Uganda has no shortage of wildlife! You will marvel at the chance of mountain gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Chimpanzee tracking in Kibale Forest National Park and wonderful boat and savannah safaris in both Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls national parks.
Other primate species that are joyful to keep track on are the grey-cheeked mangabey and the rare red-tailed monkey. While on savannah and boat safaris, you will enjoy viewing hundreds of buffalos, hippos, elephants, wild pigs, antelopes and zebras. You will also be lucky to see leopards, giraffes and lions. However, the main highlight of the safaris is the colourful birding.
A visit to the source of River Nile in Jinja will treat you to adrenaline-filled scenes of the white-water raft excursions and an educational village walk in the neighboring community.
Other national parks that are worth visiting include Mgahinga National Park, Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Lake Mburo National Park. Amazing landscapes include Mt. Rwenzori, Mt. Elgon, White Nile, Ndere Centre for traditional dances, Lake Victoria, Kasubi Tombs, Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Miranda, Ssesi Islands in Lake Victoria and the Equator.
Birds are a major part of Uganda’s tourist attraction. With over 1,000 avian species, Uganda birding experience will help you view more than 150 endemic bird species and Migrant ones. The Migrant bird species are best viewed in Uganda between November and April.
Location and Climate Pattern
Uganda is an East African landlocked country that borders Kenya, South Sudan, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo.
The country falls along the equator and experiences a tropical climate. However, northern Uganda experiences a slightly different climate pattern from that of southern Uganda. The northern part of the country experiences a warm rainy season between the months of March and November followed by a warm dry season between December and February.
On the other hand, southern Uganda has two sets of dry seasons in between a pair of wet seasons. December to February and the months of June and July are the relatively dry seasons in the south.
There is no clear winter or summer as the country falls along the equator. Maximum temperatures are 35°C while the lowest in high altitude areas is about 4°C.
December to February and June to August are dry hence more suitable for wildlife viewing and savannah safaris. This is so because it is during drier seasons when primates prefer rainforest habitats and other wildlife have just little bush to hide. Moreover, you get the opportunity to enjoy the African sunshine.
Buses and minivans, distinguishable by blue chequer markings across their midline run public transportation in Uganda. They work on fixed routes and directly to specific cities and towns and payments made in cash after the ride. Major towns include Kampala, Lira, Entebbe, Fort Portal, Mbarara, Gulu, Mbale, Masaka and Kabale.
Again, and only if you can afford, then you can travel across Uganda by plane. Uganda has 32 airports/airstrips located conveniently across the country. However, only 4 of them have airlines with scheduled passenger service. They are Entebbe International Airport, Arua Airport, Gulu Airport and Moyo Airport. Others are Tororo Airport, Adjumani Airport, Bundibugyo Airport, Bugungu Airstrip, Jinja Airport, Fort Portal Airport, Kabale Airport, Kijjansi Airfield, Kasenyi Airport, Kakira Airport, Savannah Airstrip, Kidepo Airport, Kasese Airport and Kisoro Airport. The list does not stop there. The country still boasts of Kotido Airport, Kitgum Airport, Lira Airport, Mbarara Airport, Matany Airfield, Masindi Airport, Moroto Airport, Chobe Safari Lodge Airport, Mweya Airport, Mutukula Airport, Nakasongokla Airport, Nebbi Airport, Namulonge Airport, Pakuba Airport and Ishasha River Camp Airport.
There are no trains in Uganda, but other means of transport include motorbikes, bicycles and car rentals.
The People and Culture
The Ugandan people are strong, loyal and natively elegant. The national languages are English and Baganda, but in a country that boasts of more than 40 local ethnic groups and local languages, you will appreciate the privilege to interact with various cultures. A travel across Uganda treats you to frequent changes in dress code, music tunes, dances and food, all in a single trip.
Described as the pearl of Africa by Winston Churchill, the Ugandan people portray a likable optimistic attitude to visitors despite the seemingly difficult conditions they have to grapple with everyday to make ends meet. Contrary to what you may think of Uganda, I realized through my experience that Uganda is a stable, peaceful and friendly. One word that will meet you everywhere you go is “welcome.”