Northern Uganda Attractions
Northern Uganda Attractions

It is most likely that you have seen the tall giraffes of the Murchison park, or seen  zebra stripes from Uganda somewhere. Much of these and more are wrought in the Northern part of Uganda, let’s explore.

1. Murchison Falls National Park.

This Park is a wonder, seated with a landmark waterfall and wildlife.

Murchison Falls National Park sits on the shore of Lake Albert, in northwest Uganda. It’s known for the Murchison Falls, where the Victoria Nile River surges through a narrow gap over a massive drop.

The Falls, also known as Kabalega Falls, is a waterfall between Lake Kyoga and Lake Albert on the White Nile River in Uganda. At the top of Murchison Falls, the Nile forces its way through.

2. Kidepo Valley National Park.

If you are looking for a good Park, safari, game reserve, and camping, Kidepo is for you. Kidepo Valley National Park is a 1,442 square kilometres national park in the Karamoja region in northeast Uganda. Kidepo is rugged savannah, dominated by the 2,750 metres Mount Morungole.

The park consists of the two major valley systems of the Kidepo and Narus Rivers. The valley floors lie between 3,000 feet (910 m) and 4,000 feet (1,200 m)

Kanangarok (also spelled Kananorok or Kanatarok) is a tepid hot spring in the extreme north of the park, beside the South Sudanese boundary. This spring is the most permanent source of water in the park.

The soil in the park is clayey. In the Kidepo Valley, black chalky clay and sandy-clay loam predominate, while the Narus Valley has freer-draining red clays and loams

3. Fort Patiko.

Fort Patiko, also known as Baker’s Fort, was a military fort built by Samuel Baker in Patiko, Uganda. Construction of the fort was completed on December 25, 1872.

After Baker left in 1888, the fort was used by Emin Pasha and Charles Gordon while they served as Governor of the Equatorial Province of the British Uganda Protectorate. A plaque on the remaining wall of a grain storage building in the center of the fort reads “Fatiko 1872 -88, founded by Sir Samuel Baker, occupied by Emin and Gordon” (sic).

Ruins of the fort remain in Ajulu parish, Patiko sub-county, Aswa County, Gulu district. The site is open to the public subject to a fee levied by the subcounty.

4. Mount Wati.

Standing approximately 1250 meters above sea level, mountain Wati is indeed the tallest hill in West Nile. A number of fascinations are found around and about the hill.

One is a pyramid, made of stones, apparently built by the Belgians during their African expeditions, the other is a hill commonly known as “Ojuqua”, and several subsequent rocks that are breath taking.

5. Narus River.

The Narus River flows in a northwesterly direction through the southern portion of Kidepo Valley National Park in northern Uganda, joining the larger Kidepo River near Komoloich, about 13 kilometres (8.1 mi) after entering Eastern Equatoria state of South Sudan. The name Narus is derived from the Karamajong word for mud.

The Narus Valley has a 40% higher mean annual precipitation than the Kidepo Valley (89 centimetres (35 in) versus 64 centimetres (25 in)). Together with a different soil structure, this creates perennial swamps and water pools along the Narus River in the middle of undulating grassland and bushland mosaic savanna, which draw plains game and are home to the Nile crocodile. Most of the Park’s tourist infrastructure is in Narus Valley, as much of the game from the more expansive northern Kidepo Valley migrates there during the dry season

Related: Top 10 Attractions in the Central region

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