When you think of visiting Africa, Uganda is one of those fine destinations that you should visit. In fact, most of the travelogues, travel guides will mention in among their destination list reason being it is really worth the visit. There are so many reasons as to why you should to visit and this article highlights just some of them that you might already know and some you probably don’t know.
1 – Mountain Gorillas
I would say Uganda is mostly known for the huge population of mountain gorillas that it shelters in its forests of Bwindi and Mgahinga. In 2012, Uganda was announced an harbor an estimate of over 400 mountain gorillas, which is over half the remaining total population of mountain gorillas in the world. Gorilla Trekking in Uganda is one of those memorable experiences you can’t easily forget, reason why thousands of foreigners flock the country annually to have track mountain gorillas. Uganda’s mountain gorillas can be found in Bwindi Forest National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.
2 – Wildlife
Uganda is very rich in wildlife and is one of the countries that harbors the big five game animals. The best spots for viewing wildlife in Uganda are Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park and Lake Mburo National Park respectively. The big five game animals can be found in Murchison Falls National Park in North-western Uganda. A wildlife viewing experience in Uganda is definitely worth the time and money and will leave strong memories in your mind.
3 – Lake Bunyonyi
Believed to be the second deepest lake in Africa, Lake Bunyonyi lies in south-western part Uganda close the Rwandan border. At approximately 1,962 meters above sea level, this magical lake enjoys moderate temperatures all year round and the lake is usually cool in both the morning and evening hours. Majority of the tourists visit this lake after gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Activities at this lake that has over 29 islands include fishing, canoeing, community walks and so many other activities that will keep the spark of a safari alive through out your visit.
4 – Source of the Nile
River Nile is commonly known as the longest river in the world with its source starting right from Jinja – Uganda. The “Nile” word is a Greek word that means valley. River Nile starts from the Northeastern part of Africa and flows from the surrounding areas close to the equator line to the outrageous safari desert and then straight to the eastern Mediterranean Sea. The river is estimated to be about 6600 kilometers long and passes through nine countries but is most centered to Uganda and Egypt. Some of these countries include Sudan, Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.
5 – Murchison Falls
Murchison Falls, also referred to as the Kabalega Falls, is a waterfall that lies between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert on River Nile. At the top of the explosive Murchison Falls, the water of the Nile forces its way through a gorge and plunges 7 meters down before flowing west to Lake Albert. Sir Samuel Bar and wife, Florence Baker were the first European explorers to find this explosive waterfall. Sir Baker named this waterfall after Sir Roderick Murchison, president of the Royal Geographical Society by then. The falls is the centerpiece of Murchison Falls National Park.