Uganda is a wealth and rich country when it comes to attractive things because it is made up of beautiful, attractive and many adventurous places which attract various tourists to go and explore its beautiful natural resources. Due to many adventurous and attractive things which are inhabited in Uganda, it qualified to be nick-named as ‘’the pearl of Africa’’. The following is the display of some of the best Uganda safari holiday places;
A holiday to QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK:
QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK was commemorated from an English Queen called Elizabeth who visited Uganda and the Park is found in the western parts of Uganda. It is very hard for tourists to do any activity in the Park on their arrival in the Park because it is quite far in that it is like a 6 to 7 hours drive journey from Kampala (Uganda’s capital city). Therefore tourists reach the Park when they are tired and are emphasized to camp in any of their booked lodges in the Park such as Kyambura game lodge.
The lodges will be booked for you before accessing Uganda as long as you would have dealt with a good and reliable tour company such as Nature Adventure Africa Safari Limited which will do all your bookings and what is needed for your safari holiday to be a superb one.
The Park is mostly known for its exceptional bird life plus its wildlife however most tourists visit the Park to explore its tree climbing lions and a wide range of wildlife. Since it is rarely or even not easy to find tree climbing lions and yet in QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK there exists the tree climbing lions, this therefore calls upon many tourists from various countries to go and prove as they explore these amazing lions.
The tree climbing lions are viewed from the Ishasha sector which is found in the Park. The beautiful Kazinga channel nestled in the centre of the Park also offers scenic and beautiful views of the Park and also at the Kazinga channel offers boat cruises where tourists get chances of viewing various animals such as Nile crocodiles, Hippos and aquatic birds. The Park also inhabits elephants, chimpanzees, buffaloes, warthogs, Uganda Kob, giraffes, leopards plus many others and it is also a haven to over 600 bird species being the top Park to protect the highest number of bird species in Uganda and East Africa as whole.
A holiday to BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK:
Accessing the Park is such a simple and easy thing if a tourist is coming from QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. From QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK a tourist will drive through Ishasha sector in Mweya and then access Buhoma sector in BWINDI.
Buhoma sector is too close to Ishasha sector of QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK therefore a tourist will be able to explore all the two Parks at once. Or from Kampala, the Park will also take 8 hours on the way driving but a tourist will to break at the Equator while heading to BWINDI or even while coming out of BWINDI of which you will take remembrance photos. The Park is also found in the Western parts of Uganda and it is most known for inhabiting the hugest number of Mountain gorillas which are very rare in the world but common in BWINDI.
The Park protects over 500 mountain gorillas out of the only 1000-over mountain gorillas in the world which is nearly half of the total population, world’s total population for the rare Mountain Gorillas ranges between 1000 to 1200 mountain gorillas. A tour to Uganda in Bwindi national park, a tourist will be lucky to meet the rare world’s endangered mountain gorillas and fortunately he or she will spot them in plenty.
The Park is made up of 14 habituated gorilla families staying in the Park’s four sectors which include Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo. A Uganda gorilla permit costs US$ 600 and accommodations in the Park are of good quality and in high quantity too therefore it will depend on a visitor’s decision to choose his or her desired accommodation. Accommodations in Bwindi include Luxury Mahogany springs, Clouds lodge, Engagi lodge, Buhoma community rest banda’s, Buhoma lodge, Chameleon hill lodge among others.
In the same line of gorilla tours in Uganda, a tourist can also visit MGAHINGA GORILLA NATIONAL PARK to explore another habituated gorilla family in Uganda which resides in MGAHINGA. The Nyakagezi gorilla family is found in MGAHINGA which is also found in western Uganda close to BWINDI and QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. MGAHINGA is Uganda’s smallest Park but inhabiting over 100 mountain gorillas and being among the only four Parks in the whole world to keep these rare endangered primates. Therefore your holiday in Uganda will provide you a chance to explore two out of the four Parks keeping the rare endangered mountain gorillas and you will have explored the highest number of mountain gorillas since they mostly reside in Uganda. Mount Gahinga lodge, Amajambere Iwacu community rest camp and Mucha hotel plus many others are some of the best accommodations in MGAHINGA NATIONAL PARK.
A holiday to RIVER NILE:
River Nile is considered to be world’s second longest River however some cites state that it is the world’s longest River though other cites reveal it clearly that it is only Africa’s longest and next to Amazon River world-wide. Therefore a holiday to River Nile will mean that you are visiting the second longest River in the whole world and Africa’s longest River as well.
The River leaves Lake Nyanza (Victoria) at Ripon Falls near Jinja city in Uganda as the Victoria Nile. It flows north for some 130 kilometers (81 mi) to Lake Kyoga. The last part of the approximately 200 kilometers (120 mi) River section starts from the western shores of the lake and flows at first to the west until just south of Masindi Port where the River turns to North and then makes a great half circle to the east and north until Karuma Falls.
For the remaining part, it flows merely to the West through the Murchison Falls until it reaches the very northern shores of Lake Albert where it forms a significant River delta. The lake itself is on the border of DR Congo but the Nile is not a border River at this point. After leaving Lake Albert, the River continues north through Uganda and is known as the Albert Nile.
A visit to River Nile will be very rewarding after a visit to any of Uganda’s national parks and after the tiresome activities practiced in the Park, then Tourists will go to the Nile for a refreshing and relaxing their minds through involving various activities. Tourists who will visit River Nile will be able to identify many things at the River and will also get involved in many luxurious activities which are done at the Nile.
In Jinja city is where most tourists meet River Nile and at the Owen falls dam situated on River Nile in Jinja is the major source of joy to most tourists because at the dam, tourists will be able to involve in the white water rafting where tourists wear helmets on their heads and life jackets and then sit in the boat for the white water rafting.
White water rafting in Jinja is one activity a tourist should not miss during his or her visit to River Nile because the activity is so joyous in that you will not want to leave Jinja if you tend to involve in this activity. The activity is accompanied with experts to help tourists to enjoy the white water rafting and at the Nile you will identify a variety of bird species, fish species and wildlife thus getting a great achievement from your tour.
A holiday to MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK:
MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK is Uganda’s oldest (gazetted in 1926) and largest conservation area thus protecting a variety of wildlife and bird life and it is absolutely Uganda’s Park which protects the high numbers of wildlife. The Park is divided by the Victoria Nile which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall thus forming the dramatic Murchison falls which provides a brilliant view to tourists visiting the Park. The Park is a resident to buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, hippos and it is Uganda’s Park which protects the largest number of Crocodiles. All present wildlife and bird species in the Park are viewed in plenty unlike in other Parks where some species are rarely seen thus attracting many tourists to visit this Park due to its wealth and richness in the wildlife and bird life yet tourists want to view animals in plenty. In the Park you will view a large herd of buffaloes and many more plus being a home to over 451 bird species. Visitors will participate in many activities while in the Park of which they include; bird watching, nature walks, game viewing, game drives, boat cruises among others.
A holiday to Lake Victoria:
Lake Victoria is one of the African Great Lakes and it was named after Queen Victoria by the explorer John Hanning Speke who was the first Britain to document it.
With a surface area of approximately 68,800 square kilometers (26,600 sq mi), Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area and the world’s largest tropical lake and still the world’s second largest fresh water lake by surface area only next to Lake Superior in North America. In terms of volume, Lake Victoria is the world’s ninth largest continental lake containing about 2,750 cubic kilometers (2.23×109 acre⋅ft) of water.
Lake Victoria occupies a shallow depression in Africa of which it has a maximum depth of 84 meters (276 ft) and an average depth of 40 meters (130 ft). Its catchment area covers 184,000 square kilometers (71,000 sq mi). The lake has a shoreline of 7,142 kilometers (4,438 mi) when digitized at the 1:25,000 level with its islands constituting 3.7 percent of this length and is divided among three countries: Kenya (6 percent or 4,100 square kilometers or 1,600 square miles), Uganda (45 percent or 31,000 square kilometers or 12,000 square miles) and Tanzania (49 percent or 33,700 square kilometers or 13,000 square miles).
Native wildlife in Lake Victoria:
Many mammal species live in the region of Lake Victoria and some of these are closely associated with the lake itself and the nearby wetlands. Among these are the hippopotamus, African claw less otter, spotted-necked otter, marsh mongoose, sitatunga, bohor reed buck, defassa water buck, cane rats and giant otter shrew.
Lake Victoria and its wetlands have a large population of Nile crocodiles as well as African helmeted turtles, variable mud turtles and Williams’ mud turtle. The Williams’ mud turtle is restricted to Lake Victoria and other lakes, rivers and swamps in the upper Nile basin.
Lake Victoria supports Africa’s largest inland fishery and initially the fishery involved native species especially tilapia and haplochromine cichlids but also catfish (Bagrus, Clarias, Synodontis and silver butter catfish), elephant fish, ningu (Labeo victorianus) and marbled lungfish (Protopterus aethiopicus). Some of these including tilapia and ningu (Labeo victorianus) had already declined in the first half of the 20th century due to overfishing. To boost fishing, several species of non-native tilapia and Nile perch were introduced to the lake in the 1950s. Nevertheless, the natives continued to dominate fisheries until the 1970s where their decline meant that there was a strong shift towards the non-native Nile tilapia (now 7 percent of catches), non-native Nile perch (60 percent) and the native Lake Victoria sardine (30 percent). Because of its small size, the abundant open-water Lake Victoria sardine only supported minor fisheries until the decline of other natives. At the peak in the early 1990s, 500,000 metric tons (490,000 long tons) of Nile perch were landed annually in Lake Victoria but this has declined significantly in later years.
Therefore, a holiday to Lake Victoria will let tourists to know and observe all the above and they can participate in boat cruises too plus going for swimming in the situated beaches on the shores of Lake Victoria plus eating fresh fried or roasted fish species caught from the Lake thus having a great safari holiday in Uganda. Hence your safari holiday to Lake Victoria in Uganda will be a treasure.
Other best Ugandan places for safari holidays include:
KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK which protects the highest numbers of chimpanzees in its tropical forests and also protects a high number of primates (13 primates) and over 300 bird species, a chimpanzee permit for Kibale costs US$ 150; KIDEPO VALLEY NATIONAL PARK which is Uganda’s best national park to protect almost each African wildlife species and the second Ugandan Park to inhabit the hugest number of bird species (almost 500 species) and besides, it is Africa’s most photogenic Park due to its wealth and rich wildlife together with its amazing landscape which consists of Valleys, Mountains, Sandy soils, Clay soils and seasonal Rivers; MOUNTAIN ELGON NATIONAL PARK which comprises of the largest volcanic base and keeping wildlife on the sides of Mountain Elgon; LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK which is well known for protecting the large number of the gigantic elands, impalas, giraffes and Zebras among others; Lake Katwe mostly known for salt extraction; RWENZORI MOUNTAINS NATIONAL PARK famously known for having all the third, fourth and fifth African highest mountain peaks and one of the few world’s pristine and spectacular mountains due to its snow capped peaks, hot springs, waterfalls and wildlife plus bird life; SEMULIKI NATIONAL PARK of which it is the best Park for birders because it consists of almost all the best African bird species which is not in other Parks and its hot springs also give scenic views to visitors of the Park. Uganda is really made of very many adventurous places of which it can take you like hundreds of years to finish them all thus being regarded as the ‘’Pearl of Africa’’.