Wednesday, 25 January 2017

kasubi tombs, Rwenzori mountains and bwindi impenetrable; the world heritage sites of Uganda

bwindi forest , uganda gorilla safarisThe destination Uganda is one of the Africa Safari tour unique destinations featuring three of the world heritage sites as proclaimed by UNESCO.
The two of these are natural protected areas under the category National Parks namely Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – the main destination for Uganda gorilla safaris and Mount Rwenzori National Park – the epitome site for adventure vacation safaris in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been labelled by UNESCO as an isolated Afro montane forest of an incredible biological diversity including close to a half of the world’s population of the critically endangered Mountain Gorillas, 160 tree species and 100 fern species not forgetting 350 bird species of which 23 are endemic to the Albertine rift such as the African Green Broadbill which is normally sought after by birders on birding safaris in Uganda.
Rwenzori Mountains National Park which protects the snow-capped legendary Mountains of the moon rising to 5,109m above sea level to form the third highest peak on the African continent features fragile ecosystem and most importantly very unique montane flora which is rare in the world including groundsels, giant lobelias and giant heathers.  The glaciers, lakes and waterfalls compliment its remarkable natural beauty.
The third World heritage site is cultural other than natural. Kasubi Tombs which are within Kampala City are burial grounds for Kings of Buganda. Apparently, four (4) royal tombs lie beneath a large traditional hut built in a circular dome shape with local materials. It is a great site with remarkable intangible values of spirituality, belief, identity and continuity.
The above world heritage sites combine to justify Uganda’s incredible beauty and its crown as the Pearl of Africa.


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