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What To Expect On A Uganda Safari

What to Expect On A Uganda Safari

An enchanting attraction that Uganda is most known for is the rare mountain gorillas which dwell in its southwestern corner. The unique opportunity to watch these creatures is often described as life changing. But Uganda has so much more than just this and a Uganda safari takes you exploring most of it. It boasts a wonderful terrain, a highly growing population of people with a rich culture, beautiful weather, diverse wildlife and some of the most delicious foods in the world. Uganda has a wide range of fascinating attractions and there is something interesting in every corner!! Your Uganda safari will help you get to experience most of these. What to expect on the safari are categorized into;

Wildlife

The variety of wildlife in Uganda is so impressive for every nature lover that comes to explore the country. It has an incredible range of flora and fauna that makes it one of the most enjoyable places for safaris. From the widely open golden grasslands to the dense forests, Uganda has a lot to offer to wildlife lovers and these are categorized as;

  • Primates; the thrilling chance to watch the rare mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitat is unforgettable. Gorillas in Uganda are found in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga Gorilla Park while chimps live in Kibale national park, Budongo forest, Ngamba Island and Kalinzu among others. Other primates in Uganda are the golden monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed moneys, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabyes and many others.
  • Carnivores in Uganda include lions, cheetah, leopard, hyena, and African wild cat among others.
  • Herbivores; the wide range and big populations of herbivores in Uganda consist of buffaloes, Uganda kob, waterbuck, elephants, zebra, giraffes, warthog and many more.
  • Reptiles; crocodiles, monitor lizards, chameleons, pythons and many other kinds of snakes.
  • Birds; Uganda is unrivalled in Africa as a great birding destination with about 1090 bird species. Some of the top birds of Uganda include the crown crane, shoebill stork, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, great blue Turaco, African green broadbill, saddle billed stork, African spoonbill and many others.

Culture

The culture of Uganda is one of the most interesting in Africa; made up of heterogeneous ethnic groups with different languages, vibrant ways of dancing, varying foods, beliefs and dressing codes.

There are about 50 languages spoken; Luganda (commonly spoken), English (official language), Swahili (national language), Rutooro, Runyankole, Itesot, Acholi and Runyoro among others.

The traditional men’s wear in Uganda is the Kanzu, women from the central and east wear “gomesi” while those from west wear “suuka”.

The staple food in Uganda is matooke (east African highland bananas). Other common food crops in Uganda are sweet potatoes, irish potatoes, cassava and yams. These are accompanied with sauces like g/nut paste, beans, meat, peas, cabbage, fish and chicken. Uganda is also known top produce tasty fruits; pineapples, bananas, mangoes, pawpaw, avocado and oranges.

Landscape

Uganda is located along the East African plateau with a topography that comprises mountains of different heights and each with something unique. The cascading hills in the south western corner ringed by terraces are pretty. The 7 hills of Kampala are worth a visit on your Uganda safari because each has a captivating story to listen to. Uganda’s highest highland Rwenzori Mountains are a great destination for hiking. They are so magnificent and can be watched while on a road trip around safari parks in the western side (Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale national park and Semuliki national park).

Water bodies

Uganda has a number of lakes including Africa’s largest fresh water lake which is Lake Victoria and this is also the source of the legendary river Nile. The lake is home to various islands namely Ngamba Island (with a chimpanzee sanctuary), Bugala Island, Ssese Island and others.  You can include a boat cruise on Lake Victoria on your Uganda safari to explore the lake and the surrounding.

Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale offers delightful experience of a canoe ride that takes you exploring the adventurous setting. The Kazinga channel that connects lakes Edward and George in western Uganda is a beautiful place for wildlife viewing and bird watching. A boat cruise along the Nile in Murchison falls national park takes tourists to the bottom of the mighty Murchison falls which are that strongest falls in the world.

Other lakes and rivers in Uganda include Lake Albert, Kyoga, river Kafu and, river Kagera.

One of the latest descriptions of Uganda’s beauty is “compressed Africa” because of the wonders in this one small landlocked country. Get to witness this fascinating beauty by embarking on a Uganda safari this season. Book for your tour by sending an email to info@mumwesafarisuganda.com  or call our travel experts on +256-700135510/ +256-414699459.

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