Virunga I – The mountain gorillas – Die Berggorillas

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 […]

Kidepo Valley National Park

Coming from the south from Kotido and heading for Kidepo Valley National Park, you first pass Kaabong, home of Karamojas northernmost ATM. Along those 80 kilometres, the landscape is gradually changing, it is a rolling landscape now with several rock formations and small mountains. In this appealing location, Kaabong is the last town before Kidepo […]

Moroto & the Tepeth – Moroto & die Tepeth

Moroto is a sleepy but pleasant small town at the foot of the 3.084 metres high Mount Moroto right at the border to Kenya. As a home for 15.000 inhabitants, Moroto is the biggest urban centre in Uganda’s north-eastern province of Karamoja. Apart from few bigger settlements with modern architecture and concrete buildings, the Karamojong […]

Mount Elgon

4.321 m high Mount Elgon is the fifth highest mountain in eastern Africa and the eighth highest on the whole continent. This incredibly old volcano in eastern Uganda at the boarder to Kenia has been extinct for about 10 million years, it´s extremely eroded, and the typical conic shape is hardly recognizable anymore. At its […]

Mbale

Mbale is a pleasant town in eastern Uganda with approximately 100.000 inhabitants. Located on 1.200 m altitude, Mbale has a moderate climate amidst an incredibly attractive landscape close to Mount Elgon. It is only 60 km to the Kenyan border, and there are quite some smuggled goods on the local markets. Mbale ist eine angenehme […]

Semliki National Park

Hidden in a remote corner of Uganda, Semliki National Park down in the valley of Semliki river protects 220 km2 of the Bwamba forest. There is now a paved road with spectacular views from Fort Portal along the northern end of the Rwenzori mountains down to Semliki valley on the western side of the Rwenzoris. […]

Semliki Valley

Ten kilometres north of Fort Portal, there is an abyss. Somewhere beyond the trading centre of Harugongo, the highland comes to a sudden end, disappearing at a spectacular slope down to Semliki valley a 1.000 m below. The Semliki river is coming from the DR Congo and flowing into Lake Albert, marking the border between […]

Fort Portal

Fort Portal the second. We´ve been in Fort Portal five years ago, and we´ve really liked it. Back then, it had its nickname “Fort Pothole” for a good reason but besides that, it was a nice, well-developed town amidst a montane region with a lot of coffee and tea plantations. Neighbouring Rwenzori mountains are the […]

Kilembe & Buwatha, Rwenzori mountains / Ruwenzori-Berge

Near Kasese along the main road to Fort Portal at the northern tip of the Rwenzori mountains, a road goes up to the mountains for about 8 km until it reaches Kilembe. The small settlement has been founded in 1950 as accommodation for the workers of the local copper mine. Most of Kilembe residents earned […]

Bwindi Impenetrable

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 […]