these various tribes, you will know their culture and they all have different cultures except the few with similar cultures thus leaving Uganda with a great experience. Some of other tribes in Uganda are Basoga, Iteso, Sebei, Lugbara, and Banyoro of which they speak different local languages though the official language remains English in each tribe in Uganda.

Uganda is the country which consists of the second longest River in the whole world (River Nile). Many tourists enjoy taking their holidays in Uganda at River Nile especially after the tiresome activities in the Parks. Many activities take place at River Nile including Aquatic bird watching, boat cruises, and White water rafting which takes place at the Owen falls dam situated on River Nile in Jinja town.

Still Uganda has the largest Lake in Africa (Lake Victoria) which also provides a holiday for all Ugandan tourists and on the Lake there are various beaches situated on the shores of the Lake, where tourists can go for swimming, enjoying the fish species caught from Lake Victoria such as Tilapia and Nile Perch. On the Lake there are also various Islands and Landing sites where you can go then visit them and get involved in various activities such as boat cruises, aquatic bird watching, viewing of crocodiles and hippos plus identifying the fish species caught from Lake Victoria. Besides Lake Victoria, Uganda still has more lakes suitable for holidays and these include Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Kyoga, Lake George, Lake Katwe where you will enjoy how salt is extracted from the Lake, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, Lake Mburo and many more.

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