Uganda “the pearl of Africa” is a landlocked country among the East African countries which lies on the Elevated basins arising on the branches of the Eastern and western Great Rift Valley. It is really gifted by nature and everything found on this locality is breathtaking and so fascinating. The wildlife comprising of the famous five mammal species, primates, reptiles, birds among others, the magnificent physical features, hospitality nature of the Ugandans, vegetation types, favourable climate and its associated conditions, Uganda’s economy and its culture.
The combination of Uganda’s setting truly defines it and brings out where it derives its name slogan the pearl of Africa. Uganda offers the at the most adventurous safaris and don’t worry lookout for Uganda if you’re in need of travelling, vacation, research, holiday, honeymoon and photographers it’s a great opportunity for nice shots. Below are the top 5 adventurous places to visit in Uganda;
Mgahinga national park
This is found in southwestern Uganda and was established in 1991 in an area which was a game reserve. It is found in the Virunga Mountains and comprises of the three volcanoes such as the mountain Gahinga, Muhavura and Sabinyo. The park is famous for its mountain gorillas and the golden monkeys and endemic birds. The park consists of the bamboo forest, Albertine rift montane forests, Rwenzori – Virunga montane moorlands with tree heath and alpine zone at the higher altitudes which are homes for these primate creatures. While at Mgahinga national park, expect to go gorilla trekking and habituation and also offers the best Batwa experience. A gorilla trekking permit currently costs US$700 in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park shares boundaries with the magnificent Virunga National Park in DR Congo and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda. These are other gorilla trekking destinations in Africa. Rwanda currently has about ten (10) habituated gorilla groups in Volcanoes Gorilla Park and each gorilla permit costs US$1500. DR Congo’s Virunga National park currently has eight habituated gorilla groups namely; Humba, Kabirizi, Rugendo, Bageni, Mapuwa, Nyakamwe, Lulengo, and Munyaga, and each gorilla permit is cheap at US$400.
Kidepo Valley National Park
This is a long distant national park found at the edge of northeastern Uganda in Karamoja district. Kidepo describes Uganda’s wilderness and it has the highest concentration of the game animals such as the big five mammals like the Lion, Leopard, elephant, buffalo and giraffes, rhinos, antelopes, oribis, warthogs, waterbucks, bushbuck, reedbuck, the ostrich.
While at the park expect only wonders because you will spy the seasonal rivers such as Narus River and the Kidepo valley and the Kanangorok hot spring. The encounter of the Karamajongs community is an epic moment while interacting with locals, engaging in their cultural dances and tasting their local cuisines.
Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
This is where a client experiences a locked up excitement when encountering caged up wildlife species. It is located in Entebbe town and was established in 1952 occupying 72 acres of land. It is a wildlife sanctuary aiming at rescuing, rehabilitating orphaned species which were abandoned by their mothers, smuggled, trafficked and poached by the locals. The zoo is a home to over 400 indigenous wildlife species, 500 plant species, 250 bird species depicting the three Uganda’s eco-system of wetland birds, savannah birds and forest birds.
Wildlife species have been spotted caged for those that are thrilling and the gentile ones are left to roam freely in the area. Wildlife species at Uganda wildlife include cheetahs with their horrifying looks, elephants, rhinos, snakes such as cobra, Gabon, vipers among others, camels which are used to give short rides to children and also take photos, ostrich the largest fly- less bird which runs fast, primates like the vervet monkeys and luckily one can spot some Rodents.
This is the best place for kids and it has a clear scenic view of the Lake Victoria shores. Uganda wildlife education centre consists of a floating restaurant which offers the best service facilities to the clients and a play centre for the young ones.
This is a famous Chimpanzee sanctuary found on Lake Victoria in Mukono district on an isolated island called Ngamba. It is a home to orphaned and rescued chimpanzees from smugglers and every chimpanzee at the island has its story. A great epic experience of the sea breeze while travelling on either an engine boat or speed boat depending on one’s choice and their one encounters different island surrounding Ngamba Island. Ngamba is occupying 100 acres and 98 is forested harbouring 49 chimpanzees, 22 being male and 27 female. It’s believed 2 chimpanzees have been born at Ngamba Island. A trip to Ngamba island will let you believe that truly Chimps hold 98.5% human DNA. Visit www.ngambaisland.org for details.
Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls National Park is ranked as the largest national park in Uganda. It is found in northwestern Uganda and sits on Lake Albert on Lake Victoria along Karuma falls. It is the first national park established in 1952. The park is famous for its Murchison falls that surges through the Niles narrow gorge. A Uganda safari to Murchison falls National Park will expose you to a breathtaking panoramic view of the falls and while at the top of Murchison you will have to get a second exposure of the Uhuru falls. The park harbours over 79 mammals, reptiles and over 405 bird species. Wildlife species at the park include the five big mammals, warthogs, antelopes, hartebeest, oribis, Ugandan kob, bushbucks, aquatic life like the Nile crocodiles, hippopotamus, the monitor lizards and aquatic birds.
Next to Murchison Falls National Park is Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino tracking experience. There fore, a combination of a safari to Murchison Falls and Ziwa Rhino sanctuary rewards you with the African Big 5 animals namely; Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard.