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Seven Wonders of Uganda

Gorilla gorilla beringei

Gorilla gorilla beringei – Uganda’s Star Attraction

Gorillas share 98.4 of their genetic material with humans. In Uganda they are confined to Mgahinga and Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park.The total number of Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi is approximately 400.

This number is considered to be almost half of the 880 mountain gorillas left in the world. Gorilla trekking provides over 60% of tourism revenue to Uganda thereby making it the country’s star attraction.

Kazinga Channel

Hippos on Kazinga ChannelThe lush Kazinga channel found in Queen Elizabeth National Park is a 40 km water way that joins Lakes George and Edward. Any visitor to this park cannot fail to be impressed by Kazinga Channels amazing diversity.

It puts one right in the heart of nature where many Hippos nest in the water while big herds of elephant, buffalos and different bird species can be seen enjoying themselves along the channel banks

 

Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls – Africa’s Secret Wonder

At the awe some Murchison falls, the whole of Albert Nile spews majestically through a six-meter gap and breathtaking forty-meter drop. Despite commonly being referred to as Murchison falls, some guides still name them as Kabalega falls.

The use of the name Murchison came into effect in 1864 that is after Samuel and Florence Baker named the falls after Sir Roderick Murchison, the then President of the Royal Geographical Society.

Winston Churchill on his part described the Nile at Murchison Falls as being like Regents Park Zoo and Kew Gardens combined thus confirming it as one of Africa’s favourite destination.

Mt. Rwenzori – Africa’s highest Mountain Range

Mt Rwenzori – the Legendary Mountains of the Moon

Awe inspiring is perhaps an understatement when describing the beauty of this world class hiking and mountaineering destination. Described by one enthralled visitor as Heaven’s Garden, it is as though the Gods have hidden this profusion of colour up in the cloud so that only those who dare might reach up and share its secrets.

At 5109 meters above sea level, Mount Stanley is the highest peak on the Rwenzori ranges followed by Alexandria (5083m), Speke (4890m), Emin (4791m) and Gessi (4715m). What a glorious wonder it is to witness these icy, snowcapped peaks on the Equator of Tropical Africa.

Chimpanzee in Kibale Forest

Kibale Forest – Chimpanzee Sanctuary

Kibale forest is one of the most beautiful tropical forests in the whole of Uganda. This forest is home to 325 bird, 351 tree and 13 species of primates with the most notable being our closest cousin – the chimpanzee with whom humans share 98.8% of their genetic material. The density and diversity of primates in Kibale National Park is the highest in the whole of Africa. Kibale forests over 1450 chimpanzees indicate Uganda’s biggest population of this threatened primate.

Amphibians and reptiles plus a variety of colorful butterflies can also be seen. To the southern part of Kibale forest is Queen Elizabeth National Park. A 180kilometer long migration corridor for wildlife stretches from the remote southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park in “Ishasha” to the north of Kibale in “Sebitoli”.

Source of River Nile

Source of River Nile

Beneath the Owen falls dam lies submerged the ‘waterfall’ Speke discovered to be the source of River Nile. This is the point where the mighty Nile starts its 6000 km downstream journey to the Mediterranean Sea. A visit to the source of the Nile remains a moving and wondrous experience.

Caldera – Mt Elgon

Mount Elgon Calderaone of the largest intact calderas in the world

The mountain not only has one of the largest surface areas of any ancient extinct volcano in the world but is also peppered with cliffs, caves, gorges and water falls with the most notable being the romantic Sipi falls. The caldera covers some 40 square km at the top of the mountain. The mountain is named after the Elgeyo tribe, who once lived in huge caves on the south side of the mountain.

 

It was known as “Ol Doinyo Ilgoon” (Breast Mountain) by the Maasai of Kenya and as “Masaba” by the Ugandans.

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