With very few areas that have been marked as UNESCO sites in the entire world, Uganda the pearl of Africa is that one lucky safari destination with 3 (three) of them. The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) feature some significant sites and while on safari in Africa, Uganda’s designated sites are such remarkable heritage sites any visitor shouldn’t miss to explore. A few of this country’s world heritage sites are such remarkable and in deed can awaken visitor’s curiosity. They include among others the following;
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park doesn’t only feature one of the Africa’s oldest tropical rain-forests but also a home to the rare mountain gorillas. Over 400 out of about 1004 mountain gorillas that still exist on earth today call this park their home making it one of the popular tourist sites for you to strike your imaginations with these large apes while in the wild. About 17 groups have been habituated and ready for visitors to track each day at this park and a trek to see these Great apes is amazingly a lifetime experience. To be part of this thrilling primate adventure in Uganda, you need $600 to secure for your permit. This protected area is situated in southwestern Uganda and it is a recognized biodiversity hotspot. Besides mountain gorillas, it also offers refuge to over 350 distinct avifaunal species, 200 tree species, butterflies, golden monkeys, 100 ferns, 120 mammal species including chimpanzees, unique monkey species, forest elephants a mention but a few.
The fact that it is one of the world’s heritage sites, this park is also surrounded by some local communities and they are respectful of its boundaries. While on a gorilla trekking safari in Bwindi National Park, the Batwa and Bakiga are a few most fascinating people you need not to miss to interact with. You can learn their lifestyles, traditions and cultures during your holiday. The Batwa in particular lived in Bwindi forest for over 500000 years while hunting and fruit gathering but due to need to turn it into a park. Unfortunately, they were forced to leave the forest without any compensation and today, they are a marginalized group that lives around the park. A visit to the Batwa community is highly recommended given the fact that they partly earn a living from tourism. The International Gorilla Conservation Programme designed the Batwa Experience as on one of the sustainable ways of developing ecotourism in the park. The Batwa Experience enable you to learn more about their traditions, hunting and gathering techniques, dances and music performance.
The Rwenzori Mountains National Park
This is another incredible significant UNESCO Site that you need not to miss to while in Uganda. The famed national park consists of the remarkable Rwenzori Mountain massif also best described as the Mountains of the Moon. This mountain chain features the third highest peak in Africa which stands at altitude of about 5109 meters. If you are interested in the most challenging hiking adventure, this is one of the destinations you shouldn’t miss to try our. Remarkably, it comes with stunning snowcapped peaks, V-shaped valleys, fast flowing rivers plus splendid waterfalls, glaciers, clear blue lakes, rare floral species that make it a unique tourist site.
It inhabits abundant montane flora in Africa comprising of the charismatic giant lobelias, heathers, groundsels that make it a true botanical big game in Africa. This mountain’s exceptional peaks and major attractions include the Mount Stanley’s highest peak-Margherita and a hike to this peak may require at least 8 or more days and you must be physically well. Around this amazing natural wonder, there are Bakonjo whom you will also interact with and they are famous as the keepers of this mountain. Besides, it features a number of wildlife species including four species of primates, 80 bird species, 15 butterfly species and among the rare species not to miss to catch a glimpse at include the L’Hoests monkeys, elephants, chimpanzees and many more.
Just a few kilometers’ drive away from Kampala city center exists the amazing Kasubi Tombs with remarkable cultural significance. Entirely, Uganda is composed of different tribes and the Baganda are perhaps the biggest and mainly found in central along the shores of Lake Victoria. The Kasubi tombs however lie on Kasubi hill and originally built in 1882 and later became a burial site in 1884 for the Kings of Buganda. This tomb site is one of the unique World Heritage Sites you should not miss while on holiday in Uganda. The tombs is where all the four departed Kings of Buganda were buried; Ssekabaka Muteesa I, Ssekabaka Mwanga Daniel, Ssekabaka Daudi Chwa, Ssekabaka Edward Muteesa II. However, the tombs went through reconstruction after they were set on fire a few years ago. Its structure comes in a circular form and mainly comprises of organic materials of wood, elephant grass, reed and many others. In Buganda, this is a sacred site of spirituality, identity and belief. The four kings who were buried in this site include Muteesa 1, Daudi Chwa the second, Mwanga the second and Sir Edward Muteesa the second.
In conclusion, Uganda is blessed with a number of heritage sites for you to explore while on holiday in the East African country of Uganda. Each UNESCO heritage site features its own rare attractions this rewarding you with distinct travel experiences.