UGANDA – THE PEARL OF AFRICA.
In the East and Central African region, Uganda has the largest number of imaginative and refreshing attractions. This is true right from the coin; The Pearl of Africa. The most profound attraction being the Mountain Gorillas, these include silverback and blackback. As for the bird lovers, Uganda is immensely endowed with over 1,000 bird species; some of which are endemic to the country and these constitute 67% of Africa’s and 11.1% of the world’s total population which makes the country a must visit for birding lovers
Lake Kyoga and the surrounding basin dominate central Uganda. Extensions of Lake Kyoga include Lake Kwania, Lake Bugondo, and Lake Opeta. These "finger lakes" are surrounded by swampland during rainy seasons. All lakes in the Lake Kyoga Basin are shallow, usually reaching a depth of only eight or nine meters, and Lake Opeta forms a separate lake during dry seasons. Along the border with Zaire, Lake Albert, Lake Edward, and Lake George occupy troughs in the western Rift Valley.
Lake Victoria dominates the southeastern corner of the nation, with almost one-half of its 10,200-square-kilometer area lying inside Ugandan territory. It is the second largest inland freshwater lake in the world (after Lake Superior), and it feeds the upper waters of the Nile River, which is referred to in this region as the Victoria Nile.
Lake Mburo, just a short drive from Kampala, yet it is one of the few parks in Uganda where you will find an abundance of Zebras. Lake Mburo and the other lakes attract hippos and crocodiles, and for the birding enthusiasts, this is close to paradise.If fishing is your desire, there are 5 different types of fish found in this lake.
Bwindi Forest protects more than half of the remaining gorilla population and is a World Heritage Site. The tangled, weaving vegetation is host to many rare bird, mammal and reptile species. Besides seeing the moutain gorillas, visitors can also see chimpanzees, red and blue tailed monekys and colobus monkeys.
Mabira Forest can be discovered via an extensive trails. For the vigorous people, there is a around 25km bike trail that links the forest to the nearby sugar and tea plantations. Several activities are carried out in the forest and these include; Forest/nature walks, birding, cycle trails, mountain biking, or even relaxing and have a picnic lunch at the forest centre.
Budongo Forest Reserve and Busingiro Ecotourism Chimpanzee tracking is the most famous activity. You can also see many forest birds including the white-thighed hornbill and puvel’s illadopsis .
Kibale National Park is one of the most beautiful and stunning forest in Uganda. It is the home to the largest number of our closet living relative, the endangered chimpanzee as well as the threatened red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest monkey.The forest has one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkey and grey-checked manangabey, red tailed monkey, bush babies and pottos.
Ruwenzori mountains in Uganda have long cast a spell on visitors. Known as the Mountains of the Moon, they attract climbers from all over. The glaciers found here are by far the biggest in Africa. Mount . The Ruwenzoris are a massive mountain range, rather than singular volcanic remnants such as the continent's two tallest mountains, namely Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya.