Kampala OPEN | 25 - 29 September 2013
Currency: Uganda Shillings
Time zone: UTC/GMT + 3 hours
Average weather conditions in September:
6 hours a day
Coldest September temperature
14°C / 57°F
Coldest daily temperature
18°C / 64°F
Warmest daily temperature
25°C / 77°F
Warmest September temperature
30°C / 86°F
Rain in September
Wet days for September
Local tourist attractions & activities:
The House of Talent team will be more than willing to help with bookings for the below activities with the possibility of discounts on the standard rates depending on the number of people signed up.
For more information please contact Joyce Ochwo: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on the below activities please visit http://www.ugandawildlife.org/
Kibale National Park: Located in western Uganda, 35 km South of Fort Portal and adjoins with Queen Elizabeth National Park. Covers an area of over 760 sq km
Activities: contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of tropical forest in Uganda for nature walks and breathtaking scenery.
The park is home to a total of 70 mammal species, most famously 13 species of primate including the chimpanzee.
Kidepo Valley National Park: Located in the rugged, semi arid valleys between Uganda’s borders with Sudan and Kenya, Kipedo Valley National Park covers an area of 1,344 sq km.
Due to its remote location, some 700km from Kampala, this park is less visited, but it has the most spectacular scenery of mountains and vast savannah landscapes.
Given national park status in 1962, it has a profusion of big game and hosts over 77 mammal species as well as around 475 bird species.
Lake Mburo National Park: covers an area of 260 sq km and is located 420km south west of Kampala. It is one of the more popular parks, due to its relatively close location to Kampala and is located conveniently close to the highway that connects Kampala to the parks of western Uganda. It is the smallest of Uganda’s savannah national parks and underlain by ancient Precambrian metamorphic rocks which date back more than 500 million years. It is home to 350 bird species as well as zebra, impala, eland, buffalo, oribi, Defassa waterbuck, leopard, hippo, hyena, topi and reedbuck. There are 13 other lakes in the area, including Lake Mburo which forms part of a 50km-long wetland system linked by a swamp. Five of these lakes are within its borders.
Mgahinga National Park: Uganda's smallest park, covering an area of just 34 sq km, located on the south western tip of the country on the border with Congo (Zaire) and Rwanda, 510km from Kampala. It sits high in the clouds, at an altitude of between 2,227m and 4,127m. As its name suggests, it was created to protect the rare mountain gorillas that inhabit its dense forests, and it is also an important habitat for the endangered golden monkey.
One of its main features are its three conical, extinct volcanoes, part of the spectacular Virunga Range that lies along the border region of Uganda, Congo and Rwanda.
Mt Rwenzori National Park: Lying along the western border of Uganda and covering an area of over 995 sq km, named "Mountains of the Moon" for its mist-shrouded, snow-capped peaks. The peaks include the third highest point in Africa, while the lower slopes are blanketed in moorland, bamboo and rich, moist forest.
The national park hosts 70 mammals and 217 bird species, as well as some of the world’s rarest vegetation. They are a world-class hiking and mountaineering destination. A nine- to twelve-day trek will get skilled climbers to the summit of Margherita – the highest peak – though shorter, non-technical treks are possible to scale the surrounding peaks.
Mt Elgon National Park: Lying 256 km north east of Kampala, bordering with Kenya in eastern Uganda, Mt. Elgon covers an area of 1155 sq. km.
At 4,000km², Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna home to over 300 species of birds, including the endangered Lammergeyer.
Small antelopes, forest monkeys, elephants and buffalos also live on the mountainside. The higher slopes are protected by national parks in Uganda and Kenya, creating an extensive trans-boundary conservation area which has been declared a UNESCO Man & Biosphere Reserve.
Murchison Falls National Park: The largest park in Uganda covering on area of over 3,840 sq km, Murchinson Falls Park is also one of the most famous for its scenic beauty, magnificent falls and high concentration of game. It is situated approximately 350 km north west of Kampala. First gazetted as a game reserve in 1926, it is Uganda's largest and oldest conservation area, hosting 76 species of mammals and 451 birds.
The park is bisected by the Victoria Nile, which plunges 45m over the remnant rift valley wall, creating the dramatic Murchison Falls, the centerpiece of the park and the final event in an 80km stretch of rapids. This stretch of river provides one of Uganda's most remarkable wildlife spectacles. Regular visitors to the riverbanks include elephants, giraffes and buffaloes; while hippos, Nile crocodiles and aquatic birds are permanent residents.
Queen Elizabeth National Park: The Park covers an area of almost 2,000 sq km and lies between the Rwenzori Mountains to the east and Lake Edward to the west, approx 470km from Kampala.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is understandably Uganda’s most popular tourist destination. The park’s diverse ecosystems, which include sprawling savanna, shady, humid forests, sparkling lakes and fertile wetlands, make it the ideal habitat for classic big game, ten primate species including chimpanzees and over 600 species of birds.
Set against the backdrop of the jagged Rwenzori Mountains, the park’s magnificent vistas include dozens of enormous craters carved dramatically into rolling green hills, panoramic views of the Kazinga Channel with its banks lined with hippos, buffalo and elephants, and the endless Ishasha plains, whose fig trees hide lions ready to pounce on herds of unsuspecting Uganda kob.
Semuliki National Park: sprawls across the floor of the Semliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin. The park is dominated by the easternmost extension of the great Ituri Forest of the Congo Basin.
Thatched huts are shaded by West African oil palms; the Semliki River (which forms the international boundary) is a miniature version of the Congo River, the forest is home to numerous Central African wildlife species, and the local population includes a Batwa pygmy community that originated from the Ituri. As a result, this park provides a taste of Central Africa without having to leave Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest.
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