“Explore the Pearl of Africa”
Any visitor going on a Uganda Safari will ask themselves “why is it that for more than a century, Uganda has been referred to as the Pearl of Africa?” Fortunately, in Kampala there is based Uganda’s major tour operator, UTB 2004 LTD who is also American Express Representative in Uganda, who handle in-bound tours to the country’s top most attractions.
Uganda Travel Bureau 2004 Ltd has packaged a program that will take you on a safari to six of the prime national parks and the source of the mighty River Nile that will justify Uganda’s name as the “Pearl of Africa”.
At the end of your safari to Uganda, rest assured that you will be a firm believer in Sir Winston Churchill’s myth of the “Pearl of Africa”and you will take away with you, the experience of a lifetime.
The journey first takes us to the Eastern town of Jinja where we visit the source of the River Nile. It is here that the worlds’longest river begins its long majestic journey culminating into the Mediterranean sea. You can engage in white water rafting starting from the Bujagali Falls one of the world’s best rafting spot, superior to the Colorado River in grades and numbers of rapids!
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
Southwest of Uganda takes you to the home of the rare mountain gorillas living in the dense Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. One must be physically fit as the walk is challenging! Not only will you see these rare apes, but also living in the forest, are numerous birds, butterflies and other species.
Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Bearing West South West, our safari take us to the Great Rift Valley into the Savannah Grasslands at the Queen Elizabeth National Park. One will surely see four of the big five “Lion, Elephant, Hippo, Buffalo”, herds of antelope, and the Uganda Kob. A boat ride on the Kazinga Channel (joining Lake Edward to Lake George), where the collection of bird species totaling up to 550 will surely mesmerize you.
Rwenzori Ranges, the legendary “Mountains of the Moon”.
Standing on the Mweya Peninsula, you will enjoy a panoramic view of the Rwenzori Ranges, the legendary “Mountains of the Moon”that were acclaimed to be the source of the Nile as early as 300 AD.
Kibale Forest National Park.
Our safari takes a turn to the Savannah grasslands. We take the bearing West we enter the rain forest again at Kibale Forest National Park where one will be able to view the primates: chimpanzees and at least 8 other monkey species including the Colobus, the Mangeby, the Vervet, the Blue Tail and the Red Tail. More birds may be seen in the Bigodi Wetlands. What an interesting scene – a forest neighboring a wetland!
Semuliki National Park.
West North West into the Rift Valley again. This time, our safari puts one into the Savannah Forest at Semuliki National Park. The mighty Semuliki River, with its meandering pattern, is a sight to behold. We visit the hot springs at Sempaya, home to more bird species. It is very likely that one will be “ambushed” by the indigenous batwa tribe, “Pygmies”at Ntoroko. This tribe whose tallest average adult person is only 1 meter will astonish you!
Toro Game Reserve.
For the more adventurous tourist, one may try the Toro Game Reserve and go on a night game drive.
Murchison Falls National Park.
Our final bearing is North West into the Rift Valley again in the Savannah grassland at Murchison Falls National Park. Having seen the source of the Nile (Jinja), one will take a launch trip on the Victoria Nile to see the “Cradle of the Nile?” (Murchison Falls). Why “The Cradle of the Nile?” It is here that the whole Victoria Nile bursts majestically through a 6-metre gap to an awesome 35-metre drop. This fascinating sight is supplemented with another sighting of 4 of the “big 5” as well as the Uganda Kob and Giraffe. It is only here that one can sight the rare Shoe Bill Stork.
Kidepo Valley National Park.
To complete the revolution on your compass, our safari takes the bearing 67 degrees North East and you are in the Savannah grasslands again at Kidepo Valley National Park.
Mount Elgon National Park.
The next bearing East North East takes us to the largest extinct volcano in surface area in East Africa, namely, Mount Elgon National Park. This rises up to 4,321 meters above sea level. South South East takes one to the Sesse Islands an archipelago in Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest inland freshwater lake.
Lake Mburo National Park.
Bearing South South West our safari takes us to another Savannah Woodland at Lake Mburo National Park. This is home to the Zebra and the Impala Antelope.