Wonders of Uganda

From his African Journey, Sir Winston Churchill writes “My journey is at an end, the tale has been told. The reader who has followed so faithfully and so far has a right to ask what message I bring back. It can be stated in three words: Concentrate upon Uganda! Uganda is alive by itself. It is vital, and in my view, it ought, in the course of time, to become the most prosperous and perhaps the ‘financial driving wheel’ of this part of the world.

My counsel plainly is – concentrate upon Uganda! Nowhere else in Africa will little money go so far? Nowhere else will results be more brilliant, more substantial or more rapidly realised.

Uganda is from end to end a ‘beautiful garden’ where ‘staple food’ of the people grows almost without labour. Does it not sound like a paradise on earth? It is the Pearl of Africa.

Uganda is truly a land of almost all geographical landforms with lots of lakes, rivers, springs, mountains and valleys where the sun shines all year round. Besides being the home of the happiest people and most hospitable It is also home to Ptolemy’s ‘Mountains of the Moon’ which appeared on a map of Africa as early as 350 AD and led to over 1500 years of speculation as to where exactly the snows of the Nile were located.

The veritable inland seas of Lakes Victoria and Albert are beautiful in the grandest possible way where forested islands and Blue Mountains dissolve into horizon lines and stunning African sunsets. Elusive leopard hunt the beautiful kob, huge herds of buffalo roam the plains, elephants wander the open plains and lions climb giant fig trees to sleep during the day.

Unique Areas of Uganda

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Murchison Falls

The Nile River is a natural beauty on its own and one of the 7 wonders of Africa but there is no mistaking that to see the mighty river force it’s way through a 7 metre gap in the rocks and fall 43 metres is a memorable moment with a sight to behold. From the top of the mighty Murchison Falls the water violently thunders past crashing and surging, blowing a fine mist high into the sky filled with dancing rainbows. The view from a boat below also gives a sensational view of the majestic falls, while surrounded by crocodiles, hippos and other game forgetting not the some bird species on the Nile delta. TRULY A STUNNER.

River Nile

The Nile River, the father of African rivers and the longest river in the world. It rises south of the Equator and flows northward through north eastern Africa to drain into the Mediterranean Sea. It has a length of about 4,132 miles (6,650 kilometres) and drains an area estimated at 1,293,000 square miles (3,349,000 square kilometres). Its basin includes parts of Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Uganda, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Sudan, and the cultivated part of Egypt. Its most distant source is the Kagera River in Burundi.

Rwenzori Mountains

The Rwenzori Mountains sometimes referred to as the Mountains of the Moon climb high from the Albertine Rift Valley floor and provide a stunning backdrop to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The highest peaks are permanently snow capped and although they are often surrounded by clouds, you do get the rare opportunity to see their massive existence in full. The Rwenzoris are host to the widest variety of mountain flora in Africa and for this reason, is listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site. The Rwenzori mountains are popular with climbers who trek through rainforest and alpine meadows to the snowcapped Margherita summit at 5109 metres. Some of the many streams high up are also home to trout.

Tree Climbing Lions of Ishasha

In the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park along the Democratic Republic of Congo border, resident lions have taken to a curious habit, climbing into giant fig trees and Acacia trees to laze about. It is not fully understood why they do this but it’s clear they enjoy hanging around in the trees which makes for a rare treat for safari goers.

Gorillas

Uganda is one a few places in the world to trek the critically endangered mountain gorilla. The opportunity to get up close and personal with these giants that live high in the impenetrable forest is a truly magical experience. The trek up the steep mountain hillsides can be a real challenge for many however the reward of seeing them and spending an hour of your life with them is a reward that one remembers for a lifetime.

Birds

Uganda is one of the most popular birding destinations in Africa. The country boasts 1061 species of birds a number of which are endemic. Given the concentration of so many bird species in the relatively small country of Uganda means that lovers of  birds can travel to many birding locations throughout the country with relative ease in the attempt to check off as many species as possible and enjoy the scenic countryside along the way.

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Explosion Craters

There are a large number of extinct volcanoes known as explosion craters that dot the landscape of Western Uganda. The craters are concentrated in three areas, the Katwe Explosion Craters within the Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Bunyaraguru Crater Field near the Kichwamba escarpment and the Ndali-Kasenda Crater Field located near Kibale National Park. Many of the craters are home to freshwater lakes and in the Katwe area a couple craters have saline lakes. The explosion craters are very scenic and offer great views from the rim. The areas around the craters are generally lush and full of thriving vegetation. A wonder that has evolved from such violent beginnings.

Lake Bunyonyi

In the south west of Uganda lies one of the deepest crater lakes in Africa. Lake Bunyonyi is Uganda’s deepest lake at 2950+ feet (900+ metres) deep. The landscape around the lake is indicative of its depth with steep slopes covered with lush green vegetation protruding from the water’s edge. Bunyonyi means in the local language “ many little birds” and as the name suggests, there is plenty of bird life around the lake. The lake also plays host to freshwater crayfish, one of the few places in Uganda they can be found. With many resorts on the lake shores and on the many islands in the lake, there are plenty of spots to enjoy this beautiful lake from.