Uganda is a country rich in history and full of natural beauty from border to border.
If you’re traveling to or if you want to know more about Uganda, this article will give you the insight you need to get started.
Uganda is a landlocked nation in East Africa bordered by Kenya, Sudan, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Tanzania. Lake Victoria occupies a large part of the country’s southern.
About 3000 years ago, Uganda was occupied by Bantu speakers, the people in they were hunter-gatherers.
Uganda gained its independence in 1962 from the Britain. It is a member of the African Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, and the East African Community.
Uganda is one of only three countries in Africa where mountain gorillas still live freely in the wild.
Gorillas are the largest living primates on earth, they are majorly found in central and east Africa. They function in a well-developed social structure and often exhibit behavior and emotions similar to that of humans.
Gorillas are classified into two main species, namely the western gorillas and eastern gorillas. The two species are named based on the location of their respective natural habitats as eastern gorillas are found in the forests of East Africa while the jungles of West Africa are home to the western gorillas.
A Silverback Gorilla is a mature male Mountain Gorilla of East Africa. It weighs between 136 and 195 kg. He is incredibly strong and lean. He has massive canines’ teeth and the female gorillas are about 169.5 kg.
Gorillas move in groups that can range from four individuals to more than 40 individuals. A Silver back leads and holds the position of being leader and alpha mela of the group for years.
There are less a few of these gorillas in the world today, and this makes them endangered.
Uganda has a variety of unique and rare species of wildlife, the tree climbing lions are a must see for yourself.
These amazing cats exist in only a few African countries such South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya and of course Uganda.
Many visitors to Tanzania’s Lake Manyara and Kenya have come to think they are myth because it is very rare to catch sight of them.
But if you are looking for proof of their existence, visit the Ishasha plains in Queen Elizabeth National Park. These magnificent kings of the jungle and their families are much easier to see here.
Queen Elizabeth is the only park in Uganda where tree climbing lions can be found.
Known to be the “Mountain of the Moon”, Mount Rwenzori lies in western part of Uganda along the Uganda-Congo border.
Uganda’s Rwenzori mountains are known worldwide to be among the highest snow caped mountains. The highest mountain range of the Rwenzori ranges is known as Mount Stanley. It is at a height of 5,109m (16,762 feet).
Rwenzori Mountains National Park protects the highest parts of the 120km-long and 65km-wide Rwenzori mountain range.
The Rwenzori ranges are one of the best mountain ranges world to do hiking.
Located in Jinja, about 2 hours from Kampala, the Source of the Nile is one of the renowned attractions in the world. This is where the River Nile begins its journey to the Mediterranean Sea.
The River Nile is a hive of many other touristic activities for anyone interested in a weekend gateway from the bustle of the city including all year white water rafting, Kayaking, Jet boating, bungee jumping, Squad biking and horse riding by the shores of the Nile.
The River Nile is known to be the longest river in the world although some sources suggest that Amazon River is slightly longer.
The Nile River flows through 11 countries of Africa, from Burundi to Egypt through DRC, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia, Eritrea, South Sudan and Sudan. River Nile is the main water source for Sudan and Egypt mainly.
The River Nile passes through the protected area of the Murchison falls national park and Karuma falls which is inaccessible by boat because of the huge rocks and falls. Inside the Murchison falls national park, there are great boat trips offered both by the park on Victoria Nile to the bottom of Murchison falls.
The Nile covers about 6,650 Km with two main tributaries, that is, the White Nile and the Blue Nile.
Known as the “city of Seven Hills”, Kampala is the biggest city, capital city, and home to the largest kingdom in the country with a population of approximately 2.5 million. It well comes people from all over the world.
Every day hundreds of people from other cities enter the great Kampala city to have themselves a share of the Kampala experience.
The people of Kampala, and Ugandans in general, are very kind and friendly and are very approachable.
With a large number of landscapes, eye catching wildlife and welcoming locals, Uganda packs a lot into one small country.
It’s home to Africa’s tallest mountain snow caped range, the source of the Nile known as the longest River in the world, and the Africa’s largest lake.
White water rafting on the River Nile offers an adventure of a life time, but the country’s most iconic experience is tracking mountain gorillas in their habitat.
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