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Introduction to Uganda
Uganda is one of the top safari destinations in Africa. A Uganda safari to this most beautiful and friendly African country is one of the best and memorable experience one can get from Africa. Filled with fantastic natural scenery and interesting wildlife, Uganda is the best safari destination to visit in Africa. Uganda boasts of being the only safari destination with half of the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population.
It is also a unique and captivating safari destination given its wealthy of attractions that a single Uganda Safari cannot be be enough to discover all the wonders that Uganda has. In Uganda there is magic in the mountain gorillas within Western Uganda, interesting wildlife, a variety of fauna and its climate that is all friendly through out the year. Victoria Safaris gives you the chance to discover Uganda and all its treasures in style. We offer both scheduled Uganda Safaris and customized / Tailor made Uganda safaris.
Gorilla In the Mist
Straddled across the Equator and perched on the northern shores of Lake Victoria. Situated at the heart of the African continent, Uganda offers a range of adventure and holiday activities which range from gorilla tracking, world class white water rafting at the Source of the Nile and game viewing within the peaceful unpolluted and undegraded national parks. In terms of its size, Uganda is relatively a small country roughly the size of Great Britain or the State of Oregon in the United States America. Despite its small size, Uganda is the most alluring safari destination in Africa given its features which include undegraded and unpolluted forests, shimmering lakes and mountains. Most of the country is 1,000 m above sea level and there are three mountainous areas – the Rwenzoris, Mount Elgon and the Virunga volcanoes.
White Water Rafting on the Nile
Also referred as the pearl of Africa, Uganda is landlocked East African country .It is bordered by five countries. Sudan borders it to the north, the Democratic Republic of Congo to the west, Rwanda and Tanzania to the south while Kenya borders Uganda to the east. The country has a total area of 236,040 sq km.The capital city is Kampala. Uganda’s populalation is about 32 million people. Baganda, Bunyoro, Lugbara, Bagisu, Acholi, Langi, Iteso, Bakiga, Basoga and Banyakole make up Uganda ethnic groups.
Although generally equatorial, the climate is not uniform as the altitude modifies the climate. Southern Uganda is wetter with rain generally spread throughout the year. At Entebbe on the northern shore of Lake Victoria, most rain falls from March to June and the November/December period. Further to the north a dry season gradually emerges; at Gulu about 120km from the Sudanese border, November to February is much drier than the rest of the year. The north eastern Karamoja region has the driest climate and is prone to droughts in some years. Ruwenzori in the south west on the border with Congo (DRC) receives heavy rain all year round. The south of the country is heavily influenced by one of the world’s biggest lakes, Lake Victoria, which contains many islands. It prevents temperatures from varying significantly and increases cloudiness and rainfall. Most important cities are located in the south, near Lake Victoria, including the capital Kampala and the nearby city of Entebbe.
Uganda is contains many lakes which include; besides Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga, there is Lake Albert, Lake Edward and the smaller Lake George. Uganda is famous all over the world for its Montain Gorillas found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National parks. Half of the world’s remaining population of gorillas make their home in the forest of Bwindi.Cimpanzees can also be found in Kibaleforest,Budongo forest and Queen Elizabeth National park.The magnificent Murchison falls and Lake Victoria,the second largest fresh waterlake lake in the world also make their home in Uganda. Uganda is a true African birding destination. Located at the center of the continent, Uganda attracts migrants from the North and South. Uganda is the richest country for birds in Africa. It has almost half the species known on the African continent and over ten percent of those recorded throughout the entire world.