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Common Means Of Transport Used In Uganda

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Moving in Uganda is so fast and quick, there are many means of transport with which you can reach out to all parts of the country. The country is bordered by Kenya in the east, South Sudan in the north, Tanzania in the south, Rwanda and DRC in the west. Even though the country is landlocked, connecting to and from Uganda to nearby countries or also far more countries are so quickly made by many means of transport available.

Air transport, flying to and from Uganda is so easy and Entebbe is the international airport of Uganda located 40 kilometers from Kampala which is the capital city. There are flights like Rwanda air, Kenya airways, Ethiopia airways; KLM, British Airways, Egypt Air, Tanzania air, Sabena and many more flights to and from Entebbe. This has made it so simple for travelers from all over the world to reach Uganda the pearl of Africa and get to enjoy all it has to offer.

Currently, Entebbe airport is under expansion and renovation, which has improved its capacity to an international standard. more to that, there are domestic flights from the airport connecting to many sites within Uganda, these include a flight from Entebbe to Kisoro and Kihihi airstrips in Bwindi forest, Mweya airstrip and Kasese airstrip in Queen Elizabeth national park, Pakuba airstrip and Chobe airstrip in Murchison falls as well as Apoka airstrip in Kidepo valley National Park.

Road Transport; is the most used means of transport in Uganda. Public roads that connect to different destinations have been constructed and rehabilitated making transport to all parts of the country so easy. More so road transport crosses borders to nearby countries like Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. Road transport involves the use of; Public buses that are meant to be used for long travels like the whole day. The links to the remote areas like national parks, the game reserves and other places located far from the city. These busses carry a big population of people like 70 and always drive at a terrible speed due to the long distances to be covered.

The taxis; are meant to carry only 14 passengers transferring from the city to the nearby villages. These matatus always take people from one site to another and they always set off when they are full, drop and pick more people on the way. These Matatus carry a specific number of people in the city but normally exceed the carrying capacity when they reach the areas outside the city.

Special hire cars; these are hired by Car Rental companies in Uganda or even individuals meant to take the travelers to a specific location. Once the individual hires a car, the driver is not allowed to add other people except that very person or a specific group of people. A vehicle can be hired alone or with a driver depending on what the traveler wants.

The Boda Bodas; these are used in towns and cities riding travelers for a short distance in the city. When you board a Bodaboda, there are no stopovers till you reach your final destination which makes it the quickest means of transport for many people with limited time. Though, Boda Bodas are expensive as compared to the taxis.

The water transport; is used in Uganda and here the people cross over from point to another on the water by the use of a boat, ferry, and canoes. This means of transport is mostly used by people surrounded by water bodies and those tourists interested in touring the islands at the lake and other water bodies.

Railway transport; is used in connecting people and goods to Kisume in Kenya and Mombasa in Tanzania. You can also get a local railway train that operates from Kampala to Mukono daily from morning to evening.

Walking by foot; this is common in Uganda and the people foot much in the city centers and villages. Most people are seen walking along the main straights and some are carrying baggage. Serious walking is done in the morning and evening hours as people report to work and then go back home. The footing is very free in all cities but the travelers are reminded to keep in their lane for pedestrians and also to be careful when crossing the road.

Inside the Ngorongoro Crater: A Separate World from the World

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Ngorongoro Crater

Over the past few years, Ngorongoro crater has become the most visited destination in Tanzania. I like to take a look back and see which attributes make it favourite safari destination.

It’s one of the seven natural wonders of the world and it should be a must during your safari in Africa. This magnificent landscape attracts visitors from all over the globe. With its spectacular unique landscape, rich wildlife species, history of mankind and the Maasai community living in the vicinity which is hard to imagine that such a vast wildlife sanctuary exists so close to human settlements.

Ngorongoro Crater

The scenery in the Ngorongoro Crater is like no other I’ve ever seen is incredible you cannot find anything similar in the world. There is an entire ecosystem within this crater (actually a caldera, since it is the result of an implosion rather than volcanic explosion) freshwater streams that run into the natural saltwater lake, forest on the perimeter of the caldera and vast plains all the way across. From the air you can make out that this is a crater, from land it is so large, it is hard to imagine.

The crater rim is beautifully lush and green and has a surprising variety of animals. Going down into the crater you drive down the 600 meters high crater wall that surrounds the crater. The drive in and out of the crater is stunning (different roads for each) and arriving down in the “bowl” it feels like you’ve descended into another world it is so compact, so different scenery within the crater and with so many animals. The base of the crater is warm but considerably cooler at the higher elevation of the rim.

The Ngorongoro Crater

The base of the crater is teeming with wildlife (you can see lions elephants, hippos, buffalo and many other species). It is also a habitat for the black rhino. Hard to believe these animals roam free because they are somewhat protected, they just stay at the base of the Ngorongoro crater. The structure of the crater means that many animals are virtually trapped within the crater because the rim is so steep. This means that the ecosystem is unique with a richness of wildlife.  There isn’t another place in the world where there are more wild animals per square miles as in this crater. It is arguably your best opportunity to see the Big Five in one Day.

Of course, due to the area being enclosed by the crater rims, you will see many other visitors and won’t have the feeling of being alone in this area like it might be at the wide plains of Serengeti. But it nevertheless offers an amazing amount of wildlife and nature: jungle, lakes, a forest, steppe etc.

Ngorongoro Crater is one of those must-see destinations in Africa for its scenic beauty, the wonderful lodges and the concentrations of wildlife. All travellers in the world agree that every journey is filled with countless experiences and Ngorongoro is truly breathtaking! Sometimes we lack words to describe the feeling after seeing something phenomenal as there are no set words to describe their beauties, neither description nor pictures can do this place any justice.

Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking: An Adventure With A Life Lesson

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Mount Kilimanjaro Mountain

Wondering why you should climb Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro Mountains? There are a few reasons for this:

1. Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa 5,895 meters above sea level.

2. Because of its proximity to the Equator, it doesn’t have a huge snowcap. In fact, the trail(s) to the top are hiking trails. This means you don’t need to learn technical ice climbing to scale Kilimanjaro. This is probably the single biggest reason for its popularity. As a compared to Mount Blanc in Europe is much shorter than Kilimanjaro, but permanently covered in snow, and climbing requires you to be an expert in technical alpine ice climbing.

3. There are a lot of tourist guides, porters, hotels etc. in the areas that make the logistics of the hike very simple.

4. You can pool it with an African safari in the Serengeti, which makes traveling to Tanzania for the hike more attractive.

The Best Time To Climb Mount Kilimanjaro;

The mountain can be climbed all year round, however, there are a couple of rainy seasons April-May and November-mid-December these are best avoided. The best time of the year recommended to trek is January-March and July-October. These are favourite’s months for two main reasons. Firstly, the weather is usually good and the sky is often clear during these months. Because they both fall just before the rainy seasons, they tend to be quieter than other months.

Note that early in June and late December, though they fall outside of the rainy seasons, but are not such good times to be on Kilimanjaro as the clouds tend to linger after the rainy season, even if the rains have stopped, the view is restricted. Secondly, Full Moon and New Moon treks, the final push from Kibo to the summit a walk that is traditionally done at night is best done under the light of a full moon. Visibility is that much greater, of course, due to the brightness of the light reflected by the full moon.

Mount Kilimanjaro Routes

As the popularity of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro continues to increase, potential climbers are uncertain as to which route to take. There are seven major routes used to climb Kilimanjaro. Each route has its own advantages and disadvantages. When selecting the route, make sure it is the appropriate route for your desires, physical ability, aptitude and comfort level.

Things To Consider When Choosing The Route;

To choose the best Kilimanjaro route for you, there are plenty of variables to be mindful of.

WHO: Who is climbing? The whole group’s abilities must be factored into choosing a route. Are there novices in your group? Are there people who have never been to high altitudes? Pick a route that best fits everyone.

WHAT: What limitations surround your climb? Are you bound by a budget? Or the number of days on your trip? There are cheaper and more expensive routes and shorter and longer itineraries. Get an idea of how much money and how many days people are willing to spend on the mountain.

HOW: How do you see your trek? Do you want the most challenging route or a less strenuous one? Kilimanjaro can bring out a lot of discomfort and suffering. Some people don’t want to be pushed too hard. These answers will affect which route is for you.

WHERE: Where do you want to begin your climb? The routes start from all sides of the mountain. Where you begin affects cost, scenery and scenic variety. For instance, the western routes are more scenic because they cover more of the mountain.

WHY: Why are you climbing? Is it very important to the summit? Then choose a route with a high success rate. Do you want to take the best photos? Then pick a scenic route. Do you just want to be there? Then choose a quick, inexpensive route.

WHEN: When are you climbing? If you are climbing during dry season great. But if you are climbing during the rainy season or the shoulder seasons, then the route you select can play into the climb’s difficulty. Climbs around holidays and full moons are especially crowded.

Is climbing Mount Kilimanjaro dangerous?

In today’s age, it’s rare for the average person to be to be in real danger by being in the outdoors. Kilimanjaro is a real threat, from the terrain to the altitude sickness, a threat that is unpredictable. When you are sitting at your desk reading this that doesn’t seem scary, just a statistic, but when you are on the mountain it is a real threat. Your hometown mountain probably doesn’t require you to walk three to five days at a very slow pace just to reach the summit, or constantly monitor yourself and your group for symptoms of altitude sickness.

You probably don’t have to get up to use the bathroom three times a night because your body is having difficulty adjusting to the altitude.  Mental and emotional breakdowns are common, people just give up before reaching the summit and have to be escorted back down. The mental side of the battle is just as important as the physical, and according to many previous climbers, even more so.But for all the difficulty, expenses, and danger, most climbers wouldn’t trade their experiences climbing Kilimanjaro for the world. The life lessons that are taken away from a Kilimanjaro climb are as varied as the people who have climbed it. Simply put, it truly is the climb of a lifetime.

Uganda’s Fresh Kid Hits Fame at Only 8 Years

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Fresh Kid

Ugandan rapper Fresh Kid has racked up hundreds of thousands of hits on YouTube, won a U.S. music award and emerged victorious from a tussle with the government – all before his eighth birthday.

The rapper, real name Patrick Ssenyonjo, has become a household name in Uganda, a country mired in poverty and corruption, for singing about his parents’ struggles to provide for him and his four siblings.

“Don’t send me back to the village where there’s no help, I remember a time when money was scarce, Getting fees and food was so difficult, he sings in his hit single “Bambi”, which means “Please” in the Luganda language and has had more than 200,000 YouTube views.

Fresh Kid discovered his talent while growing up in Luweero, a coffee-growing area 60 km (37 miles) north of the capital Kampala.

« He could listen to a song on radio and immediately memorize it and start singing it, » said his father, Paul Mutabaazi, 40, an illiterate manicurist.

One day a singer he idolized held a show near their home. Fresh Kid asked to perform as a warm-up act, earning 500,000 shillings ($136) for his efforts – a month’s salary for a teacher in Uganda.

Mutabaazi approached a talent spotter who started booking performances and producing his songs.

Ironically, the boy’s career really took off when Uganda’s minister for children’s affairs sought to bar him last year from singing under laws prohibiting child labour.

The spat generated national headlines, with Ugandans criticising the minister for blocking the rapper’s rise.

Fresh Kid then wrote “Bambi”, his plea to be allowed to sing. It became ubiquitous on the radio and in bars, and won the Best International Video from the U.S.-based Carolina Music Video Awards.

“Children should work hard. If you have a talent, use it” Fresh Kid told Reuters.

Eventually his parents, his manager and the government struck a deal.

Fresh Kid now lives in Kampala with his family in an apartment he bought and he attends an elite school on a full bursary. His father has opened a beauty salon in Kampala.

Outside Bad Man Records studio on Kampala’s outskirts, the young rapper is just another kid playing with his friends, albeit with an NBA-branded silver chain dangling over his purple track suit.

Inside the studio, he is all focus. He can record a song in under an hour with barely any rehearsing, his producers say.

“He has a very strong memory”, said Aggrey Akena, one of his producers. « His vocals are very amazing.

African Artists Produce Song “War Against Covid-19”

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As the number of confirmed Coronavirus COVID -19 cases in Africa increase daily, African artists have released a song to promote sensitization against this brutal disease.

This song has been made by some International students, of Liaocheng University, Shandong China who have also created a catchy music video “War against Covid-19” .

The musical video has attracted attention in the fight against the Coronavirus pandemic that has hit Africa and the rest of the world.

The song on the musical video was produced by a Ghanaian singer Dj Titanium with contributions from #Jores – Gabonese rapper, Abdullahi Jega-Nigerian rapper.

East Africa or Southern: Where to Go on First Safari Experience?

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East Africa Wildebeest Migration

East Africa

We pretty much covered East African Safari destinations in a previous blog which you can access here, however, before we head to Southern Africa, we should draw your attention to Rwanda and/or Uganda, especially if gorilla trekking is of interest to you! For many this is the ultimate wildlife experience and adventure.

These gentle giants can be found in the area known as the Virunga Mountains and Bwindi National Park.

The Virunga Mountains is composed of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and the Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The mountain gorillas can be reached after a trek of three to eight hours up and through the rain forest, which you should not attempt unless you are in good health and able to sustain a slow mountain climbing pace. However it is totally worth it! Trackers will let your ranger know where to find them prior to your trek up the mountain, and then lead you to them. Seeing these incredible animals up close is nothing short of magical!

Southern Africa

Southern Africa, the southernmost region of the African continent, comprises of amongst others; Botswana, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Each magnificent in it’s own right and quite different. We will start with Zambia safaris and work our way down from there.

Zambia has awe-inspiring natural wonders, including the Victoria Falls, an abundance of wildlife, huge water bodies and vast open spaces, offering unforgettable holidays! Zambia is home to 17 other glorious waterfalls and 5 massive lakes making it a very popular fly fishing venue.

Whether you want an action packed, adventure filled vacation or honeymoon with activities such as kayaking, white water rafting, elephant back trails, bird watching or participate in the legendary walking safari, or enjoy a river cruise with your favorite beverage at sunset while watching the game at the edge of the river, is up to you.

Of course we encourage you to participate in it all! Besides hippos and crocodiles, there are vast herds of wild game that come to quench their thirst on the great Zambezi river and there is no shortage of activities to choose from. Explore deserted islands, visit the awesome beauty of the Victoria Falls, watch wildlife while kayaking, or enjoy a romantic private dinner on a sampan floating in the middle of the Zambezi.

Next we explore Zimbabwe. If you are into painting and conservation, you will find both here. The Wild Horizons Elephant Sanctuary and Art of Africa have teamed up to create an eco conscious and unique elephant experience, brought to life by the artistic strokes of your fingertips, while surrounded by the African bush. You will learn about these beautiful and gentle giants and how they came to be adopted by this organization, have lunch and have the opportunity to paint them.

Both Zambia and Zimbabwe safaris can include one of the world’s most intriguing destinations; the Victoria Falls. This means that whichever country you choose for your safari destination, you will be able to include the Victoria falls in your itinerary. Zimbabwe offers a large variety of scenery, one of the African continent’s finest, the largest concentrations of wildlife and a perfect climate with an average of 7 hours of sunshine daily throughout the year. As the country with the most UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Southern Africa, Zimbabwe’s hundreds of San rock paintings and ancient ruins from the Iron Age satisfies the most avid history buffs. You can enjoy the finest views atop the infamous Knife-edge Bridge or walk through the Rain Forest that grows within the billowing spray. With so much to offer, Zimbabwe safaris are a popular choice with visitors to Africa.

Botswana is a safari paradise with several safari options that highlight the unique destinations in “Old Africa’s Last Refuge.” These can include dry game drives, canoeing wet safaris, exciting walking safaris and more, a never-never land where the beasts roam free as they have done for millennia. With a small human population, including some of the last remaining Bushmen, Botswana is truly a ‘wild’ safari destination. Your Botswana safari starts off with much excitement as your bush pilot maneuvers the light aircraft over the vast Botswana wilderness at an altitude that allows for aerial game viewing. There is so much to experience and we actually recommend that guests spend two nights at each of three distinctly different Botswana camps, that are unique in design and personality, and offers a variety of activities. “Water” camps specialize in wildlife activities aboard boats and mekoros (canoes). The fauna focus is birdlife, hippo, crocodiles and other wetland species and the walking safaris are so exciting and wildly popular. The “land” camps are geared to the pursuit of the big 5. Open 4×4 vehicles allow you to get so close to the wildlife that you can leave your zoom lenses behind! Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned safari aficionado, Botswana’s spectacular wildlife legacy never fails to set the heart pumping and the cameras clicking on the Great Wing Safari Botswana.

Namibia is a land of enduring tribes, timeless tradition, wild and ghostly coastlines littered with shipwrecks, fantastic geography and abundant wildlife. Namibia boasts one of the greatest wildlife populations in the world including some truly unique and many rare species. A few whose lineage goes back long before the first ancestors of mankind evolved. In the Etosha National Park, huge herds of springbok, gemsbok, zebra, and blue wildebeest, as well as smaller numbers of red hartebeest, lion, cheetah and the elusive leopard, gather at waterholes and are spotted easily against the stark white background of immense salt pans. On a Namibia safari, you can travel from the endless, rippling sands and towering dunes of Sossusvlei to the dolphin-filled waters at Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, through the stark plains of Damaraland and onto the Etosha Pan.  Etosha, meaning ‘Great White Place’, is made of a large mineral pan, where abundant wildlife has adapted to this wild and arid landscape. This is a truly unique African experience and not to be missed.

South Africa has so many wildlife reserves both private and government owned, that it can make your head spin to choose the one best suited to your needs! Luxury lodges, tented camps, both luxury, (if you love glamping) and basic, in South Africa. I believe that the best safaris are in an area called Mpumalanga, which includes the Kruger National Park; South Africa’s finest wildlife refuge. This park is one of the premier game viewing areas in all of Africa, for safari adventures & tours, where you are introduced to one of the world’s most treasured nature preserves. Be prepared for heart-stopping adventures, as the Park is home to all the Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and hippo. Enjoy the magnificent scenery on morning and afternoon game drives in open safari vehicles, expertly maneuvered by professional game rangers. You could also go on a night drive, walking safari or just relax in the camp overlooking the wilderness.

Safaris are a once-in-a-lifetime experience and an adventure that everyone should have! Whatever your preference, whether staying on the coast or in the bush, spotting lion or wildebeest, enjoying the world renown South African wine country, or exploring new cultures; you will find it all in South Africa.

Source: This article “East Africa or Southern Africa” first on the Jewish Journal

5 Must Climb Mountains in Africa

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Kilimanjaro Mountain Trekking

Africa is many things to many people. Tourists flock to its protected areas and game reserve, where safari lovers can gaze at big 5 (elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo and rhino) in their natural environments, the pyramids of Egypt, sand dunes of the great Sahara desert. The tropical islands of Zanzibar, Mauritius, Seychelles and Madagascar, home to whale sharks and colorful coral reefs. Africa’s magnificent rooftops offer wonderful views and a wide range of trekking experiences that appeal to all kinds of climbers, from hardcore mountaineers to weekend warriors and families.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania is the tallest peak in the continent 5,895 meters above sea level and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. Because of its proximity to the Equator, it doesn’t have a huge snowcap. In fact, the trail(s) to the top are all hiking trails. This means you don’t need to learn technical ice climbing to scale Kilimanjaro. The mountain can be climbed all year round, however, the best time of the year recommended to trek is January-March and July-October. There are seven major routes used to climb Kilimanjaro.

Kilimanjaro Mountain

Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is one of most rewarding experience and definitely worth doing for anyone who loves hiking or the outdoors. The life lessons that are taken away from a Kilimanjaro climb are as varied as the people who have climbed it. Simply put, it truly is the climb of a lifetime

Mount Kenya

Mount Kenya trekking is one of an awesome experience I can really recommend to any outdoor out there. Within the proximity of equator, you can traverse different vegetation zones and reach the glaciated mountain peaks standing at 5,199 meters above sea level it’s the second tallest peak in Africa after Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya has such an incredible mix of snow, craggy peaks, huge volcano canyons, craters and mountain streams.

Mount Kenya

The walk in the mountains is wonderful with breathtaking views. You go through a fascinating world of forests, wildlife, and unique montane vegetation before you sight one of the world’s rarest sights, equatorial snow

Mount Meru

Mount Meru (4,566 meters) Tanzania’s second-highest mountain. An active volcano, Mt. Meru in Arusha National Park is a popular climbing destination for visitors to Tanzania and a good introductory mountain for those wishing to climb Kilimanjaro.

Mount Meru

Often the climb to Mount Meru summit is quite tough, but there are good cabins along the way which are warm and well kept. It is much cheaper than Kilimanjaro and the view at sunrise of Meru is stunning. Walking through Meru trails puts things into perspective, especially the size of both the park and the animals. You will get closer to some of the wildlife and see more of the beautiful landscape.

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon, an extinct shield volcano on the border of Uganda and Kenya. Mount Elgon is the 4th highest mountain in Eastern Africa, reaching 4321 meters.

Mount Elgon

Mount Elgon is gifted with stunning rocks formation, waterfalls, hot springs, caves, over 300 bird species, bamboo forests, flower vegetation, monkeys, rare plant and tree species, also it has the world largest mountain caldera.  The mountain is also famous for its unique four explorable deep caves, which are favourite places for elephants gathering nicknamed the “underground elephants”. It’s a must visit for nature lovers

Atlas Mountains

A trip to the Atlas Mountains is one of the highlights of Morocco. The Atlas Mountains offer superb trekking and a wonderful break from the madness, heat and noise of Marrakech. The view from the waterfall at the top makes it worthwhile; just make sure you wear suitable footwear.

Atlas Mountains

The Atlas Mountains offer a typically warm, dry and sunny climate that makes them a perfect year-round destination. The Atlas Mountains contains Mount Toubkal, at 4,165 meters make it North Africa’s highest peak.

Meet the Chimpanzees in the Wild of Africa

Chimpanzees are among the great apes that live in the tropical rain forests of Africa like Sudan, Tanzania Senegal and Angola in the West. Today, there are several primate safari experiences that are offered by tour operators to enable you come upclose with these great apes in their natural home.

It should be noted that Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has the largest population, although chimpanzees have become extinct in some areas due to political instabilities, poaching, and diseases among others. Here are some interesting facts about chimpanzees, one of the only three great apes of Africa;

African chimpanzees grow to reach heights of 3 to 5 feet, and weigh up to 120 to 200 pounds. They are predominantly black, sometimes with gray color on their back after 20 years of age.

Chimpanzees are the most social of all the apes and live in communities or troops of between 15 and 120 individuals. Like fathers in homes, Chimpanzee troops are also headed by male chimps and elder chimps.

Their communities are often split into a number of subgroups with a male as the leader of the group.

Male chimps leave the community where they were born – they can form their own groups or join new troops.

Female chimps often migrate to a new community during an adolescent estrus period. In the process, they try to look for male chimps for mating and finally bare offspring.

Chimpanzees move mostly on the ground by knuckle walking.

Chimpanzees groom each other daily, and this activity has an important social function of calming and comforting individuals and solidifying their bonds with each other.

Mothers often move alone with their offspring.

Chimpanzees construct nests at night in which to sleep.

Chimpanzee males in the wild cooperatively hunt for meat.

Their diet is mainly fruits with regular amounts of insects, as well as birds and small mammals.

Chimpanzees are capable of using tools to gain access to food, such as fishing for termites with sticks fashioned for the job and cracking open nuts with anvil-like rocks. They use tools like sticks, stones and so on.

Females in estrus have a prominent swelling of the pink perineal skin that lastis two to three weeks and occurs every four to six weeks.

Females give birth every four to five years and their gestation period is eight to nine months.

Chimpanzees have a long mother-infant dependency period. Infants will nurse on their mothers for five years and stay with their mothers several more years learning to care for younger siblings.

The life span for chimpanzees is 40 to 50 years in the wild and over 50 to 60 years in captivity.

Best Places to Go on a Safari in Africa

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Ngorongoro Crater

Where we can spend our vacation? A big question must come in to your mind, when you get the vacation. So I have a very nice solution on this question; that is Africa vacations. It is a very beautiful and great continent; its largeness and the diverse and exotic animals and many delightful landscapes to enjoy. According to the Africa Travel Blog, there are a number of charming vacation spots, where you will defiantly enjoy your vacations. So concentrate because now you are going to verbal visit to all the best Africa vacations places.

Malawi

First we are going to give visit to Malawi; it is the most fun and enjoyable place, where tourist gives visit. In Malawi, you will visit the national parks; here you can see the various types of animals. When you will be in the area of Nyika, must visit Lake Malawi.

Namibia

Now we are visiting the Namibia, here you can find the Etosha Park and Game Reserve. This is very elegant park; you will see the real wildlife and nature at its best because in Namibia, there is little influence of human. The South Africa and Botswana are the neighboring area of Namibia, that’s why you can’t fail to find yourself in deserts on one day and jungles the next day.

Kenya

Now be ready to experience the wildlife adventure, because at this point we are at Kenya. Which is identification is wildlife. Here you will get the chance to see watching the animals, game viewing, in their natural habitats live. If you will do camp there, you won’t forget the sleep of under the delightful African sky in you lifetime.

Tanzania

Tanzania the complete safari tour where you get to see great game parks and get a chance to being closer to nature’s wild animals like the, buffaloes, lions, elephants etc. there is one more thing that you must do that go on the ride of Great Rift Valley and see more and more Africa’s amazing creatures. You can also do camping over there.

Serengeti is next destination of Africa vacations; it is another famous location of tourists. Here you can see the lions and leopards that are the world’s top predators. This national park also includes another wild creature such as elephants and rhinoceros, giving you a full experience of an African safari.

Botswana

Chobe national park is situated in Botswana. We will get the taste of the wild tablelands and fertile grasslands. In Botswana, you can also see the great Kalahari Desert. If you have craze of wild creatures then Botswana safari is best for you.

Now the most attractive spot of Africa vacations, this is land of pyramids. Don’t do hurry in Egypt; feel the historical flavor of pyramids and Egypt, Valley of the Kings, Egyptian museums and Giza pyramids. Don’t forget to give visit to religious Luxor and Karnak temples. You will be overwhelmed when you will experience the tremendous historic land and villages of Egypt’s. Travel with the Nile River through the way of the traditional Felucca and sightsee the majestic pyramids.

Sainte Marie, the famous island which is popular for being pirate’s haven, it is situated in Madagascar. It is a very famous tourist spot, because tourists come from each corner of the world.

These are the best vacation spots of Africa, so let’s start to pack the bags and all the way to Africa.

Why Uganda is called the Pearl of Africa

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Lake Bunyonyi

Wondering why Uganda is the Pearl of Africa? Here is a piece of information on Uganda that will get you in the know as to why it is Called the “Pearl of Africa”.

 This is bullet information about Uganda. Uganda is a beautiful country located on the equator in the great continent of Africa.

It’s neighboring countries are Sudan to the North, Kenya to the East, the Republic of Congo to the West, Tanzania, and Rwanda to the South. Uganda is located on the most fertile plateau of Africa at a height of 1200 meters above sea level. 

Uganda has been called a land of lakes because many lakes are covering almost a third of the country.

Lake Victoria which is the largest in Africa dominates the southern part of the country.

Where Uganda is located?

There are also lakes- Edward and Albert in the west. In the center of Uganda are lake Kyoga and kwania which are fed by water from the river Nile. Other lakes include Lake Bunyonyi, lake Bisina near Mt Elgon. There is a lot of activity on the lakes in Uganda including fishing, sport, and white water rafting on river Nile.

Kampala is the capital city of Uganda

The capital city of Uganda is Kampala but there are many other smaller towns which include Entebbe where the main airport is Located and Jinja which is the industrial town. 

The towns mentioned above are very near lake Victoria and Jinja is at the source of the river Nile. Uganda is a nation that was made when many small kingdoms and chiefdoms were united. There is still a real sense of strong culture and heritage which is noticeable through over 40 languages, various traditional costumes, food, music, and dance. 

The official language in Uganda is English but Swahili and Luganda are also widely spoken. There are 48 different tribes in Uganda. 80 percent of the population lives in rural areas where the major activity is farming.

Vegetation

Uganda has an exceptional diversity of vegetation. It is between the Tropical East African Savanna and the West African rain forest zones. Seven of the 18 plant kingdoms of Africa are found in Uganda. Some of the vegetation found in Uganda is an endangered species and is jealously protected.

National Parks and Tourist attractions

There are many national parks where Uganda’s wildlife can be seen. Queen Elizabeth national park is one of the major ones and there you can see, Hippopotami, Elephants, hyena, waterbucks, bushbuck, buffalo, warthogs, kobs, pelican and eagles and a lot more. 

Other areas of interest include Murchison falls National park, Bwindi impenetrable forest, Mgahinga Gorilla, Kibale Forest, Kidepo valley national park, Mount Elgon game park, Semiliki valley park, Lake Mburo National park, Rwenzori Mountains, The Ssese Islands, Bujagali falls, Kasubi tombs, Mabira forest, Mpanga forest, Budongo Forest and much more.

Weather

Uganda’s equatorial climate has got a cool breeze that comes in from mountains, and the lush green vegetation which results in rainfall. 

There are 2 rain seasons in Uganda from March to May and November to December. The sun rises between 6:30 and 7:00 and sets between 6:30 and 7:00 in the evening which gives 12 hours of daylight every day for 12 months. Uganda is sunny most of the year with temperatures rarely above 29 degrees centigrade.

Uganda’s symbols

The symbols of Uganda are the Kob and the crested crane. These are seen on most official documents, are also printed on money and the Ugandan flag. 

The Uganda flag is made of 3 strips of colors going across: Black- signifies the African brotherhood and the fact that Ugandans are predominantly black people, Yellow shows that Uganda is located on the equator and receives sunshine throughout the year and red represents the international blood brotherhood. It means that regardless of color or race, all people are the same since we all have red blood. 

The crested crane or the bird in the middle of the flag is a national symbol because its feathers have got all the colors of the Uganda flag.

Crafts

There are fantastic art and craft produced in Uganda. A lot of people are skilled in making colorful crafts, almost in every village. 

The craft-making skills are passed on from generation to generation and everything is learned by imitation. Older people are especially regarded to have knowledge and wisdom and great skills in different areas of life so all young people try to learn from them. Many items made are used in day-to-day living. 

The art crafts range from, mats, baskets, bark cloth made from a tree called Omutuba, stools, bags, chairs, and tables, shoes and sandals, masks, paintings, musical instruments like drums and much more. 

The items are unique and individually crafted by different tribes based in different regions of the country. There are various big markets in Kampala where crafts are sold.

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