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“The Pearl of Africa”
Uganda is rich in wildlife, breathtaking scenery, and African cultures. It is another landlocked country near the Equator and enjoys a temperate climate year round. It is home to more than ten National Parks with each offering its own unique experiences including gorilla treks.
The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. However Bwindi is famous for the possibility to encounter the Mountain Gorilla in its own habitat The terrain varies from swamp and bamboo forest to dense thickets, thus making gorilla trekking hard work. A trek through this, one of Africa's most ancient rainforests, in search of the endangered mountain gorilla, ranks among the world's premier wildlife encounters.
Bwindi has several hiking / nature trails throughout the forest offering other sightings which includes a large variety of primates, including chimpanzee, blue monkey and black & white colobus monkeys, antelope and forest elephant as well as remarkably high number of bird species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park offers superb game viewing with sightings of elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and the northern part of the park is home to the famous tree climbing lions.
Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s largest national park and is named for the dramatic water falls. The Nile explodes through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment and plunges into a frothy pool 141 feet below. Wildlife viewing is great along the Nile including the crocks and hippos, also look for the rare shoebill stork.
Kibale Forest is the prime location in for chimpanzee tracking, along with the opportunity to see some of the other 12 species of primates. Along with the primates Kibale is home to bushbuck, buffalo, duiker and a number of other mammals plus an abundance of birds and butterflies.
Best time to visit Uganda is during the dry seasons of June through early September and late December thru February.
Surely we should treat chimpanzees with the same consideration and kindness as we show to other humans; and as we recognize human rights, so should we recognize the rights of the great apes.—Jane Goodall