TRAVEL UGANDA BLOG
Uganda is a tropical African nation fixed at the equator but has snow on its uppermost mountain. Uganda boosts of its temperate climate with terrific skylines. It harbours the globe’s second largest fresh waters Lake Victoria. Which is also the source of the Nile the second longest river.It has beautiful attractions as well the famous interlacustrine region and the Great Lakes of Africa. Winston Churchill Britain’s wartime time minister proclaimed Uganda as the pearl of Africa because of its diverse biodiversity, in his book my African journey. When one is landingat Entebbe airport one is given a teaser for what to expect in this beautiful country Uganda. There is little to wonder that this gorgeous town of Entebbe was the head quarter of the colonial government, from the capital the country is split into five major destinations/regions which are North, Eastern, Western, central region as well as the islands.
Traveling east wards one comes across the source of the Nile at a place called Jinja, Africa’s longest river begins its journey the Mediterranean Sea in Egypt.There are boat rides on the Nile taking in the beautiful landscapes of the banks of the river. There are rapids down the stream which are major destination for white rafters Bujagali in Jinja. At the municipal town of Tororo one can see the Tororo rock, an irregular out growth from the earth which is symbol of Uganda’s extraordinary relief features. However the Tororo rock on the east axis is entirely dwarfed by Elgon Mountain, as one endures further east the Elgon Mountain are widespread with wild animals’ prevalent destination for nature lovers. The Bamasaba people who live on the mountain augment a colourful backdrop to the scenic beauty found there. They cultivate bananas as staple food and eat bamboo shoots in a vegetable delicacy called Kamalewa. They also produce one of the finest coffee brands which is known as Arabica coffee. This type of coffee can be grown in a few places the Elgon Mountains and the highlands of Ethiopia. Tourists and researchers interested in coffee production visit this region for further knowledge on how coffee makes its way from earth to the consumers’ cup.
Furthermore, along this eastern circuit one will encounter the evidence of early history of mankind on the Nyero rock in Kumi. The people that mow live there are known as the Iteso, the cattle keeping people. Eastern part of Uganda is journey of African heritage, moving more eastwards one encounters the Karamajong whose passion for cattle is very intense. They live in Manyatas, a collection of huts in an en-closer. In this region current pliant laws, excavations’ have revealed very early evidence of mankind. The visitor will also encounter Kidepo Valley National Game Park a semi desert savannah with wide range of rare animal species. It is one of the many national game parks in the country, another a high attitude mountain is the Moroto Mountain found on a higher attitude and it’s a favourite destination to Mountain climbers. The Karamajong voyage is a rare tourist journey where one is often alone to ponder and wonder at Mother Nature at her native form.
The western Uganda is a magnificent paradise with golden grasslands grazed by the graceful Ankole cattle, inordinate tea estates and comfortable environment. Also having Ambulating hills, terraced gardens, thick hills with snow picked mountains called Mountain Rwenzori. An excursion to the west is like having an enchanting trip for flora and fauna in this beautiful country. There also game parks and forest reserves in this region, two and half parts from Kampala one begins to spot the wild animals in various parts of these part of these game parks. These include Lake Mburo National park which is home to the zebras, that beautiful horse looking animal which is so tasty to the lions. This game park also has numerous antelopes and backs. Heading south western wards one will end up at Gahinga National Game Park and here one will climb the Gahinga Mountain ranges which will be a delightful physical exercise good for the body and soul. The main trophy are the Mountain Gorillas that bring tourists, students and scientists to come trek their movement, in that specific part of Africa.
Moving north wards the Bwindi impenetrable is another habitat of the remaining mountain gorillas. Yoweri Museveni the president of Uganda once led a visual expedition of the CNN into this area to show case the globe’s remaining few Mountain gorillas. Among other things this displaced the world’s intentions on the Bwindi impenetrable forests and exposed the side of Uganda the rest of world. Gorilla trackers have called this a very remarkable experience. In the South Western Uganda we come to Lake Bunyonyi Uganda’s deepest lake. A boat ride to the Lake is an extraordinary experience one should see. With the stunning and vibrant spectacle terraces of Kigezi hills, which gives a guest a sense of living of a life time fantasy of encountering an impeccable terrestrial beauty. The bird watching on the showers of the lake can be seen as an additional benefit to the visitors.
As one proceeds more north of this part of Uganda one passes communities of choreographed with banana plantations and long horned cattle. Within this backdrop are the beautiful crater lakes a result of the early earth movements and volcanic activity, or you can take a boat ride or sit at the banks of one these which will bring a unique sublime feeling. One other water mass is Lake Katwe a salt excavation site that dates back a thousand years. It is evidence of the tales of the great salt industry and trade that stretches all over the great lakes region. Further down onecomes along Lake George and Lake Edward, two azure large peaceful waters separated by Kazinga channel. Here one can go fishing with the canoe, fishing is the main occupation of the people living around the vicinity.
It is the edge of these waters one enters Uganda’s second largest Queen Elizabeth National Game Park. One inside the park there is an enormous area of animal species that parades in front of you, their natural caste as some stop to stare at the intruders with curiosity. Queen Elizabeth National Game Park is a majestic expression of the meaning of the word Safari, a Swahili word that was adopted by the English language meaning travel. At Mwenya Safari Lodge in the Queen Elizabeth National Game Park, one will rest and eat like a loyal as the magnificence of Africa unfolds in front of you. As one continues more west wards, you cross the equator once again and face the Rwenzori Mountain ranges. When the early explores where told about the mountain with snow top they regarded it as native “nonsense”, but history has absorbed them. More than a thousand have people made their way to the to the Margarita peak, where it always has snow as it is in the polar regions of the globe.
Making one’s way to the top is a taskforce in its self, like going through a breath taking hazardous terrain which goes through the snow covered peaks. Along the trail one will see unique vegetation, glacier river remnants and wonder topographies which are gorgeous, it is like the summary of earth in one place. This has attracted famous people to the Ruwenzori. On Italian duke of Abruzzi prince Luigi Amedeo who scaled a summit to the Rwenzori Mountain, he took a pictures and wrote a book that was to make Rwenzori world famous. Although the Rwenzori did not have to be announced to be prominent mainly because it is the third tallest mountain in Africa. Its foot hills a vast expanse of national rain forests. Which are complete with chimpanzees, monkeys and baboons there are also a diversity making it a tremendous destination for bird watching.
Other activities people love to do are chimpanzee tracking and community walks, still in the western part of Uganda, one can go on to meet the Semiliki River. A meandering wonder and then there is an empire of hot springs, on two acres of bubbly steam. Seven miles away from this region one can spot the Batwa three feet group of people that have a habitat is dense tropical forest. These people are subject of great interest to anthropologists, conservationist and human rights organisations. Mainly because of their pre-industrial life is being besieged by modernity.