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Kampala City Tour

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Kampala is the capital city of Uganda, popularly known as the city on many hills because it is spread over 10 hills but was originally built on seven hills just like Rome. The name Kampala came out of a Kiganda saying, "Kasozi Kempala" meaning the hill for Antelopes. Kampala was first established in about 1891 when the King of Buganda had his administrative centre on 2 hills in Kampala; they were the Rubaga and Mengo hills, which are still part of the city today.

On a uganda safari city tour, you will take cultural tours to the Uganda museum, King's Palaces, royal tombs, royal senates as well as other historical sites revered by the local people. Some natural landforms and rivers also have great cultural attributes with some being believed to be born by humans. Ugandans are very polite, enthusiastic, friendly and welcoming people who will often greet strangers on public transport or in rural areas.

 

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

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Most visitors to Uganda come to track the endangered mountain gorillas in the south west of the country, in either Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or Mgahinga National Park. Less than 700 of these gentle giants exist in the world, with half the remaining population living in Uganda, divided into four habituated gorilla troops: three in Bwindi and one in Mgahinga. Despite their fierce reputation, gorillas are peaceable primates, the largest and most ferocious looking of the ape family, and the chance to view them from up close is a thrilling as well as awe-inspiring experience. You'll need to buy a permit which must be booked long time ahead due to limited availability (only few tourists are taken near the gorillas a day, in order not to disturb them). With a permit in hand, you are allowed 1 hour on very close hand of a group of the highly endangered mountain gorilla in their natural habitat. Permits allow a maximum of six people per group per day and booking is at the UWA Headquarters in Kampala. Uganda Wildlife Authority handles the sale of permits which is costing US$350 each from May 2011.

 

White-water rafting in Jinja

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Uganda's white-water rafting industry is relatively new - the first descent of the river by a paddler was in 1996, and the grade IV and V stretch of rapids on the Nile have since been developed into a world-class rafting destination boasting some of the most powerful and sustained rapids on earth. The mighty volume of water creates monstrous rapids that provide an unforgettable rafting experience comparable to that of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Home of the white-water rafting industry is the town of Jinja, situated at the source of the River Nile, the longest river in the world. Bujugali Falls, downstream of the Nile's source, and close to Jinja, has been vaunted the 'adrenaline capital' of Uganda, offering not only white water rafting, but also kayaking, river boarding, bungy jumping, and mountain biking. Sadly the Ugandan government intends to construct a hydroelectric dam above Bujugali Falls, which would flood the existing rapids and bring about an end to this exciting industry.

 

 

Queen Elizabeth National Park

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The history of Queen Elizabeth national park is fascinating. In the first quarter of the 1990's in 1925, a department was set up to stop the Elephants from marauding villages and destroying cultivation- the overall aim being to keep the within certain boundaries, protecting both Elephants and people.


Since its inception, the protected area has grown. Set in the western rift valley, the park together with the Kyambura and Kigezi wild life reserves covers 2475 square kilometers. Its temperatures range from18oc to 280c. The wettest seasons in this Park are usually incurred in March to May and September to November receiving rains ranging from 750mm to 1250mm with an altitude of 910m above sea level at Lake Edward vicinity to 1,390 m above sea level in the crater area. This place can be best timed from December -February and the tour can be for at least 2-3 days. It has recorded about 95mammal species and 606 bird species.

 

Birding

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Uganda is arguably the most attractive country in Africa to bird watchers , not only to because of the unusually number of species recorded within its borders, but also because it offers easy access to several bird-rich habitats that are difficult to reach elsewhere. Uganda's remarkable avian diversity-1,008 species recorded in an area similar to that of Great Britain can be attributed to its location at a transitional point between the East African savanna, the West African rainforest and the semi-desert of the north.
The key to Uganda's diversity is its variety of habitats: arid semi-dessert, rich savannahs, lowland and montane rainforests, vast wetlands, volcanoes and an Afro-alpine zone. Uganda covers an altitude from 650 to 5000m.

 

 
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