MOST IMPORTANT AND BEAUTIFUL ATTRACTIONS IN UGANDA
Although landlocked and relatively equal to the size of Great Britain approximately 236,060 square kilometers, tourist attractions in Uganda are very diverse. Since the country is located on both sides of the equator, the climate is humid and hot(tropical climate). Uganda is located on a flat plateau with an average altitude of 900 meters. Major water transport routes are rivers and a big population lives near the largest lakes in Uganda – Lake Victoria, Lake Edward, Lake Albert, and others. The biggest city with the largest population is the capital city of Uganda called Kampala followed by Entebbe. All Located near Lake Victoria. Favorable geographical location and proximity to attractions in Kenya and attractions in Tanzania , enables Uganda to receive approximately 150,000 tourists a year. Uganda was ranked among the top 10 African nations to visit in July 2014 after recording 213,950 tourists the previous year(2013). Tourism in Uganda focuses on landscape and wildlife, for example; national game parks and game reserves, traditional sites and natural tropical forests. Here some of the most important attractions in Uganda;
For people who love the mountains and mountaineering destination, Uganda offers you some of the beautiful astonishing mountains for hiking and eco tours to exotic extinct volcanoes. For some of those activities,you can visit;
Mostly referred to as “Mountains of the Moon”, the Rwenzoris lie in western Uganda along Uganda-Congo border. The Rwenzori snow peaks include the third highest point in Africa. Huge tree-heathers and colourful mosses are draped across mountainside with giant lobelies.
These mountains make up a national park called Rwenzori mountains national park hosting almost 70 mammal and 217 bird species.
This beautiful mountain is found in Eastern Uganda along Uganda-Kenya border. Being the oldest and largest solitary,volcanic mountain in East Africa with avast form of 80km in diameter,rising more than 3,000m above surrounding plains, Mountain Elgon also has the largest volcanic base in the world at 4,000square kilometers. With all the above features, mountain Elgon becomes a national park and the higher slopes are protected by the national parks in Uganda and Kenya. It is also home to over 300 different bird species.
Uganda was referred to as “pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill because of it’s beautiful nature. This makes it a home to most of Africa’s greatest wildlife having approximately 330 mammal and over 1061 different bird species. Uganda has 10 national game parks each with a different test of nature and wildlife. To mention but a few!
1.BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
In southwestern Uganda is Bwindi National Park. Incredibly beautiful park, which spreads over an area of 330.8 square kilometers, home to approximately 320 mountain gorillas and almost 400 plant species. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and village walks.
2.MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK.
Murchison Falls National Park lies in the north west of Uganda, where the sweeping Bunyoro escarpment tumbles into vast, palm-dotted savanna. It covers a total space of 5,663 square kilometers of land. It is Uganda’s largest and oldest national park, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds. The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
3.QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. Queen Elizabeth National Park is located within the Albertine Rift Valley in western Uganda near the Rwenzori
Mountains. It covers a total area of 1,978 square kilometers of hills,plains, forest, and swamp. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees,over 600 species of birds and a
home to over 95 mammals. As well as its outstanding wildlife attractions, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating culturalhistory. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more.
4.KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK
This amazing and astonishing park lies in semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, some 700km from Kampala. Kidepo is Uganda’s most isolated national park, but the few who make the long journey north through the wild frontier region of Karamoja would agree that it is also the most magnificent, for Kidepo ranks among Africa’s finest wildernesses. This beautiful park hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species. During the dry season, the only permanent water in the park is found in wetlands and remnant pools in the broad Narus Valley near Apoka. These seasonal oases, combined with the open, savannah terrain, make the Narus Valley the park’s prime game viewing location.
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