Where to spend your Christmas festive holiday in Uganda
where to spend your Christmas festive holiday in Uganda: Christmas always means celebration and family and what is a better way of spending the festival season that visiting Uganda for a safari, Christmas festival season is not a very long holiday but it is the best time to create memories and bound with your family. A festival season well spent gives you a happy ending an old year and shines you into a great new year with fascinating unforgettable memories.
Uganda is a very famous tourist destination on African continent, Uganda is described as a pearl of Africa not as a maiden name but as a way of describing its rich spectacular and stunning tourist attractions. Prominent tourist attractions in Uganda include the longest river in the world river Nile, Lake Victoria the source of the Nile, mountain Rwenzori the snowcapped mountain of moon. Uganda hosts a variety of beautiful flora and fauna species, these are conserved and protected in numerous wildlife sanctuaries, national parks and wild life centers and always open for visitors throughout the year. As already stated Uganda hosts many wildlife species but the most prominent and loved is the great mountain gorillas which are critically endangered and found in few protected areas in the world. Uganda hosts the highest population of mountain gorillas in the world through its two protected areas that is Bwindi impenetrable national park and mgahinga national park.
Uganda is a very secure country to visit with no epidemic and chronical disease which is a guarantee to both your safety and health, it is also very accessible with well-constructed roads and many high standard accommodation facilities to offer a comfortable stay will on your festival season.
The following destinations are the best places to spend your Christmas festival season while in Uganda
Bwindi impenetrable national park
Bwindi impenetrable national park offers many exciting safari activities tailored for family and groups making it a suitable spot to spend your Christmas, Bwindi impenetrable national park is a UNESCO world heritage found in south western Uganda in kanungu district. The park is a home to the precious mountain gorillas which habit in the deep forests in high altitude volcanoes situated on the park, Bwindi impenetrable national park is ranked as the best national park offering the best mountain gorilla trekking experience in its 15 mountain gorilla families thus where to spend your Christmas festive holiday in Uganda.
Mountain gorilla in Bwindi impenetrable national park habits approximately 450 mountain gorilla individuals which is the highest population ever recorded in the four home of mountain gorillas in the work, these gorillas live in groups which are scattered in different sectors of the park that is Rushaga, buhoma, Nkurigo and Ruhija sectors. Gorilla families in these sectors include
Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura in buhoma sector
Oruzogo, Bitukura, Kyaguliro in Ruhija sector
Nshongi, Mishaya, Busingye, kahungye and Bweza in Rushanga and
Nkuringo family in Nkuringo sector.
Each of these gorilla in these families have gone through habituation process making them comfortable and used to human presence, it is in these same families where the amazing mountain gorilla trekking experience takes place. Bwindi forest gorilla trekking is a trade mark safari activity of Bwindi impenetrable national park involving tracking through deep forests in search for mountain gorillas, to participate in this exciting activity you are required to be in possession of a mountain gorilla trekking permit which costs US$ 700.
Bwindi impenetrable national is habits other wildlife species that is animals which include elephants, antelopes, chimpanzees, red tailed, colobus monkey and many more. There is also approximately 350 bird species in the thick Bwindi forests and these include kivu ground thrush, dusky crimson wing, white tailed blue monarch, horn bill and many more.
Visiting Bwindi impenetrable national park for your Christmas holiday will give you exciting unforgettable experience through various activities offered in this park on top of mountain gorilla trekking. Other activities include mountain biking, bird watching, batwa trail, nature walks and village walks.
Ziwa rhino sanctuary
Ziwa rhino sanctuary is a very spectacular fairly destination only where you get to encounter the big rhinos as part of your big five safari, Ziwa rhino sanctuary is found in Nakasongola District, near Nakitoma Village stretching through an area of 70 square kilometers. Ziwa rhino sanctuary can be added to your safari to Murchison falls national park, while in this sanctuary you get to view 19 rhino individuals.
Ziwa rhino sanctuary offers an exquisite rhino tracking safari where you enjoy spectacular views of the sanctuary and its mysteries, the sanctuary does not only habit rhinos it also habits over 350 bird species including the most sought for the shoe bill stork. Other birds species spotted I the sanctuary include African black crake, blue spotted dove, abdim’s stork, giant kingfisher, white crested turaco, African fish eagle, goliath heron and many more.
Apart from rhino tracking Ziwa rhino sanctuary also offers bird watching, guided nature walks and canoe rides, Ziwa rhino sanctuary is situated along Kampala- Gulu highway making the sanctuary more accessible thus where to spend your Christmas festive holiday in Uganda.
Murchison falls national park
Murchison falls National Park is a magical tourist destination which will bright up your whole world upon visiting it, Murchison falls national park is found north western Uganda lieing in the northern end of Albertine rift valley. Murchison falls national park stretches through an area of 3,893 square kilometers in the districts of Buliisa, Nwoya, kiryandongo and Masindi.
Murchison falls national park habits a variety of attractions but the main attraction in this park is the great Murchison falls which creates a permanent rainbow trade mark as it flows with it thunderous sounds. Murchison falls is a best sight to see as it squeezes itself through the hard rocks before plunging at height of 141 feet. Murchison falls national park also habits a wide range of wildlife species that is approximately 76 species of animals which include lions, hippopotamuses, Rothschild’s giraffe, warthog, Cape buffalo, Uganda kob, Jackson’s-hartebeest, elephants and many more. The park is also a home to approximately 450 bird species which include rare shoe bill stork, Spotted Mourning Thrush, Vitelline Masked Weaver, Silver Bird, Bluff-bellied Warbler, localized White-rumped Seed-eater, Blue-napped Mouse bird, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, Green-winged Ptyilia, and Black-headed Batis and many. There is also primates in kaniyo pabidi and rabongo forests such as chimpanzees, Red tailed monkeys, Black & white colored monkeys.
In Murchison falls national park you can get involved in a series of exciting safari activities which include bird watching, hiking to the top of the falls, nature walks, launch trips, fishing games, game drives and picnic which will keep you entertained throughout your Christmas holiday.
Kidepo national park
Kidepo national park is an exceptional tourist destination famous for its enchanting scenic landscape and numerous attractions, kidepo national park is found in karenga- Karamojong in kaabong district near Uganda and south Sudan border stretching through an area of 1442 square kilometers. Kidepo national park is ranked the 3rd best national park in Africa primarily because of its attractive spectacular attractions, the park is composed of a rugged terrain which consists of tiny hills, inselbergs, mountain Morungule and valleys which make the park more attractive.
Kidepo national park is a home to many wildlife species such as hyena, lion, cheetah, leopard, wild dog, elephant, giraffe, zebra, African buffalo, bat-eared foxes, Rothschild’s giraffe, antelopes, caracal, mountain reedbuck, Gunther’s dik-dik, less and greater kudu and many more, there is also rare patas monkeys and many more. Kidepo national park is an important birding site with over 470 bird species which include Superb Starling, Vinaceous Dove, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Hoopoe, Little Green Bee-eater, Long-tailed & Standard-winged Nightjars, White-bellied Tit , Mosque Swallow, Karamoja Apalis, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-fronted & Black-breasted Barbets, Pygmy Falcon, African Grey Flycatcher, Ruppell’s & Superb Starlings, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Ostrich, Eastern Yellow & Jackson’s Hornbills, Red-winged Lark and many more.
Kidepo national park is a great cultural destination as it is surround by the Karamojong and the minority Ik people who still have their authentic cultural life which has been affected by modernity or technology. When you visit kidepo national park you will engage into exciting safari activities which include culture encounter, bird watching, game drives, hiking mountain Morungole and nature walks thus where to spend your Christmas festive holiday in Uganda.
Queen Elizabeth national park
Queen Elizabeth national park is a spectacular tourist destination just like a ferry garden from Cinderella movies, Queen Elizabeth national park is located in western region of Uganda lieing in the western rift valley arm. This breathtaking national park stretches through an area of 1978 square kilometers bordering kigezi game reserve, kyambura game reserve and kibale national park, when in queen Elizabeth national park you not only get to enjoy the various wildlife species you also spot a series of rolling hills, kazinga channel and the forests.
Queen Elizabeth national park is the only national park in Uganda where you get to see tree climbing lions which are found in the ishasha sector of the park, attractions in the park include mweya peninsular, Katwe crater lakes, maramagabo forest, kazinga channel and kyambura gorge. Queen Elizabeth national park is a home to many wildlife species which include buffalo, warthogs, leopards, giant forest hog, hippopotamus, leopard, Uganda kob, crocodiles, chimpanzee, lion and many more. Also many bird species are encountered in Queen Elizabeth national park and they include White-faced Whistling, Spur-winged Plovers, Squacco Heron, Fish Eagle, Pink and white backed Pelicans, Long tailed Cormorants, African Jacana, Yellow backed Weavers, open-billed Stork, Water-Thick knee, Pied kingfishers, Wattled Plovers, the Black Crake and the Knob-billed.
While in Queen Elizabeth national park you get to participate in many exciting safari activities which include boat cruise on kazinga channel, lion tracking, chimpanzee tracking, and bird watching and guided nature walks.
Budongo Central Forest Reserve
Budongo central forest reserve is a perfect destination to spend your Christmas for primate lovers particularly chimpanzees, budongo central forest reserve is a tropical forest situated on the fridges of Murchison falls national park covering an area of 825 square kilometers.
Budongo central forest reserve is a habitant to an estimated 600 chimpanzee individuals which reside in the beautiful vegetation cover filled with mahogany trees, though the forest reserve is a home to 600 chimpanzee individuals only 80 are trained and open for eco-tourism. Apart from chimpanzees the forest is also a home to many bird species which include Sabine’s Spine tail, Cassin’s Spine tail (rare), Pygmy Crakes, Kingfishers( Chocolate-backed, Blue-breasted, Dwarf), White-spotted Fluff tail, Ituri Batis, Puvell’s Illadopsis, Brown Twin spot, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, Crowned Eagle, Yellow-crested Woodpecker and many more.
When you visit budongo central forest reserve you get to participate in the amazing chimpanzee tracking, bird watching and guided forest walks which will make your Christmas holiday amazing.
Christmas holiday only gets better when you visit Uganda the pearl of Africa