Uganda Destinations (Cont'd...)
XVI. Matheniko Wildlife Reserve.
On the savannah plains of the Karamoja sub-region to the North of the Mount Elgon sprawls the remote Matheniko Wildlife Reserve, the 5th of the most endangered Wildlife Conservation Protected Areas in Uganda. This exceptional Wildlife Reserve is a section of the Karamoja Protected Areas and stretches from the spectacular Kidepo Valley National Park through the Bokora Wildlife Reserve to the Pian Upe Wildlife reserve-second largest protected Area in Uganda after the Murchison Falls National Park. Wildlife found in the reserve comprises of the rare species like the lesser kudu, roan antelope, Bright’s gazelle, ostriches which are only found here and in the Kidepo Valley National Park. Bird species found here consist of Eastern Bronze-napped Pigeon, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Dusky Turtle Dove, Lemon Dove, African Hill Babbler, Black-throated Wattle-eye, Alpine Chat, Thick-billed Honey guide, Mountain Yellow Warbler and the Grey Cuckoo-Shrike among the many.
XVII. Ngamba Island Chimp Sanctuary.
Ngamba I Island is one of the many Islands found in Lake Victoria under Koome group of islands, they include; Kiimi, Nsadzi, Koome, Bulago and Damba Islands. The Island is located East of Green which meridian on the latitudes of 0.06’S, 32.39’E. The sanctuary settles on dry ground of 100 acres of land with the 98% of the land is covered by forest in which the chimps hunt and forge for food. The Sanctuary was started in 1998 by a non-profitable called Chimpanzee Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT) with the aim of protecting and conserving Chimpanzee in Uganda. Presently Ngamba Island (Chimp Sanctuary) is the largest known chimpanzee sanctuary in Uganda receiving visitors throughout the year.
XVIII. Sezibwa Falls
The Sezibwa Falls are located 32 Km along the Kampala- Jinja highway. It is one of Uganda’s hidden cultural treasures with one part owned by Buganda Kingdom and another by the Anglican Church of Uganda. It takes approximately 30 minutes drive from the capital Kampala depending on the traffic flowing out of the city. The sezibwa falls tour is usually part of the famous Jinja one day tour that takes you to Mabira forest and source of river nile.
XIX. The Buganda Monument
KAMPALA - The ministry of tourism, wildlife and antiquities has registered a new Buganda monument as an object of monumental value to Uganda’s inventory list of historic places and properties. The monument, whose centerpiece is a gigantic split drum (called engalabi in Luganda), is located at the roundabout along the Kabaka Anjagala road in Rubaga. The property is associated with important events or activities to the lives and wellbeing of Buganda Kingdom’s long history and their kings' greatness/supremacy, resulting in the name ‘Kabaka Nantawetwa’. The monument is in the middle of the stretch from Bulange (headquarters of the Buganda government) and the Lubiri (the king’s palace). The stretch is also known as the Royal Mile or King's Way.
XX. The Kasubi Tombs
The Tombs of Buganda Kings at Kasubi constitute a site embracing almost 30 ha of hillside within Kampala district. Most of the site is agricultural, farmed by traditional methods. At its core on the hilltop is the former palace of the Kabakas of Buganda, built in 1882 and converted into the royal burial ground in 1884. Four royal tombs now lie within the Muzibu Azaala Mpanga, the main building, which is circular and surmounted by a dome. It is a major example of an architectural achievement in organic materials, principally wood, thatch, reed, wattle and daub. The site's main significance lies, however, in its intangible values of belief, spirituality, continuity and identity.
XXI. Baker’s Fort
Also referred to as Fort Baker, this fort is located approximately 29 kilometers north of the town of Gulu in a place called Patiko, north east of Awach. Fort Baker was founded by Sir Samuel Baker, an early explorer in this Uganda. The stone structure around the fort symbolizes Sir Samuel Baker’s exceptional effort against ending slavery in this area. The construction of Baker’s Fort was completed in the year 1872.
XXII.Nyero Rock Painting
Situated 8 kilometers west of Kumi town on Ngora Road in Eastern Uganda, Nyero rock paintings are so amazing for sight-seeing. This is an early Iron Age stone site and the paintings on the rock are found in three rock havens. A portion of the paintings on Nyero Rock symbolize animals, canoes and concentric circles. The Nyero rock paintings are claimed to have been modeled by the early people who settled in the area before 1250 CE. They were first documented in 1913 and later described by researchers as largely of geometric nature. This type of rock art is part of a homogeneous tradition often depicted in red pigment, spreading across east, central and parts of southern Africa.