Reasons Why You Should Visit Uganda: Reasons why you should visit Uganda | Uganda the pearl of Africa-was given this name by the early visitors who had come to explore Africa as a continent about 300 years ago, Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. This stunning lush country offer one unique opportunity to see tree climbing lions, trek mountain gorillas, track chimpanzees, bird life, cruise on large water bodies, the longest river in the whole world the mighty Nile and also hike high mountains among others.
Uganda is a unique country which offers thrilling sceneries on the continent that includes giant mountains, dense forests, 12 game reserves and 10 crowded national parks. A trip to Uganda offers an extraordinary natural encounter, in terms of its beauty, wildlife, remarkable weather throughout the year and friendly people.
Gorilla habituation and gorilla trekking safaris
Uganda is a home to mountain gorillas with a population of about 480 individuals, golden monkey, chimpanzees and 12 other primate species. Uganda is best destination for gorilla trekking, in Uganda gorilla trekking permits cost 700 USD while gorilla habituation permits cost 1500 USD. Uganda is the only country in East Africa where you can enjoy gorilla habituation and chimpanzee habituation encounter; it is one of unforgettable safari experience in the wild. Please contact Gorilla Tracking Africa for all your remarkable safaris in East Africa.
In Uganda the big five game animals are the Lions, Elephants, Leopard, Rhinoceros and Buffalo, the term big five game was coined by big game hunters and refers to the five difficult animals in Uganda to hunt on foot. The term is used in most tourist and wildlife guides that discuss African wildlife safari. In Africa tree climbing lions can tracked in only Queen Elizabeth National Park-Ishasha sector in western Uganda.
In Uganda hiking Giant Mountain can be undertaken at Mt Rwenzori (5,109)m, Mt Gahinga, Mt Sabinyo, Mt Muhavura and Mount Elgon (4,321)m. Mgahinga National Park is the best place to hike the park has three extinct volcanoes namely Gahinga (3475m), Muhavura (4127)m and Sabinyo (3669)m, the park has scenic caldera and a hike on top of these mountains will give you a chance to be in three countries Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo at the same time.
Uganda is splendid with more than 1,060 bird species distributed over a wide range of habitats despite her small size and being a landlocked country-between Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda is renowned for having numerous 25 endemic bird species at the Albertine Rift Endemic Area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. At least 28 globally threatened bird species can be found in Uganda namely Shoebill, African Green Broadbill, White-bellied Robin Quail, Black-ramped Button Quail, Madagascar Squacco Heron, Common Ostrich, Great Egret, and Saddled-billed Stork among others.
Natural Lakes and Rivers
Uganda has a vast number of lakes (27 lakes in total), 10 rivers and streams, Uganda’s surface water sources cover 15.4% of the total land area (236,040 km2). Lake Victoria being the second largest freshwater lake in the whole world will give you best boat cruises, fishing safaris and bird watching safaris. The lake is shared among three countries of East Africa namely Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Besides large water bodies Uganda is blessed with the longest river in the whole world the mighty Nile. At the source of the Nile there many activities you can enjoy when you visit Uganda namely White water rafting, kayaking, sunset boat cruise and Adventurous bungee jumping among others.
The country’s esteem as Africa’s friendliest country stems partly from the tradition of hospitality common to its culturally diverse populace and partly from the sensational low level of crime and a stable democratic country for 30 years now. The country’s population is united in providing a warm welcome to tourists, hence sharing their culture and traditions. Kindly contact Gorilla Tracking Africa for you tailor-made safaris in East Africa.