Mountain Gorilla Tracking, Primates and all Uganda tourist Attractions

Mountain Gorilla Tracking:

Uganda is well known worldwide as home to over half of the world's population of mountain gorillas. These primates have their own natural habitat in the tropical rain forests located in the South West of the country. 360 gorillas are living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park , where six families are habituated for the tourist visits. Gorilla tracking is the first choice for any visitor traveling to Uganda, as this is an unforgettable and unique experience.

Chimpanzee Trekking:

Uganda is host a large population of different species of primates, like chimpanzee, black and white colobus, red tailed monkey, blue monkey, golden monkeys, bush babies. The Chimpanzee trekking is another experience that Uganda is offering to its visitors, as there are many families habituated to the human presence. Uganda counts an estimated number of 5.000 chimpanzees. This activity is possible in Kibale National Park , Budongo Forest and Kyambura Gorge (in Queen Elizabeth National Park).

Wildlife Game Drives in Uganda

Uganda offers ten organized National Parks , as well as a number of Natural Forests and Natural Reserve areas, with a broad range of different safaris and wildlife experience. Among the significant attractions are: the boat - launch trips (in Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls, Lake Mburo), natural walks and game drives in any park with private vehicles. Very different from other African countries, "safari" in Uganda means a real closeness to the nature, the animals, the people, the ambience. Safari in Uganda is a unique opportunity of true, direct and uncontaminated wildlife.

Bird Watching

Uganda is gaining an increasing reputation as an exceptional worldwide destination for "bird watching" activities. Although the size of Uganda is not particularly big, however it hosts over 1000 species of birds (whereas in Europe there are 700 species), also due to the diversity of its territory (from the Lake Victoria, to Rwenzori mountains, to the desert land of Karamoja). Bird watching activities are available basically everywhere: from the Ssese islands of Lake Victoria, to the National Parks and Natural Reserves. Amongst the birds, many are special, such as Shoebill stork, Papyrus gonolek, African fish eagle, horn bills, lyre tailed honey guide.

The best sites for bird watching are: Semliki National Park and Wildlife Reserve, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Lake Mburo National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Mabira Forest and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary.

Water Rafting and Source of the Nile:

The legendary Source of the river Nile from Lake Victoria is located in Uganda, close to Jinja town. This is the starting point for the white water rafting route, which is widely regarded to be as exhilarating as the more famous Zambesi Gorge below Victoria Falls. About 10 kms downriver of the Source of the Nile is Bujagali Falls , a series of impressive rapids, fantastic scenery even for spending a relaxing day. The whitewater rafting activities have three options: half day, full day and two days, from a minimum of 5 kilometers to 30 kilometers. All levels and ages are considered; safety is guaranteed by high professional staff and equipments.

Rwenzori Mountaneering Safari

Rwenzori is the biggest mountain range in Africa, running for over 120 kms along the border with Congo. Originated from the geological phenomena along the Albertine Rift Valley, It has not a volcanic origin unlike many other African mountains. Today it is enclosed within the Rwenzori Mountains National Park. In the central part, there are six main mountains. The highest is Mount Stanley, whose main snow covered peak, Margherita, 5.109m, is the third in Africa, only after Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Kenya. In the legend Rwenzori Mountains are known as the "Mountains of the Moon". The first climber to ascend the highest peaks of Rwenzori was the Italian Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy the Duke of Abruzzi in 1906.

Activities : Visitors to the Rwenzori can undertake the seven days long "central circuit" trekking, with possible climbing up to the main peaks. Otherwise a number of hiking options (one day, two days or more) are possible from the locations surrounding the Park (Kasese, Fort Portal, Ibanda). It is remarkable that many people visit Rwenzori to experience the extraordinary vegetation, the colorful flowers and lobelias. Visits to Rwenzori are advisable during the dry season from December to February and from June to September.

Ecotourism and Cultural Tours

Uganda is a multicultural and multi tribal society, with at least 33 tribes and languages. Many regions in Uganda have kingdoms including the Buganda, Busoga, Bunyoro and Toro. Kingdoms and tribe are still very meaningful for people's life and beliefs. The main Ugandan tribe is the Baganda, corresponding to the area of Kampala and Entebbe, today represented by the Buganda king and Buganda Parliament in Kampala (Bulange), where the chiefs (head of tribes) are sit to discuss the problems and life of their people.

As a result uganda promotes cultural tourism, traditional handicraft, dance and music performances, local medicine demonstration, local brewery production (banana beer, sorghum beer), local beliefs and their traditional sites. " community tourism ", also with a proper association, UCOTA (Uganda Community Tourism Association), which is working to improve the livelihoods of the local village communities.

Uganda is the paradise of "ecotourism", where visitors are welcome as the people see them as a vehicle for a sustainable tourism development. In Uganda tourist activities are carried out with respect to the environment and culture.

Ssese Islands and Lake Victoria

Much of the Uganda territory is covered with water, rivers and lakes. The biggest lakes are: Victoria, Albert, Edward, Kyoga. In particular, Lake Victoria - the biggest in Africa - is becoming a tourist destination in Uganda thanks to the attractions offered by the archipelago of the Ssese Islands , though it is still a virgin place. These are 84 in number: some of them are very small; others have big extension and population, like Bugala Island , which is actually hosting most or the accommodation, beach and activities, like fishing, bird watching excursions, and boat riding. The second and spectacular island is Bukasa, where you can experience real fishermen village life, natural walks in an uncontaminated forest, experiencing African crops and fruits.

How to get there . You can use public transport boats from Kasenyi Landing Site or by ferry boat from Entebbe Pier to Lutoboka Bay in Bugala Island. Other internal transportation can be arranged by hiring private boats.

Sport Fishing  

Sport fishing is done on Lake Victoria and Murchison Falls National Park. The main catch of the Lake is the Nile Perch, which is the largest fresh water game fish in the whole world; the method of fishing is by use of trolling lures. The most common fish of the lake is tilapia. At Murchison Falls, fish are often caught using a live bait. Fishing is generally done over a few days, requiring some level of fitness and experience.

Kampala

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, with over 1.2 milion inhabitants (Census 2002). Originally, like Rome, was founded on seven hills, each with its own particular function (Namirembe, Makerere, Kibuli, Kololo, Rubaga, Mulago and Old Kampala). It is named after "impala", which is an antelope specie common in the region. Kampala is also the political capital of Buganda Kingdom, and hosts the Parliament (Bulange), the Royal Palace and the tombs of the kings (Kasubi tombs). The Buganda tribe represents over 20% of the whole population in Uganda and they speaks Luganda, which is the spoken language in Kampala and most of Southern Uganda. Kampala is a modern and very safe town, which offers to her visitors a number of cultural and artistic sites, a part from the entertainments and the possibilities for walking through the shops and markets of the city centre.

Sightseeing:

The National Theatre, The Parliament Building, "Nommo" Art Gallery, Uganda Museum, African Exposure Craft Market, Kasubi Tombs, Bulange (Buganda kingdom Parliament), Saint Paul's Namirembe Protestant Cathedral, Saint Mary's Rubaga Catholic Cathedral, Hindu Temple Bahai, Kibuli Mosque.