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EASTERN REGION OF UGANDA

Travelling eastwards you'll come across the source of the River Nile where you can enjoy a boat ride or for the more adventurous among you, bungee jumping or white water rafting at Bujagali falls. The eastern region also offers you the opportunity to visit Tororo rocks, the Elgon Mountain, Nyero rock paintings in the Kumi district, Mt. Moroto and so much more.

Eastern Uganda Key Highlights

  • Mt Elgon National Park
  • The Source of the Nile

Mt Elgon National Park

Mount Elgon is a popular destination for nature lovers providing an exclusive domain for backpackers with numerous birding trails. The extinct volcanic mountain is an important watershed supporting a rich variety of vegetation zones ranging from montane forest to high open moorland studded with the other worldly giant lobelia and groundsel plants.

The recent development of the Forest Exploration Center at Kapchorwa allows birders access to extensive montane forest as well as the arid savanna around Moroto.

Location: On the Eastern border with Kenya near Mbale and is 1,121 sq km in size.

How to get there: It's a 3-4 hours from Kampala to Mbale (along Kampala - Jinja Road). The trailhead at Budadiri is only 20km from Mbale and is accessible by public transport.

Activities: Day walks within the Mount Elgon Forest Exploration Centre, mountain climbing and hikes, Bird watching and the breathtaking Sipi Falls is definitely worth a visit.

When to visit: Throughout the year especially during the drier seasons (January - March and June - August).

The Source of the Nile

Flanked today by the city of Jinja, the waterfall described by Speke now lies submerged beneath the Owen Falls Dam, Uganda's main source of hydro-electric power. Still, a visit to the source of the Nile remains a moving and wondrous experience, no less so to those who have seen the same river as it flows past the ancient Egyptian temples of Luxor some 6,000 km downstream.

The source of the Nile, alluded to hazily in the ancient writings of Ptolemy, stood as one of the great geographical mysteries of the Victorian Age.
Closer to home, the Nile downriver from Jinja offers some superb white water rafting and game fishing.

Its crowning glory, however, is Murchison Falls, where the world's longest river funnels through a narrow fissure in the Rift Escarpment to erupt out of the other side in a crashing 43 metres plume of white water. The river below the falls is no less spectacular in its own way, with its profuse birdlife, thousands of hippos, and outsized, gape-mouthed crocodiles.

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