WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT UGANDA?

WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT UGANDA?

 What you should know about Uganda is, a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori mountains and immerse Lake Victoria. Uganda is a country gifted with mesmerizing sceneries ; artificial and natural wonders that will undoubtedly take your breath away.

White Water Rafting at River Nile

 

Uganda is the pearl of Africa where you can only have that once in a lifetime visit and never yearn to go anywhere else for a tour or vacation. The innate friendly nature of the Ugandans is a major factor that should motivate you to visit what so many proudly call the pearl of Africa quote given daily life by the children running around playing happily with nothing more than a stick and a tire who with just a glance run to you for a big warm hug.

 What you should know about Uganda is, it’s a country with something for everyone, no matter their age or interest, from white water rafting, luxury hotels, bird-watching, mountain climbing and fresh food markets and much more. Words are not enough to describe Uganda but one needs to see the country for himself here are the reasons why one should visit Uganda;

Source of the Nile River in Jinja Uganda

Uganda is naturally gifted with perfect weather which makes it a top reason as to why you See visit Uganda. Uganda has a warm tropical climate with two significant seasons; the dry and wet season

with temperatures ranging from25°c_29°c apart from the mountainous areas which are much cooler. It is no wonder why most holiday makers on African safari regard Uganda as an all year round destination.

Uganda lies astride the equator as it is no doubt that the weather conditions are favorable for tourism.

Uganda is remarkably one of a few most ideal tourist destinations that you can pay a visit at any time of the year. You won’t have to worry about extreme cold and hot seasons. The wet season is good for

hiking, kayaking, surfing while the dry season is good for gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking among others. It is no doubt that Uganda’s weather conditions are favorable and major reason it features

among a few unique most sought after safari destinations in Africa.

Uganda is endowed with a beautiful scenery. Uganda’s scenery is unique as it comprises of forests, hills, lakes, rivers, green grass, savannah grasslands that are found in national parks and much more.

 It is no surprise that sir Winston Churchill named it the pearl of Africa due to its unique

scenery, incredible wildlife, culture together with welcoming people. The snowcapped Rwenzori one of the highest mountain in Africa, the second largest fresh water lake in the whole world; Lake Victoria and River Nile the longest river on the earth.

 

Uganda is gifted with an abundant and attractive wildlife and harbors the big five game animals that is lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants and buffaloes. The best spots for viewing wildlife like Murchison falls national park, queen Elizabeth national park, lake Mburo nation lark and many others. These give Uganda a unique kind of beauty that guarantees an authentic and enjoyed experience.

Uganda is perfect for mountain gorilla trekking. Gorilla trekking is a hike to the tropical forests of Africa to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Uganda is home to more than half of worlds mountain gorillas. Although gorilla trekking is considered an all year round activity in Uganda, most tourists prefer June to September as well as from December up to February. This is because these are dry seasons and there are less rains and parks are drier making it simple to hike and see the gorillas.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park are famous for being homes to most of Uganda’s gorillas. Gorilla trekking is such a thrilling primate experience that any visitor to Uganda shouldn’t miss out. With fewer than 1004 mountain gorillas that still exist on earth today, Uganda is one of the only three countries in the world where gorilla trekking is conducted.

Given the high demand for gorilla permits, you are advised to secure your gorilla trekking permit. You can secure one through a trust worthy, reliable ground tour operator in Uganda.

Uganda has cultural and friendly people. Ugandans are some of the most hospitable people in the whole world. Uganda was recently named in the top ten friendliest and welcoming countries in Africa. Uganda provides home to over a million refugees from neighboring countries providing them and their families with a fresh start. There are over 50 languages spoken in Uganda and a number of ethnic groups. It is this cultural diversity that offers curious travelers to come to Uganda. Tourists are warmly welcome to Uganda by the local people. Uganda is not only safe, secure and stable but most importantly friendly.

This should be an enticing reason as to why you should Uganda to and have an experience of the cultural diversity in the country.

Queen Elizabeth National Park
Tree Climbing Lions in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda is home to the tree climbing lions making it a big deal for one to visit Uganda. It is not common for lions to climb trees however this is not the case with the lions at inshasha sector in queen Elizabeth national. Lions climb trees to escape the heat from the ground and get shelter from the rain.

 One can get a chance to have a glance at these lions through game drives as the lions are up in trees. This is one of the unforgettable experience that you will able to enjoy while taking photos and pictures of lions.

Most visitors opt for the half-day which provides plenty of time to find a group and a thrilling hour in their company.

Uganda is a top-bird watching destination. Uganda experiences a conducive climate, abundant water sources and diverse vegetation cover that makes it one of the best bird- watching destinations in Africa.

 Uganda has over 1066 confirmed species of birds as of May 2020. Over a half of all bird species in Africa ate found here making it one of the he richest birding destinations on the continent. These varieties of birds are found in Uganda national parks and forests. About 450 bird species are found in Murchison falls national park and they include Goliath heron, swamp flycatcher, Red-throated bee eater, giant kingfishers among others.

Mgahinga gorilla national park located in south western part of

Uganda is home to about 180 species and they include cape robin, white starred Robin, brown woodland warbler among others.

 Lake Mburo national park include Nubian woodpecker, bee-eaters, brown parrot among others. These bird species have attracted flocks of bird’s lovers to visit Uganda to take a glimpse of these birds. This should be a big deal for one to visit Uganda.

Uganda has the second largest fresh water lake in the world and largest lake in Africa; Lake Victoria. At 68000 square kilometers of area and 1100m above sea level. Lake Victoria was discovered by john Henning

Speke in 1858 on his way to find the source of River Nile. A visit to Lake Victoria grants you a chance to have a glance at various wildlife and wetland animals. Lake Victoria is famous for watching sunset over

water without being on the coast. The lake is bestowed with lush tropical islands and beautiful beach sides hotels and resorts. Lake Victoria harbors over 200 fish species which makes it a good deal for fishing tour in Uganda. The various islands on Lake Victoria like Ssesse island, Bugala, Banda, Bulago, Ngamba, Rubondo, Rusinga where guests can enjoy activities like fishing, boat cruises, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, and much more. Lake Victoria is also a home of various national parks like kakamega forest national park, botanical gardens Entebbe that harbors over 115bird species. The lake provides luxury beach side camp for accommodation like the Victoria forest resort, brovad sands lodge that provides a luxurious accommodation with world class services.

Uganda is perfect for budget travelers which makes a number one option for one to visit Uganda.

The cost of living in Uganda is lower compared to its neighbours which gives travelers more purchasing power to enjoy that all Uganda has to offer.

Uganda presents a wide variety of transportation means that includes buses, boda bodas, taxis and many others all these are cheap. Most towns in Uganda like Mbarara, Kampala, kasese, fort portal and many others have a good variety of moderately priced and

budget hotels. Even the smallest villages will usually have small local guest house where you can stay for a small amount of money.

 

Camping has also increased due to establishment of a number of campsites. If you are not picky, you can eat cheaply almost everywhere in Uganda. In most town, numerous local restaurants serve a variety of meals. There is a variety of food ranging from meat, matooke, posho, groundnut sauce. You can also eat cheaply at food stalls on streets and markets, a common meal is the Rolex although this is regarded as a watch brand, but in Uganda this is a freshly cooked chapatti with a fresh omelet, chopped onions, tomatoes and sliced cabbages these are later rolled inside the chapati hence its name. Some restaurants offer an option of cooking for yourself where you buy your ingredients from the market and cook for yourself in a restaurant. Fruits and vegetables are bought from the markets at a very cheaper price since most of these are grown by the local people.

There are varieties of drinks like soda, mineral water, juice, chai and coffee. Beers and wines are also many in Ugandan hotels, restaurants and super markets. Therefore, with a smaller wallet, Uganda should

be your next destination.

Ugandan food should be an enticing reason for one to visit Uganda. Ugandan cuisine is one of these jewels that deepens your appreciation of this beautiful country. Although the staple food in Uganda is matooke, Uganda has got other varieties of foods like cassava, sweet

potatoes, yams, millet, beans, ground nuts, and many others. Although Uganda has a number of tribes and

they all have different dishes, the meals are all delicious and one should be ready to excite his taste

buds. luwombo, katogo, muchomo, are all famous menus that one should treat himself to whole in Uganda. The Rolex has become a common food item on the menu. This is a freshly cooked

chapati with an omelette, chopped onions, tomatoes, sliced cabbages and latter rolled inside the chapati.

Ugandan Rolex Food

There is an occasional Rolex festival which is a great weekend activity to indulge in while in Kampala as you taste the various Rolex types that are there. The food in Ugandan restaurants and hotels is quite affordable for almost everyone. Various Uganda restaurants, hotels and lodges have adopted a range of continental cuisines like Indian, Chinese, Italian with restaurants like fang fang, mediterraneo, cantine

divine, la cabana and many others serving a variety of international of vegetarian dishes. With improvement in technology, various apps have been developed and one is to order food online. Apps like

jumia food, safe boda food, glovo and many others provide a large menu where you one can choose what to order and get it delivered to your door stop. So why not take a chance and come excite your taste

buds in Uganda.

Uganda has an extra ordinary and a variety of wildlife. The Ugandan government took a decision to create national parks and game reserves in various parts of the country to conserve this wildlife.

 It is the wildlife in these game parks and reserves that has continuously attracted tourists to come to Uganda and have a glance at some of Uganda beautiful wildlife. Game parks that are uniquely endowed by nature to offer a memorable Uganda safari. The various game parks include lake Mburo national parks

that is located along masaka-mbarara road, this is known for its large populations of impala zebras, kidepo national national park has cheetahs, kovirando bush baby and many others. For animal lovers Uganda is the best destination.

To visit River Nile in Uganda. River Nile is one of the longest in Africa and the whole world. The river got its source in Jinja district that is found in Uganda. Visiting river Nile offers an opportunity to participate in viewing the source of world’s longest river and have fun while enjoying activities like boat riding, gives one a chance to see the beauty of Uganda. There is plenty of flora and fauna to be observed in the cool water, fishing at the Nile is fun, white water rafting, kayaking, bungee jumping and many others activities that will make you experience heaven on earth.

Uganda is home to three world heritage sites. There are three UNESCO world heritage sites in Uganda. Two of these are national parks, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Rwenzori mountains national park the other is kasubi tombs in Kampala. These help in conservation of history for cultural, social and educational benefits. Bwindi impenetrable has diverse species. It has more than 100 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns and more famously the half of worlds mountain gorillas.

Rwenzori mountain national park comprises of main part if Rwenzori mountain, the kasubi tombs are burial grounds for the four kings of Buganda kingdom commonly known as the kabaka and other members of the royal family. The site also has cultural artifacts including drums, war spears, shields, medals and many others. For people that love

cultural tourism, there is no better place to be than the kasubi tombs in Uganda.

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