Uganda is a country that is largely endowed with a lot of biodiversity ranging from wildlife landscape, wetlands, birds and water bodies to mention but a few. Many of these are always under constant threat of extinction due to a wide range of reasons that range from increased population pressure on these resources, however, the government of Uganda is always on the never-ending task to see to it that these attractions are protected and preserved. On this very note, word reaching our desk is that the president of Uganda chaired a meeting with his cabinet and approved the proposal to declare Kalagala- Itanda offset along the river Nile as a special Conservation Area. This approval came together with the approval of three new forests reserves to protect in Kalagala Namavundu and the 100meter river Nile bank forests in the districts of Buikwe Kamuli and Jinja.
Why is this so?
This new government directive is aimed at protecting one of Uganda’s tourism goldmine river Nile and also well as its source lake victoria. With 65650km river Nile in the longest river in the world and it begins its journey all the way to the Mediterranean sea from Jinja at the shores of lake victoria. This river is a hub for many extreme thrill seeker adventures who make Jinja source of the Nile tours or 1 day Jinja tours to engage in a number of extreme sport Uganda tours activities such as kayaking, white water rafting as this river is home to all the 5 grades of white waters which make it a perfect place to engage in white water rafting. At the source of the Nile which is Lake Victoria, you have an opportunity to engage in sport fishing as this lake is home to a wide variety of fish species such as the incredibly big Nile perch which is a darling to many sport fishing fans given its fighting strength and incredible weight as it can weigh as much as over 100kg or over 220ibs. Sundowner boat cruises are really magical on this lake as you get to view enjoy amazing sightings of sunset on the waters of lake victoria as well catch sightings of local fishermen as they cast their nets with a hope of having a big harvest of fish. Adjacent to the source of the Nile is the tropical lowland forest of Mabira. This forest is a darling to hikers as well as thrill-seekers as it a place where you get to engage in epic zip lining experience. For those who love to hike, a Uganda hiking safari in this spoils for choice as you have 8 nature trails to follow. Other activities you can engage in while when you visit the Nile River include horse riding, quad biking and biking.
Uganda the land of the stunning and dramatic landscape.
When it comes to landscape, Uganda has it all. Right from the point of entry especially if its Entebbe international airport, you are greeted with stunning sightings of gentle hills that give way into flat land that is preoccupied with a system on wetlands and the biggest freshwater lake on the African continent lake victoria. As you continue towards the Kampala city for either a Kampala city tour or even just a brief relaxation, you will definitely be amazed by the rolling hills that are partly covered with trees as well as human settlement. Regardless of where your safari Uganda adventure leads you, expect to be intrigued by a change in landscapes as you get to meet a mixture of flatlands that raise into towering mountains or highlands for example if your to visit Queen Elizabeth National Park, expect to come across the mountains of the moon, this is none other than Mountain Rwenzori which is also found in Mountain Rwenzori National Park. Named by an early British explorer henry Morton Stanley, mountains of the moon is the 3rd highest mountain on the African continent as it rises to 5109m above sea level hence giving you a treat of ice sightings when you make a Rwenzori hiking safari to the top of this mountain. Further in the south-west there lies the Kigezi highlands or call them the Swiss alps of Uganda, these are ranges of rolling hills and a Uganda safari tour to these highlands gives you an opportunity to encounter the second deepest lake on the African continent lake Bunyonyi with a depth of 900m which nestled on the valleys of these ranges. On the eastern frontier of Uganda lies the Elgon mountain and a Uganda tour to this mountain allows a chance to meet the most beautiful waterfalls in Uganda Sipi falls which can be toured with a 1-day Sipi falls tour.
Uganda the land of apes
To primatologists and any other person who is intrigued by these wild cousins of ours, Uganda isn’t only the Pearl of Africa as many of us know it to be but also is truly the home of primates and this is because Uganda is home to over 13 primate species a number that isn’t easily found elsewhere on the planet. Are you on a search for mountain gorillas? If you’re, then get your bags ready and make that Uganda safari tour because Uganda is home to these elusive mountain gorillas which are found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. These gentle giants in Uganda almost constitute half of the world’s gorilla population which is currently standing at around 1000 individuals. However, Gorilla trekking isn’t only done in Uganda but also in Congo and Rwanda. A Rwanda gorilla safari takes you to Volcanoes National Park which is home to 10 gorilla families that have been habituated to give you a fantastic Rwanda gorilla tour experience. A Congo gorilla safari experience, on the other hand, takes you either Virunga National Park where you have a chance to encounter Mountain gorillas as this park is home to 8 gorilla families or Kahuzi Biega National Park where you will be in for a thrilling moment with the eastern lowland gorillas Prime safaris and tours ltd has positioned itself as one of the best local travel companies that give you an amazing gorilla trekking Uganda/ gorilla trekking Congo tour/ gorilla tour Rwanda experience as it offers Africa gorilla tours to in all these countries
When you make your Uganda safari to this pearl of Africa, you will come to realize that mountain gorillas are just a part of what really Uganda has to offer. Uganda still has more attractions you will encounter in case you decide to make a Uganda wildlife safari. After a really spectacular encounter with the gorillas, Uganda gives you an opportunity to meet another great ape species and this is the chimpanzee. With a safari Uganda to Kibale Forest National Park Uganda, you are assured for a memorable encounter with the chimpanzees that will definitely fascinate you with their high levels of intelligence. However, as you search for the chimpanzees in Kibale you have an opportunity to meet 12 other primate species and these include the black and white colobus monkeys, the grey-cheeked mangabeys, the L’hoest monkeys, the olive baboons, vervet monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, patas monkeys and many more.
Uganda the home of birds
Birds, when you speak of birds in Africa, Uganda should be your first priority because a Uganda birding safari is to any of the numerous birding safari destinations in Uganda such as Semuliki National Park Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidpeo Valley National Park and Kibale Forest National Park Uganda is a totally unique experience that gives you an opportunity to encounter several of the 1070 bird species that call Dear Uganda home. This makes Uganda home to over 50% of all the bird species that are found on the African continent.
Uganda the home of the big fives and more
Wild mammals- if you are looking for wild mammals, a Uganda wildlife safari to some of Uganda wildlife safaris destinations such as Lake Mburo National Park Uganda, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park Murchison Falls National Park Uganda will give you an encounter with some of the finest African savanna mammals like you have never seen before. Many of these destinations have 4 or 5 out of the big five Africa game which include African bush elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos. On top of these expect to encounter numerous other mammals such as Roth child giraffes, Burchell zebras, elands, Jackson hartebeests, topis, and a wide variety of antelope species. East Africa is a region that is predominantly occupied by sprawling savanna grasslands hence it never surprises that when it comes tropical savanna attractions you can always have a similar Africa wildlife safari experience just as that in Uganda in any of other east African countries of Tanzania and Kenya. A Kenya safari to any of the Kenya wildlife safari destinations such as Masai Mara National Reserve, Nairobi National Park, Lake Nakuru National Park, Tsavo East National Park, Aberdares National Park and Amboseli National Park culminates into the sight of wild mammals such as the African bush elephants, cape buffaloes, lions, leopards and rhinos. The same can be said of a Tanzania safari to any of these Tanzania wildlife safaris destinations such as Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Park and Serengeti National Park.
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