* There are only about 650 individual gorillas left in the whole world. Half of
these endangered species live in Uganda. Gorilla trekking safaris are
organised in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Gorilla
trekking permit in Uganda costs 500 USD per person.. The cost includes
all the related fees.
* Only 24 tourists per day are allowed to track gorillas - 18 in Bwindi and 6 in
Mgahinga National park. Each tracking group is accompanied by a guide,
3 trackers and military personnel of 4.
* To expand gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda, work has began on
habituating another mountain gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable
National Park. Habituation involves gradually exposing gorillas to humans,
in order to get the highly territorial groups accustomed to human
presence. Once the gorilla groups become used to humans being
around, they are much Less likely to get frightened or aggressive during
* There are only 4 950 chimpanzees left in Uganda, conserved in the zoos,
sanctuaries and a few remaining rain forests. Chimpanzees and other
primates can be seen in Uganda more easily than anywhere else in the
world. They attract many tourists. Chimpanzees share 98% of the human
genes, making them our closest living relatives on earth. They give birth
every 4-5 years and look after their infants for 10-12 years, before they
are old enough to survive on their own.
* Nile, with Lake Victoria as it’s source, is the longest river in Africa.
Its 6 500km journey to The Mediterranean Sea begins beside Jinja town
in Uganda and holds the Owen Falls Dam the source of hydro electricity
* At the cultural core of modern-day Uganda lie the Bantu-speaking
kingdoms of Buganda, Bunyoro, Ankole and Toro, whose traditional
monarchs – reinstated in the 1990s after having been abolished by
president Milton Obote in 1967 – still serve as important cultural
figureheads. According to oral tradition, these centuries-old kingdoms
are offshoots of the medieval kingdoms of Batembuzi and Bacwezi, which
lay in the vicinity of present-day Mubende and Ntusi, where archaeological
evidence suggests, that a strongly centralised polity had emerged by the
11th century. Three former kings of Buganda are buried in an impressive
traditional thatched building at the Kasubi Tombs in Kampala.
* One of the popular local dishes is matooke, which consists of plantains,
cooked in a sauce of peanuts with fresh fish, meat or entrails. Matooke
goewith any relish; except that the most respectable way to cook it is to
tieup the peeled fingers into a bundle of banana leaves and steam it in
a cooking pan. When tender, the bundle is removed and squeezed into
a smooth, soft, golden mash and served hot.