I love getting out in nature – the flowers, the trees, the birds and the wildlife. Unfortunately living in Canada most of the year, does not give me access to all the flora and fauna I would like to see and photograph.
That’s why when I go to Uganda for my photography tour, I revel in the beauty and splendor that Uganda has to offer.
UGANDA RANKS AMONG THE TOP 10 BIODIVERSE COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD
I invite you to learn why Uganda, known as the Pearl of Africa, is a nature lover’s haven. To date, Uganda has recorded over 345 species of mammals and over 1,000 species of birds as well as over 18,000 varieties of plants and trees.
I am an avid bird-watcher and have been lucky to see the grey crested crane (the national bird of Uganda), the weaver, the shrike, heron, egret, ibis, guinea fowl, bee-eater, marabou stork (although it’s the ugliest bird ever and pervasive all over Uganda), the kingfisher and the eagle from far away.
I think it would take me numerous trips to Uganda to see all the beautiful birds they have to offer.
GREENERY EVERYWHERE YOU LOOK IN UGANDA
Uganda is possibly one of the greenest African countries ever and ranks among the top 10 biodiverse countries in the world. While traversing the county you will see lush and dense tropical forests and high savannah grasslands that hide many of its endemic species, such as giraffes, zebras, and various antelopes.
As Uganda is a land-locked country, you don’t see any oceans but you do see the White Nile River, which flows north from the start in Lake Victoria in Jinja all the way north where it joins the Blue Nile River to Egypt. Many animals reside near the waters, such as water buffalo, elephants, crocodiles and hippos.
The waters of Uganda are unfortunately not safe for swimming, as they are infested with a parasite known as Bilharzia, but they are safe for fishing and you will find tilapia, Nile perch, and catfish just to name a few of the species available. The fish and chips made with tilapia are yummy and a favorite dish, when I visit.
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UGANDA IS HOME TO HALF OF THE REMAINING MOUNTAIN GORILLAS IN THE WORLD
With over ten national parks and thirteen wildlife reserves, Uganda is also home to half of the remaining endangered mountain gorillas left in the world. Half of which live in the abundant Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, while the other half resides in the Virunga forests of Rwanda. Other monkey species such as chimps, the red colobus monkey, the red-tailed monkey, the golden monkey, and the olive baboons can be found in many of the parks and along the roadsides all over Uganda. There are over 20 distinct primates in Uganda and many of them can be found in Kibale National Park, which also is the highest density of primates in all of Africa.
The most vegetative spot in all of Uganda is the Albertine Rift, which runs along the western part of the country. It’s amazing to look over the edge and see how people grow green bananas as well as other crops along the steep hills of the Western Rift Valley. Due to its fertile soil, the area is also heavily populated with tea plantations, one of which was previously owned by my uncle and aunt when we live in Uganda. You cannot imagine how green and lush it is until you see it for yourself with your own eyes.
On our next photography tour of Uganda, you will see why the flora and fauna of Uganda has given the name Pearl of Africa to Uganda.
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