Uganda

The Pearl Africa!

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ABOUT UGANDA

Uganda, famously known as 'The Pearl of Africa' by Winston Churchill is an amazingly beautiful country, rich in spectacular scenery, wildlife, cultural interactions, bird watching and for its Chimpanzee’s and Gorillas.

 

Places to Visit

 

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park is home to the scenic Murchison Falls. Lots of wildlife, beautiful scenery and river cruises.



Queen Elizabeth National Park

Queen Elizabeth National Park with its diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.
Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.


Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park – A UNESCO world heritage site is the place to see the remaining mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest is a wonderful experience that allows you to see the endangered gorillas up close in the wild tropical rain forests they dwell in.


Kibale Forest National Park

Kibale Forest National Park supports Africa’s biggest population of chimpanzees as well as at least 13 different primate species. The park is also home to many bird species and is a great place for birders to visit.


Lake Mburu National Park

Lake Mburu National Park is the only Ugandan park where you can go horse riding. With green acacia woodland surrounding the lake, this wonderful park provides shelter to different bird species and mammals, including zebra, topi, warthog, buffalo, impala, roan, leopard, hyena, jackal, and the last surviving Ugandan population of eland.






Quick Facts About Uganda

Best time to visit:

The best time to visit Uganda depends on your travel interests. Uganda, just like many countries in East Africa is an all year round travel destination. The best time to visit Uganda for gorilla trekking and game viewing is during the country's two dry seasons, January and February and from June to September. The best time for bird watching is all year round.  Between November and April many migratory species are present and provides a bonus bird watching for birders.


Cuisine:

  • Matooke: Green bananas but not plantain, boiled or steamed or mashed, served with a sauce of peanuts, beans fresh fish or meat
  • Malewa:  This dish is made from Bamboo shoots and hails from eastern Uganda
  • Kikomando: Chapati cut into small pieces and served with fried beans
  • Rolex : This is a street food which is eaten as a snack. Rolex is a chapati filled with eggs, onions, Cabbage or Kale and Tomatoes.
  • Nsenene - a seasonal delicacy of Grasshopper
  • Nswaa – another seasonal delicacy made of termites
  • Luwombo – a stew of either chicken, beef, mushrooms or fish  steamed in banana leaves
  • Posho or Kawunga – made from Maizemeal, Cassava or Millet.


Language:

The official languages are English and Swahili but many Ugandans speak Luganda or one of thirty other native languages.

Population:

Uganda has a population of about 41 million people as of 2016 population survey.

Currency:

The Currency in Uganda is Ugandan shillings. You can easily change you US dollars or Euros in Uganda Shillings while on the ground. We recommend changing your money at the airport at the Forex Exchange shops to ensure you have some Uganda shillings in case you want to buy some items.Credit Cards are also widely accepted and you can use your credit card to pay for meals while at the camp or in a restaurant. Most Camps and Lodges also accept payments in US dollars. When bringing US Dollars, please make sure to bring dollars manufactured after  the year 2000 or they will not be accepted.


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