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5 Top Attractions in Eastern Uganda

5 Top Attractions in Eastern Uganda

  • Posted: May 18, 2019
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The East Africa Circuit trail is one of the less explored trails in Uganda. If you would like to travel off the beaten path on your Uganda Safari, trailing through the Eastern side of Uganda will make your trip unforgettable. If you are a fun of road tripping, these are some of the most important attractions that you should not miss to include in your trip itinerary;

The River Nile

While you are in the Eastern region, it’s worth to visit and see the source of  Nile River to imagine the important events in history and the countries this great river has touched before reaching into the Mediterranean Sea. The Nile is one of the longest rivers in the world. One of the sources of this incredible waterway, you can see the start of the Nile at Jinja, which is about a two hour drive from Kampala through the Mabira forest. You can enjoy some boat trips around the lake and visit to the hydroelectric power plant at Bujagali Falls. The area around Jinja is also known as the adventure capital of East Africa. You can enjoy mountain biking, horse riding, and other adrenaline activities. The town itself is also worth a visit to see some examples of colonial architecture. While in Jinja, there are many different accommodation options to choose from to make your stay comfortable.

The Nile offers interesting water sports that can be experienced for example white water rafting. Other things to do in Jinja are Bungee jumping, quad biking, jet boating, horseback riding, kayaking among others.

Nyero rock paintings

Nyero rock paintings site is a three level rock cave shelters with long ago oldest paintings on their inner surfaces thus presenting the Iron Age. They are unique rock paintings found in the Iteso land in Kumi district of Uganda. In order to visit them, it is so possible when you have a stopover to these mighty caves. Once you visit the place, the paintings demonstrated a high degree of appreciation of their beautiful values although the painters miss out their identification.

There are some folk tales of old people who have little information about the original inhabitants. The paintings are generally attributed to Batwa people who are hunters and gathers from the pygmy origin and they are thought to have immigrated because of the arrival of the Luo, Nilotic and Bantu groups. Till up to date, the meaning of the three phase paintings is not known although they still look gorgeously at the site. The Batwa people who settled in the area before the Iteso People, lived in the area and drew the pictures. They left the place long ago and there is no record of them.

Currently, the Etesots live in this region but are not the original group of people believed to have drawn the pictures that make up the Nyero Rock Paintings. The paintings offer a unique motivation, decorative piece of art on natural lonely inselbergs in landscapes with beautiful scenery for visitors to enjoy. The rock art is Uganda’s precious treasure which she holds to protect from destruction.

You can climb up on top of the shelter for great views of the surrounding area and will find monkeys birds and at times even reptiles sunbathing. Take care on rainy days since the rocks can become a bit slippery. It is about 5hrs’s drive from Kampala to Kumi and about 8km from Kumi to the Nyero rocks.

Mount Elgon

Mountain Elgon is an extinct volcano about 250 kilometers in the Eastern region on the border between Uganda and Kenya. The National park has much to offer to visitors including attractions Elephants and Buffalos especially on the lower slopes of the mountain. Other wildlife includes; Antelopes and monkeys. At 4000 square kilometers, Mountain Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. There are over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer can also be seen in the thick forests that circle the peak. Climbing this mountain is not difficult at all but hikers can also check out the big caves, waterfalls, cliffs, caves and gorges. During the night, animals frequently come to lick up salt from the cave walls. The volcanic soils allow the Elgon region to produce the finest Uganda’s Arabica coffee.

Mount Elgon and the surrounding area has activities that most visitors will enjoy and one needs to stress that Mount Elgon is more than a mountain to be conquered but to be enjoyed by most any visitor and since not every visitor is a climber there are lots of nature trails, caves, waterfalls, various vegetation zones, birds, wildlife to be enjoyed on guided walks without the need for any equipment but a light backpack, hiking boots, a wide-brimmed hat, Jeans, long-sleeved shirts and a light rain-jacket, bottled water and a packed lunch on all day nature walk or the newly commissioned mountain bike trails.

Mountain Elgon is home to two tribes that is to say; the Bagisu and the Sabiny, with the marginalized Ndorobos forced to dwell deep within the forest of Benet. The Bagisu, also known as the BaMasaba, consider Mount Elgon to be the embodiment of their founding father Masaba and refer to the mountain by this name.

Though many visitors to Mount Elgon come to climb Mount Elgon there are however many activities in and near Mount Elgon for those who want to simply explore and discover this great region in the Pearl of Africa Uganda.

The Sipi falls

The Sipi falls is the most beautiful water fall found in the Eastern part of Uganda in Kapchorwa district about km north of Mbale. The falls is a set of three water fall located at the foothills of mountain Elgon. Many times Sipi falls is associated with only one of the 3 falls which is the tallest at about 100m and is the main water fall. The other two are thought to be about 7 and 8 meters high. This water fall is one of the best attractions in the Eastern Uganda. Not only the falls but also the view of Mount Elgon from up and the distant Karamoja plains disappearing from below is quite spectacular.

The atmosphere at Sipi is very conducive and favorable given the fact that the weather is much cooler than the rest of Uganda. It is a great place to escape away from the hustle and bustle of the stressful towns to chill and relax. It is worth spending a night in this serene and peaceful place. There are a number of lodges and campsites in the area offering a range of accommodation for all budgets.

Trekking to the water fall is fierce-ful but one of the most fulfilling adventures you can do. The rain bow cutting through the falls, the breeze and the cool drops of water brushing on your skin feels like heaven. There is a network of well-maintained local train through a pleasant country side and offering great views of the scenery in each direction. The Sipi falls area is known for growing of African Coffee thus leading to the development of Agriculture the back bone of Uganda.

Meet Uganda’s Great Silver Back Gorillas

Meet Uganda’s Great Silver Back Gorillas

  • Posted: Jan 17, 2018
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Gorilla trekking is one of the best wildlife encounters in the whole world. While on a trek through the impenetrable jungles of Africa, your eyes are first set on the dominant silver back the head of the entire gorilla family. There are two protected areas where Uganda’s mountain gorillas are protected; the tropical rain forests of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. These parks are located in southwestern Uganda. These rain forests date back to even more than 25000years and they have about 400 diverse plant species. These forests shelter approximately 400 mountain gorillas, which is almost half of the worlds surviving mountain gorillas almost half of the world’s total population of mountain gorillas with their leaders the great silver backs.

Silver backs are the mature male leaders in the groups of mountain gorillas in the forest. Their name encompassed from their silver saddles across their backs. Thesilver back being the head of the group, he is accounted for the safety of his group (troop). This troop consists of 5 to 30 gorillas. The silver back are always in charge of the troop, to make decisions on where the group forages for food, where to travel, where its to rest and where its to sleep at night.

Silver back gorillas are huge with a height of about 5.7 to 6.2feet and weight of 360pounds.According to their heads; their ears are too small for them. They have large bony crests on the tops of their skulls and backs to support their teeth and jaw muscles, and also to give their heads that conical shape. The silverbacks are the hairy species of gorillas. They have long and thick hair to helps them in insulation while at higher elevations. They have uniquely shorter legs compared to their hands. At the age of twelve, these silverbacks start developing their silver saddles; the young males that have not developed these saddles yet are called “black backs”.

The silverbacks are quite gentle and shy despite their huge size and strength. They are very social, though only with in their specific family . They are affectionate; they play and hug with each other just like the humans do. They also laugh and even throw things when angry as the humans. Otherwise, they are very peaceful animals.

They feed on vegetables, along the edges of dense forests though they can also feed on crop plants and rotting wood. They eat up to 45pounds of food in a day. The silver back is usually the only male in a troop to mate with all the females. The females choose this silverback because of its strength and size. Sometimes the silver back will allow other males to mate with one of the females in the family. The black backs (juvenile male gorillas) are no allowed to mate with females in the entire group. They are then forced o form their own families for which they become silverbacks and take the full responsibilities of their started families.

If there is any activity that you can never miss, then its gorilla trekking in Uganda’s Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga forest national park, come and experience the peaceful norms of the great silverback gorillas in their troops, they are the true definition of leadership.

Conclusively therefore, a silverback is the dad to the family. Trek any gorilla family and witness the fatherhood of a silverback in terms of defense and care for his family members.