Uganda is the ultimate tourism destination, providing travelers with a window into the heart of Africa. But this is not all that the destination has to offer, Uganda is actually called the pearl of Africa because of the beauty it has to offer. Crossed by the equator, Uganda tourism magic lies in the fact that the country encompasses astounding variety of landscapes and climates, flora and fauna, as well as communities and cultures, the Snow capped mount Rwenzori in western Uganda, and home to water sportson the River Nile, and adventure. The Rwenzori Mountain ranges, is also the third-highest in Africa, after Kilimanjaro (5,895m) and Mount Kenya (5,199m); it has several peak, the Margherita peak — on top of Mount Stanley — stands at an elevation of 5,109m (16,763ft) and is the highest mountain in Uganda.
Uganda is a natural beauty, with an abundance of gifts bestowed to her: the snowcapped Rwenzori mountains, named one of the best hikes in the world by the National Geographic; Mountain Elgon, with the largest volcanic caldera in the world; and Africa’s largest lake, Lake Victoria; the mighty River Nile, the second-longest river in the world, whose largest source is in Lake Victoria. The River Nile is about 6,670 km (4,160 miles) in length and is the longest river in Africa and in the world. Although it is generally associated with Egypt, only 22% of the Nile’s course runs through Egypt. The river has two main tributaries known as the White and Blue Niles. The White Nile is the headstream and the main stream of the Nile while the Blue Nile supplies most of the waters and silt (clay that is deposited as sediment).
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Although Uganda is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo, and elephant) it also boasts unique wildlife such as tree-climbing lions and the Nile crocodile. Uganda is a must on any birder’s bucket list, with over 1,000 bird species, including some of the very rarest, such as the shoebill, the great blue turaco, Shelley’s crimsonwing, and many more. Indeed, Uganda’s wetlands and savannah are great habitats for some of the world’s most spectacular birds and wildlife.
Uganda is among the few countries in the world that is home of the endangered mountain gorillas, and it has the highest population of mountain gorillas estimated to be 900. They are found in other countries such as Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo; they can be found only in Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Tracking these mountain gorillas is quite the adrenalin rush. Every year, thousands of travellers descend to Uganda in the hope of seeing these iconic and critically endangered creatures in their natural habitat.
Protecting the gorillas is paramount. Groups are limited to a maximum of eight people and time with the gorillas is strictly limited to one hour. But that’s not all. Long before any tourist can get close, each gorilla family undergoes an intense, two-year period of habituation to ensure that they are comfortable with human company and safe to be around.