Uganda protects part of the Virunga massif. Uganda is one of the small countries in Africa, covered mainly by water bodies and mountains, and flatland. Uganda, though small, is very rich in tourist attractions and have been most of the time voted as the leading tourist destination site in Africa.
Uganda’s uniqueness was even attested by Winston Churchill who described it as a “pearl of Africa” after admiring the beauty of this small country. The country experiences two weather seasons; dry and rainy season, with the dry season stretching from January to March, and then June to August. The rest of the months are rainy seasons.
Uganda boasts of ten national parks, all of which a rich in wildlife. The parks include Murchison falls National park, Queen Elizabeth National park, Lake Mburo National park, Kidepo National park, Kibale National park, Semliki National park, Bwindi impenetrable National park, Mgahinga National park, Rwenzori national park and Mt.Elgon Natioanl park.
Some of the tourist activities in Uganda tours including, gorilla trekking, Chimpanzee tracking, wildlife tours, mountaineering, site seeing among others.
Famous of the national parks is Bwindi impenetrable National park which is the home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. The park is a home to over 340 mountain gorillas, currently with nine Gorilla groups open for tourists. Gorilla safari tours are the most interesting activity as it is quite challenging but amazing to be in presence of these giants which are believed to have 98.5 DNA to that of human beings.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park
Located 510km far southwest of Kampala City (Uganda’s capital), in the district of Kisoro rests Uganda’s smallest but profoundly biome-diverse National Park. Mgahinga is one of two Uganda parks where tourists can physically say Jambo (hello) to the world’s remaining population of endangered Mountain Gorillas.
Its three (3) volcanic peaks of Sabinyo (3,669m), Gahinga (3,474m) and Muhavura (4,127m) link with five (5) other volcanoes which all together form the Virunga Conservation Area (VCA) shared among the countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo DR. Its varied altitudes give rise to different species of flora and fauna, some of which cannot be seen anywhere else in Uganda.