Although land – locked and relatively equal to the size of Great Britain approximately 236,060 sq km, tourist attractions in Uganda are diverse. Since the country is located on both sides of the equator, the climate is humid and warm. Uganda is located on a flat plateau with an average altitude of about 900m.
Kampala is the country’s capital city with the biggest population of about 1.5million people followed by Entebbe. Both cities are situated on the shores of Lake Victoria which is geographically favorable to attractions in Tanzania and Kenya, more so it enables Uganda to receive approximately 200,000 tourists annually.
Here are some of the few important attractions in Uganda;
Uganda was immortalized as the “Pearl of Africa” by Winston Churchill because of the beautiful nature he sighted when he traveled to Africa in 1907. This beautiful country has registered 10 national parks, 12 wildlife reserves, 5 community wildlife management areas and 13wildlife sanctuaries which are all managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority. Below are few of them;
• Bwindi Impenetrable National park.
Sitting on about 331 sq km of land in the south – western Uganda about 530km from Kampala is Bwindi Impenetrable national park which is home to half of the world’s mountain gorillas, whose encounter and consequent eye contact is the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter in the whole world.
This impenetrable forest is the oldest and most biologically diverse rainforest with over 400 species of plants, hosting about 120 mammal species, 346 bird species, 163 tree species and many more.
• Queen Elizabeth National park.
This is a medley of wonders and understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. Queen Elizabeth National park is situated in western Uganda and can be accessed easily from Kampala. The park’s diverse ecosystems include sprawling savannah, shady, humid forest, fertile wetlands and sparkling lakes making it an ideal habitat for classic big game, over 600 species and about 10 primate species.
Uganda is home to a couple of mountains and for mountaineers, Uganda offers astonishing mountains to exotic volcanoes. Below are few of those;
• Rwenzori Mountains
Mostly referred to as “mountains of the moon”, the Rwenzori mountains lie in western Uganda on the border of Uganda and DRC. The Rwenzori snow peaks include the 3rd highest point in Africa. Huge tree – heathers and colorful mosses are draped across mountain side with giant lobelias. These mountains make up a national park hosting almost 70 mammal and about 217 birds.
• Mountain Elgon
This beautiful mountain is found in eastern Uganda along Uganda – Kenya border, being the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in the East Africa with a vast form of about 80km in diameter rising more than 3000m above surrounding plains, more so it has the largest volcanic base in the world at about 4000 sq km.
In order to sight more of Uganda’s great fauna and flora, embark on a wilderness camping safari with Ujambo Boots Safaris to discover more of the hidden gems of Uganda.
Osman Munyirwa Ganja