Scenery & sight-seeing

Uganda is, geographically, a very diverse country with terrain including mountains, lakes, savanna, islands, forests, rocky outcrops and wetlands. All of its regions (northern, central, eastern and western) offer spectacular scenery, interesting geographical features and some fascinating sites. Some are listed below.

    

 

Albertine Rift Valley

The Albertine Rift is the western arm of the Rift Valley; its spine stretches from the Rwenzori Mountains down to the Virunga Volcanoes and these mountains, along with Lakes Albert and Edward, form Uganda’s borders with DR Congo and Rwanda and they separate the Congo and Nile river basins. The terrain, from the snow-capped mountains to the vast plains of the valley floor in Queen Elizabeth national park, provides amazing scenery and geological features such as crater lakes and hot springs.

 

 

 

Equator

Uganda’s western tourist circuit crosses the equator in two places. The first is just over an hour from the capital, Kampala, and is a busy stopover with craft shops, photo opportunities and the chance to see for yourself if water escapes down a plughole clockwise in the northern hemisphere and anticlockwise in the southern. The second crossing is in the vast plains of Queen Elizabeth national park and also provides the chance of a photo with one foot in each of the world’s hemispheres.

Sipi falls

Sipi Falls actually consists of three falls; the upper, middle and lower. Enjoy walks of varying lengths around the community and to the different falls. There is also an amazing viewing point overlooking the Karamoja plains and a coffee experience showing you the coffee gardens and getting you to join in processing, brewing and  tasting. Sipi is also a short distance from the amazing Mt Elgon national park which offers day activities and multi-day climbs to the summit.

 

 

 

Murchison Falls

 “At Murchison Falls, the Nile squeezes through an 8m wide gorge and plunges, with a thunderous roar, into the “Devil’s Cauldron”, creating a trademark rainbow. The Victoria Nile… 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. The mighty cascade drains the last of the river’s energy, transforming it into a broad, placid stream that flows quietly across the rift valley floor into Lake Albert. 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.

Source: Uganda Wildlife Authority

Explosion craters and crater lakes

Thousands of years ago, the amazing volcanic and geological forces that created the mountains and valleys of western Uganda – The Albertine Rift – created a huge number of craters, many of which are now lakes. The Kasenda Crater Field, between Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth national parks is a stunningly beautiful area and is a great places for nature walks and has some great lodges where you can relax and enjoy the views. There are also explosion craters within and near Queen Elizabeth NP which you can tour by vehicle or on foot. 

 

 

Lake Bunyonyi

Located in south western Uganda, near Kabale and towards the Rwanda border is the stunning Lake Bunyonyi (and other nearby lakes). The scenery here is dotted with small lakes and islands set against the backdrop of the lush, green countryside; it is beautiful, especially viewed from the hillsides. This is a great place to relax and unwind, take a nature walk, enjoy bird watching or explore the lakes on a gentle canoe ride. It really is breathtaking.