Why go to Uganda
The equator runs through Uganda and splits the rainforests of the Congo Basin from the savannahs of East Africa. Uganda hosts the source of the Nile, the ‘Mountains of the Moon’ and is home to a dwindling population of the great Silverbacks, the Mountain Gorillas. The lush, fertile land sprouts almost every fruit and vegetable and the markets and friendly people are a kaleidoscope of vibrant color.
Where to go in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Park is part of the Impenetrable Forest and lies next to the Democratic Republic of Congo and next to the Virunga National Park. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and only accessible on foot. This is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and is most notable for the 340 Mountain Gorillas which make this their home. This is more than half of the worlds remaining population of Mountain Gorillas.
The Park forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park and an important wildlife corridor. Known mostly for its population of Chimpanzees and 12 other species of primates.
Ngambe Island is one of the 84 islands found on the North Western side of Lake Victoria. This is home to many orphaned and rescued chimps which now roam free across the island in a safe environment. Viewing can be done from a raised platform, during feeding time.
Lies on the banks of Lake Victoria and is the best known location for the source of the Nile. This is also home to the Ugandan Hydro Electric Plant. 8 kilometers upstream is the Bujugali Falls with islands and rapids and amazing birdlife. There are also a number of campsites, adventure activities and several community projects in the area. Most popular activities are the white water rafting on the Nile, quad biking and bungee jumping.
Take on the wild waters of the Nile River , some of the best white water rafting in the world .
Check out the world’s most powerful waterfall on a willdife-watching boatride up the Victoria Nile .
When to go to Uganda
Uganda is an all round destination, with things to do and see at any time of year. Gorilla trekking is obviously the highlight in Uganda and although trekking is throughout the year, the best time of year to do the trekking (for easier conditions) is during the drier months of January and February and again in the second dry season of June through to September. The busiest times on the mountains are December to February and July to August . The experience will be incredible no matter when you go. During the rainy season the Gorillas tend to hang out at lower altitudes . They also love to sunbathe after getting wet …so great for taking photos.
Game viewing is ideal at the end of the dry seasons which would be February and March, and again at the end of September and early October.
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