Uganda, the Pearl of Africa is filled with scenic wonders, an abundance of wildlife, and the friendliest people in Africa and enriched by 1040 species of birds making it the perfect destination for the birding and wildlife enthusiast. 25% of Uganda is covered by lakes making it for the perfect place to sight water birds. There are the various rain forests that bring with it a different variety, and of course the afro-montane regions of the country with their abundance of birds. From the arid plains of the Kidepo Valley to the Rwenzori Mountain range you can discover different kinds of wildlife, chimps, gorilla’s and birds. From Kampala city to the Mgahinga Forest, from Lake Mburo to Mabira Forest, from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Murchison Falls National Park, from the Rwenzori Mountains to Mount Elgon there is a spectacle of wildlife and beauty waiting to be discovered.
Uganda’s most popular attractions include:
At 3840 sq. km, The Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda's largest protected area. The Murchison Falls National Park is cut in half by the mighty River Nile as it squeezes itself through a seven-metre gap in a cleft of rock, creating an explosion of white water. These are the spectacular Murchison Falls, 'discovered' by Sir Stanley Baker in 1864. It's the most powerful natural flow of water anywhere on earth and the rock actually shakes from the force of the water. You may catch a glimpse of a Nile perch being spat from the river. These huge fish weigh up to 100 kg and are strong enough to withstand the pressure. A boat safari down the river offers superb game viewing, with plenty of hippo and some of Africa's largest crocodiles, thanks to the menu of big fish. It’s also one of the few places in the world to spot the rare shoebill stork. You don’t need to be a bird watcher to get excited at seeing one; the metre high birds are without doubt the most extraordinary of East African birds. Solitary and silent, these monstrous birds have huge beaks capable of crushing small crocodiles. There’s much more to a than a frothing river. The forests are home to chimpanzees and the palm-dotted hills offer rewarding game drives.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
The home of the Mountain Gorilla is located in south-western Uganda, at the junction of the plain and mountain forests; Bwindi Park covers 32,000 ha and is known for its exceptional biodiversity, with more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species, including the mountain gorilla.
Kibale Forest is home to 13 primate species, chimpanzees being the chief attraction here. Most visitors come for Chimpanzee Tracking (Trekking) and you can actually spend some days here doing the chimpanzee habituation experience. Kibale Forest is the last place in Uganda where a large concentration of the Red Colobus Monkey can be found. You can also find L'Hoest's Monkeys, Black and White Colobus, Vervet Monkeys, and Olive Baboon, Grey Cheeked Mangabey Monkeys, the nocturnal primates such as Bush Baby and Potto; amongst others (nocturnal walks are available with spotlights). You will also find 335 species of birds and many mammals including the smaller forest elephants, bushbuck, duiker, bush pig, and buffalo.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savannah, 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. As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.
Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!
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