Uganda is one of the most beautiful countries in Africa. With its dense misty forests, snow-peaked mountains, glassy lakes and sprawling savannas, it’s no wonder Winston Churchill dubbed this wonderful country the ‘pearl of Africa’. While mountain gorillas are the allure for many visitors, there’s an astounding variety of attractions for tourists.
Uganda, a landlocked country in East Africa, is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by South Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania and Lake Victoria. The official language of Uganda is English, and its capital is Kampala. The shilling (UGX) is the currency of Uganda.
Uganda gained independence in 1962 and has a democratic republic form of government.
Uganda has substantial natural resources, including fertile soils, regular rainfall, small deposits of copper, gold, and other minerals, and recently discovered oil. Agriculture is the predominant sector of the economy, employing over 80% of the work force. Since 1990, economic reforms have ushered in an era of solid economic growth based on continued investment in infrastructure, improved incentives for production and exports, lower inflation, better domestic security, and the return of exiled entrepreneurs. Growth continues to be solid, despite variability in the price of coffee, Uganda’s principal export.
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Home to the source of the world’s longest river (river Nile), the world’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, vast and diverse natural wild life reserves; Blessed with tropical, all year round summer weather, a diverse cultural heritage of over 50 local tribes, snow caped mountains, natural water rafting spots, vibrant night life. A wealth of unexploited natural resources and a young educated population.
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Tour Experiences in Uganda
Mountain Rwenzori National Park is located within the “Mountains of the Moon”, as Mount Rwenzori is called. Mountain Rwenzori is situated in Western Uganda in the East African Rift Valley and straddles also to the Democratic Republic of Congo and its conservation area known as Virunga National Park. The mountain is the third highest in Africa rising up more than 16,700 feet above sea level and its highest peaks rise above the clouds and are permanently snow capped. The Rwenzori Mountain ranges are higher compared to the Alps and they have glaciers which are one of the sources of the longest river on earth, the River Nile. Margherita Peak is the highest peak on the ranges making it the 3rd highest peak in Africa together with its twin peak, Mount Stanley, which is within the park. The 4th and 5th highest peaks, Mount Speke and Mount Baker, are also within the park.
The Rwenzori national park, which is the conservation area for the mountain, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and covers almost 1000 sq. km and strides across the districts of Kabarole, Kasese and Bundibudyo.
The scenery on the mountain has been called some of the most beautiful on the planet! Mountain Rwenzori is covered in different types of vegetation and climate which will leave you spell bound as you scale its heights.
The pearl of Africa is a best place to do mountaineering blessed with various mountains and volcanoes offering you the most adventurous hiking experience. Mountain hiking complement the popular gorilla safaris making your Uganda safari a complete package. Regardless of your fitness,Gorilla Trek Africa offers you both short and long hiking tours to meet you expectations. Uganda’s popular hiking spots include Mt Rwenzori, Mt Elgon, Sipi falls, Mt Sabinyo, Mt Gahinga and Mt Muhabura. Intrestingly, mots of Uganda’s volcanoes are in national parks which give travelers a chance to encounter wildlife animals especially mountain gorillas in Mgahinga gorilla national park.
There are more than seven hundred and eighty six mountain gorillas in the whole world. Uganda hold close to half of their total population, and the majority of them live in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, whereas the others are found in Mgahinga Gorilla Park.
Gorilla Tracking Uganda safaris is dedicated to responsible and affordable Gorilla safaris to Rwanda and Uganda. Encounter Africa Safaris provides reliable information about Rwanda Gorilla trek costs (Volcanoes National Park, Uganda Gorilla trek costs(Bwindi National Park), discounted Gorilla permits and availability, gorilla families,what to pack, accommodation, transport to Bwindi National Park , best time to visit mountain Gorillas and so much more. Encounter Africa organizes budget, mid range and Luxury safaris to Uganda and Rwanda. Contact us for Group tours, gorilla trekking costs,Family holidays, gorilla safaris, Cultural and community tours and so much more.
Source of the Nile
Travel to Jinja and explore the point where the mighty Nile (world’s longest river ) begins its journey crossing through 10 African countries before plunging into the Mediterenean sea.
Jinja source of the Nile is a point where River Nile starts its long journey to Mediterranean sea. By visit the source of the Nile, you would have seen the source of the longest river on planet earth and also the largest flesh water lake in Africa. There has been controversies about the source of the Nile with Rwanda claiming that The source of the mighty River Nile is in Nyungwe Forest. This is not the case at all since all rivers that originate from Rwanda, Rwenzori pour their water in Lake victoria and its from lake victoria at Jinja that we get to see River Nile separating from Lake victoria to start its long journey northwards. Encounter Africa safaris organizes day trips to go and view the source of the Nile.
Located some 8kms out of Jinja this is a spectacular scenic spot with 1 km of raging rapids, forested islands in the Nile and an abundance of bird life. Bujagali has become East Africa’s adventure centre enticing visitors with river rafting, kayaking, bungy jumping and quad biking activities.
13,000 years ago movements in the tectonic plates overlapping at the edge of the Western Rift Valley shifted the outlet for Lake Victoria (Nalubale) east to a point beside what is now known as Jinja place of the rocks Uganda’s second largest urban centre. This exit point, the only major outlet for the lake, was partially dammed by a granite outcrop that came to be known as Rippon Falls, the start of the River Nile, while the source (defined as the furthermost point in the catchment area) is in Rwanda and the southernmost point in the catchment area is in Burundi.
The white water rafting is done in paddle‐rafts, each person joins as a member of a team and a professional guide captains the team. Paddlers are instructed comprehensively on how best to enjoy themselves on the water and on all aspects of safety including the use of safety kayaks which accompany every raft trip on the water.
It is in Jinja, a small colonial town in Uganda that rafting trips can be taken. Rafting the river Nile in Uganda has become a huge tourist attraction and Jinja is often quoted to be the ‘adventure capital of East Africa’, white water enthusiasts have been rafting here for over 10 years. From the apprehensive who have never been on a river before to the seasoned adventurer, the Victorian source of the Nile in Uganda has something for everyone. The Nile is the classic pool‐drop river with deep, calm pools interspersed between powerful and exciting rapids and multitudes of different channels.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Queen Elizabeth National Park has a fascinating cultural history. There are many opportunities for visitors to meet the local communities and enjoy storytelling, dance, music and more. The gazetting of the park has ensured the conservation of its ecosystems, which in turn benefits the surrounding communities.
Situated close to mountain Rwenzori, the park’s sites include several beautiful crates lakes that winding through the rolling hills, the panoramic display of the Kazinga channel with an awesome view of the hippos, buffaloes, elephants and several bird species lined up at the shores. With a continuation towards ishasha sector plains, another surprise of tree climbing lions resting on trees waiting to pounce on the Uganda Kobs and other preys will blow one a way.
Taking a cruise on the Kazinga Channel is among the highlights of Uganda safaris within Queen Elizabeth Park. the launch cruise offers great chances to take pictures since the boat drifts slowly just by the shores of the channel. The Kazinga Channel supports the biggest number of Hippos in the whole of Africa.
A river boat cruise is the perfect way to enjoy a few relaxing hours on the River Nile. We have a variety of cruises which all start from Explorers River Camp at Bujagali and explore the beginning of the world’s longest river.
Whether you are large group or small we have a cruise that will suit you. The Nile Explorer, our two storey pontoon boat is a great way for groups both large and small to spend time together.
This activity involves the visitors to drive through the park while viewing animals. The Park has several spots of well maintained game viewing tracks.
This park has got over 200 kms of well maintained game tracks .The best time for game drives is in the morning hours where there are high chances of seeing elephants, buffaloes, lion and a variety of antelopes and other wildlife you can see.
Game drive is the major thought of activity while at the park. The park is known to be a highest concentration of wildlife, places like Kasenyi area of the park, North Kazinga plains offers one a chance to watch plenty of elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, antelope species, the rare giant Hogs, leopards among other animal species, In the Ishasha sector south of the park, visitors can move through the woodland to look for tree-climbing lions hovering on the branches of very old fig trees.
For those who are interested in expanding their knowledge of local Ugandan culture, arrangements can be made to visit the local; community. If interested you can purchase the locally produced craft items from the park headquarters or along the road at various craft markets.
Beside wildlife safaris, there are numerous nature walks that are done alongside the major tour activities. Uganda Nature walks and tours in Uganda are usually supplementary when one has done some major activities.
Uganda Nature walks are guided by locals who are well conversant and acquainted with the nature and historical background of the areas. Nature tours mainly have to do with admiration of the natural environment and its wonders plus its sights and sounds. On the hand, Community Tours involve visits by the tourists in the communities around the major tourist destinations.