Uganda the pearl of Africa is naturally blessed with endless remarkable features, which make it a must-visit destination on your African safari. With 10 national parks and various other tourism spots scattered in all parts of the country, Uganda offers it all to meet and exceed every traveler’s expectations. However, despite the many attractions, some tourist spots in Uganda are ranked exceptional than the others. The United Nations Educational. Scientific and Cultural organizations categorized three sites as world heritage sites legally protected by international treaties. These sites are believed to have exceptional cultural, historical, scientific and other forms of significance, which make them outstanding. The experience attained from visiting such sites is long lasting and once in a lifetime. UNESCO reserved three tourism spots two of which are national parks and the other one a cultural site: These are:
Bwindi forest national park
Located in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of Uganda’s oldest natural forests that outlived the platonic and volcanic eruptions of the Virunga volcanoes leading to the formation of the western rift valley. This impenetrable forest is home to half of the world’s mountain gorilla’s and is, therefore, a first stop center for all Uganda gorilla tours in East ans Central Africa. Besides gorillas, Bwindi forest is a refuge to over 120 mammals including elephants, leopards, chimpanzees, monkeys, over 200 butterflies and roughly 350 bird species some of which are endemic to this region. The forest comprises of over 200 tree species and roughly 100 ferns some of which are believed to have lived for thousands of years, the diverse vegetation in Bwindi favor the habitation and feeding of numerous animal and bird species. The most done tourism activities in Bwindi include gorilla trekking, forest walks, waterfall hiking, bird watching and a visit to the Batwa pygmies. The forest was initially a permanent home for the Batwa pygmies who were evicted to the forest borders in 1991 when gorilla tourism and conservation was introduced. Travelers to trek gorillas in Bwindi are required to buy gorilla permits costing $600 each for an hours’ interaction with these endangered species. So far 17 gorilla families have been habituated in Bwindi and are available for trekking every day. Wild animals in Bwindi forest national park include the common mountain gorillas, red-tailed monkeys, blue tailed monkeys, white colobus monkeys, forest elephants, baboons, forest duiker antelopes, bushbucks and L’hoests among others.
Rwenzori mountains national park
This block mountain whose slopes is a national park is one of its own kind. Mt Rwenzori was formed by the uplifting of the earth crust by tectonic movements and is the third tallest mountain in Africa. The strenuous hikes to Margherita peak at 5,109 meters above sea level (roughly 8 days) have limited visits to Mount Rwenzori national park. It’s only the adventurous travelers that make it to the top to the mountain. Besides, hiking to the top of Mt Rwenzori require lots of hiking equipment’s without which travelers cannot make it. The peak of the mountain is covered with snow, which makes it more interesting. Travelers who make it to the top enjoy magnificent giant heathers, ground-sells, Erica’s and lobelias among others. The mountain is covered by 5 different vegetation zones, which change depending on the altitude. About wildlife, Rwenzori mountains national park is home to over 80 bird species., 4 species of primates and over 15 butterfly species. The most seen animals include elephants, chimpanzees, L’Hoest monkeys and buffalos among others. you will also interact with the traditional bakonjo who live in the foothills of the mountain.
This is the traditional royal burial ground for the former four kabakas of Buganda Kingdom. Located on the kasubi hill a few meters from Kampala town, Kasubi tombs are a center for cultural safaris in Uganda. a visit to kasubi tombs rewards you with extensive knowledge about the traditions, norms, histories, and beliefs of Buganda kingdom. The circular nature of the hats topped by grass and fibers and reed s make the outlook of kasubi tombs stunning. It’s the center of belief, spiritual, identity, culture, ways, traditions and expertise of Buganda kingdom and its people. Expect to find traditional objects like arrows, spears, shield, and drums which all symbolize kingship in Buganda kingdom.
A visit to any of the three UNESCO heritage sites in Uganda guarantees you an exceptional experience. Book a Uganda safari to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, hike the Rwenzori mountains and learn more about Buganda kingdom’s traditions, beliefs and culture at kasubi tombs for a memorable Uganda safari.