Uganda - Awesome Holidays Safaris

UgandaPearl of Africa

Pearl of Africa

CAPITAL:Kampala
LANGUAGE:English, Swahili
POPULATION:42.86 million (2017)
AREA:241,038 sq kms
HIGHEST POINT:Ruwenzori Mountains - 5,109 m

Flag

More about Uganda

Parks & Reserves

Ugandan Safaris

About Uganda

From the moment you land at Entebbe's modern and efficient international airport, with its breathtaking equatorial location on the forested shore of island-strewn Lake Victoria, it is clear that Uganda is no ordinary safari destination. Dominated by an expansive golf course leading down to the lakeshore, and a century-old botanical garden alive with the chatter of acrobatic monkeys and colourful tropical birds, Entebbe itself is the least obviously urban of all comparably sized African towns. Then, just 40km distant, sprawled across seven hills, there is the capital Kampala. The bright modern feel of this bustling, cosmopolitan city reflects the ongoing economic growth and political stability that has characterised Uganda since 1986, and is complemented by the sloping spaciousness and runaway greenery of its garden setting.

Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Where else but in this impossibly lush country can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rain-forest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate tropical channels teeming with hippo and crocodiles before setting off into the misty mountains to stare deep into the eyes of a mountain gorilla? Certainly, Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as impressive as its selection of plains antelope. And this verdant biodiversity is further attested to by Uganda's status as by far the smallest of the four African countries whose bird checklist tops the 1,000 mark!


History of

Uganda has a long history, but few records of early settlement, although the country seems to have been inhabited very early. Bantu peoples were engaged in agriculture from 1000 BCE and working in iron can be traced back to about CE 1000.

In the fertile south and west, powerful social and political orders developed, including the Bunyoro, Buganda, Busoga, Ankole and Toro kingdoms. In the 17th and 18th centuries, they formed profitable links with the Sudanese slave trade (which dominated the regional economy) and formed alliances among themselves. By the 19th century, the Buganda Kingdom, which was allied to the powerful Shirazis of Zanzibar, gained the ascendancy. Buganda was ruled by Kabaka (traditional kings) whose power was circumscribed by a council of nobles. Bugandas standing army and well-developed agriculture allowed the kingdom to survive the decline of the slave trade.

Various Europeans appeared during the 19th century. English Protestant and French Catholic missionaries came at the request of Kabaka Mutesa I, and Baganda loyalties split into Franza, Inglesa and Muslim parties. In 1888 the Imperial British East Africa Company set up in Buganda with the Kabakas permission, and in 1894 Buganda was declared a British Protectorate. In 1896, protectorate control was extended to Bunyoro, Ankole and Toro, and the British extended Bugandas administrative system to these societies. Cotton- growing for export, by smallholders, began in 1904.

Although control of the country passed to the British Colonial Office in 1905, Uganda was never fully colonised, as non-Africans were not allowed to acquire freeholds. By 1913, with the completion of the Busoga Railway the cotton industry was well established, though it suffered from World War I and the Great Depression of 193233. In the 1920s, commercial production of coffee and sugar began. After World War II, high prices of coffee and cotton brought an economic boom.

The gradual transfer of power to the local people began in 1921, when a legislative and an executive council were set up. By 1955, half the membership of the legislative council were Africans, a party political system was developing and the executive council was developed into a ministerial system. In 1961 a general election returned Benedicto Kiwanukas Democratic Party. In 1962 Uganda became internally self-governing, with Kiwanuka as first Prime Minister. However, the general election of April 1962 returned Milton Obotes Uganda Peoples Congress (UPC).

Areas of Interest

Queen Elizabeth N. Park
Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park is truly a Medley of Wonders!
Murchison N. Park
Bwindi N. Park
Park on mountainous, densely forested terrain, best known for viewing rare mountain gorillas.
Mgahinga National Park
Chimapanzee Haven
Rwenzori Mountains
Kibale National Park
Lake Mburo N. Park
Semuliki National Park
Kidepo Valley N. park

Map

Parks & Game Reserves

You may also like...

Queen Elizabeth N. Park

    Gubergren amet dolor ea diam takimata consetetur facilisis blandit et aliquyam lorem ea duo labore diam sit et consetetur nulla

Murchison N. Park

    Gubergren amet dolor ea diam takimata consetetur facilisis blandit et aliquyam lorem ea duo labore diam sit et consetetur nulla

Bwindi N. Park

    Gubergren amet dolor ea diam takimata consetetur facilisis blandit et aliquyam lorem ea duo labore diam sit et consetetur nulla

Mgahinga National Park

    Gubergren amet dolor ea diam takimata consetetur facilisis blandit et aliquyam lorem ea duo labore diam sit et consetetur nulla

Rwenzori Mountains

    Gubergren amet dolor ea diam takimata consetetur facilisis blandit et aliquyam lorem ea duo labore diam sit et consetetur nulla

Kibale National Park

    Gubergren amet dolor ea diam takimata consetetur facilisis blandit et aliquyam lorem ea duo labore diam sit et consetetur nulla

Lake Mburo N. Park

    Gubergren amet dolor ea diam takimata consetetur facilisis blandit et aliquyam lorem ea duo labore diam sit et consetetur nulla

Semuliki National Park

    Gubergren amet dolor ea diam takimata consetetur facilisis blandit et aliquyam lorem ea duo labore diam sit et consetetur nulla

Kidepo Valley N. park

    Gubergren amet dolor ea diam takimata consetetur facilisis blandit et aliquyam lorem ea duo labore diam sit et consetetur nulla