Without the doubt Gorilla tracking is the main highlights of a trip to Uganda. Tracking the mountain Gorillas in southern western rainforest is a very exciting and memorable life time experience of a tourist. There are about 700 surviving mountain Gorillas in the world and half of this population is found in Bwindi impenetrable forest and Mgahinga Gorilla Park. Worldwide Gorillas have been declared world’s endangered species and it’s in Uganda that they enjoy a safe haven hence increased conservation efforts to safeguard their existence.
There are 9 groups of families of mountain Gorillas that have been habituated and only 8 tourists booked per group per day are allowed to track Gorillas and all those from the age of 15 years and above. They must be in good health.
This is a challenging exercise. There is a lot to see, to study the environment around these primates and one wonders how close these animals are close to man! Chimpanzees are known to live about 50years. They live in organized families; each family has a dominant alpha male to provide protection and direction. The young ones and the rest in the family have to adhere to strict rules else they are disciplined by the big boss or the dominant alpha male.
Uganda is blessed with a variety of animals in the various national parks ie; Elephants, lions, crocodiles, buffaloes and Hippos to mention just a few. Our guides will be at hand to assist in locating the animals at the nearest point.
Uganda is a bird watching destination reputed to have the biggest number of bird spices which estimated at 1066.most of the national parks are believed to have about 606 spices, Rwenzori mountain areas, Kibale forest and Lake Victoria areas.
Sport fishing in Uganda is not a new sport. It is a popular sport among tourists. There has been a lot of sport fishing competitions every year in Murchison falls area, most of the competitors come from countries as far as Canada, USA,UK , Sweden, Greece, South Africa ,Uganda, Kenya to mention but a few.
To experience peace with nature, network trails have been developed for nature walks in most of conservation areas.
Uganda offers a rewarding experience for mountain climbers on the Rwenzori‘s mist covered terrain, Rwenzori stands at about 5100m above sea level and offers the best trekking experience in East Africa if not the whole of Africa.
WHITE WATER RAFTING;
This is popular on the Nile in Jinja.
Uganda is a multi cultural society. One of the ways a tourist is exposed to our culture is through music and drama. Visits to cultural sites of kingdom of Buganda, Bunyoro,Toro and Busonga, Uganda museum and finally the newly setup at Ndere centre –Ndere troupe.
Uganda is the country in Africa that has saints.
In Uganda, 3rd June of every year is martyrs’ day which is celebrated in remembrance of 25 young boys both Anglican and Catholic who were killed and barbecued for rejecting to renounce their faith in Jesus Christ or Christianity. The execution took place at Namugongo on 3rd June 1886 orders of King Mwanga. The Kabaka (king) thought the Whites were poisoning his subjects with Christianity to cause rebellion against him. As a result he killed most of his savants at Namugongo. Pilgrims come from all over the world to honor these Martyr’s. It is a public holiday dedicated for the commemoration of the Christian martyrs and its historical and religious importance to the country.
There are 24 Catholic Uganda Martyrs. The 22 martyrs were killed between 1885 and 1887 by Kabaka (King) Mwanga of Buganda in the South of Uganda; 13 of the martyrs were burnt to death at Namugongo. The twenty-two martyrs were beatified by Pope Benedict XV on 6th June 1920 and canonized by Pope Paul VI on 18th October 1964. The other 2 martyrs were speared to death in Paimol, Gulu in the North of Uganda in October 1918. They were beatified by Pope John Paul II on 20th October 2002.
There are also Anglican martyrs that were killed by King Mwanga between 1885 and 1887 together with the Catholic martyrs. While paying tribute to the 22 Catholic martyrs Pope Paul IV also paid tribute to the Anglican martyrs in his homily at the canonization. “And we do not wish to forget”, he said,”the others who, belonging to the Anglican confession, met death for the name of Christ.”
There was great persecution of Christians in this country between 1885-1889 and by the end of it over 45 Christians had been killed and these executions were carried out in different places.
Originally Namuogongo was execution site for criminals most especially those belonging to the royal family and people of high status e.g Chiefs. The site was instituted by king Kyabaggu who reigned in Buganda around 1760. This implies that from that time up to 1886, thousands of people had been executed at Namugongo. The last execution to be carried out at Namugongo was that which took place on 3rd June 1886The government of Uganda honored 3rd June and declared it a public holiday dedicated for the commemoration of the Christian Martyr’s. Atlas African Safaris can arrange on request to take tourists who would like to visit this site.