Queen Elizabeth National Park

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Despite attractions like the mountain gorillas or Rwenzori mountains, Uganda’s most famous National Park is still Queen Elizabeth National Park, the oldest park in the country and with 1.978 km2 also the second largest. The region where the Rift Valley crosses the equator is under protection since the 20s of the last century, and the National Park had been gazetted in 1952, two years before it had been given its present name on the occasion of a visit of Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip.

Trotz Attraktionen wie den Berggorillas oder den Ruwenzori-Bergen ist der bekannteste Nationalpark Ugandas wohl nach wie vor der Queen Elizabeth Nationalpark, der mit 1.978 km2 der zweitgrößte und gleichzeitig der älteste Park des Landes ist. Das Gebiet, wo das Rift Valley den Äquator quert, steht bereits seit den 20er Jahren des vergangenen Jahrhunderts unter Schutz und wurde 1952 zum Nationalpark…

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Bwindi Impenetrable

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-east Uganda comprises 331 square kilometres of dense montane rainforest as well as cloud forest between 1.160 m and 2.600 m in altitude. The forest are home to more than half of the remaining mountain gorilla population – about 400 animals. They live in around 30 groups, twelve of them habituated to man for tourist purposes, one for researchers. The mountain gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park have been isolated from their relatives on the slopes of the Virunga volcanoes in Uganda, DR Congo, and Rwanda 50 km southward a long time ago, and they are a bit smaller and less bulky.

Der Bwindi Impenetrable Nationalpark im Südosten Ugandas umfasst 331 Quadratkilometer an dichten Bergregen- sowie Nebelwäldern zwischen 1.160 m und 2.600 m Höhe. Diese Wälder sind die Heimat von mehr als der Hälfte der noch verbliebenen Berggorillas – etwa 400 Exemplare. Die Tiere…

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Virunga III – Meet the Batwa – Eine Begegnung mit den Batwa

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Besides “Silver and Gold”, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park offers the unique opportunity to get a glimpse of the ancient and unparalleled rich culture of the Batwa, the people of the forest. When the park was gazetted, they had not only been translocated to the outskirts of Kisoro right at the edge of the woods that once had been their native home for conservation reasons, but they were also forced to integrate themselves into a society that marginalized their community and ostracized them because of plain prejudices. The same fate is shared by the San, or Khoisan, the bush people of southern Africa who are – just like the Batwa – the oldest ethnic groups on the planet – the first of mankind, if you want to put it that way, and they own an unlimited amount of knowledge referring to the woods. Meeting those hunter-gatherers does not only bring…

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Virunga I – The mountain gorillas – Die Berggorillas

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The Virunga volcanoes include eight volcanoes in total, situated at the border triangle of Uganda, Rwanda, and DR Congo. Extended areas around the volcanoes are protected in order to preserve half of the population of the famous mountain gorillas living in the montane forests. The most active of the volcanoes are Nyiragongo (3.462 m) and Nyamuragira (3.063 m) in the DR Congo, the highest one is Karisimbi (4.507 m) in Rwanda.

Bei den Virunga-Vulkanen handelt es sich um insgesamt acht Vulkane im Drei-Länder-Eck von Uganda, Ruanda und der DR Kongo. Die Vulkane sind in allen drei Ländern zum größten Teil unter Schutz gestellt, da an ihren Flanken gut die Hälfte der verbliebenen Berggorillas leben. Am aktivsten sind der Nyiragongo (3.462 m) und der Nyamuragira (3.063 m) in der DR Kongo, der höchste Berg der Gruppe ist der Karisimbi mit 4.507 Metern Höhe in Ruanda.

In Uganda, there…

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Lake Bunyonyi – Der Bunyonyi-See

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Lake Bunyonyi is located only 7 kilometres from Kabale at 1.900 m altitude, while the surrounding mountains reach heights of 2.500 m. The lake was formed around 8.000 years ago when lava blocked Ndego river, and that led to the flooding of the valley. Today, Lake Bunyonyi is 25 km long, 5 km at its widest extension as well as 50 m deep, and it covers around 60 km2. There are no crocodiles or hippos in the lake, and it is said to be bilharzia-free because of good mineral content.

Der Bunyonyi-See liegt nur etwa sieben Kilometer von Kabale entfernt auf über 1.900 m Höhe, während die ihn umgebenden Hänge bis zu 2.500 m hinaufragen. Der See ist vor etwa 8.000 Jahren entstanden, als Lava das Flussbett des Ndego blockierte, was zur Überflutung des Tals führte. Heute ist der Bunyonyi-See etwa 25 km lang, an seiner breitesten Stelle…

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Lake Mburo National Park

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Lake Mburo and the eponymous National Park protecting 260 km2 of rolling hills, forests, and bush savanna is an underrated gem in Uganda’s impressive set of National Parks. The landscape surrounding the five lakes within the park is picturesque at least, and there is an abundance of wildlife ranging from zebra and antelope, like the rare eland, to giraffe, topi, impala, waterbucks, bushbucks, oribi, leopards and rock hyrax. But the absence of elephants, lions or rhinos left it somewhere right at the bottom of the tourist’s bucket lists. If you´re a true nature and wildlife lover, Lake Mburo National Park will reward you with more wildlife than anywhere else, and if you´re a birder, you are likely to spot the rare African finfoot. The Park is surrounded by grazing land for the impressive Ankole cows that play an important role in the country’s dairy production.

Der Mburo-See und…

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