Wildlife Escapades in Uganda
Uganda is a tropical African country; gifted by nature and referred by the famous Britain’s wartime minister; Winston Churchill as the pearl of Africa. It is situated at the equator with diverse wildlife, temperate climate and clear skylines; harboring Africa’s second tallest mountain in Africa (mountain Rwenzori), the world’s second largest fresh water lake (lake Victoria), the most powerful waterfalls in the world (Murchison falls), the source of the longest river on earth(River Nile) , and the equator line crossing only thirteen countries worldwide. These and more combined leaves guests with no option but to have their wildlife safaris in Uganda, a voyage that was steered by John Speke, Winston Churchill and Henry Mutton Stanley.
No wonder the country is steadily getting to every one’s bucket list and thought for wildlife safari, with products like chimpanzees, Africa’s Big5 (Rhinos, elephants, leopards, buffaloes, and lions) and the endangered mountain Gorillas toping on the order List. Not only do the national parks host array of wildlife, but also the lush tropical forests, game reserves, rivers, lakes, swamps and mountains.
The wildlife safaris in Uganda starts right at the time of landing at Entebbe international airport; with breathtaking views of the giant Lake Victoria and its numerous Islands, leaving guest with an option of experiencing the beautiful beaches, or the recued reptiles at the reptile village. Wildlife safaris are done in the five regions of the country; the north, east, central, west and the islands; each with a special offer, landscape and experience in itself, unmatched and so breath taking.
A safari to the east offers beautiful views of one of the oldest natural forest in Uganda, Mabira forest; ideal for forest walks, birding and camping; the flourishing sugarcane plantations of Lugazi; the source of the longest river on earth- river Nile in Jinja, a point where it begins its three month journey to the Mediterranean sea through Egypt; The mighty three waterfalls of Sipi falls; the giant Mount Elgon; ideal for Hiking, the unknown strange relief feature in the country; Tororo rock and the second largest conservation area in Uganda; Pian Upe game reserve - host to a high concentration of prey and predators in the wild. Boat rides at the Nile, game drives, mountain hiking, white watering rafting and sippi falls encounter is the ultimate safari experience in this region.
Travelling to the north is the longest journey, yet very rewarding and worth the hustle; the sights and sounds of Karamojong people whose love for cattle is so high signal arrival. They move half naked in their traditional attire while herding and stay in manyattas; a collection of grass thatched houses.
Besides the undulating hills and giant rocks such as the Moroto rocks. Around the corner is Africa’s true wilderness; Kidepo valley national park, semi desert savannah with an array of flora, birds and unique animal species, notably; lions, leopards, ostriches, buffaloes, and elephants among others.
The western part of the Uganda is one unique wonderland, decorated with tea estates, golden grass lands, undulating hills, tropical rain forests, and crater lakes at each bend; a perfect destination for wildlife safaris. There are national parks, game reserves, and forest reserves. The Thundering sound of the world’s most powerful waterfalls at Murchison waterfalls in Murchison falls national park is precisely one wonder everyone dreams of, before responding to the calls of our cuisines the chimpanzees at Kibale forest national park; the primate wild, to the roars of the Lions at Queen Elizabeth national park (a medley of Wonders), and Hiking the giant snowcapped mountain Kilimanjaro.
The whispers of Semuliki River attract many to the park to watch the mammals, birds and the magnificent Sempaya Hot springs, followed by a response to an invitation from your closest relative; the mountain Gorillas at Bwindi and Mgahinga Gorilla national park. The long horned Ankole cattle leads to a stopover at Uganda’s nearest national park; lake Mburo where one begins to see the wildlife, notably the Impalas, warthogs, zebras and numerous antelope species.
A safari across the Central and island areas of Uganda takes you to numerous destinations, for several activities such as chimpanzee watching at Ngamba island; excellent Sezibwa falls, the charming beaches, Rhino tracking at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary and Mabamba island for birding such as spotting the sought after shoebill stork.
Once in the country for your wildlife safari, any of the above regions is ideal, and you can engage in boat rides, canoeing, white water rafting, birding, camping, beach-life, hiking, photography, primate trekking, guided nature walk, and many more as the beauty of Africa unfolds at your site.