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Uganda Adventure Holiday Vacations

Welcome to the beautiful Uganda also known as the pearl of Africa is a land locked country situated in East Africa bordering Kenya in the East, Tanzania in the South, South Sudan in the North, DR Congo in the West as well as Rwanda and Burundi in the South West. The country has the prominent vast fresh water lake called Lake Victoria which is shared by all the three countries i.e Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania. The country lies with in the Great African Lakes and Nile Basin region with a moderate climate that appears annually. The country gained independence from Britain on 9th October 1962 and this is celebrated every year by the people. The official languages used in the country include English and Kiswahili despite the fact that other languages are used for example Luganda, Luo, Runyankole, Rukiga etc.

Geography

The country is situated at the center of the Great Lakes Region enfolded by lakes like Edward, Albert and Lake Victoria with most of it being a plateau with other numerous Mountains in the borders/ edges. It is strategically located in between the East and Western parts of the Great East African Rift Valley bordering countries like Kenya in the East, Tanzania in the South, DR Congo in the West, Rwanda and Burundi in the South West. The Mountains around the country are Mt. Rwenzori, Mt. Elgon, Kigezi Highlands. The capital city is called Kampala and lies at the center of the country along the shores of the prominent vast fresh water Lake Victoria which is the largest in Africa as well as the source of River Nile which flows through out the country. The terrain includes tropical rain forest, a semi desert area in the North East, arid plains of Karamoja, verdant vegetation in the Buganda region, rolling Savannah grasslands of Acholi, Tororo, Ankole, Bunyoro, and the tea plantation of Teso region.

Climate

The country is blessed with a tropical climate due to its location close to the equator and this comprises of temperatures ranging from 21-25°C (70- 77°F) unlike the Mountainous areas which are cooler with snow peaks  for example Mountain Rwenzori, ELgon as well as other like stanley, Baker etc. The hottest months in the country are December to February although the evenings are chilly and soothing offering relaxation to all travelers. Many regions around the country receive annual rainfall which varies from 1,000 mm to 2,000 mm through out all seasons despite the fact that the Northern areas are different for most of the time, they are dry. Heavy rainfall usually falls in the months between March and May as well as October to November making transportation around the regions in the country quite challenging. For those that want to trek and view wildlife in multitudes should visit during the months of January to February then June to September. You should wear the following clothes while in the country and these include;

  • Long sleeved tops to protect you from being bitten by mosquitoes
  • Light clothes with a warm cover up for the evenings
  • Appropriate trekking boots/ shoes
  • Warm clothes like sweaters for evenings get cold sometimes
  • Carry dark clothes for the roads around the country are dusty sometimes
  • Carry a camera
  • Don’t wear expensive clothes, watches, jewellery etc

There are various lakes around the country that can be explored by various tourists that transfer to the country for an amazing safari adventure holiday. These have numerous islands which are very ideal destinations for all travelers on honeymoon safaris offering exceptional holiday encounters. Visit the country to experience the best experiences while boat cruising, fishing, canoeing, swimming, etc.

Top Attractions in Uganda

Gorillas

The Eastern gorillas are divided into two species that the mountain gorillas and the eastern lowland gorillas which are only found in Dr congo. Gorilla trek Africa ranks among the most loved safari activity enjoyed in Uganda , go gorilla trekking in Bwindi or mgahinga national Parks in Uganda with reliable tour operators that include the gorilla permit when costing for the safari , shortest trip being 2 Day Mgahinga Gorilla Safari

  • Are highly endangered primate species
  • Can be found in only two National parks in Uganda i.e bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga National Parks
  • Are typically vegetarian i.e feed on leaves, fruits, insects as well as shoots
  • The males are twice larger than the females and one dominant one with silver hair is always the leader of the group
  • They have longer dark hair compared to their relatives the lowland Gorillas
  • They are strong with long muscular arms and move on all their 4 limbs although they can stand straight while hitting their chests to show power
  • They are usually along the ground although climb trees sometime for support and the infants are fond of playing in the branches
  • There are 12 Gorilla groups that can be tracked in Bwindi and one group in Mgahinga
  • They communicate by sounds such as grunts, shouts, and roars, 25 sounds have been recognized by researchers
  • They share 98% of human DNA since they act like the humans in so many different ways for example when copulating, playing, communication, etc

Chimpanzees

  • They are the other primates that can be found in Uganda unlike the Gorillas
  • They inhabit the thick forest vegetation rain forests around the country for example at Kibale Forest National Park
  • They are more wild compared to the Gorillas since these sometimes hunt for colobus monkeys to feed on although feed on vegetables as well
  • They also share 98% DNA with the humans
  • These are habituated in numerous places as well and these include Ngamba island, Kalinzu forest, Kyambura gorge, Kaniyo Pabidi Eco Tourism site
  • Other than their relatives the Gorillas, these leave in groups called communities where an alpha male leads the groups and he is the oldest and dominant
  • They are omnivores i.e feed on both animals and plants
  • They live in groups of 15-30 individuals with an alpha male, adult females, infants and juveniles

Birds

  • There are numerous bird species that occupy the rain forests around Uganda as well as other places like lakes, rivers, ridges, rifts, valleys, etc
  • There are about 1076 different bird species that can be watched by vivid birders from all over the world
  • These are in different types i.e swifts, king fishers, toucans, parrots, water birds, migratory species, humming birds,birds of prey etc
  • They are all vertebrates i.e include a back bone
  • Some build nests in trees to stay in where as others stay in holes, river banks, rocks, etc
  • They can be spotted using clear cameras / binoculars so as to have the best experiences
  • These can be watched in the mornings and late evenings since during these times the birds are flying to go to spend the whole day/ rest for the night
  • An experienced birding guide can be hired at about US $50 in Uganda

Culture

  • The country if one of the best cultural destinations in the world
  • There are numerous cultures/ tribes in Uganda with unique traditions that can be experienced
  • The Baganda tribe and language is the most prominent due to the fact that the language is spoken in almost all regions around the country
  • The people around the country are very welcoming and friendly to all kinds of guests/ tourists.
  • In Buganda the most prominent tourists attractions include the Bulange King’s palace, Kasubi tombs, the Naggalabi Coronation site, etc.
  • The Tooro Kingdom includes the royal palace of the King of Toro where as the Banyankole have the Igongo cultural village where tourists transfer to learn more about the ways of the ancient Ankole Kings as well as the Bachwezi people.
  • There are other safari destinations tourists can transfer to while on cultural safaris and these include the Bahai temple, the Namugongo martyr’s shrine, the Namirembe and Rubaga cathedrals etc