What are some of the other activities that made Uganda the pearl of Africa?
There is so much to see and do in Uganda
Mountain Gorillas are highly endangered primates and can only survive by increased conservation efforts. There are 670 surviving mountain gorillas world over and half of this population is found in Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park making gorilla tracking the predominant activity in these parks.Trekking is a captivating lifetime experience involving guided tours to the habitats of these great apes.
Despite the fact gorilla trekking has been on stand still due to coronavirus, it is still attracts a quite big number of visitors in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. Uganda is highly favored with the only two national parks with mountain gorillas unlike Rwanda and Congo. In pearl of Africa, gorillas are accessed in Bwindi Impenetrable national park in four sectors that is Buhoma sector, Ruhija sector, Rushanga sector and Nkuringo sector and mgahinga national park with only Nyakagezi gorilla family with golden monkeys. Gorillas are known to be close relatives to human beings due to 98% DNA.
Game and scenic viewing:
The diversity of Uganda’s wildlife and habitats ranging from savannah grasslands, wetlands, forests and mountainous, ecosystems and diverse species makes Uganda the prime destination for game viewing.
Uganda is a world birding destination boasting of over 1,000 recorded bird species compared to the whole of Europe having about 700 bird species. . Uganda’s climate and habitat attracts migrants from the northern and southern hemisphere making it the richest country for bird watching in Africa.
Though fishing is widely developed, sport fishing is relatively a new tourist product that has taken the fancy of many visitors to Uganda each year.
In most of the conservation areas, network trails have been developed for nature walks. Experience the quietness of the wilderness with sweet natural songs from birds and gentle winds in the leaves from tropical forests as you encounter some wildlife, variety of birds and a rich expansive flora.
For mountain enthusiasts, Uganda provides the snow capped Rwenzori mountain ranges standing at 5,119m and Mt.Elgon (4321m) and many equally rewarding mountain sites. A trip to one of these mountains is a lifetime, exhilarating and rewarding adventure.
White Water Rafting:
When in Uganda, a visit to the warm white water of the River Nile is a must. Endowed with numerous rapids and waterfalls, river Nile has become a famous white water rafting destination in the world. There are plenty of opportunities to swim, relax and observe an amazing array of wildlife, including red tailed monkeys and bird species like fish eagles, otters and thousands of cormorants. The river Nile thunders between heavily forested islands and then leaps widely into series of spectacular drops.
To promote the cultural harmony, peace and international understanding get to know and learn the Uganda peoples; their traditions, customs and ways of life of each ethnic group. These customs are kept alive by many colorful ceremonies marking specific historical events or celebrating the seasons of the year. Spontaneous dancing and music are a typical way of life in Uganda. Visit the Bagisu during the circumcision festivals, the Buganda kingdom, nomadic Karimojong and cultural sites like Kasubi tombs, Sezibwa falls, Nyero rock paintings, Naggalabi coronation site, Kabaka’s lake and many others.
This is an all terrain adventure suitable for people of all ages. You don’t have to know how to ride because free training sessions are carried out prior to the safari. The packages include 1 hour shortfall; 2 hours explorer; 3 hours overland; twilight and a full day trip.
Visiting chimpanzee habitats is a phenomenal experience. The way the chimpanzees feed, climb, respond to human presence, mate, care for their young ones, is amazing. A visit in the morning and/or the evening allows you to see how they make and unmake their beds. Leaving their nests is announced by drumming of tree buttresses, hoots and screams. Tracking these primates is largely by following their sounds. Chimps are by far the noisiest of the African primates though they do have some silent times.
Chimps are an incredible creature that every human being wishes to meet. They live in groups, the male chimps are leaders in their community and female chimps are free to move to other groups during the adolescences stage just like female human beings getting married. The food that a human being eats is the same food that chimps consume for example plants and fruits.
In Uganda the best thrilling spots for chimpanzees tracking are Budongo forest national park (Murchison falls national park, kibale forest national park, kalinzu forest and kyambura Gorge in queen Elizabeth national park. During the trekking, visits are beliefed of not going closer to the chimps because they are easily affected by any human infectious disease like flue.
Due to the fact that coronavirus has affected the whole world, each country has put the strict rules to follow during the meetings, events and conferences
- Visitors from abroad will first be put in a mandatory quarantine in a designated place but will pay the cost for their institutional quarantine.
- The meetings, conferences and events were banned but some were adjusted with an option of social distancing, sanitizing, Washing hands and wearing face masks.
- During the meetings, conferences and events, the attendance number is limited to less than 70 people.