Posted by: RasmaSandra | August 8, 2017

Visiting Uganda


Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa. It has diverse landscape from snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains to immense Lake Victoria. The country has many national parks to delight visitors.

Exploring Kampala

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Kampala is Uganda’s national and commercial capital bordering Lake Victoria which is Africa’s largest lake. The surrounding hills are covered with red-tile villas and trees. The urban center has contemporary skyscrapers.

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Mengo Palace is a small palace built in 1922. It is the former home of the King of Buganda. The building’s interior cannot be seen but the notorious underground prison is open to tours.

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After the coup against Kabaka Mutesa II, then President of Uganda in 1966 the palace was converted into army barracks and an adjacent site became a prison and torture-execution chamber built by Idi Amin in the 1970s.

Tour guides take visitors into a dark concrete tunnel with numerous dark, damp cells that are separated by an electrified passage of water used to prevent escape. You can see some original charcoal messages written by former prisoners on the walls.

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Kasubi Tombs are a UNESCO World Heritage site. This is  the burial place of the Buganda Kingdom kings and royal family. This huge thatched-roof palace was built in 1882. Even though the tombs were destroyed in an arson attack in March 2010 they are still being rebuilt.

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The Uganda Museum has an excellent well-captioned ethnographic collection with clothing, hunting, agriculture, medicine, religion and recreational displays. Highlights include traditional music instruments some of which visitors can play. Outside you can see the traditional thatched homes of various Uganda tribes and get a look at Idi Amin’s Mercedes.

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Among Kampala’s main sites is the impressive National Mosque also widely known aa the Gadaffi Mosque. The mosque was begun by Idi Amin in 1972 and completed in 2007. The tour takes an hour and you can go up in the minaret for the best views of Kampala.

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Parliament House is open to the public. Visitors can tour the building and see the government in session when the parliament sits Tuesday to Thursday. Tours are conducted in English. In the main lobby you can see a huge wooden cultural map of Uganda that features the country’s flora and fauna.

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Rubaga Cathedral is a twin-towered Roman Catholic cathedral. It’s a memorial to the Uganda Martyrs, with 22 Catholic victims (later declared saints) enshrined in the stained-glass windows.

Traveling in Uganda

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Kibale National Park will place you in dense jungles and wetland forests. This park has many wild chimpanzees. Visitors can go on game drives and safari excursions.

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Other monkeys here include the rare L’Hoest and the Ugandian red colobus. You can admire the ancient fig trees and take a look at the coffee plantations in the area.

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Ssese Islands offer sun drenches golden sands and lapping waves. The archipelago of the Ssese Islands is a lovely and relaxing place to be. They dot the waters of Lake Victoria.

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Here you can relax at one of the lakeside resorts or put on your hiking boots and take to the hills where you can see swamps with hippos. The island of Buggala offers kayaks and water sports.

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The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a land of rocky peaks and the greenery of Africa’s oldest primeval forest. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you’ll find lots of gorillas as well as colobus monkeys and chimpanzees.

You’ll see the breathtaking landscape of the Albertine Rift. There are valleys and summits and teak-shrouded river ways.

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Murchison Falls National Park was named for roaring cataracts. This is the largest national park in Uganda. The biggest attraction is the point where the Victoria Nile comes flowing through a tight-knit gorge and over an escarpment that is over 40 meters in height.

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You can meet up with giraffes, elephants, lions and more.

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Queen Elizabeth National Park or QENP lies close to the banks of Lake Edward.

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Thousands of tourists come here every year to see the lazy Congo lions and swinging chimps between the Maramagambo Forest and grassy savanna.

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The area has many volcanic features of the awesome Katwe Craters. This is the place to take safari drives and game seeking journeys.

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Mount Elgon National Park has jungle-topped highlands. Cascading down from one of Africa’s oldest volcanoes are waterfalls. There are cave systems and rugged canyons. There are hot springs.

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You can see African goshawks and bush-shrikes fly through the skies. Among the monkeys here are DeBrazza and colobus.

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Lake Mburo National Park is Uganda’s smallest national park with swaying savannah grasses and riparian habitats. Here you can see buffalo herds and zebras, prancing reed bucks and hyenas. There are forests and swamp lands.

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park far in the southern depths of Uganda you’ll find the highland mountain gorillas. Here are green rain forests and cloud-shrouded volcanoes. Here you can see woodland elephants, golden monkeys, wild hogs and jackals along with the rare mountain gorillas.

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