Uganda is a beautiful country found in East Africa and borders Kenya, Tanzania, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Though landlocked, Uganda is in the heart of the Great Lakes region, and is surrounded by Lake Edward, Lake Albert and Lake Victoria. The country is mostly plateau with a rim of mountains, and has a tropical climate. The capital city is Kampala.
Located astride the Equator, Uganda is a destination with astounding beauty, diverse wildlife, amazing natural tourist destination and hospitable people. It is humanly impossible for someone over the space of ten days, to visit the endangered mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, navigate the waterways in search of the elusive shoebill stork, hippo’s and elephants, explore the savannah grasslands teaming with thousands of mammals including the legendary tree-climbing lions, look out for birds that are over 1046 recorded species and marvel at the source of the longest river in the world, the River Nile but all this is offered by the Uganda tourism industry . Uganda offers an amazing opportunity for one to see all these unique treasures. Contrary to the popular notion of “A home away from home”, Uganda is “A place to wish was home” for all tourists.
National Parks in Uganda
- Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Found in Western Uganda, famous for Mountain Gorillas.
- Murchison Falls National Park. Famous for the mighty Murchison Falls, the strongest falls on the Nile.
- Queen Elizabeth National Park. Famous for tree climbing lions and a boat cruise along Kazinga Channel.
- Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. Famous for Silverback Mountain Gorillas in the Virunga region of South-western Uganda.
- Kidepo Valley National Park. Found in North-eastern Uganda, and famous for vast Savannah plains for a great wildlife and game drive experience.
- Mountain Rwenzori National Park. Right from it’s name, it’s famous for Mountain Rwenzori, with the highest snow-capped peak in Uganda.
- Kibale Forest National Park. Famous for various primates, including Chimpanzees, Monkeys, Baboons; birds; reptiles and so many mammals.
- Lake Mburo National Park. Famous for zebras and a vast amount of mammals.
- Semuliki National Park
- Mt. Elgon National Park
The history of Uganda is a rich blend of different cultures that resulted from migration to Uganda by different ethnic groups that included the Bantu from West Africa, Nilotics and Nilo-Hamites from Sudan and Ethiopia, among others. Uganda’s history is closely linked with kingdoms which still give Ugandans their heritage todate.
Uganda achieved independence from the British colonialists on the 9th of October 1962 and has been seen to grow rapidly in various sectors throught its borders.
Uganda is a richly fertile land blessed with significant natural resources, including fertile land and mineral deposits, regular rainfall and a rich vegetation of forests and shrubs and not forgetting the mountain ranges in the different parts of the country. Uganda is also endowed with some of Africa’s best national parks, lakes and River Nile which is arguably the longest river in the world.
The rich vegetation and water bodies ensure regular rainfall, and the effect of altitude means that Uganda enjoys a singularly pleasant tropical climate with temperatures averaging 21 to 25°C (70-77°F). Due to the fertile soils, Ugandans grow most of their food and it is eaten in its natural form an element that is lacking in the west.
Uganda is generally a health place to be, but you will need to have yellow fever shots and perhaps some anti-malarial drugs before you come to Uganda.
Country is mainly green and fertile ranging from short to long vegetation. Gifted by nature is the country Uganda, also referred to as the pearl of Africa. The small landlocked East African country is home to various beautiful attractions in form of plants, birds and animals. What the country may have suffered as landlocked is compensated by the beautiful sceneries that keep the eye occupied for their entire
time as long as foot is set in Uganda. The nature of Uganda’s natural endowment is indescribable as it is what would be term as a one of a kind. The mountains, rivers, lakes, forests, hot springs and other endowments all deserve mention. The temperature is warm and bearable making it convenient to visit the best views all year round, viewing sunsets, landscapes of low and high raise areas and canopies for hilly and mountainous places throughout East Africa.